By Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
This is the 1st biography to discover Margaret Chung's impressive and complicated existence. It brings alive the bohemian and queer social milieus of Hollywood and San Francisco in addition to the wartime star group Chung cultivated. Her existence offers a unprecedented glimpse into the chances of traversing racial, gender, and sexual barriers of yankee society from the overdue Victorian period in the course of the early chilly struggle period.
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Reflecting these ideas of social uplift as well as social control, working-class children discovered opportunities for advancement but also experienced stigmatization that reinforced their marginal social status. Q. ”41 Furthermore, schools located in predominantly working-class, immigrant, and racialized communities tended to develop courses that integrated citizenship classes with vocational training, associating Americanization with learning appropriate skills for manual labor. Margaret Chung very likely attended these schools that channeled “undesirable” students toward less intellectually rigorous courses.
18 She also was fortunate to complete her studies in 1916. In 1920, the school closed because of its financial inability to meet the requirements of a first-rate institution. Other individuals were not as lucky. 20 As at the high school level, a gender-mixed medical school did not necessarily mean an equal education for men and women. Some schools excluded women from learning about topics considered “unladylike,” such as venereal disease. Others prevented female students from gaining clinical experience in male-dominated specializations, such as surgery.
Chung Wong and Minnie arrived in Santa Barbara after the worst of the racial violence had already occurred and just as the coastal town was experiencing an economic and population boom. The railroad connection between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara was completed in 1887. The greater ease in travel promoted tourism, and the number of residents nearly doubled, from 3,460 in 1890 to 6,587 in 1900. As in other frontier towns, the dirt streets were crowded with horses, livestock, and wagons. Saloons, stables, banks, and general stores catered to both residents and visitors.