Vancouver's Chinatown has been home to generations of immigrants since 1858. Today, the neighbourhood is changing as new businesses and residents move in next to decades-old grocery stores, butchers, and restaurants. But amidst this influx of new life, an unknown number of seniors who speak only Cantonese or Mandarin face discrimination, marginalization, and a lack of affordable, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate housing. Research suggests the problem will worsen as these vulnerable seniors, already living in poverty and isolation, age.
In This Series
As the city's neighbourhood 'revitalizes,' its Chinese-speaking seniors struggle for support. First in a series.
Service providers call for more culturally specific services. Second in a series.
As Vancouver's Chinatown transforms, need grows for projects like the Simon K.Y. Lee Home for the elderly.
Two innovative, holistic models that put culture and community first. Last in a series.