Chinese American Pioneer Uncle Art Ping Lee
Uncle Art Ping Lee was laid to rest in peace last week in Washington, DC. He was born in 1914 and has lived to the age of over one hundred years and he is a true pioneer in our community. He was the founder of the America Lee’s Family Association and the An Leung Association and was a leader in the promotion of our civil rights in America.
In the early 1970’s when I arrived in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to edit Lee’s monthly newspaper and I knew all of the Lee elders and leaders in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles and all the major cities because I was his editor who reported and wrote the news for all of them.
In the late 1980’s, my brother Dan and I went to DC on a snowy day and we met with my classmate CC Hu in Chinatown. He asked us, “what are you guys doing here?”
We replied that we wanted to publish a weekly newspaper here and he was so surprised. From his expression, you knew he thought it was mission impossible. We then went to visit Uncle Lee at the Chung Hwa Association. He greeted us with a warm welcome and introduced us to Mr. Chow who later became our community reporter. Because of Uncle Lee’s support, we were able to expand our connections and we gradually started to publish a weekly paper in Washington, DC.
About five years ago, Uncle Lee came to Houston to visit. We hosted his one hundred year birthday party at our Houston headquarters. Many of our friends got together to cut the cake and enjoyed the party.
Speaking to all the guests, I said, “I just want to express my appreciation to Uncle Art Ping Lee again and again. Because of your guidance and assistance, we were able to start our journey in the nation’s capital.”
Uncle Lee, you have fully enjoyed your life because your kindness and contribution will always be remembered by all of us. Please Rest In Peace.
By Wea H. Lee
Republic of Guinea Honorary Consul of Houston, Texas
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李蔚华 （ 几内亚共和国驻休斯敦名誉总领事/ 美南传媒集团 主席)