History of Chinatown in Calgary

Secret Calgary: Chinatown

Celebrate the year of the Monkey by learning about Calgary's fascinating and ever-changing Chinatown. Photos courtesy of Sien Lok Society and Glenbow Museum

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A Look at Calgary's Chinatown

by Trayah Zinger, Global News
March 1, 2008

卡城華埠
The Calgary Chinatown

by Paul K.P. Wong

The First Chinese Pioneers in Calgary
The first group of Chinese pioneers arrived in Calgary at least as early as 1883, after the CP railway was completed; they were the CPR railway workers came from B.C., and some of them came across the Rockies to here looking for works.

In 1900, there were less than 100 Chinese lived in the city.  In 1910, there was over 400 Chinese resided in locations spread throughout the city.........
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The Centennial of The Calgary Kong Har Wongs’ Association
1910 - 2010

By Paul K.P. Wong
August 26, 2010

The Wong’s Affinity Association in Calgary was established in 1967, and merged by two Wong’s associations -- the Wong Kong Har Tong and Wong Wun Shan Society.

The Calgary Wong Kong Har Tong was established in 1910.  It was called “Kong Har Inn” when it was first set up. The Inn was located in the same spot at 205 Centre Street South West which was burnt down in early 2010.  It was set up to accommodate all single clansmen who were staying in the city and surrounding area, and provided the service to those who were newly immigrated to Calgary from China.  When the founders established the Inn, it was also used for social activities, reading and an entertaining place for Wong’s clansmen; and they called it as Wong Kong Har Tong.

In December 1927, there was a group of Wong’s clansmen intended to start up another organization which was called .......

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Centennial Celebration of Lee Association of Calgary
1910 -2010

By Paul K.P. Wong
May 20, 2010

The Lee Association of Calgary was established in 1910, firstly named as "Tung Shing Fon".  There was a small group of Chinese people who joined together to protect their personal safety and property.  They did understand that the importance for them to be united and take care of each other as to against the bullies from the extremists. Therefore, they were the first clan association established in the very small Chinese community in Calgary at that time.  

In the beginning of the "Tung Shing Fon" was established, the location was in the site of 1st St. & 17th Ave. SW, in the district of Mission where .....

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The “Pioneer Organizations” in Calgary Chinatown

September 24, 2009
by Paul K.P. Wong

The Calgary Chinatown Centennial
The present Chinese settlement –Chinatown-- will be a century old next year, the community is planning to have lots of celebration for this extraordinary event in 2010. 

Don’t forget our predecessors
As one of the most famous Chinese poets in Southern and Northern Dynasties (A.D. 317-581) Yu Xin said, “Don’t forget the origin while you drink the water”.  Today, when we are ready to celebrate this remarkable occasion, we shouldn’t forget.........
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The “Traditional Organizations” in Calgary Chinatown

September 24, 2009
by Paul K.P. Wong

Organizations Established after WWII
All those social and kin organizations organized after the WWII and up to the end of 70s, there was even a few of them that were not active or don’t exist any more; as they were played an important part of the developments in the history.........
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The “Newly Established Organizations” in Calgary Chinatown

September 24, 2009
by Paul K.P. Wong

The Turning Point of Calgary Chinatown
In the 80s, it was the turning point of Calgary Chinatown. Starting from 1980, the area was facing huge changes, such as the population kept growing, the new business and building developments increasing, the beatifications of Chinatown, more associations and organizations are established, and the contributions from the City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service (CPS), and other developments in the Chinese community.........
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The Calgary Chinese Schools

September 24, 2009
by Paul K.P. Wong

Education is a serious subject in Chinese families. Most parents pay a great deal of concentration to their children’s future, most of them believe that if their  kids get a higher education, they will have a better life in the future; it became a significant tradition, since Confucius opened the door for public learning. Before him, the education was provided to the royal and noble families only. 

The root and heritage
Today, oversea Chinese people want to maintain their tradition and roots.........
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