The Choi Project
Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report
The Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report documents the loss of food retailers in Chinatown between 2009 to 2016 and demonstrates that cultural food assets are being lost at an alarmingly rapid rate.
The report also compiled a cross-sectional analysis of City of Vancouver policies, and identified gaps in supporting ethnocultural food practices and retail. Read it here.
50% of Chinatown’s fresh food stores—greengrocers, fishmongers, barbecue meat shops, and butchers—have been lost between 2009 to 2016. Thirty-two percent of Chinese dry goods stores, and 56% of food service retailers that were in operation in 2009 have also been lost during the seven year timeframe. These results stand in stark contrast to City of Vancouver’s target of increasing food assets by 50% by 2020, signalling the need for a closer examination of the intended and emergent outcomes of municipal policy.
This report analyzes five major policy documents relating to food policy in Chinatown and considers the degree to which cultural food assets are acknowledged within City of Vancouver’s policy landscape. The loss of many cultural food assets in Chinatown and their lack of recognition within municipal policy indicates that there remains a significant area of untapped potential for building a more inclusive, just, and sustainable food system in Vancouver.
Press Release: Hua foundation launches Chinatown Food Security Report
CKNW Steele & Drex podcast | September 14, 2017 Chinatown Has Seen A Decline In Chinese Cultural Businesses
The Georgia Straight | August 30, 2017 Declining Chinatown food businesses neglected by Vancouver civic policies, report finds
Metro News Vancouver | August 28, 2017 Vancouver Chinatown’s cultural food businesses struggle to survive: report
Ming Pao Canada | August 25, 2017 華埠7年流失半數食肆3成店舖基金報告促市府保護華人食品
CBC Radio The Early Edition | August 25, 2017 Starting at 02:11:00 Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report
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