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Item AM412 - Downtown Eastside Women's Centre collection

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Downtown Eastside Women's Centre collection

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AM412

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  • 1979 (Creation)
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    Downtown Eastside Women's Centre

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[42] p.

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The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre began operations as a drop-in facility for women living and working in the area in 1973. The centre, located close to "Skid Row" and Chinatown, has served transient women, working class women and Chinese women.

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The collection consists of one paper entitled "An Ordinary Life : Life Histories of Women in the Urban Core", a report by Norma Jean McCallan and Katherine Roback of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. "[11] Chinese, Native and Caucasian senior women from Vancouver's urban core were asked to give their life stories on tape. The histories that emerged tell of immigration experiences, hardship of war, poverty, disability, and hard work." Divided into categories such as "historical events", "Immigration", "Work", "Disabilities", "Women's Conditions", "Government", "Perceptions of Downtown Eastside". The paper is an edited compilation of interviews conducted in the summer of 1978.

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Donated by Lillian Wong in 1980.

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  • Box: 554-E-06 fld 13