Today April 21 is Helen (Hye Ryon Lee) Ahn's Birthday and Death Day - Dosan's wife died in her sleep on her birthday.
1941 Helen (Hye Ryon Lee) Ahn in Los Angeles
Helen Ahn was born in Pyongyang in 1884. She passed away in 1969.
Helen Ahn was a driving force in Dosan's life and in the Pioneer Korean American community. She worked hard cooking and cleaning in houses and hospitals. She worked in orchards and vineyards. She helped organize the first families in the Korean community. Since she was one of the first Korean women to come to California she knew how to use her experiences to help other women adapt to domestic American life. She was kind of like a social worker and even marriage counselor. She supported the Independence Movement work and the Young Korean Academy program. She was the first president of the Korean Patriotic Women's Association in 1919. She gave her hard earned money to support Dosan's work as an activist and reformer. And, she raised the five Ahn children, mostly by herself. She did all this without complaining. She saw her sacrifices as her duty to her husband, her family and her country. She remained a Korean citizen. Since all her children were born here and US citizens, she made sure they participated and voted. Helen Lee Ahn was a courageous strong woman. She is an important historical figure in the foundation of the Korean American community in the United States.
1911 Riverside - Helen Ahn with her son Philip (second from Right) and other chikdren from the Pachapa Alta Cuesta orchard workers' camp.
1917 Los Angeles Ahn family portrait: from left Philson, Dosan, Soorah on lap, Philip, Soosan and Helen
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