Chinese Canadians and First Nations: 150 Years of Shared Experience

Production Team

Produced by Jennifer Lau and Karin Lee

Written and Directed by Diana Leung and Kamala Todd

Website Design by Allan Cho

Bibliography Research by Allan Cho

Production Assistants: Andreanne Doyon and Farzine Macrae

Cameraperson: Mike McKinley

Sound Recordist: Sandor Gyurkovics

Sound Composer: No Luck Club and Os12

Editor: Johnny Darrell

Researcher: Lillian Howard

Jennifer Lau
This is Jennifer's first film where she has served as co-producer. She currently sits on the Board of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society, and has previously served as the Society's Coordinator. She has a BA in Chinese Migration and Race Relations and an LLB from UBC. She has also completed graduate work at the University of Maryland-College park, and has worked on Asian American history at the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of American History). She is in the process of completing her training to be a lawyer, and is currently serving as a judicial law clerk at the BC Supreme Court. She will be articling at Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy in Vancouver, BC

Karin Lee
Karin is a Canadian Academy Award (Gemini) winning filmmaker whose films include the effects of global displacement, feminism, and the Chinese diaspora in North America. Her works include Comrade Dad (2005), a documentary about her father’s Chinatown bookstore; the Gemini award winning documentary Made in China - the Story of Adopted Chinese Children in Canada (2000), Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit (1998), a historical documentary about the Chinese who helped byild the CPR, Songs of the Phoenix (1997) about contemporary feminists in China; and My Sweet Peony (1994), a short drama about cultural identity and sexuality.

Diana Leung
Diana co-writes and co-directs this short documentary. Like many second generation Chinese-Canadians, she was born in the Prairies but calls Vancouver her home. She is passionate about storytelling, heritage conservation, urban memory and communities. In the last five years, she has been involved in collaborative video productions with various communities as well as creative projects with dance, puppetry, and sound. Her writing and research on urban issues has appeared in SubTerrain, WestCoastLine, and The Canadian Journal of Communication. She graduated from SFU's School of Communication and UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning.

Kamala Todd
A Metis-Cree/German writer, filmmaker, community planner, and Mother, Todd has a Masters degree in urban Geography (UBC) and she worked for the City of Vancouver as Aboriginal Social Planner (2000-2006). Kamala is creator and director of Storyscapes, a community arts project that gathers oral histories and creates opportunities for Aboriginal people to tell their stories of Vancouver, through video, text, public art, and more. She was project director of Our City Our Voices (OCOV), a Storyscapes video project produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Recently, she published Storyscapes: Aboriginal stories of Vancouver to share project highlights. Kamala is creator and director of Indigenous City―a multimedia project that affirms the important place of Aboriginal people in the city.

Allan Cho
Allan is Program Services Librarian at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. A second generation Chinese Canadian, Allan graduated from the History Department at UBC specializing in modern Chinese history and the overseas Chinese diaspora, and the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, with focus on using social media and information technologies in promoting cultural diversity in librarianship and information science. Allan is involved in the Asian Canadian community, volunteering for a number of organizations. He is responsible for the annotated bibliography, website, and the postcard design of the BC Mosaic 150 project.  

Andreanne Doyon
Andréanne is currently pursuing her M.A. Planning at UBC, where she is especially interested in issues surrounding migration and how it affects both the people and the built environment. She has a BA in Asian Studies and Sociology, which is where she first learned about the relationship between the Chinese and the First Nations people in British Columbia. She is very excited to be a part of this project and hopes to become more involved with research regarding migration stories.

Farzine MacRae
This is Farzine's second major foray into documentary film production. His first film, a short documentary on an Iranian refugee facing deportation, was selected for the CBC's Digital Diversity competition. He has recently graduated with a BA from Simon Fraser University's Communication program, where his focus was on cultural studies, technology, media studies and journalism. He is currently pursuing an MA from the School for Community and Regional Planning at UBC, where he is focusing on the use of multi-media in the context of international development. His main role in this project is the creation of the shorter "teaser" film that seeks to illuminate some of the history of Chinese and Aboriginal relations.

Mike McKinley
Mike McKinlay was born in North Vancouver and raised in the Okanagan Valley. During his ten years as a cameraman, his film subjects have varied. From West Coast culture to wildlife and environmental awareness issues, Mike has had the opportunity to work within the genres of both the corporate and documentary world. For this project Mike worked as the principal cinematographer and camera operator. 

Lillian Rose Howard
Lillian is of Mowachaht ancestry and of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, which is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on Vancouver Island. From  Royal Roads University, she has an MA Environmental Education and Communication. She sat on several committees/boards such as the Environmental Guardianship through Law & Education, BC Environmental Network, Canadian Environmental Network and BC Spaces for Nature and the Sierra Club BC Chapter. Lillian has worked for various First Nation organizations including the NTC, the Assembly of First Nations and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs & the Vancouver School Board, Suneymuxw and Wuikinuxv First Nations. She is an active community member in Vancouver East and her own First Nation.

Sandor Gyurkovics

No Luck Club


Johnny Darrell

Gord Hill