First Chinese seamen granted shore leave in wartime America. Chinese seamen on United Nations' vessels may now obtain shore leave in American ports. Heretofore, because of the large number of desertions by Chinese crew members, alien seamen of Chinese nationality have been detained on board when their ships touched American ports. As a result of conferences between representatives of the Chinese Embassy, the Recruitment and Manning Organization of War Shipping Administration, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, Chinese seamen may now be granted shore leave if guarantees are given that they will not desert. East meets West. Left to right: Coast Guardsman Vincent Pope, Bronx, New York; Coast Guardsman George Gilpin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lee Ah Ding and Yee Chee Ching, Chinese seamen from a British freighter, meet at South Ferry, New York City. Lee and Yee are two of the first Chinese granted shore leave in an American port since this country entered the war
Gruber, Edward, photographer
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