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Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre

The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre (WCCCC) CHRP team have collected more than two thousand photographs, Chinese and English documents, memoirs, letters, and immigration materials (including head tax certificates), as well as video and audio taped oral histories from Manitoba Chinese organizations and 35 Chinese families in Manitoba, with the earliest materials dating to the late 1800s.  This rich and rare collection of Chinese and English textual, visual, and audio materials documents the long history of settlement in Manitoba and involvement in local and national dramatic societies and associations.  The collection also provides an important window into the lives of early Chinese Canadians who adopted children, and of the bachelors, mothers and children, the banquets and events they attended, and small town Chinese settlement.  The digitization of the WCCCC collection was supported by the UBC Library Digital Initiatives unit. Click here to view samples from the collection.

One response to “Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre”

  1. Tannis Paton

    I am a teacher in St James School Division and am interested in accessing Winnipeg information on the Chinese that call this city home. I also have a personal reason, for wishing to access information about the Chinese in Winnipeg. I have a Chinese grandfather that I would like to find some information on. He went by William Mah and died in 1949 at the age of 67. I never met him, and my mother never talked of him. She was Elsie Mah and died in 1997 at the age of 68. If you could help me in this matter I would greatly appreciate it. It would help me to connect with my Chinese heritage although I am only 1/4 Chinese. My mother always took me down to Chinatown and visited with her “uncle Charlie” who was not actually related, but was a friend of her father’s his name was Charlie Wong and ran Wong’s restaurant in the block that burnt down in 1999.

    Thank you in advance,

    Tannis Paton

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