June 28, 2016


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Asian Health Services receives private donation of $1 million from ‘Father of 3D Transistor’


OAKLAND, Calif. – Chenming Hu, dubbed ‘Father of 3D Transistor’ and ‘Microelectronics Visionary’, announced his contribution of $1 million to Asian Health Services (AHS) during a private reception at the University Club at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).  His donation will enable AHS to serve thousands of low-income children, youth and families who face language, cultural, economic, and social barriers in Oakland and Alameda County.

“AHS is doing what no other healthcare setting can do by providing quality medical, dental and behavioral services in twelve Asian languages,” said Hu. “My mother-in-law valued the health she received at AHS because her doctors and staff spoke Cantonese.  By providing culturally and linguistically relevant services, AHS impacts the health of not only their patients, but also the whole community.”

AHS’ main clinic site, located at 818 Webster Street in Oakland Chinatown, will be named the Chenming & Margaret Hu Medical Center in honor of Hu and his wife.

“Dr. Hu’s significant contribution will make it possible for us to expand our medical services, particularly in pediatric and urgent care,” said Sherry Hirota, chief executive officer at Asian Health Services.  “We are grateful for his contribution that will go towards improving and expanding greatly needed health services to children and families.”

TSMC Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, Hu has made significant impact in the semiconductor industry.  He and his team were credited with developing the most radical semiconductor technology in over 40 years, impacting the capabilities and functions of present and future smartphones and computers.  He recently received the nation’s highest honor, a National Medal of Technology and Innovation, from President Obama.

“Congresswoman Barbara Lee is honored to present Dr. Hu with a congratulatory certificate in recognition of his impactful work,” said Max Chen, Congressional aide to Congresswoman Barbara Lee.   “His philanthropic work throughout the East Bay is truly inspiring.”

Hu received his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University, and master’s and doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley in electrical engineering.  He has authored five books and written 1000 research papers, earning numerous awards.  He and his wife, Margaret Hu, are also active in supporting the lives of children with special needs. He resides with his wife, and has two grown sons, Raymond and Jason.


About Asian Health Services

Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, is a community health center that provides primary, dental and behavioral health services to underserved families of Oakland and Alameda County in English and 12 different Asian languages (Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, and Burmese).  In addition to serving 27,000 patients a year, AHS advocates for the health of low-income families and children. As a nationally recognized community health center model, AHS stands at the forefront of quality and innovation.  For more information, go



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