In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, visitors to UBC are invited to explore a specially curated exhibition located in the foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The display celebrates the history, culture and symbolism of the Classical Chinese Garden.
On May 24, speakers from the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Japanese Garden will engage in lively conversation about these built spaces of nature and the role they play in our contemporary urban context. See the event listing for further details.
Produced by Gemini Award winner and UBC alumna Karin Lee from Vancouver-based Top Dollar Sisters Productions, Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection features UBC alumnus Dr. Wallace B. Chung and his love of collecting Canadian Pacific items – a passion that began in childhood and grew to encompass more than 25,000 items.
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A new exhibition in the Chung Collection room highlights historical food menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections teamed up with Larry Wong, a local historian and author of Dim Sum Stories, to create the exhibit. “Bon Voyage / Bon Appétit: Menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Ships, Trains, Planes, and Hotels” features an array of eye-catching and mouth-watering menus.
UBC Library’s Chung Collection contains more than 1,000 menus, dating from the 1890s to the 1980s. The majority are in English, but there are a few unique menus in Chinese, Japanese, French and even German. Featuring unique historical delicacies, these menus offer a glimpse of “the elegance of dining” in the early days, says Wong.
The exhibition features CPR menus exclusively, but local foodies can also enjoy a few digitized menus from Vancouver’s Chinatown. Six menus are currently online and there are plans to add more over the summer.