The Mystery Aussie

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 – Zoom 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Free.

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The link to each Zoom meeting, along with the handout, will be sent to everyone on the mailing list several days prior to the session.
Presenter: Pam Wong

At a time when most Chinese villagers never strayed far from their birthplaces, Jan See Chin joined other sojourners seeking a way to make a living overseas.  In 1884, at barely fifteen years old, he emigrated from Guangdong, China, to Queensland, Australia, by sea, at the time of British colonialism. Battling his way in a hostile white man’s society, he received meagre earnings working at odd jobs while he struggled to adapt to local culture.  He saved enough to buy a small farm, and then married a young half-Chinese, half-British woman named Maud Young. Together they raised thirteen children.  

Pamela Wong writes about Chinese immigrant experiences against the backdrop of historical events.  Passionate about preserving oral stories about experiences of the elders, a UCB alumna, Pam writes about future generations in mind to help them understand that they stand on the shoulders of their predecessors.

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