Wong Foon Sien National Historic Person (1901-1971)

Man smiling and holding a document
Wong Foon Sien (centre) accepting an award for his contributions to the Chinese Benevolent Association in 1952.
© William Cunningham / Vancouver Public Library / 60589

Wong Foon Sien was designated as a national historic person in 2008.

Historical importance: Ardent activist for the recognition of the rights of the Chinese-Canadian community and other minorities.

Commemorative plaque: 108 East Pender Street, Vancouver, British ColumbiaFootnote 1

Wong Foon Sien (circa 1901-1971)

This journalist, labour activist, and community leader was instrumental in the campaign to lift the remaining immigration restrictions following the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1947. His persistent lobbying enabled hundreds of families of Chinese origin to reunite in Canada. Though at times a controversial figure, he acted as a conciliatory force within Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community, helping to strengthen it. By devoting his time and effort to a range of civil and human rights organizations, Wong Foon Sien helped advance the development of a more tolerant society.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
English plaque inscription
People presenting a commemorative plaque
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) commemorative plaque unveiling ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, 2017.



Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Chinese plaque inscription


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