Locally Designed & Made By Vanessa Liu, Theo Wong, and Emily Tso

Vancouver Chinatown Tote Bags

$30 CAD

Why We Made This

Millennium Gate & “We are Chinatown”

This is a product that honours Vancouver’s Chinatown for what it was, as well as its ongoing evolution. It’s for all the kids who went from store to store looking for comics and toys, and for all the grandmothers who shop every day for fresh choi. The tote is a representation of the bustling markets, the smell of fresh bao, and the sound of 80’s Cantonese pop blaring out the dry goods stores.

Past, Present, and Future | About the Graphic

Designed by Joe Wai and inaugurated in 2002, the Millennium Gate was built to represent the significance of the future and the past of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The illustration of the gate is a hope to bring awareness of the urban development and changes that have taken place in Chinatown. The phrase [Gai Wong Hoi Loi] is on the Eastern side of the gate to remind us to “Maintaining tradition in future pathways”; go forth into the future, but do not forget what the past has contributed.

A tote bag for all who love Chinatown

We chose to make a tote bag rather than anything else because we wanted versatility and functionality. Shamelessly show it off: take it to school, go shopping with it, and take it on your dates!

Why We Sell This

All proceeds go to the Hua foundation for future products as well as workshops, programs, and community activities.

Materials and Care

100% COTTON. Safe to wash.

Product Size


Length: 15.5″ | Width: 14.6″| Weight: 12g | Strap: 9.46″

Community Member Discount

Enjoy a $5 discount on each bag purchased. Simply email us at info@huafoundation.org to be reimbursed.

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