Thanks to readers who recommended it, I picked up a copy of The Diary of Dukesang Wong at my favourite local book store, McNally Robinson. It's a slim volume and an easy read - no more than 115 pages not including bibliography. It is the only first-person account of the life of a Chinese railway… Continue reading The families of old Canada: Dukesang Wong, Chue Ah Louie and Yip Sang
In this post I explore the Chinese name "Ah" and discuss the implications for genealogy.
In this post, I learn how to type Chinese on a computer, and then find out the meanings of my family's names. Then I show you how I did it so you can do it too.
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My article in the Sing Tao Daily is published. I can't read it in Chinese but I have tools I'll share with you, plus a personal memory of the Sing Tao.
Documents only tell a part of the story. Here's how I put them together.
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
Part 1 of my multipart series on travelling to Sze Yup, Guangdong, China to find my family roots.
Here is the post I wish I'd read 20 years ago: How to find a Chinese surname if you only know your name in English
If you are planning a trip to the BC Archives, here are my top need-to-knows.