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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

The story of UW professor Connie So's grandfather, Quin Kwock Woo, pictured here while working as a "houseboy" in Spokane, circa 1939, mirrors that of other local immigrants: He left his wife and family in China at age 20 and came to the Northwest, where he also worked in a shipyard before joining the U.S. Army during World War II. He later served in the Coast Guard and worked as a cook at Chung Mee Café in the University District. After U.S. immigration restrictions finally eased in the 1960s, his entire family, including granddaughter Connie So, reunited in Seattle, fulfilling a three-decade-long dream.