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Downtown Eastside Women's Centre collection

  • AM412
  • Item
  • 1979

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.

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre

[View of the 100 block East Pender Street]

Photograph shows buildings and businesses along East Pender Street including 116 East Pender Street, the Chinese Benevolent Association National Headquarters (108 East Pender Street), Ho-Ho Chop Suey (102 East Pender Street), and the Sun Ah Hotel (100 East Pender Street)

Pender Street shop fronts

Photograph also shows buildings and businesses along Pender Street including Wankow Tour and Travel (258 East Pender Street), Hotel Sydney (258 East Pender Street), and Le Kiu Importing Company Ltd. Grocery (262 East Pender Street)

[View of the 200 block East Pender Street]

Photograph shows buildings and businesses along East Pender Street including the Nanking Restaurant (245 East Pender Street), Kwang Chow Restaurant (251 East Pender Street), Delightful Food Restaurant (277 East Pender Street), and Jing Wah Company Grocery (299 East Pender Street)

[View of East Pender Street]

Photograph also shows buildings and businesses along Pender Street includning the Sun Tower (100 West Pender Street), Ho Inn Restaurant (79 East Pender Street), Cheng Wing Yeong Tong Association (79 1/2 East Pender Street), and Trans National Emporium Importers (89 East Pender Street)

[View of the 500 block Main Street]

Photograph also shows businesses including Sing Tao Newspapers (549 Main Street), Sun Sun Jewellery and Art Company Ltd. (547 Main Street) and Mandarin Drugs (543 Main Street)

[View of the 100 block East Pender Street]

Photograph also shows buildings and businesses along East Pender Street including Bing C. Wong and Associates Accounting and Taxation Services, South Seas Dining Lounge, Yick Fung Tea Room Restaurant (137 East Pender Street), Temple Shop Novelties (123 East Pender Street), Con's Appliance Ltd. (103 East Pender Street), and the Sun Tower (100 West Pender Street)

[View of East Pender Street]

Photograph also shows buildings and businesses including Hong Chong Fresh Fish Market (209 East Pender Street) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (501 Main Street)

[View of East Pender Street at night]

Photograph also shows buildings and businesses along Pender Street including the Bamboo Terrace Restaurant (155 East Pender Street), Ming's Restaurant (147 East Pender Street), and the Sun Tower (100 West Pender Street)

[View of East Pender Street at night]

Item is a photograph of buildings and businesses along Pender Street including Ming's Restaurant (147 East Pender Street) and the Sun Tower (100 West Pender Street); neon signs are visible.

Chinatown existing

Item is an annotated photocopy of a map of Chinatown showing streets, buildings and the number of stories in each building. Includes the area bounded by Taylor Street, Hastings Street, Gore Avenue and Keefer Street. The Provincial Historic Site Boundary, designated February 2, 1971, is drawn and indicated on the map. Notations pertaining to the boundary and the indication of the number of stories in each building appear on the map.

City of Vancouver

Item is a copy of sections of a November 1889 fire insurance map that have been pieced together. Includes the area between Seymour and Dunlevy Streets, from the south shore of the Burrard Inlet to Keefer Street. Map shows Chinatown, part of False Creek, and buildings and their uses (commercial, residential, industrial). The name of the business, business owner, or type of business is noted for most commercial and industrial buildings.

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