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.

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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