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- Civil Rights
One cannot mention Chinatown without referencing one of its most ardent advocates and community leaders, Munson A. Kwok. Throughout his years of public service, he has presided over every imaginable Chinese American organization, including the Chinese Citizen Alliance, the Chinese Historical Society, the Chinese Benevolent Consolidated Association, the Chinese American Museum, to name just a few. In fact, it was Kwok who gave us the key to understanding the rich, varied and contradictory history of Chinatown by introducing us to those who have made it their lifeblood. It was only appropriate that we sat down with Munson A. Kwok at the Chinese Citizens Alliance (the first Chinese civil rights organization in the country) to discuss the ways citizenship and property rights have affected the Chinese American community since the turn of the twentieth century.