Working Group Biographies
The Chinese-Canadian Museum Working Group provides information, input and advice into community consultation and the establishment of a Chinese-Canadian Museum in BC. The working group is comprised of individuals possessing significant expertise and experience related to the Chinese-Canadian community and related matters. Members are appointed by the Minister of State for Trade.
The following are the members of the Working Group:
John Adams – Historian and Author
BA (UBC history), M. of Museum Studies (U of Toronto). From 1974-2004: museum and historic site curatorship and management (Burnaby Village Museum, Royal BC Museum, Heritage Branch), teaching museum studies (SFU and UVic). From 2000-present: owner/operator of Discover the Past in Victoria (historical research, writing and tours). Author of six books, including “Chinese Victoria” (anticipated 2019 publication). Former president of BC Museums Association (1978-79), Victoria Historical Society (1988-90), Old Cemeteries Society (1990-1997).
Tung Chan – Retired. Former Board Chair, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Former CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Former Councillor, City of Vancouver
Tung Chan, an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, is the former Chair of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He is currently a board member of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and a member of the B.C. and Yukon Provincial Advisory Committee of the Canadian Red Cross. From 2006 to 2010, Tung was the Chief Executive Officer of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. In 2002 and 2012, Tung was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the community. In July 2014, Tung was invested into the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his community leadership.
Christina Chang – President / Hanyin Education Group, Commissioner / Ministry of the Justice, Quebec
Aside from the education business and notary public, the key roles Christina played earlier in the communities were the Presidents of Taiwan Chambers of Commerce both in BC and Canada. Christina now is the President of Taiwan Association for Future Leaders (TAFL). TAFL is a non-profit organization under Hanyin Education Group, its mission is to help youth grow as an individual and build transferable skills in forms of leadership and teamwork.
C George Ing – LCol Canadian Forces (Retired)
George Ing was born in Victoria BC where he joined the RCAF as a Private and retired 32 years later as a LCol. He holds BSc and MEng/MBA degrees. During his military career he was twice a Commanding Officer and represented Canada on NATO committees. On retirement he managed a large DND electronic project, acted as a consultant to local businesses and was a section head for the Business Development Bank. He has been an executive on numerous local business and charitable organizations and continues to serve Chinese Canadian Veterans.
Elizabeth Lominska Johnson, PhD – Curator, Asia and Textiles, UBC Museum of Anthropology (retired)
Elizabeth Johnson studied anthropology and spoken Cantonese at Cornell University, preparing her for research in Hong Kong. This continued as possible until 2014, and resulted in a book to be published next year. She was a member of the Saltwater City exhibit team (1986) and CHAPC. She has worked with Cantonese opera associations in Vancouver and Richmond, curating an exhibition that opened in 1993 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Winnie Lee – Director of Operations, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
Winnie has worked in the immigrant and refugee sector for the last 20 years. She immigrated from Hong Kong and has firsthand experience of the Canadian immigration process. Winnie holds a degree in Pacific and Asian Studies from the UVic. Winnie is currently the Co-Chair of the Premier’s Chinese Canadian Community Advisory Council. Her work in the community has included being the past President for the Victoria Chinatown Lioness as well as Volunteer Victoria. She has sat on numerous boards and committees. She is a member of the Lee Association in Victoria.
Imogene Lim – Professor, Anthropology, Vancouver Island University
A descendant of Cumberland and Vancouver’s Chinatown, Dr. Lim is a founding member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and a former Board Member. With the BC Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council, she worked on the Historic Sites and Celebration book projects. Her expertise on Chinese Canadian communities and collaboration with museums is reflected in the exhibit, 150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast (2017), which she co-developed.
Alan Lowe – Architect – Alan Lowe Architect Inc., Former Mayor of Victoria ( 1999-2008)
Born and raised in Victoria, lived in Canada’s oldest Chinatown until the age of 3. Parents immigrated to Canada in 1957 from Zhongshan. Paternal and maternal grandfathers immigrated to Canada in early 1900s while paying the head tax. Has sat as President, Hook Sin Tong Society, Former Director of Victoria Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Ass’n, Founding member of Victoria Chinese Commerce Association, Life member of Victoria Chinatown Care Centre and Former member of Victoria Chinatown Lion’s Club.
Devon Wong – Communications Consultant and Storyteller
Devon is an award-winning media producer with international experience in digital, news and television production. She has told stories from the field as a journalist and filmmaker with the United Nations, in addition to producing television documentaries for major networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Channel NewsAsia. She is currently one of the first female directors elected at the Wong’s Benevolent Association, where her late grandfather served as headmaster of Mon Keang school.
Grace Wong – Senior Advisor International, Office of Provost and Vice-President Academic, the University of British Columbia
Senior Advisor International at UBC; Previously Assistant Dean International at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Extensive experience working with partners in other countries and developing a variety of international programs. Recently served as the Chair of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Board of Directors, and member of the Independent Commission on Mobility Pricing. Previously was on the British Columbia Premier’s Asia Pacific Trade Council, the BC Immigration Task Force, the BC Expert Panel on Business Taxation, and the Board of Directors of the UBC Alumni Association.