Lillian Kim, who authored Early Baltimore
Chinese Families, is lauded as the local expert on the Baltimore Chinese
community. During the semester, students had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Kim about her experiences
as a Chinese woman during the Jim Crow era in Baltimore. Mrs. Kim also provided invaluable information on
Chinese laundries, restaurants, immigration, religion, education, and employment. The class is truly grateful
for her dedication and assistance. The interview is currently on file with Professor Banks.
In addition to Mrs. Kim's interview, Professor Banks also possesses interviews
with Hyman Rubenstein, Sam Weinblatt, and Thomas McDaniel. Hyman B. Rubenstein was a partner with his brother Leon
(now deceased) in the law firm of Rubenstein and Rubenstein located across from the Baltimore City Hall. The law
firm provided pro bono legal services for many members of the Baltimore Chinese community. They assisted
with the disposition of property left in China and other financial matters. Leon went on to serve two terms in
the Maryland State legislature followed by several years on the city council. Leon sponsored the first Baltimore
City resolution to officially recognize the Chinese New Year. While in the legislature, he also sponsored the first
anti-Jim Crow law.
Sam Weinblatt, who sold life insurance to Baltimore's Chinese community for sixty
six years, spoke with members of the class about his experiences with the community. Mr.Weinblatt attended
almost every Chinese celebration in Baltimore and provided the class with thoughtful insight into the many intricacies
surrounding Baltimore's Chinese community during the Jim Crow era. We appreciate Mr. Weinblatt's continuous
support on this project and his generous donation of his personal
and professional papers dealing with the Chinese community in Baltimore.
Starting in the 1960's, Thomas McDaniel worked in various capacities for restauranteur Jimmy Wu.