Kay Wang had a reputation for being strong-willed–a reputation she earned as a child.
When this interview was recorded, Kay was 87 years old, and reluctantly answered questions from her son, Cheng, and granddaughter, Chen.
Just weeks after their conversation, Kay Wang died of cancer.
StoryCorps asked Cheng and Chen to come back into the studio and record a tribute to Kay — and that’s been turned into an animated short called “No More Questions!” — which you can see here.
Click here for the transcript.
Chen Wang (CW): How'd you meet Grandpa?
KW: I was a training nurse in a hospital. He was there for hemorrhoid operation. So when your grandpa see me, your grandpa keep on asking me to get married. And I said, "I don't like you. You have bald headed." I didn't like him because he's ugly. But one thing about your grandpa -- he's very smart. That's it. No more question.
CW: Just a couple more questions?
KW: Short one.
CW: Short ones.
CW: Short ones. Tell me about working at Bloomingdales. What did you do?
KW: You know what I do. I'm not going to tell you.
CW: No you have-- you have to talk about it.
KW: I am a detective. I got the very famous designer. I better not mention her name. She stole a dress three thousand some dollar. So I walk out the store. I said, "Would you like to pay me that dress?" She said, "Do you know who I am?" I said, "Ya, you're a thief." So, that's my life.
CW: Do you have any regrets?
KW: No! What should I regret? No. I think I'm old enough to do what I would like. And that's it.