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Comic book database trial

Those who have used Rare Books and Special Collections comic book collections may be interested in trying out a new database that UBC Library is trialing: Underground and independent comics, comix and graphic novels is “the first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground […]

History of Chinese medical services in Vancouver and Montreal

One of the wonderful things about giving tours of the Chung Collection exhibition space is what I learn from the visitors, many of whom have backgrounds in history and knowledge to share. We recently welcomed students from Corpus Christi College, and their instructor, Dr. Jacqueline Gresko told me about the Chinese nursing sister in this photograph:

Dr. Gresko explained that the nursing sister was Teresa Fung, who was brought from China to Vancouver to serve in one of the clinics run by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a Montreal-based mission which had previously focused on missions and medical services in Canton, but eventually spread to include Chinese immigrants in Canada. There is an excellent history of their medical services for the Chinese populations in Montreal and Vancouver written by Hugette Torcotte, which is freely available online through the Canadian Catholic Historical Association Historical Studies website.

Linsanity: the 1940’s version

Jeremy Lin is creating serious buzz in the sports world not only for being the first American of Chinese descent to play in the N.B.A., but for the inspiring Cinderella-esque story that has seen him go from sleeping on his brother’s couch to leading the New York Knicks to 7 straight victories.

While Chinese-Canadian athletic history is better known for soccer than basketball (read a description of Vancouver’s Chinese-Canadian soccer team on the Chinese Canadian Stories website) the Chung Collection does have one photograph of a Chinese-Canadian basketball team which won a championship in 1946:

We would love to learn more about this team, such as what league they played in, and whether this was their only victory! If you know something about this history and would like to share your knowledge with other Chung Collection researchers, please email us at, or leave a comment in the digital image.

To search for items in the Chung Collection related to Chinese-Canadian athletics, try searching for the subject heading “Athletes” with the keyword “Chinese.”

Featured place: Kitimat

  In our ongoing series of blog posts featuring the B.C. places used in the Irving K. Barber Centre room names, this week we will take a look at Kitimat. Kitimat was established as a company town in the truest sense. It was established when the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) built a hydroelectric dam […]

Featured photograph- a royal visit

After a brief hiatus, we are recommitted to featuring monthly photograph with the aim of showcasing the diverse photographic holdings of the Chung Collection.

With Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee starting today, Canadians have royals on the mind, as we anticipate a variety of celebrations this year. The Chung Collection has a photograph album of the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother, mother of our current Queen Elizabeth II) in May 1939, when they travelled to Canada on the C.P.R. steamer Empress of Australia.

In this particular photograph from the album, the King and Queen are being greeted by First Nations people in traditional dress. The album contains 26 photographs, many of them taken aboard the ship (check out their stateroom!)

There do not seem to be any photographs of Queen Elizabeth II in the Chung Collection, although during in 1939 she obviously would have been Princess Elizabeth. We do however have plenty of photographs of Princess Elizabeth the steamship!