This week is a man who died many years ago and is nearly forgotten today but did a lot of good things with his life. He is Mr. Ng Poon Chew, who was a minister, a newspaper journalist, entrepreneur, and civil rights advocate. Poon arrived in America in the 19th century and died in 1931.
He was known as the first Chinese American journalist on the West Coast, and fought for many causes. He was a Freemason and the first Chinese American Shriner.
The Shriners are an organization dedicated to philanthropy within their local communities. Known for his wit and engaging speaking style he became known as the “Chinese Mark Twain” and spoke out against the Chinese Exclusion Acts to white audiences across the country. Ng Poon Chew was a man well ahead of his time and will be remembered for his many worthy and philanthropic endeavors.
For additional information about Chinese American heroes, please visit the Chinese American Heroes website at www.chineseamericanheroes.org.