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2012 - Vol. 34 No. 1
Chinese Huck Finn to the Voice of Activism: Irvin Lai
Contributing writers include: Eugene Moy, Hon. Mike Eng, Hon.Lucille Roybal-Allard, William Gow, Suellen Cheng, Susan Dickson, Dr. Munson Kwok, Nancy Gee, Dr. William Chun-Hoon, Stewart Kwoh, Randall Bloch


The 2012 Gum Saan Journal is dedicated to Irvin Lai, our past president. He was a prominent community leader, church elder, civil rights activist, and family man. Irvin lived during a time of change for Chinese Americans. The issue could easily be named the Life and Times of Irvin Lai. Through excerpts of several interviews with Irvin, we learn of his life in Locke, CA, his life in L.A. in the 1940s, and his life in the service during WWII and the Korean War. Also, prominent community members share their remembrances of Irvin’s impact on them and on historical events. The final section includes articles detailing Irvin’s leadership in the community and in his church.