CHSA is proud to publish Wing Nien Brand: A Story of Longevity by Connie Young Yu and Effie Hall Dilworth about the famed food products company.
Wing Nien Soy Sauce Company, founded in San Francisco Chinatown during WWII, was the first manufacturer of soy sauce in the U.S. Brothers-in-law George Hall and John C. Young, the company’s founders, realized their dreams of success, and participated in Chinatown’s growth. Succeeding generations of Halls have grown Wing Nien into the company now known as Wing Nien Foods. Authors Connie Young Yu and Effie Hall Dilworth, daughters of John Young and George Hall, respectively, drew from family archives, oral history and personal experiences in writing this unique story.
Published 2013 by the Chinese Historical Society of America
5.5″x8.5″ booklet, 52 pages, saddle-stitched
About the Authors
Effie Hall Dilworth graduated from U.C. Berkeley in English literature. She worked for the university for 30 years with the campus’s natural history collections as a computer programmer and the administrator of a database system. She has been a piano student much of her life. She is the mother of two boys and has three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Bay Area.
Connie Young Yu, author of Chinatown, San Jose, USA and Patchwork History: The People’s Bicentennial Quilt, has long been involved in historical projects and social activism.
Yu’s writings have appeared in historical journals and literary anthologies. She wrote the videos accompanying exhibits, “Dr. Sun At Liberty’s Door” for CHSA and “On Common Ground”, for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
In 1974 she was one of the organizers of the Angel Island Immigration Station Historical Advisory Committee (AIISHAC) that saved the immigration barracks as a historic site. In 1973 she was one of the “Original 12” who founded Asian Americans for Community Involvement of Santa Clara Valley.
Connie studied literature at Mills College but her deep interest in Chinese American history came naturally, hearing stories from her parents about her pioneer ancestors. She is a 3rd generation Californian. Her maternal great-grandfather worked on the Transcontinental Railroad, and her paternal grandfather had a general store in San Jose’s Chinatown where her father was born.
Connie was a historical consultant on the archaeological excavation of two San Jose Chinatown sites. She is currently writing a book, Digging to Common Ground, on the excavation of the Chinatown that became the Japantown of San Jose. She is a participant in the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.
Connie Young Yu is the current President of Hakone Foundation in Saratoga. She is the historical advisor to the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.(CHCP) and a CHSA emeritus board member. Connie continues to serve as a key content advisor on CHSA programs, exhibits and publications.