Why We Exist
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is a long-standing establishment that has dedicated itself to establishing and promoting multicultural events, programs, and services to the Calgarian community. This mission was particularly important in autumn of 1982 as a proposed land redesignation program threatened the existence of Calgary’s Chinatown. After already being relocated several times in the past, the land redesignation program sought to redesign Calgary’s downtown infrastructure so it would consist primarily of tall skyscrapers. Many parties were concerned that redesigning the downtown core would invoke the physical disintegration of Chinatown. With the help of a community of Chinese immigrants and the City of Calgary’s council, a revitalization plan was proposed to prevent Calgary’s Chinatown from disintegrating in the midst of the land redesignation program. The construction and establishment of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre therefore marked the beginning of an on-going effort to preserve and foster multiculturalism.The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre aims to foster and preserve multiculturalism in the Calgary community. While the Calgarian-Chinese community is the Centre’s primary focus, we are also looking to integrate other cultural groups as part of our community. In other words, we aim to bridge several cultural groups with our own Chinese community and to serve Calgary’s rich cultural identity as a whole. The Centre opens its doors not only to the Calgarian-Chinese community, but to all underprivileged individuals who require our services.