Click here to read the full article in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Graduate School Magazine
Celebrating our veterans' contributions and Asian American Heritage month on Armed Forces Day.
The Sons of the American Legion at American Legion Post 1291 aka The Lt. BR Kimlau Post in Chinatown NYC hosted a presentation of "Fighting for the Dream" with author Victoria Moy and 7 veterans who are in the book who are also members of the Kimlau Post.
The veterans included 101-year-old Peter Woo (US Army Air Force, Intelligence for 407 Squadron, 14th Air Force aka Flying Tigers), Judge Randall Eng (US Army National Guard, First Asian American judge in NYC), Mimi Wang (US Army, Persian Gulf vet, First female commander at American Legion post 1291), Wilem Wong (US Army Reserve, Iraq & Afghanistan veteran), Gabe Mui (US Army, Vietnam war era vet, former commander & adjutant of AL Post 1291), Pakee Fang (US Marine Corps, Iraq war vet), Howard Chin (US Army, Iraq veteran). Also Sherman Eng (US Army, Vietnam War era vet) spoke about his experiences.
The Kimlau Post's Sons of the American Legion presented Peter Woo a photo of himself taken by photographer Corky Lee, and Sons of the American Legion caps, t-shirts, and wine to Post 1291 Commander Kenny Wong and Adjutant Gabe Mui.
Former Army Chaplain Captain James Yee brought his art prints made on paper made out of recycled military uniforms.
Photos Courtesy of David Fong, Yvonne Moy, Clair John, Shirley Ng, Sherman Eng, and Kenneth Chin.
May marks the celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the impact AAPI’s have made to our country.
Here's an article by Major General Bill Chen, U.S. Army Retired: "American Flag Rank Officers of Chinese Ancestry" which honors and pays tribute to the Generals and Admirals of Chinese American heritage who preceded him and documents American history that is part of the Chinese American heritage.
For those in NYC: Please come & join us in celebrating Chinese American Veterans, May 19, 1pm, during Asian American Heritage Month on Armed Forces Day.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron of American Legion Post 1291 in Chinatown is hosting a presentation of Fighting for the Dream by author Victoria Moy.
Many veterans featured in the book, including 100-year-old World War 2 veteran Peter Woo, will be on hand to personally discuss their stories and will be available to autograph copies of the book which will be available for purchase at the event, or at bn.com or amazon.com!
Address: American Legion Kimlau Post 1291, 2nd Floor Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium
Maj.Gen.William S. Chen, First Chinese American to wear the rank of major general in the U.S. Army, on Veterans Day
Thank you Maj.Gen.William S. Chen and your family's three generations of military service, and to all veterans for your service, your contributions, and sacrifices!
"Veterans Day honors those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Often it may be difficult to recognize veterans. But, when you see them in their WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan baseball caps, t-shirts, or sweat shirts -- take the time to greet and thank them for their service. You don't have to just wait until it's Veterans Day -- thank them when you see them!"
-Maj.Gen.William S. Chen, U.S. Army Retired
Two years ago today: Interview with NBC News on Fighting for the Dream,
a collection of forty profiles and a brief history of Chinese American vets in the past 70 years
"From railroad workers to Flying Tigers: a legacy of progress" is an article co-authored by Major General William S. Chen, the first Chinese American to wear the rank of major general in the U.S. Army.
Major General William S. Chen is of the second of three generations of military service in his family. His father Moon Chen served in WWII as an air corps pilot with the Flying Tigers; his older brother Bob served in the Cold War in the Army as a paratrooper. He and his younger brother Moon Jr. served in Vietnam, Moon Jr was an Army medical service officer before becoming a renowened expert on cancer health disparities. Moon Jr's daughter Debbie is an Afghanistan & Iraq war vet, Major, US Army helicopter pilot.
Thank you to the Chens and to all veterans for your service and sacrifices for our country to protect our dreams and freedoms!
A "Fighting for the Dream" presentation at Alhambra Civic Center Library on 1/30/16.
Today Chihung Szeto talked about his experiences in the Army, at West Point, and in Iraq, and author Victoria Moy talked about Fighting for the Dream at KPCC, Los Angeles's NPR station. Please tune in to Take Two SCPR 89.3 tomorrow Nov 11 (9-11am PST)!
Listen at: http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2015/11/11/12233/
( 1:10:00 for segment on Veterans Day, or 1:15:40 for Fighting for the Dream segment)
Victoria Moy, author of Fighting for the Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan spent 7 years collecting the oral histories and putting together this book. She was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles. She graduated with a MFA in Playwriting/ Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. For more info, see: VictoriaMoy.net