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Nov 28, 2017


“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24

SP Intern, Tylee, celebrates with Chinatown neighbors (Justin McElroy/CBC)

To the sound of applause and bilingual shouts of celebration, the 105 Keefer Street condominium proposal for Vancouver’s Chinatown was rejected on November 6, 2017.

Projects like that at 105 Keefer have been sprouting up in this neighborhood, changing the face of its streets, businesses, and residents.  Low-income renters comprise 80% of this historically Chinese neighborhood, but condos and commercial developments have been slowly displacing long-term residents and businesses.

"Spending time with God by studying His Word...helps me abide in the Vine and to feel God’s heart for our neighbourhood."

King-mong Chan has been working with local grassroots organizations to amplify the voice and concerns of the Chinese-speaking low-income community to ensure that revitalization of the neighborhood does not result in replacement but instead is based on building up the low-income community.  The community welcomes new development that is appropriate for the culture and the needs of the low-income Chinatown community.  In the end, the City of Vancouver Development Permit Board rejected the 105 Keefer proposal because it failed to satisfy the contextual needs of the area through not engaging and listening to the community.

King-Mong has been studying scripture with the local Servant Partners team in Vancouver, BC. Every week, they have been travelling through Nehemiah, Acts, Luke, and Amos.  Together, they apply themes of God’s justice and righteousness to their locally-inspired work.

King-mong reflects on how studying Scripture in community with others informs his participation in seeking justice in partnership with his neighbors:

Spending time with God by studying His Word with other Christ-followers at Servant Partners has been really important to me, because it helps me abide in the Vine and to feel God’s heart for our neighbourhood.  In particular, to understand God’s heart for justice and to pray for the uplifting and liberation of low-income people in Chinatown has been critical in guiding my community organizing work with Chinese-speaking residents against gentrification in Chinatown, including the fight against the market housing development application at 105 Keefer Street.


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