Goon Dip was a skilled politician and entrepreneur. He was a well-educated man who spoke fluent English. He was an inveterate cigar smoker, seldom seen without a smoldering cigar between his teeth, while still creating a pleasing impression. Dip advocated relaxing the Chinese immigrations laws. He argued that because of the trade interest of the United States in China, the Chinese should be treated more fairly.
Seattle welcomed and celebrated Goon Dip’s arrival in January 1909 by hosting an elaborate Chinese banquet with thirty members of the local Chinese leaders and a representative of the
Japanese community. The creation of the new position acknowledged Seattle’s importance in trade between Seattle and the Orient and between the Sound and Alaska.
The Chinese Village at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition would display goods representing China, so Goon Dip raised money and procured goods from his Chinese acquaintances around the Pacific Northwest. Ah King also contributed financially to the pavilion. Because of a massive fundraising campaign almost every Chinese person in Seattle donated $4 for the cause. Goon Dip also provided the great Chinese dragon to head the parade on Chinese Day.
Sources: Oregonian Jan 1, 1909 p6; Morning Olympian, Apr 10, 1908, p2; Bellingham Herald, Jan 25, 1905 p5; Oregonian Jan 11, 1909 p2; Oregonian Jan 9, 1909 p3; International Examiner Vol 35, #14, Part 2; SPL AYPE Digital Collection p. 1,2,8.