Margaret "Margie" Lew's Oral History, part 2



Margaret "Margie" Lew's Oral History, part 2


Oral History--California--Los Angeles
Asian Americans--California--Politics and government
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Area
Chinese Americans--Social life and customs


Margaret "Margie" Doris Lew begins her second interview explaining how she began making jewelry, editing the Los Angeles City Employees Asian American Association newsletter, and collecting stamps through her employment at Los Angeles City Hall. Lew recalls writing letters to her future husband while he was on sea duty in World War II, as well as living in the Chinatown YWCA and working at Pacific Greyhound in wartime San Francisco. She describes raising her children in Los Angeles, building their L-shaped house in Hillside Village, and her favorite family trips to national parks, and reflects upon her Chinese American identity and early encounters with racism. Lew shares about editing newsletters and the Gum Saan Journal for the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, writing letters to a Chinese American veteran of the Vietnam War, and tutoring students at the Chinatown Branch Library. Lew mentions her passion for parades, crafts, and crime shows, and concludes her interview expressing pride in her big family and “up” attitude.






Juily Phun
David Roman


Margaret Lew

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Chinese American
World War II
Los Angeles

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