Lew Kay, China Day program Chairman

Posted September 1, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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Lew Kay, the son of a pioneer Chinese merchant Lew King, was the program chairman for China Day. Kay was educated in public schools and was the first Chinese to enter the University of Washington. He graduated in 1909. In 1913 he married Rosaline L. Goon Dip, daughter of Goon Dip.

Lew Kay is on the right in the bow tie - Image Courtesy of Richard Kay

Lew Kay is on the right in the bow tie - Image Courtesy of Richard Kay

Lew King Seattle Times 1906

Lew King Seattle Times 1906

Sources: Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Oct 16, 1913, p14; Seattle Times, Feb 25, 1906, p.17

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Taft Day, September 30, 1909

Posted September 1, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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Official Daily Programme Sept 30 1909

Official Daily Programme Sept 30 1909

On September 30, 1909, in honor of Taft Day, there was a military parade of all nations starting at 9:30 a.m.at the 23rd Avenue gate. Captain A. M. Wetherill was Grand Marshall. The National Guard, bands and military units passed in review of President Taft and Exposition officials.

Two hundred school children maneuvered to form the letters T-A-F-T and A-Y-P. Other participants were the Igorrote Village, Eskimos with dog sled, Indians from Port Madison and Clan-Fraser Pipers. The German, Italian, Japanese, Swede, Scandinavian and Chinese sections marched by with native flags. The Chinese section was also in costume.

The M. Wagner A-Y-P band entertained the crowds after the parade at the Puget Plaza Band Stand.

Source: Seattle Public Library, AYPE Digital Collection

Ah King – Post Card from China

Posted August 28, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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Ah King, organizer of the Chinese Village, sent this post card, dated 9 Jan 1909, to W. M. Rice, Special Agent of the Treasury Department in Seattle.

Ah King left for China in December 1908 to purchase curios and scout for actors and laborers for the Chinese Village. He returned in June 1909. See Ah King’s 1908 Trip to China for more information

Post Card from Ah King (Courtesy of Dan Kerlee)

Post Card from Ah King (Courtesy of Dan Kerlee)

Back: Ah King’s post card to W M. Rice, Seattle, Washington
(Photo courtesy of D. Kerlee, http://www.aype.com)

Post card of Victoria Peak Tram, Hong Kong (Courtesy Dan Kerlee)

Front: The Victoria Peak Tram, Hong Kong. (Photo courtesy of D. Kerlee, http://www.aype.com)

Sources: Cinarc.org (See Cinarc.org for more background and details.)

Chinese Pastors in Seattle to See Fair

Posted August 25, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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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.

Chinese Fireworks, Pay Streak, July 4, 1909

Posted August 25, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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Today’s Programme at the Exposition

Chinese fireworks at foot of Pay Streak, 9:30 p.m.

Chinese Fireworks on the 4th of July 1909

Chinese Fireworks on the 4th of July 1909

Other events for the day: Ohio Knights of Pythias, National Woman’s Suffrage Association meeting, Japanese fireworks, Norwegian Evangelical Society concert, Seattle Symphony Orchestra concert, Innes orchestral band concert, Kregars in slack wire exhibition, Donnelly sisters in contortions, flights by Strobel airship.

Yesterday’s attendance: 40,583; total to date, 753,584; daily average, 22,835

Source: The Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 4, 1909, p. 132

Kee Sing visits from Vancouver, BC

Posted August 24, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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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.

Posted August 22, 2009 by Trish Hackett Nicola
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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