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
Vancouver's 'Old' Chinatown: Still Here
As the city's neighbourhood 'revitalizes,' its Chinese-speaking seniors struggle for support. First in a series.
Old, Alone and Victims of Racism in Downtown Eastside
Service providers call for more culturally specific services. Second in a series.
'A Drop in the Bucket': Housing for Chinese Speaking Seniors
As Vancouver's Chinatown transforms, need grows for projects like the Simon K.Y. Lee Home for the elderly.
For Chinese Speaking Seniors, Better Service in San Francisco and Toronto
Two innovative, holistic models that put culture and community first. Last in a series.