Building Community, Chinatown Style: A Half Century of Leadership in San Francisco Chinatown

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Gordon Chin, nationally recognized community leader and activist, tells the compelling story of the rise of civic and political power in San Francisco's Chinatown from the 1960s through the election of a Chinese American mayor in 2011. This grass roots community leadership has made San Francisco Chinatown a model for community development across the country. The narrative covers the birth of Asian American activism and how, despite natural disasters, civic neglect, and racism, it spearheaded affordable housing, open space, accessible transportation, and effective community and youth leadership. The Chinatown Community Development Center, which Chin founded and led for three decades, fought evictions from the International Hotel, organized the Ping Yuen rent strike, and convinced the city to extend the Central Subway to Chinatown, among other accomplishments that have significantly shaped life in San Francisco. This is a firsthand view on how to produce meaningful and positive social change. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gordon Chin is the former Executive Director of San Francisco's Chinatown Community Development Center, which he co-founded and ran for thirty-four years before retiring in October 2011. Recognized nationally as a leader in community development and affordable housing, and as a pioneering Asian American activist, he led Chinatown CDC in developing thousands of units of affordable housing for low-income seniors, working families, and formerly homeless residents. From the beginning of the Asian American Movement in the turbulent 1960s, he has devoted himself to building community, organizing tenants and immigrant families, and developing youth leaders. Mr. Chin lives in San Francisco, where he continues to be involved in community issues and is an avid Giants fan. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK "Community activist, housing developer, policy and land-use guru, commissioner and collaborative leader-this is what Gordon Chin has meant to our City and the Chinese Asian communities he has served and advocated for. He has a lot to say about our City's history for the past fifty-five-plus years, and I am grateful he has put it into words for all of us to appreciate." -Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco "Gordon Chin is one those movers and shakers who has made San Francisco worth living in. His fight to keep the city's legendary Chinatown a vibrant and affordable community is a model for righteous activism. Now we need a new generation of bravehearts, young men and women willing to fight to save wonderfully multi-dimensional cities like San Francisco so they don't become a jeweled preserve of the one percent. Building Community, Chinatown Style is full of crucial lessons for the next generation of urban warriors and dreamers- and for those of us old ones who still haven't given up. Read and learn-and get inspired." -David Talbot, author of Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

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Building Community is an intellectual tour de force by one of California's most influential organizers, activists, and urban innovators. Gordon Chin was not merely present at many of the critical junctures that created the modern Bay Area, his skillful political organizing and community-building work shaped the history of the region from the student strikes through contemporary efforts to empower and mobilize residents of Chinatown. The book is part socio-political history, part community development primer, part how-to guide for community organizers, and part autobiography. And he writes as he has worked throughout his career - with a clarity of purpose but in the spirit of collaboration and community, giving due credit to other individuals and institutions. Though rich with powerful stories, Building Community is much more than a retelling of history, it is a thoughtfully integrated and conceptually rich narrative suitable for academic courses in urban studies, history, political science, ethnic studies, leadership studies, and other disciplines as well as an imminently readable chronicle of San Francisco history. For scholars, this book provides a treasure of first-hand accounts and thick descriptions that will provide the basis for future research.
 -Corey Cook, Associate Professor of Politics, University of San Francisco

Community activist, housing developer, policy and land use guru, commissioner and collaborative leader... this is what Gordon Chin has meant to our City and the Chinese and Asian communities he has served and advocated for. He has a lot to say about our City's history for the past 55 plus years and I am grateful he has put into words for all of us to appreciate. 
-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Gordon Chin is one of those movers and shakers who has made San Francisco worth living in. His fight to keep the city's legendary Chinatown a vibrant and affordable community is a model for righteous activism. Now we need a new generation of bravehearts, young men and women willing to fight to save wonderfully multidimensional cities like San Francisco so they don't become a jeweled preserve of the one percent. "Building Community, Chinatown Style" is full of crucial lessons for the next generation of urban warriors and dreamers - and for those of us old ones who still haven't given up. Read and learn... and get inspired.
 -David Talbot, author of the national bestseller, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

Part memoir, part history, and part political strategy, "Building Community, Chinatown Style" is a "must read" for anyone interested in learning more about how Gordon Chin and the Chinatown Community Development Center successfully dealt with issues of affordable housing, transportation and public space, making San Francisco Chinatown a better place to live.
-Judy Yung, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, UC Santa Cruz and co author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940.

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"Gordon Chin's new book offers the true history of how Chinatown survived as a low-income neighborhood. It wasn't luck or good fortune--it was through CCDC's organizing, community outreach, and coalition building, all of which created a model for community building that other neighborhoods can follow." - Randy Shaw, BeyondChron.org

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