Many of you know the Hollywood character Charlie
Chan. Detective Charlie Chan.
Famous Hollywood movie character Charlie Chan was in fact
based on Honolulu Police Department Detective Chang Apana, who joined the force
in 1898. Energetic and fearless, Apana was renown for remarkable achievements as
a detective. he retired in 1932 after serving 34 years as a detective. Chang
Apana died in 1933, and is buried at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery in
The Cheng's have contributed to much cultural
developments in the world but also world politics.
Do you know that Sun Yat Sen on his escape from
China during the Ching Dynasty hid in Hawaii and established the Revolutionary
Society as an organization to raise the fund which allowed him to complete his
grand task to creating the Republic of China or what is modern China
today. In his Revolutionary Society, there were 38 original members were
each donated $1 and gave their name to begin a massive fund raising movement
which took out the Ching Dynasty. I examined the record and found 10 out
of the 38 names to be Cheng's. That is more than 25% of the Revolutionary
Society was were our relatives.
In addition, Zheng GuanYing (also spelled Cheng
Kwun Ying) in the late 1800's wrote a book which stated the concept of Economy
instead of War. This book was studied deeply by all later leaders
including Mao Tse Dong, Deng Xiao Peng, Sun Yat Sen. The thesis in the
book became Sun Yat Sen 3-principle doctrine which he used to motivate the rebel
movement against the corrupt Ching Dynasty and later set the stage for todays'
development of China. Since then the People's Republic of China has
followed the concept of concentrating in economic development instead of
war. We can see that China today prefers staying out of war conflict while
remaining focused in developing its economy. This concept was promulgated
by our past relative Zheng GuanYing of Sam Heung.
Lastly, there is also Dr. Holt Cheng who made
history in the USA by sueing the Federal Goverment for not allowing Chinese
Sausage to be imported. Dr. Holt Cheng was also a Sun Yat Sen
revolutionary supporter. Dr. Holt made his fortune in Hawaii later to go
to the USa and receive the first medical degree ever to be given to a Chinese
descendant in the State of California. He made headlines in the newspaper
in a article titled "First of Race to be Admitted to Practice Here... Chang A.
Holt, a Chinaman, is made a Physician by Examiners... Enterprising Chinama who
qluaified for San Franscico Certificate as Doctor". Dr. Holt Chang later
returned to China and was said to have seeing Empress Dowayer as a
patient. Dr. Holt Cheng was the father of Dr. Homer Cheng residing
now in Florida and their children are also physicians. But Dr. Homer Cheng
was also a member of the revolutionary army during the Anti-Japanese resistance
when Japan invaded China.
Today we enjoy having 2 Cheng's who have served the
United States in highest political office. One of them is former Hawaii
Senator Anthony Chang and the other is former Silicon Valley mayor of Milpitas
Henry Chang Manayan. Anthony resides in Hawaii and Henry reside in the
Silicon Valley but interestingly enough Henry is also from Hawaii. We are
beginning to suspect that the trade winds of Hawaii makes succesfull rebels (for
a good cause), political leaders and movie stars out of our
If our spouses always wondered why you are so
difficult to manage...well tell them is not your fault your DNA makes you do