Be a good American citizen... but don't forget your heritage.
June 24, 2021 is the 6th Anniversary of the Death Day of Susan Ahn Cuddy. SAC was popularly recognized recently for AAPI Heritage Month.
Susan Ahn Cuddy honored by DOD for AAPI Month
Susan Ahn Cuddy honored by Today Online for AAPI month
Susan Ahn Cuddy honored by US Naval Historical and Heritage Command for AAPI Month
SAC - 100 Years of Positively Influencing Women's History... and More
SAC was more than a trailblazer. She pushed open the doors of opportunity for race and gender more than most people during her time. She was an achiever who was also down to earth. Many people had no idea what she did but they were impressed with her as a person.
Foundation of Women Warriors likes SAC
Story Corp at NPR likes SAC
There have been different experiences, however, SAC was lucky she got great care at Sepulveda VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Care Program (GRECC) and the Women's Health Program. SACC
Both served US Navy (Op20G) and NSA - CPO Frank Cuddy and Lt. Susan Ahn Cuddy resting side by side.
Susan frequently enjoyed the writings of Maya Angelou. Almost every day during the last few years of her life she would read Angelou's words and reflect on her own life. "If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." To anyone who learns about Susan's life both of these quotes could be her mantra. "I can change by what happens to me. But, I refuse to be reduced by it." A broad variety of things happened to Susan throughout her life. These experiences impacted her life. She navigated a previously untaken path through numerous obstacles and disappointments achieving amazing accomplishments many people would not dare to do or could not find the courage to do.
"My mom used to tell me: 'Life wasn't fair.' It took me a while to understand what she meant." Racism, inter-racial issues, Japanese spies, sexism and growing up without a father are examples some of the experiences that were not fair to her. She overcame the tremendous challenge of being a trailblazer through sincere persistence and having the courage to do the right thing. She knew how to seek the truth and deal with its consequences. Fair or not throughout her life she really made the best of everything and everyone she influenced was better off by knowing her. She treated everyone fairly and gave everyone a fair chance.
Five years went by in a strange way. I am not sure what Susan would think about the many changes around the world that have taken place since 2015. The turmoil of life today may not be a shock to her since she grew up during the Japanese Occupation of Korea her parents' homeland. The Ahns were migrant farm workers in America struggling to make a life in the early 1900's. Racism was no stranger. The overblown egos, dishonesty and limited knowledge of the leading characters in this current nightmare would bother her to no end. The unethical and unjust leadership would be what shocked her. She was right in the heart of DC with a direct viewpoint of how the United States dealt with its citizens and with the world.
Susan made history and in positive ways changed the lives of many. Far from normal and quite amazing...
Veteran's Day City of Malibu
Good Samaritan Hospital Dosan Scholarship Fund Raising
AAJC American Courage Award National Press Club DC
LINK Trainer Air Combat Tactics Instructor
Susan and Frank Cuddy challenging laws against inter-race marriages in 1947. Washington DC
Christine Cuddy speaking about SAC's Navy career. Click on image for link to clip.
Los Angeles Public Library SAC Blog
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SAC's Spirit Back in Atlanta 76 Years Later
The Atlanta KAC ran a very well organized National Convention. The attendees had the chance to get exposure to a variety of issues past, present and future.
Korean American Adoptees presented a strong platform educating attendees.
Susan Ahn Cuddy's story was part of the KAC National Convention hosted by KAC Atlanta October 24-27
In WWII Susan Ahn Cuddy was stationed in Atlanta at the Biltmore!
Atlanta Constitution March 27, 1943
The Old Fox Theater on Peachtree NE. The building behind the theater is the location of the US Navy LINK Trainer's School.
Susan Ahn Cuddy and classmate at LINK Trainng School Atlanta 1943
August 17, 2019 - Susan Ahn Cuddy remembered onNPR and Storycorps
Miami Naval Air Station Gunnery School
LA Dodgers' Veteran of the Game
Why Disrespect SAC?
Why would a so called scholar take a National Archives file about Dosan Susan was given in 2001 and make a claim he was the first person to discover it? Why would this so called scholar rewrite a book about Dosan Susan had worked on and remove the Foreword she was asked to write and did in 1994? Fear of the truth most likely.
KW Lee and Mike Myung Hee Hong claim this so called scholar is the "Expert" on Korean American history. Edward Teaho Chang the Director of the University of California at Riverside Young Oak Kim Center is a mediocre academician who has pulled the wool over the eyes the world of Korean American history. Chang is a revisionist. He is a liar. He is a con artist. Chang should dedicate himself to study Syngman Rhee since they are of the same character and ethics.
Chang had no right to make claim to the documents Susan had published in Korea and America in 2002 as well as in her book by John Cha in 2003. Chang had no right to remove the Foreword she wrote in 1994. Chang also rewrote the contents of this book adding fake facts in 2015. Chang did this in September two month's after Susan died. Susan always referred to Chang as limited.
Disrespecting Susan is one thing. Adding disrespecting her to disrespecting history should make any educated person with a conscience think twice about anything Chang or his fan club say mad more so teach.
Another sad thing about this situation is the Dosan Memorial Foundation and the Hung Sa Dan (aka Young Korean Academy) condoned Chang's actions. They sponsored the book revision and supported Chang's false claims. Ironic and disappointing.
This is a copy of letter sent by The Dongjihoe to the US Department of Labor accusing Dosan of being a Bolshevik. Rhee said Dosan was a threat to Americans. This is the work of Colonel Young Oak Kim's father. Dr. Sammy Lee's father was aslo anit-Dosan member of Rhee's group. This took place between 1924 and 1926 when they got Dosan deported from Hawaii.
This is Dosan with Chang Ri Wok (became President of Seoul Ntnl Univ) in Los Angeles after being arrested in Chicago and questioned about being anti-American. The Invesitgators found no proof when thet raided the Ahn family house on Bunker Hill.
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