Chinese American Hero: Frank Wu

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This is Week 38 of AsianWeek’s salute to Chinese American heroes, in strategic partnership with Chinese American Heroes, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the contributions of Chinese Americans to America and the world.

This week we are honoring and recognizing Mr. Frank Wu, Esq., who was just appointed by the Board of Directors of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, as their Chancellor and Dean.  Frank Wu is a very special person who is taking over a college that has produced many of the most prestigious lawyers, judges, and politicians in the country.  Not only has he been practicing law for many years but has also consistently reached for loftier goals by being an author, law professor, and dean before this latest achievement.

As an attorney with a heart, he has served the indigent and handicapped, defended civil rights and affirmative action, and eschewed the pursuit of a much more lucrative private practice in favor of the legal teaching profession.  In 1982, he first became a politically active teenager in the “Justice for Vincent Chin” movement after a Chinese American man was murdered in Detroit by unemployed white autoworkers, a crime that galvanized Asian Americans across the entire country.  In 1995, he became the first Asian American professor of law to teach at historically African American Howard University Law School in Washington DC.  In 2003 he wrote the epic, “Yellow: Race in American Beyond Black and White,” which expanded American race issues beyond the tradition of only speaking about race relations between whites and African Americans in America.  The next year he became the dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, a position he held until 2008.

In the Bay Area, we are very lucky to have Frank Wu with us and look forward to his future accomplishments now that he is the Chancellor and Dean at UC Hastings Law School.

Read more a Frank Wu at the Chinese American Heroes website below.

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