Director, Library Digital Initiatives
University of British Columbia
Chinese Canadian Stories (CCS) uses technology to bring the past to life and preserve digital objects for the future. In doing so, it has fostered innovative research that connects students with elders, developed educational materials for Grade 5-7 students across the country and helped an array of Canadian community groups tell their fascinating yet often overlooked legacies. Highlights of the CCS project, led by the University of British Columbia Library and Simon Fraser University Library, include interactive kiosks that present visually powerful narratives in three languages (English, French, Chinese); a searchable Chinese Head Tax Register of 97,000 digitized records, along with interactive modules that visualize the data for users; an educational video game entitled Gold Mountain Quest; and more. This cutting-edge project presents history for the digital age in a way that truly engages students and communities.