Percy Loy was born in Vancouver, Washington to Kong and Rose Loy, Chinese immigrants who were in the dairy business. During World War II he was a navigator, bombardier and pilot, and retired as a lieutenant colonel, but was unable to find work with an airline after the war. He and his brother-in-law, Robert Wong, started the Kubla Khan Food Company, selling frozen Chinese entrees at a time when frozen foods had really not yet caught on and the infrastructure to store, transport and distribute them didn't yet exist. The company popularized both frozen foods and Chinese food in the Northwest region of the United States. He was very active in the frozen foods industry in the Northwest, campaigning for the industry and working at convincing grocers of their profitability. He sold the manufacturing part of the company in the mid-2000s and died in 2006. His daughter Marilyn now runs the company, which is now limited to the import/export aspect.
The records of a Portland, Oregon company that made, packaged and distributed frozen Chinese food. The collection includes start-up papers of the business, correspondence, photographs, product packaging, advertising and marketing materials, recipes and other papers relating to the product, a prospectus for a drive-in Chinese restaurant, and business records.
Kubla Khan Frozen Food Company Records, 1950-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History