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Placemaking and Belonging with Long Time No See Collective

Culture Days

Dec 5, 2023

Video Profiles

How do arts and culture in Chinatowns relate to community building, placemaking, activism, pandemic recovery, intergenerational dialogue, and community resilience?

During our chat with Long Time No See Collective, Rick Wong, Brenda Joy Lem, and Amy Shuang Wang shared about their community engagement project “Longing Belonging ✿ 100 Years 100 Stories” exhibited at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and the intention behind photographing and interviewing people in spaces that elicit sentiments of belonging.

More about the exhibition “Longing Belonging ✿ 100 Years 100 Stories”: Long Time No See Chinatown TO

Their latest show, “Tong Yan Gai, Jeui Ho!” (Chinatown, the Best!), is ON NOW at Hart House (@harthouseuoft) in Toronto until Feb. 15th, 2024. Learn more about the exhibition at

This video series explores how cultural and artistic groups in Chinatowns serve as essential influences in the post-pandemic ecosystem, with arts, culture, and placemaking firmly set as the foundation of rebuilding.

Thank you to the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this project.