The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre 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.  Five examples of the collection are offered below.  See also additional material documenting Small Towns, Banquets and Events and Bachelors, excerpted from Alison R. Marshall, The Way of the Bachelor:  Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba (Vancouver: UBC, 2011).

Manitoba Chinese Stories

A Winnipeg Chinese Cultural & Community Centre

Canadian Historical Recognition Project (CHRP)

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Photo:  Nanking Chop Suey House, Winnipeg 1941 (Photo: Helen Wong)