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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society fonds

  • AM1068
  • Fonds
  • 1981-[2009]

Fonds consists of the following records:

S1 - Records of the Administration Committee
S2 - Records of the Board of Trustees
S3 - Records of the Building Committee
S4 - Records of the Documentation Committee
S5 - Records of the Education Committee
S6 - Records of the Executive Director's Office,
S7 - Records of the Finance Committee
S8 - Records of the Fundraising Committee
S9 - Records of the Garden Committee
S10 - Records of the Gift Shop
S11 - Records of the Government Relations Committee
S12 - Records of the Landscape Committee
S13 - Records of the Maintenance and Repairs Committee
S14 - Records of the Membership Committee
S15 - Records of the Nominations Committee
S16 - Records of the Public Programs/Newsletter Committee
S17 - Records of the Public Relations Committee
S18 - Records of the Volunteer Committee
S19 - Architectural drawings

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society

China garden

Item is a short documentary exploration of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen gardens with a meditative, philosophical, and poetic approach. The narrator speaks about some of the essential elements of a classical Chinese garden: Water, Rock (Mountains), and Buildings, followed by recitations of poetry by Ge Gong and Tao-yün. The occasional narration is accompanied by zheng music and a selection of garden scenes that illustrate many of the different ‘views’ of the garden that are relevant to the narration. Special attention is given to the flow of water over the rocks, the railings, screens, and leak windows, and a high vantage point view of the whole garden from the mountaintop pavilion.

Harmony in a garden

Item is a short documentary tour of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden with a focus on the philosophical Taoist elements. It discusses how each of the four major garden elements (buildings, rocks, plants, and water) is represented in the garden, and explains some features in the context of Taoist balance and function. This discussion is illustrated with footage of the relevant elements and Chinese style background music.

Romper room and friends, March 6, 1990

Item is a recording of two segments of the Canadian national production of Romper Room and Friends, from March 6, 1990, set in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. In first of the two segments, storyteller Nan Gregory tells a Chinese folktale about a ‘goose girl’ that wants to fly. The audience consists of four unidentified children and Fran Pappert, and takes place in the Scholar’s courtyard. The second segment is a tour of the garden with guide Donna Chan, program hostess Fran Pappert, the character ‘DoBee’, and the children from the first segment. The tour begins in the China maple pavilion courtyard with a focus on the Taihu natural rock sculptures, the courtyard pavement stones, the trees, rock caves, and waterfalls. It continues up to the observation pavilion, and down to the Jade Water Pavilion, through the moon gate, where the group feeds the koi.

Jan Walls - storytelling in the garden

Item is an amateur recording of a lecture/performance in the main hall of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden by Dr. Jan Walls on the subject of humorous Chinese folk storytelling. The general theme of the lecture was drawing parallels between the low class ‘vulgar’ folk stories and the high class classicism of the gardens, with emphases on the themes of surprise, perspective, exaggeration and distortion of size and time, and the distinction between fantasy and reality. For each short story he presents it (or a piece of it) in Mandarin first, and then presents a translation in English, often with the accompaniment of kuai ban, traditional bamboo clapping instruments.

The stories presented include a story about a man who lives a whole lifetime in a year, a giant woman with even more giant shoes, a country bumpkin at a birthday celebration, illustrations of beggar storyteller themes, and a ‘dummy’ paying a new year’s visit to his in-laws. Following the lecture there is a question period which covers subjects of self-deprecation, storytelling beggars, poetic elements (e.g. metaphor, rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration), and personal questions about Dr. Walls own experiences. The lecture is bookended with an introduction and thanks by [Nilene Yaas], the education coordinator of the garden.

Linking schools with the community

Item is a promotional film developed to support and promote the Vancouver School Board’s Partners in Education program. The film presents testimonials and success stories from various businesses and schools who have taken advantage of the program, discussing what benefits the partnered schools and businesses were able to bring to each other. The film begins with school administrators and business people talking about the program. The film then presents a number of success stories with various business and schools. The partnerships profiled include: The Port of Vancouver, Chevron Canada, Unisys Canada Inc., University Hospital, the Dr. Sun Yat-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, the Champlain Mall, the Pan Pacific Hotel, and Vancouver Community College.

The film involves testimonials and short interviews with a number of teachers, school administrators, and business: Jim Matkin (President, BC Business Council), Sheila Tripp (School Principal), Ken Haycock (School Principal), Ken Harvey (Director, Vancouver School Board), Dr. Dante Lupini (Superintendent of Schools, Vancouver), Gwen Smith (School Principal), Barbara Duggan (Vancouver Port Corporation), Gary Ryan (Chevron Canada Ltd), Bill Strachan (Chevron Canada Ltd), Neil Prinsen (Teacher), Maris Pavelson (Unisys Canada Inc.), Sheila Tripp (School Principal), Arlene Cook (Teacher), Lesley Bainbridge (University Hospital), Diane Bolton (Champlain Mall), Joyce Anderson (School Principal), Anne Shorthouse (Program Manager, VSB), Gail Smith (Program Manager, VSB), and Darcy Rezak (Vancouver Board of Trade).

Original garden drawings 1981

File consists of architectural drawings for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden created by the Landscape Architecture Company in Suzhou, China. Includes floor plans, landscaping plans, elevations, exterior ornamentation and structural specification drawings. Drawings relate to the garden's buildings and landscaping features, including the pond.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park : a classical Chinese garden architectural drawings 1981-1985

File consists of twenty architectural drawings for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. Includes site plans, elevations, sectional plans, and plans for grading and irrigation. Drawings relate to the entire site, as well as specific areas, such as the Main Hall and Scholar's Study. File also includes a sketch of the garden's moon gate.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park : a classical Chinese garden : planting plan

Item is an architectural drawing showing the planting plan for the garden. Drawing indicates the location of various plants and trees, and lists the botanical and common names, size and remarks, and quantity for each plant and tree. The plan also indicates which plants may be supplied by the Park Board and reserved surplus trees. Sheet number 1 of 1.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park : a classical Chinese garden : planting plan

Item is an architectural drawing showing the planting plan for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. Drawing indicates the location of various plants and trees, and lists the botanical and common names, size and remarks, and quantity for each plant and tree. The plan also indicates which plants may be supplied by the Park Board and reserved surplus trees. Corrections and additions have been made in pencil. Sheet number 1 of 1.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden : the completion project : Penjing Garden, reception hall, public and support spaces : plan

Item is a sheet with two site plans for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen completion project, which included the Penjing Garden, reception hall, public and support spaces. This is a smaller photocopy of an original plan (described as 2011-084.4.6). Attached to the drawing is a cover memo from the architect to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden Society dated November 13, 1998, in which he states "Please note that there were some minor revisions to the northwest corner (giftshop area) subsequently between June and September 1994." Project number 94-03, sheet 2 of 2.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden : the completion project : Penjing Garden, reception hall, public and support spaces : plan

Item is a sheet with two site plans for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen completion project, which included the Penjing Garden reception hall, public and support spaces. Plans have been hand coloured to indicate the areas of the garden included in the project. Project number 94-03, sheet number 2 of 2.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden : expansion project drawings : tea room and Penjing Garden maintenance area

File consists of three architectural drawings on two sheets pertaining to proposed expansions of the garden. Includes a site plan showing a possible site for a Penjing Garden maintenance area, possibly dating from the 1990s, and a floor plan and site plan showing a proposed expansion of the garden's tea room in 2003.

Carrall Street Greenway development activities, updated March 20, 2006

Item is a map showing the Carrall Street development project activities between Keefer Street and Water Street. Map shows those parts of the project that have been completed and those under development. Included are photographic images of various buildings included in the project, including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden expansion project.

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