January 25, 1946 - December 14, 2020
Our family, friends, and community are mourning the loss of Judith "Judy" Yung. Born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown, she was the fifth daughter of immigrant parents detained at Angel Island.
A graduate of Galileo and St. Mary's Chinese Language high schools, she earned her B.A. in English Literature and Chinese Language from SF State College. She also earned a Master's in Library Science then Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.
Her many professional accomplishments include establishing the first Asian Public Library (Oakland) in America; breaking new ground on documenting the histories of the Immigration Station on Angel Island and Chinese women of America; and inaugurating the first courses in Asian American Studies at UC Santa Cruz. A beloved professor and recipient of multiple awards from community and professional organizations, Judy's primary commitments remained her community and family.
Judy passed away on December 14, 2020 after suffering a fall in her home. She is survived by sisters Sharon, Sandy, Virginia, and Pat, and 22 nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. A memorial celebrating her life will be held this spring, when conditions allow.
To continue her work and honor her legacy, donations can be made to the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
, or any community nonprofit of your choice.