Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Alice Sue Yee (née Ricer) was born in Stewardsville Ohio to Newell and Cleo Ricer on April 16, 1935. Sue, as she was more commonly known, grew up in Neffs, Ohio until the Ricer family relocated to Carlsbad, New Mexico during Sue’s senior year in High School. While in New Mexico, Sue met Ward Yee, a Chinese American student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Ward was one of 10 children born to Chinese immigrant parents and fought for the U.S. in the Pan American Games, bringing home a silver medal. He had a prolific career as a professional boxer from 1955-62 and secured a Golden Glove Championship in Kansas City. Sue and Ward married Feb 5, 1956 in Bernalillo, New Mexico before relocating to Southern California where they settled in Pasadena and had had three children. Sue was an active member of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lay speaker and choir member. Her reverence for the Los Angeles’ Chinese community manifested through her volunteer commitments with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Sue passed away in 1999 after a battle with cancer. Dailye Yee at phonograph at the wedding reception of Ward and Sue Yee.