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Troubling American Women - Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 01, Brittany rated it really liked it. Interesting stuff, and it only scratches the surface. Dec 07, Jill rated it really liked it. Mirrors some of my experience. Betsey marked it as to-read Dec 08, Iris added it Mar 20, Ellie marked it as to-read May 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Stacilee Ford. Trivia About Troubling America The judge was a teenager in Germany during World War II, therefore she must be in her late 30s or 40s when she became a judge in a later decade of the 20th century — definitely after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Her father was Jewish, but her mother was not.
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While Germany was under Nazi rule, she and her mother continued to live at home while her father was in exile in Switzerland. She was not the most conscientious of students, she recalled. As her desk was below a window of a ground-floor classroom, she used to climb out of the window when the teacher was writing on the black board, and returned with hot pretzels for herself and her classmates around her, so they would not tell the teacher that she had disappeared.
Somehow, she managed to acquire sufficient command of English working as an au pair in London after the war.
When she returned to her home town which was in the US Zone, she married an American soldier from Texas or Oklahoma, and went home with him, eventually becoming an American citizen under the War Bride Act. While he took advantage of the G. Bill which paid his fees to complete university and law school, she was bored. So she finished high school, followed him to university and law school, and, when I met her, she was already a judge of some distinction. It did not take her long to figure out the major reason: In other words, the sentence would be considered served when the offender attained an acceptable level of literacy.
Since there was neither existing program for the offenders to start such classes, the judge made room in her chambers and found teachers to start the tutoring. The state and local governments began to adopt such education programs to increase literacy among the populace. At the time we met, the public official was the serving lieutenant-governor of the State of New York, which was an appointed position.
I remember her as a petite woman but not physically attention calling.
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For some reason, she was telling a group of women, me included, about her life. At that time her two children as well as two Vietnamese children she and her husband had adopted, were already grown. In any case, they no longer needed their grandparents to be their baby-sitters.
Earlier, it must have been at the height of the Vietnam conflict, she had wanted to marry her high-school sweetheart before he went to war. He was drafted, I believe. Her parents did not approve. So, she took a sure-way out, by becoming pregnant. Thus, the parents consented. The husband left for Vietnam, and she became a mother.
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When her husband returned on leave, he brought home two Vietnamese orphans he had adopted with her enthusiastic support, and they had another child of their own. Sadly, after he returned to join his comrades in Vietnam, he was killed in battle. As a war widow she had enough money to feed and clothe herself and her children, but she needed time to build a future by finishing her schooling and any professional training she desired to have.
Somehow, I remember that she happened to hold part-time jobs at law firms, hence her later connections were to be with people in the area of law and public service. The day-time classes and part-time jobs not withstanding, the future public servant found the highest-paid and most conveniently-timed job was late night waitressing, as a playboy bunny at a Playboy Club, or whatever a waitress was called at the Penthouse, definitely sexist but respectable jobs serving food and liquor.
I do know at least one customer who showed up at a Playboy Club at the wee hours and ordered a glass of cold milk. After she graduated from university, and perhaps also qualified as an attorney, she decided to work in public administration which allowed her more time with her children than practicing law would be. The jacket was made for me in by a tailor in Kowloon.
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The show girl all dressed in her costume, and the author with a plastic box full of cash. At that time I was on he faculty of the Hong Kong Academic for Performing Arts, where a number of my students were being trained in ballet. The Dean of Dance ordered: You have enough of ballet rehearsals at home!
There were about 50 of us, all established professionals in various fields but none had visited before such a place as the working area of a night club. We were met at the entrance by a tall young woman with a poly tail, wearing blue jeans and a tee-shirt, with no make-up whatsoever. She took us through the back storage, costumes and sets, mostly, and gave us a general picture of the areas, what night club customers did not see and probably did not care to know.
This young woman was articulate, her language and accent without any doubt educated, and her manners were relaxed. Then, the time came for her to tell us about her job as a show girl.