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Vera on the Steps of Chong Wa Benevolent Association, 1940s

 

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DIM SUM: BITS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN DREAM

by Vera Ing

Vera (Chan) Ing shares her life story, from her early childhood in Seattle’s Canton Alley and the Central District neighborhoods to her adulthood as a community activist, volunteer, newspaper columnist, entrepreneur and would-be state representative.

 Vera’s life encompasses the decades since WWII when Seattle “came of age,” grappling with issues of urban blight, discriminatory housing laws and faltering schools.  Vera relates how she worked with others to make indifferent public officials responsive to the needs of the people of the International District and beyond while she and her husband built their business, raised their kids and made a home.

Vera also reflects on her transition from “Chinatown brat” to that of a “Community mother,” carrying on the traditions of her family and friends, updated for the present.

Published by the International Examiner, 2010.

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Vera’s father Chan Kan (right) owner of the Don Ting Restaurant, on VJ Day in the International District

Vera’s Family Restaurant, the Don Ting, on 7th Ave, 1950s

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Vera and Joey Ing and their Grandchildren, 2007.

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