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Joe Shoong

JOE ShoongAge: 81 years18791961

Name
JOE Shoong
Type
immigration name
Given names
JOE
Surname
Shoong

毓彥

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毓彥
Surname

华崧

Name
华崧
Type
Given names
华崧
Surname
Birth August 30, 1879
Birth of a brotherJoe Knox
July 24, 1888 (Age 8 years)
Death of a paternal grandmother
1889 (Age 9 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherZHOU FuKang
about 1891 (Age 11 years)

Death of a fatherGon Lim Joe
between 1906 and 1914 (Age 26 years)

Birth of a daughter
#1
Betty Shoong
calculated 1916 (Age 36 years)

Birth of a son
#2
Milton W Shoong
August 18, 1922 (Age 42 years)

Birth of a grandson
#1
Richard Tam Jr
November 11, 1940 (Age 61 years)

Birth of a grandson
#2
Milton W Shoong Jr
1943 (Age 63 years)

Death of a motherChew Wong Shee
August 18, 1943 (Age 63 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Bonnie Yvonne Shoong
October 16, 1945 (Age 66 years)

Death of a wifeRose Elizabeth SooHoo
January 20, 1951 (Age 71 years)
Death of a brotherJoe Knox
August 24, 1956 (Age 76 years)
Occupation
Proprietor

Employer: National Dollar Store
Residence
Death 1961 (Age 81 years)

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Richard Chow 3:02 PM (1 hour ago) Oct 30, 2010 email to me Hi Doug: Back in Mexico, here's the photo I have with King Chow. He is to the left of me, Harry He to right of my wife. I also scanned his Chinese name for you. Also, the article of my Uncle Choy that was married to my father's older sister, Joe Sook Yin. H. C. stands for Hon Chiu. In 1901 Joe Shoong had 3 partners, his brother, Joe Knox (aka Nox, Njok), H.C. Choy, and perhaps the Wong that you mentioned. At that time, the store was known as, "Sang Lee Dry Goods". When Joe Shoong bought out his partners in 1903, he changed the name to "Chung Hing" and later (1905) moved the headquarters to SF, 929 Market St. and callled it the China Toggery. He incorporated the China Toggery Inc. in 1921 in SF with the following people on his board: Joe Shoong-Director & President, Lim Fong, Joe Knox (Nox, Njok), C.C. Wing, Lum Joe Hong, Quan Tong and Chin Young. It wasn't until 1928 that he changed the names to all his stores, The National $ Stores. Did you know Albert Lee or Philip Joe who also managed the Modesto N$S?
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  Dachong, also known as LongDu, is located in the southwest of Zhongshan City. It has the Qijiang River in the east and the Xijiang River in the west. It is 8 kilometers from Shiqi, Zhongshan's urban area, has an area of 40.5 aquare kilometers and administers 6 neiborhood committees and 2 village committees. The town has a permanent population of more than 28,000, a non-local population of more than 50,000 and over 30,000 people sojourning overseas. It is also a health town and an educational town of Guangdong Province and a key industrial satellite town of the Pearl River Delta.   At present ,the town has nearly 1000 plants and enterprises employing nearly 40,000 people and mainly producting rosewood furniture, textile and clothes, ceramic clean ware, handicrafts, silk stockings, toys, gloves and machines.   Dachong is particularly famous to the world for its rosewood furniture and jeans. It is a famous rosewood furniture town in Zhongshan City and the largest rosewood furniture production base in China.Its products are sold well in the whole country and exported to Europe, America, Southeast Asia and other countries and regions. In December 2001, Dachong hosted "the First China Rosewood Furniture Development Seminar and Dachong Fine Rosewood Furniture Exhibition". In 2003,the Minisrey of Culture approved Dachong as "the Home of Chinese Rosewood Carving Art" and the China Light Industry Federation and China Furniture Association also awarded Dachong the title "China's Special Town of Rosewood Furniture Production". Currently,the town has nearly 200 rosewood furniture producers. According to survey, the rosewood furniture made by Dachong takes up 60% of domestic market shares.   Jeans production is Dachong's another special industry. The town is specialized in producing jeans, casual wear and knitting clothes. It has marked industrial sclae in such aspects as clothes production, weaving, white wash, rinsing dyeing and cotton yarn processing. The products are sold well in the whole country and exported to Europe, America, Southeast Asia and other countries and regions. Source: http://www.dachong.gov.cn/main/english/index.action
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Name in English: Joe Shoong / Name in Chinese: 周崧 / Birth Year: 1879-1961 / Birth Place: Dachong Town, Zhongshan County, Guangdong Province, China - Founder of the National Dollar Store chain Contribution(s): Born in a village in Guangdong China, Joe Shoong immigrated to the U.S. when he was 20 years old. Starting out as a garment worker, Shoong became a self-made millionaire through his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work, founding the once widely known National Dollar stores. He was one of the wealthiest and most well-known Chinese American businessmen in the U.S. in the early 20th century. A year after he arrived in 1901, Shoong opened his first store selling dry goods with three partners in Vallejo, California. In 1903, he bought out his partners, moved the store to San Francisco, and renamed the store “China Toggery.” Over the next few years, Shoong built more stores, selling retail and dry goods, and renamed them the National Dollar stores in 1928. The official first branch was built in Sacramento in 1916. In 1928, there were 16 branches and expansion continued until 1959. In a 1938 article, the New York Times cited Shoong as one of the highest paid executives in the U.S. By the time of his death in 1961, the enterprise had grown into a $12 million chain (worth approximately $70 to 100 million in 2007 dollars) employing 700 employees with 54 stores in the US. At a time that Chinese were perceived as incapable of holding management positions by American society, Shoong had each National Dollar store headed by a Chinese manager. The National Dollar stores continued operations until 1996. Despite the Chinese Exclusion Act and anti-Chinese legislation, Shoong defied the odds, becoming a millionaire many times over, created well-paid jobs for Chinese Americans, and gave back to the community at home and abroad through his philanthropic efforts. The Joe Shoong Park in Clark County, Nevada is named in his memory. Philanthropy: Shoong was a noted philanthropist. In 1931, he paid the construction debt for Chinese Central High School in San Francisco. In 1937, he donated $24,000 to the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco and $15,000 to the Chinese War Relief Association. In 1938, he donated $70,000 to the University of California to create scholarships for needy students. After the war, he created the Joe Shoong Foundation, endowing it with $1,000,000. The foundation continued his good works with scholarships for needy students, academic fellowships, financing the restoration of a theater in Oakland, and contributions to Bay Area churches, charities, and cultural and community organizations. Shoong donated money in 1928 to have a school built in his ancestral village near Guangdong, China. Over the next two decades he gave over $200,000 for the school’s operating costs, and the school still bears his name today. In addition, he also donated money annually to run the Longdu Middle School. Written by AsianWeek Staff http://deltabridges.com/zhongshan/business/news/chinese-american-philanthropist-joe-shoong
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The Entrepreneurial Schools of Joe Shoong
创业兴学的佼佼者周崧
 
【作者】高民川 【文章来源】《中山侨刊》2004年6月1日 第60期 【成文日期】2004-06-01 【点击率】 49次

周崧及周崧学校之名,中山内外乡亲、尤以老年入耳熟能详。周崧先生爱国爱乡、兴学育才、造福桑梓、有口皆碑,其事迹和一些传媒和文史资料中有所披露,至于其在美国创业历程则较少见载。笔者特以所知为文以颂其德。

 

 少怀大志 美西创业

    周崧(1879-1961),原名华崧,字毓秀。在美国,人皆称之为“崧哥”,洋人则称之为“崧先生”。周崧祖籍中山沙溪龙头环村,父简廉,饱学之士,在乡设馆授徒,亦曾执教于翠亨村,与当年石岐三盛杉竹店主郑老先生(郑彦棻之祖父)为挚友。周自幼随父就读,其时已立大志,誓言“若我得考,当振兴教育”。周崧由其四叔带挈赴美,年方20,曾作短期佣工。他年少有大志,不愿久居人下,三年后自营商业,大展鸿图。第二次世界大战前,周崧已是硕果累累。华人在美国能与外商竞秀者,周氏首屈一指。

    1901年初,周崧以2000元在加州委利贺埠开设生利公司,专售西人妇孺服装及日常用品。两年后,为向大城镇进军,周迁至旧金山斐摩街,业务稍盛。又二年再迁至商业荟萃之市场街929号,定名为“中国服装公司”。周崧念念不忘振兴中华,不久又将商店易名为“中兴公司”,从此业务日盛,获利倍增。1916年在沙加缅度开设第一支店,越年在圣荷西开设第二支店,由此循序渐进,逐步扩展。周崧真知灼见,并不以此为满足,他乘胜前进,依章注册,改为股份公司,增添新股,给侨胞有参与经商获利的机会。随着资金雄厚,扩展自如,周崧大显身手,支店遍布美西繁盛之区,计有55间之多,檀香山亦设4间,每年获利更丰,他按期发息,皆大欢喜。周崧成为当时华人社会罕有的百万富翁和乐善好施之士。

 

兴学育才 建设家乡

    中 兴公司成功因素之一,是周氏采取资本主义现代化经营管理方法,以低入息阶层为对象,售货以廉价为主,诚实无欺,信用昭著,中兴公司遂成为美国华资大企业之 佼佼者,远近驰名。周崧天资聪敏,勇于进取,精细谨慎,知人善任,广纳群言,因而事业兴昌有源。世间为富不仁者有之,为仁不富者有之,周氏皆非其类。经商 既获成就,对社会慈善公益,国家急难捐输,他概不后人。周崧常谓:救国急务,首在教育。他坐言起行,首倡兴学不遗余力,早在二十世纪30年代就组织周崧基金会,以增值所得,资助社会公益兴学之用。

    在二十世纪20年代末,周崧就在家乡龙头环村兴办了一所完全小学——周崧学校,首树楷模,远近知名,各乡侨商殷富闻风兴起,捐资建校者相踵接,国民政府明令嘉奖,教育部颁发一等奖状。周崧学校办学有方,师资优秀,培养不少人才,深受社会各界颂赞。

    周崧爱国爱乡,对家乡建设尤其关心,捐资铺设全村水泥道路,整治下水道,兴建复兴桥,改变村容村貌,龙头环面貌一新,成为隆都一带的著名侨乡。周崧又曾捐助二区中学(今龙山中学)扩增高中免费学额。

 

捐资抗日 惠及侨胞

    1937年 芦沟桥事变,日寇侵华,海外侨胞同仇敌忾,纷纷捐资抗日救国。据有关资料统计,其中以周崧和中兴公司职工捐资最多而载入史册:周崧本人捐助军饷十万元,公 司捐出十万元,并声明如中国对日宣战,愿捐军饷一百万元。爱国热情,溢于言表。由于周积极捐资支援抗日,被聘为国民参政会第二届参政员和侨务委员等职。在 上海率军抗击日寇的抗日英雄——十九路军军长蔡廷锴将军访美时,周崧曾热情参与欢迎接待,捐资慰 劳,鼓舞士气,华文报纸备加赞颂。周崧对侨居地的美国华人社会也是乐善好施,捐资兴学更是不胜枚举。如在美国伯克来大学设奖学金,以助贫困而好学的华侨学 生;在屋仑兴建中华文化院,让华侨学童免费入学,并扶助新移民补习英语,以助其进入白人社会谋生,在文化院受惠者甚多。美国乐居镇是中山移民所开拓和聚居 之所,周崧又在这里兴办周崧学校,以收容各农庄侨童学习中文。旧金山中华中学、沙加缅度中华学校、檀香山惠亚尼侨校等,周崧均有赞助。至于济困扶贫,赠医 施药等公益事业,周崧亦慷慨解囊,受惠者众。

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The entrepreneurial schools is the best week Song
 
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Zhou Song and Zhou Song in the name of the school the Zhongshan inside and outside folks, especially the elderly into the familiar. Zhou Song Mr. patriotic Schooling Yucai, for the benefit of their homeland, the reputation of their deeds and some of the media and the cultural and historical information disclosure, as it is rare in the United States business history contained. I especially as to the knowledge of the text to the Ode its Germany.

 

  Less pregnant ambition America West Venture

    Zhou Song (1879-1961), formerly known as Hua Song, word Yuk Sau. In the United States, everyone called "Song brother foreigners are called" Song Mr.. Weeks Song the ancestral home Zhongshan Shaxi leading Central Village, parent Jane Lim, knowledgeable people in the township building this and apprentices, he taught at Tsui Hang Village, and then the Shiqi Sanshenggong fir bamboo shopkeeper Mr. Zheng Lao (Zheng Yan Fen's grandfather) friend. Weeks with his father since childhood, school, and its aim high, vowed to "If I have to test, when the revitalization of education. Weeks Song its tetra something brought to the United States, at 20, has short-term helpers. He is young ambition, do not want to stay put people under, three years after the self-employed business, its expansion. Before World War II, Zhou Song fruits. Chinese in the United States and foreign competition show, premier Zhou.

    In early 1901, Zhou Song to 2000 yuan Tutsi women and children opened in California commissioned Toga port revenue-producing company, specialized in selling clothing and daily necessities. Two years later, in order to enter the large towns, the week moved to San Francisco Feimo Street, business slightly Sheng. Another two years and then moved to the commercial and cultural Market Street 929, named "Chinese clothing company. Zhou Song is obsession rejuvenating the Chinese nation, the shop soon again renamed as the "ZTE" from the business Risheng, profit doubled. Opened its first branch in 1916 in Sacramento, the more years to open a second branch in San Jose, this step-by-step, gradually extended. Song weeks insights, not this meet, his advance from victory to victory, and registered in accordance with Chapter instead of shares in the company, adding new shares involved in the business profitable opportunities for overseas Chinese. With a strong financial background, extended freely, Zhou Song to show their talents branch all over the Spanish-American prosperous area, are as much as 55 Honolulu also set four, each year more profitable, he scheduled hair-bearing, everyone is happy. Zhou Song become rare in the Chinese community was a millionaire and benevolent people.

 

Home building up schools Yucai

    One of the success factors of ZTE Corporation, Zhou to take the capitalist modernization of management methods, targeted to low-income strata, sell cheap, bona fide, impeccable credit, ZTE became a Chinese-owned large enterprises leader, known far and wide. Zhou Song talented, enterprising spirit, meticulous and cautious, Zhirenshanren, inviting of Languages ​​thus career Xingchang active. Not benevolent for the rich in the world, there Benevolence is not the rich, Zhou none of its class. Business were the achievements of both charitable society, national emergency donations, and he takes no descendants. Zhou Song often called: National Salvation urgent task, first in education. He put words into action, initiated Schooling spare no effort, Zhou Song Foundation on the organization as early as in the 1930s, the social set up schools with value-added income to finance.

    In the late 1920s, Zhou Song hometown leading ring village to set up a complete primary school - Week Song School, the first tree, a model, well-known far and wide, the various townships Chamber of Commerce got wind of Yanfu rise, donated the school building by heel then the ROC government issued awards issued by the Ministry of Education, the first prize like. Weeks Song the school well and excellent teachers cultivate a lot of talent, and by the community of praise.

    Zhou Song patriotic, is particularly concerned about home construction, the village cement donated laying roads, remediation sewer, construction of the revival of the bridge, changing the appearance of the village, leading ring a different place, becoming the the Longdu area famous hometown of overseas Chinese. Zhou Song had donors Second District Secondary School (now the the Longshan secondary school) amplified high school free places.

 

Donations to anti-Japanese benefit compatriots

    1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident, the Japanese invasion of China and overseas Chinese against the common enemy, have donated to the anti-Japanese national salvation. According to relevant statistics, which Zhou Song and ZTE workers donated up and go down in history: Zhou Song donors pay of one hundred thousand yuan, the company donated one hundred thousand yuan, and states such as China declared war on Japan, is willing to donate their pay one million yuan. Patriotic enthusiasm, and loneliness. As the weeks active donors to support the anti-Japanese, was hired as the second session of the political participation of the National Political Council Members and Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, and other staff. Japanese hero - the Nineteenth commander Cai Tingkai General's visit to the United States, Zhou Song enthusiastic participation welcome reception, donations to reward, boost morale, Chinese newspapers reserve plus a tribute to his troops to fight the Japanese invaders in Shanghai. Zhou Song of the residency, the Chinese society is also charitable Donated to the Education is too numerous to mention. Overseas student scholarship program, such as the University of Berkeley in the United States to help the poor and studious; the construction of the Chinese Culture Center in Oakland, free admission for overseas Chinese students, and tutoring in English to assist new immigrants to help them into white society to make a living in the culture many homes beneficiaries. U.S. town of Locke Zhongshan immigrants develop and inhabited by Zhou Song Zhou Song here to set up schools to to asylum various farm Kiu Tong learning Chinese. China Middle School, San Francisco, Sacramento Chinese School, Honolulu Hui Jani overseas Chinese schools, Zhou Song are sponsored. As for the public welfare of the poor helping the poor, free medical, Song also generously beneficiaries of the congregation.

 

Chinese American Philanthropist: Joe Shoong

http://www.asianweek.com/2009/07/22/chinese-american-philanthropist-joe-shoong/

Name in English: Joe Shoong
Name in Chinese: 周崧
Name in Pinyin: Zhōu Sōng
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1879-1961
Birth Place: Dachong Town, Zhongshan County, Guangdong Province, China
Philanthropy: Yes

Founder of the National Dollar Store chain

Profession(s): Businessman, Philanthropist

Contribution(s): Born in a village in Guangdong China, Joe Shoong immigrated to the U.S. when he was 20 years old. Starting out as a garment worker, Shoong became a self-made millionaire through his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work, founding the once widely known National Dollar stores. He was one of the wealthiest and most well-known Chinese American businessmen in the U.S. in the early 20th century. A year after he arrived in 1901, Shoong opened his first store selling dry goods with three partners in Vallejo, California. In 1903, he bought out his partners, moved the store to San Francisco, and renamed the store “China Toggery.” Over the next few years, Shoong built more stores, selling retail and dry goods, and renamed them the National Dollar stores in 1928. The official first branch was built in Sacramento in 1916. In 1928, there were 16 branches and expansion continued until 1959. In a 1938 article, the New York Times cited Shoong as one of the highest paid executives in the U.S. By the time of his death in 1961, the enterprise had grown into a $12 million chain (worth approximately $70 to 100 million in 2007 dollars) employing 700 employees with 54 stores in the US. At a time that Chinese were perceived as incapable of holding management positions by American society, Shoong had each National Dollar store headed by a Chinese manager. The National Dollar stores continued operations until 1996. Despite the Chinese Exclusion Act and anti-Chinese legislation, Shoong defied the odds, becoming a millionaire many times over, created well-paid jobs for Chinese Americans, and gave back to the community at home and abroad through his philanthropic efforts.

The Joe Shoong Park in Clark County, Nevada is named in his memory.

Philanthropy: Shoong was a noted philanthropist. In 1931, he paid the construction debt for Chinese Central High School in San Francisco. In 1937, he donated $24,000 to the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco and $15,000 to the Chinese War Relief Association. In 1938, he donated $70,000 to the University of California to create scholarships for needy students. After the war, he created the Joe Shoong Foundation, endowing it with $1,000,000. The foundation continued his good works with scholarships for needy students, academic fellowships, financing the restoration of a theater in Oakland, and contributions to Bay Area churches, charities, and cultural and community organizations.

Shoong donated money in 1928 to have a school built in his ancestral village near Guangdong, China. Over the next two decades he gave over $200,000 for the school’s operating costs, and the school still bears his name today. In addition, he also donated money annually to run the Longdu Middle School.