Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Sung Won Son

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Titles Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Sung Won Son
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sung Won Son was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1944. He was the fifth in a family of six children. His father was a banker. Son arrived in the United States in 1962 to study at the University of Florida. After his graduation in 1966 he entered a graduate program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed a master of arts degree in economics. He also earned a doctorate in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1969 to 1974 he taught economics and business at Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania, and in the 1970s he served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in Washington, D.C. In 1974 Son joined the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis, becoming the senior vice-president and chief economist in 1977. Son was married to the late Barbara Stevens and is the father of two daughters. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Son discusses the reasons he came to the United States, and to Minnesota in particular; the harsh Minnesota winters as a factor in the open social climate for Asians in the state; the unusually high number of large business corporations with headquarters in the Twin Cities; the lack of significant discrimination against Asians; and the unique situation of the early Korean community, considered to be well-organized and stable compared to larger Korean settlements on the West Coast. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Son is well-known in Minnesota and elsewhere as an economic forecaster and has made numerous television and radio appearances. His analyses of national and state economies also appear frequently in the press.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:32:26 running time
Creation Interviewee: Son, Sung Won
Interviewer: Mason, Sarah R.
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Asian Americans -- Minnesota
Korean Americans -- Minnesota.
Dates Creation: 12/19/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 51 (Library Call Number)
AV1981.361.34 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project'


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