Chinese Cafe Diorama

Paul Wong, 2020
Mixed Media
Tongue & Groove Painted Wall
Vintage Men’s Cooking Uniform
Vintage Woman’s Waitress Uniform
Club Cafe silkscreen print (1996)
Corner Table & Chair

Museum of Vancouver
Nov 19, 2020 – Jan 2022

Chinese Cafe Diorama (2020) was part of A Seat at the Table, Chinese Immigration and British Columbia at the Museum of Vancouver. A Seat at the Table explored historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop. The exhibition is an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia, a province built from the interaction of successive and concurrent waves of migration and uninterrupted occupation by Indigenous peoples.

Exhibition, Installation