Born in Shan Pui village, Toi San (Tai Shan) district, Quan Dong province, China, Chun Kong Chow (1892-1984) migrated with his family to the United States from Australia in 1926.

Although the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act prevented laborers from entering the United States, merchants, students, scholars, and their immediate families were exempted pursuant to section six of the act.

A merchant who operated the New York City branch of Sun Goon Shing Company store at 55 Mott Street for several decades, Chun had a central role in the development of the New York City Chinatown community during the 20th century.

This tribute to the life and work of Chun is an expression of filial piety from Chun's son, Jip.