Park-Li, Gimmy: Asian cultural differences


Gimmy Park-Li: You have to understand that for most Chinese Americans, once they made it through medical school – if that was their desire, or their parents’ desire – once they became the dentists they pretty much settled back until there was this push to come forward and do something more; to be an advocate, to speak out. We never spoke out; Asian Americans in general were taught to remain in your own communities, to stay right there, don’t upset any apple carts. That kind of thing. But with the late 60’s and the war on poverty, there were funds available, people were paying you to go out there and organize the different community people. That’s why the [Aida] Hotel couldn’t get built for the longest time. I think redevelopment too. A lot of poor people lived in the redevelopment areas of Chinatown, and also in the old Japantown. It’s heartening that we were given voices to do something.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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