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Jack Chow - circa 1937

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1937, Vancouver. Portrait of Jack Kinn Chow, the second Canadian-born son of photographer Yucho Chow. Jack would become one of the first Chinese optometrists, and opened a store in Vancouver’s Chinatown which he operated for many years.”

Con Winnie - late 1930s

Collector/curator’s description, reads: “Late 1930s, Vancouver. Photo of Winnie Con as a bridesmaid in the wedding of Edward Wong and Adeline Mah. Winnie would later marry Quon Wong, a businessman based in Vancouver's Chinatown.”

Shwu-Hoang Po Hing and Leung Siu Cho (actors)

Collector/curator's description reads: “Late 1930s, Vancouver. Photo of two actors with inscriptions on either side of the image. The image was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, who owned the Vancouver Chinatown restaurant ‘Chung King’ and was a big supporter of the arts. (Top of photo and right hand side): ‘Sir, from both of us, our deepest friendship to our father figure, Louis Gain Wai.’ (Left side of photo) Leung Siu Cho (actor) Shwu-hoang Po Hing (actress).”

Shwu-Hoang Po Hing - late 1930s

Collector/curator's description reads: “Late 1930s, Vancouver. Photo of Shwu-hoang Po Hing, an actress. This photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned The Chung King Restaurant and was a big supporter of the arts. He had several photos of this actress in his files, including one photo that he took with the entertainer.”

Louis - Gain Wai with actors

Collector/curator's description reads: “Late 1930s, Vancouver. Photo of Shwu-hoang Po Hing (actress), Louis Gain Wai and Leung Siu Cho (actor). Louis Gain Wai was a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned The Chung King Restaurant and was a big supporter of the arts.”

Fung Wai Man - late 1930s

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Late 1930s, Vancouver. Young unidentified Chinese woman, wearing a cheongsam, sitting on a piano stool. In the inscription, the woman identifies herself as Fung Wai Man. The inscription reads ‘Younger sister Wong Oy Wah, kindly accept. Gifted by Fung Wai Man.’ The photo was found in a collection of images stored at Ming Wo Cookware store in Vancouver's Chinatown.”

Jack Chow and Ying (Ng) Chow wedding - 1938

Collector/curator’s description reads: “October 28, 1938, Vancouver. Wedding photo of Jack and Ying (Ng) Chow taken on their wedding day. Jack was the second Canadian-born son of Yucho Chow and became one of the first Chinese optometrists. He owned and operated an optical store in Vancouver’s Chinatown for many years.”

Choy - Toy family

Collector/curator's description reads: “Vancouver, 1939. Toy and Lily Choy with the newly-adopted son, Wayson. They were an older couple unable to have children. Toy was a cook with CPR ships, while Lily worked in a sausage shop in Chinatown. Years later, their son Wayson would become a celebrated Asian-Canadian writer who would author popular stories of growing up in Chinatown, including ‘The Jade Peony’ and ‘Paper Shadows.’ Only at age 56 did Wayson learn he was adopted and that his biological father had been a member of a Cantonese opera company.”

Shwu-Hoang Po Hing - portrait

Collector/curator's description reads: “1940s, Vancouver. Portrait of Shwu-Hoang Po Hing, an actress. This photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a businessman in Vancouver's Chinatown who owned the Chung King restaurant on East Pender Street. He was a big supporter of the arts, and in his collection are several photos of this actress.”

Opera performance - 1940s

Collector/curator's description reads: “C. 1940s, Vancouver. Photo of an opera performer in costume and on stage. The performer looks to be the actress Shwu-Hoang Po Hing. Two young Chinese girls and two adult men, one of whom is Louis Gain Wai, the owner of the Chung King Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown and a big supporter of the arts. They are on stage with the actress and appear to be preparing to offer the actress some gifts. This is the first of two photos taken at this performance.”

Unidentified Chinese actor - 1940s

Collector/curator's description reads: “1940s, Vancouver. Unidentified Chinese man, likely an actor. The photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned The Chung King Restaurant and was a big supporter of the arts.”

Louis - Gain Wai with opera friends

Collector/curator's description reads: “1940s, Vancouver. Vancouver restaurant owner Louis Gain Wai (front row, right) with two other unidentified Chinese men and a Chinese woman. It is believed the unidentified people were involved in a Chinese opera troupe. Gain Wai was a big supporter of the art in Chinatown.”

Lai - Wing and son Tin Yew

Collector/curator's description reads: “1940s, Vancouver. Studio photo of a father and son: Lai Wing (left) and Lai Tin Yew. Wing worked on the railroad and later opened a barber shop in Chinatown. His son, Tin Yew, worked in sawmills and then ran Yip Hong Yuen bakery in Chinatown until his retirement.”

Shwu-Hoang Po Hing - 1941

Collector/curator's description reads: “C. 1941, Vancouver. Hand colourized photo of Chinese actress Shwu-Hoang Po Hing. This photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned the Chung King Restaurant. He was a big supporter of the arts and in his collection are seven different photos of this actress.”

Wong Mow - 1941

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1941, Vancouver. Photo of tailor Wong Mow who ran the Modern Silk Shirt Company on Main Street in Vancouver's Chinatown. His actual name was Wong Quon Ho. And he was 20 years old when he arrived in Canada in 1911 on the Chicago Maru. He lived in the back of his shop on Main Street in Chinatown. He had a wife and one child in China. And here in Canada, with his second wife he fathered four children: Wah Wong; Git Wong; Larry Wong and Jennie Wong.

Seens [scenes] of Van[couver], Capilano, Stanley Park

Item is a film showing various scenes around Vancouver. The first half of this film documents a Gray Line Tours bus trip through Vancouver and second half contains scenes showing landmarks of Vancouver and surrounding areas. Film contains footage showing: Empress of Japan Figurehead in Stanley Park, U.B.C., Chinatown, Hotel Georgia, Lion's Gate Bridge, Court House, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Capilano Golf and Country Club, Prospect Point, Stanley Park, views of downtown and North Shore Mountains from Little Mountain, City Hall, sailboats in Burrard Inlet, and Swimmers at Kits Beach.

Tremblay - family - 1940s

Collector/curator's description reads: “Circa 1942-43, Vancouver. Photo of the Tremblay family. Parents Fred & Emma are seated, with their 5 children standing. Fred & Emma Tremblay (seated) are pictured with their five children (L-R) Art, George, Freddie, Blanche and Bernie. Fred & Emma, both of French descent, immigrated to Vancouver from North Dakota (via Saskatchewan) in the late 1920s. Upon arrival, Fred opened Vancouver Auto Clinic on Keefer Street in Chinatown with his brother Alec. This is where Fred must have known Yucho Chow, as this family portrait was taken several years after Fred opened his solo business, Tremblay Motors, in Kitsilano in 1934. Fred, nicknamed Chief, later enlisted his four sons into the family business and renamed it Tremblay & Sons Motors (also the oldest Chevron dealership in Canada). Many Vancouverites passed through the garage doors and drove up to the gas pumps at Tremblay's on the corner of 4th & MacDonald, where it proudly stood until 1993. Unfortunately, the last member in this family portrait passed away in 2013. However, many of Fred & Emma's grandchildren, great grandchildren, and now great great grandchildren still call the Lower Mainland home. Photo Courtesy of Linda Tremblay, whose father Bernard (1931-2001) is pictured far right.”

Young Norman and Elsie - wedding - 1942

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1942, Vancouver. Wedding photo of Norman Young and Elise (Lim) Wong. Yung Woon Won (Norman Won Young) arrived in Canada in September 1923. He was one of the last to enter Canada as the Chinese Exclusion Act [Chinese Immigration Act, 1923] had gone into effect on July 1, 1923. A provision in [the] Act allowed people already in transit to enter Canada. Norman worked at the famous banquet restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown called the W.K. Gardens.”

Rose and Jessie front of studio - c. 1942

Collector/curator’s description reads: “C. 1942, Vancouver. Rose (left) and Jessie (right) Chow standing in front of Yucho Chow Studio at 518 Main Street, Chinatown, Vancouver. Rose was the second daughter of photographer Yucho Chow and Jessie was his third and youngest daughter. Jessie worked for years in the studio as the colourist: hand painting black and white photos with coloured oil paints. (Note: Next to the street number "518" is the designation CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER.)”

Lim - Herb Lim in uniform - 1944

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Circa 1944, Vancouver. Photo of Herb Lim in his Army uniform. Herb was recruited to join Force 136, the clandestine group of soldiers who were trained by the British and were destined to be dropped in behind Japanese lines in Southeast Asia. After the war, Herb became a businessman and owned a gas station as well as other businesses in and around Chinatown.”

V.J. Day Chinese Dragon Parade

Photograph shows the Chinese School and Lee Buildings and the Sun Tower in the background.
Label on verso of print reads "Chinese Victory Day Celebration / The Dragon Parade / Vancouver, B.C. / August 17, 1945"

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