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The bridge of five thousand miles
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Photography and narration by Mary White. Based on a tape by Charles McDermott.
- Continuation of title: ...A Visit to The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden, Vancouver, B.C.
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[between 1986 and 1992] (Creation)
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society
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1 videocassette (12 min., 14 sec.) : VHS, col., sd., stereo
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The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden Society was incorporated under the British Columbia's Society Act in 1981. The Society's mandate was to act as a cross-cultural bridge for greater understanding of the Chinese culture by establishing and operating a classical Chinese garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. Construction on the Garden began in 1984 and was completed just prior to the opening of Expo in 1986. The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees which appoints an executive director to manage the day-to-day operations of the garden. The Executive Director oversees the Administration, Gift Shop, Garden Operations, Public Programs, and Education departments. The Society also has several committees which deal with ad hoc issues or determine the policies and procedures for some of the Garden's operational departments. These committees report directly to the Board of Trustees.
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Item is a video photo montage ‘walking tour’ of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, narrated by Mary White. The film discusses the history of Chinese gardens and the history of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden, including a discussion of the construction materials and techniques, and the artisans who built it. Different architectural elements of the garden are considered, and their function and meaning discussed. The philosophical elements of garden construction as an art form are discussed throughout.
Light scanlines at the bottom of the image run throughout. Colours washed out and image occasionally excessively dark.
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Also available as a digital file.
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Access to original recording restricted for preservation reasons.
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Copyright: City of Vancouver; expiry: 2073-01-01.
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