The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) is pleased to announce that Christopher Chou, a recent graduate of Stanford Law School, has won the 2013 Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition for his article, “Land Use and the Chinatown Problem.” Christopher’s article explores the historical and cultural transformation of San Francisco from the late nineteenth century to today and the important role Chinatown played throughout this transition. Specifically, the article addresses the Bingham Ordinance of 1890, which criminalized Chinese living outside of a specified tract of land in Hunter’s Point, and the calls to construct a new Oriental city at the edge of San Francisco that began in 1900 and ceased a month after the earthquake and fires of April 1906. Christopher examines how Chinese immigrants fought racial discrimination to create Chinatown as a symbol of San Francisco’s cosmopolitan spirit.
As winner of this year’s competition, Christopher will receive an award of $1,500, and his article will be published by UCLA School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ). AEF congratulates Christopher for his winning entry. AEF would also like to thank Justice Ming W. Chin of the Supreme Court of California, Vincent Eng, Sujit Raman, Giselle Chang from UCLA’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal, and AEF Board member Rakesh Kilaru for judging the competition.
The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law, Congressman Matsui was first elected to the United States Congress in 1978 from Sacramento, California. He won reelection to Congress 13 times. Congressman Matsui was a strong supporter of AEF, serving as the keynote speaker for its Annual Benefit Dinner in 1997 and again in 2003. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law. The competition is open to all law students in the United States. AEF, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is the charitable arm of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area. Since 1993, AEF has awarded fellowships and grants to law students and recent graduates who accept unpaid internships in the non-profit or public sector to provide critically needed services to the Asian Pacific American community and the Greater Washington, D.C. community-at-large.
The press release regarding the Matsui results is available here. For further information about AEF, visit www.aefdc.org and www.facebook.com/AEFDC.