Susan Anh Cuddy was born in Los Angeles in 1915 to Dosan Chang Ho and Helen Anh, who were possibly the first Korean married couple to immigrate to the U.S. Susan graduated from San Diego State in 1940. Two years later, she was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy where she achieved the rank of lieutenant. Susan was the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. military and later she served with the National Security Agency as a code breaker with top secret Pentagon clearance.
In 2003, Susan was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her public service. In addition, she received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center of Washington, D.C. in 2006.
"In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free" - Maya Angelou
Her story of courage and love has been a source of inspiration throughout the years. A champion for compassion and a voice for those who could not speak, Maya Angelou you will be missed dearly.
An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)
The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.
The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.
The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly. Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph.
For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.
Very interesting info! Thanks for this.
Kangkeeree Namfon #2 of Thailand is tackled by Salimeh Abdollahbakhsh of Iran during the Kabaddi Women’s Team Preliminary Group A Match 5 between at Ansan Sangnoksu Gymnasium on day three of the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games on July 1, 2013 in Incheon, South Korea.
(June 30, 2013 - Source: Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac) (via Kangkeeree Namfon Pictures - Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games: Day 3 - Zimbio)