Lourdes Lee Kong oral history interview and transcript
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AuthorKong, Lourdes Lee
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.
Lourdes Lee Kong was born in 1953 in Zamboanga City, Philippines to Chinese-born immigrants. Her father, who passed away when Lourdes was two years old, originated from Eng Tsun, China, while her mother was from Tante, China. Lourdes’s first language was Mandarin Chinese, but she also speaks English, Fukien, Tagalog, Chavacano, Visayan and Spanish. Lourdes is one of 10 children. She completed a 5-year program and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Santo Tomás. Shortly after, Lourdes migrated to the United States in 1977 at age 24. Her first job was as a Ward Clerk at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, which she began immediately after moving to the United States. Her most recent work began at age 49, when she was appointed as the Clinical Coordinator of the Diagnostic Imaging Department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Lourdes is currently retired and living in Houston, Texas.