(KTSF by Angelina Wong)
John Wilcher has just celebrated his 90th birthday at the Bay View Adult Day Care Center. He was a gardener at the Hunters Point Naval Base for 28 years after serving in the World War II. His career came to an end when the Navy closed down the shipyard in 1974. Wilcher described his life as an African American underwent racial discrimination and witnessed the change of the Bay View’s neighborhood after the closure of the shipyard.
This project is a collaboration of the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com, KTSF Television, a local Asian-language station, and New America Media, an ethnic media association with more than 3,000 member organizations. We launched the project with the idea that telling each other our stories would encourage communities to talk about common goals.
KTSF will air the stories from Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd in the Chinese language, live newscasts at 7pm and 10pm. The stories are also available on the KTSF website . The Chronicle story will be published in the Sunday, July 17 Insight section and posted on SFGATE.com on July 17. Video interviews and Chinese translations will be available on New America Media’s website.