Thank you for the article "Founders' Feast" by Penelope McMillan (Metro, June 6). While the progressive dinner itself was a lot of fun, it was especially gratifying to open our Times and relive the evening. Indeed, all four honorees are remarkable and deserving of your write up and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California is pleased and proud to have provided the occasion for so many old-timers and their families to reunite with their friends and cronies after, in some cases, 30 years. Moreover, the solidarity, courage, and vision of the New Chinatown pioneers continue to inspire the rest of us who serve as community volunteers.
The society was founded in 1975 to discover and recognize such pioneers and their achievements, increase awareness of our Chinese American heritage, and finally to share with the community at large the contributions of the Chinese to the economic, social, and cultural development of Southern California.
Through our oral history project, field trips, educational monthly meetings, and outreach we strive to seek, research, and preserve our heritage. While many people are aware of the Chinese involvement in the building of the transcontinental railroad and the Northern to Southern California link, few know that they were instrumental in the development of the commercial fishing, truck and vegetable farming, and the citrus industries here in the Southland.