Oral History Archive - Subjects
Hakka (Chinese people) , Jamaica, Biracial people, Genealogy, racism, journalism, NBC News, Diversity
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2015.048.011 The Family Journey of Paula Madison

This oral history focuses on the history of Paula Madison grandfather, Lowe Ding Chow, and her journey to trace her ancestral roots to find and reconnect with her unknown relatives. Paula Madison, former NBC executive vice president of diversity, wanted to uncover her identity through her grandfather history, because she wanted to learn the background of her Jamaican-Chinese heritage. Madison has always had this inherent connection with Samuel Lowe, the grandfather that she had never met, and realized that Lowe also had this overarching connection and influence with her other relatives, specifically her Chinese relatives. Through tracing the steps of her grandfather journey, she was also able to create a family business. Researching Lowe history allowed Madison to come full circle, and reconnect her previously lost family.





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