Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 like Leaky

Being a rooter is akin to an archaeologist, searching for signs about one’s history by studying the remains, looking for clues wherever they can be found. Instead of bones and artifacts excavated out of the ground, I am digging through archival files of my ancestors who traveled between China and the U.S. On one hand,Continue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 like Leaky”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 with NARA

Patience and perseverance. That’s what one needs to unlock the information stored at NARA, the National Archives & Records Administration. I filed a request on-line, but I had better luck on the telephone. Start earlier than later and be persistent. When I finally got through to an archivist and had my appointment, I felt a senseContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 with NARA”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 with Friends

I am part of the Chinese American story, but one thing that has made my mission to discover my heritage challenging is that I do not speak, read, or write Chinese. Now, I have friends to help me overcome that hurdle. My group is called Roots Plus. It’s for Rooters over thirty and also forContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 with Friends”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相

  Pigs are known for their rooting skills, and since I was born in the year of the pig (Chinese calendar), I ‘m sure I have a nose for rooting. I’m not looking for truffles, but I am searching for something precious, at least to me. My ancestors. This year, I joined a Roots group, anContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相”

Never too late to learn

As I’ve said before but I’ll say it again, “I am a perpetual student.” In fact, I love it when I can say that I learn something new every day. So, today I’d like to give a shout out to Lazlo Montgomery, creator of The China History Podcast. Montgomery’s interest in China’s vast history coversContinue reading “Never too late to learn”

Guided by Heaven’s way . . .

Strife in not new. Politics, wars, border lines, economics, you name it. It is clear that we are repeating the past, but will we learn from it? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863 – 1952) Maybe we can learn from Liu Bei, a Shu ruler during theContinue reading “Guided by Heaven’s way . . .”

When drinking water, remember the source.

  As I begin my roots journey to my father’s homeland with the Roots Plus group, I am inspired by the  Chinese adage “When you drink water, think of its source.” It means to remember where and how the water came from.  Don’t just be thankful for the water: be thankful for all the elementsContinue reading “When drinking water, remember the source.”

To people, food is heaven

The most common greeting in China is “Chi le mei?” (Have you eaten?) Maybe, because dining plays a central role in all social settings. An ancient Chinese proverb says, “Min yi shi weitian.” (To people, food is heaven.)  __Paraphrased from “A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts – A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales” by Ying Chang CompestineContinue reading “To people, food is heaven”