2019.038.002 The Family Journey of Patrick and Rita Lee March 2019

Rita and Patrick Lee are first-generation Chinese Americans. In this interview, they address memories including Patrick’s journey from Hong Kong to America, the development of Patrick’s financial career, his business philosophy, their parenting philosophy, and their Chinese identity. They also bring family photos to the interview and give a short description to each of them.

0:00 - Introduction, Patrick born in Canton (1946), Moving to Hong Kong, Immigrating to the US (23 years old), Life in Hong Kong, Working in an import and export company in Hong Kong. 开场白,Patrick于广东出生(1946年),移居香港,移民美国(23岁),在香港的岁月,就职于香港的进出口公司

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6:14 - Patrick’s father applying him to the US, Patrick’s journey to the US (December 25,1969), Relationship with father, Working at Chase in Manhattan, Becoming a stockbroker, Opening his own business in Chinatown. Patrick的父亲为他申请移民美国,Patrick赴美之旅(1969年12月25日),与父亲的关系,就业于曼哈顿的大通银行,成为股票经纪人,在唐人街创办公司

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15:30 - Patrick’s business background, Working as a broker, Establishing Traderfield Security Inc. (October 18, 1987), Black Monday on October 19, 1987, Expansion of his business. Patrick的经商经验,从事经纪人,创立美通股票公司,1987年黑色星期一,事业扩张

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19:18 - Meeting Rita (1972), Details about Rita, Patrick’s Chinese customer, Patrick retiring (2012), Patrick’s leisure time in Chinatown. 邂逅Rita (1972),Rita的背景,Patrick的华人客户,Patrick退休(2012),Patrick在唐人街的休闲活动

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25:42 - Meeting Patrick (from Rita’s perspective), Dating in Chinatown, Using Cantonese to talk to each other and friends, Marrying (1973), living in Brooklyn (from a one-bedroom apartment to a three-story house), Having their son Kenny and moving to New Jersey in concern of gangster in New York City. 邂逅Patrick(从Rita的视角),在唐人街约会,用广东话与彼此及朋友沟通,结婚(1973),居于布鲁克林(从一房公寓到三层别墅),儿子Kenny出生并因顾虑纽约市的帮派问题,迁至新泽西

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30:08 - Living in New Jersey, Having their first son, Kenny (1976), Having their second son, Michael (1984), Rita staying at home for children, Rita involved in PTA and volunteering in the library, Difficulties of Patrick getting into a broker company, Chinese as ideal customers, Patrick’s business philosophy. 居于新泽西,大儿子Kenny出生(1976),二儿子Michael出生(1984),Rita在家育儿,Rita参加家长教师联谊会,并于图书馆担任志工,Patrick进入证券经纪商的艰辛过程,华人作为理想的客户,Patrick的经商哲学

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40:45 - Family time,Dishes that they often made (Chinese fish, chicken, meatball), Kids’ food preferences (Western food like spaghetti, pizza), Less Chinese in Manalapan Township, Kids’ relationships with non-Chinese classmates. 家庭相处,他们的拿手好菜(中式鱼、鸡料理、肉丸子),孩子们最爱的食物(西式料理,如意大利面、比萨),较少华人居于马纳拿潘镇,孩子们与非华人同学的关系

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44:50 - Patrick’s Chinese identity, Sons’ identities, Sons’ relationships with Chinese culture and languages, Kenny’s Chinese friends in college, Lees visit to Hong Kong (before 1997), Sons’ marriages with Asian Americans, Granddaughter’s Mandarin ability, The language boundary between generations (Mandarin and other dialogues; traditional and simplified). Patrick华人身份认同,儿子的身份认同,儿子与中华文化、语言的关系,Kenny大学华人好友,李家重访香港(1997年以前),儿子与亚裔美国人结婚,孙女的华语能力,世代间语言隔阂(普通话与其他方言,繁体与简体)

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52:38 - Parenting philosophy, Times with other Chinese families. 教养方式,与其他华人家庭共度的时光

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63:32 - Showing photos, Wedding photo (1973, Brooklyn), Photo of Kenny graduation UC Berkeley, Photo of the whole family, Photo of Patrick and Rita traveling after retirement. 照片分享,结婚照(1973年,摄于布鲁克林),Kenny加州大学柏克莱分校毕业照,全家福,Patrick与Rita退休后旅游照

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66:45 - Challenges of Patrick’s business(financial meltdown, Reagan assassination, and 911), Patrick’s experience on 911, Tips of having a business in Chinatown, Advice for the future generation. Patrick事业的波折(金融危机、里根暗杀案、九一一),Patrick于九一一事件的经验,唐人街的事业经营术,给后代的建议

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