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LA Times: First Chinese American Judge in U.S. Honored


Delbert Wong

A popular landmark in Los Angeles Chinatown has been named in honor of the the first Chinese American judge in the United States, reports the LA Times.

Judge Delbert E. Wong Square remembers the jurist who graduated from Stanford Law and later broke the color barrier in 1959 becoming a municipal court judge. He would later be elevated to the Superior Court where he served for 20 years.

Wong and his wife founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Chinese Service Center. His wife and three of his four children were on hand for the dedication.

“The children who grow up in this neighborhood will pass by and wonder, ‘Who was Judge Wong?’ Hopefully, they’ll learn something about his story,” said Marshall Wong, “and his work and think, ‘Maybe I should go to law school and be a judge someday.'”


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