Wallace and Madeline Chung

Born in Victoria, Wallace Chung attended Victoria College, the University of British Columbia and McGill University and was among the early Chinese Canadians to embark on a professional career. Returning in 1953 to live in Vancouver, he married Dr. Madeline Chung (née Huang), with whom he had two children, Maria and Stephen.

Dr. Wallace Chung specialized in vascular surgery throughout his forty year career. He retired from the University of British Columbia in 1991 as Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery at the UBC Hospital. He has contributed generously to the community as an active member and chair of numerous cultural boards, among them the Canadian Multiculturalism Council, British Columbia Heritage Trust, Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. In June 2005, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Madeline Chung was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. She came to North America in 1949 and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. For a time the only Chinese-speaking obstetrician in Vancouver, she delivered over 6,500 babies during her more than forty year career. In 1999 she was made an honorary Life Member of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a founding member of the True Light Chinese School in Vancouver and, like her husband, has contributed greatly to the community.

Click on the video below to hear Dr. Chung tell the story behind his collection.

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