We are deeply saddened by the increase in recent hate crimes against the Asian American community across our country. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, friends, and communities of those impacted in the recent Atlanta, San Francisco and New York City attacks. These are only few of many incidences highlighted in the news, but hundreds more are going unnoticed every day in the cities and communities we are all a part of. We recognize the rise in hate crimes is not new to our community and the continued struggle to educate and work towards a better and inclusive society during and after the pandemic includes acknowledging and accepting our individual responsibility.

Regardless of where we live, we all have been affected. We each are responsible for making informed choices that will impact us, our families, and neighbors. Do not let hate and ignorance fuel crimes against Asian Americans or anyone. We need to stand together, to support and protect each other and our communities more than ever before.

Stay informed and report the crime if you are harmed, assaulted or if you witnessed a hate crime. Stay vigilant and travel in groups, because there is strength in numbers. Learn how to be prepared to protect yourself and to stay safe in dangerous situations. To learn more, here are some websites to educate yourself, your family and your friends.

~ BACGG Planning Committee

Other organizations speaking out on #Stop Anti-Asian Hate:

PBS 8 Actions you can take to fight anti-Asian Violence https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/what-you-can-do-to-fight-violence-and-racism-against-asian-americans

Stop AAPI Hate https://stopaapihate.org (report any incidents to this site)

Asian Law Caucus (Asian Americans Advancing Justice) https://www.advancingjustice-alc.org

Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

How to Help Stop Hate Crimes Against Asian American’s https://www.papermag.com/help-stop-hate-crimes-asian-americans-2651116989.html?rebelltitem=17#rebelltitem17

Bystander Intervention training https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/

10 Steps Toward Bridging Our Painful Racial Divide https://www.niot.org/blog/ywca-10-steps-toward-bridging-our-painful-racial-divide?gclid=CjwKCAjwgZuDBhBTEiwAXNofRB_ffyDgyazp6-jUNEiuxCV13M07b0c1UJN04wbadc8KU7MI2pJGXxoCll0QAvD_BwE

Chinese Genealogy Workshop ($ Fee)

Dates: June 28 – 30, 2021. Place: California Hotel, Las Vegas. Cost : $325 registration fee

Hotel and Meals: 3 Meals a Day. 4 nights Hotel. $180 per person (double occupancy). June 27 arrival with July 1 departure

Deadline To Register and Book Hotel: May 26, 2021

Class Registration and Agenda, plus China Trip Plans:


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. 

There will be translators at the workshop to help with limited translations. Please bring your family genealogy information and lineages and let experienced researchers assist you during the Round-Table sessions in the afternoons. 

Presentations (45 minutes each): Keynote – Paper Son Graduated from Stanford Medical School, Intro to Chinese American Genealogy Research, Family History in Personal Documents & Non Traditional Sources, Documenting Family History, Researching Sources, Chinese American Oral History, Principles of Naming Conventions, Migration to Pearl River Delta, Digging Deeper with DNA

Round-Tables (1 hour 45 minutes per day):Translations, Finding Ancestral Villages, Technology, Documenting Genealogy Research, DNA Genealogy, China Workshop

Hands On Tutorials (2 1/2 hours each): Documenting Your Family History, Conducting Oral History Interviews, DNA Genealogy

Covid Safety: Please wear masks. Only five (10 is capacity) people per table.

Possible Cancellation: If minimum number of registrations are not received by the May 26 deadline, all check payments will be shredded and Paypal payments refunded.

Additional information is provided by downloading documents. Questions? Henry.Tom@cox.net

Sweeping for clues: Qingming, Cemeteries and Names

Saturday, April 24, 2021 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PACIFIC TIME

Webinar Series: Sweeping For Clues: Qingming,Cemeteries and Names
A New CFHGSC Webinar featuring Patrick Chew
Saturday, April 24  10-11am PDTQīngmíng (also known as “Tomb-sweeping Day”) is a Chinese festival observed in the Spring and recognizes the traditional reverence of one’s ancestors. During Qingming, Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors to pay their respects, clean the gravesites, and bring offerings. Offerings would typically include flowers, symbolic food dishes and the burning of paper gifts.

Patrick will delve into the history and background of the festival. More importantly, he will examine the potential treasure trove of family history information to be found at the cemeteries and inscribed on the headstones. Patrick will provide more tidbits on surnames and names, as well as touch on some current relevant projects.
Patrick is a UC Berkeley graduate with degrees in Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, specifically Chinese and Altaic languages. Patrick Chew is the Internationalization / Localization Manager at Change.org. When he is not working on languages, linguistics, and technology, Patrick continues his passion for genealogy, which has provided an integral grounding to his own heritage. By applying insights from his academic and real-life experiences, Patrick hopes to share some of this with you in his presentation.

Click below to register:


9 Badass Women in Chinese History

Celebrating Women’s month March 2021 was this article from thatsmags.com. I believe the site is not in the United States (probably on mainland China) and the link has been very slow to load on my home ISP. I therefore (with moderate effort) took images of the site and combined them to make reading more accessible for those in the United States. The hyperlink below is the URL to the site and our users can view the site itself. ~dj MAR2021


Baldwin Chiu & Larissa Lam Documenting Underrepresented Family Stories” workshop at RootsTech!

PBS showing of Far East Deep South

May 3, 2021

Time is to be determined.

Baldwin Chiu and Larissa Lam had over 1,300 people watch their “Documenting Underrepresented Family Stories” workshop at RootsTech! If you missed it, watch it here.

Baldwin and Larissa offer suggestions for researching, documenting family history, and include available resources.

Beginning Steps to Finding Your Chinese Ancestors

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Central Standard Time (Chicago time zone)

Learn the first steps in collecting and gathering family data and searching U.S. genealogical records for Chinese family information. We will discuss the importance of identifying the Chinese surname character and the ancestral village in China. We will share resources that will help you on your journey to find your Chinese ancestors. Presented by Kelly Summers, an Accredited Genealogist. 

This is a joint program with the North Suburban Genealogical Society. Please join the NSGS for a short meeting prior to the presentation. All are welcome.

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter. Go to below link and click the purple REGISTRATION link on left side of screen to register for the presentation.


Three Coins: A True Story of Kidnappings, Slavery & Romance in San Francisco’s Chinatown

March 13, 2021, 1PM PST, Zoom

Click Here to Register

Three Coins tells the true story of Ah Ying, who in 1880 was kidnapped and brought to America as a 9-year-old child slave. With her friend Sue Lee she survives, and takes control of her life. Her indomitable spirit takes her from one trial to the next as she is rescued, elopes, and is kidnapped yet again in her search for freedom and true love on the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Russell Low is a physician with a passion for discovery and storytelling. Discovering the 1903 Hong family photograph among the belongings of 100-year-old great Uncle Kim sparked a decades-long search for the stories behind the photograph. Russell frequently lectures on Chinese-American history, and his family’s story has been featured on the History Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Voice of America, the California State Railroad Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Learn more at: https://www.russlow.com/