"We will not SHHH": Vancouver Chinatown cultural centre gates defaced

May 20 2022, 10:09 pm

Another part of Vancouver Chinatown has been defaced, an ongoing issue for business owners and organizations in the community.

On this occasion, the spray-painted message on the red gate that leads into the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Chinese cultural centre feels personal.

The message is simple; it says, “Shhh.”

The community in Vancouver Chinatown has been vocal about previous instances of vandalism and graffiti. There hasn’t been much done in response according to the community, which has sparked a conversation on social media about a lack of action from the City.

Lorraine Lowe is the executive director of the garden. She told Daily Hive Urbanized that the gate is owned by the Vancouver Park Board and that police are investigating the incident.

Some users on social media are connecting it to a poster around the block that was also put up a few weeks ago. It reads, “Don’t cry for the broken windows and feces, cry for the people killed by the VPD.”

Some accusations have also been thrown around on social media, including one tweet that alleges that a group related to the Pivot Legal Society may have been responsible.

Daily Hive Urbanized reached out to defund604network about the graffiti and received a response.

“No member of our Network is involved in the ‘shh’ graffiti you are referring to. We take full and enthusiastic credit for the paste-up at the boarded windows of Peking Lounge.”

They also linked to the Instagram post where they take credit for the paste-up.

The Vancouver Park Board told Daily Hive Urbanized that it would be in touch as soon as they receive more information about the latest act of vandalism to impact Vancouver Chinatown.

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