April 4, 2023
From left, OCA CEO Ken Lee, Linda Lai and Phil Choy at the 2009 OCA National Convention in San Francisco.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates remembers the life of Phil Choy, an Asian American trailblazer in the historical field.
On March 16, 2017, Phil Choy, an esteemed Chinese American historian and architect, passed away. Among his many accomplishments, he taught the first ever collegiate level course on Chinese American history at San Francisco State University. He also submitted the case report for the designation of the Angel Island Immigration Station on the National Register of Historical Places. OCA honored Choy and his frequent collaborator Him Mark Lai with the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award for their contributions at the 2009 OCA National Convention in San Francisco.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phil Choy. His pioneering work in teaching Chinese American history and advocating for the preservation of important historical sites like Angel Island helped bring light to the struggles of these early immigrants. A passionate advocate for his community, the impression he left on this world will live on long after he has gone from it,” said Sharon Wong, OCA National President.
From the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA):
A memorial service for Philip Choy will be held Sunday April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm on Treasure Island at the site of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition (1 Avenue of the Palms). More details and a guestbook to sign can be found here >

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