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Rotary Honors Judy Chu, First Chinese-American Congresswoman

A Monterey Park service club honored the first Chinese-American congresswoman during a Jan. 12 ceremony.

The Rotary Club of Monterey Park inducted 32nd District Congresswoman Judy Chu as a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor named after the founder of the Rotary Foundation.

Left to right: Monterey Park Rotarian Ed Wong, Monterey Park Rotarian Gregory Tse, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Monterey Park Rotary President Allison Yu and Monterey Park Rotarian Ron Hedrick.

The program was founded in the mid-1950s to encourage donations and to celebrate individuals who have served their community. The club is raising money for vaccines to eliminate polio around the world.

Chu who began her political career on the Garvey School District board of education and the Monterey Park city council has used her position as a congresswoman to provide workshops on federal contracting; help the Gold Line construction light rail project obtain federal funding; and introduce a Senate resolution expressing regret for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which prevented the Chinese from immigrating to the U.S, becoming naturalized citizens and having the right to vote.