Chinatown with Hannia Cheng

Tea Base presents Chinatown with Hannia Cheng banner. Chinatown is written in a bubbly, handwritten font in a faded red colour. Around the letters, cartoon drawings of statues, food, and restaurants representing Chinatown appear.

Thank you for joining us for Chinatown with Hannia Cheng, presented by Luminato’s Creative Current and created by Tea Base. 

Chinatown with Hannia Cheng 

Available from July 7, 2021 

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Join us at Cecil Community Centre to pick up your pamphlet with the full walking map and to begin the tour.  

Pamphlet pick-up open hours 

Wednesday, July 7 @ 3PM – 8PM EST  

Thursday, July 8 @ 3PM – 8PM EST  

Friday, July 9 @ 3PM – 8PM EST  

Saturday, July 10 @ 10AM – 8PM EST  

Sunday, July 11 @ 10AM – 8PM EST  

Cecil Community Centre Address  

58 Cecil Street,  

Toronto, Ontario  

M5T 1N6  

Can’t make it during pamphlet pick-up hours? Download your own copy of the pamphlet here.

How to participate 

Access the audio tour below.

This experience is about 90 minutes in length, we recommend that you bring water and sunscreen. To best enjoy this walk, we also suggest that you bring some cash with you and one item from your fridge, but these objects are optional! 

A note from Tea Base

We put a lot of love into this FREE experience, so all we ask is that you support Chinatown in return. 

Chinatown is a very cash oriented economy. If you have the means, please bring $20-40 in cash with you for a fuller experience. 

Here is our dreamy grocery list for the Chinatown Community Fridge in Chinese (simplified + traditional), Vietnamese, and English: GroceryListPosts.pdf

Make sure you bring water and stay hydrated during the audio adventure! 

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What to expect

Let’s talk about how T’karonto’s downtown Chinatown is not a monolith, and more than a tourist destination; an active community, home to many, and full of stories.

Join Hannia Cheng, co-founder of Tea Base and founding member of Friends of Chinatown Toronto (FOCT), as they take you on a 90-minute podcast style adventure through Chinatown filled with artistic interventions, interviews, and interactive prompts.

Informed by the historical and global contexts in the evolution of Chinatowns in Western cities, this audio experience takes a deep look into the complexities of migration, displacement, and assimilation that happen across generations and Turtle Island. It is only through recognizing the multiplicity of downtown Chinatown can we collectively imagine its speculative futures.

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About Tea Base

Tea Base is a curious community arts space tucked away in Tkaronto/Toronto’s Chinatown Centre Mall. With the mission of making accessible space for intergenerational activists and artists who support social justice movements in and around Chinatown, Tea Base develops solidarity across marginalized groups through relationships, joy, and collaboration. 

Sharing the same name, Tea Base is also a grassroots collective of queer artists, organizers, and cultural facilitators. We promote community engagement by hosting events, cultural programming, exhibitions, and workshops related to issues of displacement and healing for the “Asian diasporas”.