Fonds AM1688 - Yucho Chow Community Archive collection

Association of United Ukrainian Canadians-BC Provincial Committee Fishermen - John Grskovic and John Lenic Fishermen - John Grskovic and Tony Baldigara Girardi Brothers soccer team - 1945 Hoy Ping Benevolent Assoc[iation] Jung Association - 1919 Mon Keong - Joint Picnic - 1938 Mon Keong School - Wong Association - classroom Mon Keong School Outing - 1935 Mon Keong School - faculty, club leaders and volunteers 1938 Mon Keong School picnic 1935 Association of United Ukrainian Canadians-Lena Skehor and Ann Gac Mun Wah School - 1925 Russian Canadian - FRC [Federation of Russian Canadians] Picnic Stars Unidentified dinner gathering Unidentified large gathering of people - early 1900s Unidentified two Caucasian men in uniform - c. 1918 United Church - seven ministers Wongs Society - Mun Sing Reading Room 4th anniversary Wongs Society - Chinese Consulate 1935 Association of United Ukrainian Canadians - organizers Chinese Benevolent Association - 1949 Chinese football team [Chinese Students Football Club] Chinese United Educational Picnic - 1926 Croatian Canadians from Otok Krk Eng - Henry w unidentified men Federation of Russian Canadians - women - 1940s 1943 - Graduating class 1945 - Graduating class Barazzuol - John Car - Mary and Joey - 1945 Chinese Catholic Mission - 1934 Chow - Kay and Bill Chow - George - 1921 Chow - Ten Lam children - c. 1911 Corobotiuc - William Dragan - Michael and Walter - c. 1917 Dragan - Michael, James and Walter - c. 1916 Fanuko - Anica (Grskovic) first communion Fornari - Jean Grant, Howard - 1940s Grant, Jean Jurincic - Nikola and Mary Klimec - Nellie and Helen - 1936 Klimec - Nettie - c.1939 Klimec - Nettie - c.1940 Lee - Harden Lee on tricycle Lee - Kempert children Lew - Yue Gong (George) - 1924 Lew - Yue Wing - 1922
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Yucho Chow Community Archive collection

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Yucho Chow's name in Chinese : 周耀初

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693 photographs and other material

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Born in Hoy Ping, Kwong Tung (Kaiping, Guangdong), China in 1876, Yucho Chow (Chinese: 周耀初) arrived in Vancouver in 1902, paying the discriminatory Head Tax then imposed on Chinese immigrants to Canada as a mechanism for discouraging immigration. Little is known about his early years in Vancouver; he offered translation and interpretation services and may have worked as a house servant. Chow established his photography studio at 68 West Hastings Street in 1907, photographing families, individuals, and organizations, many of whom were recent immigrants to Canada. Chow welcomed clients from any background, and as such, his work documents diverse communities that have traditionally been excluded from dominant narratives of Vancouver’s history. Chow operated the studio with assistance from his seven children, working out of 68 West Hastings Street from 1907-08, 5 West Pender Street from 1909-1913, 23 West Pender Street from 1914-1929, and 518 Main Street from 1930 until his death in 1949, when his sons Peter and Philip took over the business. Yucho Chow was recognized in Chinatown as a community leader and philanthropist.

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Community photographs (Series S1) were in the custody of the families and organizations that commissioned the photographs until they were loaned to and scanned by Catherine Clement for inclusion in the 2019 exhibition Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow." The majority of the original photographic prints were returned to their owners following the exhibition; a small number were included in the donation to the Archives. Photographs and graphic materials in Series S2 (Yucho Chow Studio and family records) were loaned by the Chow family, scanned by Catherine Clement, and subsequently returned.

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Collection consists of records collected and created by Catherine Clement throughout her ten-year research project on Yucho Chow and Yucho Chow Studio, which led to the 2019 exhibition "Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow," and the 2020 book of the same title. The collection includes 510 photographs contributed by diverse communities, 75 family photographs contributed by Yucho Chow’s descendants, news clippings, studio graphic design work and ephemera, media stories, and project records.

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Use of photographs in Series 1 and 2 is restricted to research, private study and educational purposes based on donor agreement. Reproduction for exhibition, publication or commercial use requires permission from the family or organization that donated the photograph. Please see archivist for details.

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Includes 37 news clippings, 38 p. of textual records, 6 prints, 3 business cards, 2 drawings, 1 painting, 1 sound recording, and 1 moving image recording.

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