Yueh LI

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LI, Dr. Yueh
In loving memory of Dr. Yueh Li, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada, surrounded by family. Dr. Li was in his 93rd year.
Dr. Li was born on November 9, 1921 in Anchiu, Shandong province to the late Chiang Chiu Li, journalist and a newspaper publisher in Jinan, Shandong and Guo Tsen Wang. In 1942, he married Chia Yuen Yuan of Tianjin while both were attending Yenching University in Sichuan Province. The school had relocated from Beijing due to the war of resistance against Japanese invasion. After graduation, he was employed by the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration's Kunming Station, the only air gateway to the free world, taking part in the war efforts. After the war, he and his family returned to Beijing and Tianjin.
As the Civil War intensified, he relocated in 1949 to Taiwan as a correspondent for the Central News Agency (CNA). Aside from his journalistic reporting, he was known for his many works of translation, most notably Gerard Friters'Outer Mongolia and its International Position, published in 1952. That same year, he was assigned to Manila as CNA's correspondent in the Philippines where he soon was made Manila Bureau Chief.
When in Manila, in addition to national news coverage, the CNA office provided support to the large local Chinese community on many difficult issues. Despite his workload, he pursued advanced studies at the University of Santo Thomas, one of the world's oldest universities. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, and became a professor there.
In 1967 he relocated to Ottawa, as Bureau Chief to cover Canada until he retired in 1986. From 1971 on when Canada switched diplomatic recognition from the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan to People's Republic of China, against many obstacles, he successfully kept his membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. It reinforced his belief that politics should have no place in journalism.
Dr. Li was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Chia Yuen in 2010. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Julie, Judy and Amy; his beloved son Edward, three son- in-laws, one daughter-in-law, and eight grandchildren, one grandson-in-law and two great-granddaughters.
He will be remembered as a caring and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, a devoted friend, and for his wisdom, discipline and fairness. A private family funeral will be held.


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 11, 2014
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