The entrance to a building in Toronto Chinatown is pasted with portraits of prominent elders from the community.
Documentation of “Chinatown, the Best!”, installed in Toronto Chinatown, 2022. Image courtesy Long Time No See Collective.

About the Exhibition

For the project Chinatown, the Best!, Long Time No See Collective asked seniors in the Chinatown area to envision what would make Chinatown a great place to live, a place of communion. 

What amenities, services, and cultural events would they like to see? Spending time with seniors at community centres in weekly gatherings, the collective learned more about who they are, what they need/desire, and what they would like to share about their skills and experiences. They also asked participating seniors to reflect on their best vision of themselves and invited them to be photographed.

The resulting images were first displayed at various Chinatown locations during Lunar New Year 2022.

Additional artistic contributions from Friends of Chinatown, Gillian Xu, Tyne Vainio, Liz Tsui, Victoria Liao, Day Milman, Saša Rajšić, Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan, and Panni Ajtony

The premise behind “Tong Yan Gai, Jeui Ho!” (Chinatown, the Best!), is that Toronto’s best Chinatown is not in the past, but in front of us, we are making it, through our collective vision, spirit and action.“ 唐人街,最好的!” 的前提是多伦多最好的唐人街不是过去,而是在我们面前,我们正在通过我们的集体愿景、精神和行动创造它。

Traditional Chinese:

在「唐人街,最棒的!」項目中,Long Time No See 訪問了唐人街地區的長者,了解長者對這個地區的展望,探討如何能讓唐人街成為一個既宜居,又能促進社區交流的地方。


這些照片於 2022 年農曆新年期間在唐人街各個地點首次展示。


Simplified Chinese:

在“唐人街,最棒的!”项目中,Long Time No See 访问了唐人街地区的长者,了解长者对这个地区的展望,探讨如何能让唐人街成为一个既宜居,又能促进社区交流的地方。


这些照片于 2022 年农历新年期间在唐人街各个地点首次展示。

Exhibition Programs and Events

Chinatown, the Best! Opening Reception
January 19, 2024, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
East Common Room (1034), Hart House
Free. Drop-In

9-MAN Documentary Screening
January 22, 2024, 6:30 - 9 pm
Music Room, Hart House
Registration is required!

Inner Truth Taiko Dojo with Brenda Joy Lem
January 25, 2024, 7-9 pm
Basketball Gym, Hart House
Registration is required!

Get Crafty! Styrofoam Block Printing with Liz Tsui
January 25, 2024, 11 am-1 pm
Reading Room (1002), Hart House
Free. Drop in. All materials will be provided!

5-Buck Lunch and Lion Dance with Chinatown Community Lion Dance
January 30, 2024, 11:45 am-2 pm
Great Hall (1022), Hart House
Tickets will be available for purchase three weeks before the lunch date.

9-Man Demo Game with Coach Siu On Wong
February 3, 2024, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gymnasium, Hart House
Registration is required!

Uncovering the Chinese Canadian Archive with Morris Lum
February 9, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Chinese Canadian Archive
Registration is required!

Past Programs and Events

Wheat Paste Workshop with Amy Shuang Wang and Rick Wong
October 18, 2023
1-2 pm, South Sitting Room (3017), Hart House
2-5 pm, Hart House, Wellesley St W Underpass
Free! Registration required.

Toronto Chinatown Historic Walk with Kwoi Gin
October 27, 2023, 12-1:30 pm
Toronto Chinatown
Free! Registration required.

Toronto Chinatown Photo Walk with Photographer Maylynn Quan
November 4, 2023, 11 am-12:30 pm
Toronto Chinatown
Free! Registration required.

Big Fight in Little Chinatown: Film Screening and Discussion with Film Director Karen Cho
November 23, 2023, 6-8 pm
East Commons Room (1034), Hart House
Registration is required!


Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Fri, Nov 3, 2023
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (105 days)
  • Cost:
    • All


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Main Floor Hallway