Fonds RBSC-ARC-1124 - Chock On fonds

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Chock On fonds

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26 cm of textual records;3 photographs;1 artifact

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Chock On, shortened from Wo Chock On Fong, was the name given to a house located at 359 East Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, after it was bought by the Si Sing Company in the late 1920s. The Si Sing Company was formed by the Wo Surname Association in Vancouver for the purpose of raising funds to buy a house so that the Associations members (mostly single men without a family) in would have a low rent place to stay. In the 1930s, Chock On was also operated as a labour agency, mainly under the supervision of Wo Shou, and contracted Chinese labourers to canneries along the B.C. coast. In 1980, Wo Chock On Fong raised funds among Wo Surname Association members in Vancouver and published a special commemorative book to celebrate a half-a-century history of Chock On.

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The fonds consists of the incoming correspondence of Wo Shou, Wo Sai Jik, and other members of the Wo Surname Association, mainly regarding cannery labour-related business and fundraising activities. It also consists of records and printed material relating to native place issues in Canton, China; the Wo Surname Association in Canton and in B.C.; Chock On business and other activities; and the local Chinese community.

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Purchased (on trade) from William Hoffer Bookseller, Vancouver, Nov. 27, 1986.


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Most of the material in Chinese.

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Photograph Identifier: BC-2003

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