Dr Tzu-I Chung is Curator of History at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada. She was named the Exemplary Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan in 2009-2010. Her museum project, the Centre of Arrivals, is part of the museum’s long-term commitment toward preserving, exploring and sharing the stories of multicultural immigrants in British Columbia through research, collection, outreach programs and exhibitions. For this work, the Royal BC Museum received the Multicultural Excellence in Government Award and other awards and recognitions in the arts, culture and heritage sector. Her academic publications can be found in The International Journal of Heritage Studies, The International Journal of Museum and Society, BC Studies: British Columbia Quarterly and books such as Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures and New Perspectives on the Gold Rush, as well as in public venues.

Collecting Trans-Pacific Threads: The Asian Pacific Canadian Textile Collections at the Royal BC Museum

This presentation provides a critical analysis of cultural heritage that ties the trans-Pacific regions together through historical migration and circulation of material culture, within the context of the history of the textile collections at the Royal BC Museum. This analysis will start with an overview of the museum’s textile collection, followed by a closer look at the Asian Pacific Canadian textile collections through the critical lenses of transnational migration, critical heritage studies, and gender studies. It will delve into the politics of collecting, the history of a racialized past, the fluidity of trans-Pacific migration, as well as the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in understanding a collective past.