The 2012 CNAC reunion is currently running strong. Last night was the annual party at Moon Chin’s house, which was wonderful, as always.
Pete and Moon are both among China’s Wings main supporting characters, and I’m tremendously grateful to both men. I spent many hours interviewing them. Without their wholehearted cooperation — indeed, without the wholehearted cooperation of the entire CNAC Association, I wouldn’t have been able to write the book at all.
Moon Chin has one of the most amazing lives of modern times. More than a year ago, I posted about it extensively. Here’re the links to those posts. They’re best read in order. They’re also a pretty good window into what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant to the United States in the first half of the 20th Century.All Roads Led to Moon Chin Three Great Pilots Moon Chin joins CNAC How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part I How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part II How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part III Moon Chin finally gets to meet his father — at age 10 Moon Chin emigrates — and goes to jail Moon Chin languishes in an INS jail The economic opportunities in a place called Baltimore Lindberg’s crossing captivates Moon Chin Moon Chin learns to fly Ceiling 500 feet, intermittent drizzle Why interviewing Moon Chin is like interviewing a jazz riff