Roger Dong, Wa Sung Member, founded the venerated ChineseAmericanHeroes.org after retiring from the Dept. of Defense. The purpose for this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as stated in its website, is:
"The Chinese came to America to mine for gold. They stayed to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Since that time, some have made heroic or notable contributions.
Unfortunately, the heroic or notable contributions of Chinese Americans are, for the most part, unknown not just to individuals outside the Chinese American community but also to Chinese Americans.
While the recent emergence of Asian American studies has helped publicize Chinese American contributions, this information is not easily accessible. Consequently, the heroic and notable contributions of Chinese Americans remain otherwise unknown or unrecognized. Chinese American Heroes (“CAH”) utilizes the internet primarily to publicize our Heroes and Notables and their contributions. We want not just our youth and not just Chinese Americans but everyone to learn about role models who are Chinese American and their heroic and notable contributions."
Earlier this year KTVU Channel 26 produced a documentary for its "Under the Same Sky" program that celebrates the grand re-opening of the Angel Island Immigration Station. Angel Island played a significant role in Asian American history because it served as the point of entry and detention center for some 175,000 Chinese coming to America between 1910 and 1940. They must pass tough interrogations before they could be allowed to enter San Francisco. If they failed they could be deported back to China. The lucky ones only had to stay for a few weeks, but some were known to be kept there for up to 18 months. Some of their experiences and suffering were preserved in poems that were carved into the wooden wall panels that have been restored for public display. Lena Fong, Wa Sung Honorary Member, was interviewed because she had donated a suitcase containing 24 dresses belonging to her mother, How Jiu, who came through Angel Island in 1928. As you will find out in the interview, she has an interesting story to tell about her mother. The commentary in the documentary was in Mandarin but the interviews were in English.
You can watch her interview here.
The selected Wa Sung member of the year shows eagerness and enjoyment in being part of the many events and areas in Wa Sung. The chosen individual proudly shares the club’s vision and at times unceasingly says YES when help is required. The 2012 Member of the Year joined Wa Sung in 2004, quickly got involved as Membership Chair, and activated the S.E.R.V.E. program to encourage membership participation.
The following year, 2005, he was actively involved in:
In 2006, he became Vice President and was involved in the following:
In 2007, he proudly became:
In 2008, he was actively involved as:
In 2010, after a brief rest for health reasons, he returned as:
In 2011, he was involved as:
This past year in 2012- you would see him as the:
The 2012 selected Member of the Year is obviously an active doer and, at the same time, constantly encourages others and regularly helps at the annual Easter Pancake grill-cleaning preparations. Along with greeting people with a friendly smile, he also is generous toward the Friends of Wa Sung.
We proudly present the 2012 Member of the Year award to Clayton Yukumoto!