Series S2 - Yucho Chow Studio and family records

Artwork - 1921 - commemorating family trip to China Howard Ng - early 1930s Jack and Ying Chow w children -1943 Jack and Ying Chow w Leonard Jack Chow and Ying (Ng) Chow wedding - 1938 Jack Chow and Yucho Chow w others - c. mid 1940s Jack Chow family - c. 1948 Jack Chow - circa 1937 Jack, Peter and Philip Chow in café - 1970s Jessie and Rose Chow - 1934 - postcard colourized Jessie and Rose Chow - 1932 Artwork - 1934 - family tree Jessie and Rose Chow - 1934 - postcard Jessie and Rose Chow - c. 1937 Jessie and Rose Chow - c. 1940 Jessie Chow in costume - 1932 Jessie Chow and Fred Chan wedding Jessie Chow in costume - 1936 Jessie Chow portrait - 1934 Jessie Chow portrait - 1934 Jessie Chow - 1940 - colour Jessie Chow - 1944 Charles Soloman and Mary Chow Anniversary - 1955 Jessie Chow - 1945 - colourized Jessie Chow - early 1940s Jessie Chow - postcard Jessie Chow - w storefront - June 24, 1945 Leonard Chow in airforce uniform - 1943 Leonard Chow in airforce uniform - 1943 Leonard Chow - c. 1942 Mabel Chow Ng family - c. 1928 Mabel Chow Ng family - c. 1923 Mabel Chow Ng family - c. 1933 Chinatown Business men - Larry Wong Mabel Chow Ng in front of studio - 1920 Mabel Chow Ng w girl - c. 1918 Mabel Chow Ng with two unidentified girls - c. 1920 Mabel Chow Ng - 1913 Mabel Chow Ng - 1917 Mabel Chow Ng - c. 1920? Mabel Chow Ng - c. 1918 Mabel Chow Ng - c. 1918 Ms. Yucho Chow - w Leonard Chow - 1940 Ms. Yucho Chow - w Leonard Chow - 1940 Chow - Helena (nee Wong) Peter and Helena Chow with family - 1946 Peter and Philip Chow in studio - 1970s Peter Chow - portrait - 1930s - colourized Philip Chow in studio w camera - late 1940s Philip Chow in studio - 1970
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Yucho Chow Studio and family records

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104 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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Series consists of photographs, news clippings, print advertisements, and graphic materials related to Yucho Chow’s family and business activities.

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  • English
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  • Traditional Han

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Some photographs include annotations in Chinese and/or English. Some graphic materials in Chinese.

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Use of photographs in this series and materials in File F8 (Yucho Chow Studio : elements) 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, 3 business cards, 2 drawings, 1 painting, 1 book page

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