by Trevor Griffey and Brooke Clark
prepared by Brooke Clark
grew up in Seattle in the 1940s and 50s in the Central Area of Seattle. He
attended Horace Mann elementary, and Washington middle school. All the schools
he attended had a significant percentage of minority students. In 1960 he went
into the army after graduating from
GarfieldHigh School. His father
was a waiter, and then ran a restaurant. All the Chinese he knew worked in the
restaurant business because they couldn't get jobs they were hired for.
*6:00†† He often wondered why Chinese were treated
like second class citizens and she said that this is America
is for white people and everybody else is second. She encouraged him to work
hard ad he could have something better. He was in the military for three years,
and then came back to Seattle, went to Olympic
College and the moved to Oakland.
†††† In the 1960ís, the Bay Area was a hotbed for the civil
rights and anti-war movements. He worked at a post-office and when they renewed
the GI bill, he went to San FranciscoState. There he became a
leader of the third-world minority movement and the fight for ethnic studies.
In 1968-69 they closed the school down for six months and demanded the development
of ethnic studies programs.
*11:50His political interest was peaked when he lived
in Oakland and
was trying to cross the bay bridge and activists were closing it down. People
were hurt by the police and he realized that just because he had served and
didnít have to serve was that it was an unjust war and he grew compassionate.
He joined the East Bay Chinese Youth Council at UC-Berkeley and got ethnic
studies programs there.
†† He returned to Seattle after 8
years, and found that the Chinatown needed
renovation and this was an issue he could fight for.
*18:00 The only people who were
Chinatown were older, poor people
and there was a lot of money floating around through the Model Cities programs
and other federal money.
Dome stadium was an issue to spotlight Chinatown
and were worried that the International District would be taken over. While
working at DSHS, he talked about her wanted housing, social services-food
programs, counseling, health services, and which they all got. The Stadium was
built, but the city put resources and money in planning and provided overlay
zoning and helped the area remain and sustain its identity. The allocation of
equitable resources was important.
demanding this caused the International District to not only remain but thrive
once again while they faded away on other places. In 1965, the immigration laws
changed and the Asian population in Seattle
32:20†† Doug wrote the first paper on Chinese history
which was published and was contacted constantly because it was the only piece
out there on this topic.
34:30†† He wrote extensively for The Asian Family
Affair, No Separate Peace, and The International Examiner.
*35:30 When he was at DSHS,
he met other activists such as Larry Gossett, Tyree Scott, and Michael Woo and
demonstrated with them, even got arrested with them. They worked well together because
they were all in the same struggle.
37:10†† Efforts to enforce Title VII federal statute which stipulated equal
access to social and health services for Hispanics and Asian American
immigrants and refugees with bi-lingual services, brochures, etc.
39:30†† Funds for renovation of the International
District came from Model Cities and from block grant money from HUD.
42:30†† Activist press plays
an important role in protest because newspapers and television tell what is
important because they define what is considered important simply because it is
covered in that medium. Itís important to capture the issues because mainstream
45:58†† He made news and the next day he would write
about the demonstrations he had participated in the day before. He gained
valuable experience while writing for the various activist presses.
47:20†† While at No Separate Peace, they tried
to link the struggles of all different minority groups. The publication grew
from a monthly four page newsletter to a 20 page bi-weekly publication.
52:30†† The International Examiner helped activists
and businesses work more closely together.
56:15†† Some people had an issue
with what to call the district, Chinatown or
the International District. Chin was most concerned with whether people had
housing, could afford to live there, eat there, get affordable health care, and
whether they are safe or not.
59:45†† He believed that Chinese activism stemmed form
the black civil rights movement and the Chinese viewed them as role models.