The Immigrant Workers Learning Center is established in memory of Peter Chi-Choong Kwong, a son of immigrants and a pioneering scholar, professor, filmmaker, activist, organizer – a fighter who devoted his life, as generations of patriots before him, for liberty, equality, justice and humanity.
A life-long educator, Peter taught through learning from the vulnerable and marginalized, and knew that his role was less to empower than to help working people unleash the power they have for their own liberation from injustice and inequality. Peter fought alongside countless brave immigrants and workers against discrimination and exploitation, and championed young people’s rights to affordable education and everyone’s rights to healthcare. He supported communities worldwide against displacement and corruption, and stood for the rights of the powerless against the selfish interest of the powerful few.
Through his writing and teaching, Peter instilled clarity, incited compassion, and inspired courage in many of us who, though children of immigrants and workers, don’t always see, understand, and dare to speak up against what is wrong, and fight for what is right. We proudly follow his legacy.