Chinese-Canadian National Culture Centre (CCNCC) is a non-profit society headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia. CCNCC was created to share culture, bring communities together and to build understanding among Chinese and non-Chinese communities across the country. We aim to bring the Chinese-Canadian communities closer as well as bring together other Canadians by sharing our culture, history and endeavors.
For the Chinese-Canadian communities, we wish to work with all regions, learning from Chinese-Canadian experiences and activities across the country, sharing these experiences and talents so that all Canadians can be part of the national experience.
For the Canadian communities we hope to bring communities closer together to foster camaraderie and good citizenship amongst all Canadians and all cultures.
Our first step will be build the bridges between our regions, working with each region to showcase their talents and achievements. We encourage all Canadians to participate and learn of our culture, arts and history. Our genesis in not coincidental but is aligned with the evolving Chinese-Canadian landscape.
The landscape of the Chinese in Canada has been evolving as a result of many economic, societal changes and ongoing uncertainty in other parts of the world. Canada is seen as an ideal place to live due to its freedoms and newcomer’s new ability to live in a free and democratic society.
In the beginning, the early Chinese immigrants were Cantonese speaking hailing from the southern parts of China. Today they come from all over China, but most are predominantly Mandarin speaking. For the early Chinese they now have second generation Chinese-Canadians who, for the most part, have integrated well into Canadian society. They, however, are not all keeping up with their historical roots.
More recent immigrants have now become more visible, having created new areas in the urban space that could at times be considered more Chinese than other areas surrounding it. These are likened to be modern Chinatowns where they have congregated in the same areas.
The early Chinese created their own Chinatowns as a haven to support for each other and protect themselves from a less than friendly general population. While an important part of history our cultural landscape is now diversified and grown into a matrix of socio-economic and cultural dimensions.
The newer immigrants have not only economic power and resources, but they have congregated into the modern urban Chinatowns for the sake of maintaining their use of language and social reasons, as opposed to the discrimination of the past. Soon, the next generation of these newer immigrants will also be integrated in the general society.
We are also seeing more and more visitors from China and more and more students studying in Canada that are of Chinese origin. As a result, it is timely to bring these communities together and to work on the common goal of bringing all communities together through the showcasing of Chinese culture through the eyes of Chinese Canadians.
Everyone is invited to join us in providing a platform for camaraderie.
Chinese-Canadian history and graphed Chinese immigration statistics from 1881-2001.
Program areas in Chinese Arts, Language, and History.