Dorothy's arrival in San Diego circa 1950.
Dorothy Akana Hom is an icon for both San Diego and the Chinese Community. Born in 1932 in Honolulu, Hawaii she moved to San Diego at age 18. She met and married her husband Tom Hom not long after.
Dorothy cared deeply about San Diego and the Chinese Community and led many organizations such as the Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja CA, and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, just to name a couple! Along with her husband, Dorothy played a major role in transforming the Gaslamp Quarter from red light district to a bustling scene full of shops, restaurants, and beautifully preserved architecture.