by Arthur Low
Arthur Low traces the life of his father from humble beginnings in Toisan. China to life in Sacramento, CA. Despite difficult times, Raymond Low worked hard at two jobs, bought a house and raised four children with his wife Yvonne. Today, his grandson, Evan Low is the Mayor of Campbell,CA.
My father, Raymond Low was born in Toisan, China in January 12, 1923. His father left for the U.S. before he was born. In 1938, he came to the U.S. and was kept on Angel Island for a month because he had gotten sick during the difficult trip. The authorities thought he had a serious illness. During World War II, he was drafted into the army and did basic training in Texas. The bathrooms were segregated and he wasn’t sure if he should be using the colored or white facilities until his sergeant said he could use the white one. He landed in France 30 days after D-Day and fortunately did not see action. However, the trip to Europe took 15 days instead of 5 days because they had to avoid German U boats.
One of his grandchildren is Evan Low, my son, who at 23 years of age is the youngest city council person in California (Campbell).
Photo of Evan Low with Raymond Low during New Year, 2004.
Place of Origin
Place of Settlement
San Jose, CA