Murray Lee

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"You've got to be focused, you've got to study, you've got to graduate."

Murray Lee is a World War II veteran, a historian, an author, and a curator. Through his work at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, his book, In Search of Gold Mountain: A History of the Chinese in San Diego, and his leadership, Murray strives to inform the community about local history and the struggles inflicted through discrimination, as experienced by Chinese immigrants in California. Today, Murray remains engaged and to that end, gives tours of the former Chinatown neighborhood and shares details of exclusion and prejudice in hopes of inspiring new generations to be more inclusive. He has also worked with the City of San Diego to honor the Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese people who made downtown their home. Murray's commitment and scholarship are representative of the value of cultural competency.