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Featured room: Ridington Room

This week, we thought that we would post on the Ridington Room, a room in the Barber Centre that is not named after a place in British Columbia. Rather, the Ridington Room (room 321)  is named after an important person in the history of the University of British Columbia Library: John Ridington. John Ridington was […]

Chinese Canadian soccer history

A favorite for visitors to the Chung Collection exhibition is the portrait of the 1926 Chinese Canadian soccer team, taken by C.B. Wand. Many are familiar with the history of Chinese Canadian soccer, and those who were not will be now: the 1933 Chinese Students Soccer team has been inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. The inductee biography describes the talent of the team and its importance to the Chinese Canadian community:

“Vancouver’s Chinatown would empty during Chinese Students’ matches down at the old Powell Street or Cambie Street grounds. The games served as a brief respite for a people living through the dual burdens of a widespread economic depression and daily racial prejudice from the surrounding white population, its most blatant forms the infamous Head Tax and the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act. The players became heroes for the community, revered for their quickness, skill, and determination in the face of white opponents who often employed openly rough and dirty tactics…Formed in 1920 and active until 1942, the team reached its apex during the 1933 season even gaining a grudging respect from the largely white Vancouver press, who marveled at the clinical goal-scoring of forward Quene Yip, a 1998 BC Sports Hall of Fame inductee, the deft passing of his brother Art Yip, and the cat-like quickness of goaltender Shupon Wong.”

The team has good company with other 2011 inductees including Trevor Linden and the B.C. team members of the 2010 Olympic Men’s hockey team! You can read more about their induction in the Globe and Mail.

To find more material in the Chung Collection related to soccer and other sports, try searching for terms such as soccer or football, athletes or sports.

New documentary art collection

A small collection of drawings and paintings from turn of the century Vancouver has been recently catalogued at Rare Books and Special Collections. The Albert Lindgren fonds contains 37 small watercolour paintings and 9 drawings, dating from ca. 1900-1903.  The paintings and drawings mostly depict Vancouver-area waterfront views, as Lindgren was a ship captain. Archives […]

“The Golden Age of Steamship Travel” at Vancouver Maritime Museum

A lot of people do not realize that the Chung Collection has a “sister-” Drs. Chung made a donation of maritime-related material to the Vancouver Maritime Museum in addition to the collection donated to UBC. The “other” Chung Collection consists of over 3800 books and periodicals, 1400 photographs and 600 posters, including technical drawings and posters on the subjects of tourism and immigration.

From Dec. 7 – till April 1 2011 the Vancouver Maritime Musuem is exhibiting items from their Chung Collection in an exhibition titled “The Golden Age of Steamship Travel: Voyages of Immigration that Changed Canada.”  Highlights include a 1929 model of the Empress of Japan (II) (like our Empress of Asia model, also restored by Dr. Chung), a biography of the Chungs, and descriptions of the Atlantic Steamship companies and ships and the evolution of the steamship industry.

Also, a few items have been borrowed from our Chung Collection, including a set of empress dishware, a head tax certificate and a poster depicting Amor de Cosmos “throwing out” a man of Chinese descent.

Check the Vancouver Maritime Museum website for hours and admission information!