Philip P. Choy was an author, historian, and educator who was a pioneer in the study of Chinese American history. His collection
primarily consists of his research files, including notes, articles & publications, photographs, and other material.
Philip P. Choy (1926-2017) was a historian, author, and architect who devoted himself to documenting the history of Chinese
immigration to the United States. His research, preservation and education of Chinese American history was groundbreaking.
Together with Him Mark Lai, Phil taught the first Chinese American history course at San Francisco State University with material
he co-authored, The History of The Chinese in California, A Syllabus. In 1969 he challenged the organizers of the Transcontinental Railroad Centennial to recognize the role of Chinese laborers.
In the early 1970s, Phil hosted the PBS series Gum Saan Haak (Travelers to Gold Mountain), the first extensive documentary series about Chinese American history.
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