301 Eighth Street"The building at Eighth and Harrison Streets is a Chinatown landmark. On the ground floor was the famous barbershop of Fong Get Moo. On the second floor is the Oakland Lodge if the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Dr. Charles Lee, a pioneering Oakland Chinese American dentist, financed the construction of this building."(from William Wong's "Oakland's Chinatown", p.14.)
In the 1970's, the top two floors of this building was home to East Bay Asians for Community Action, a local advocacy group.
"We used to go to this barber shop which was run by Fong Get Moo. All the young kids liked to go there because you could read comic books, get a hair-cut, and get candy all for twenty five cents.”
"In 1971, I was hired by a youth group, and we tried to create an alternative school. We used to run classes on the top two floors for immigrant kids and gang kids. The youth group was called "East Bay Asians for Community Action."
"A long time ago, I started an ice cream sandwich shop called “Igloo”. I hired young people– the trouble makers. I believe that if you give them some responsibility, something to do, they actually keep the other kids out of trouble too. The business was lousy. I didn’t make any money. I lose money. But I am happy. My reward was to see those kids grown up, be successful. To me, that’s good satisfaction.”
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