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We Are American Soldiers

Nov 28, 2020

Filmmakers Katie and Gregg Porter discussed their process of documenting “We Are American Soldiers.” They shared their research and how they gathered information about that seldom written chapter in US history, as well as the challenge of finding photographs and films featuring Chinese American soldiers from that era.  Katie Porter is an actor, filmmaker, engineer,…

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Researching Military History and Records

Nov 07, 2020

Filmmakers Katie and Gregg Porter share their journey in documenting Katie’s maternal grandfather’s life and military service in their film, “We Are American Soldiers.” They described their research and how they gathered information about that seldom written chapter in US history, as well as the challenge of finding photographs and films featuring Chinese American soldiers…

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Why Can’t I Understand Auntie?

Aug 22, 2020

Linguist Patrick Chew provided a basic introduction on Chinese dialects, focusing primarily on the Pearl River Delta of Guǎngdōng/Gwong-dung Province and how these dialects affect not only identity, but also inter-communication and the effects on genealogy research. Patrick Chew is a UC Berkeley graduate with degrees in Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, specifically Chinese…

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The Chinese Name Game

Jul 26, 2020

Michael Ho gave an overview of Chinese naming conventions and practices that family history researchers may encounter in their research. Topics included surnames, differences in pronunciations, name order, married women’s names, and alternate names. He provided a demonstration of conducting searches using Chinese names, along with strategies on how to obtain better results. Michael Ho…

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Identities Lost and Found

Apr 27, 2019

Trae Nicholson shared her varied approaches to identifying “mystery people” in family photographs. After finding her father’s box of photographs that had been in storage for nearly 45 years, Trae spent 6 years identifying the 20 unknown people in the photographs.

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Jiapus and Family Genealogical Books

Sep 22, 2018

Steve Kwok discussed family ancestral books (jiapu and zupu) including: how to find them; how to make sense of the content (even if you do not read Chinese); and how to fill in the last generations based on your family research and generational poem. Steve Kwok, former Chair of CFHGSC, is passionate about genealogy and…

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