Sonia Shinn Sunoo was a Korean American teacher, researcher, and writer. This small collection consists primarily of Sunoo's
oral history interview transcripts with early Korean immigrant picture brides (mail order brides). The collection also contains
research materials regarding this topic in the form of correspondence, clippings, and notes.
Sonia Shinn Sunoo was a Korean American teacher, researcher, and writer. Her father left Korea for the United States in 1903,
as part of the very first Koreans to emigrate. He worked on a sugar cane planation in Hawaii for two years before moving to
California. Her mother left Korea at the age of nineteen as a picture bride to marry Sonia's father. Sonia was born in San
Francisco in 1915 and grew up in Chinatown. She went to San Francisco State College where she majored in English and Biology.
She also earned a M.A. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education.
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