Channelling the spirit of all the aunties in our lives.

United Aunties Arts Association is based in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Two crows sit on lamp posts with gold dragons in Vancouver's Chinatown

What we do

United Aunties Arts Association supports independent artists and artisans with racialized and equity seeking backgrounds through collaborative art-making initiatives.

Based on the values of care and solidarity, we strengthen and cultivate community connections using art as a tool for exploration, collaboration, advocacy, and solidarity in Vancouver’s Chinatown and beyond.

Why United Aunties?

Vancouver’s Chinatown is a thriving community in the heart of the city. Over the years, pressure from real estate developers has forced long-standing businesses out of the neighbourhood. Our hearts break as we watch a wave of beloved businesses get squeezed out. Buying goods from smaller producers in Chinatown has become more and more difficult.

Our answer is United Aunties. 

We created United Aunties during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a time when a collision of global crises heightened the need for community (and to reject the “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” —bell hooks ). Our best response to a big issue is to start on a small scale.

Our market launched in November 2020, bringing back the feeling of finding a treasure tucked away in the corner of a Chinatown specialty store. We celebrate the work of our favourite artists, artisans, and people who master their craft. Now growing beyond a market, our work encompasses art projects that are inspired and shaped by the community.

What is the auntie spirit?

An auntie fights for our families and communities. Aunties carry cultural knowledge, and master their craft in every aspect of life. They embody care, wisdom, skill, and guts. We celebrate and honour their labour, which is often overlooked and unpaid.

United Aunties channels the spirit of all the badass aunties in our lives.

Solidarity

United Aunties is based at BCA Sun Wah in Vancouver’s Chinatown on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied homelands belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous people fighting for their land and sovereignty. 

Our roots are among the East Asian diaspora and we are inspired by the diverse cultures that prevail in and around Vancouver’s Chinatown. Recognizing the structural racism that exists against Black, Indigenous, and racialized people, and the lateral violence that dwells in our ancestral communities, we are committed to dismantling all forms of oppression and domination. This includes violence against sex workers, drug users, and unhoused people living in the Downtown Eastside. We support calls to defund the police and dismantle the carceral state, and to build communities upholding the principles of transformative justice.

United Aunties will take action in solidarity with liberation movements, including the use of our platform to amplify calls to action. We refuse to be silent and complicit.