On May 28th, the UBC Learning Exchange, in partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, hosted a screening of Cedar & Bamboo to mark Asian Heritage Month. The film explores the unique relationships shared by early Chinese immigrants and Aboriginal peoples on Canada’s west coast. Elder Larry Grant, who is of both Musqueam and Chinese descent, facilitated a discussion afterwards.
Close to 70 people, including many language learners, attended the evening event and lingered afterwards to chat about the film and nosh on bannock and dumplings. There were also exhibits that highlighted the shared history and common traditions, including a bamboo hat worn by a Chinese immigrant woman from Lulu Island and a Maquinna Hat worn by high ranking chiefs and whalers from the Mowachaht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth. One of the many memorable points of the evening was when Larry was introduced to a Chinese cousin that he had never met before.
Cedar & Bamboo was directed by Diana E. Leung and Kamala Todd and produced by the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC. It is available from Moving Images Distribution.