Edward Chuck Ming Chen was born in 1937 and was one of the first Chinese-Americans to be born in Houston, Texas. He was raised in Houston where he helped with a local grocery store and eventually followed his uncles’ footsteps in going to Rice University in 1955. He has since had a career both in the chemical industry, working both with petroleum and NASA, and in teaching chemistry at both a high school and college level. By compiling newspaper columns such as “Golden Mountain on the Gulf,” he has earned himself the title as “Unofficial Historian” of Houston's Chinese-American community.
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