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Let us learn about the History of Y’sdom in Asia. Do you know where the first Asian Y’s Men’s Club was born?. The Historical Order of the birth of YMC in Asian Countries. 1924. Mainland China. 1928. Japan. 1929. Philippine. 1930. Sri Lanka. 1933. Hong Kong. 1941. Singapore. 1946.

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Let us learn about the History of Y’sdom in Asia

Do you know where the first Asian Y’s Men’s Club was born?

the historical order of the birth of ymc in asian countries
The Historical Order of the birth of YMC in Asian Countries


Mainland China






Sri Lanka


Hong Kong










Myanmar [Burma]









mainland china
Mainland China

The first Y's Men's Club beyond the shores of the North American Continent was formed in Shanghai, China, in 1924, thus commencing the expansion of Y'sdom to every continent on the globe.

Between 1924 and 1948, the great majority of the Y's Men's Club in this regional area were on the Mainland China.

The following is the list of the clubs organized in Mainland China between 1924 and 1948:

Shanghai 1924 Wufu 1936

Tientsin 1928 Canton 1937

Tsingtao 1928 Hankow 1937

Peiping 1929 Kuming 1937

Foochow 1931 Chengtu 1940

Nanking 1931 Kweiyang 1940

Amoy 1932 Shaokwan 1941

Soochow 1933 Sian 1942

Shanghai International 1934 Kanchow 1943

Chungking 1935 Lanchow 1943

Tsinan 1935

Following the end of the war with Japan in 1945, internal warfare continued to disrupt the activities of the YMCA and the Y's Men's Clubs in China so that by 1949 all official activity of Y'sdom on Mainland China had ceased.


The first Japanese Y's Men's Club was chartered in Osaka November 10, 1928, under the leadership of Tsutae Nara, who was responsible for the growth of Y'sdom in Japan. He was instrumental in establishing four additional Y's Men's Clubs which were chartered in 1929 at Keijo, in 1930 at Kobe, and in 1931 at Tokyo and Yokohama. A club was also formed in 1930 at Kyoto, and several years later at Sendai; these two clubs did not receive charters from International until their reorganization in 1947 and 1948 respectively.

Early in 1941 the Regional Director found it necessary to resign his position, and to advise that circumstances had made it necessary for the Japanese Y's Men's Clubs to withdraw from the International Association for the time being.

Within a year after the end of the war, the clubs the clubs in Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo gradually resumed their occasional meetings, and renewed their affiliations with International in the Spring of 1947, pursuant to the invitation springing from a resolution adopted at the 1946 Convention (Bradford, Pennsylvania).


The history of Philippine Y'dom dates back to 1928, when the first Y's Men's Club was organized in Cebu. This club functioned until 1933. Reorganized in 1939, it's progress was interrupted by World War II.

The modern history of Y'sdom in the Region gegan when the Y's Men's Club of Manila was organized on April 4, 1941. During the Japanese occupation of the country, the members of the Club continued to serve the YMCA. The club was granted its charter by the International Association on August 3, 1946, and thereafter became the largest Club in Y'sdom.

The spread of Y'sdom throughout the Philippine

Lucena 1946 Downtown Manila 1950

Laoag 1946 Pulupandan 1952

Iloilo 1947 Kidpawan-Dumanguete 1954

Davao 1948 Albay 1955

Baguio 1948 Cotobato City 1955

Cebu 1948 – reorganized Bacold City 1956

San Pablo 1950

In 1962, the Davao Club was thee world's largest club with 127 members.

In 1964, the Y's Men's Club of Naga, Philippines, was chartered with 114 members.

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Sri Lanka (India, Pakistan)

The 1931, the first Y's Men's Club in India/Ceylon area was chartered at Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), in one of the outstanding associations in the East, founded November, 1882.

In 1960, the Colombo Y's Men's Club adopted as a goal the organization of new Y's Men's Clubs in Ceylon. As a result, new clubs were chartered in Kandy (May, 1962); Moratuwa (February, 1964); Amparai (November, 1962); and Jaffna (August, 1971).

The Y's Men's Club of Lahore was organized in 1935 and received its charter from International in 1936. This made it the first club to be affiliated with International either in India, or in Pakistan, where it is now located.

The 24 clubs now located (as of 1972) in India had their beginning with the club organized in Madras, India, in 1934 with objectives similar to the Y's Men's Clubs, but under a different name. In July, 1939, the membership of that club resolved to change its name and affiliate with the International Association. The Madras Esplande Club was chartered September, 1940.

Regional status was granted to the clubs of India and Ceylon by the International Board at the 1946 Bradford Convention.

The three Regions in India formed an independent Area apart from Asia Area in 1983.

hong kong
Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Y's Men's Club was organized in 1932 by William Yinson Lee, then of Shanghai.

During the period 1941 - 1945, the war interrupted the normal functions of the Club; but the Y's Men did some good work and secret meeting were sporadically held.

Four other Y's Men's Clubs have been chartered in British Crown Colony at Kowloon(19520, Victoria(1962), Tsuen Wan(1967), and Peninsula(????).

singapore malaysia
Singapore / Malaysia

The Singapore Y's Men's Club was formed in 1941 by the then Director of the Chinese Region, Yinson Lee, while making a visit to Singapore.

During the war, it became necessary to suspend club meeting, but following the war, the first general meeting was held on May 8, 1946.

The second Y's Men's Club in Singapore (Beta Chapter) received its charter December, 1958, and has had an interesting and effective service program.

The Singapore (Beta) Y's Men's Club sponsored the new club in Ipoh, Malaysia, which was organized in May, 1966; and the club in Talok Anson, Perak, chartered in March, 1968. The third Y's Men's Club in Singapore is the Orchid Club, chartered February 7, 1970.

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Korea (1)

The first Y's Men's Club in Korea was organized in 1929 among the Japanese members of that association and known as the Keijo Y's Men's Club. This club became dormant in 1941.

The spread of Y'sdom among the Koreans was originated after the war by the indefatigable efforts of Lt. Carl V. Bergstrom, U.S.N.R. of the United States Army Military Government who had been an active Y's Man in Milwaukee, and was located in Pusan in 1945.

In his travels through the city, he noticed YMCA signs with Korean language. His interest aroused and he met the leader, a Presbyterian Minister by the name of Roh, who had taken over an abandoned Japanese Church, and converted it into an informal YMCA office. This group was strictly a grass roots movement. Bergstrom helped and encouraged them and suggested to form a Y's Men's club. A charter application was filed and the charter granted in 1946. There were 40 members at that time, and the Mayor of Pusan became the first club president. Grass roots group of YMCA groups in Masan and Chinju decided also to apply in 1947 for charters, which they received.

When the General Secretary of the Seoul YMCA, Pyun Sung Ok, learned of the Y's Men's Clubs 350 miles to the south, he made a special trip to investigate them. As a result, the Seoul Y's Men's Club was chartered in February, 1947, with 40 members.

korea 2
Korea (2)

After June, 1950, the Region became inactive, due to the North Korean invasion. International body, as well as individual clubs in U.S. contributed cash and collected/shipped clothing for Korean relief.

The further growth of Y'sdom in Korea was described by Robert Baker, Fratanal YMCA Secretary, whose interest and support of the Korean Y's Men's Clubs has been an outstanding factor in their successful development.

By 1959, more than 60 Y's Men's Clubs had been chartered, and Y'sdom had become the largest service club in Korea.

thailand myanmar vietnam indonesia
Thailand / Myanmar / Vietnam / Indonesia

For several years, a small devoted group of YMCA workers in Bangkok sought the formation of a Y's Men's Club. Y's Man Chaiya Kattonponia reported that the Bangkok Club consisted of 32 members of 12 different nationalities.

The Bangkok Club became dormant in 1962, but was revived by Charter Night in October 1969, with 100 in attendance including representatives from Manila Downtown Y's Men's Club.

The Y's Men's Club of Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), was chartered in August, 1958. It has been generally listed as an independent club, but it is considered as part of Southeast Region now.

It is said that there were Y's Men's Club of Saigon, Vietnam as well as Y's Men's Club of Djakarta, Indonesia. But because of some lack of communication with Saigon and Djakarta, neither of these clubs have been officially chartered.


The first Y's Men's Club in Taiwan (Taipei Alpha) was chartered in Taipei on March 12, 1955 with General J. L. Huang as the speaker. He had benn International Director for the Chinese Region and a member of the Nanking Club.

The Taipei Beta Chapter Y's Men's Club was formed March, 1959. The Beta Chapter conducts its meetings by the use of English, whereas the Alpha Chapter conducts its meeting in Taiwanese.

The third club in Taiwan is the Kaohsiung Y's Men's Club which was formed in February, 1962, and which conducts its programs in Mandarin inaguage.

Three additional clubs in Taiwan have been chartered in Taichung (Dec. 1969), Tainan (Mar. 1970), and Pintung (Dec. 1970).

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Asia Minor

Four Y's Men's Clubs have been organized in that area of the Continent of Asia generally reffered to as Asia Minor.

The first club was formed in Beirut, Lebanon, which applied for its charter September 30, 1952.

On March, 1953, a charter was issued to the Jerusalem Y's Men's Club, which included members from 12 different countries as far apart as India and Indiana.

In October, 1956, a new Club was chartered in Nazareth, Israel, with the charter being presented in person by International Secretary Henry Grimes.

In June, 1961, a newly organized Y's Men's Club of 30 members was reported at Gaza, Palestine, but apperently this Club never applied for its charter.