360 Riot Walk
In April 8, 2021, the Powell Street Festival Society announced the Stewardship of 360 Riot Walk, created by artist Henry Tsang.
360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. It utilizes 360 video technology to trace the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are brought into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi.
360 Riot Walk invites participants to trace a layered history of Vancouver’s labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in what is today the Downtown Eastside. This unique project interweaves the narratives of racialized communities, reclaiming how and what histories are told.
Combining historical images with contemporary surroundings, participants are confronted with Vancouver’s ongoing legacy of racism. Through raising awareness and encouraging dialogue around these issues of social, legal, and ethical assumptions of rights, we ask ourselves, “How can we learn from our history and take action against injustice?”
It is for this reason, that the Powell Street Festival Society sees this project as having the potential to build upon inter-community relationships, creating allyships with other racialized groups and shared community responsibility.
In partnership with the 360 Riot Walk team, we hosted a series of online panel discussions and live walking tours. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden joined us as a community partner to build greater awareness of the project.
- Reflections on the Tour– with former participants of the walking tour
- The Challenge of Translation– with the translators of the Japanese, Cantonese and Punjabi versions
- The Context of the Riots– with the writers of 360 Riot Walk blog posts
Self-Guided Tours & Reflections– July – September, 2021
- July 24 and 25, Weekend Prior to the Powell Street Festival
- July 31 and August 1, Powell Street Festival Weekend
- September 11, Memorial of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots