Frank Yan's Oral History

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Title

Frank Yan's Oral History

Description

Frank Yan introduces his mother’s background in Portland, Oregon, where his grandfather ran several businesses before returning to China when his mother was a teenager. He describes his parents’ arranged marriage in Toisan, his mother’s experiences in a Communist re-education labor camp, and how his mother escaped to Hong Kong and acquired visas for the family to immigrate to San Francisco in 1955 when Yan was one. Yan shares his early memories at the Chinese market his father opened in Tuscon, Arizona before opening a gift shop in Chinatown, Los Angeles, where Yan became one of the “Chung King Road Kids” directly represented in Leo Politi’s children’s book “Moy Moy.” Yan describes working at Hong Sang Lung market, joining Jeff Yang’s Golden Lion Dancers troupe, and attending Castelar Elementary School and Chinese school, where he describes his favorite childhood games and local foods. He concludes his interview about his “enjoyable childhood” by mentioning a prank in a cooking class, working at a drive-in hamburger stand in Inglewood, and how his mother’s home cooking gained demand in Chinatown.

Creator

Asian American Pacific Islander Oral History Project

Source

Asian American Pacific Islander Oral History Project

Publisher

California State University, Los Angeles

Date

2017-04-19

Contributor

Jeong, Sae Hee "Keshy"

Rights

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Format

mp3

Language

eng

Type

Sound

Identifier

Yan_Frank_01.mp3

Interviewer

Phun, Juily

Interviewee

Yan, Frank

Location

Los Angeles

Duration

PT1H40M41S

Citation

Asian American Pacific Islander Oral History Project, “Frank Yan's Oral History,” California State University - Los Angeles, accessed February 29, 2024, https://calstatela-exhibits.libraryhost.com/items/show/806.