BCHF News BCHF welcomes new directors Emma Quan and Elwin Xie

BCHF welcomes new directors Emma Quan and Elwin Xie

At the BCHF annual general meeting held by Zoom on Sept. 12, we welcomed two new directors to the board.

Emma Quan is a student at Douglas College working towards a specialization in history as part of an Associate of Arts degree. She plans on continuing her studies with a focus on Canadian social history, women and gender studies, and museum and archival sciences.

In addition, she is a peer writing tutor at Douglas, was recently a research assistant for a project on social housing, and a volunteer at the New Westminster Museum and Archives. In the future, she hopes to continue working and learning in the realm of public history and research.

Elwin Xie grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He is a museum interpreter at Burnaby Village Museum and at Hastings Mill Store Museum and an AV tech support expert.

He has worked with the Vancouver Historical Society, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, the West Vancouver Historical Society (on its Local Voices series), the Heart of The City Festival, and LiterASIAN – A Festival of Asian Canadian Writing.

In addition, he has recently contributed to the following exhibits: A Seat At the Table, Museum of Vancouver (Chinatown satellite); Across The Pacific: The Chinese in Burnaby, Burnaby Village Museum; Chinatown Through A Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow; and 1923-2023 – 100 Years since the 1923 Chinese Exclusion. We are looking forward to his article about his growing-up days and his family connections called “Union Laundry: Beyond the Racial Stereotype” in the Winter 2020 issue of BC History magazine.

The rest of the board consists of returning directors: president Shannon Bettles, second vice-president Mark Forsythe, secretary Doug Brigham, treasurer Rosa Flinton-Brown, directors-at-large Michael Gibbs, Maurice Guibord, Greg Nesteroff, and Caroline Ross, as well as past president K. Jane Watt, and honorary president Gary Mitchell.

The first vice-president position is vacant.