Louie Clan Reunion

Our ancestors must have been looking over us. For such a short time to pull it off, WE DID IT! Many thanks to the Soo Yuen Association for hosting our Louie Clan Reunion. It was wonderful getting together in person to hear our families’ stories and to connect people not only from the same clanContinue reading “Louie Clan Reunion”

Rooting for Truth: From genealogy researcher to author to speaker

When I began “rooting” for my ancestor’s stories, I never dreamt that it would change my life. Most rooters will tell you what an awesome feeling it is to stand on the earth where your ancestors stood, if you are lucky enough to find that location. It took me twenty-six years to find that spotContinue reading “Rooting for Truth: From genealogy researcher to author to speaker”

TALK STORY

I’d like to invite you to join me at TALK STORY in Washington DC on April 14th. See the flyer for more details. Many thanks to the sponsors – the 1882 Foundation, the Chinese American Museum, OCA, Chinese Service Center & CACA – for the invitation to share my story about “rooting for truth” andContinue reading “TALK STORY”

Rooting for Truth: A Legacy Lives On

“There is something in all of us that thrills to this experience of touching the past. It could be an old letter, a genealogical record, a battlefield, a cemetery, or fragments of an ancient text.” (James Tabor) Those words touched me deeply as I pondered how to share the story that I’d unearthed as IContinue reading “Rooting for Truth: A Legacy Lives On”

Rooting for Truth – A sojourner returns to the family villages

For two years, I looked forward to taking my sister Florence to our family’s villages. After much planning, we finally arrived in early November 2018. I remembered the way after studying my notes from the trip in 2016 and Google and Baidu maps on-line. However, as we drove to San Duo village, road construction blockedContinue reading “Rooting for Truth – A sojourner returns to the family villages”

Celebrating the birth of a book – Conversations with a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium

There is a Chinese proverb about a red thread of fate that connects us. I felt that red thread pull me to my ancestral villages in China, and through the veil that separates most folks from the spirit world. It played such a huge part in my life even before I knew anything about anything.Continue reading “Celebrating the birth of a book – Conversations with a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 Doors of Guangdong

  I had no idea when I started “rooting” that it would be so much more than finding my father’s village and honoring my ancestors in their homeland. It will take me years to fully process the experience. As a student of architecture, I was fascinated with the doors and windows. They became the symbol ofContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 Doors of Guangdong”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 Coming Home

  Coming home: I knew today would be miraculous, but I have no idea how exactly it would play out. The trick is to get out of my own way. Today was the first day we hit a road block in the village, Sam Dor, where my father and two uncles were born. Only twoContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 Coming Home”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 – First Day

Our first rooting day gave us an opportunity to experience two of Albert Cheng’s adages: 1. Be flexible (which means “we think we’re going to one person’s village, but we might end up at another’s) and 2. Be open to miracles, aka divine intervention from our ancestors. As our bus rolled into the village, weContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 – First Day”

Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 About The Red Thread of Fate

Rooting is like the Chinese legend about the red thread of fate 姻缘红线. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. The two people connected by the redContinue reading “Rooting for Truth 寻找真相 About The Red Thread of Fate”