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: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/995ckd8dp5qjqne/AABNycw9-fczkioxOM6OvzqTa?dl=0

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   http://www.thecal.com/

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 [ Henry.Tom@Cox.net] 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@leifamily.com.  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.

Seating is limited – Your ticket includes entry to CHSA galleries & exhibits.

Newspapers.com free today. Cross Post from Marisa via chineseamericanfamilyhistory@groups.io

Hi Chinese American Family History Group folks,

In case you’re not already burning the midnight oil using it, the “Publishers Extra” edition of newspapers.com is free until midnight (mountain time) tonight.

If you don’t have time today and are a first-time user, there’s still a free trial subscription for seven days that you can redeem (and then it’s $120/year afterwards.)

My Louie family was quite (ahem) prolific in its news coverage, so I thought folks might enjoy seeing some gems from local papers in Fresno, CA.

Best wishes,


Our Lost Years – 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066



Sunday, February 16, 2020


11:00 AM, 2:00 PM


2 hours

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front, National Historical Park

1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804

Join us for a special screening of the new film, Our Lost Years followed by a Q&A with the Director and Producer Lane Nishikawa. The film was created by the San Diego Chapter of the JACL and Lane Nishikawa to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. The film examines how lives were challenged, how livelihoods were lost, how families persevered and started over, and how the generations who have followed continue to feel the effect of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.


Seating is limited. Please call the Visitor Center at (510)232-5050 to make a reservation. 

The Chinese diaspora’s homeland: The archaeology of an emigrant village in southern China

Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Stanford Archaeology Center

The global dispersion of Chinese migrants from rural villages in southern China between the late nineteenth- and early twentieth century is often described as a labor diaspora. While these migrants labored abroad, they also maintained connections to their villages by sending remittances, writing letters, returning for visits, and building new homes. Archaeological investigations of migrants’ home villages provide a lens for understanding the material consequences of the maintenance of these transnational ties. In this talk, I will discuss my research on an emigrant village called Wo

Hing in the Gom Benn village cluster, which was partly established by Chinese migrants in the Riverside and San Bernardino Chinatowns in southern California. The Chinatowns are no longer extant but have been excavated in cultural resource management contexts; Wo Hing village and the majority of its original buildings still stand but have never been studied. I will provide brief highlights of the results of my surface collection in Wo Hing followed by a more in-depth discussion of the building and fresco survey I conducted in the village. My preliminary results indicate that migrants selectively incorporated foreign objects and architectural ornamentation into their everyday lives.

Laura W. Ng is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her dissertation examines the materiality of transnationalism by focusing on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Chinese migration to the United States. Through an archaeological lens, she traces the transpacific linkages between three diasporically connected communities: two Chinatowns in southern California and a village in Taishan, Guangdong, China. Her research is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Wuyi University Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, and various centers and programs at Stanford University. Laura earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

West Coast Immigration to the United States in the 20th Century

Oakland, FamilySearch Library. Sat, March 21. 2020 from 1:00PM to 2:30

20th Century immigrants to the west coast arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, and California. Some immigrants arrived overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted who and how the immigrants arrived. Many examples from the Angel Island Quarantine Station and Immigration Station will be used. 

Class will be a 75 minute presentation following by Q & A.


‘Our time is now’: How the California Museum is honoring Chinese American history

A long-term installation on Chinese American history in California dating to the Gold Rush period is now open to the public at the California Museum in Sacramento.

The exhibit, which began Sunday, lays out the history since the 1840s through a display of historical artifacts, photographs, interactive video stations and activities.

The exhibit is very important to teach our community, others and our children about the history, said state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, at the grand opening. Pan is the first Asian American to represent Sacramento in the California Senate.

“We have waited long enough,” Pan said. “Our time is now, and it is important that Chinese Americans and all Asian and Pacific Islanders have the opportunity to play leadership roles in this state and this country.”

The role of Chinese Californians in building the transcontinental railroad is well-known, but their other contributions in shaping the state over the last 175 years are often overlooked, said Amanda Meeker, the museum’s executive director.

“This exhibit highlights their unsung role in the state’s past and present while revealing connections to current issues of race, nationalism and civil rights,” Meeker said.

The exhibit covers six themed sections in its exploration of the Chinese American experience from the Gold Rush to now. It displays contributions not only to the transcontinental railroad to its completion in 1869, but also to the state’s agriculture, fishing and manufacturing. It also features how Chinese Californians fought racist laws, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a federal law that barred immigration from Chinese laborers, as well as the incarceration of Chinese immigrants at the Angel Island Immigration Station from 1910 to 1940.

Visitors watch an animated video about the story of Dr. Henry Yee, Chinese American who came to the U.S. in 1908, at the California Museum in Sacramento on Jan. 26, 2020