As the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II was approaching (and the postponement of the Congressional Gold Medal due to COVID-19) Monty saw the need to quickly honor our few surviving WWII Chinese American Veterans. Garnering support from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Chinese Historical Society of America, and the American Legion of San Francisco, our historical, momentous Chinese American Veterans celebration of the end of WWII in September 2020 became a reality. The ceremony holds the distinction of being a Department of Defense Commemorative Partner.
Monty marshaled a team of specialists and volunteers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to help produce this major upcoming event. His creative vision is to bring a multimedia approach, a new short film documentary, virtual exhibition and retrospective commemorative book.
Monty is an independent producer and a long time production and historical military subject matter specialist. Monty consults on many Hollywood film and TV productions. His work can be seen in the Academy Award nominated 20th Century Fox/Disney film,“Ford V. Ferrari”, a biopic of famed racing driver, Ken Miles and automotive legend, Carroll Shelby. His Emmy nominated PBS film, “We Served with Pride, The Chinese American Experience in WWII” will be relaunched as a new re-mastered version for its 20th anniversary in 2021.
As a young boy, hearing stories of an uncle who was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne during the invasion of Normandy, kick-started his deep passion for researching and collecting artifacts, and data on Chinese Americans in WWII. Today, this collection is the largest, privately held grouping of its kind.
Monty is a native of San Francisco and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His family first arrived in San Francisco in 1860. He is a descendant of a vetted, Chinese railroad worker. His wife, is a long serving United States Naval officer presently deployed in Northern Afghanistan.
Ron Chan – Co-founder, Chief Marketing Officer and Associate Producer
Ron is instrumental in shaping the “go to market” strategy and marketing execution for the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII, and producing the Chinese American G.I. Project. This includes content and direction of the webinar, online ceremony, digital exhibit, movie, book, website and all marketing / web materials. Ron’s passion for this project is to honor his father, Alfred Chan (97), WWII U.S. Navy Seabee, and Al’s 1300+ California Congressional Gold Medal comrades in arms.
Ron’s Veteran Support
- Executive Director and Founder of the Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group. Direct and moderate “Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I.”, a webinar with Montgomery Hom as keynote speaker. Plus panelists Major General William Chen, United States Army, (Ret) , and author / historian, Connie Young Yu.
- Three time Honor Flight Volunteer, Lecturer and Leader. Ron recruits all Veterans for a fully funded excursion to Washington, D.C., visiting war memorials to honor their service. Ron especially focuses on finding Chinese American Vets, to assure they are equally recognized.
- Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Service Award for his many contributions to the East Bay Chinatown Post #3956, where his father Alfred, was a founding member and Post Commander. Ron also helped produce the Post’s 50th Anniversary (1958-2008) commemorative book.
- Advisory Consultant to the Locke Foundation Oral History Project, interviewing Veterans to preserve their memories today, for the future.
- Retired, Ron was a VP of Marketing in three companies, and held senior management positions in Silicon Valley. He was also on the Board of Directors of a local museum.
Tribute Design Director
Evelyn and her siblings registered their and father and uncle to receive their Congressional Medal of Honor and looked forward to the celebration. Since the formal medal ceremony in Washington has yet to be scheduled, the California CGM Committee felt that time was ticking. They realized that the upcoming 75th anniversary of the end of WWII would be a great opportunity to give the California Chinese American Veterans their overdue recognition with an online celebration. Ron Chan approached Evelyn to help them with providing design assistance for the tribute ads that will be part of the upcoming commemorative book, “WW II Chinese American GI, A Retrospective”.
Evelyn is a native of Los Angeles but calls the Bay Area home. She was an early participant in what is now known as Silicon Valley. She was the second designer hired at Atari’s art department and later found her niche in package design and branding at Atari’s Consumer Division. Evelyn’s early days of the video game industry has been captured in “The Art of Atari” by Tim Lapetino and “Women in Gaming, 100 Professionals of Play” by Meagan Marie”. She continued in design and product branding for hardware and software packaging for companies like Tonka Toys and Hewlett Packard. Evelyn rounded out her career “packaging” a city as the creative director for the San Jose Convention and Visitors Center to promote tourism and conventions to the city and the greater Bay Area.
Currently, Evelyn is working on a series of art pieces to honor our Chinese American experience including the contributions of the railroad workers. She pays tribute to her parent’s immigration journey to assimilate their family to best navigate life in their adopted country that has not always been welcoming. She’s become amerced in her parents’ history and genealogy and recognizes that their journey was challenging and unique to their great generation not in history books for the newer immigrants to appreciate.