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BYU McKay School’s Peter Chan, PhD, recently attended a signing ceremony for a Utah state resolution recognizing Helen Foster Snow—a resolution he helped draft. Chan serves on the board of the Helen Foster Snow Foundation and has been instrumental in gaining recognition for the historic work of Utah native Helen Foster Snow.
Helen Foster Snow, a native of Cedar City, Utah, played an important role in China and other Asian countries during the 1930s as a war correspondent and activist advocating for the welfare of Chinese workers. Snow was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for the work that she did to bring money to small businesses during the Gung Ho movement. This movement aimed to increase employment for workers and refugees to help support the Chinese war effort against Japanese aggressors.
“The Legislature and the Governor view Helen Foster Snow's bridge of goodwill as a reminder of the power of Utah values in bringing peace and understanding in the world,” the resolution reads. The signing of this resolution is an important way to remember and honor Helen Foster Snow and her legacy. For more information about the resolution visit https://le.utah.gov/~2022/bills/static/SCR009.html.
Helen Foster Snow’s papers are housed in special collections at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library. Currently, there is also an exhibit about Helen Foster Snow in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium in the Harold B. Lee Library.
On the same day that the resolution for Helen Foster Snow was signed, nine other bills were signed to recognize individual rights and provide support for and bring attention to the needs and histories of marginalized communities. Read more about these bills at https://governor.utah.gov/2022/04/18/opportunity-and-inclusion-bills/.
Writer: Rebecca Youngs
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