Seated: Lynn Eichinger, Beth Graubart, Stan Gee
Standing: Madelon Van Lier, Don McNab, Linda Lee
LINDA LEE – Meet Linda Lee, owner of All About Chinatown Tours, now in its 34th year. Linda was born in Chinese Hospital in Chinatown, and contrary to popular opinion, she is not the wife of Bruce Lee, who was also born in Chinese Hospital. Linda attended public schools in San Francisco and the historic Chung Wah Chinese School in Chinatown. Her career in travel started at age four when she helped stamp brochures for her family’s travel agency in Chinatown, established in 1957.
Worldwide travel both as a travel agency owner and sales rep for Trans World Airlines led Linda to think about creating a tour in her own backyard. She also served 6 years as a director and executive officer of the Chinese Historical Society of America. Linda has a BA from the University of California in Berkeley in Rhetoric and Oriental Languages, and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University.
Linda combined these life experiences to create tour programs that allow visitors an insider’s view most people never see or hear about.
JIM ADAMS – San Francisco is the perfect home base for Jim, whose travel adventures have taken him to all seven continents: Africa, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Australia, and of course, North America. As a Bay Area resident for over 35 years, Jim has long enjoyed Chinatown’s sights. Jim earned a BA in Math from San Francisco State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Now retired as a client executive with IBM, Jim’s deep love of Chinese food and lifelong interest in culture led him to lead tours of Chinatown. If you are lucky to be on his tour, he might treat you to his most favorite dim sum food – the delectable char siu bao. This is Jim’s 5th year with All About Chinatown Tours.
TISH BORDEN – Tish Borden’s love of the outdoors finds her pounding the pavements to share her passion of all things Chinese. Formerly a ski instructor and now director of swim programs, this active mother of three lived in Taiwan and speaks Mandarin. This is Tish’s 21st year with us.
FRANCIS CHIU – Francis is our multilingual tour guide, fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. He was selected by the Chinese Consulate General of San Francisco as their official tour escort for their sightseeing programs for visiting dignitaries. Francis grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute. When he is not helping us with our Chinatown tour programs in English or Chinese, Francis works on tour programs in Southern California, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and many national parks. This is Francis’ 12th year with us.
LYNN EICHINGER – Lynn’s interest in the Chinese in America goes back decades, inspiring her to lead tours of Chinatown and Angel Island State Park, where she is a docent. Previous professions include working for IBM and McKesson Corporation as an information technology manager, as well as having taught in public schools for 9 years. This is Lynn’s 10th year with us.
ALAN FONG – Alan Fong started conducting tours in Chinatown since 1970, making him the most experienced leader on our team. Alan trained tour guides for Grayline Sightseeing for 13 years. His extensive experience and deep roots in the community give a true insider’s perspective of Chinatown. Alan is also a volunteer docent at the Asian Art Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. This is Alan’s 29th year with us.
STAN GEE – Stan Gee, or “Uncle Gee,” continues to enthrall guests of all ages with his stories of growing up in Chinatown. His mantra of “education”, “respect”, “family” and “I can do” inspire our student groups as well as seniors. Stan retired as a vice president of an international communications conglomerate to start Gee Consultants, a consulting firm for corporations interested in doing business in China. This is Stan’s 19th year with us.
BETH GRAUBART – Beth has been leading groups around San Francisco and the Bay Area for over twenty years, first as an elementary school teacher and now as a professional tour guide. She is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute and a member of the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. Her tours combine history, culture, and literature, with a spirit of adventure and a sense of humor and fun. Other tour companies that Beth has worked for is Gourmet Walks, Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tours, and San Francisco Movie Tours. This is Beth’s 11th year with us.
JANICE HOM – Janice is a native San Franciscan and community volunteer for over 20 years. Involved with the Asian Art Museum, Chinese Culture Center, Asian Business League, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, her extensive knowledge of Asian arts makes her a true “walking encyclopedia.”
DAVE JUNG – Mention Dave Jung’s name and it’s six degrees of Dave to anyone who grew up in Chinatown. Dave Jung is the son of Joe Jung, owner of legendary Joe Jung’s Restaurant, established in 1943 as the premier restaurant for fine dining, banquets for every occasion, and of course, the famous Joe Jung Chicken. Dave was born in San Francisco and got his education in California and Hawaii.
When you walk with Dave and see something of interest, ask Dave about it. He’ll be able to tell you a personal story from the years of growing up in Chinatown, helping out in the family business, practicing law, and currently residing in Chinatown. This is Dave’s 4th year with us.
DON MCNAB – Don brings tremendous study of the Chinese language and culture to his tour. Fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and Mandarin Chinese, Don is working on adding Russian. Don’s diverse work in teaching, the travel industry, and as associate producer for Fox News helps him enjoy people of all backgrounds. This is Don’s 15th year with us.
BEA MITCHELL – Bea comes to us with 29 years of tour leading experience throughout the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, and the East Coast. A graduate of the International Tour Management Institute, she specializes in conducting tours throughout California and welcomes Chinatown as a microcosm of Chinese history and culture in California. When Bea is not leading tours, she is an avid worldwide traveler herself. Bea’s first tour with us was in 1987.
VICKY NORTHRIDGE – Vicky is arguably the true Chinese scholar of the team. She is an accomplished foreign language teacher, fluent and literate in Mandarin and French, and has worked as a consultant and cultural liaison for businesses and government agencies from China. Vicky has led specialized groups to China and maintains homes in San Francisco, China and Tibet. Vicky’s first tour with us was in 2000.
RICK SPEAR – Rick Spear has been conducting walking tours in San Francisco for over 13 years. He loves to share the history and culture of his adopted home with visitors, taking guests to those off the beaten track places that only locals know. Rick also has extensive experience working with community organizations in Chinatown that help immigrants and refugees from Asia adjust to their new lives in the Bay Area. Rick was trained by the National Park Service and the International Tour Management Institute. Rick conducted his first tour with us in 2003.
MADELON VAN LIER – Madelon, fluent in Dutch and Hebrew, is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute and a Certified Guide in the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. She has been conducting tours throughout California and Europe since 1996. We are blessed with her attention to detail, respect of other cultures, and her worldwide travel experiences, which includes participating in a dig at Beit Shean, Israel. This is Madelon’s 20th year with us.
FRANK YEE – Frank Yee is an English as a Second Language instructor for adults. Flawless in spoken Cantonese and Mandarin and literate as well, Frank’s family goes back 5 generations in Chinatown. In his own words, “I want to share my knowledge of the longest continuous human civilization in history and the integral role Chinatown played in the founding of San Francisco.” This is Frank’s 29th year with us.