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Paul Yee fonds

  • AM1523
  • Fonds
  • 1864-2007

The fonds consists of Paul Yee’s personal correspondence and records of academic achievement, writing and research files, subject files, photographs, and sound recordings, as well as publications and ephemera that he collected. These records relate to Yee's activities as a writer, historian, activist, and archivist in Vancouver and Toronto.

In addition, the fonds includes photographs, correspondence, and other records of some of Yee’s immediate family members, including his Aunt Lillian and Uncle Foon Wong, and their close friends. The fonds also contains textual records, publications, ephemera, and photographs relating to the activities of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver and the Pender Guy Radio Co-operative, as well records relating to the functions of fraternal associations such as the Wong Kong Har Tong and Hoy Yin Association in Vancouver, and the Duncan, B.C., Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang).

Yee, Paul

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.

Foon and Lillian Wong textual records

Subseries consists of records relating to the personal, educational, and professional activities of Foon and Lillian Ho Wong and their family members, including correspondence, birth and naturalization certificates, and creative writing exercises. The subseries also includes publications and posters that the Wongs collected, as well as three drawings of Lillian Ho Wong as a young woman.

Wong, Lillian Ho

Personal records of Lillian Ho Wong

File consists of records relating to the divorce of Lillian Ho Chong and Henry Chin Hing and to Lillian Ho Chong's entry to and residence in the United States. The file also includes Lillian Ho's birth certificate,

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.

Foon Wong

File consists of portraits of Foon Wong as a child and as an adult.


File consists of individual and group portraits of unidentified individuals including men, women, and children in Vancouver, Calgary, and China, and possibly other locations.

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