Ben Fong-Torres is an author, journalist, and radio personality who grew up in Oakland's Chinatown. 1
He wrote a memoir about growing up in Chinatown called The Rice Room. Fong-Torres interviewed numerous entertainment figures like Bob Dylan for Rolling Stone Magazine. He has written several books about rock music history.
Due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Fong-Torres' father, Ricardo Fong-Torres (born Fong Kwok Seung), changed his surname to Torres and posed as a Filipino in order to immigrate to the United States. His family later adopted the hyphenated surname, Fong-Torres. 2