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Talk & Tea

"Victoria’s Chinatown—Then & Now"

Sunday March 19th


We're very pleased to have Charlayne Thornton-Joe present at this month's Talk & Tea.

Charlayne is a 3rd-generation Victorian, well-known for her numerous contributions to the community.

She currently is a member of the Chinese Freemasons, The Jade Phoenix Club, the 100 Women Who Care, and a director on the board of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness. Charlayne was the recipient of the Honorary Citizen of Victoria, was recognized with a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and a Zonta Woman of the Year Award.

She was elected to Victoria City Council in 2002 and after being re-elected 5 times, decided to step back from politics and focus on a new opportunity.

The Chinese Canadian Museum-Fan Tan Alley Exhibit opened in Feb 2022, and Charlayne was contracted to be their Visitor Experience and Facilities Coordinator. We can't think of a more fitting person for the job!

Please join us for a most interesting presentation on an important aspect of local history. The Chinatown in Victoria is the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco! See more on the Chinese Canadian Museum here.


$10 for non-members, $7 for members. Tea will be served after the talk.



Explore beautiful greeting cards and postcards in our virtual exhibit, Greetings: Good Wishes & Thoughts. This exhibit gives a visual look at communicating in the age before social media. For more exhibits and stories, visit our Blog page!

Test out your local history knowledge with our Peninsula History Quiz! (Check your answers here. No cheating!)

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