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Rogene Gee Calvert interview

 

Rogene Gee Calvert was born Rogene Hom in Houston, TX in 1948. Her dad had emigrated from the Canton region to the US as a “paper son” to the Homs, while her mom had been born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Rogene grew up in Houston as the 2 nd of four children. Her parents co-owned a grocery store in what is now Third Ward Houston so Mrs. Calvert grew up in the grocery business and began working in one at the young age of 11. During the 1960s, Rogene’s father was granted amnesty and granted US citizenship legally, so the family changed their names back to Gee.