Yew Char

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Yew Char (1893-1982), was the first American citizen of pure Chinese ancestry to be accorded a seat in the United States House of Representatives.

Yew Char was born at Niulii, Kohala, Hawaii, January 19, 1893. His father and mother had come to these islands from China as contract laborers on the sugar plantations. Later the family moved to the Kona district, at about the time when the cultivation of coffee and tobacco was being started there.

Yew Char: “I have been told that I am on the wrong side of the political fence,” he said. “I don’t think so. I’m a Democrat and I’m proud of it. And I’m an American, which makes me still prouder. When one is in public service, one should forget his politics in striving for the best interest of all the people.”

Yew Char 1935 was a compassionate Democrat, introducing bills for the needy(3)

  • HB 29 -- To eliminate tuition in the public schools. -- Yew Char.
  • HB 31 -- Appropriating $5000 for purchase of text books for needy pupils attending public schools. -- Yew Char
  • HB 32 -- To permit the sale of food stuffs on Sunday -- Yew Char

"See the World Before You Leave It," was his motto for his successful local Honolulu, Hawaii company Char Tour and Travel. He lived it by making 24 trips around the world.

Mr. Char held U.S. patents on several toys, such as the toy beanbag.

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