Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was reluctantly taken to a StoryCorps booth by her son and granddaughter. Though Kay resisted, she still had stories to tell—from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale’s department store. Kay passed away just weeks after that interview, and her son and granddaughter returned to StoryCorps to remember her gentler side, which she kept to herself.

Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
Backgrounds: Bill Wray
Producers: Mike Rauch & Lizzie Jacobs
Art Direction: The Rauch Brothers & Bill Wray
Animation: Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by: Katie Simon & Michael Garofalo

Music:
Fredrik
Label: The Kora Records
Publisher: House of Hassle

Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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