GROUNDBREAKING AT THE
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965
As the Republic of China's Consul General Hon. Kien
Wen Yu watches, ground is broken for the Chinese pavil-
ion by Gloria Chin, Wyman ]ong and Cheryl Choy.
1962 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation
MESSAGE RECEIVED IN AMBASSADOR ADLAI
STEVENSON'S OFFICE FROM U. S. AMBASSADOR
IN TAIPEI ON BEHALF OF MADAME CHIANG
KAI-SHEK, AT THE OCCASION OF THE REPUB-
LIC OF CHINA'S GROUNDBREAKING CERE-
I am pleased to learn of the groundbreaking ceremony
of the Chinese Pavilion in the New York World's Fair,
the first of such ceremonies of the participating nations.
I only regret that I am unable to be with you in person.
The Fair, I understand, will celebrate the tercentenary
of the founding of New York City. It is almost inconceiv-
able that in a brief span of 300 years the tiny trading
spot has arisen to be one of the largest cities in the world
as well as one of the most inspiring and beautiful. In-
deed this metropolis is the best expression of man's free
spirit and creative power.
The Republic or China is happy to participate in the
World's Fair. She will show the best she has in the realm
of culture, history, industry and the arts. It is my hope
that she will make a fine and worthy contribution. The
Fair, I understand, will exhibit the best products of free
labor. It will, I am sure, fire the imagination of man and
contribute to a free exchange of ideas and experiences.
The final purpose, if I may say so, of all artistic,
intellectual and scientific achievements must be the en-
hancement of the dignity and value of the human person.
Every person must be able to choose his work and develop
his talent without the dictates of the powers that be. Every
person must be able to live, breathe and have his being
in an atmosphere of freedom. May this theme of the Fair
prevail throughout the length and breadth of the planet.
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
REMARKS BY CHINESE AND WORLD'S FAIR OF-
FICIALS AT THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA GROUND-
BREAKING CEREMONIES, NEW YORK WORLD'S
FAIR, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1962.
CONSUL GENERAL YU: Commissioner Moses, Gov-
ernor Poletci, distinguished guests, as an official repre-
sentative of the Republic of China, I am very proud that
China is the first participating foreign nation to break
ground for its pavilion. It also gives me personal satisfac-
tion, as I have from the very beginning almost two years
ago, played a small part in making this initial progress.
A groundbreaking is but the beginning. Nevertheless,
it indicates that the Chinese Government has followed
closely the schedule which the World's Fair authorities
have so well prepared for us. It also shows that my gov-
ernment attaches great importance to this Fair. China
will send the best it has in the realms of culture, history,
industry and the arts. It is our hope that our participation
will make a fine and worthy contribution to the Fair.
This Fair might well be considered as a mirror of the
human race: its artistic creations, its technical achieve-
ments, its evolution from the stone age to the nuclear
age, its ascendencies from the kingdom of necessity to the
kingdom of freedom. You all represent the best — the
best man has accomplished. It might well be, I am sure,
one of the most meaningful dramatizations of the story
of man. A Fair of this grand conception cannot but exer-
cise a great influence in the mind of man and stimulate
further his artistic and scientific development.
Commissioner Moses, in your long years of service,
you have accomplished many tasks which at first were
thought impossible. Under your dynamic direction, the
World's Fair is bound to be another of your crowning
achievements. Thank you.
ROBERT MOSES: Thank you, Mr. Yu. We have two of
these medallions and one is for you and one is for the
Ambassador and we hope that it will be sent on to him.
[Presenting World's Fair medallion] This is our symbol.
It has the Unisphere on one side and it also marks the
300th anniversary of the founding of the City of New
York. I am delighted to give them to you on behalf of
the executives of the Fair.
CONSUL GENERAL YU: Thank you so much, Com-
GOVERNOR POLETTI: President Moses, Consul Gen-
eral Yu, Mrs. Yu and friends — we are delighted that
the Republic of China is the first international partici-
pant as far as a nation is concerned, but that's in keeping
because Consul General Yu was the first one to sign a
Pavilion of the Republic of China.
During the Chinese groundbreaking ceremonies president
of the Fair Robert Moses is presented with silver Chinese
junk by Gloria Chin and Cheryl Choy.
contract with the New York World's Fair, so he's keeping
right up to schedule and plus.
It's particularly delightful for me to be here today be-
cause the Consul General and I and a few other people
I see around here first got to know each other when I
was in Albany, and as one untactful gentleman said today,
our hair has gotten a little gray since.
That's right, but it's very, very nice to have you here
Consul General because I've had the greatest admira-
tion and warm feeling for you and we are sure that the
Pavilion of China will be something stunning and edu-
cational. We are happy that your country is going to be
here because of our friendship toward your country.
Your country and its many problems are in our minds
every day. We know that your country is the bastion of
freedom and liberty in a part of the world that is very pre-
carious, and we feel that your presence in the Interna-
tional area of the World's Fair in 1964 and 1965 will
serve to cement and strengthen the friendship between
the people of your country and the people of the United
While Fair Vice President Governor Polelti looks on,
Robert Moses presents official Fair medallions to Consul
General Yu and, in absentia, to His Excellency Dr.
Tingfu F. Tsiang, Ambassador of the Republic of China.
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PAVILION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA
HONORABLE KIEN WEN YU
Minister Plenipotentiary Consul General, New York
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION
Flushing 52, N. Y. Tel. 21 2-WF 4-1964
ROBERT MOSES, President
THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee
WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President
CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits
STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations
WILLIAM A. BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations
ERWIN WITT, Comptroller
MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section
GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of ffie Corporation and
Assistant to the President
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer