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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