by Flo Oy Wong
Summary Interview by Flo Oy Wong with Lily Wong Chooey on November 23, 1999.
Jin, Sheung Ngaw – 1940 (AIIS Detainee May 30 – June 19, 1940)
Jin, Sheung Ngaw (Lily Wong) entered the U.S. as a unmarried “paper daughter” in June of 1940, accompanied by an uncle who was returning to this country after a visit to China. She was twenty years old and her real name was Ong May Wun. She had three sisters and a brother. In reality, Lily, who was married, hoped to join her husband in San Francisco. Because of the rarity of “papers” for women it was three years before her husband found and purchased “papers” for her entry. However, Lily departed for the U.S. with “papers” as a single woman, leaving behind a three year-old daughter in the care of her parents-in-law.
Place of Origin
Place of Settlement
San Francisco, CA