2018.033.002 The Family Journey of Thomas C Ahn

Thomas C. Ahn is the current vice president of the Real Estate Division of Mount Sinai Hospital. He received MOCA 2018 Legacy Gala Award for his participation in the construction of the Central Street side of the museum, his service as a board member, and plenty of contributions to the community. In this interview Mr. Ahn discusses his childhood raising by a single mother, assimilation into American society, careers in gymnastics, engineering, construction, and real estate, and his participation and contributions to MOCA and the Chinese American community.

0:00 - Introduction, Born in New York City, Raised by single mother, Growing up in Long Island, Raised as an American, Not having cultural exposure to Chinese history, Mother’s art talent, Majoring in architecture in high school and college, Gymnastics, Switching to engineering 訪談背景介紹,於紐約市出生,由母親獨自撫養長大,成長於長島,作为美國人長大,沒有接觸中國歷史,母親的藝術天分,在高中與大學主修建築,體操,轉讀工程

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8:13 - Mother’s family and memories about China, Mother sent to the US for education to escape the invasion of the communists, Mother having no desire of going back to China, Not having deep conversations about their heritage, Becoming a gymnast in junior high school, Mother from being worried to being convinced, Gymnastics as a gift of his life 母親的家庭與對中國的記憶,母親被送往美國受教育以逃離共產黨的侵入,母親不想回中國,不曾與母親深入談論他們的家族史,在中學時成為體操選手,母親從操心到被說服,體操是他的天賦

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18:08 - Career, Being a civil engineer in an environmental firm in Philadelphia, Doing engineering design at American Electric Power, Changing career to construction, Working at NBC TV, Doing engineering/construction at Mount Sinai, Promoted to real estate department, Witness the changes of Mount Sinai for over twenty years, Features of being an engineer 关于事業,在費城環境公司擔任土木工程師,為美國電力公司做工程設計,转行至建筑,在國家廣播公司電視台工作,為西奈山醫院做工程,升任房地產部門,目睹西奈山醫院二十年間的起起落落,工程師工作的特點

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24:57 - Relationship with MOCA, On the board of the American Cancer Society (Manhattan Hope Lodge), On the board of MOCA, Construction of MOCA (Central Street), Philosophy of giving back to the community, Proud of MOCA’s annual Golf Outing, Fundraising for MOCA, Passion in serving a cultural institution, Method of sustaining himself on 與美國華人博物館的關係,加入美國癌症協會董事會,加入美國華人博物館董事會,美國華人博物館工程(中央街新館),回饋社區的哲學,以美國華人博物館年度高爾夫郊遊為傲,為美國華人博物館募資,为文化事业服务的热情,持續投入的方法

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34:56 - Best memory of being a board member, Lessons learned from being a board member, Rarely thinking about whether he is Chinese, American, or Chinese American, Not really experiencing bamboo ceiling, Advice to people having those kinds of experiences - focus on what is best for them and move on 擔任美國華人博物館董事會成員最難忘的經驗,在擔任美國華人博物館董事會成員的所學,極少自我認知為華人、美國人或華裔美國人,沒有經歷過竹子天花板,給那些曾經經歷過的人的建議——專注於最適合他們的事情,並繼續前進

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43:04 - Meeting his wife at NBC TV, Marrying(1986), Wedding day (Banquet at Silver Palace), Wife’s Chinese heritage (growing up in Chinatown), Interactions with his mother-in-law, Having their daughter (1999), Daughter’s education performs, Raising daughter, Daughter’s exposure to Chinese heritage (intern at MOCA, go to Chinese school), Memory with Chinatown Health Clinic. 於國家廣播公司電視台邂逅妻子,結婚(1986),婚禮(喜宴辦於銀宮大酒家),妻子的華人背景(成長於唐人街),與岳母的互動,女兒出生(1999),女兒的求學經歷,扶養女兒,女兒接觸華人文化遺產(於美國華人博物館實習、就讀華僑學校),對華埠健康診所的記憶

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