East-Asian and Asian-Canadian

These digital collections feature East-Asian and Asian-Canadian materials held by UVic Libraries and our community partners.


Abkhazi Archives
Detail from a watercolour

Abkhazi Archives

This digital exhibit includes selections from the records of Peggy and Nicholas Abkhazi held in the University of Victoria Archives.

It includes material relating to the interwar period, World War II and the design and creation of the Abkhazis' internationally renowned rhododendron garden on Fairfield Road in Victoria, now owned by The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC). The material digitized includes diaries, postcards, photographs, objects and watercolours.

See also: Peggy Abkhazi fonds


Chinese Canadian Collection
Manuscript detail

Chinese Canadian Collection

This collection contains documents drawn from the fonds of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association held in the University of Victoria Archives. Most items are handwritten in traditional Chinese script with English translations but there are also documents in English.

The Chinese Canadian Benevolent Association papers are also part of the Multicultural Canada collection.

See also: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association fonds


Chinese Propaganda Poster Project
Detail from poster

Chinese Propaganda Poster Project

The University of Victoria digital archive concentrates on a golden age of poster production, from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. At this time, a faction within a divided Communist Party both perpetuated the former image of harmony and prosperity, and simultaneously launched urgent and strident political campaigns against its rivals for power. Following that faction’s downfall and the ascendancy of their opponents, the posters presented new directions for the nation.


Herbert Geddes, Life in Japan, ca. 1910
Life in Japan image, detail

Herbert Geddes, Life in Japan, ca. 1910

The collection consists of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan, including scenery, street scenes, workers, farming, fishing, silk production, stone carvers, wood carvers, metal workers, potters, and artists. The photographs were collected by Herbert Geddes, a manager for G.R. Gregg and Company, importers and exporters. He was sent to Japan and was based in Yokohama between 1908 and 1918.

See also: Herbert Geddes collection


Victoria’s Chinatown, a gateway to the past and present of Chinese Canadians
Chinatown gate. Image courtesy of City of Victoria Archives M00422

Victoria’s Chinatown, a gateway to the past and present of Chinese Canadians

This digital exhibit originates with a website, Victoria’s Chinatown: A Gateway to the Past and Present of Chinese Canadians, a partnership project between the Asian Canadian Working Group at UVic and community partners including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the Chinese Public School, and the McPherson Library.