Rose Horowitz grew up in Shanghai, China
from roughly the 1920s until the late 1940s. Horowitz remained interested in China
throughout her career, writing about her experiences in China and eventually
establishing with California State University, Fullerton and the Skirball Cultural
Center in Los Angeles an Old China Hands Oral History Project. The collection consists
mostly of Horowitz’s files from the Old China Hands Oral History Project, including
correspondence between her and interviewees as well as her notes on the progress of the
project. Also included are Horowitz’s writings and research materials, including
newspaper articles and information on China, correspondence with archival institutions,
and her finished works on her life as well as the Jewish experience in China.
Rahma-Rose Jacobs was born in Shanghai, China, in 1924 to a Sephardic Jewish family. Her
father, who moved to Shanghai from Iraq, worked as the senior accountant for the Sassoon
family while her mother's family had roots in China going back to 1863. As a child,
Rose was often ill, but she was still able to attend the Western Public School for
Girls. After graduating, she began attending a business college, but had to stop when
the school was shut down in 1941 during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai.
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