The main playground of Oakland’s Chinatown, Lincoln Square has been the place where generations of Chinese American young people have gathered to play Western style sports like baseball, basketball, and football, and to socialize. The junkboat, a project of the Wa Sung Community Service Club, is a favorite recreational spot for adjacent Lincoln School students.
William Wong was born and grew up in Oakland’s Chinatown. He went on to a distinguished journalism career (The Wall Street Journal, Oakland Tribune, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer). He is the author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America (Temple University Press, 2001) and Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown (Arcadia Publishing Co., 2004).