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”

Celebrating Talk Story

To thank the Sponsors and all those who put in a lot of hard work to create the Talk Story Events and well as to those who attend, I’m offering a FREE copy of the e-book version of my first book, Conversations With a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium. You can download yourContinue reading “Celebrating Talk Story”

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”

Rooting for Truth – patience and persistence pays off!

Another day at NARA (National Archives) and digging through more files, I hit pay dirt. The ratio of Chinese women to men in the early days of Chinese Sojourners to the Gold Mountain (U.S.) was very small. So, I cannot help wonder what motivated my grand-uncle to bring his young wife, Toy Shee, to San FranciscoContinue reading “Rooting for Truth – patience and persistence pays off!”

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”

We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

Before I sat down with the files in the research room at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), I had no idea what my grandfather or great-grandfather looked like or that they had a birth name and a marriage name. I had no clue about the challenges they faced, the obstacles they overcame, andContinue reading “We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”