2001 CALA President's Recognition Award Recipient

Judy Yung is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Chinese Language from San Francisco State University in 1967 and her Master’s in Library Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 1968 and 1990, respectively. Prof. Yung has worked as head librarian at the Chinatown Branch Library in San Francisco (1969-1972) and the Asian Community Library in Oakland (1976-1981), where she helped to develop Asian language and Asian American interest collections; as Associate Editor at East West Chinese American News, a bilingual newspaper in San Francisco Chinatown; as director of two women’s book projects: Chinese Women of America and Making Waves; and is presently Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has also served on the San Francisco Library Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Culture Center and Chinese Historical Society of America. Prof. Yung is the co-author with Him Mark Lai and Genny Lim of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 (1980), and the author of Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History (1986), the award-winning book, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1995), and most recently, Unbound Voices: A Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1999).


Life-time user and supporter of public libraries and more recently, academic libraries.

Chinatown Branch, San Francisco Public Library (1969-1972):

--Started Chinese language collection and Chinese American interest collection
--Outreach to Chinese-speaking community by establishing a Community Advisory Board, providing extra Study Hall hours to students, organizing cultural events in the library, working with other organizations on community issues, and representing the library at community events.
--Began Oral History Project to record life stories of individuals in the Chinatown community.
--Continue to contribute gift subscriptions of journals (Mags-A-Buck)

Asian Community Library, Oakland Public Library (1976-1981)

--Build library from scratch with California LSCA funds to serve Asian Americans in the East Bay.
--Establish Friends of the Asian Library to advise, fundraise, and do community outreach on behalf of the library.
--Develop library collection (books, periodicals, records and cassettes, films, photos) in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pilipino, and Vietnamese languages.
--Provide cultural programs and bookmobile services to Asian American population in East Bay.
--Moved library three times in effort to find more spacious quarters, accessible location, and permanent home for the library.

Asian American Studies Library, UC Berkeley (1980- )

--Served on Search Committee to recruit librarian
--Served on Advisory Committee to help develop library collection
--Assist with research and writing of A Guide for Establishing Asian American Core Collections
--Assist with locating and cataloguing Asian American slide collection
--Consult on acquiring archival materials and answering reference questions

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (1980s)

--Volunteer to help catalogue Asian art and Asian American library collection

McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz (1990s)

--Served on Academic Senate Library Committee to set library policies
--Established Endowment for acquisition of Asian American Studies library materials
--Give workshops on diversity training and Asian American topics
--Help develop special collection on affirmative action and diversity, and local oral histories
--Contribute to Endowment for acquisition of Women’s Studies and Media materials