For more than 30 years, she was a social worker serving Chinese immigrants. At night, she taught naturalization classes and counts many former students throughout the island who are now U.S. citizens. She was also an interpreter for immigration courts, and federal/state social service agencies, helping her clients navigate bureaucracies and to access social safety net programs. Throughout her life, Yuk Pang was strongly committed to social justice and volunteered with the Chinese Community Action Coalition, a group of like-minded academics, social workers, and intellectuals.
Yuk Pang was a wonderful home cook with a mastery of a range of Chinese dishes, but she is best known for her shrimp, pork, and chives potstickers. Because she had a sweet tooth, she was a self-taught baker. Her neighbors would look forward to receiving loaves of mango bread during mango season and Bavarian tarts around the holidays.
Yuk Pang is survived by her husband Yip-Wang Law, her daughter Anna O. Law, and her brothers David Ma, Peter Ma, Alan Ma, sisters Elaine Pong, Jane Murata, and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held, and her ashes scattered at sea per her request. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to honor her to send donations to Kalihi-Palama Health Center, a community-based clinic serving immigrant and homeless populations that she worked closely with before she retired. The link is here: https://www.kphc.org/donate/.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased