On March 2, 2017, PCDC Board Member Michael Chow and his wife Diane became the first Chinese Americans to win the “Realizing the American Dream Award” at the Solas Awards hosted by the Philadelphia Welcoming Center. The Chows were honored for their inspirational success as founders of the award-winning Sang Kee restaurant chain.
Mr. Chow was an engineer who immigrated to the US in 1978. Diligently, he learned English and worked his way up through the restaurant industry. His keen business acumen led him to perfect and introduce authentic roast duck to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene, opening the first Sang Kee Peking Duck House in 1980. Now there are Sang Kee locations throughout Pennsylvania, from Chinatown to Old City to Reading Terminal Market to Wynnewood. The Chows have created many jobs and opportunities through their success, and are also long-time volunteers at On Lok Senior Center.
The Awards were attended by current Mayor James Kenney, former Mayor Michael Nutter, PCDC members and over 400 other representatives of Philadelphia government and business.
Congratulations Michael and Diane on the well-deserved honor!