Dr. Gloria Wong Chung (1925-2007) was a leader in the struggle for healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and one of the first female A/P/A psychiatrists in the US. Born in Taishan, Guangdong Province in 1925, she and her family immigrated to the US in 1929, settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1948, and for the next fifty-eight years worked as a psychiatrist specializing in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry. Over the course of her career, Dr. Chung introduced a number of innovations in psychiatric care, including providing mental health services to municipal jail inmates, pregnant adolescents and women suffering from clinical depression, as well as using anger management training to alleviate domestic violence. In 1965, she, along with eight others, founded the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC). CPC began as a small volunteer-run family assistance program, but is now one of the largest providers of social services to Asian/Pacific Americans in the US.
The Gloria Wong Chung Papers contain personal correspondence, notebooks, health brochures, photographs, awards, certificates, and newspaper clippings. Dating from 1947 to 2004, these materials document Dr. Chung’s efforts to promote healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and her work as one of the first female A/P/A psychiatrists.
To learn more about the contents of the Gloria Wong Chung Papers and Photographs, located at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the collection’s finding aid.