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