Joseph Yu Kai Wong
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Joseph Yu Kai Wong, CM is a Canadian physcian and philanthropist. He is notable in the Chinese Canadian community. He founded The Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in 1987. He served as the chairman for the United Way of Greater Toronto from 1990 to 1992 and has been honorary chair since 1994. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984. Dr. Wong is the winner of the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year award, presented to him by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Wong came to Canada to study medicine at McGill University, but he studied electrical engineering due to restrictions to foreign students. Wong later studied medicine in New York City and returned to Canada after graduation.
Wong became a social activist after condemning a report by CTV's W5 on foreign student's taking positions at Canadian universities. Wong has fought hard against discrimination to Chinese Canadians and other minorities as well. He fought for redress for head taxes applied on Chinese labourers entering Canada from the late 19th Century to the 1947.
A practicing family doctor in Toronto, Wong is a married father of two sons.
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