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The Chinatown Cultural Plan was created by members of the Chinatown community and The City of Calgary to preserve Chinatown as a place of cultural significance. Through the Cultural Plan, the importance of honoring Chinatown’s history and the contributions of the Calgary Chinese community is identified.

July 1, 2023, marks the centenary of the passing of the Chinese Immigration Act (also known as the Chinese Exclusion Act), a federal law that banned Chinese immigration to Canada from 1923 to 1947. This anti-Chinese policy harmed

Chinese people by causing family trauma and painful memories. As part of implementing the Chinatown Cultural Plan, The City of Calgary is releasing a one-time Chinese Immigration Act

Centenary microgrant for local, community-led initiatives. Funded initiatives will support one or more actions identified in the Cultural Plan, including honouring contributions, intergenerational talks, cultural education, and revealing hidden histories. Eligible projects may include cultural education programming, productions, art installations, events and other cultural activations that commemorate the centenary of the Chinese Immigration Act and/or the contributions of Calgary’s early Chinese families and communities.

Non-profits and registered charities, including Community Associations and Business Improvement Areas, can apply for funding. More details and application instructions are available at

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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