MOCACITIZEN: Fighting For The Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan

Thu, Nov 6, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: $12/Adults; $7/MOCA Members, Students & Seniors; FREE for Active/Retired U.S. Military & Veterans


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In honor of Veterans Day, MOCA brings together multiple generations of Chinese American veterans. Victoria Moy, author of Fighting For The Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan, joins several of the veterans profiled in her book, including Lester Fong, U.S. Navy; Pakee Fang, U.S. Marine Corps; and Wilem Wong, U.S. Army Reserve. They will reflect on war, ethnicity, military service and, American identity.


About the Moderator


Victoria Moy was born and raised in New York’s Chinatown and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has written for The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Press, Tea Leaf Nation and other publications. She is a graduate of Yung Wing Public School 124, The Dalton School, and Dartmouth College, and is studying screenwriting/playwriting and pursuing an MFA at the University of Southern California.


About the Panelists


Lester Fong

U.S. Navy

Lester Fong, whose clothing factories in New York’s Chinatown produced uniforms for the U.S. military in the Second World War, was later drafted into the Navy and stationed in Guam where he witnessed kamikazes. Post-war, he did real estate and served as Commander of the American Legion Kimlau Post.


Pakee Fang
U.S. Marine Corps

Pakee Fang was recruited as a Marine in his high school pre-9/11. He was part of the first wave of Marines sent to Iraq to provide Engineering support, Humanitarian Aid and to search for improvised explosive devices. His adventures around the world also include him translating with a Chinese French soldier for their units in Africa, and being offered a bride in Kenya. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from City College of New York and works at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Wilem Wong
U.S. Army Reserve

Wilem Wong served as a Major with USMC RCT-1/RCT-5 in Helmand, Afghanistan, and as a Captain with the XVIII Airborne Corps in Baghdad, Iraq. He was on the Joint Planning Team for Iraq’s Provincial Elections and Iraq’s National Literacy Campaign. He conducted socio-cultural research in Afghanistan, interacting with Afghans to understand their perspectives. Wong was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and NATO Medal. In his civilian capacity, he is an NYPD Sergeant of Police. He is a graduate of NYU (B.S. in Finance), Webster University (M.A. in Management & Leadership), and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.