Intentions & Values

“Chinatown” deserves complexity. Chinatowns and other ethnic enclaves are often maligned as decrepit and dirty (a caricature which has worsened with the pandemic). However, they are also tokenized as festival spaces and venues of touristic entertainment. Rather than contributing to Chinatown’s perceived defaults, as both archaic and exotic, the Chinatown Biennial aims to highlight a complex web of narratives tied to these neighbourhoods. They are sites on Indigenous lands, sites of labour movements, mutual aid, sex work, undocumented lives, fights against rapid gentrification, and so much more.

〰 The Chinatown Biennial stands in solidarity with movements for racial equality, queer liberation, economic equality, and disability activism. We prioritize BIPOC, community-driven, and grassroots partnerships in our programming.