March 3rd, 2011 Walking Home Projects goes on a scavenger hunt!



Walking Home Pender Street Walk # 3 – Scavenger Hunt

Review by: Diane Macqueen, teacher Maple Grove Elementary

This was the last of the Walking Home Projects’ field trips for our class.  Rather curiously, we had weird weather for the first two sessions – with snow both times, and the third threatened thundershowers.  But we were blessed on the last visit and ended up the day with quite fine weather, which was perfect for the kids who ended their journeys with an all out game of tag in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park.

Playing tag in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

The last Walking Home Projects’ activity was a Scavenger Hunt in Chinatown.  This was a lot of fun, and we had a lot of different experiences.  There were a number of highlights for me.  I appreciated seeing some of the memorials, the Chinese War Memorial on the corner of Keefer and Columbia Street, and the Chinese Canadian Veterans WWII memorial plaque at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street.  These memorials highlight the Chinese immigrants who helped build Canada’s railway and served Canada in the war even before they were citizens.  One can walk by these memorials and never notice them.  It was lovely to discover that Dylan’s grandfather’s name was on the war memorial plaque at the Chinese Cultural Centre.  I don’t think he had seen this before.

A scavenger hunt stop at the Chinese War Memorial on the corner of Keefer and Columbia Street (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

I also loved seeing local artist Arthur Shu Ren Cheng’s historical murals of the different eras of Chinatown 1884, 1905, 1936 on the corner of Columbia and Pender Streets.  They are beautiful and I wonder why I’ve never noticed them!  I also enjoyed going into the store Blim, and watching the students make buttons.  I loved the window display of ET with a walker and a Jack Daniel’s Whiskey t-shirt!

Our group admires Blim's "ET display" on one of our scavenger hunt stops (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

At the Chinese War Memorial statue of a railway worker and soldier, we met an older Chinese woman.  Fortunately, Rachel’s mother Shirley was able to talk to her.  The older woman had a huge smile and was clapping her hands, and clasping Shirley’s hand, and shaking Catherine’s hand with enthusiasm.  She seemed very touched to see the class taking the time to look at the monument, and perhaps to see the class just looking around Chinatown.

A woman is happy our group is paying attention to the Chinese War Memorial on the corner of Keefer and Columbia Streets. (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

I loved hearing about some of the other connections:  Isaac commented that his grandparents had their wedding banquet at the site where Foo’s Ho Ho restaurant now is.  Cortnee said that her parents know Jack Chow of Jack Chow Insurance – housed in the narrowest building in the world!

Our group next to Jack Chow Insurance, the narrowest building in the world (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

For me, Chinatown holds special memories from when I was a kid.  Although I was raised in West Vancouver, whenever our family friend Jim Chin came into town we would make our way to Chinatown and have a huge feast at the Ho Inn restaurant.  He taught us how to use chopsticks.  These are very found memories, and Chinatown was one of my favourite places to go out to.

Each of the trips was very unique and full of surprises, and many students commented on what a great learning experience it has been, and how grateful they were for the opportunities to explore with Walking Home Projects:

“this field trip was fun and exciting”
“the field trip was crazy fun”
“a great and educational 3 part field trip”
“I loved all the trips”
“I had the best time at the Garden”
“My experience was it was really fun and I learned a lot”
“it was an awesome field trip”
“an amazing field trip surpassing all our other field trips this year”

I have loved learning and discovering these downtown neighbourhoods alongside the youth, and am also grateful for the opportunity.

Diane Macqueen


March 3rd, 2011 – The Map of Where We Went:

 


Youth Reviews

 

On March 3rd, 2011, my class and I went on a field trip for a scavenger hunt in Chinatown.  We took the bus all the way to Chinatown.  Catherine and Laurie were waiting for us right in front of the bus stop.  Catherine told us our first stop was to go to the Tinseltown Mall and it was there that we also caught up with Samantha.  When we went inside the mall through the big mall doors I took my time looking at the different stores and all the different smelling foods you can find in Chinatown.  Then we walked to the mall’s food court and we got to eat our lunches.  When we were done eating Samantha, Catherine, and Laurie called out our teams for the scavenger hunt.  Our team leader was Samantha and Isaac’s mom, Karen.  We called our team “Purple is Awesome”.  All the teams got different colours, but I like the colour purple.  I was kind of scared and excited at the same time for the scavenger hunt because I thought I was going to get lost and lose the group somewhere.

First Sam led us to the corner of Pender Street and Columbia Street.  The clues told us that we would find three murals.  All the people in all three murals looked kind of sad or disappointed.  Some other clues were that we had to go to a store called Blim, and look for someone that worked there named Kaytee.  We were supposed to ask Kaytee what “Blim” really means.  She said that the name “Blim” comes from a place that the owner Yuriko used to imagine when she was little called “Blim-Blim”.  This was a place with a bunch of talking animals but it was all in her imagination, so she named her store after her imagination.

After that we went to the entrance of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park where the clue said that we had to find two animals in the Chinese Zodiac Mosaic that were across from each other and in front of the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.  We learned that a long time ago all the animals in the big circle were in a race with all the other animals.  The ones in that circle were those animals that actually finished the race.  For our clue, the animals across from the statue were the rat and horse.  The whole mosaic was made from these really pretty glass stones.  When we were getting out of the Park we saw these sculptures by the China Gate and they looked like lions.  Sam told us that they were actually called Fu Dogs and that one of the Fu Dogs was a mom and the other was a dad.  The dad was holding the earth, and the mom was holding a little baby Fu Dog and what they were holding stood for something in Chinese culture.  The dad holding the earth stood for him being a protector of the earth, and the mom holding a baby stood for her being protector of the earth’s people.   The Fu Dogs are very important to the Chinese culture.

After we were done the scavenger hunt we stopped by New Town Bakery and we got to pick a little treat.   Everything looked good but I picked the apple tart.  Some people picked an egg tart.  Sam told us that we couldn’t eat the treats until we got to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, where we would meet up the other teams but when we got there nobody else was there.  So Team Purple won the scavenger hunt and since nobody else was there we started to play some fun games like man-hunt, hide-and-seek, tag and way more. After we played a lot of games the other teams finally arrived. So we all headed to the back entrance of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and we discussed all our Walking Home Projects field trips.  I talked about the art exhibit called “i can see your underwear” at Centre A.  The art there was really different from all the other art galleries I’ve been to.  The art in “i can see your underwear” was so unique and interesting and it was all made of recyclable materials, but that’s not all I liked.  I loved spending time with Samantha, Catherine, and Laurie.  That was one of the greatest field trips I’ve ever been on.  And that was our awesome scavenger hunt in Chinatown.

Alisha M.

One stop on the scavenger hunt was to write down the dates of the three historical murals local artist Arthur Shu Ren Cheng painted on the corner of Columbia and Pender Streets (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

On March 3rd, 2011, my class and I went to Chinatown again for another field trip with Walking Home Projects.  This time it was a scavenger hunt.  We went to eat our lunch at Tinseltown/International Village Mall.  After our lunch we got into 3 teams.  My team was led by Sam and Karen.  We were called the “Purple Team” and first they told us the rules.  After they told us all of the rules we did a cheer by putting our hands in the middle and yelling “PURPLE IS AWESOME” on the count of three which made everyone else stare at the Purple Team.  We went down the stairs from the food court, on the 2nd floor, and read the questions.  The first thing we had to find were three murals and write down the dates above the paintings.  These paintings of different dates show how Chinatown changed from time to time.  We found it very fast and then we did our next question. Before I knew it we were done.  The Purple Team waited and waited for the other groups to come.  We went to the washroom, played a game, ate our treats, walked around and finally the second group came the Green Team, then lastly, the Flaming Ninja Ducks (Team Red).  Sam went through the answers and we got all of them right.  Everyone played a few games then we had to go back to school.  But before that we talked about our favourite trips with Catherine, Laurie and Sam.  I loved all the trips with Catherine, Laurie and Sam.  It was so fun learning about Downtown and Chinatown.  Thank you Catherine, Laurie, Sam and Ms. Macqueen for EVERYTHING!!!

P.S. Thank you Catherine, Samantha and Laurie for the Purple City Map.  I couldn’t print it off my [computer, so the copy you gave us will help with our school project,] so thank you.

Beata S.

Last stop on the scavenger hunt -eat our treats from New Town Bakery in the gazebo in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

Last Thursday we went to Chinatown for another Walking Home Projects fieldtrip, which was a scavenger hunt.  We went to Tinseltown Mall to sort out the teams for the scavenger hunt.  My team named ourselves the “Flaming Ninja Ducks,” and our first clue was to go to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and find a sign near a gazebo that explained the difference between Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and the Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  While we were heading there we saw the narrowest building in the world, the Sam Kee Building.  When we got to the Park we found a sign that explained that the Garden was made by special Chinese builders and the Park was made by North Americans workers.  Our second clue was to find a mosaic of the Chinese Zodiac and find which two animals were in line with the Park entrance, the China Gate and a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.  It was the rat and horse.  Our third clue was to walk from the Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen statue fifty steps north.  Unfortunately we walked past the answer because we didn’t want to count.  We thought it was the China Gate but it was actually a plaque for the Chinese-Canadians who worked on the railway.  Our fourth clue was to find something similar to the plaque.  We noticed that right across from it, there was another one.  On it was a list of all the people who served in WWII.  I saw my Great Grandpa on it!  Our fifth clue was to go to the corner of Pender and Columbia to find three paintings on the side of a building.  Our sixth clue was to go to a store called “Blim” and ask Kaytee, one of the store’s workers, what “Blim” really means.  She explained that when her boss was 4 she had a dreamland called “Blim-Blim”.  For our seventh clue we headed to New Town Bakery to buy our treats.  Our final clue was to walk to the Chinese War Memorial and see what was beside the statue of a soldier.  It was another statue of a man working on the railroad.  I thought this field trip was fun and exciting.

Dylan Y.

A very fun stop on the scavenger hunt - making buttons at Blim! (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

On Thursday March 3rd my class and I went on our third field trip to Chinatown for a scavenger hunt.  This was our last Walking Home Pender Street field trip with Catherine, Laurie and Sam.  Once we got off the bus we met Catherine, Laurie and Sam at the bus stop and walked over to Tinseltown/International Village Mall, where we ate our lunches and then began the scavenger hunt.  We were divided into three teams and each made up group names and cheers; our group’s name was “FLAMING NINJA DUCKS!”  The first place we had to go for the scavenger hunt was the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park.  Going to the gazebo in the park we found a sign naming the differences of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; we learned that the Park was made with modern tools and techniques from North America and the Garden was built by using ancient Chinese tools and techniques.  The next part of our scavenger hunt was to go to the courtyard of the Chinese Cultural Centre and find a mosaic of the Chinese Zodiac. Once we found the Zodiac mosaic, which was made out many tiles placed in the cement, we had to find which two animals in the mosaic faced the sculpture of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. The two animals were the rat and horse.  Next we went to a plaque that had a picture of the Chinese railway workers and across from that was a similar plaque of the Chinese people who fought in World War II, who represented Canada even though they weren’t considered Canadian citizens at this time.  We continued our scavenger hunt and the next place was the murals.  The murals were painted pictures of different scenes from Chinatown in the years 1884, 1905 and 1936.  After looking at the murals we went to a shop called “BLIM”, which sells clothing for adults, buttons, cards and more.  Once we got into the store we met Kaytee, one of the employees, who explained to us why the store is called “BLIM”.  The owner of the store used to have an imaginary animal kingdom when she was little and called it “BLIM-BLIM,” so when she opened her store she decided to name it after this.  After getting our clue we all got to make our own buttons and mine was a little round button with the word “BLIM” on it.  When finished there we walked over to New Town Bakery where we all got to pick a treat.  I picked an apple tart.  Most people got apple tarts.  Next we went to a statue.  It was a statue of a Chinese-Canadian railway worker.  There was a sign on the statue that had some Chinese words on it.  One of the parents knew how to read Chinese so she read it out loud to all of us and that was the end of the scavenger hunt.  We went back to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and all the groups started playing tag games in the Park.  At about 2:00 we had to start walking back to the bus stop to go back to school.  That day I thought about all the hard work Catherine, Sam and Laurie must have put in to all of these three field trips.

THANK YOU!!

Lisa Y.

Another stop on the scavenger hunt was to look at the Chinese Canadian Veterans WWII memorial plaque at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

Last Thursday, March 3rd, we went to Chinatown to have a scavenger hunt!  This was the last part of three field trips around the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown with Walking Home Projects.  When we arrived at the bus stop, we were greeted by Catherine, Samantha, and Laurie who have been the leaders for all the field trips.  We ate lunch in the International Village which is a mall in Chinatown.  Afterwards they divided us into three groups for the scavenger hunt and then we headed out to find the different places and landmarks around Chinatown.  The first clue was to find the Chinese War Memorial and we had to identify the two statues there.  The statue on the right was a Chinese-Canadian soldier, but for awhile we could not figure out who was on the left side.  Then somebody said a railway worker? A lot of us didn’t think so but then I noticed a rail at the statue’s feet so it did turn out to be a railway worker.  After a couple of more clues, we went over to New Town Bakery to order a pastry for each of us.  We had a choice of a coconut bun, an apple tart, or an almond snap.  I chose the coconut bun.

During the scavenger hunt, my group went to this really cool store called Blim where we got to make our own buttons, which I thought was really cool.  After we finished our scavenger hunt we went back to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park to eat treats from the bakery.  The coconut bun was very sweet but good.  As soon as all of us finished our treats we had 30 minutes till we had to go back to the bus stop.  So our whole class played man-hunt!  It was really fun because we got to hide in the plants and we got to run around in the Park.  After it was time to go back to the school.  Overall I had a great time and I would like to thank Catherine, Laurie, and Samantha for this great and educational final field trip.

Noah S.

A sweet stop on the scavenger hunt to New Town Bakery on East Pender Street (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

Today, March 3rd, we explored Chinatown and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park.  First we met Catherine at the bus stop and then walked over to Tinseltown Mall.  We ate our lunch there and then separated into three groups for a scavenger hunt.  My group called ourselves the “Flaming Ninja Ducks”.  We got a late start.  The first thing we had to find was the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and a sign by the Park’s gazebo that explained the differences between the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  We learned the Park was made with materials from North America and the Garden’s came only from China, even the pebbles!  Next we had to find a mosaic showing all the animals of Chinese Zodiac.  I was able to find my animal which is the snake.  From there our next clue said to take fifty steps from the sculpture of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in the courtyard of the Chinese Cultural Centre.  Some people ran ahead and didn’t count their steps but I did.  The people that ran ahead went past the Fu Dogs to the China Gate but the answer wasn’t there,  [it was under the Chinese Cultural Centre’s overpass] which was a tunnel like thing.  There we found a plaque honouring the Chinese-Canadian railway workers.  Across from that, was another plaque too, which listed all the Chinese-Canadians that fought in the World War II.  They fought and earned the right to live here. We then walked down Pender Street to a store called “Blim”.  Inside we learned what the name Blim actually means.  When the store’s owner was little she had an imaginary world full of animals and she called this place “BlimBlim”.  We then got to make buttons that said “Blim”.  Then we went to New Town Bakery/Restaurant and ordered some treats. I got an Almond Snap which was very sweet!  After that we went to find two statues at the Chinese War Memorial.  We knew one was a soldier but we had to find out that the other was a railroad worker.  While we were there, we realized there was a shortcut back to the park.  We raced inside and discovered that everybody was already there.  We then were able to eat our treats and then we got to play man-hunt.  Well, that was the whole trip squished into about one page.  Pretty awesome, eh?

Sabrina C.

About to play tag in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park (Photo credit: Catherine Pulkinghorn)

Click below to hear some participants’ responses to all three Walking Home Projects walks in Chinatown: