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Foon Sien Wong fonds
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Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee

Ephemera, meeting minutes, and other records related to Foon Sien Wong's activity as the chair of the Inter-Ethnic Committee representing the Chinese-Canadian immigrant group for the Centennial Celebration. This committee served as part of the British Columbia delegation to the larger Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee.

City of Vancouver Re-Development Consultation Committee

File contains items related to Foon Sien's activities as committee executive and negotiator for the Re-Development Consultation Committee. Records include correspondences with the city clerk, meeting minutes, and detailed reports related to the re-development of Chinatown.

Foon Sien Wong fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1628
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1971

The fonds consists primarily of clippings and articles relating to international affairs, Chinese customs preserved in Canada, life in Vancouver's China Town and social and political problems confronted by Chinese Canadians. Further, the fonds also contains many complete copies of the Chinatown newspaper, The Chinese Voice; records related to Foon Sien Wong's Chinatown activities through the Vancouver Unity Association, the Canadian Centennial Planning Committee, and other related groups.

Wong, Foon Sien, d. 1971

[In the media]

Items in the file consist of a transcript of a CBC interview with Foon Sien about Chinese-Canadian fund raising efforts for China during the Pacific War, and also an article written by Foon Sien in The New Republic (新民國報).

[Journals and magazines]

File includes publications from Chinatown organizations across Canada and the United States, including the Chinese Benevolent Association (全加中華總會舘).

[Newspaper clippings]

Newspaper clippings related to race politics, life after the Second World War, and immigration concerns in Canada.

Personal records

Includes records and ephemera related to the personal life of Foon Sien Wong. Items include letters, event invitations, and twenty years worth of day calendar entries.

Political activism

The series includes records and ephemera related to the Canadian Citizenship Council, of which Foon Sien was a member.

Further, the series includes records of Foon Sien using media platforms to better inform Canadians about wartime developments between China and Empire of Japan.

Published Materials

Organized scrapbooks and folders of loose newspaper clippings covering a range of topics including, but not limited to, life in Chinatown, the Pacific War, enfranchisement of Chinese immigrants and their progeny in Canada, and the spread of McCarthyism and the containment doctrine around the globe. The scrapbooks include both English and Chinese articles about and/or authored by Foon Sien Wong.

The series also includes records from the Chinese Benevolent Association (全加中華總會館) and other Chinatown based fraternal organizations.

[Scrapbooks]

File includes newspaper clippings related to the Chinese-Canadian and Chinese-American experience. The file also contains some event invitations addressed to Foon Sien, as well as other ephemera.

[Scrapbooks]

File primarily contains newspaper clippings covering the topics of the Chinese-Canadian experience within Canada, and the struggle with racism.

[Scrapbooks]

Scrapbooks in this file contain newspaper clippings that cover the topics of racial discrimination against Chinese-Canadians in Canada, the crisis in China during the Pacific War, and other international political issues. Contains both Chinese and English language publications.

[Scrapbooks]

Scrapbooks of primarily newspaper clippings covering sundry topics including, but not limited to, race politics, nuclear weapons proliferation, McCarthyism, international politics, domestic race disputes, and social welfare issues.

[Scrapbooks]

File primarily contains newspaper clippings related to the topics of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Communist containment, Taiwan-China cross-straits relations, and the Chinese-Canadian experience.

[Scrapbooks]

File includes newspaper clippings related to the Chinese-Canadian experience and also contains articles written by Foon Sien himself. Moreover, the scrapbooks include invitations to birthday and Christmas celebrations, as well as receipts for airline tickets.

[Scrapbooks]

File contains newspaper clippings related to the topics of McCarthyism, the Chinese-Canadian experience, Asian international politics, and domestic and international issues regarding race and apartheid.

Social activism and community engagement

Records and ephemera gathered by Foon Sien related to his activities as a member, executive, or board member of numerous social activist and goodwill organizations across Western Canada. Foon Sien was an executive of the City of Vancouver Re-Development Consultation Committee where he championed for the residents of Chinatown against developers looking to gentrify the neighbourhood. Foon Sien also acted as a chair of the Inter-Ethnic Committee representing the Chinese-Canadian immigrant group for the Centennial Celebration, which served the greater Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee efforts. Further, Foon Sien was also active in the Vancouver Civic Unity Association, was the president of Chinese Benevolent Association (全加中華會館), and was a member of the The Canadian Welfare Council, Chinese Canadian Citizens Association (中加友誼會), the Vancouver Film Council, and the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. Lastly, the series contains records related to Foon Sien's teaching career.

[Teaching]

Records related to night school classes taught by Foon Sien Wong through the Vancouver School Board.