CHS Noon Bookstore Talk: Growing Up in San Francisco’s Chinatown


Sunday, March 11, 2018 12:00PM

CHS Noon Bookstore Talk: <em>Growing Up in San Francisco’s Chinatown </em>
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Join us for a special free Sunday bookstore talk that celebrates the lives and experiences of those who have lived and continue to live in San Francisco's Chinatown with Edmund Wong's book, Growing Up in San Francisco's Chinatown: Boomer Memories From Noodle Rolls to Apple Pie.

About the Author

Edmund (Ed) Wong is a Baby Boomer who was born and raised in Chinatown San Francisco where he was sometimes a bit of a "kai doi," or "imperfect citizen." He served in the US Navy both ashore (where he did more drinking than he had any business doing) and at sea as a Hospital Corpsman. After serving as a Peace Corps teacher in the South Pacific Ed moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he and his wife continue to live. Ed, finally mature and responsible, began writing after retiring in 2013 as the head of Jefferson Community College's language department. His first two books will be released in February and March 2018.

Growing Up in San Francisco's Chinatown: Boomer Memories From Noodle Rolls to Apple Pie is Ed's contribution to the legacy of one of America's great ethnic neighborhoods and the post-war generation of American Born Chinese who were raised there. The book, published by Arcadia/History Press, made its debut on February 5 of this year.

About the Book

Growing Up in San Francisco’s Chinatown is a collection of first-hand memories, stories, and anecdotes contributed by some of the City’s Chinatown-bred Baby Boomers. Among them are American Born Chinese, or ABCs, and those who arrived in San Francisco as very young children. They all fervently hope that their stories form a part of a legacy that younger and even future generations of ABCs can appreciate. The Boomer ABCs would feel remiss if they were not to honor their elders and to ensure that their legacy also be perpetuated. They have therefore been mindful to include some of their parents’ and grandparents’ more compelling stories with their narratives. The issue of immigration has once again become a broad national concern with unwelcoming attitudes and government proposals to limit or exclude certain groups from entry into the country. All of this book’s contributors would very much like for their stories to reach as many of those around the world as possible whose own lives were also forged by an immigrant experience.


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