The emergence of Chinese American women.

Author:Ding, Loni
Position:6H Panel Summary - Square and Circle Club

(Original Title: The Emergence of Chinese Women)


The Square and Circle Club, the oldest Chinese American women's community service organization in America, was founded on June 15, 1924, by seven teenaged girls in San Francisco Chinatown, who wanted to help flood and famine victims in China. These girls--Alice Fong (Yu), Daisy K. Wong, Ivy Lee (Mah), Anne Lee (Leong), Daisy Wong (Chinn), Bessie Wong (Shum), and Jennie Lee--adopted an old Chinese saying as their motto: "In Deeds Be Square, In Knowledge Be All-Round." They drew a square enclosed within a circle for their club insignia. For over eighty years, members have proudly adhered to the club's tradition by raising funds and providing service to numerous Chinese organizations and individuals in both the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad. They have also encouraged Chinese women to develop their full potential and achieve their life goals.

A presentation of photos and press clippings was followed by a panel discussion on "The Emergence of Chinese American Women" and featured Chinese American women who have succeeded in various nontraditional careers. Included were Jennie Chin Hansen, former executive director of On Lok Senior...

To continue reading