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

Rooting for truth has taken a new dimension for me. Two years ago, I found a nugget that turned out to be a gold vein. The veins grew and grew until I traveled to Beijing in October where I was able to meet Lei Zhangbao and his family. He is a direct descendant of YangshiContinue reading “Rooting for Truth – A Legacy Lives On”

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 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 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

  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”

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.”