susanna Ng (l)

susanna Ng (l)

Visitors explore Ashcroft’s Chinese heritage

The new glass mosaics at the Chinese cemetery were a hit with three visitors keen to find out about the Chinese community in Ashcroft.

In June, Ashcroft played host to Susanna Ng, editor of the Ming Pao News in Vancouver; reporter Eric Chan; and Lily Chow, multicultural director of the New Pathways to Gold Society.

Ng and Chan were given a tour of the museum by curator Kathy Paulos, who talked about the history of Ashcroft’s Chinese community, and were then shown around Ashcroft by Councillor Barbara Roden, who pointed out historical sites such as the (much altered) former Chinese reading room (now a private residence) and the Wing Wo Lung building (which houses Rolgear).

Chow joined them for a tour of the Chinese cemetery, where they admired the new mosaics, and where Chow and Ng discovered, from the inscriptions on some of the surviving headstones, that some of the people buried in the cemetery came from the women’s ancestral villages in southern China. The tour finished with a visit to the HUB, where the trio met mosaic artist Marina Papais and her husband Daniel Collett, who designs the structures housing the mosaics.

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