360 Riot Walk

360 Riot Walk is a 360 Video Walking Tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots that traces the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. 

The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver is one of the most significant events in this Vancouver’s history. 360 Riot Walk leads participants into the social and political environment of the time where racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi. The video can be experienced on location for those who have mobile devices with cellular data, or remotely on a web browser. 

A public program of free guided tours with iPads and headphones provided was launched in the summer of 2019, and has been offered every summer since. In 2021, the Powell Street Festival took on stewardship of the guided tours, and has worked with Henry Tsang to develop a virtual version of the guided tour.

360 Riot Walk was created with the support of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Basically Good Media Lab at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Community partners include Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Powell Street Festival, the Carnegie Community Centre and Project 1907. We gratefully acknowledge funding for production and development from Creative BC and the British Columbia Arts Council, Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and a SSHRC Explore Grant through Emily Carr University.