Kristin Wong’s Story

While working on Fred Wong’s story, I learned that all of his three daughters also worked in Alaska canneries. Before we finished his story, I asked him to get his daughters to write about their own cannery experiences. After a few months of waiting, I finally received the script along with an email from his eldest daughter, Kristin, who had worked in Alaska for six summers. Here is an excerpt of her email: “I hope you are doing well in this new year along with your family. This past year and then the last several months have been quite hectic … Continue reading Kristin Wong’s Story

Fred Wong’s Amazing Career

I first contacted Fred Wong in October 2020, when my brother Philip and I were preparing for a talk at Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. The subject of the talk was “Chinese Workers and the Early History of Salmon Canneries”. After CHSA made its announcement, one member wrote to CHSA and kindly suggested me to contact his friend Fred in Oregon. I decided to follow up. Actually, that was not the first time I tried to contact Fred. In fact, I have read something about him and a brief summary his 50+ years career in Alaska canneries. … Continue reading Fred Wong’s Amazing Career

The Last Chinaman

I just happened to run across this article during my Internet research of Chinese in salmon canning industry. The headline “The Last Chinaman” grabbed my attention, and it is a story of the a Chinese cannery worker in Point Roberts at the turn of the 20th century. It is quite rare to find a story about a Chinese cannery worker, with name and photo, depicting his life through the era of anti-Chinese movements. This photo from 1898 shows the salmon cannery where he worked, when the story took place. It turns out Point Roberts is situated at a very interesting … Continue reading The Last Chinaman