by Linda Lum
Wong Poy began his life in America with three months of interrogations, but he was finally landed in March 1916. After working and studying in San Francisco, he moved to Augusta, GA where he spent many years in the grocery business. He finally settled in Oakland, CA.
Wong Poy (???) was born on November 11, 1901 in the village of Yiu Tin (???), district of Jang Sing (??), Kwangtung Province (??) to parents Wong Wing Shek and Jam Mew Cain. He was the youngest of five boys. His father was a farmer growing almonds, lichee nuts, oranges, sugar cane, vegetables, peanuts, sweet potatoes and many acres of rice. His mother also came from a farm family and suffered from bound feet, which was the custom of the time. His hair was worn in a queue until age 9 and attended school until he emigrated to the United States at the age of 14. His father became ill and died of tuberculosis when Wong Poy was 9.
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