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Father Wu came from Hawai’i to join the mission in San Francisco started by his mentor, Deaconess Emma Drant. After the 1906 earthquake many Chinese fled to Oakland, and he ministered there as well, while studying for the priesthood at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He was ordained in 1912. A deaconess in Hawai’i got to young Gee Ching Wu when she asked him to teach her Chinese in exchange for English lessons. Though hesitant at first, he became a Christian, took the name of Daniel and eventually followed her to California, where she established missions among Chinese immigrants in San Francisco and Oakland. He managed those two sites while also studying at the seminary in nearby Berkeley, was ordained in 1912 and became Vicar of both congregations. He used to prowl the docks looking for Chinese just off the boat, whom he helped integrate into the community. So they could maintain their cultural heritage while adapting to their new land, he taught Chinese to the children and English to the parents; his ministry of 36 years established the Episcopal Church’s ministry to Chinese Americans. (source unknown)

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