14 May 2021

Published May 12, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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You might remember my story a few weeks back about Korean American actor Philip Ahn. He was the eldest of four children. How could I resist shining a spotlight on his little sister Susan?

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count : 100

AMERICAN HERITAGE

“Appa,” eleven-year-old Susan blinked back tears. “Why must you go back to Korea?”

“There is work to be done.” Dosan caressed his daughter’s cheek. “Do your best to be a good American citizen but never forget your heritage.”

***

“How do I know you’re not the enemy?” asked the enlistment officer.

“I’m not Japanese. I’m Korean American.” Twenty-seven-year-old Susan bristled but stood her ground. “And proud to serve my country.”

“Okay, sign on the bottom line.”

***

Refusing to surrender to sexism or racism, Susan Ahn Cuddy served during WWII and became the first female aerial gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy.

***

76 comments on “14 May 2021

  • Dear Rochelle,

    Your gem of a story had me wanting to know more about her, a woman of great determination and courage. And what a remarkable family, her father having led a movement to gain Korean independence from the Japanese.

    Shalom,
    Dora

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  • Nice story of a determined and resourceful woman. Like Neil, I like the question and answer,

    ‘ “How do I know you’re not the enemy?” asked the enlistment officer.

    “I’m not Japanese. I’m Korean American.” Twenty-seven-year-old Susan bristled but stood her ground. “And proud to serve my country.” ‘

    Liked by 1 person

  • Oh, dear, I fear I am really very extremely late getting around to this this week. It’s been a bit more than just hectic. I lost your comment, but thanks. In the end, it was found to be a rodentia issue that caused the fire.

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