AFTER SUNSET: NIGHTLIFE IN VANCOUVER'S CHINATOWN
By: Victor D. Ngo, Alexander Reid, Tammy Kwan, Shaina Somers, Fiona Li, and Claire Peng
Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC)
Department of History, The University of British Columbia
Short documentary film, 15 minutes, 2014
Vancouver’s Chinatown has a rich history of a vibrant nightlife. During the 1960s and '70s, it was characterized by exuberant and colourful neon signs, restaurants, cinemas, and nightclubs such as the Marco Polo Restaurant. As a result, Chinatown formed an ethnically diverse and unique part of the city's social scene. In recent years, the Chinatown community has worked towards the goal of nurturing new residential and commercial growth in the historic neighbourhood.
What role can promoting options for nightlife, particularly for youth, play in supporting neighbourhood revitalization and maintaining a complete community? After Sunset: Nightlife in Vancouver's Chinatown explores how new businesses and initiatives including the Chinatown Night Market, Fortune Sound Club, and Bao Bei are contributing to a modern take on nightlife in Chinatown. How do these recent developments contribute to neighbourhood culture, heritage preservation, economic development, and life in a multicultural Vancouver?
Interviewing: Tammy Kwan, Shaina Somers, Alexander Reid, Fiona Li, and Victor D. Ngo
Cinematography: Victor D. Ngo
Camera: Victor D. Ngo and Claire Peng
Editing: Victor D. Ngo and Alexander Reid
Edited in Final Cut Pro X.
Premiere at Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) in Vancouver, BC on May 10, 2014.
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