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Guide to the Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers and Photographs TAM.235

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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Collection processed by I-Ting Emily Chu

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 10, 2015
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Bonnie Gordon to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect updated administrative information.  , May 2013, January 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chin, Wing Fong
Creator: Chin, Winifred C., 1952-
Creator: Chin,Tung Pok, d. 1988
Title: Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1875-2003
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1944-1990
Abstract: Mak Ting Fong (married name, Wing Fong Chin, b. 1928) first arrived in the United States in 1950 with her husband, Tung Pok Chin. In 1955, she began working in Chinatown as a seamstress and, beginning in 1957, became involved with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) efforts to organize garment workers. She was for many years an officer of ILGWU Local 23-25. She remained active with the union until her retirement in 1997. The collection includes a selection of her correspondence and speeches, a typescript memoir by her daughter and clippings relating to her union work. Tung Pok Chin (1916-1988) came to the United States in 1934 as a "paper son," that is, he purchased papers designating him the son of an American native in order to evade the immigration restrictions of the time. In the U.S. he worked in and later owned laundry businesses in Boston, Rhode Island and New York City. In his spare time, he studied English, read Chinese literature, and wrote prose and poetry. In 2000 his memoir, Paper Son: One Man's Story, which he co-wrote with his daughter, Winifred C. Chin, was published by Temple University Press. The collection includes a selection of his poetry, military papers, correspondence, material relating to his memoirs, and three books with his annotations.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 oversize flat box.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in Chinese and English.
Call Phrase: TAM.235