Monday, December 2, 2013

Wong Min-sam, Bit 黄民三 (1939-1940)

updated December 12, 2013.


DDS (Minnesota) January 14, 1926. Honor: Dr. Wong Min Sam Prize, HKU [1]; Wong International Bursary, Queen's University, Canada [2].

HONG KONG nlt.1938. Holder of Certificate of Exemption under the Dentistry Ordinance, 1914 [3] to practice dentistry 1939-40 [4]. Private practitioner nlt.1939-40, address: 6/F, China Building 1939-40.

[Wong was an immigrant to the United States caught in the Chinese Exclusion Act. I was able to find his Chinese Exclusion Case Files number, which is #20326 (District #10, St. Paul, 1906-1942, Chicago). I made no further research in this area.]

[1] Dr Wong Min Sam Prize in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics was established in 1986 with a donation made by Wong Wing-bill 黃永標 (DDS (Tor.), LDS, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario; President, Hong Kong Dental Association 1995-97) and his family. The prize is awarded to final-year BDS students. The two Dr. Wong may be related.
[2] Wong International Bursary, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario was established in March 2007 with a donation made by Dr. John W. Wong and Lily Y. Wong in honor of Wong Min-sam and Lau Yee-fern [Lau's relation to Wong is unclear, could she be Wong's wife?]. The scholarship is awarded to students participating in international study opportunity in China. Again, the two Dr. Wong may be related.
[3] Certificates of Exemption were issued to dental practitioners who lacked the academic qualifications recognized by the Dental Board (essentially the General Medical Council in UK) to qualify to register. Generally speaking, only qualifications awarded by institutions located on the Britain Isles or in British Overseas Territories were recognized.
[4] The Dental Register 1941 is not available; it is unknown whether or not it actually exists.

Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, May 5, 1939, #363; May 10, 1940, #537. National Archives at Chicago [internet]. Prizes 08-09, the University of Hong Kong [internet]. Queen's University Official Website [internet].


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