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Announcing the Stewardship of 360 Riot Walk

The Powell Street Festival Society is proud to announce its stewardship of 360 Riot Walk created by artist Henry Tsang. 360 Riot Walk is a multilingual interactive self-guided walking tour which 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.  

We will be partnering with the 360 Riot Walk team to host online panel discussions and live walking tours from May to September 2021. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be joining us as a community partner to build greater awareness of the project. 

Panel Discussions- May, June, & July 

  • 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  

  • July 24 and 25Weekend Prior to the Powell Street Festival 
  • July 31 and August 1Powell Street Festival Weekend 
  • September 11Memorial of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots 

Registration and event details to come! Visit www.powellstreetfestival.com or follow @powellstfest and https://360riotwalk.ca/ or follow @360riotwalk for event updates.  

About the Project 

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.  

You can stream the project on location with a mobile device and headphones or remotely on a web browser. There are 13 stops on the tour. If you decide to take this self-guided tour on location, start at Maple Tree Square in Gastown in downtown Vancouver. You will need wireless data and about 2 hours to complete the tour; feel free to stop at any point and resume anytime later.  

Please be aware that the area has a higher density of vulnerable and marginalized people – it may be a good idea to go with someone. Because you will be aiming your device in every direction, you may be perceived as taking photos of local residents, which may cause a reaction. Be courteous, and take the time to let them know that you are watching a recorded video. Also please understand that if you decide to take this self-guided tour on location, you agree to accept full responsibility for your behaviour, well-being and health. The full release text is embedded within the 360 video project. 

https://360riotwalk.ca/