What is new with the Friends of the Chinatown Library for 2016? CHSSC Honors The FRIENDS For Community Work

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) honored the Friends of the Chinatown Library with a Golden Spike Award at a luncheon on August 27, 2016. CHSSC recognized 5 organizations for their service to the Chinatown Community. They included: Cal State Northridge Asian Studies, Chinatown Service Center, Friends of the Chinatown Library, Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run Committee, and UCLA Asian American Service Center. In his remarks, Gordon Hom, President of CHSSC, said “Their efforts to educate and empower the Chinese American community are exemplary, and we are honored to recognize them as ‘Stewards of Our History’ with a Golden Spike Award.” The Golden Spike refers to the railroad tracks laid by Chinese workers who were not recognized for their contributions to American History.

The Friends were recognized for 40 years of dedicated library and education service to the Chinatown community. The Chinatown Branch Library has the highest circulation in the Los Angeles Library Northeast Region. The Friends scholarship program has helped high school seniors with awards for the past 30 years and will continue to award students in 2017. It was a great honor for Dr. William Chun-Hoon, former principal and a long time Board member, to accept this award on behalf of the Friends. "Dr. Ruby Ling Louie, another long-time Board member," accepted the award with Dr. Chun-Hoon on behalf of the Friends.

What is new with the Friends of the Chinatown Library for 2015?
The Annual Scholarship Award Dinner Honored the Legacy of Dolores Wong

The legacy of Dolores Wong, one of the original founders of the Chinatown Library and Friends, was honored at the 30th Annual Scholarship Award Dinner held on June 5, 2015, click Events to read tributes to her life and work. The Friends will miss Dolores greatly, but we will continue the trail she blazed to support the Chinatown Library.

The Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 20 college-bound seniors who are Chinatown Branch Library users and Los Angeles Public Library users for their first year of college. The Awards banquet was held on June 5, 2015 in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The Friends have awarded these scholarships for 30 years. The Friends also presented 9 awards to graduates from Evans Community Adult School. In the last 30 years, the Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 288 high school students, 85 adult school students, and 6 graduate school students. Patty Kao, Friends Board member, was the entertaining Mistress of Ceremonies. Speakers included John Szabo, City Librarian and Ken Brecher of the Library Foundation of LA. William Chun-Hoon, Marshall Wong, and Ruby Ling Louie delivered tributes to honor the legacy of Dolores Wong. The Awards Presentation Speakers were Barbara June, Yvonne Nishio, Nahyeli Lopez, Susan Dickson, and William Huang. Mike Fong from LA Community College closed the Friends program. The Friends would like to thank all the participants and committee members who made this scholarship award dinner such a successful event! To learn more about this year's scholarship winners, click onto

Updated on 09/20/2016

We would like to thank all of the people who voted "YES" on Measure L. This is an historic moment in LA history where a majority of voters, 63.3%, have come together to voice their opinion that the city libraries are valuable assets to the people of LA. Hip! Hip! Hooray!


The Friends of the Chinatown Library support Measure L for L.A. City Libraries. Measure L will restore library hours and services with NO New Taxes. More Library Hours will keep our young people off the streets and inside libraries to learn from books and various media. The Friends ask you to vote "YES" on Measure L on March 8, 2011. For more information, click

Updated on 03/11/2016
Special Event: Y.C. Hong Family Papers

The Friends of the Chinatown Library and several other Chinese American Organizations are sponsoring a presentation on the life of You Chung Hong, who became the first attorney of Chinese American descent to pass the bar and practice law in California. A few years ago, the family of Y.C. Hong donated his legal files, his personal papers, and photographs to The Huntington Library. We invite you to come hear about the life of this Chinese American Hero on Wed 7 October 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Castelar Elementary School's Multipurpose Room. To learn more about Y.C. Hong and about this presentation, click Events.


"Liu Fang Yuan" is the phonetic Mandarin for the three Chinese characters translated as "flowing fragrance garden." The Chinese garden at the Huntington Library is called "Liu Fang Yuan." It is one of the largest public access Chinese gardens outside of China and encompasses 5 acres with a 1.5 acre lake, bridges, pavillons, walkways, stone terraces, streams and the traditional landscape of trees and plants indigenous to China. The Friends of the Chinatown Library will present a program with slides and video about creating "Liu Fan Yuan" by Suzy Moser and James Folsom, both from the Huntington Library. The program is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Chinatown Library. For those who would like to walk around the gardens, a field trip to the Huntington Library is also being planned; the date and time will be announced at the end of the program. Come and join us to learn more about how the Huntington Library created a traditional scholar's Chinese Garden.


During November 2008, the Chinatown Branch Library hosted events to celebrate the 100th birthday of Leo Politi, a Caldecott Medal winner, for his wonderful children's books and artwork. Three events scheduled in November culminated the Leo Politi Centennial which began in January 2008. Come to Leo's birthday party at the Chinatown Library on November 21, 2008 at 11:00 AM. For a listing of events throughout 2008 and details on events in November, click Library.

A beautifully illustrated and well written book entitled
Leo Politi: Artist of the Angels by Ann Stalcup, is featured on our website. To learn more about this beautiful book, click New Books.

The Adventures of Eddie Fung

Eddie Fung is a Chinatown kid who became a Texas Cowboy and a Prisoner of War. Would you like to learn more about his amazing story? Eddie's wife, Judy Yung, just completed his biography. She will present the book in slides and will sign copies of the book on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Chinatown Branch Library from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. For more information, click Events.

Angi Ma Wong's Business Feng Shui

Angi Ma Wong, known internationally as the Feng Shui Lady, will speak on the topic of Business Feng Shui for the "Year of the Rat" at the Chinatown Branch Library on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. The Friends invite you to come and learn more about this lively topic, click on Events.

Mei Ling in China City by Icy Smith

The Friends invite you to come to our meeting scheduled at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 28, 2008 in the community room of the Chinatown Library to celebrate the publication of Icy Smith's new children's book entitled
Mei Ling in China City. The story is about the friendship between two young girls during World War II. One of the girls, of Japanese ancestry, is interned at Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II. The other young girl is a Chinese American who lives in China City Los Angeles. To read more about their story, click on New Books. To learn more about the celebration meeting, click on Events.

On the Events webpage, Connie Wong presents an historical overview about the "Chinese Heritage Collection" (CHC) at the Chinatown Branch Library. In addition to books, the CHC has audio visual items on Chinese American History; this collection includes documentaries about how Chinese Americans faced social challenges as they grew up in this country. The Friends held a screening of a few of these documentaries on February 27, 2006. For documentary titles, click New Books.

On November 18, 2005, the Friends hosted an author reading with Angi Ma Wong and her new children's book entitled
WHO ATE MY SOCKS? To learn more about the author and her new book, click on Events and New Books.

The Friends of the Chinatown Library invited author Ann Stalcup in February 2005 to speak. She presented her biography on beloved children's author and artist, Leo Politi, click New Books to learn more about the people who attended this special book event.

Our feature interview is with Jack Hom, benefactor and philanthropist, who has given generously to the Friends' endowment programs, especially the Friends of the Chinatown Library Scholarship Program. To read about Jack's humble beginnings and his mid-life job transition from owning and running a Chinese restaurant to becoming a stock broker managing investments, click Features.

On this website, we will continue to update information on efforts to save the South China Tiger. For more information on the South China Tiger, click Tiger News.

In future months, we hope to provide more articles and photos for your reading pleasure. We would love to hear from you. Please send us your comments. Our street address and our email address are listed in Membership or Contact Us.