Chinatown Walking Tour App
We have launched our very innovative mobile multimedia Calgary Chinatown walking tour app. Involving thousands of hours of work, developed over the past year, with many options for exciting expansion of content and languages, version 2.0 of the Sien Lok app provides several 20 minute self-guided tours of Calgary’s Chinatown and Sien Lok Park for visitors to enjoy and learn about Canadian Chinese history. With tours available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and, for Canada’s 150th Birthday (2017), French, the Sien Lok app continues our mission of preserving and promoting Canadian Chinese culture.
The app was one of the Society’s major uses of casino funds and represents a great way to encourage pedestrian traffic throughout Chinatown and Sien Lok Park. We also are spearheading the expansion of our app with other groups to build out the app into an entire city guide complete with participation from municipal, multicultural, and tourism groups as part of a larger cultural initiative for the city.
See the app in action! Download it now on Google Play or the Apple Store
Builders & Patriots 2
Sien Lok Society’s Builders & Patriots 2: A History of Calgary’s Chinatown Photo Exhibit has returned home from a month’s showing at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton. BP2 was showcased in the Pedway Mall from May 1 through May 27, 2011, just in time for Asian Heritage Month. The exhibit was well received by visitors, and compliments of the exhibit’s professionalism were offered.
We would first like to extend special thanks to Teresa Woo-Paw, MLA Calgary Mackay for making this opportunity possible for the Sien Lok Society of Calgary, and for also profiling BP2 to the Alberta Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Her statement is included at the end of this article. Next, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our Past President, Robert Jim, and his brother Rick Jim (of Edmonton) for volunteering their assistance in the travel and installation/dismantling arrangements. As well, we thank Rebecca McCance for the BP2 poster design.
Acknowledgment and thanks also go to Marissa Stepnisky, Marketing Coordinator, Visitor Services for working with us to ensure the overall success of the exhibition at the Alberta Legislature Building. AMJ Campbell was contracted to move and ship our BP2 exhibit to and from Edmonton, and CI Display of Edmonton was contracted to set up and dismantle it at the venue.