An article on an innovative project that has received funding from the B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) appears in the Alberni Valley Times. The project involves the digitization of thousands of images related to the community growth of Port Alberni, located on Vancouver Island.

The BCHDP was launched by UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations around the province digitize an enticing array of material. Nearly $180,000 was awarded to 21 projects in 2011. Altogether, BCHDP funding has totalled more than $820,000 for 98 projects throughout British Columbia.

You can view the Alberni Valley Times article here, and view a complete list of the approved 2011 projects here.

Henry Yu, a Professor of History at UBC, is quoted in a story that appears in Metro Toronto about a chronological chart of Chinese Canadian History.

Prof. Yu is also the Project Lead of Chinese Canadian Stories, an initiative of UBC Library and SFU Library that has received funding from the federal government’s Canadian Historical Recognition Program.

In April, Prof. Yu, joined a number of community partners in Toronto to help launch the Chinese Canadian Heritage Fund’s timeline of Chinese Canadian history. Written in English, French and Chinese, this up-to-date poster provides an accessible chronology of important moments in Chinese Canadian history.

Produced by Dr. David Lai, the pre-eminent expert on Chinese Canadian Chinatowns, and by the David Lam Centre at SFU, this chart maps out the long history of discrimination and racism against which Chinese Canadians struggled, as well as the triumphs and contributions of many Chinese Canadians to the building of Canadian society.

You can view the Metro Toronto article here. For more information on the Chinese Canadian Stories initiative, please visit here.

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