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Chinese Visitors at Kalsbeek Home

Chinese Visitors at Kalsbeek Home

Robinson Studio - 1949

Two Chinese girls, wearing braids and traditional dress, look at a small rickshaw, possibly made of brass, with the mother who also wears traditional dress. Each girl has a dragonfly barrette in her hair, and their mother wears small earrings. Ms. Ruby Liu is in the middle, Helen Kalsbeek Liu stands to her left, and to her right is Jean Kalsbeek Liu, the shortest of the three. Ms. Ruby Liu, a resident of Grand Rapids NW side, adopted Helen and Jean in 1938. The two girls lost their parents in the path of the invading Japanese Army in 1938. Helen married Sang Ki Lee and they currently live in Chicago.


Full Details

TitleChinese Visitors at Kalsbeek Home
CreatorRobinson Studio

Thank you to Rich DeJong and S. K. Lee for identifying those in this photograph and providing the details about the Kalsbeek and Liu families. April 9, 1915.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids
CollectionRobinson Studio Coll., #125, Grand Rapids History & Special Collections

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI

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