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Charles Leong papers, 1932-1972.
AAS ARC 2000/47
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Charles Leong papers, 1932-1972


Leong, Charles L., 1911-, creator


Hoy, William, Correspondent


Chinese News (Publisher : San Francisco, Calif.)


Chinese Press(Publisher : San Francisco, Calif.)


Young China (Publisher : San Francisco, Calif.)


Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco


Contains personal papers, including correspondence from 1944 to 1971, chiefly with Lillian Leong, William Hoy, Jake Lee, H.J. Timperley, and letters received while serving in China during World War II. Includes photographs of Leong, awards, contracts, military service papers, and other personal and printed ephemera. Also contains writings by Leong, including typescript drafts for chapters of Chinese in America, for his column, "Chinatown, My Chinatown," and biographies featuring Margaret Chung, Ng Poon Chew, and Dong Kingman, as well as numerous stories, articles, and news items, along with his research materials and notes relating to Chinese Americans. Also includes public relations materials from Leong's military service in Kunming, China, including correspondence, procedures, press releases, and newspaper clippings, plus correspondence, minutes, press releases, and newspaper clippings while serving at the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). With these are some press releases and information sheets from Leong's work for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, chiefly relating to Chinese New Years, miscellaneous publicity materials.
Also contains materials from Leong's work as a publisher and newsman for Chinese Press (1942-1952), Chinese News (1952-1953), and Young China (1962-1966). Includes correspondence, press releases, feature articles on Leong, newsclippings, photographs, research materials, and working notes, as well as promotional advertising, circulation, and production materials, such as samples, mailing lists, and office procedures. Finally, there are some files relating to the work of his own public relations firms, Charles L. Leong & Associates, and Chinese Business Publishing Company, Oriental Advertising Service, Cosmo Advertising Service, including correspondence, press releases, business stationery, advertising samples, layouts, rate sheets, finance information, newsclippings, notes and printed materials.


1932 (issued)


Hoy, William
Press Club of San Francisco
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
China. -- Kong jun. -- American Volunteer Group.
Chinese American journalists
Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco
Chinese-American newspapers -- California -- San Francisco
Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Social life and customs
Public relations firms -- California -- San Francisco
Soldiers -- China
Chinese American businesspeople -- California -- San Francisco
Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
Chinese American journalists -- Portraits
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Social life and customs


From his birth in 1911 to his death at the age of 72 in 1984, Charles Leong, a San Francisco native was a newsman, editor, publisher, author, Chinatown civic leader, the first Asian member of the Press Club, and co-founder with William Hoy of the Chinese Press, an English language paper for Chinese Americans. He served with the "Flying Tigers" in China during World War II and, on his return, continued in the newspaper business in various capacities with the Chinese Press, Chinese News, Young China, the Chronicle and Hokubei Mainichi, as well as public relations for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.



Physical Description:

4 cartons, 1 box, and 1 oversize folder (5.5 linear ft.)




AAS ARC 2000/47