In 2021 Qian Cheng created a project for The New Gallery’s Billboard 208 space in consultation with the Calgary Chinatown Business Improvement Area. The project was a response to the global COVID19 pandemic and its adverse effects on the socio-political and economic sectors experienced within the Chinese diasporic community in Calgary Chinatown.

Part of this project was to encourage folks to support local Chinatown businesses by leaving positive reviews on Google, Yelp or other review platforms in exchange for a free “What are your weekend plans?” tote bag! The New Gallery still has a bunch of tote bags and we want to encourage folks to continue to support local Chinatown businesses!

This support can be demonstrated in several ways: you can leave positive reviews on Google, Yelp, etc; share photos of your purchase or the business storefront with the hashtag #YYCChinatownWeekend; or DM photos to The New Gallery’s Instagram! Be sure to tag @calgarychinatown and @the_new_gallery in your stories and posts. You can find a comprehensive list of Calgary Chinatown businesses here.

Show any of the TNG staff proof of your positive review or promotion of a local Chinatown business to recieve a free tote bag! :) 

Read more about “What are your weekend plans? 你的周末计划是什么?” by Qian Cheng ︎Here