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Senator Vivienne Poy’s Papers

Dr. Vivienne Poy is a public servant, author, historian, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and community volunteer. Born May 15, 1941, in Hong Kong, she immigrated to Canada in 1959. She founded Vivienne Poy Mode in 1981 before becoming the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. Instrumental in the recognition of the month of May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada, Dr. Poy has focused her work on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights. She served as a Canadian Senator from 1998-2012 and Chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2003-2006. She is currently the Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto.

The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library holds all of Dr. Poy’s papers from her time in the Senate, including her speeches, correspondence, photographs, and personal research on subjects such as ethnicity in Canada, women’s studies, and Chinese Canadian history. Displayed are selections from Dr. Poy’s senatorial work on Chinese Canadian Studies, which includes legislative work, redress for the Chinese Head Tax, and Canada-China relations. 

Dr. David Lai's Archival Materials

Dr. David Chuenyan Lai, was a Professor Emeritus of Geography, Adjunct Professor of Pacific and Asian Studies, and a Research Affiliate of the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria in addition to serving as an Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University, Shanghai, and the Southeast Asian Research Institute of Hainan University, Haikou. Dr. Lai also served as a member of the Senior Advisory Council of B.C. Government (1996-1999) and the Premier’s Council on Aging and Seniors’ Issues (2005-2006).


Dr. Lai’s areas of interest included the development of Chinatowns, the history of Chinese-Canadians, the urbanization of China, and the health and well-being of Chinese seniors in Canada. His work led to the City of Victoria’s Chinatown Rehabilitation Program as well as the designation of Victoria’s Chinatown and the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point, Oak Bay as National Historic Sites. He also advised the cities of Portland, Vancouver, and Edmonton on their Chinatown gateway projects as well as Kamloops on its Chinese Cemetery Preservation Project.

Historical Photos of the Chinese Presbyterian Church Toronto

The Chinese Presbyterian Church was built over 100 years ago. Although the first Chinese church in Toronto, it now serves a diverse community including students from the University of Toronto. It was formed by ten men to provide a place to worship and develop a sense of community. The first members of the church were attracted by its English classes, housing, meals, and sports for single Chinese men who were spread out across Canada after the gold rush and railways had finished. The Canadian government had already introduced the Chinese head tax, which had increased to $500 in 1904, and would introduce the Exclusion Act on 1923, which prevented the Chinese from entering Canada. Such measures produced a population that was lonely, isolated, and discriminated against in an unfamiliar culture. The church, therefore, offered vital support to help meet their needs. 


The origins of the church date to 1903 when the Presbyterian Church of Canada organized a Toronto mission and hired Rev. Ng Moon Hing to help men from China acclimatize to Toronto. His replacement, the Rev. T.K. Wou Ma began to meet with a group of ten men in 1910 and over the years developed a congregation that met in rented facilities. By 1960, however, the group had raised enough money to build its own church. Today it hosts a Montessori Christian School, a Chinese Language School, and sports program. It also has three sister churches in Markham, Mississauga, and North York.

Historical Hong Kong Newspaper Clippings Collection

The microfilm collection of Hong Kong Newspaper Clippings, dated from 1980’s to 1999, covering fifteen Hong Kong Chinese and English newspapers, were compiled and fully indexed by Hong Kong Catholic Social Communications Office.

In addition to the Hong Kong Newspaper Clippings, the library’s microfilm collection also contains the following historical Hong Kong newspaper titles. The finding aid of the microfilm collection is available online

English Title

CHKL Holdings

Chinese Evening Post

1937/01 - 1938/01

Chinese Mail

1895 - 1938/01

Hong Kong China Mail

1876/01 - 1920/12

Hong Kong China Mail (Editorial Summary of Year's Events)

1877-1878

Hong Kong Daily Press

1879/07-12

Hong Kong Daily Press (Chronology Events of the Year)

1878, 1880, 1882, 1884 - 1896, 1900 - 1926

Hong Kong Daily Press (Editorial Summary of Year's Events)

1876 - 1878, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1896

Hong Kong News (China Coast Group 1)

1941/12 - 1945/08

Hong Kong Weekly Press (Index for Each Half Year)

1895 - 1909

Hong Kong Weekly Press (Table of Contents for Each Issue)

1928 - 1940

Kung Kao Po

1928 - 1999, 2001 - 2003

Nam Chung Pao

1927/02 - 1941/12

South China Morning Post

1904/01 - 1931/12/05, 1931/10 - 1945/12, 1994/07 - 1996/12

Sunday Examiner

1946/07 - 1999, 2001 - 2003

The Yellow Dragon

1899 - 1959