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Lum - Tommy Ming

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Vancouver. Circa late 1920s. Ming (Tommy) Lum can to Canada in June 1922. He was a paper son: He posed as the son of his real-life brother. Consequently, Ming had to say he was younger than he really was. He was 18 when he arrived in Canada, but his head tax certificate recorded him as being only 13. He arrived in Canada in 1922 and on his Head Tax Certificate his name was recorded as Lim Joe Ming. Ming at first worked with his brother selling groceries from a horse and cart in Chinatown. In 1927 he opened Canada Produce. Ming died in 1987.”

Lai - Tin Yew

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Mid-1940s, Vancouver. Full length studio portrait of Lai Tin Yew. Tin Yew originally worked in sawmills. But in the 1970s opened and ran the successful Yip Hong Yuen Bakery in the heart of Chinatown until his retirement in 1987.”

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.”