Asian Americans

Ruby Chow

Ruby Chow's Restaurant was the first Chinese restaurant in Seattle outside of Chinatown and became an overnight success, serving a clientele of the city's notable figures. Ruby Chow became a Seattle leader, a member of the City Council, and broke barriers for both women and Chinese-Americans.

Digital Materials

Chow, Ruby (1920-2008), HistoryLink biography.

Ruby Chow - A Legend in the Wind, from Making a Difference, p. 149.


Digital Materials

Local Grant Awardees
WHC local grants were awarded to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Projects included lengthening the film Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol and an exhibit on Native Hawaiian women in Washington State.

Chinese Women Unbound
From Tsagigla'lal: She Who Watches, p. 99.

Densho preserves the history of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, providing access to oral histories, images, and teacher resources.

Japanese American Pioneers and Picture Brides
From Tsagigla'lal: She Who Watches, p. 91.

Mako Takahashi Nakagawa - Everyone Has Culture
From Making a Difference, p. 177.

Nisei Transcripts
The Voices of World War II website provides oral histories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during the war.

The Women of Ellensburg
Report from the International Women's Year Conference, 1977 with a section on the status of Asian women (p. 47-48).v