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Zoya Shlakis Collection, circa 1902-2009Save to your list. | Special Collections & Archives

Title: Zoya Shlakis Collection, circa 1902-2009Save to your list.
Extent: 54.94 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1930-1949
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Zoya Shlakis was born in Mukden, China in 1927, to Stayses and Alexandra Shlakis. Her father was of Lithuanian descent and her mother a White Russian. The Shlakis family fled Russia for China, eventually settling in Shanghai in 1936. In 1948, as Communist forces advanced across China, the Shlakis family relocated to Taipei, Taiwan. In Taipei, Zoya acquired a visa under the 1948 Displaced Persons Act, which allowed her legal entry into the U.S. The collection consists of records documenting Zoya's life in Shanghai (ca. 1930s-1940s), correspondence with friends and family, numerous Old China Hands activities, and photographs documenting the Shlakis family from the early days in Mukden in the 1920s until 2008.
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