Legacy Project: Bonnie Oh

Category: FirstGen, Legacy Project, Original Video, Video


Bonnie Bongwan Cho-Oh was raised believing in equal education for both men and women, despite the obstacles she faced as a woman growing up during Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Dr. Oh shares her story on how she came to America for higher education and how her husband became her main supporter in pursuing her academic career.

Dr. Oh has been known as an academic activist for Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies. She is credited to have started the first women’s studies course at Loyola University and also the first Asian American course at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Bonnie Oh is a graduate of Barnard College, receiving her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and finishing her Ph.D. in East Asian History at the University of Chicago. Dr. Oh retired as Distinguished Professor of Korean Studies at Georgetown University, where she also served as the Director of Women’s Studies.