Joan Hsu Jih-Hoong Cho
Born August 8, 1932 in Shanghai, China to Mifoo Hsu and Pearl (Wang) Hsu
One of four children — Margaret, John, Joan, and Paul
Moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong where they lived for several years in Repulse Bay.
Studied a year in University in Hong Kong before transferring to University of Chattanooga, majoring in English and education.
Joan met Frank Cho in 1951 in New York City (NYC) at the wedding of Theresa and Horace Chow.
Joan received funding from the Ford Foundation to get her masters in teaching from Yale in 1952.
Upon graduation from Yale, Joan moved back to Hong Kong for several years to teach English as a second language at St. Stephens.
Frank proposed in 1958 and they returned to North America where she planned to attend graduate school at University of Toronto while waiting for her United States visa. Eventually, she landed her first job in America as a secretary at the United Nations in NYC.
Joan and Frank were married in Brooklyn on October 7, 1960.
In 1962, Yee-Ping was born, and in 1968, Yee-Ann was born.
The Cho family moved from New York to Colorado in July of 1978.
Frank retired in 1989. Joan and Frank moved to southern California in the summer of 1997, settling in Laguna Woods.
Frank died in March, 2014.
Joan continued to live in Orange County until the fall of 2020 when she returned to Colorado to live close to Yee-Ann and her family.
Joan passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
This little, super low-res video was created years ago in iMovie to celebrate mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary, before videos became ubiquitous (and before I really knew what I was doing technically). I had some old films converted that were then combined with new footage that I shot on a digital movie camera. It's rough all over, but mom and dad were thrilled with it (they were an appreciative and forgiving audience).