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I'm an American-Born Chinese (ABC some call that) with a west-coast Washington accent. The Chinese called that first generation, but the Japanese would call Nisei or second generation.
My father John Chih-An Hu was from Hupei province, born in July 1922. Here is part of his biography, his 2001 obituary is here
The famous Chinese Poet, Tu-Fu of Tang Dynasty also dwelled in this area. Nanchang is in an area where ancient Chinese intellectuals such as Kung-Ming dwelled. In a village only a short distance away from Nanchang, Kung-Ming was visited three times by the emperor of the Han Dynasty before he accepted an appointment as the commander in chief of that dynasty. The famous Chinese poet Tu-Fu of Tang Dynasty also dwelled in this area. Nanchang neigbors Hsiangfan which is a vital geographical point of military and politcal importance in China. John is the eldest son of Chi-Ching and Chao-Hsian (Tsen) Hu. He has a younger sister and five brothers. During his entire childhood, China was dominated by civil wars and World War II. As a result, few people had the opportunity of education. Due to his unusual diligence and academic talent, he was able to attend the best schools of his choice. At the end of the second World War, he graduated from the Chemistry Department of National Central University in 1946, then taught in Hsu-Chou High School for a year.
Dad eventually did research that established that Seattle was the place to be to get away from smog and earthquakes, and we settled in a suburb of Seattle during the Boeing boom days of the 1960s and the bust days of the 1970s. Airplanes were lined up wingtip to wingtip all the way down Renton field and we could hear the roar of money when they delivered planes. We grew up with Hot wheels cars, and Dad was the original fan of Volkswagens with a 1961 bug and a different bus every 2 or 3 years as we wore them out on various camping trips all over the western US
My parent's idea of the American Dream was sending all 7 kids (who all played violin) as the original tiger parents to MIT and Stanford. That's a feat which the next generation isn't going to repeat, but in our day then we didn't have the internet or mobile phones or openGL.
My day job is usually software engineer or software engineer in test in some Microsoft (TM) technology such as Windows / .NET / Windows mobile. I started in high school with a desktop HP9830 BASIC computer with a plotter. I figured out 3D perspective from scratch in high school before colleges even offered course in graphics. I was turned down by Harvard, wait listed to Caltech, accepted to Stanford but college at MIT.
I've worked for a number of computer and software companies including Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Intel over the years in Boston, Silicon Valley, Boise, Portland and my home town of Seattle, and lately weathered the winters of Rochester Minnesota.
My parents loved music and played lots of Broadway musicals which I became familiar with. I was the one that was concertmaster of the Thalia youth symphony and in Vilem Sokol's Seattle Youth Symphony "1812" film, and concertmaster at MIT (well my other brother was concertmaster at Stanford..) My dad gave me a really nice violin he picked up at a pawn shop for $50, and the world's worst guitar for the PBS Frederick Noad classical guitar and the parks program folk guitar, which I've carried to Catholic and now Contemporay Christian music, and around Rochester I've joined the bunch of people who hang around the medical clinic piano either singing or playing streetcorner style songs.
It's mostly the other stuff I get into that's on my web pages.
I've got a pretty good web presence on my various sites for a user who isn't viral yet:
Tech, Diversity, Stuff |
Offbeat Seattle Tour | Webmaster: arthurhu (a) hufamily.com
Featuring: Anything Index of Diversity Statistics by every race and many other groups:|
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Web address here is http://www.arthurhu.com
This is Arthur Hu's home page. I've specialized in Asian Americans and Affirmative Action, and Education (Deform) Reform so you can check out my Hu's on First Political Columns or Index of DiversityIndex of Diversity
On the lighter side, I've posted my family album for family announcements to supplement family email communications with pictures, and test out the waters for new uses of the web. My most popular attraction seems to be my collecting site, which has been named one of the best Matchbox car sites.
Offbeat Seattle Tour / Screen Savers
Every statistic ever gathered on Asian Americans and every other kind of diversity in one place. Not all of the data is on line yet, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if what you're looking for isn't in the index. Not neccesarily politically correct, but that's the facts.
flickr 20-300 flarthurhu google video 250 arthur98021 youtube - 1000 biukucanoe arthurhu.com 2000 veoh.com 100 biukufilm total 3500 hits per day arthurhu.com traffic (yeah, it's a lot), about 15,000 per week 5/2/2008 pageviews 4000 2500 3000 2800 2400 4/27/2008 Sunday 4,217 4/28/2008 Monday 2,591 4/29/2008 Tuesday 3,037 4/30/2008 Wednesday 2,790 5/1/2008 Thursday 2,317