Uncovering and Memorializing the Hidden Stories of Your Family’s Past

BACGG invites you to join us on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a Zoom Meeting featuring author and historian Dr. Russell N. Low.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here is Russell’s description of what he will share with us:
I believe that your family’s stories are much more important and interesting than a laundry list of names and dates. Discovering and recording those stories and making them inspiring to a broad audience is our challenge for those who chronicle the human experience.

We will explore the decades-long research process that led to my uncovering the previously unknown family stories that became the books “Three Coins” and “The All-American Crew.”

Memorializing your family story is essential to preserve what you have spent years uncovering. You can create a book, photo book, documentary, or video. Choosing the right format depends upon your interests and skills. I will discuss how I wrote “Three Coins” and “The All-American Crew.” 

Finally, I will discuss the pros and cons of publishing your work by using traditional publishers vs. self-publishing. In my case, this journey I described in these words took decades to complete. There is no time like the present to begin.image.png


Sponsored by the Tsung Tsin Association of Hawaii
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 12noon Hawaiian Standard Time
2 P.M. Pacific (California) Standard Time/5 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Sunday, Nov 20, 6 A.M. Guangzhou & Singapore

By Gary R. Coover — an Illustrated Zoom Webinar with Q&A

Honolulu’s Chinatown as been the major focal point of commerce from the early days of Honolulu
and has been in a constant state of change and metamorphosis, sometimes gradual, sometimes
drastic. It represents a mixed plate of cultures, and closely reflects the many waves of human
immigration to Hawaii. In what is expected to be an extremely compelling and fascinating
webinar, it will take a look at the past, present and future of Honolulu’s Chinatown, all through the
lens of the Tsung Tsin Association clubhouse building, which celebrates it’s 107-year birthday in 2023

A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.
Gary R. Coover was previously trained as a licensed civil engineer and has always had an interest
in building design and the people that had a hand in creating it. In his recently published book,
Honolulu Chinatown: 200 Years of Red Lanterns & Red Lights, he has done some extensive
historical research into hundreds of historical buildings in Honolulu’s Chinatown from the turn of
the 19th Century to the present day.

To register, go to http://www.ttahawaii.com

Please enroll early. Limited to the first 1,000 participants, however a live stream to YouTube
will be available if exceeds capacity. No live Q&A available via YouTube

“Zoom Presentation: From Mui Tsai to World War II Heroes – A Multigenerational Tale of Courage, Resilience, & Diversity”, presented by Russell Low

Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:00 a.m. PDT and 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time – on Zoom.

Zoom Presentation:

Join author and historian Russell N. Low in an exploration of the early Chinese American Experience and its effects on Chinese Americans of the Greatest Generation in WWII with ripples that continue to shape our experience today.   

Click  Ripples here to register

Date/time  – Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM PST

                 This presentation will NOT be recorded.  

In a multimedia presentation, Russ Low will share a story that took decades to uncover using long-forgotten letters, old photos, interviews, and historical archives. 

Russell Low is a California-born 4th generation Chinese American physician who is a great-grandson of Hung Lai Wah, a Transcontinental Railroad worker, and Tom Ying, a rescued child slave. Russell’s passion for research, family history, and storytelling come together in recently published novels entitled “Three Coins” and “The All-American Crew.” 

In exploring the Ripples of Three Coins, Russell celebrates the heroism of the Chinese Americans in WWII from a very personal perspective. In 1941, two Chinese American brothers left the Oregon hop fields for the battlefields of the Pacific. One returns home with a Silver Star and the other is missing.  Now, 80 years later, their long-forgotten letters and dusty photographs finally tell their story in the new narrative nonfiction work The All-American Crew: A True Story of a World War II Bomber and the Men Who Flew It.

“Three Coins” immerses us in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1800s. The day-to-day life is set against human trafficking, racial discrimination, Tong warfare, and insidious anti-Chinese laws that threaten their existence in America.  

The unlikely strong protagonist in “Three Coins” is Ah Ying, a nine-year-old girl who comes to Gum San as a mui tsai or child slave in 1880. Ah Ying is horribly abused by her owners but defiantly holds out hope for freedom and love. Life at the Mission Home is good until her rescuers become her captors, and she must flee to be with her Gee Sung.

The estimated 20,000 Chinese Americans who fought for the United States in World War II did not simply appear at the recruiters’ offices. Instead, they were the products of their parents’ and grandparents’ struggles to be American in a country that did not want them and actively excluded them.  “The All-American Crew” presents Ah Ying’s grandsons, Loren and Stan, who enlist in the Army Air Force and go off to the Pacific to fight for their country’s freedom. 

Ripples of Ah Ying’s three Chinese coins helped to define the Greatest Generation for our Chinese American family. Yet, all of the Chinese who fought in WWII are connected to that same past. These men served their country, and some died before the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed in December 1943.

Order Books: Russell Low is offering signed copies of “Three Coins” and “The All-American Crew” for a tax-deductible donation to the  

(Click Dr. Russell Low and Carolyn Hesse-Low Nursing Scholarship to donate.

Select “Other” and enter $ for your donation. Fill in the other information and email Russ Low of the donation at threecoins1@yahoo.com and indicate your choice of book(s).) Suggested donation of $20 per book (includes shipping) and credit cards or PayPal are accepted. 

Donations are for students at California State University San Marcos School of Nursing (CSUSM)

Books ordered from Amazon do not include the donation to CSUSM.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~  Watch for Part 2 BACGG event, to be announced soon ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

The Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group will host a presentation by Russell N. Low, where he will share his research experience.  Researching the immigration of Chinese to America in the 1800s requires painstaking patience, diligence, and a healthy dose of good luck. “Three Coins” is the result of 30 years of turning over stones to uncover the unexpected truth about how one Chinese family came to be American.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Updates

On Saturday, April 23@10:00 a.m. PDT, we are honored to host Ambassador Elena Wachong (Costa Rica), who will provide a talk focused on the global barriers to finding Chinese diaspora family roots for non-Chinese speakers.  Ambassador Wachong will be joined by discussant, Dr. Lai Sai Acon (University of Costa Rica).  Dr. Judith Rubenstein (Granite Hills Press) will offer a special introduction, and Dr. Bob Stein will moderate.  Please register to attend@https://SDSU.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoce2upj8oEtMQaSjpbygDJYMXPvpaJP9U

On Saturday, May 7@10 a.m. PDT, we are excited to welcome Tiffany Chin, two-time bronze medalist at the World Figure Skating Championship.  Tiffany will be accompanied by San Diego City Council Director of Communications, Chris Chan, who will moderate the conversation. 

Please register to attend@https://sdsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsfu6ppzgrEtMWAXr_E0IK82eFiwg5LoI0 

On Saturday, May 21@10:00 a.m. PDT, we will be pleased to welcome Dr. Yong Ming Li, a Licensed Physician and Acupuncturist, Herbalist, board-certified Pathologist and Dermatopathologist, who has been practicing, teaching and doing research on traditional Chinese medicine for more than 25 years.  In anticipation of the May 27th opening of our exhibition, ACUPUNCTURE – 50 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES, Dr. Li will speak on the domestic history of the practice, recalling stories in relation to the effort to make this healing art legally supported in different states. 

You may register to attend @https://SDSU.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvduioqTstHNQagILMiTsp5EAbvZTMRitF

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizationTax ID # 33-0179740


Iris Chang Park, 688-694 Epic Way, San Jose, CA

April 23, 20221:00 PM – 3:30 PM

CHCP invites you to visit Iris Chang Park to celebrate Earth Day and to honor Iris Chang. Iris Chang was a Chinese American journalist, author of historical books, and political activist. She is best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking, and in 2003, The Chinese in America: A Narrative History.  The 2.6-acre park near Montague Expressway and Seely Avenue was inaugurated in 2019 to honor Iris. The park’s six installations were very thoughtfully researched and beautifully created to carry on Iris’ messages.

Special guests at the event will be Iris’ parents. Ying Ying Chang, Iris’ mom, will speak briefly about Iris and give us a tour of the park.  Then we will clean and beautify the park to honor Iris, while also celebrating Earth Day, Women’s History Month, and AAPI month. Some yard/landscape maintenance tools will be available, but best if you could bring your own broom, greenery disposal bag, small clippers, sunhat, kneeling pads, gardening gloves, etc.

This is a free event with refreshments served after the clean-up session.

Please RSVP to CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong at brenda.wong@chcp.org or 408-946-4015.

To learn more about Iris Chang:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_Chang