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.”

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”

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”