Douglas Jung

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Douglas Jung, Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) was born in Victoria, British Columbia on February 24, 1924. He has many firsts to his credit. On June 10, 1957, he gained the distinction of being the first Canadian of Chinese extraction to have been elected a Member of Parliament; was elected National President of the Young Conservatives of Canada; and, was appointed to represent his country at the United Nations as Chair of the Canadian Legal Delegation.

While a Member of Parliament, he implemented the so-called “Amnesty” program, which made it possible for thousands of Chinese, who had come to Canada using false names, to regularize their status with the Immigration Department.

During the war Douglas Jung served at Pacific Command Security Intelligence. After the War, he attended the University of British Columbia as the first Chinese Canadian veteran to receive a university education under the auspices of Veterans Affairs. He graduated in Law and was called to the Bar in 1954. The following year he made court history by being the first Chinese Canadian lawyer to appear before the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In 1962 he was appointed a judge on the Immigration Appeal Board in Ottawa.

Mr. Jung’s record of public service was accorded nationwide recognition. His honours included the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, the highest honour a citizen can receive from the federal and the provincial government respectively. Other awards came from the Chinese Benevolent Association, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chinese Cultural Centre, Chinese Canadian National Council and Chinese Association in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Thunder Bay and Toronto, Ontario, as well as the Quebec Japanese Canadian Citizenship Association in Montreal.

The broad scope of his community involvement was evident by his ready acceptance of the role as Life President of Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit #280, Patron of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Director of Vancouver Symphony, Deputy Director for British Columbia of the Governor General’s 1992 Regional Celebration of Canada 125th. Anniversary, Director of the Far East Relations of the Former Parliamentarians Association and, the President of Japan Karate Association of Canada which awarded him a sixth degree Black Belt.

Mr. Jung passed away on January 4, 2002.

Mr. Jung was the subject of a winning essay, Best Writing in English: Ages 12 – 14, for the 2002 Mathieu Da Costa Challenge by Grade 7 student, Sarah Vollett, of the Lord Nelson Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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