My Home Town!
I was thrilled to read this picture biography - Hazel Ying Lee is from my hometown and is buried quite nearby!
How did I not know anything about her life, her passion for flying and her contributions to WWII as the first Chinese American WASP? Well, I do know why I never learned anything about this fearless woman - her contribution, her life did not make it to the history lessons because we did not value them in the same way we recorded others' lives. But there is so much to recognize and admire about Ying.
Fearless in the face of hardship, fearless in the face of racism, fearless in the face of gender discrimination - this fearlessness is something we must show and teach our children!
Bold, courageous pursuit of our dreams change the world.
Making It Real
How about taking your kiddos to a nearby Air Show? There are hundreds of air shows scheduled across the country every year and the Airshow/Aviation Stuff site keeps calendars for both the United States and Canada.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area you can visit Hazel's resting place at the Riverview Cemetery.
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