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1991 - Year of the sheep (ram), Chinese New Year - Parade, Vancouver, B.C.

Item is an amateur home movie of the 1991 Chinese New Year’s parade in Vancouver. It includes footage of the parade from East Pender Street outside the Chinese Cultural Centre and from Keefer Street just outside the entrance to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. Also included is footage of vendors and tables inside the Chinese Cultural Centre, scenes of families inside the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, primarily inside the main pavilion, a view of the water and railings, and through the moon doorway.

The parade footage contains a variety of traditional Chinese elements, such as lion dancers, Chinese dragons, firecrackers, flags, dancing, music, and costumes. Some of the identifiable groups in the parade are: Cheerleaders from Steveston Secondary School, Children from J. W. Sexsmith Elementary School, Dancers from Strathcona Chinese Dance Co., the Freddy Fudd[pucker] band, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada, St. John’s Ambulance Cadets, Tibet Lama Kung-Fu, and the Western Canada Chinese Martial Arts Association.

A Classical Chinese Garden

Item is a promotional film developed to help raise awareness and support for the development of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, which had not yet been built. The narration throughout is illustrated with relevant still imagery, which is a combination of photography of Chinese gardens, classical Chinese artwork, and images related to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden project, such as architectural plans and photos of the artisans. The narration discusses the history of the garden in China, beginning with the great gardens of the emperors, and distinguishing them from Japanese or English gardens. The history of the Suzhou scholar’s garden is explored, with an emphasis on the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets. It also discusses the planning and design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden, and the architects and artisans who will build it, with a focus on the various design features of a Chinese garden, including Taoist and landscape painting influences, and the various benefits and enjoyments a garden delivers. The film concludes with a call for membership and donations to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden society, and discusses the benefits of membership.

A network of public places : Chinatown community plan : public realm, Sept[ember] 14, 2005

Item is a map showing the locations of the Carrall Street Greenway, Silk Road, and various buildings and outdoor spaces in the area bordered by Taylor Street, Hastings Street, Gore Street and Union Street. Includes colour photographic images of the following: Milennium Gate, Chinese Cultural Centre and the Old China Gate, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Courtyard, Alley behind the CBA Building, Memorial Square, Shanghai Alley and Suzhou Alley, and the Carrall Street Greenway and Pedestrian Pathway.

Architectural drawings

Series consists of architectural drawings and a technical drawing pertaining to the design and proposed expansions of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, as well as related cartographic and textual material. Architectural drawings include site plans, floor plans, elevations, sectional plans, structural specifications, mechanical drawings, landscaping plans, grading and irrigation plans, and exterior ornamentation and perspective drawings. Included also are two maps and two architectural drawings pertaining to the Carrall Street Greenway Plan.

Baghead creation myth

Item is an amateur video recording of a theatrical presentation by a grade 5 class from Hastings School, filmed in the courtyard in front of the main hall. The presentation is a creation myth story in which a trickster monkey builds dolls out of mud which are then animated by thunder and lightning. These ‘bagheads’ travel between several worlds and encounter various strange creatures before finding the perfect world and removing their masks to become the first people. Presentation includes footage of the spectators and teachers.

Carrall Greenway : Keefer to Pender

Item is a plan for the Carrall Street Greenway, from Keefer Street to Pender Street. Plan shows aerial photographic views of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Chinese Cultural Centre, SUCCESS Housing, Suzhou Alley, Nggai Lum Association and the Sam Kee Building. Plan also shows the 1889 high water mark, and the location of trees and pedestrian walkways.

Carrall Greenway : Keefer to Pender : transition block : preliminary concept design

Item is a plan for the Carrall Street Greenway, from Keefer Street to Pender Street. Plan shows the location of trees, walkways, recreational lanes, traffic buffers and driving lanes. Plan also shows the location of retaining walls, concrete columns, underground glass, ramps and parking areas. Also shown are the location of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Chinese Cultural Centre, SUCCESS Housing, Suzhou Alley, Nggai Lum Association, and the Sam Kee Building.

Carrall Greenway development project

File consists of two architectural drawings and two maps showing plans for and completed portions of the Carrall Greenway development project, which included the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Plans include photographic images of the garden and other buildings, including an aerial view.

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.

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.

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