Friday, February 18, 2022

Calligrapher Kenneth Joe

The title calligraphy for Eight Immortal Flavors was by Kenneth Joe who was thanked in the book’s preface, “to Kenneth Joe for the fine calligraphy”. The cover art was painted by Jake Lee

Jacket Cover

Title Page

It’s likely Joe did the calligraphy for the restaurant, Kan’s

A photograph of Joe, I believe, was published in Preserving America’s Past (National Geographic Society, 1983). The caption on page 98 reads 
Silk-clad scholar Kenneth Joe nurtures his centuries-old heritage in an Oriental setting. In Chinese calligraphy, he brushes a poem of homesickness and of time and changing seasons. 
Pages 100 and 101 featured Joe practicing his art. 

Anyone with biographical information to share about Joe would be greatly appreciated. 

(Next post on Friday: Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men)

Friday, February 11, 2022

Photography: Charles Leong in School Yearbooks

Charles Lai Leong
September 4, 1911, San Francisco, California – February 23, 1984, 
San Francisco, California

Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, California

Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, California

1936 La Torre
San Jose State College, San Jose, California

1937 La Torre
San Jose State College, San Jose, California

1938 La Torre
San Jose State College, San Jose, California

1939 Quad
Stanford University, Menlo Park, California

Further Reading and Listening
The Quill, November 1937, Chinese Student Is Editor of Daily at San Jose State

Daily Independent (Elizabeth City, North Carolina), April 6, 1937, Campus Editor Is Chinese

Editor and Publisher, November 16, 1940, Chinese Paper

Santa Cruz Sentinel-News (California), January 31, 1942, Well-Known S. F. Journalist Views Post-War Boom Here

Santa Cruz Sentinel-News, March 4, 1942, Santa Cruz County Cited in Popular Leong Article

Santa Cruz Sentinel-News, March 29, 1942, Father of S.F. Chinese Editor Dies

Santa Cruz Sentinel-News, April 18, 1942, Leong Idea Followed Up

Advertising Age, July 12, 1948, Resumes Publication

San Bernardino Sun (California), April 27, 1956, Won Leong Hop Will Fight for His Name

New Japanese American News / Shin Nichi-Bei (Los Angeles, California), April 24, 1957, photograph

East Wind, Pioneering Journalist: Charles Leong 梁普礼

Gum Saan Journal

Internet Archive, Charles Leong Interview on his life in San Francisco

Wikipedia, Russell C. Leong

Related Posts
Jake Lee in Ford Times, Charles Leong wrote some of the articles illustrated by Jake Lee.

(Updated February 16, 2022; Next post on Friday: Calligrapher Kenneth Joe)

Friday, February 4, 2022

Ephemera: Chinese New Year Festival Souvenir

San Francisco Chinatown
February 5–7, 1954
Cover artist: Hubbard
Interior illustrations uncredited

Selected Businesses
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp.
National Dollar Store
Kan’s Chinese Restaurant
The Chinese World
Chinese Hour
Chinese Times
Kem Lee Studio

Citizens Committee Chinese New Year Festival Program

(Next post on Friday: Charles Leong in School Yearbooks)