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Community photographs

Subseries consists of photographs of political demonstrations and cultural events in Vancouver Chinatown, and of people involved in Chinese Canadian cultural and political organizations in Vancouver.

Personal files

Series consists of Paul Yee's correspondence with friends, family members, editors, publishers, colleagues, and readers. The series also includes records of Paul Yee's primary, secondary, and university education; photographs of some of his friends and family members; and pamphlets and programs relating to the activities of various cultural organizations in Vancouver and Toronto.

Writing files

Series consists of records Yee created in the course of his work as a writer of fiction and non-fiction. The records relating to his fiction work include outlines of plots and characters that he wrote before he began composing short stories and chapters; manuscript drafts and correspondence with editors and publishers; and reviews and book publicity materials. The records relating to Yee's non-fiction work include manuscript drafts and research materials as well as review and publicity materials.

Family records

Series consists of photographs and textual records relating to the personal, professional, and educational activities of Paul Yee’s uncle Foon Wong and aunt Lillian Ho Wong and their families in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Chicago, Shanghai, and other cities. The series also includes photographs of Yee’s parents, Gordon Yee and Gum May Yee, and the café they ran in Naicam, Saskatchewan.

Duncan, B.C., Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang) records

Subseries consists of records relating to the functions of the Duncan, B.C., branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang, or Kuomintang) of Canada. The branch appears to have been active from the 1910s to the 1970s. The subseries is composed of records of the branch’s establishment and membership; donation receipts; remittance slips; personal records of several men who worked or resided in or near Duncan; and official Kuomintang publications.

Paul Yee photographs

Series consists of photographs relating to Paul Yee’s interest in Chinese Canadian community history in Vancouver and other Canadian cities. The photographs, most of which Yee took, are of subjects such as Vancouver Chinatown’s built heritage, including storefronts that vanished as a consequence of the neighhourhood’s renewal during the 1970s and 1980s; the Saltwater City exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Centre in 1986; Pender Guy Radio production and community outreach activities; people that Yee photographed for his Saltwater City book; parades and festivals in Chinatown, Strathcona, and elsewhere in Vancouver; and the Chinatowns of other Canadian cities, which Yee researched and wrote about in his book Chinatown (2005).Yee’s intention as the photographer of these images was to document community activities as well as changes to the landscape of Vancouver Chinatown, and to illustrate his books and slide-tape show.

The series also includes copy photographs Yee made of prints loaned to him by the Chinese Benevolent Association and senior Chinese Canadians citizens of Vancouver. The majority of these photographs are of community events and organizations, families and individuals in Vancouver, and buildings and streets in Chinatown.

In addition, the series includes photographs of Yee with family members, friends, and colleagues in Vancouver, Toronto, and China.

Correspondence 2001

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes writing by about his work and personal life; correspondence relating to the re-issue of Saltwater City by Douglas & McIntyre; comments Yee made about a script for a short animated film by Joe Chang, perhaps for the National Film Board; a copy of an unsigned agreement for the optioning of the film and television rights for Third Uncle; and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 2002

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes writing by Yee about his work and personal life; correspondence relating to the proposed re-issue of Saltwater City by Douglas & McIntyre; and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 2003

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes notes Yee made to himself about his work and personal life; records relating to Yee's participation as a judge for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2003; and a transcript and revised version of an interview Judi Saltman conducted with Yee.

Correspondence 1996 [volume 2]

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers, including correspondence relating to Yee's receipt of the 1996 Governor General's Award for Ghost Train. The file also contains a copy of a legal agreement between Yee and a literary agent.

Chinese Nationalist posters

File consists of posters printed with images of President Chiang Kai-shek of Taiwan and Dr. Sun yat-Sen, as well as one poster printed with a composite image of Second United Front military leaders.

Festival, event, and exhibit posters

File consists of posters for the following events, exhibits, and festivals: Japanese Film Festival, Robson Square Cinema (1985); Saltwater City: the Chinese in Vancouver 1886-1986, Chinese Cultural Centre (1986); Diverse City Community Project, Vancouver Art Gallery (1996); Asian New World: video art and documentary, Video In (1987); Asia Pacific Festival, British Columbia Complex (1987); Wushi and Acrobatic Artists from China performance (ca. 1982); Taiwanese Cultural Festival, Plaza of Nations (2002); Peking Opera Theatre of China performance, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (ca. 1985); Chinese Cultural Centre Spring Festival (1980); Art Exhibition by Chinese Canadian Artists, Chinese Cultural Centre (ca. 1990); Beijing Art Academy: Chinese painting exhibition, Chinese Cultural Centre (1981); Concert for Democracy in China, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto (1990).

Festival, event, and conference posters and calendars

File consists of posters for the Chinese Canadian Youth Conference (1975); Between Us - Chinese, Youth Conference (1976); China Program at Habitat Forum, Jericho Beach (1976); Chinese Canadian National Conference (1975); a Chinese opera performance (1978); Powell Street Festival (ca. 1979 and 1980); Chins Month Film Festival, Pacific Cinematheque (1979); and Tamahnous "Fanshen", Vancouver East Cultural Centre (ca. 1980). The file also includes wall calendars produced by Lekiu Importing (1970), the Powell Street Festival Society (1975) and the Hop Jok Workshop (1976), and a Chinese-language poem written about Vancouver (1980).

Personal records of Joe John

File consists of personal correspondence and forms relating to immigration, naturalization, and other topics. The file also includes photographs of various people, most unidentified. The name Joe John appears on the majority of the textual records in this file.

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