Affidavit of Ngim Ah Oy Filed with the United States Consulate in Hong Kong.
Item From: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. (03/17/1939).
The 23 year old Lee Puey You sought to escape a war-torn China by emigrating to San Francisco on April 13, 1939 under the alias of Ngim Ah-Oy. Her original plan was to marry the 53 year old ‘widower’ Woo Tong, but she was detained by immigration officials for three days who were suspicious of her story. She spent an additional 20 months at Angel Island while her ‘family’ appealed her case all the way to the Supreme Court.
She was deported in 1940, but was able to gain entry to the US in 1947 following the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Acts. She sought to marry Woo Tong again, only to find that his first wife was still alive. She was forced into a state of servitude for the couple until Woo died in 1950.
After Woo’s demise, she was free to both meet and marry Fred Gin. They lived in harmony for a 5 years, bearing 4 children. However, this period of bliss was cut short in 1955 when she was again investigated for entering the country illegally. Lee confessed to using forged documents, and was ordered to be deported. Fortunately, this time her appeals were successful and she became a full U.S. citizen in 1959.