A Chinatown Walk into the Past


Scheduled Events (Click link to Facebook Events Page for reservation):

June 2, guest speaker: Weyman Chan

June 23, guest speaker: Doreen Vanderstoop

August 25, guest speaker: Larissa Lai


Event Itinerary:
4pm (optional) – come at least 45 minutes before the walk to explore the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. “Our Chosen Land” documents the history of Calgary’s Chinatown, including letters and petitions of complaint to council about the early Chinese community. The Museum also features an overview of Chinese history around the world, and terra cotta soldiers from Xi’an are on display! ($5 admission fee)

5pm – Dale Lee Kwong and Weyman Chan will guide participants to highlights of Chinatown while sharing poetry related to their personal history, and Chinese-Canadian themes. Expect food samples, introduction to mystery foods & ancient cooking techniques, historical sculptures, Chinese-themed murals, congo line through a Chinese grocery store and more! ($5 fee). Meet on the front stairs of the Chinese Cultural Centre at 197-1st Street, SW.

7:30pm (optional) – stay for a traditional 10-course Chinese dinner at Silver Dragon Restaurant with leaders of the walk ($25 tax and tip included). Accessible by stairs only.


About the Walk Team:
Dale Lee Kwong is a poet, essayist, and playwright. She is native Calgarian and third-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her work explores Chinese-Canadian history, diversity & inclusion, adoption, and LGBTQ issues.

Weyman Chan was born in Calgary to immigrant parents from China. He has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. His six books of poetry includes Before a Blue Sky Moon, Noise From the Laundry, and “Human Tissue – a primer for Not Knowing”.

Doreen Vanderstoop is a Calgary-based storyteller/musician/writer. Doreen tells to both large and intimate groups in numerous settings including seniors homes, festivals, story cafes, schools and churches. She loves presenting a mix of stories and music on a theme and has a special place in her heart for senior audiences.

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two books of poetry, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and most recently, a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s.



Busy sidewalks, uneven steps, and curbs
Resident dog on tour, no other dogs allowed
Due to historical content, recommended for teens and up

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