Archive for the ‘Visitors to AYPE’ category

Chinese Pastors in Seattle to See Fair

August 25, 2009

July 3, 1909

“The Pacific Coast Chinese Baptist Ministerial Association closed its annual meeting in Portland on Thursday and some of the members arrived in Seattle yesterday on a visit to the A-Y-P fair, among them Rev. Law Chuck, pastor of the First Chinese Baptist church of San Francisco. He has only been two years in America but he is already one of the most prominent Christian workers among is countrymen on the Pacific coast. Rev. Chin Sing Goi, pastor of the First Chinese Presbyterian church of Portland, and Rev. Wong, pastor of the First Chinese Baptist church of Seattle, who is just here from the Orient to take charge of the local work among the Chinese Baptists of this city, are also in the party.”

Source: The Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 3, 1909, p.126.

Kee Sing visits from Vancouver, BC

August 24, 2009
Kee Sing, Merchant from Vancouver, BC

Kee Sing, Merchant from Vancouver, BC

Kee Sing, a silk merchant from Vancouver, B.C., applied in July 1909 to visit the AYPE in Seattle.

Kee Sing was born on 16 May 1871. He was in business in Victoria, BC from 1891 to 1900 before moving to Vancouver. His business and home were located at 617 Westminster Avenue.

His attorney, David C. Lew, wrote a letter to Mr. P. L. Prentis, Inspector in Charge, in Vancouver, advising him that Kee Sing would be visiting the Exposition

Source: Kee Sing 1909, NARA, RG 85, Case RS2319.

Yip Sang of Vancouver, B.C.

August 22, 2009
Yip Sang, mother, wife and 3 children

Yip Sang, mother, wife and 3 children

Yip Sang (Yip Chun Tien), head of the Chinese Nationalist League in Vancouver, brought his family to see the A-Y-P. Sang was one of the leading businessmen in Vancouver. He came to San Francisco from China in 1864 and worked seventeen years as dishwasher, cook, cigar maker before settling in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He became a leading businessman. After his first wife’s death, he remarried three times and had 19 sons and 4 daughters

Source: Yip Sang and family, NARA RG85, RS2396, RS2391-RS2394

Hsu Ping Chen – Business Card

August 22, 2009

Business Card for Hsu Ping Chen, Consul General of China at San Francisco

He visited AYPE with his wife and son.

Hsu Ping Chen Business Card

Hsu Ping Chen Business Card

Hsu Ping Chen Card - Chinese

Hsu Ping Chen Card - Chinese

Sources: Hsu Ping-Cheng [sic] file, 1909, NARA-Seattle, RG 85, Case RS2381;

Hsu Ping-Chen, Consul General of China at San Francisco

August 22, 2009
Hsu Ping Chen Family

Hsu Ping Chen Family

When Hsu Ping-Chen, Consul General of China at San Francisco, and his family visited, local Chinese merchants took them on a long automobile tour of the city followed by a visit of the A-Y-P grounds. His family had held public office for many generations. His wife was a prominent member of the Chinese Women’s Free-Foot Association, which was campaigning against foot-binding. Their son attends school at Berkeley, California. They dined at Yung Hung Restaurant on Washington Street. Goon Dip and other prominent Chinese made speeches. He left the next day for official duties in Victoria and will visit the Fair grounds again on his return trip to San Francisco.

Sources: Hsu Ping-Cheng [sic] file, 1909, NARA-Seattle, RG 85, Case RS2381; Oregonian, July 25, 1909 p 9, accessed from Newsbank.com; Seattle Times, August 6, 1909, p3

Ah Ying and Fay Freeman Honeymoon at AYPE

August 21, 2009

The A-Y-P also attracted many Chinese from Portland and California. Ah Ying, a Chinese man and Miss Fay Freeman, a Caucasian, both of San Francisco, were married in Vancouver, Washington, on June 24, 1909. Because of laws prohibiting a marriage between Chinese and Caucasians in California and Oregon, they came to Washington. Ah Ying is a restaurant keeper, has his queue cut short, and dressed in Americanized clothes. It was noted that his bride, a milliner, age 21 was good looking and well-dressed, and was acting on her own free will. They visited the A-Y-P on their honeymoon before returning to San Francisco.

Source: Oregonian, June24 1909 p5; accessed from Newsbank.com

Quan Kai, Merchant from Hong Kong Visits AYPE

August 21, 2009

Many dignitaries and influential business men and their families visited the Fair. They came from far and wide. Quan Kai, a millionaire flour merchant from Hong Kong visited the Fair with his sons, a nephew and a business friend and his son. They arrived from San Francisco. Mr. Kai said, “There is no doubt that the future extension of the world’s trade will be in the Orient. No country has as great advantages for trade in the Orient as has the United States.”

Quan Kai, Millionaire flour merchant from Hong Kong

Quan Kai, Millionaire flour merchant from Hong Kong

Back: Yet On, Quan Chee On
Front: Quan Yuen, Quan Kai

Sources: Seattle Times, June 29, 1908 p 109; Seattle PI, July 1, 1909, p1.


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