Photography

Shun Qiang Wang

October 25, 1925 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 95)

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Tribute to Shun Qiang Wang (Age 95)

Shun Qiang Wang, a native of Nanhai, Guangdong, China, was born in Shanghai on October 25, 1925 and was the fifth of 11 children in his family.  His father, Kai Wang, was the founder of the Wang Kai Photo Studio, which was very well known in Shanghai.  His mother, Meng Liang, was a hard-working and capable Cantonese woman who passed away when he was young.  His father expected him to eventually take over the photo studio and manage the business.  When he was 17 years old, the Second World War was raging around the world and Japan had invaded and occupied China.  Shun Qiang left Shanghai with his friends and went to Chengdu, Sichuan to attend high school.  After finishing high school, he was admitted to the Department of Chemistry at Jingling University, specializing in photography.  After the end of the Second World War and the victory against Japan, he moved to Nanjing with Jingling University since the Japanese no longer occupied the city.  He then completed his studies and graduated from Jingling University in 1947, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

In 1948, Shun Qiang started working at the Wang Kai photo studio founded by his father to learn photography skills and management, serving as a manager.  During this time, he developed the techniques to print natural color photos.  This new capability made Wang Kai Photo Studio the first photo studio in the country with the ability to provide color photo developing and printing services.  The studio used this special capability, in one example, to take photos of silk clothing for export through China’s National Silk Import and Export Corporation.

After 1949, under the rule of the new Chinese Communist Party government, Shun Qiang continued to serve as a technical manager.  In the 1950s, visitors to China were taking photos using Kodak's multicolored film, but the technology to develop the film did not yet exist in China.  As a result, using his chemistry knowledge from Jingling University, he began an effort to create the processes needed to develop Kodak negatives.  After many attempts, he was successful in developing the negatives.

After experiencing various movements under the Communist government, during the Cultural Revolution, Shun Qiang was detained by the Red Guards for more than 40 days because he was born in a capitalist family.

After retiring in 1990, Shun Qiang’s youngest daughter, who was living in the United States, applied for his immigration to the U.S. which occurred in 1994.  Shun Qiang Wang eventually became a U.S. Citizen, a fact he was enormously proud of.  Once in the U.S., he was baptized into the Catholic faith, taking the baptismal name of “Peter.”  On the same day he was baptized at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in Monterey Park, he was confirmed and received First Communion.  Shun Qiang Wang was characterized by many good qualities.  He was righteous, kind, humble, selfless, considerate, generous, helpful, and always satisfied.  He set a good example for his family.  After many years of happy and peaceful retirement, he passed away on December 31, 2020 at the age of 95, returning to our heavenly Father.

Shun Qiang Wang is survived by Ying Cai Lu, his wife of 66 years, brothers Richard Wang and Lester Wang, sisters Flora Chang and Cynthia Hsu, daughters Mary Wang-Sugg and Lily Kao, and grandsons David Sugg, Patrick Kao, and Andrew Kao.

Shun Qiang Wang was preceded in death by parents Wang Kai and Liang Meng, brothers Shun Zhao Wang, Shun Hua Wang, Phillip Wang, and sisters Shi Song Wang, Betty Wang and Jesse Wu.

 

我們的父親

  王舜強,中國廣東省南海市人,1925年10月25日出生於上海,是家中11個儿女中的第五個。父親王開是上海王開照館的創始人,王開照相館是上海灘幾乎無人不知的老字號,母親梁孟是一位勤奮能干的廣東婦女,在兒女幼年時就离世了。父親期待他能接班,並管理父親的事業。

        在他17歲那年,第二次世界大戰席捲全球,日本入侵並佔領了中國。 他和朋友一起離開上海,去了四川成都讀高中。高中畢業後,他考入了金陵大學化學系攝影專業。 第二次世界大戰結束和抗日戰爭勝利後,他隨金陵大學遷回南京,直到完成了學業,並獲得了理工科學士學位。 

       1948年,他開始在父親創立的王照相館工作,學習攝影技术和管理,並擔任經理。 秉承父親“人無我有”的意旨,對外開展了天然五彩拍攝和印放業務,成爲全國第一家有五彩攝影服務的照相館,並爲中國絲綢進出口公司拍攝出口服裝照片。

      1949年後,在新中國共產黨政府的統治下,他繼續擔任技術經理。 在1950年代,國外旅遊團来中國參觀旅遊,帶進了柯達五彩負片,当時拍攝後必須寄回美國柯達廠才能冲洗,因廠方不會公開冲洗的配方,國内無法冲洗,而政府規定未經冲洗的軟片不能带出國外,為此國外遊客深感遺憾。政府希望老字號王開照相館能研究出冲洗方法來。他利用大學的化學知識,經過多次反複試驗,成功開發了柯達五彩負片冲洗技術,使得柯達五彩負片,能在中國冲洗成彩色照片。

     經歷了共產黨政府的各種運動之後,在文化大革命期間,由於他出生在一個資本家的家庭,他被紅衛兵拘留了40天以上。

      1990年退休。在1994年,由居住在美國的小女兒申請移民,到美國定居。就在同一年,他信奉了天主,在聖汤馬斯天主教堂领受圣洗,堅貞,接受了第一次聖餐。 他爲人正直善良,謙虛無私,寬宏大量,帮助家人,體貼家庭,知足常樂,為晚輩樹立了做人的榜樣。 度過多年的幸福和平安的退休生活。他於2020年12月31日去世,享年95歲,囘到主的懷抱。

A private visitation for family only will take place at White's Funeral Home on January 28, 2021 .
A Funeral Mass will be held on January 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Dorothy Catholic Church located at: 241 S. Valley Center Ave. Glendora, CA

Flowers to be delivered to St. Dorothy Catholic Church: 241 S. Valley Center Ave. Glendora, CA

Flowers should be sent to the outdoor canopy in the parking lot at Saint Dorothy Catholic Church on the morning of the Funeral, for inclusion in the Funeral Mass, and should be scheduled to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Private burial to immediately follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, attendance at the Graveside Service and Burial are limited to family only.

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Services

Mass
Thursday
January 28, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Dorothy Catholic Church
241 S. Valley center
Glendora, CA 91740

Cemetery

Rose Hills Memorial Park
3888 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA

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