When placed into a larger historical context, his career and writing enable us to see important roles played by Chinese asparagus farmers in Southern California.
He began his farming career by experimenting, visiting other Chinese asparagus farms, and acquiring skills from other farmers.
Chinese asparagus farmers like Sam bought their farms during a period when Asians were not allowed to own land property California passed the Alien Land Act in 1913 that forbade Asian immigrants form owning or leasing land over three years.
13) Regardless of the restrictive Alien Land Act, the Chinese asparagus farmers aptly grasped the opportunity to purchase landed property when the land syndicate was eager to sell its holdings to anyone who had the money.
Two blocks away from the Chang's second farm was the farm owned by Hu Zhu, another Chinese asparagus farmer.
After the Chang family purchased the second farm, Sam became more involved in the affairs of the Chinese Asparagus Association of Southern California.
The Association was an important organization for Chinese asparagus farmers in Southern California as it promoted sales of members through its own marketing system.
In his 1975 interview, Sam could still recall the names of his fellow Chinese asparagus farmers.
Based on Sam's record, the golden era of Chinese asparagus farming in Southern California was from 1915 to 1930.
All Chinese asparagus farmers have suffered losses this year since each case of asparagus sells five cents less than last year.
Chinese asparagus farmers mainly sell their products to the Ninth Street market.