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Grateful Garment Project Aug 22, 2022
Hands on - Sleeves Up
Gloria Hom, Educator, Community Volunteer Aug 29, 2022
The Bayside Cannery: the Story of Thomas Foon Chew

The Bayside Cannery..the Story of Thomas Foon Chew

              Businessman, Innovator, Community Builder

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              Presented by his granddaughter, Dr. Gloria Hom

Thomas Foon (as he liked to be called) came to California as a 10-year-old in 1899 during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Acts and was a multimillionaire when he died of pneumonia in San Jose in 1931 at the age of 42.  His BaySide facility in Alviso canned pears, peaches, apricots, plums, tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, and vegetables for salads under seven different brand names, including Bohemian, Cal Taste, Gondolier, Calico, and Snow Peak. 

At the time, the Alviso cannery was the third largest cannery in the United States. Mr. Chew was known for hiring workers from different ethnicities, providing housing and hot lunches for his Chinese laborers, and for his processing innovations; he was known as the “Asparagus King” for perfecting the commercial canning of green asparagus. His BaySide Cannery corrugated metal facility in Mayfield/Palo Alto is known to locals as the “Fry’s” building. 

Twenty-five thousand people turned out to honor Mr. Chew in a memorial parade in San Fran- cisco’s Chinatown in 1931: a worthy tribute to an American entrepreneur.



No Club Meeting Sep 05, 2022
Labor Day Observance
Bruce Winterhof, Geoff Ball, Rick Block Sep 12, 2022
New Member Talks

Meet three of our new members as they tell us a bit more about themselves. Not to be missed!

Bernadine Fong, Interim President Foothill College Sep 19, 2022
Today's Community College Students
Tom Fingar, Shorenstein APARC Fellow,FSI, Stanford Sep 26, 2022

Tom Fingar, Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. 

He was the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow from 2010 through 2015 and the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford in 2009.

From 2005 through 2008, he served as the first deputy director of national intelligence for analysis and, concurrently, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Fingar served previously as assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2000-01 and 2004-05), principal deputy assistant secretary (2001-03), deputy assistant secretary for analysis (1994-2000), director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-94), and chief of the China Division (1986-89). Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including senior research associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control.

Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. in Government and History, 1968), and Stanford University (M.A., 1969 and Ph.D., 1977 both in political science). His most recent books are From Mandate to Blueprint: Lessons from Intelligence Reform (Stanford University Press, 2021), Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security (Stanford University Press, 2011), The New Great Game: China and South and Central Asia in the Era of Reform, editor (Stanford University Press, 2016), Uneasy Partnerships: China and Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform (Stanford, 2017), and Fateful Decisions: Choices that will Shape China’s Future, co-edited with Jean Oi (Stanford, 2020). His most recent article is, "The Role of Intelligence in Countering Illicit Nuclear-Related Procurement,” in Matthew Bunn, Martin B. Malin, William C. Potter, and Leonard S Spector, eds., Preventing Black Market Trade in Nuclear Technology (Cambridge, 2018)."

(Copied from https://aparc.fsi.stanford.edu/people/thomas_fingar ) 


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