by Lena and Polly Fong
How Jiu’s journey to America was full of drama and daring. Daughter Lena Fong and granddaughter Polly Fong share this account of a remarkable woman’s life in Oakland Chinatown during the tough Depression through the post World War II years.
The story of How Jiu (birth name Lum Wum Hoy) is one of courage, daring enterprise, adversity, and the indomitable human spirit. Her story is but one of thousands of stirring portraits of the Angel Island Immigration Experience. We want to thank Gimmy Li Park and Kimberley Jew for their work on this profile.
Photo of Lena Fong next to her mother's suitcase at the Angel Island Immigration Station and Jiu How's Certificate of Identity.
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