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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

Before they were even allowed to become legal residents, countless Chinese immigrants wore the uniform of their new country. During World War II, Ron Chew's uncle, Lee Hong Chew, pictured here with fellow soldiers, served with the U.S. Army's 87th Mountain Infantry Battalion in Europe. He died in combat on Feb. 20, 1945, gunned down while at the head of his battalion. Such acts of bravery helped persuade Congress to undo the nation's long-standing Chinese exclusion laws after the war.