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Today April 21 is Helen (Hye Ryon Lee) Ahn's Birthday and Death Day - Dosan's wife died in her sleep on her birthday.
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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