The Vancouver Organizing Committee and other community groups begin set up bright and early Wednesday morning, ready to welcome and greet the delegates!
There was a great energy in the room. Our Opening Ceremonies- lots of delegates reconnecting and connecting with colleagues and old friends!
A bilingual welcome from UBC's Department of History and conference co-convenor, Dr. Glen Peterson
A warm welcome from Elder Larry Grant to Richmond and the land that we are privileged to do work on as guests. Elder Larry also shares a bit about his complex identity story of being Chinese and Indigenous descent.
Next up: a warm welcome to Richmond by the Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. Minster Wat is also the elected Member of Legislative Assembly for the Richmond Center riding, and shared her understanding of the city of Richmond's history.
As our keynote opener and member of ISSCO's Board, Dr. CheeBeng Tan explains the importance for studying Chinese migration. We sure do agree! This is after all the 9th ISSCO to be held!
UBC History and St. John's College Dr. Henry, co-convenor of this year's ISSCO takes the podium to welcome the group.
And with all the official welcomes complete, we're off to our first sessions! Our community booths are excited to welcome delegates from all around the world!