2015.048.005 The Family Journey of Mynoon Doro

Mynoon F. Doro, born in Kaohsiung Taiwan, immigrated to Bay Ridge Brooklyn as a junior in high school with her family. She begins by sharing her experience with the English school system and the discrimination she faced when applying to college. Despite her guidance counselor’s doubts, Mynoon and her brother gained admission to Columbia University where they both majored in engineering. She continues her story where she attends graduate school at Yale and begins working abroad for AT&T. Throughout her story, her father’s desire for her to get married is prevalent, leading to her marriage to “genius” of non-Asian ancestry. Mrs. Doro’s personal journey intertwines with her professional journey where she makes sacrifices in her home to become a notable woman in her industry both in the United States and in China.

0:00 - Introduction, Having a similar name with brother in pronunciation, Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Father migrating from Shanghai in 1949, Life in Taipei, Grandfather was wealthy in Shanghai before 1949, Migrating to the US because of the concern of CCP, High-achievers in her family, Father asking children to stand by their own feet anywhere in the world, As a shy person.

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10:52 - Enrolling in Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, Shocked by how Americans dressed, Majoring in engineering, Selected by the National Science Foundation as one of the talented students, Improving English skills, Father asking her to apply for Ivy League, Feeling discrimination when the school was not supportive to their application process, Getting into Columbia University with her brother.

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18:25 - Quitting her passion in art, Receiving a full scholarship to Yalefor graduate study, Engineering school, Father’s past in China and Taiwan, Father joining the Korean War for the US army, Father coming to the US two years ahead of the rest of the family as an engineer at American Electric Power, Moving in New York City.

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28:44 - Receive more than deserve, Discrimination when she joined AT&T, Feeling strong in this kind of situation, Thoughts about having a MOCA Journal Wall tile, Father believing that marriage is more important than a career to a woman, Finding a mate at Yale, Meeting her husband, Husband as a talented and nice person, Partnership.

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39:03 - Differences between the couple (race, political party, and religion), Parents reactions toward the marriage, Achievements, Assigned by AT&T to China to build its infrastructure of telecom, TV network, and railroad network, Family support, Father suffering from an immune system disorder disease and cancer, Moving from Boston to New York.

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53:22 - Learning English from her husband, Career, As the first female engineer in a chocolate company in 1975, Joining AT&T, Asking her husband to be a medical doctor, Moving to Boston, Workingat AT&T in Burlington, Massachusettsin 1982, Working in China, Lucent Technologies, Inc.collapsing, Her experience echoing her father’s, Deciding to enter finance industry, Hired as a financial adviser.

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68:39 - First Asian family in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Dentist refusing to treat her because of her race, Chinese heritage, Collecting Chinese antiques and paintings, Sons traveling in China, Sons’ Chinese heritage, Painting talent, Self-identity, Not think that much about race, Overcoming difficulties as an immigrant forge her personality, Names of family members.

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