Anonymous Flower Installation
Presented by Youth Collaborative for Chinatown
Sponsored by the Flower Factory
Location: Millennium Gate, 26 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
Following recent alarming increases in anti-Asian racism and racism-fueled violence, an anonymous artist created a flower tribute on the lions of the Chinatown Gate in early June. Building upon this random act of kindness, this large scale floral installation is a message of love for all racialized people of all generations, genders and sexualities, and a thank you for the incredibly difficult but necessary work so many in these communities continue to do to dismantle systemic racism.
The Youth Collaborative for Chinatown (YCC) is a network of youth doing awesome things in, for and with Vancouver’s Chinatown. Wanting to bring back the “hot and noisy” atmosphere of the community, we activate public spaces with monthly Chinatown Mahjong Socials where people come play, teach or learn mahjong and participate in activities like storytelling, lantern-making and book binding. Our approach is collaborative, culturally-based and intergenerational. We are grassroots and volunteer run, harnessing community talents and materials from graphic design skills to borrowed mahjong tables and tile sets, but we still need a bit of support to keep us going and growing!
YCC supports youth who are already actively involved in Chinatown or are interested in becoming involved, to collaborate and document ways that younger generations can contribute to the neighbourhood.