Born and raised in Seattle, Dr. Hoy is married and lives in his childhood home on Beacon Hill, where he cares for his mother. He gives the following narrative about his family history.
My name is Hoy Jinwah. It’s Xu Zhenhua in Mandarin. My given name means Beauty through Action. My parents believed that if I want results I have to work for it. My surname means Promise.
For the third time in my life, I traveled to China. The first time was to Macau and Hong Kong in 2007. The second time in 2011 was to see the highlights of the country in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Guilin, Yangshuo and Xi’an. In 2015 I went to Guangzhou, Xinhui, Taishan, Kaiping, Zhuhai, Macau and Taipei. It was a celebration of 15 years as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and 10 of practice ownership.
My father was part of an early Chinese American family where members of the family were separated oceans apart. My paternal great-grandfather came to San Francisco from Guangdong Province in the early part of the 20th Century. His son my grandfather came in 1922 and worked for Senator Warren Magnuson, with whom our family kept in touch, even as I was growing up. My grandparents owned a laundry on Fourth Avenue South and South Washington Street in Seattle. I had the opportunity to visit my father’s house in Xiheli, Xinhui this year, where he lived until after World War II. My father was a very educated man who came to the U.S. after World War II, studied the culinary arts in technical college here in Seattle, and helped people to open and run restaurants.
My maternal grandfather’s family lived in a village in Taishan, Guangdong Province called Ningmei. He went to Malaysia to study dentistry, then returned to Chonglou, Taishan to practice. I visited both my grandfather’s village and the dental office where my mom was born. The office and home is now a tea shop. My mother had aspirations to be a nurse, but instability in the country prevented that. She eventually moved to Hong Kong in the 1950’s, and the United States in 1968 after marrying my father.
My grandfather was a dentist, my mother wanted to be a nurse, and I am a physician and surgeon of the foot and ankle.
I wanted to be a physician since high school. I wanted to have a practice like my family doctor, who was well-liked in the community. At the University of Washington, my pre-medical advisor informed me about the different types of medical schools. I visited a podiatrist, who my pre-medical advisor told me was a doctor of the feet. The doctor I visited over 20 years ago performed reconstructive foot surgery. I became interested in offering specialty medical care. I have never lost sight of my vision for practice as a medical specialist. My education and training at the California College of Podiatric Medicine further cemented my passion in offering specialty medical and surgical care.
My parents were very proud of me and sacrificed a lot for me to become successful. My father said that I would be a good doctor because I had a good heart. He wanted to see my school before he died. My mother helped me as much as she could day to day to encourage me to do my best. My family’s love and legacy still to this day encourages me to press on and never give up.