The Chung Collection documentary- airing tonight!

A documentary film produced by UBC Library about its renowned Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection premieres on Knowledge Network on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection features UBC alumnus Dr. Wallace B. Chung and his love of collecting Canadian Pacific items – a passion that began in childhood and grew to encompass more than 25,000 items. Featuring personal stories shared by Dr. Chung on his beloved artifacts, the film provides an important and insightful look at B.C. history from the perspective of early Chinese-Canadian pioneers. 

A short trailer and photo stills from the documentary can be viewed in the media advisory available at

The documentary airs on Knowledge Network (Channel 5 in Metro Vancouver areas) on May 16 at 10:30 p.m. PST and will be streamed online at the same time at We hope you tune in!

Roy K. Kiyooka exhibition

Exhibition of works by Roy K. Kiyooka

Resistant to mainstream ideas of national identity, artistic success, and artistic conventions, Roy K. Kiyooka’s flexible, unconventional use of language in his poetry voices his Japanese-Canadian ‘inglish’ and questions his Canadian identity in light of the internment faced by Japanese-Canadian citizens during World War II. Kiyooka’s poetry has been anthologized in Canadian poetry collections and in the […]

Chinese Canadian Historical Society to honour Elder Larry Grant and Howard Grant

The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia is holding a special dinner in conjunction with its AGM this Saturday, March 1 to honour Elder Larry Grant and Howard Grant of the Musqueam First Nation.

Elder Larry Grant is of both Musqueam and Chinese descent and have strong ties to both communities. You can read more about the history of Chinese-Canadian and First Nations marriages and families on the Chinese Canadian Stories site.

If you would like to attend this special dinner, you can contact . Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

Chung Collection featured in new digital collection

Items from the Chung Collection were chosen for inclusion in a new digital collection published by Adam Matthew Digital. The collection is called China, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange and is available to UBC users either on campus or authenticated from home. In addition to other resources from the Rare Books and Special Collections division of UBC Library, the collection also contains resources digitized from University of Alberta, the California Historical Society, the Phillips Library at the Peabody, the University of California San Diego and more.

If you’ve just discovered the Chung Collection through this new digital collection, welcome! We hope you enjoy your research.

Chung Collection featured in Montecristo magazine

Montecristo Magazine is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary, and to celebrate they’ve compiled stories on collectors and collections- including Dr. Chung and the Chung Collection! You can read Dr. Chung’s profiles, and the other collectors’ profiles as well, here.

Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you’ll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here’s one that we’re not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

The sign on the horse cart reads “Quong Sang Chong & Co.” You can view a larger version and zoom in to see the details in our digital collections here. If you know where this is, we would love to hear from you! Email us at, or leave a comment below.

Here are some more images from the Chung Collection of horses:

Horse Racing at Hastings Park, 1936

Piano movers, ca. 1890

Mrs. Ricardo tries her hand at horse riding, ca. 1900.

Happy Year of the Horse! If you are looking for a way to celebrate, the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade is always a hit.

A mystery solved- the Adolphus Lindgren fonds

We were contacted recently by author David Charles Manners, who is a descendant of Albert Lindgren. In January 2011 we announced on our blog that we had acquired a documentary art collection of sketches and watercolours by Albert Lindgren, a ship captain who lived in Vancouver near the turn of the 20th century. When David […]

Reminder: register for the Saltwater City for Youth summer camp!

From our friends at the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.:

“We are pleased to announce reduced fees for early registration for our CCHSBC “Saltwater City for Youth”, a one week day camp for young teens, August 12-16. Registrations received by Monday, July 15 will be only $100 for CCHS members and $125 for non-members.  CCHSBC membership is only $20. This is a discount from $160 and $200 respectively.

The objective of the camp is to educate young teens about the role Chinese Canadians have played in the historic development of Vancouver and how they continue to shape the city.  Field trips include Museum of Vancouver, Chinatown, UBC and Steveston. Governor General award winning author Paul Yee will speak at the initial camp day.

Please visit our website for the registration form and more information; and inform your friends and relatives of this exciting opportunity to learn about Chinese Canadian history. Teens of all backgrounds are welcome.

CCHSBC kindly acknowledges financial funding from the Province of B.C. and support from the Museum of Vancouver.

Thank you, 

Ken Yip, President

Come visit for Alumni weekend!

Come celebrate UBC Alumni Weekend 2013 on Saturday May 25th at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (home of the Chung Collection!), which will host a program featuring UBC alumnus Dr. Laifong Leung. Professor Leung will talk about the Chinese community in Canada in the 20th century as part of “Chinese Canadian Stories: From Early Literature to Modern Archives.” 
Following the talk, we will offer a tour of the Chung Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections. The collection will also be open for self-guided tours from noon to 4 p.m.

And by the way… you don’t need to be an Alumni to visit the Chung Collection on May 25th! Drop by anytime between noon and 4 pm and you’re welcome to visit the exhibition.