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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Catherine Leung, 2012 November 27

Biographical note

Catherine Leung was born to a mixed heritage American mother and a Chinese American father and raised in the Park Slope and DUMBO neighborhoods of Brooklyn. She attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Leung discusses her racial identity; encounters with racism and racial stereotypes; parents’ courtship, marriage, and divorce; father’s connection to Chinese culture; mother’s Assyrian heritage; and involvement in community building organizations at Smith College. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Assyrians -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Chinese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education, Higher -- Massachusetts -- Northampton
  • Race identity
  • Racial stereotyping
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Student life and customs -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • DUMBO (New York, N.Y.)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)