Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Helen Wong Hom World War II Chinese American scrapbook and printed materials, 1944-1998 (bulk 1944-1947) MS 641



source dnr Lau, Teresa Hom
creator Wong Hom, Helen
Title: Helen Wong Hom World War II Chinese American scrapbook and printed materials
Dates: 1944-1947
Abstract: This collection includes a scrapbook created by Helen Wong Hom during her time in San Antonio during World War II, associated with the FAB-100 officers and friends. Helen Wong Hom appears to have been associated with the first group of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Bureau's group of 100 Chinese officers who later became known as the FAB-100. Many of these officers served as interpreters, translators, and trained others in aviation and radio mechanics.
Identification: MS 641
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Helen Wong Hom was born in 1921 and immigrated to the United States with her mother and brother at the age of seven. Their point of entry was Angel Island, known as the "Ellis Island of the West," in the San Francisco, California area. It is not clear how long the family was detained at Angel Island, as their arrival was during the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act, with immigration quotas severly limiting access to Chinese immigrants. Helen Wong Hom and her family reunited with her father, a merchant in the area, and later moved together to San Antonio, Texas. The family was there during World War II, when China and the U.S. were allies in the war effort. Helen Wong Hom appears to have been associated with the first group of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Bureau's group of 100 Chinese officers who later became known as the FAB-100. Many of these officers served as interpreters, translators, and trained others in aviation and radio mechanics. The family later moved to Houston, Texas, where Helen Wong Hom worked as a grocer and homemaker.


Content Description

This collection includes a scrapbook created by Helen Wong Hom during her time in San Antonio during World War II, associated with the FAB-100 officers and friends. 7"x10" bound scrapbook with attached photos and loose photos, plus 2 pamphlets related to the FAB-100.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, woodson@rice.edu.


Index Terms

scrapbooks
photographs
pamphlets
Chinese Americans
World War (1939-1945)
Lau, Teresa Hom

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Helen Wong Hom World War II Chinese American scrapbook and printed materials, 1944-1998 (bulk 1944-1947), MS 641, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Teresa Hom Lau, of Houston, Texas, daughter of Helen Wong Hom, in 2015.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Scrapbook and photographs, 1944-1947

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1 Scrapbook, 1944-1947
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2 Photographs



Series II: Printed materials, 1945-1998 (bulk 1945-1949)

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3 "One Hectic Year: A Chronology, Published on the First Anniversary of the Oversea Association of Interpreting Officers of Foreign Affairs Bureau, National Military Council, Republic of China," describing F.A.B. Personnel in USA S. A. A. C. C., San Antonio, Texas, 1945-1946
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4 "FAB Fellow News," Issue No. 7, April 1, 1949, published in San Francisco, CA
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5 Helen Wong Hom biographical sketch, from Angel Island Immigrant Journeys of Chinese-Americans website, 1998