C.A.C.A. Lauds The Huntington Library’s Exhibition for “Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion”
Leading Community Advocate's Exhibit Runs from November 21, 2015 to March 21, 2016
San Francisco, November 19, 2015—Any chronicle of Chinese Americans in the 20th Century would surely include You Chung (“Y.C.”) Hong (1898-1977), one of the first Chinese-Americans to pass the California Bar exam and later become a prominent Los Angeles immigration attorney and civic leader who fought to erase legislative and social injustices placed on Chinese Americans. Mr. Hong is also renowned for his long tenures as president of the National Lodge and of the Los Angeles Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a central platform for his political advocacy and civic engagement. A true leader in the mode of the Alliance’s “founding father” Walter U. Lum, Mr. Hong strongly instilled the principles of citizenship and community involvement.
His remarkable life and achievements are captured in the exhibition “Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion” on view at The Huntington Library (1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108) from November 21, 2015, to March 21, 2016. Some 75 historical documents, correspondence, photographs, maps, and ledgers from the You Chung Hong Family Collection help to establish the narrative of this accomplished American.
The collection of items was donated to the San Marino, California-based institution and it contains a wide selection of materials, in addition to motion picture films, manuscripts, architectural drawings, immigration case files, artifacts, and printed ephemera.
Raised in San Francisco, Mr. Hong attended the University of Southern California in 1920, passed the State Bar in 1923 and established a successful immigration law practice in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1925. However, it was his decades-long leadership in C.A.C.A. where he focused his energies in the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, submitting expert testimony in Washington, D.C. at several congressional and presidential commission hearings. Congress repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943.
“Y.C. Hong’s presence looms very large in the history of the Alliance. Today’s organization composed of a vibrant, civically-engaged membership in 19 chapters nationwide is a testament to his legacy,” says C.A.C.A. National President Ed Gor. “We applaud the Huntington Library for mounting this exhibit as it presents one of our most remarkable community leaders as a model for younger and future generations who aspire to community philanthropy and civic leadership.”
A special curator tour will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., with Li Wei Yang, the exhibit’s curator and curator for Western American History at The Huntington. The cost of the curator tour is $15 for Huntington Members, and $20 for Non-Members—registration at Huntington.org.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at www.huntington.org.
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Chinese American Citizens Alliance
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance, established in 1895, is among the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States. Headquartered in San Francisco with chapter/lodges in Albuquerque (NM), Chicago (IL), Greater San Gabriel Valley (CA), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Mississippi, Oakland (CA), Peninsula (CA), Portland (OR), Phoenix (AZ), Salinas (CA), San Antonio (TX), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Tucson (AZ), and Washington, D.C., the Alliance addresses issues regarding voter education, political participation, racial discrimination and hate crimes, youth leadership training programs and equal employment opportunities for all Chinese Americans.