Places That Matter Plaque Presentation #551 min read

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In honour of Asian Heritage Month, Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents Places That Matter plaque presentation #55 at the Nellie Yip Quong House, Saturday, May 25th at 2pm.

Located at 783 E. Pender St in Strathcona, it was home to Charlie and Nellie Yip.

Nellie Towers of St. John, NB met Charlie Yip Quong while teaching in New York. Married in 1900, the couple moved into the Yip Sang family compound in Chinatown in 1904. A feminist and social activist, “Granny” spoke five dialects and became a bold and outspoken advocate for her adopted community. In 1917, Charlie and Nellie moved to 783 East Pender Street and it was here that Nellie served as a trusted and well respected midwife to some 500 Chinese Canadian women.”

Nellie Yip

For more information about VHF’s Places That Matter plaque project, recognizing 125 historic places nominated by the public, please visit their webpage (photos, map, and upcoming events):

In partnership with UBC’s Chinese Canadian Stories, and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, a short film has also been produced about Nellie Yip Quong, the house and the plaque project. VHF will be screening the video at the presentation, and taking additional footage from the unveiling on May 25th.

For more information or inquiries, contact Jessica Quan, Special Project Coordinator, at 604-264-9642.

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