Linda Wu oral history interview and transcript
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This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.
Linda Wu was born in 1947 to Albert and Jane Gee as Linda Gale Gee in Bellaire, Texas. She has a sister named Janita, who is four years older. Her father was the owner of the famous Poly-Asian restaurant in Houston, Texas. After graduated from Bellaire High School, Mrs. Wu attended University of Texas at Austin, and graduated in 1969 with a degree in home economics. Upon graduation, she married Ted Wu, whose work took them to the Philippines and Hong Kong. When the couple moved back to San Antonio for Mr. Wu to attend law school, Linda Wu worked as a fashion buyer for Joske’s, a now defunct department store. She transferred to the Houston Joske’s after her husband graduated and got a job offer in Houston. In 1981 when her first child, Ted Wu Jr., was two years old, she left her job and became a real estate broker. She had another child, Kristen Wu, in 1983. Now retired, she remains active within Houston’s Asian American community by serving on the boards of organizations like the Houston Taipei Society, Dance of Asia America, and the Chinese Community Center. She was also the president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) in 2011, a position both of her parents once held. Active in the CACA since her youth, she remains involved today volunteering with the Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant, a tradition she has been involved in for thirty years.