This may be our final opportunity to tell the story and honor our cherished WWII Chinese American Veterans. The American Legion Cathay Post 384, Chinese Historical Society of America, and Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A), would like to take the opportunity of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II to honor and celebrate the 1,300+ Chinese American Veterans in California.
We owe it to them to educate and inspire a new generation with their personal, wartime experiences, contributions, and sacrifices to our nation and community.
A celebration is planned for September 26, 2020 as a one-hour virtual program with presentations from the State of California, and from several U.S. military and Veterans organizations. A special short film by Montgomery Hom, co-produced with C.A.C.A. will highlight the journey of Chinese Americans in military service from the Civil War to WWII, to the current CGM award.
We continue to celebrate our California Chinese American Veterans with an August 29, 2020 webinar and a commemorative book that will be released December 2020. In 2021, there will be the full release of the movie documentary, “We Served with Pride”, and a virtual memorabilia exhibit.
We honor our WWII Veterans today, so they may always be remembered in the future.
Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I. – Profiles of Service and Sacrifice From The Golden State
This commemorative book includes heartfelt personal tributes, a historical presentation of Chinese Americans in the military, a look at the Home Front and Women at War, previously unseen WWII memorabilia, and much, much more. Cost: $27 plus shipping and tax.
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How to Order Books and Tribute Pages
Books will ship in December 2020. Book and tribute reservations are secured by online payment, on a first-come, first-served basis. Prepaid orders will ship first. A limited number of commemorative books and tribute pages are available. Place orders soon to avoid disappointment. Review the Tribute FAQs before placing an order.
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75th Anniversary Ceremony of the End of World War II – September 26, 2020
On September 26, 2020, 1PM – 2:30PM Pacific Time, we will commemorate the 75thAnniversary of the end of WWII and honor our Chinese American Veterans from the Golden State. We will listen and learn from our most senior WWII Chinese American veterans, plus currently serving and retired military personnel, as they share their personal story and their message to future generations. Our ceremony includes Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Judy Chu, Governor Gavin Newsom, American Legion Cathay Post, Chinese American Citizens Alliance / Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) Project, and the premiere of Montgomery Hom’s special short film, “We Served with Pride”, which chronicles the road to the CGM.
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September 2, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. “The 15,000 to 20,000 men and women who served, (1 out of 5 Chinese persons in the U.S. served in WWII) became our symbols of hope and inspiration for a new frontier, a new modern Chinese American community. And so…we salute our Chinese American GI men and women who served our country.” – Montgomery Hom Read the blog post here.
Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I. – August 29, 2020 Webinar
Prior to the September online ceremony, we kicked off festivities with “Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I.”, on August 29. Keynote speaker was Montgomery Hom, filmmaker, author, and military historian. Panelists were Major General William Chen, United States Army, (Ret), and author / historian, Connie Young Yu. We provided an update on the September ceremony, Monty shared personal veteran stories, through the lens of the world’s largest private collection of WWII Chinese American memorabilia. View the webinar here.
Support the Project
“WWII Chinese American G.I.” is a sponsored project of CHSA, a non-profit educational organization. Please consider a charitable donation to support “Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I.” Make your checks payable to “Chinese Historical Society of America”. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
To donate by check:
Make check payable to: “Chinese Historical Society of America” and write “WWII Chinese American G.I.” in the memo line. Mail to:
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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