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Travels in China – the food

If I had to pinpoint the most accessible cultural gift China has given the world, I would have to choose food. People who rarely meet Chinese people will tell me their favourite Chinese restaurant. They're trying to find common ground and food is the great common table at which we all partake. So let's talk… Continue reading Travels in China – the food

Chinese Culture · Chinese Genealogy · Genealogical Research

Travels in China – the Overseas Chinese

One of the more startling revelations from the trip was learning about the Overseas Chinese - that's us. We folk of Chinese origin, we whose ancestors migrated from Sze Yup/Wuyi, China from about 1850-1949, we who are Chinese-something, be it Chinese Canadian, Chinese Hawaiian, Chinese Malay, Chinese South African, Chinese Thai, Chinese Singaporean and about 100… Continue reading Travels in China – the Overseas Chinese

Chinese Culture · Photo History · Scanning family photos · The stories of WWII

Force 136 like you’ve never seen them – in living colour

I'm super excited to share today's post with you. Last week, I told you there would be a big surprise. HERE IT IS. Val Erde of Colouring the Past chose this photo to bring to life. Her research, talent and artistry literally brought tears to my eyes. It felt like the next best thing to… Continue reading Force 136 like you’ve never seen them – in living colour

Canadian Stories · Chinese Culture · Photo History · storytelling · The stories of WWII

Force 136 goes to London and takes some holiday snaps – a pictorial story of WWII

In March, 1945, a group of Chinese men travelled to London, England. It was the penultimate stop on their way to Poona, India. They had enlisted in the top-secret South East Asia Command (SEAC), known in India as "Force 136," and had completed basic training at Shilo, Manitoba. From Manitoba they boarded trains for the eastern… Continue reading Force 136 goes to London and takes some holiday snaps – a pictorial story of WWII