'Feeding Our Chinese Stomachs': Understanding Chinatown as Place Through the Lens of Culturally Significant Food

Honours Thesis, Communication

School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

August 2019 - April 2020

As part of my Honours Thesis, I conducted a phenomenological study that looked at the ways in which Chinese seniors relate to the place of Vancouver's Chinatown, and in particular, how food impacts that relationship. 

For the project, 3 semi-structured interviews were conducted with Chinese seniors who frequent Vancouver's Chinatown. Interviews were done in Cantonese with the help of an interpreter.

Awards won: Rogers Communication Inc. Award in Communication (January 2020)

Voices in the Park: Decolonizing the History of Stanley Park

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology Simon Fraser University

August 2018 - April 2019

Through the FCAT Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award, I researched the issues around the history of Stanley Park regarding the First Nations (Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples) and their relationship to the land prior to Stanley Park's creation.

This project required documentary research as well as interviews and meetings with professionals who work in reconciliation efforts. It culminated in a presentation at the 2019 FCAT Undergraduate Conference as well as a research paper.

Awards won: Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Undergraduate Research Award (September 2018)

Interview on Vancouver Co-op Radio (March 12, 2019) about this research project:

Stanley Park InterviewY57 Media
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Chinatown YVR

Throughout my degree, I've had the opportunity to continue to learn more about the Chinese-Canadian diaspora in Vancouver, the history and significance of Vancouver's Chinatown, and dive deep into the social issues that Chinatown faces today.  This fascination has served as the subjects of various final papers and projects.