Morgan, Josie Gin

This interview is with Josie Gin Morgan and covers the stories of Josie’s parents’ immigration from China in the 1930s/1940s and their life operating neighborhood markets in Tucson in the 1950s/1960s. Josie shares stories about Tucson’s Chinese community in the 1950s-1980s, with descriptions of market life, high school socializing and dating, relations between the Chinese and Mexican-American communities, and educational and gender expectations. The decline of small Chinese markets in the 1980s is also a major theme, as is the creation of an Asian-Pacific Student Affairs center at the University of Arizona in the 1990s, and Josie’s current work as an academic advisor.

This interview was recorded on April 5th, 2017 at the base of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona.