alumNIGHTS at the Chinese Canadian Museum

Did you know the 1923 Chinese Immigration Act prohibited Chinese immigration in Canada until 1947? And that it required Canadian-born Chinese to be issued “immigration” cards? This dark but largely forgotten period left a voluminous paper trail that is finally being revealed 100 years later. The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act at the Chinese Canadian Museum is a national exhibition and archive featuring hundreds of identity documents used to track Chinese individuals in Canada. Amid haunting stories of loss and despair, the show offers powerful examples of courage and perseverance. Join fellow UBC alumni on an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour with curator Catherine Clement and exhibit guides Naomi Louie (BA’19, MA’23) and Victoria So (UBC student) to learn more about this deeply impactful period in our nation’s history.  

This event is presented in partnership with the Centre for Asian Canadian Research and Engagement, the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, and the UBC faculties of Arts, Education, and Medicine, and the UBC Sauder School of Business.


Fred Lee, BA’88 (he/him/his) — Senior Director, Alumni Engagement, alumni UBC


Catherine Clement (she/her) — Curator, The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act

Exhibition guides

Naomi Louie, BA’19, MA’23 (she/her) — Exhibit Guide

Victoria So (she/her) — UBC student

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Chinese Canadian Museum
51 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1S9 – map

Tickets: $20 for alumni, $25 for guests. Includes pre-reception, admission, and exhibit tour.

Tickets must be purchased by UBC alumni.

The registration deadline is Sunday, April 28, 2024 (or until fully booked).


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alumNIGHTS at the Chinese Canadian Museum

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