Fonds IH 981.31 - New Westminster Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang) fonds

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New Westminster Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang) fonds

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CA NWM IH 981.31

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  • 1928-1968 (Creation)
    Chinese Nationalist League. New Westminister Branch

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14 cm of textual records

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The earliest record of the New Westminster Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League of Canada (NWBCNL) fonds indicates that Mr. Liu Fu Zhao was appointed as the Executive Director for the NWBCNL in 1928. The NWBCNL had its office at 1037 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, and maintained close ties with the Chinese Nationalist League of Canada and the Nationalist Party in China.;The Chinese Nationalist Party, commonly known as Kuo Min Tang or Guomindang in Mandarin, was founded by Song Jiaoren (1882-1913) and led by Sun Yat-sen 1866-1925). It evolved from a revolutionary league working to overthrow the Qing dynasty into a political party. In the early 1920s, the party stressed nationalism, democracy, and people's livelihood. The Chinese Nationalist Party led by Sun's successor, Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975), governed all or part of mainland China from 1928 to 1949, when the Nationalists were driven to Taiwan. There they maintained a monopoly on political power until 1989, when the first legal opposition party won seats in the legislature. The first non-Nationalist president in Taiwan was elected in 2000. One of the main purposes of the Kuo Min Tang and its subsidiary leagues and branches after 1949 was to reclaim mainland China. The NWBCNL records indicate that it made great efforts in recruiting new members. The NWBCNL appeared to have become defunct after 1968.

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Records were kept in the NWBCNL office at 1037 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, until April 1981, when they were rescued by the New Westminster Museum and Archives staff.

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The fonds consists of records on the Chinese Nationalist Party affairs, including certificates of appointments, minutes of a 1947 meeting attended by representatives from western branches of the Chinese Nationalist League of Canada, the NWBCNL work and financial reports, as well as work and financial reports received from the Chinese Nationalist League of Canada. Published material, such as Writings Mourning the Death of Sun Yat-sen, and Government by All the People which was translated into Chinese, is part of this fonds.The fonds consists of two series: Records on Nationalist Party Affairs, and Published Material.

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BCAUL control number: NWM-3783

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