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Mary Lee Shon interview, 1999
Shon, Mary Lee, interviewee
Feldman, Frances Lomas, 1912-2008, interviewer
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Shon, Mary Lee - Oral History Interview - CSWA ❧ Interviewed by Frances Feldman on April 12, 1999. An interview with Mary Lee Shon as she discusses her early life
discrimination against Asian-Americans in Los Angeles
undergraduate studies at USC
beginning social work with County Bureau of Indigent Relief
first Korean-American relief worker in California
death of father
social work with Methodist churches
work with Koreans, eg, interpreting
growth of Korean population in Los Angeles
family experiences
death of husband
experiences of children
work as teacher after death of husband
development of LA Unified curriculum on Asian-Americans
final anecdote. ❧ Mary Lee Shon received a certificate in social work from USC in 1939, where she had majored in social work and religion. She was the first Korean to be graduated from the School of (then) Social Welfare at USC, and one of the first Korean social workers in the state. Mrs. Shon has been a generous contributor to the scholarship fund of the Asian American students of the USC School of Social Work. Among other honors, she was honored by the General Alumni Association of the University of Southern California for her outstanding contributions to education and the community. ❧ Mary Lee Shon. Social worker. Interviewed by Frances Lomas Feldman. Dates of interview: 5-12-99, 8-30-99. 1 cassette tape. Length of interview: 1 hour and 33 minutes. Transcript of interview: 36 pp. ❧ ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: 1. 1 diskette of transcript of interview. 2. Photocopies of articles re career and accomplishments of Mary Lee Shon. 3. CSWA Oral History Agreement Release form and CSWA interview guidelines.
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