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Paul Yee fonds Series
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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.

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.

Subject files

Series consists of the texts of speeches and presentations prepared and given by Yee in which he shared his views on Chinese-Canadian history, personal identity, writing, and multiculturalism. The series also includes Yee’s files on events, writing projects, and community projects such as the Saltwater City exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Centre; scripts written for the Pender Guy radio program on Vancouver Co-op Radio; and transcripts and sound recordings of oral history interviews with Chinese Canadian senior citizens in Vancouver, Kamloops, and elsewhere in British Columbia.

Ephemera and publications

Series consists of items Yee collected in the course of his research and volunteer work in Vancouver. The items relate to many elements of Chinese Canadian community history in Vancouver, including the activities of benevolent associations, student groups, media groups, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, visual and performing artists, and cultural events and organizations.