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 Some people who touch our lives probably don’t even know it. It’s just in their DNA to do what they do.

Noted Chinese American historian Philip Choy is dead at the age of 90.

The SF Gate reports Choy died Wednesday in the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

I first became aware of Choy when I saw him on television in the 70’s talking about the contribution of Chinese in building the transcontinental railroad. If my memory hasn’t failed me, the show which was broadcast on KRON-TV, then the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, was produced by the Chinese Media Committee of Chinese for Affirmative Action.

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