Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Maggie Gee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Gee, Maggie
Interviewer(s):
McGarrigle, Leah
Li, Robin
Stine, Kathryn
Title:
Maggie Gee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Gee's stories represent two generations of "Rosies" -- her mother, Ah Yoke Gee, had worked as a welder in the Richmond wartime factories, and Maggie herself had also worked in the factories, as a draftsperson at Mare's Island, and also flew with the WASP's, testing planes and flying transport missions. Since that period, she has maintained an active presence in local Democratic politics, and is able to provide long-term perspectives on Berkeley politics and Chinese Americans in the Berkeley area. The interview provides much-needed perspectives on extra-Chinatown Chinese American communities, inter-racial community-building in Berkeley, and women in the workforce and local politics. Maggie Gee also shares amazing stories of her love of flight, training to become a pilot, and what the experience meant to her in terms of class, gender, and politics.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2003
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10260533
Rights:
Gee, Maggie. "Maggie Gee: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Leah McGarrigle, Robin Li and Kathryn Stine in 2003. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.