What will become of Toronto’s Chinatown(s)? Reimagining ChinaTOwn is a collection of eleven speculative fiction stories set in 2050 that boldly reimagines the future of Chinatown as a shared and collective vision.
Based on a workshop during Myseum Intersections 2020 and written during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, each story explores a personal relationship to Chinatown in the context of the rising anti-Asian sentiment and growing uncertainty for Chinatown’s future.
As the community authors speculate on the future in 2050, their stories offer a visionary act of resistance by uncovering new possible futures and bringing to light untold pasts. Chinatown itself is an illumination of the histories of diasporas for those who know how to see. It is both a place and a condition; between generations, between patterns of immigration, between identities, between others, between countries. By envisioning Chinatown anew, the stories create a radically more generous and expansive present moment by building a collective and shared vision for the future of Toronto’s Chinatowns.
And, coming in 2022, you can access a virtual reality (VR) companion for each story. Access at reimaginingchinatown.com.
Edited by Linda Zhang. Foreword by Jeremy Jih. Stories by Eva Chu, Helen Ngo, Amelia Gan, Emperatriz Ung, Michael Chong, Georgia Barrington, Tiffany Lam, Razan Samara, Amy Yan, Eveline Lam, and Robert Tin. Afterword by James Leng.
Paperback. 149 pages. 5.5" x 8.5".