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Sun May Co.

In 2008 the last four historic Chinese mercantiles in Seattle’s Chinatown—International District closed.  Chew Communications associates interviewed Donnie Chin,  proprietor of the Sun May Co, the last surviving original store at its original location in the historic Milwaukee Hotel.  Founded in 1911, the Sun May Co continues operation at 5 Canton Alley, adjacent to the new Wing Luke Asian Museum.   Contact: (206) 624-1467

For its 35th Anniversary, Chew Communications produced a book and documentary video tracing the history of ICHS, from its beginnings as a grassroots all-volunteer clinic to its present status as a national model for community health care .  Released in Fall 2008, the book and video draws on oral histories, documents, and photos gathered from past and present employees, archives, and newspapers.  [more]

Chop Suey Project

Chew Communications facilitated University of Washington Museology student Shin Yu Pai in the gathering of the stories of family, friends, former employees and owners of “Chop Suey” restaurants in Seattle.  The project highlights the stories, life lessons and personal values forged in these important pioneer businesses.

Ming Tree Restaurant

Vera Ing Memoirs

Vera shares her story and life lessons from her childhood in Seattle’s International District to her work as a community advocate. [More]

NAPCA: Voices of Asian Pacific Islander Seniors

Chew communications associates interviewed APA seniors in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington State to capture the life stories of Asian American immigrants employed in the SCSEP program through the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging.  These seniors shared their memories, struggles and hopes in order to inspire others to pursue meaningful work and develop new skills and friendships in their later years.  Download Senior Voices and Pacific Islander Voices

History of Nikkei Concerns

In 2010 Chew Communications developed a 35th Anniversary commemorative publication for  of Seattle: Years of Caring: The Nikkei Concerns Story.   Founded in the 1970s, Nikkei Concerns created the Seattle Keiro Nursing Home to provide culturally appropriate care for Japanese American elderly.  Today Nikkei Concerns continues its mission to maintain a welcoming environment for a diverse population of residents.

Alaska Cannery Workers History Project & Documentary Film

On June 1, 1981 two young labor activists were murdered in Seattle for their efforts to oust corrupt leaders from the ILWU.  The assassinations catalyzed the salmon cannery workers reform movement and led to the first ever successful civil suit against a foreign regime.  The Chew Communications team documented the 1970s movement and its roots in the decades-old reform efforts through new primary research and numerous interviews with those who were there.  Published by the University of Washington Press and the Alaskero Foundation in 2012.  The documentary “One Generation’s Time” premiered January 2014.