Fighting for the Dream is a collection of oral histories of 40 Chinese American men and women-ages 24 to 94-who served in wars from World War II to conflicts in Afghanistan. These individuals defied boundaries, went against their cultural grain, and changed history. Through their personal stories, we see a greater tapestry that is the story of America in the last hundred years. This collection includes interviews with the first Asian American general (John Fugh), the first Asian American Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy (Frederick Pang), the first Asian American full unrestricted Marine (Kurt Lee), the first Asian American National Commander of the American Legion (Fang Wong), the first Asian American judge in New York State (Randall Eng), as well as some of the 20,000 Chinese Americans - a quarter of the Chinese American population at the time - who served during World War II. This collection also features the stories of: World War II veterans Genson Lum, Peter Woo, Kay Wong Chin, Dr. Wing Mar, Al Chinn, Earl Jung, Tom Wah Sun Lew, Mack Pong, Sam Jue, Richard Y.W. Chin, Richard Goon, Lester Fong, Elsie Seetoo, Wayne H. Wong Korean War veterans Kurt Lee, Rita K. Chow Vietnam War veterans John Gerald Miki, David J. Louie, Gabe Mui, Richard Wong, Thomas Wing Persian Gulf War veterans Tony Lee, Mimi Wang Iraq & Afghanistan veterans Chi Szeto, Pakee Fang, Michael Chan, See-wan Szeto, Welton Chang, Wilem Wong, Cindy Wu, Howard Chin, Cliff Chen, Juliet Shum, Mo Pan, Astrid Szeto, William Chan
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I am an American, born in Hong Kong and raised in New York. I remember as a teen, joining the military was probably the furthest from my mind. After serving ten years in the Air Force, which was totally unplanned, i remember reflecting upon my own military career, the highs and lows, the best friends I made during my time, and the one thing I could never forget, getting sent over to the Persian Gulf. When I came across this book, I said to myself, this is fantastic, a book about Asians, for Asians, told by Asians. This book is very important to the Chinese American community. When I joined the Air Force, I had no idea what I was getting in to. I was a lost teenager and had wished I read something like this before shipping out. This book accumulates the life stories of so many of our elders and Uncles who served in our country's military. From World War 2 to the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, the Persian Gulf and both Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As an elder now, I definitely recommend this book to all young Asians who are thinking of joining and to history majors out there, who document our Chinese American history. We have so many heroes tell their stories and tell it so candidly. The author does a great job interviewing and exploring these Veterans insights and what they remember most. She also talks of their great achievements in spite of the racism they faced. As someone who talks and counsels young people in our community, I want to thank Victoria Moy for compiling all these stories. My experience and the experience of those before me will help guide the next generation of young Asians in their military quests. I take the time to talk to as many young people as I can when they inquire about joining our military. I tell them everything so they can better decide if this is truly what they want to do. Pick up this book, you won't regret it.