When the father of Chinatown businessman Kenneth Wong came to Philadelphia in 1950, he knew little English and little about the way business was conducted in the United States.
Wong’s father worked in an uncle’s laundry business, saving money until he could buy his own laundry. Eventually, Wong’s parents owned a local chain of dry cleaners and laundromats.
Asian Americans “have the desire to succeed, and we have the desire to work hard,” Wong said. “Sometimes it’s a matter of getting the right information.”