Chinatown Audio Tour

For the last several years, I have been leading semi-regular walking tours through the Montreal Chinatown. Depending on the group and my interests, it deals with themes of gentrification, immigration and labour discrimination, racism, and community-building.

The original tour was designed and researched by a group of Chinese Canadian youth around 2003. They called it The Chinatown Project. Their work included interviews with community members, as well as building contacts with many Chinese organisations.

I first ran the tour with my friend Zabrina Law, who is friends with one of the original members, James Yap. She has since left town, but I’ve continued adding new research to the tour document, and refining the presentation.

I was most fortunate to have Josie Caro of CKUT Radio record my latest outing with a group of McGill students. David Koch and I later edited the audio into an ‘Audio Tour’ which was posted to the McGill Daily’s media blog. You can download the podcast, load it onto your portable audio player, and go for a guided stroll through this historic Montreal neighbourhood.

Audio recorded by Josie Caro. Produced by David Koch and Trevor Chow Fraser.
Download (27 MB :: roughly half an hour).

Here’s a map to help guide your tour:

View The Chinatown Project in a larger map

Update: January 2013

To help mark the release of « Être chinois au Québec », the documentary film starring my friends Parker Mah and Bethany Or, I’m digging into my archives and finally putting my notes for the Chinatown Project online. I can’t believe I didn’t do this earlier, but I’m excited to see if the spotlight Bethany and Parker shine on Chinatown can help bring the tour back to life.

Chinatown Project 2.0 (2006–2010)