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Chinatown XR

Historical Vancouver Chinatown Extend Reality Installation

The Concept

ChinatownXR is a mixed-media interactive historical experience that uses virtual and augmented reality to bring audiences into the past, immersing them in the rich fabric of Chinatown’s East Pender St.

One part history lesson, one part narrative time machine, CXR seeks to honor Chinatown’s ongoing cultural legacy, educating users in the diverse history of the space and honoring the diverse yet still-overlooked experiences of Chinese migrants to the city.

This project is a tribute to those who struggled, and continue to struggle, often in the face of severe discrimination, to establish and maintain a community, as well as an attempt to better understand what it means to be Canadian.

History of Chinatown

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Vancouver's Chinatown, the largest in Canada, has been toth a prison and a haven. The product of a racist, xenophobic society, it has been defined by exclusion and exoticization. As a cultural beachhead in an unfriendly land, however, it has provided community, connection to heritage, and sanctuary.


From fighting for the right to vote after WWII, to the glamour of neon lights and late night meals in the 60s, to the Freeway protests and BBQ Meat Protests of the 70s and 80s, Chinatown has always stood up for itself and , against the odds, it survives. The neighhourhood is the birthplace of Chinese Canada, an embodiment of the hardships and triumphs of immigration and a testament to individual and collection resillience.

Team

Hammer & Tong is a creative media company as diverse as the country that we call home. As much as the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown is culturally Chinese, we believe it is collectively our history as Canadians together - our story that we collectively play a part in telling together.

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