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Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Sinmin and Betty Wu
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sinmin Wu was born June 1, 1931, in the city of Yixing in Jiangsu Province, China. Betty Wu (Yun Aur) was born December 15, 1938, in the city of Tianjin, in Hebei Province. Both left China for Taiwan during the Communist Revolution in the 1940s. They were married in Taiwan in 1959 and soon left for Malaysia, where Sinmin became a teacher in a Chinese girls' high school. Their first child was born in Malaysia. Sinmin went to the United States in 1961 for graduate study in mathematics at Southern Illinois University. He received a master of arts degree and accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 1965. Betty and their daughter arrived in Morris in 1966. Two additional children have been born to the family in the United States. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The Wus discuss the experience of Chinese Americans in small towns outside the Twin Cities area; their activities and sense of acceptance in university and community affairs; development of their children's identities in an area where few other Chinese live; and the role of Asian families in resettlement of a Vietnamese refugee family in Morris in late 1979 and 1980. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: This interview focused on acculturation in a small town as opposed to an urban area, on family life, and on the concerns of a transplanted Chinese family for the future of their children. It should be noted that although they have no worry about the Americanization of their children, they also want their children to know their own cultural heritage and language.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
94 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:32:22 running time
Creation Narrator: Wu, Mr. Sinmin
Narrator: Wu, Mrs. Betty
Interviewer: Mason, Sarah R.
Made in Morris, Stevens County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Asians
Chinese
Made in Morris, Stevens County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/02/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 51
Accession Number AV1981.361.4
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project'