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By Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

ISBN-10: 0520241436

ISBN-13: 9780520241435

During international warfare II, mother Chung's used to be the place to be in San Francisco. infantrymen, motion picture stars, and politicians accumulated at her domestic to socialise, to teach their commitment to the Allied reason, and to precise their affection for Dr. Margaret Chung (1889-1959). the 1st identified American-born chinese language lady health care professional, Chung proven one of many first Western clinical clinics in San Francisco's Chinatown within the Nineteen Twenties. She additionally turned a favorite big name and behind-the-scenes political dealer in the course of global warfare II. Chung won nationwide status while she started "adopting" hundreds of thousands of infantrymen, sailors, and flyboys, together with Ronald Reagan, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, and Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. A pioneer in either expert and political nation-states, Chung experimented in her own lifestyles besides. She followed masculine costume and had romantic relationships with different girls, equivalent to author Elsa Gidlow and entertainer Sophie Tucker.

This is the 1st biography to discover Margaret Chung's impressive and complicated existence. It brings alive the bohemian and queer social milieus of Hollywood and San Francisco in addition to the wartime star neighborhood Chung cultivated. Her existence provides an extraordinary glimpse into the chances of traversing racial, gender, and sexual barriers of yankee society from the overdue Victorian period in the course of the early chilly struggle period.

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13 Margaret’s presence in school demonstrates that her parents subscribed to Presbyterian views about the importance of education for girls. In fact, Christian missionaries organized the first schools open to Chinese children in Santa Barbara. Margaret’s status as the only Chinese girl in the class suggests that she gained exposure to mainstream American culture and interacted daily with non-Chinese Americans. It is unclear how many of Chung’s classmates were Mexican Americans. They constituted approximately 20 percent of the Santa Barbara population, a community double to quadruple the size of the Chinese.

On the one hand, she attempted to blend in to the social mainstream. On the other hand, unable to erase completely her femaleness or her Chinese ancestry, she capitalized on her “otherness” to obtain support and recognition. Chung’s twofold approach was a response to the uneasy coexistence of divergent social values during this era of transformation. During the early decades of the twentieth century, American norms increasingly shifted away from Victorian beliefs in inherent gender and racial differences to modern values of equality and cosmopolitanism.

The persistence and even strengthened intensity of discrimination encouraged “sex solidarity” and “race consciousness” even among those who asserted their individuality and rejected the Victorian notion that biology was destiny. the feminization of education In deciding to enroll in a private high school, Chung chose an unusual path for someone of her race and economic background, but not necessarily for her sex. 5 The presence of women in these schools represented a victory for advocates of female education.

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