Robert Chao Romero has been a professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA since 2005. He is also a pastor, and together with his wife Erica, serves as co-chair of the Matthew 25 Movement in Southern California. Robert received his Ph.D. from UCLA in history and his J.D. from UC Berkeley. His first book,The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940, received the Latina/o Studies Section Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association. His forthcoming book is entitled, The Brown Church: Towards a Latina/o Christian Social Justice History and Identity (Intervarsity Press Academic, 2020).
I had heard the story a thousand times. As a young man in China in the 1920s, my Gung-Gung (grandfather) Calvin Chao contracted the deadly disease of tuberculosis.