BACGG Digital Town Hall Meeting – March 2020

Presentation by Ron Chan, Executive Director

BACGG is a resilient community.  Our resilience is rooted from our China forefathers desperate to find a better life. Coming as laborers to America they toiled for a dollar a day in the sweltering Sacramento Delta farmland, and built foot-by-foot railroad tracks spanning a half a country. This is the resilient stock you descended from.

But out of concern and consideration regarding the COVID-19 situation, for the health and safety of our members and the broader community, we cancelled our March 18th meeting.

In keeping to our vision to share and educate, welcome to our first digital town hall meeting. We talk about our progress as an organization, future plans and upcoming speakers.

View The Digital Town Hall Meeting on Youtube …  

Please ensure your speakers are on, and on Youtube the volume is up to maximum

You may also download this presentation in several formats …

Ron’s March 2020 Powerpoint Slides (as pdf) link

Ron’s March 2020 Audio (as mp3) link

Let me know what you think about today’s digital presentation format, and if you like to see us digitally document sessions moving forward.

But in order to create these future digital resources, we need volunteers to help take photos (everyone has a phone camera/-) and video recordings (we have mic and cam). If you wish to assist, please contact Bruce Chin, to volunteer.

Be well with continued good health. 

Ron Chan, Executive Director

Volunteer Help Wanted: Part Time Bookkeeper

BACGG needs a Bookkeeper. I realize this is tax season and you book keepers / accountants are up to your eyeballs in returns, but after your life settles down, can you give us just a few hours a month? 

Bookkeeper duties:

Accounting/bookkeeper – Person to data enter financial transactions and maintain chart of accounts.  Good with numbers, organizational and communication skills. QuickBooks and Excel experience desirable.     

If you are interested helping as BACGG’s bookkeeper, contact:

Doug Joe, Treasurer         

Leona Lau, Volunteer Auditor   

Henry Tom’s China Tour

Overseas Chinese Genealogy Workshop & Tours by Henry Tom

Postponed from November 2020 to April 2021

Tour Segment 1- April 1-10 China Highlights

Includes Beijing (Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, Mutinayu section of the Great Wall (older than the Badaling) and the Summer Palace), Xian (Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque and Muslim Market), Hangzhou (Lingyin Temple, Longjing Tea Plantation, National Silk Museum, West Lake), Shanghai (Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Library, the French Concession, the Bund), Suzhou (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Grand Canal boat ride, Embroidery Research Institute.

Tour Segment 2 – April 10 – 21 China Genealogy Workshop and Associated Tours in Guangdong Province

You’ll explore your cultural history with visits to Mei Guan (Pass), walk through Kaiping dialous established as UNESCO World Heritage Site; experience full cultural immersion into rural country life at Cangdong Heritage Village in Kaiping, visit Jiangmen Wuyi Overseas Chinese Museum, former residence and museum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Zhongshan Folklore Museum, and much more. The highlight will be the Included workshop at Wuyi University with Professor Selia Tan, meeting with university researchers to discuss your personal village reports and plans for visiting your ancestral villages with a translator and driver.

Tour Segment 3 – April 21-27  Yunnan Province

Yunnan province is located in southwestern China and borders Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar and is home to many ethnic minorities (Bai and Nax) people. The landscape is varied with snow- capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. It was home base for the Flying Tigers. Visit Kunming, Lijian Ancient Town, Dali and Shuhe , Xizhou and Zhoucheng Old Towns.

Tour Segment 4 – April 11-19 Taiwan*

This is basically a “Do It Yourself” tour of Taipei and island tour of Taiwan based on Henry Tom’s recommendations where participants book their own flights and hotel booking. All the tours will be provided by Viator Tours.

There will be a day trip “Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour”, from Taipei to old world towns of Jinguashi, Juifen, and Pingxi  and a 5-day tour that includes Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung and Taitung.

* This is a tour option for those who want alternative to Segment 2  

For more trip details, contact information and registration:

CANCELLED: March 18, 2020 meeting.

Cancelled in concern for your safety regarding the Corona virus.

Reminder, this will be a BROWN BAG EVENT.

March 18, 2020 – Richard Le, genealogy instructor, will be our speaker at the Family History Center directions (not at the SF Public Library). You will learn how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. He will also discuss ways to overcome obstacles, trace ancestors oversea and extract clues from old photos and passenger lists. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and meet like minded family historians until 2:30 p.m.

About Richard:

Richard Le is a research librarian and a branch manager of the San Francisco Public Library. He has offered genealogy classes and one-on-one assistance to those who want to trace their family history at the SF Library. He has presented at professional conferences, developed curriculum for his family history and genealogy classes, and held family research workshops at different libraries and community centers in the Bay Area since 2009. More recently, he spoke at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.

CANCELLED 2020 Las Vegas Chinese Genealogy June Workshop

Cancelled due to concern for your safety regarding the Corona virus

Chinese American Genealogy Workshop, June 2020, Las Vegas

Workshop dates: Monday thru Wednesday – June 29 – July 1,2020

Hawaiian Package is June 28 – July 2, 2020 for arrival & departure dates

8:30AM – 5 PM   Maile Room (mezzanine level near elevators & escalators)

California Hotel & Casino  12 E Ogden Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 385-1222

This workshop provides insightful presentations on Chinese genealogy research. It instructs attendees on how to use various techniques to advance their own research and discover the interesting information pertaining to their family / clan history and to identify those resources that can best serve them.  There will also be exposure to the various information, material, and tools available on the Internet and in books and other sources to assist in compiling and documenting Chinese lineages. The ancestral villages of attendees will be identified and located – the primary source for family genealogy books.

This is a “how to” workshop that educates you on what you need to know in order to start performing Chinese genealogical research. The intent of the workshop is to educate people about Chinese genealogy research – so they can start researching and compiling their Chinese genealogy lineage – without having to be Chinese literate.  Some of the Chinese narratives, lineage annotations, and histories do require translation.  Please bring your family genealogy information and lineages and let experienced researchers assist you during the “Hands On Learning & Consultation” roundtable sessions in the afternoons. 

This is a 3-day workshop: Morning Presentations, Afternoon Roundtables and Hands – On Tutorials 

Registration: Please contact Henry Tom [] 480 980 8715 to register – there is a $275 registration fee per person to defray the cost for the workshop and associated fees.  After June 1, 2020, there are no refunds and the registration fee is $325 per person for mail in or on-site registrations.

The hotel cost is $180 per person for the entire 4-nights hotel (requires double occupancy) which also includes 3 meal coupons per day per person (4 days) – you can also use the meal coupons for restaurants in the California Hotel and in the adjoining Main Street Hotel & Casino.  Single person room rate is $263.  Additional nights before and/or after the four-night package based on availability is $80 plus 13% room tax – no meal coupons. Resort fee of $19.20 will be charged daily on any additional nights. Once your registration form & check is received, a Group Name & Group Code will be emailed to you to book your room under this special package. 

Lee Family Association Spring Banquet

Sunday March 8th, the Lee Family Association will have their annual Spring Banquet with sacrifices and veneration rituals at the Association 915 Grant Ave starting 11:45am.  For those related to the Lee clan and wish to visit the Lee Family Assn and witness this ceremony, let me know by emailing:  David Lei will be there to make intros and explain the rituals.

Oral History Workshop with Richard Cheu

Date And Time

Sat, March 14, 2020, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM PDT

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 11:00 – 1:00PDT


Chinese Historical Society of America Museum

965 Clay St

San Francisco, CA 94108

Join us at CHSA for your chance to learn the best techniques and practices for keeping your family history alive!

About this Event

Interested in keeping your family stories and history alive forever? Learn how with historian Richard Cheu! Richard will be hosting an oral history workshop for fellow historians, professors, students, and other interested researchers so that they can learn the best practices for conducting oral history research.

Richard has been conducting research on Chinese American history since the 1980s. He also conducted monthly oral history interviews at the Museum of the Chinese in America (MOCA) and has recorded the stories of his late wife and mother. His expertise in oral history will provide attendees with a workshop that discusses the importance of oral history, legal considerations, and while also giving participants the opportunity to practice interview and listening techniques.

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