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The Third Heaven

The Third Heaven

| 48 min

This documentary gives us a glimpse inside the influential but little-known community of Vancouver’s Hong Kong Chinese. Prejudices fall by the wayside as we discover the community's way of life and the vital role it plays in the Canadian and world economy through a moving, intimate portrait of the Lam family, who arrived here in 1991.

  • director
    Georges Payrastre
  • producer
    Yves Bisaillon
  • cinematography
    Kirk Tougas
    Paul Préfontaine
  • sound
    Jeff Henschel
    Eric Davies
    Ken McGrath
  • editing
    Cathy Gulkin
  • sound editing
    Antonia McGrath
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • music
    Philippe Lapointe
  • participation
    Michael Lam
    Viven Lam
    Rhoda Lam
    Clayton Lam


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Ages 15 to 18

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
History - World History

Rather than teach a theory class on the history of Hong Kong, have students do Web or library research. To limit the content to the most important elements, ask them to present their results in the form of a four-page illustrated booklet (folio format). Have them design it for Secondary I to III students; i.e., besides being relevant, it should be fairly simple as well as visually appealing.

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