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Susan Ahn Cuddy Passed Away on June 24th 2015 at Home in Her Sleep
Susan peacefully passed away in her sleep at home in her own bed during her mid day nap. It was a shock because she seemed fine that morning. She had just given a talk on Tuesday the 23rd to a group of great college kids at a Korean American Coalition Leadership program.
Her memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on July 2nd at 11:00 am in the Hall of Liberty. 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. Los Angeles 90068.
The service will be open to the public. It will be a celebration of Susan's amazing story and long life full of historical and patriotic accomplishments. This should be a cheerful day of respect for this great lady. She will be missed by those who have met her. However, her legacy will live on to inspire and encourage people to do the right thing.
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"I’ve spent 100 years fighting for our country and our community, both in the Navy and in the voting booth. In that time I’ve only seen one Asian American on the City Council in Los Angeles, so I urge you to vote for David Ryu who will serve LA the way that I’ve fought over the years.” Susan Ahn Cuddy
SAC supports David Ryu for LA City Council District 4. Please vote for David on MAY 19th
SAC API Heritage Month US Navy's Diversity Banner May 2015
The United States Navy holds a high regard for diversity. SAC's Navy story is one of the most unique episodes in the Navy's history of its ranks being open to all heritages and genders. As part of the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration a series of banners highlighting Asian Pacific Islander historic Naval figures is displayed in all Navy museums. SAC's service in WWII is recognized on the 1941-1945 banner.
SAC to Attend API Heritage Month Event at Point Mugu Naval Air Station May 29th
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“The presentation will coincide with the museum’s observation of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month,” said Hanako Wakatsuki, museum education specialist and public programs coordinator. “We are excited to celebrate the rich culture and contributions Asian Americans have made in our nation’s history with Ms. Cuddy, who was not only a pioneer for Asian Americans, but for women as well.”
Cuddy will be joined by her son, Philip Cuddy, who will offer a visual presentation of his mother’s service. Dr. Lara Godbille, museum director, explained the importance of offering non-Seabee and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) presentation topics at the museum.
“Even though the museum’s mission is to tell the Seabee and CEC story, it is important to honor our national naval heritage,” said Godbille. “We are happy to present an opportunity for our patrons to engage with a member of the surrounding community who has become such a distinguished aspect of naval history.”
Susan appeared on KNBC "Life Connected" for an Asian Pacific Heritage Month Special May 2, 2015
KNBC Crew with SAC. Angie Crouch interviewed Susan. Bob the camerman is also a Navy Veteran.
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By Angie Crouch and Yvonne Guevara
May 2, 2015 Susan Ahn Cuddy was born to lead. Her family was the first Korean family to immigrate to California in 1902, and from the very beginning, she broke the mold. She was independent, athletic - not your typical girl growing up in the 1930s. In 1942, she became the first Korean-American woman in the U.S. military and the first female Navy gunnery officer. She has had such an amazing life that her life story has been portrayed in a play called “Born to Lead,” performed by the East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization. Age has slowed her down just a bit. She is now 100 years old, but as NBC4’s Angie Crouch found out, Cuddy is still as sassy as ever.
Helen Ahn was born in Pyongyang in 1884. She passed away in 1969.
Helen Ahn was a driving force in Dosan's life and in the Pioneer Korean American community. She worked hard cooking and cleaning in houses and hospitals. She worked in orchards and vineyards. She helped organize the first families in the Korean community. Since she was one of the first Korean women to come to California she knew how to use her experiences to help other women adapt to domestic American life. She was kind of like a social worker and even marriage counselor. She supported the Independence Movement work and the Young Korean Academy program. She was the first president of the Korean Patriotic Women's Association in 1919. She gave her hard earned money to support Dosan's work as an activist and reformer. And, she raised the five Ahn children, mostly by herself. She did all this without complaining. She saw her sacrifices as her duty to her husband, her family and her country. She remained a Korean citizen. Since all her children were born here and US citizens, she made sure they participated and voted. Helen Lee Ahn was a courageous strong woman. She is an important historical figure in the foundation of the Korean American community in the United States.
1907 - Helen Ahn and son Philip in Riverside. Dosan had gone back to Korea for the Shinminhoe.
1941 - Los Angeles - Helen Ahn with her five children: R to L Soorah, Helen, Soosan, Ralph, Philip and Philson.
Lee Jae Myeong Mayor of Seongnam City Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
April 11 - This afternoon Lee Jae Myeong Mayor of Seongnam City stopped to visit SAC at her home. The Mayor is speaking at Stanford on his economic reform and municipal improvements in his city, which is about 12 miles south of Seoul. Seongnam is considered the Silicon Valley of Korea. Mayor Lee has been responsible for improving the municipal finance and many civic services like welfare and education. read more Korea Herald
Born to Lead: the Susan Ahn Cuddy Story
Final Performance 2015
Born to Lead East West Players Theater Billboard
It is amazing what affect an awesome story has on people. The audiences who attended the performances of the East West Players Theater for Youth play Born to Lead:The Susan Ahn Cuddy Story were affected. The cast, crew and people at EWP were affected. It seems almost everyone from grade school to gray hair were changed for the better by the story they expereinced on stage. The audience at today's final perfromance was lucky to be with Susan herself in the theater. .. making emotions run high.
One of the key elements of the postive affect is the truth of the story. SAC's life of challenges and accomplishments seems like a Hollywood story. Nope! SAC grew up in the Bunker Hill area just up the hill from the theater. This is the area where this woman began a long life of perserverance and achievement. This is also where SAC dealt with many dissapointments... which never became obstacles. And, the details woven into the script by the writer, expressed by the director and brought to the audience by the actors are very real. Seeing this story on EWP Theater stage makes the impact of SAC's legacy stronger than one may think.
Kathleen Aprk as Susan Ahn Cuddy and Rich Lee as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and other roles.
Jennifer Chang Director; Vivian Keh-Hue Writer; Kathleen Park; Rich Lee, Marilyn Tokuda EWP Arts Education Director
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Susan Ahn Cuddy at EWP Theater. MRT and SAC have been close friends for many years. MRT hosted the final performance dedicating the show to SAC. Culture, History and Respect!
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