Fonds RBSC-ARC-1748 - Desmond Power 'Boxer Uprising' collection

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Desmond Power 'Boxer Uprising' collection

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1 medal -- 1 sheet -- 1 album (37 photographs : b&w)

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Desmond Power was a born in Tientsin (天津), China to his parents Stephen and Grace Power. Desmond would spend his early years in China until his eventual internment by the Japanese occupying force during the Second World War. After his release, Desmond settled in Vancouver, Canada and has since spent his time researching and writing about his experiences living in both Imperial and Republican China.

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The collection consists of a medal for bravery, likely awarded to a family member for meritorious service during the Boxer Uprising (義和團運動), which was a series of incidents in China with anti-imperialist and xenophobic roots that lasted from 1899 until 1901; and a fragment of a corresponding letter of recommendation. The medal was specifically awarded to the recipient for their conduct during the Siege of Tienstin, which was a major battle during the Boxer Uprising, and the letter of recommendation mentions a Mr. D’Arc, which is likely Desmond’s maternal grandfather who was a volunteer rifleman at Tientsin. Lastly, the collection contains an album consisting of photographs of Tientsin during and immediately after the Boxer Uprising. The album primarily includes photographs of troop movements and military equipment, but also includes a few personal family photographs.

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Processing and description completed by Dennis Michailides on the 22nd of October, 2015.

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  • Chinese
  • English

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