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Wu Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Peter (Chung-Sheng) Wu and Pearl (Pi-Chu) Yang were born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1947 and 1948 respectively. After graduating from high school, they both would go on to attend Taipei Medical College to study pharmaceuticals. Following Peter's graduation in 1969, he was drafted to serve Taiwan's military as a medical officer for a year. From 1971 to 1975, he served as a licensed pharmacist at Taipei Medical College. Upon graduation in 1970, Pearl served as a licensed pharmacist and dispenser at the Municipal Chung-Hsin Hospital of Taipei until 1971, and then as an assistant at the Chinese Pharmacopeia Revision Committee of National Health Administration until 1975.
Peter and Pearl were engaged on November 19, 1972 in Taipei and were married the following year on February 15, 1973. In 1974, Peter was granted admission to the University of Texas at Austin as a doctoral student and moved to Austin, Texas in August 1974. At the time, Pearl was seven months pregnant with their first child, Chen-Chen, who was born that same year in Taiwan. Pearl and Chen-Chen joined Peter in the United States on September 26, 1975. A year later, Peter and Pearl had their second child, Ryan, in Austin.
Peter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science in 1981. With help from Pearl, he established the Wu Investment Management Company with the intent of investing in and managing commercial and residential properties in Austin. Chen-Chen and Ryan both graduated from Westlake High School in the 1990s. Chen-Chen attended the University of California, Berkley for a BS in Economics from 1992 to 1996, while Ryan attended Northwestern Medical School from 1994 to 2001. Chen-Chen married Roger Chen in 1999 and the couple would eventually have two children, Maxwell and Rosalind. Ryan and Jennifer Chen were married in 2007 and would have one son, Kepler.
As Austin residents, Peter and Pearl have been active in the local Taiwanese American community. Foremost was their commitment and dedication to the Austin Taiwanese Association (ATA), which began in the late 1970s. Peter served as president from 1991 to 1993 and Pearl was also a prominent figure in the organization's activities. Together, the couple regularly hosted events at their home and sponsored annual gatherings for the Taiwanese community, which included: sports leagues and tournaments; choir practices, concerts and performances; political protests and fundraisers to benefit Taiwanese issues; invitations to Taiwanese government officials to visit Austin; ATA meetings and elections, and promoting Taiwanese culture through festivals, celebrations and banquets. In the late 1990s, Pearl also established a three-year Taiwanese Speech contest, and was involved in the creation of Austin's first Chinese School at the Hyde Park Church and Austin's first Taiwanese School on the UT campus. She also was responsible for the creation of the Austin Taiwanese Women's Association and served as the North American Taiwanese Women's Association South Regional Director for three years.
Politically, the couple often attended important conferences and ceremonies related to Taiwanese government and issues, often supporting the Democratic Progressive Party representatives in Austin. For two years, the couple was present at a banquet held in Houston to honor the Taiwanese Vice President and received the Taiwanese Consular Representative to the United States on his visit to Austin. Throughout their lives, Peter and Pearl have worked hard to promote democracy and freedom in Taiwan and advocate for human rights in their home country.
The Wu family moved from Taiwan to Austin, Texas in 1975, and has since been dedicated members of the Taiwanese American community, establishing several organizations and assuming prominent leadership positions. This collection contains various documents that include a family scrapbook, biographical and genealogical information, Pearl's personal notes, and various clippings, professional correspondence and ephemera.
This collection, comprised of two series, features extensive information about the Wu family's life in Austin, their early experiences and extended family in Taiwan, and their civic, political and cultural contributions to the community. There are over 700 personal photographs of the Wu family, with most of them dating from the 1970s to the 2000s. In addition to photographs, there are also programs and invitations for various charity, family and school events, letters from various individuals and organizations in recognition of Peter and Pearl's achievements, newspaper clippings from Chen-Chen and Ryan's early school activities, and documents and records about Taiwan. Four videotapes that depict three years of the ATA Mother's Day Concerts and the ATA's Lunar New Year celebration are also included in the collection.
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The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Materials were kept in the Wu Family home and donated by Pearl Wu to the Austin History Center on June 18, 2013 and December 11, 2013.
Wu Family Papers (AR.2013.018). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2013/030
Donation Date: 2013
Final processing and finding aid by Claire Cella and Esther Chung, May 2014.