Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jayden Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: The People Of Early Vancouver Chinatown

My project is about how Vancouver Chinatown was created and what the Chinese people living in Vancouver in the late 1800s and early 1900s faced when they lived and worked there.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that it took a lot of work and that there were a lot of hardships when the Chinese people built Vancouver Chinatown. Even though they were faced with discrimination, they persevered and built Vancouver Chinatown.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that all people are the same and that we should treat everyone the same. I also learned to never give up on a mission even though it is hard work, or we may get lots of pressure to give up.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Their life was very different. There was lots of racism and discrimination. Everyone was treated differently and Chinese people were considered "strange and different". Today, we are lucky that we are in the age where there is not as much discrimination. But, there racism still exists.

  • Sandy McKellar

    This video presentation is amazing! I learned so much. But, I was also super impressed by Jayden's presentation skills. What a strong public speaker - and so creative. Jayden's video shares an important story - and is incredibly creative and engaging. I taught public speaking at UBC for 10 years - I wish I'd had this young man in my class! He is eloquent, great emphasis, tempo and honest-from-the-heart delivery! It wasn't just his speaking, I was also impressed with his creative filmography! The book, the money, the Lego riot, the various locations and blending of the clips - all brilliant! I hope you win - you deserve to. But even if you don't, you are a winner!
    02/07/2019 4:50:05 PM

  • Camille McRae

    Wow Jayden! What an awesome job you did on this project! The students in my class really enjoyed watching your video, keep up the good work!
    24/06/2019 1:23:40 PM

  • Opreet Kang

    Well done! Excellent summary of this important part of our history.
    21/06/2019 1:53:16 PM

  • Michael Lang

    Excellent presenting and content! Really well done Jayden!
    21/06/2019 12:12:31 PM

  • Bal Sandhu

    Hi Jayden You got my Vote!!! Very well put together and extremely informative.
    21/06/2019 10:42:32 AM

  • Rebecca

    Awesome Job Jayden! Very professional
    21/06/2019 9:31:15 AM

  • MsLoukas

    Hi Jayden! Of course I remember you ! How could I forget my favorite little RCMP officer ... what a wonderful project you created . I’m impressed with your presentation and the knowledge you shared . Thank you for teaching me a little bit more on the history of Chinatown and the discrimination the Chinese people faced. Berry , berry well done!!!
    21/06/2019 8:43:01 AM

  • Berni Batchelor

    Hey Jayden! -- Remember me? Thank you for making this presentation. We studied cultural histories earlier this year. I just showed YOUR presentation to my class. Well done!
    20/06/2019 1:32:35 PM

  • Kevin Lee

    Wow, excellent presentation Jayden!
    20/06/2019 9:20:49 AM

  • Steffen Li

    Hayden,Good job
    20/06/2019 1:20:50 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.