top of page
D.C.: 1882 Foundation | 
Chinese American Women in History

In 1943, a unit of Chinese American women was recruited to serve with the Army Air Forces as "Air WACs." They performed jobs such as aerial photo interpretation, air traffic control and weather forecasting. (U.S. Army photo)

Aviatrix (1904 - 2003)

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung (张瑞芬) defied convention and stereotypes to become the first Chinese woman to obtain a private pilot's license.  She was a member of the Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots (The 99s) founded by Amelia Earhart.
Ging Hawk Club 

New York’s Ging Hawk Club was an association for Chinese American women that offered an alternative to traditional, male-dominated associations and Christian church groups during the 1920s and 30s.

The Ging Hawk Club started in 1929 at The Church of All Nations and also the Young Women’s Christian Association. The club initially was called the Girls’ Reserves, and then they adopted the name Ging Hawk – “striving for knowledge.” 

 - Museum of Chinese in America

HERSTORY: Chinese American Women, 165 Years 

Using the personal collection of Dr. Chang C. Chen (邱彰博士), Herstory features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese-American women to gain legal standing in the U.S. 

Women in Chinatown by Connie Young Yu

Jade Snow Wong 
Jan 21, 1922 - March 16, 2006

Best known as the author of Fifth Chinese Daughter, a book that chronicles her life growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown community, Jade Snow Wong was a highly accomplished artist who created a large and exquisitely beautiful body of work in enamel on copper. Her spare but brilliantly colored forms were inspired by the simple shapes and rich color palette of Chinese ceramics of the Song dynasty.

Born in 1922, Jade Snow Wong studied at Mills College in Oakland, California, graduating in 1942. While at Mills, she majored in Economics and Social Studies with the intention of becoming a social worker and serving the Chinese-American community. However, in her final semester, she enrolled in a crafts course in which she developed a keen interest in ceramics and enameling. Immediately after her graduation, she continued her studies at Mills in a six-week course taught by Carlton Ball, one of the leading ceramists working in northern California in the period immediately following World War II. This course solidified her commitment to ceramics and to a career in enameling.

Source: The Enamel Arts Foundation

Asian Art Museum: Crafting a Chinese-American Identity

To see more or discuss possible work, let's talk >>
bottom of page