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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wsdneiday, February '1, 1972 I '-'UM f. w i 4 -f ;r 4- 5 Chinese Free Masons building part of Lethbridge Chinatown centre fiTt 1. Lethbridge Chinatown slowly fading out Will of Dr. Sun Yar-sen, founder of the Chinese republic, at the Chinese National League Cheng Pong, 78, and Chinese newspaper By JOE MA Staff Writer Chinatown in Lethbridge is a lameduck. Its main inhab- itants are old, retired, forgot- ten people who belonged to yes- terday. They are people who do notj disturb others and have no wish to be disturbed. People who pass their remaining years peacefully, quietly and monotonously, in the company of those who understand, ap- preciate and need each oilier. They talk slowly, walk slow- ly, smoke slowly and read month-old Chinese newspapers slowly, digestively, nostalg- ically and almost hungrily over and over and over again. There are tiro ways the Chi- nese live in Canada: their own way, and the Canadian way. The old Chinatowners, victims of circumstances of their time, choose and are forced to! choose their own way. LooJc at the other side of the picture and you find Dr. F. K. Quo at the University oi Leili- bridge and Simone Ho at the! Olciman River Regional Plan-j ning Commission. They repre-1 sent a new generation of Ca- nadian Chinese, competing freely in a maturing Canada that at one time banned the entry of Chinese immigrants. Time is changing; so is ev- erything eke. If Chinatown was once more lively than it is now, it is only natural. For Chinese who are able to inlegratc with the rest of the Canadians, isolation is no longer necessary or pos- sible. "The young people, the pro- fessional people very seldomly go to Dr. Quo said. It is more than a simple lan- guage problem. It is the differ- ence in mentality. Chinese who adapt to the Canadian way can identify themselves more read- ily with other ethnic groups than with tire old Chinatown- ers. Clearly, a Chinese or any- one for that matter who is deficient in English is deprived of many opportunities. As a re- sult m'nst, if not all, early Chi- nese immigrants were de- prived of opportunities. "Bark in the old days, Chi- nese immigrants who knew very little or no English found it difficult to integrate with the community, so they lived to- said Jimmy Lee, pres- ident of the Chinese National League in Lethbridge. "This was not peculiar to Molor vehicle testing nnlikely EDMONTON ways Minister Clarence Copi- thorne toW a discussion session at the Alberta Progressive Conservative annual conven- tion here that compulsory an- nual motor vehicle testing is impossible to administer. More city news on Page 19 Check theie buys and see why you always da better at HOYT'S ELECTRIC KETTLE vesf go f Gleaming finish accented wilh nvoeado or harvesf gold ciulomatic shut-off. Only 5WEEP-A-5HAG RUG RAKE A must for every home thai has shag rugs Restores crushed and packed pile. CAIL 327-5767 DOWNTOWN HOURS: Open Monday, Tuei., Wed., and Sal. a.m. to p.m. Thun, and Fri. a.m. lo p.m. Ken Jang, owner of Chinatown's San Man Sang Store, and his son Steven, 5 275 APPLICATIONS The Lethbridge Community College received more than 275 applications for full time po- sitions on the campus last year. PLAIN FORTREL DRESSES EACH Let Martiniiing restore your Fortrels to that "Like-New" appearance again. Zollor Safoway Shopping Centra j Mayor Mdgrath Drive Phono 32S-7576 One HOUR THE MOSt IN DRY CLEflNIHQ PRICES EFFECTIVE THURS.-FRI.-SAT. FEB. 3-4-5 California oranges gain in Canada concerns Japanese A considerable Rain by Call- fornia type mandarin oranjes on the Canadian market this winter has turned Japanese at- tention to U.S. Canadian trade conditions. The manager of one of bridge's major food warehouses informed The Herald just be- fore Christmas that the Japan- ese mandarin orange market in Canada would be supplanted by California oranges in 1072. When lold IhLs information, Kiiclii Uclu'da, consul general i of Japan, requested the Japan I Trade- Centre in Toronto lo in- vosligate the matter. In a letter from the ronsn- lale general's office in Winni- jx% Air. Uchida said. "I have now pollen a reply from them (Japan Trade Centre) saying that the California Satsuma oriLPRo. so far, ha.s nol been very competitive with the Ja- panese mandarin orange on the Canadian market. "Hotter, last year the California orange showed considerable gain on the Cana- dian market due to its cheaper price by nbout 70 cent- to Sj per box." Mr. Ucbida said the trade centre reported the California orange to he inferior in quality and taste to Japanese pro- duct. Apparently Ihc present land producing California orange trees arc limited to acres and there arc no indications that this acreage will Ix.1 in- creased. Mr. Uchida said if cultiva- tion should be inc-tased on a larger scale, then it likely would become a major compet- itor for Japanese oranges on Ihe Canadian market. Tlie opinion of the Jnpan Trade Centre is that it is too early for a definite conclusion on the information regarding UK movement of U.S. oranges lo Canada. Mr. Uchida said the trade centre will follow the market situation very closely on this matter. ACTIVE TV FEBRUARY CLEARANCE Component Stereo t-s-ao CDCTIAI Phono 327-5020 Elcctrohome Reg. with stand SPECIAL 1238 3rd Avo. 5. Chinese. The Italians and the Ukrainians, or any other eth- nic groups, stayed together when they were new in Can- ada. But this is nol the case any more, and Chinatown is less important to the Chinese." Both Mi'. Lee and James Leong, secretary of the Chi- nese Freemason, were bom in Canada. They are old enough lo preserve Chinese culture, whereas many young Cana- dian-born Chinese are totally Canadian. This is why both the Na- tional League and the Free- mason no longer give Chinese lessons. They simply cannot find enough pupils. "The kids don't want to learn Mr. Lee said. "But when tliey grow old, they real- ize that they are deficient in Chinese culture and want to learn Chinese to broaden their horizons. They feel a certain amount of inadequacy if they don't know Chinese." The National League and the Freemason are no longer ac- tive in politics, Mr. Leong pointed out. Back in the old days, the two organizations were diehard enemies. It went back to Dr. Sun Yat- scn, founder of the Chinese Republic in 1911. The Chinese Free mason organization in North America, which gave substantial financial support to Dr. Sun's revolution, were dis- appointed to see him form Ihe Kuomingtang, the ruling po- litical party on today, and subsequently the two or- ganizations were opposed. Today, with a handful of old men, they are no longer inter- ested in anytliuig but passing their remaining years in peace. The two organizations join hands in charity work and occasional gatherings. When they were young, and Chinatown was alive, kids were rounded up on Christmas Day and the Chinese New Year, the lion was danced and noise and laughter, blended with occa- sional argument, out of "yum cha" (Chinese tea with refreshments) parties. Gone are the things Chinese. Chinese population in Leth- bridge estimated to be in the region of 600 persons. Small as it is, it includes those who were born in Canada, those who were westernized, and those who know very little Chi- nese or about China. Chinatown is unsightly. The ORRPC carried out an urban renewal study six years ago suggesting that the downtown area, including Chinatown, be given A-l priority. However, the study was rejected because ot insufficient funds from Ot- tawa. It is sad to see small and unsightly Chinatown from a nostalgic point of view. But the death of any minority walls means tire birth of a new to- getherness hi singing: "0 Canada! Our home and native land V of L China lecture series has museum expert Friday By JOE MA siaff Writer Dr. Peter Swann, director of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, will deliver a lecture on the culture of China Friday night at the University of Leth- bridge. This is the third iri a scries of lectures on China sponsored by the university. Admission is free. Born hi London in 1921 and an Oxford, Dr. Swann has been director of the museum, which houses one of the finest collec- tions of Chinese art, since 1966. He is married wilh five chil- dren. Dr. Swann reads Chinese and is the author of a number of books on oriental art. He has been editor of Oriental Art since 1935. The lecture, starting at 8 o'clock in the new leclure the- atre, E-6.W, is entitled The Cul- ture of China. Dr. Swann will bring slides to illustrate the lec- ture Tlie first two lectures, given last year, were An Introduction to China by Professor Clive An- sley of the University of Wind- sor in Ontario, and The Awaken- ing Giant, dealing with the phy- sical features of China, by Pro- fessor David Ohuen Yan Lay of the University of Victoria in British Columbia Each of the two previous lec- tures drew an audience of more than ICO persons, Dr. Peter Preuss of the university said. Tlie coming lecture is e.vpjcied to d r a w an equally large crowd. According to Dr. Preuss, the next two lectures will likely be held in February and March, "We have invited Dr. Paul Lin of McGill University to give the fourth lecture, and Chester Roraiing the fifth lec- Dr. Preuss said. Dr. Lin is to speak on Tha Recent History of China, trac ing Chinese history from 19-18 shortly More the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mr. Ronning, a senior Cana- dian diplomat and cnce ambas- sador to China, is to deliver n lecture on Mao's New Men, dealing with the idealogical as- pects of the communist ration. "However, Dr. Lin and Mr. Ronning have not yet confirm- ed the Dr. Preuss said. "We would like to have Dr. Lin speak Feb. 18 and Mr. Ronning on March 10." The university was also lo show a film, One Fourth of Hu- m a n i t y, by American author Edgar Snow, a personal friend of Chairman Mao, in January but the air controllers' strike delayed its arrival. "One Fourth of Humanity will be shown some time in Febru- Dr. Preuss said. It was reported that the uni- versity may confer an honor- ary doctorate fin Mr. Ronning, now residing at Camrose, Al- berta, but this cannot be con- firmed. All the series speakers are acknowledged experts in their fields and all of llrem have vis- ited China a number of times. MAKE NEXT WEEK VALENTINE'S WEEK ORDER A FLORAL VALENTINE STEREO FAIR See Page 7 MARQUIS FtOWER SHOP MARQUIS HOTEL Phone 327-1515 THE "BEST WAN" FOR YOUR WEDDING IS THE PHOTOGRAPHER FROM A. E. CROSS STUDIO Introducing ED KEELING "THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA" A. E. CROSS STUDIO Same Convenient Location 710 3rd Ave. S. 328-0111 Phone 328-0222 ;