[05/17/2013 article on the website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at https://www.uscis.gov.%5D
Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290, Oakland CA 94607
A unique opportunity for those of Chinese descent
Enjoy a day with the experts!
Learn the basics of Chinese American genealogy and how to build your family tree.
Keynote speaker: FELICIA LOWE
The Bay Area filmmaker discusses the Chinese American experience and shows excerpts from her movie “Chinese Couplets,” about uncovering her mother’s hidden past.
GRANT DIN: “The Importance of Family Stories”
MARISA LOUIE LEE: “Chinese Exclusion Records at the National Archives”
JOHN WONG: “A Pilgrimage to Your Ancestral Village”
General Admission $60: California Genealogical Society Members $40
Door prizes: a DNA test kit, subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Fold3.com and more.
Lunch from Peony Restaurant included
Registration and details: https://tinyurl.com/yaw549p2
Go to CaliforniaAncestors.org for more information.
California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612-3031
If you are interested in finding your roots in Guangdong, China, read this article.
Chinese Americans on tours to Guangdong
“Chinese Temples in the Pacific Northwest,” Thursday, October 26, 7 – 9 pm, Seattle Pacific University, Ames Library, 3226 Sixth Avenue West, Seattle, 98119
Dr. Chuimei Ho and Dr. Bennet Bronson will discuss “What happened to Chinese temples in the Northwest? In the 1910s, how did a formerly vital Daoist-Buddhist faith, central to the lives of tens of thousands of immigrants, vanish almost without a trace? Was Christianity the cause?”
Excerpts from notes from John Gong, a grandson of Arthur Chin (Chin Suey Tin):
There is information in the article that I had no idea existed or things that happened to him. I am truly amazed; I have never seen that photograph of my grandfather previously. I was very fortunate to have inherited my grandfather’s entire Chinese Air Force and China National Aviation Corporation collection from 1932-1950. I spent many summer in Portland with my grandparents and from a very early age took interest in my grandfather’s military career…so he instructed my grandmother to give me the collection.
After reading the blog, I was so emotional. I had no idea this happened to my grandfather, I shed a few tears and had a difficult time sleeping last night. I shared the blog entry with family members and they were equally surprised. I cannot imagine making such a decision (at a young age) to leave his home/family to go fight a war in a foreign country and then lose your citizenship! On a side note, my grandfather did not graduate high school because he left to fight the Japanese. My grandfather and I graduated high school the same year in 1986!
The Chinese Exclusion Act case file enlightened our family on what happened to my grandfather. He kept this chapter of his life a secret and I can now understand his distrust of the government.
Forever grateful, John Gong
AN ACT OF EXCLUSION –Chinese History in the Pacific Northwest
Helen Ying and Trish Hackett Nicola offer a powerful combination of lectures on Chinese history in the Pacific Northwest in “An Act of Exclusion,” Friday, August 25 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for the 5:30 p.m. dinner and program are $22, the 6:30 p.m. set of programs only are $5. Purchase tickets by August 23. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org