Chien-Shiung Wu Commemorative Forever® Stamp First

Thank you for your interest in the virtual First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Chien-Shiung Wu Commemorative Forever® Stamp. This virtual ceremony will be carried on the Postal Service’s social media channels, Facebook and Twitter. The USPS video is longer available.

Do click on the start triangle to view a video about Chien-Shiung Wu video below.

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) was a Chinese immigrant who became a nuclear physicist in an almost entirely male-dominated field in the 1950s. She worked with Oppenheimer and Fermi on the Manhattan Project, helping develop the method for separating nonfissionable uranium 238 from fissionable U-235—the bomb’s key fuel. Her experiment on the non-conservation of parity disproved a fundamental law of physics that had been considered incontrovertible for 30 years. The male theoretical physicists she worked with were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1957, but she did not get the award this time, nor for earlier work on Beta decay that was also considered Nobel-worthy. She was awarded the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. She’s one of only two individuals being honored with stamps this year, and in a year that the USPS is honoring Asian-American achievement. The art for her stamp was done by Asian-American painter Kam Mak.

BACGG New Year Recipes

INTRODUCING THE VIRTUAL BACGG CHINESE NEW YEARS RECIPE FLIP-BOOK

Chinese New Years is almost upon us and we hope you are making plans to prepare for the Year of the Ox.  Today we launched our virtual BACGG Chinese New Years Recipe Flip-Book to share with you. Each recipe is a traditional dish and a family favorite to welcome in the New Year. The first five recipes includes a link to watch the video of home chef demonstrating how to make their dish.   Enjoy!   

UPDATE March 6, 2021: Added are 16 NEW recipes and measurements to “Jai May’s Way”

Hint: To print to pdf (same as download, which does not work), choose the Save to PDF option after you click on the printer icon on just above on the left, then choose where on your storage device you want to save the file.

Chinese American Research: Challenges and Discoveries

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    • 2:00pm Eastern
    • 1:00pm Central
    • 12:00pm Mountain
    • 11:00am Pacific
    • 7:00pm GMT

Registration https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4564025900074699023

The Chinese Exclusion Act, in effect from 1882-1943, made it difficult for Chinese to immigrate to America but also created a myriad of documents, many stored in the National Archives, which help genealogists. Researchers often have to determine if family names are “real” or “paper” because of what people had to do to overcome discriminatory laws. The workshop will provide an introduction to these and many other resources, and offer suggestions on other available documents and organizations.

Presenter: Grant Din

Grant Din has conducted genealogical research for over thirty years and currently serves on the board of the California Genealogical Society. He served on the staff of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation for eight years and currently volunteers there to manage the Immigrant Voices website with over 220 stories of West Coast immigrants from throughout the world. Grant’s interest in genealogy started at a wedding reception in his youth, where a relative showed him a page from a family tree showing he is in the 36th generation of the Gong family (he’s also a 24th generation Owyang). He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, an M.A. in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. in sociology with emphasis on urban studies from Yale University, and has traveled throughout the U.S., China, and Japan for his research. Recently, Grant was a part of the research team for The Six, an upcoming film about the Chinese who survived the Titanic. He has over thirty years of experience in the Bay Area non-profit sector and lives with his family in Oakland, CA.

How to Prepare for the Year of the Ox

To help you prepare for the Year of the Ox, we are Introducing our BACGG virtual flip-book on “How to Prepare for the Year of the Ox.”  This virtual flip book is only a highlight and we invite you to do more research on your own. Start by talking to your family to gather any forgotten personal family New Year traditions. 

We are also collecting family recipes to include into our BACGG flip-cookbook. Please email them to bacgg.jeannie@gmail.com by February 27, 2021. 

$25 Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group 2021 Membership

Dear BACGG Family

I hope 2021 finds you healthy, and looking forward to new BACGG programs. Our potlucks at the Family History Center are sorely missed. But the biggest loss due to COVID, was being and bonding as a genealogy family. Missed are the live sharing of stories and family history.

It is time to sign up for your 2021 membership, of $25, payable by Feb 11, the day before Chinese New Years when you traditionally pay your debts. Please consider continuing your membership and supporting BACGG with $25 online by Paypal, Zelle, Apple Pay, credit card using Square, google payment or Venmo at:  https://bacgg.org/index.php/due/   Or, you may send a check written to BACGG, 4391 26th St., San Francisco, CA, 94131-1809.  BACGG is not a nonprofit organization and your payment is not tax deductible. 

It looks like we will not be meeting live in the near term, so you probably asking why should I continue being a member? Well, it actually costs us more to run BACGG remotely due to technology costs, rather than live. BACGG cannot survive without your support as we are a 100% all volunteer organization. 

Here are some of the things we delivered in 2020, despite COVID.

New BACGG Website (bacgg.org). We had 10,033 logins viewing 19,893 pages for news, new programs and family history research tips.

1 Live Event, and 6 Webinars covering Chinese New Year, Family Associations, Chinese Night Clubs, Operation: WWII Chinese American GI, and how to use Census / Vital Records data to find your past.

Networking. Through the BACGG network, members have helped members overcome genealogy roadblocks.

Power in Partnerships. BACGG partnered with the Chinese Historical Society of America and Chinese Historical and Cultural Project resulting in our most successful webinar ever, honoring WWII Veterans with 1500 participants online!  100% of the support you made to our webinars went directly to our partners to help pay for the sessions. Thank you for helping keep us solvent.

OK, so what is in it for me in 2021?  We only have a limited number of seats available in our webinars. As a byproduct of doing online sessions, our program participation capacity spreads far beyond our original live Bay Area roots. So as a benefit of being a member, you get first right of refusal to a seat in all our programs and projects. 

Paying members are offered webinar seats first, with any remaining offered to nonmembers. Paying members also can participate in programs like posting a WWII Veteran Remembrance, https://bacgg.org/index.php/ww2-rememberances/ .  

Although 2021 is still in the planning process, we have great plans to kickoff the new year.

  • February. The year of the Ox is fast approaching. Last year David Lei shared the history of how to prepare for the new year, but did you actually follow through? Watch for announcements to help you get ready for the new year of the Ox.    
  • April. Still in the planning process, but we are working out the details for a special program to potentially include an Angel Island Immigration Center virtual tour, and a presentation on its genealogical relevance to our family history .
  • and more to come with your continuous input!

It does not go without saying that BACGG is only as good as its team. So I would like to thank the volunteer Planning Committee, Gail Chong, Jeannie Young, Leona Lau, Bruce Chin, Doug Joe and our newest member Al Low. Plus all those of you who have contributed in posting BACGG web updates. 

If you would like to assist with planning our activities, or have speakers / topics you wish to hear, please contact me.
It has been an honor to serve as Executive Director from BACGG’s inception through 2021. I look forward to “seeing” you all soon.

Until then, be well. Be safe.
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Ron Chan   陳光宗 , Executive Director, Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group

Back to Basics

After many presentations on Chinese history like WW2, Nightclubs, Chinese New Year, we decided to return back to our basics of genealogy/family history techniques.

First in our series is Kelly Summers 2 parts on evaluating census records. Because of the personal relationship Gail has with Kelly during both a China visit and Henry Tom seminar, we were able to secure what normally is a fee based course Kelly wanted to contribute her part as a member of BACGG and supports out work. Kelly tailored her talk to our orientation on Chinese American family history. Kelly is an excellent teacher and explains well the nuances of using Vital Statistics. I would recommend commissioning if you need help finding your relatives whereabouts using the census reporting.

Session 1 was Zoomed on 12/2 for – Census Research training.
Session 2 was Zoomed on 12/16 for – Vital Statistic Research training.

About Kelly Summers 夏開理 sumkelly@gmail.com

  • Accredited Genealogist® – US Midwest, US Pacific, Spain, Mexico
  • Brigham Young University, Adjunct Faculty, Family History
  • Utah Genealogical Association, Board of Directors, President 2017-2021
  • Salt Lake Community College, Genealogy Program Instructor
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Chinese Genealogy Course Coordinator & Instructor 2020
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Virtual, Chinese Genealogy Course Coordinator & Instructor, Fall 2021

The ICAPGenSM service mark and the Accredited Genealogist® and AG® are registered marks of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

Because this was our first non Webinar meeting, we limited invitations in order to do a proof-of-concept trial. The meeting was a success with 9/9 responders to the poll stating they had learned new research tips from Kelly.

Thank you Gail and Kelly.

addendum: handouts pending (Jan 14)

Oakland Chinatown Today, Oakland Chinatown Tomorrow

Oakland Asian Cultural Center is very grateful to our event partner, Eastwind Books, for collaborating with us to present the 2nd event in our 2-year humanities program series, “Community Voices to Empower Change”.

The Oakland Chinatown Today, Oakland Chinatown Tomorrow panel was on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

You can view the recording below or here: https://youtu.be/FOkWPqJfnNc

Many resources were shared in the chat by panelists and audience members during our event (listed in the order of posting). 

– William Gee Wong’s Oakland Chinatown book available at Eastwind

– Asian Health Services (AHS)

– Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) (IG: @apen4ej)

– Chinatown Improvement

-Displacement Strategies Document

– East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)

– Eastwind Books of Berkeley (IG: @eastwindbooks)

– Friends of Lincoln Square Park

– Good Good Eatz

– National CAPACD

– National CAPACD’s AAPI Anti

– Oakland Asian Cultural Center (IG: @oaklandasiancc)

– Oakland Chinatown Coalition

– Story of Oakland Chinatown dentist whose grandfather made aviation history

– Ted Dang: twd113@aol.com

If you would like a copy of the chat transcript, it is available upon request at programs@oacc.cc.

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you again at a future OACC event.  

OACC Programs

– A performance by the first Chinese orchestra created in Oakland Chinatown

Discover Your Story at RootsTech Connect – Free Registration

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Join the world’s largest family celebration for free to unlock your family’s history and learn how to preserve the stories of your life.

25 – 27 FEBRUARY, 2021

Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.

Celebrity Keynote Speakers

Keynotes are a huge part of RootsTech events. They deliver messages of inspiration and hope. Stay tuned for the full lineup of keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Virtual Marketplace

The virtual Marketplace will be the perfect place to see the latest innovations, interact with companies from around the world, and find answers and resources to aid you in your work. Plus, get real-time help via video or live chat!

Cultural Activities

Celebrate the world’s cultures with activities such as homeland cooking demonstrations, yoga, and music from around the world. These experiences will be available throughout the online event and on demand.

Connect with Family from Anywhere

Finding cousins and interacting with other attendees is an important part of the RootsTech model. Enjoy exclusive opportunities to chat with other attendees through various messaging boards, social media interactions, and video chats.