Philip P. Choy, 1926-2017
Updated 4/14/2017: A memorial service for Philip Choy will be held Sunday April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm on Treasure Island at the site of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition (1 Avenue of the Palms). More details and a guestbook to sign can be found here >

We are especially grateful to those who have recently contributed to CHSA in Phil’s memory. A running list of donors can be found below. Thank you for helping CHSA continue Phil’s passion of studying and promoting the history and experiences of Chinese in America.

CHSA is collecting links to tributes & obituaries of architect and historian Philip P. Choy, who passed away on March 16, 2017 at the age of 90.

This post will be updated as new articles are published. Please contact CHSA (info at if you know of an article that should be included.

Philip Choy (obituary). San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 2017.

2017 AAAJ Conference – In Memoriam: Philip Choy & Peter Kwong. Published April 18, 2017 (YouTube video)

“OCA remembers trailblazer Phil Choy.” St. Paul Asian American Press, April 16, 2017.

CA State Senator Scott Wiener Adjourned the Senate in Memory of Mr. Philip Choy, March 30, 2017. (YouTube video)
Sing Tao Daily, March 31, 2017.

Assemblymember David Chiu Honors Memory of Philip Choy in State Assembly (YouTube video)

“Author and civil rights advocate Philip Choy dies.” Northwest Asian Weekly (, March 24, 2017.

Lydia Lum: “Asian-American Studies Pioneer Philip Choy Dies.” Diverse Issues in Higher Education (, March 21, 2017.

“Philip Choy. (2017, March 20).” In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:38, March 27, 2017, from

Chinese Historical Society of America. “Remembering Phil Choy (1926-2017).”, March 18, 2017.

Carl Nolte: “Philip Choy, SF expert on Chinese American experience, dies.” San Francisco Chronicle, March 18, 2017.

Louis Chan. “Chinese American History Pioneer Dead At 90.” AsAm News (, March 18, 2017.

“華人史學家胡垣坤辭世 加州眾議會公開悼念”. Apple Daily News March 25, 2017.

“華人歷史學家胡垣坤辭世 享壽90歲” World Journal. March 20, 2017.

“歷史學家胡垣坤病逝 追悼會下月舉行” Sing Tao Daily March 28, 2017


Donations made in memory of Philip P. Choy

partial list as of April 21, 2017
Lauren Weiss Bricker
Mei-Sie Chan
Dr. Donald Cheu
Mayme Chinn
Donna L. Chong
Lorna Choy
Lenette & Thomas Chun
Darrell Corti
Kathleen & Ty Ding
Eileen Dong
Rodney Fong
Byron & Karen Ho
Maureen Hong
Wing Hsieh
Amy & Graham and Shirley Lai Huey
Virginia Jeong
Mabel Jung
Gy. Sgt. Jack and Mrs. Klein
Marilyn Kwock
George Lai
Jerry Lee
Marilynn & Gordon Lee
Marisa Louie & Gilbert Lee
Cheryl & James Levante
Etsuko Lew
Theresa & Kevin Lew
Gimmy Park Li
Betty Louie
Emma Woo Louie
Haze Louie
Patricia & Wellington Wong Louie
Nancy B. Mar
Laurene Wu McClain
Kazuo Nanya
Betty & Collin Quock
Michelle Staley
Blossom Strong
Victoria Tom
Anna Y. Wong
Brenda & Victor Wong
Germaine Q. Wong
Ted Wong
Marlene & Mike Yee
Connie Young Yu