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.

Interview Topics

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; marriage; 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.

Additional Materials

  • 1 diskette of transcript of interview.
  • Photocopies of articles re career and accomplishments of Mary Lee Shon.
  • CSWA Oral History Agreement Release form and CSWA interview guidelines.

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