Posted tagged ‘Tin Yung Qui Troupe’

Chinese Actors Admitted into the U. S.

November 18, 2009

SS Monteagle Passenger List, 11 May 1909

On June 6, 1909, two Chinese professional actors were admitted into the United States to participate in the A.Y. P. Fair in Seattle. Wong Yuk Sun, age 26, and Hing Wing Kee, age 40, from Shanghai, were employed to work in the Chinese Village. They each would receive $250 for the season and were to return to China at the close of the Exposition.

Ah King NARA RG85 Case RS2231

Ah King testified for them. He paid their salary, a $500 bond, and their round-trip passage.

Sources: NARA RG 85, File RS 2207 and RS 2208; NARA RG85, M1464, Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, accessed 8 May 2009 from; NARA RG85, RS2231.

Ah King Entertains

September 12, 2009

In July on the invitation of Ah King, the Tin Yung Qui troupe of Imperial Chinese performers entertained twenty-six representatives of local newspapers and their friends with an evening of acrobatic, juggling and sleight-of hand acts.

The performers “tossed monster blocks of stone about and toyed with 150-pound spears as if they were feathers. Spinning diminutive plates on the ends of two bamboo canes, a performer at the same time went through an amazing series of contortions. The hit of the evening, however, was furnished by two magicians who performed with huge bowls of water containing gold fish. “The performance was followed by a dinner served by ‘winsome little Chinese maidens clad in silken garments’ at the Chinese Village and a ride on the Ferris wheel as the guests of Manager Pearson.”

Source: Seattle Times, Seattle, WA, July 14, 1909, p.11.

Lee Chee – Pay Streak Strong Man

August 21, 2009
Lee Chee, Tin Yung Qui Troupe

Lee Chee, Tin Yung Qui Troupe

“Celestial Strong Man Attracts Attention”
Lee Chee (Suey Jen) worked in a joss house and received $60 a month. He also worked heavy iron spears and weights in Tin Yung Qui Troupe. He had amazing endurance which enabled him to perform eight to twelve times daily.

Source: Seattle Times, Oct 3, 1909, p12