Amy Chu

Amy Chu served as calendar editor and wrote feature stories for the Reader in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Articles by Amy Chu

Can You Spot the Millionaire in This Picture?

Hint: His name is A.W. Coggeshall, and opulence clearly is not his style.

Suppose, for a moment, that you had a lot of money — oh, not exactly cash, but valuable property. More money, that is, than you would ever need. Suppose, too, that for most of your ...

Once upon a Tiger

A true tale of the publishing business

The traveler waits on the dock surrounded by his baggage: steamer trunks, wooden crates of books, parcels of drawings and rolled-up paintings. He is dressed in a purple jacket with a daffodil in the lapel, ...

The Slow Massacre: Indians and Alcohol

What San Diego County reservations are doing about it

There was no liquor on the old reservation,but as soon as the tribe was moved to Viejas, in 1931, “there was plenty of it.” She started drinking when her First husband came back from the service.

The Climb to Gold Mountain: San Diego's Chinatown

What and who is left: The Quins, the Quons, the Homs, Chans, Chuns, Fungs, Yees

A Chinaman was fishing for abalone off Pt. Loma and it clamped on his hand and he didn’t have sense enough to take a rock and break it and he drowned. They found him clamped to a rock there.


Visit to my mother in New York

I ask when she will retire. She asks when I will have a baby. She used to say she would retire soon. Now she says, so she won’t retire for at least another year.

The Archive

San Diego Historical Society has all the photos you could imagine

It was mostly dirt. A dirt road, a bunch of one-story houses and a few two-story ones, a scattering of low wooden fences, and a lot of dirt front yards and dirt back yards. Around ...


The members of the rock climbing section of the Sierra Club in San Diego, like Harlan, are city people with full-time jobs or studies. During the week, they practice bouldering at Mission Gorge or Mt. Woodson.

1979: Year in Review

Rape of the Earth Medal of Dishonor The year's most infamous award goes to the voters of San Diego, a majority of whom agreed to exchange 39 acres of prime canyonland in Balboa Park for ...

Preserving the Masters

A recent Tuesday morning in Balboa Park had brought a wooden angel weakened by insect tunneling, a fragmented jade sculpture, and a portrait of the owner’s grandmother that was mildewed and improperly framed.

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