Kew Dock Yip was Canada’s first Chinese Canadian lawyer. Born in 1906, he was the 17th of 23 children of Vancouver businessman Yip Sang. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1945, Dock Yip, as he was known, worked with Jewish civil rights lawyer Irving Himel and activists from across Canada to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Dock Yip was a leader within Toronto’s Chinese Canadian community, working out of his office in Chinatown for 47 years until his retirement in 1992. In 1998, he was awarded the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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