Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Thomas W. Chinn: A Historian's Reflections on Chinese American Life in San Francisco 1919-1991

Interviewee(s):
Chinn, Thomas W.
Interviewer(s):
Teiser, Ruth
Title:
Thomas W. Chinn: A Historian's Reflections on Chinese American Life in San Francisco 1919-1991
Abstract:
Chinn family in Oregon; San Francisco's Chinatown, 1920s: Oriental School education, family associations, Boy Scouts, learning Chinese, trip to China, 1924; starting the Chinese Digest, 1935-1937; impact of WWII on attitudes toward China and Chinese Americans; interest in Chinese-American history, studies, Chinese Historical Society of America; linotype Commerce, Industry, and Labor, 1937-1980, career in printing trade: customers, printing United Nations Charter, fine printing; community service, historical societies; publishing Bridging the Pacific, 1989; discussion of ethnic and minority identity, changes in Chinese-American community. Includes an interview with DAISY LORRAINE WONG CHINN on family; education UC Berkeley; career with Western Union, 1929-1971; and the Square and Circle Club.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
1990 1991
Project:
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b11256137
Rights:
Chinn, Thomas W. "Thomas W. Chinn: A Historian's Reflections on Chinese American Life in San Francisco 1919-1991." Interview by Ruth Teiser in 1990 and 1991. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1993.