by Hazel Lim Hoshiko
Daughter Hazel Lim shares the wide arc of her father’s life, who was detained on Angel Island at age 15, worked in San Francisco Chinatown restaurants in his youth, served in the Army-Air Force in World War II, and retired in San Gabriel as a grocery store owner.
My father’s legal name was Fook Keung Lim. He was born on January 3, 1909 (approximate date) in Canton, China to Lim Gue Soon and Chin Haw. He was named Lim Ga Yick and given an adult name Lim Sen Chong when he married. (In China the family name is first followed by the given name. Women kept their maiden name). His mother passed away when he was 6 years old. His father married MacYung and began a new family. His paternal grandmother, Fong Hon, raised him with his younger sister, Lim Yit-Moy.
Photos (top to bottom) Top - Photo taken in 1947 for immigration showing Fay Wah with her children Harry, Helen and Henry, Middle - 1949 Fay Wah and Fook Keung Lim, San Francisco, Bottom - Fook Keung Lim celebrating his 70th birthday and an early celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in Los Angeles Chinatown on March 1978
Place of Origin
Place of Settlement
San Gabriel, CA