Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards; The Life of a Wartime Celebrity

Berkeley: University of California, 2005. 282p, cloth-bound boards, excellent condition, a remarkable story of the first known American-born woman of Chinese descent to become a physician. Mom Chung lived an unconventional life in San Francisco, receiving the attention of Elsa Gitlow and romancing Sophie Tucker. She promoted the formation of the WAVES and entertained GIs and Hollywood stars in her SF home. Her lifestyle was jazzy and yet maternal. What a woman.

Margaret Chung (1889-1959) was born in Santa Barbara, CA to Chinese parents who could never become US citizens. She attended medical school at University of Southern California but had to relocate to Chicago to be accepted by a hospital for her residency and internship. She returned to California afterwards and became a Hollywood surgeon, operating on Mary Pickford and befriending Anna May Wong. These connections followed her to San Francisco in the 1930s and onward. She ran a "Stagedoor Canteen" out of her home for GIs and welcomed Hollywood stars to join them. Her relationships with women were a thread that ran through her life.

Cat.No: 159692
ISBN: 9780520241435

Price: $50.00