William Wong (born 1941) is an author and journalist born and raised in Oakland. His parents Gee Seow Hong and Gee Suey Ting ran The Great China restaurant 1943 to 1961. Wong is the only son in his family: he has 6 older sisters!

As a pioneering Asian American journalist, Wong has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Oakland Tribune, the East Bay Express, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, Asian Week, salon.com, and other news outlets.  Wong has also been called the "elder son of Asian American journalism." (AsianWeek.com, 2001.)

He is the author of Oakland's Chinatown, an Arcadia photo book published in 2004. The book has a very cool accompanying website with lots of historic photos of Oakland's Chinatown. Before this, Wong published "Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America" in 2001. This book also includes bits about growing up in Oakland as well as many other stories of the Asian American experience.

In this interview (PBS News Hour, 2001), Wong calls Oakland and the Bay Area the capital of Asian America.

Contact Wong at bill@oaklandchinatownhistory.org or  bill@yellowjournalist.com(Source: https://localwiki.org/oakland/William_Wong)


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