Gung Hey Fat Choi to you and yours. The best is yet to come.

Thank you one and all for joining us at the biggest EVER meeting January 15, 2020.

  1. Seminar Audio, PowerPoint linkand Photos Posted see Thank you David Lei for presenting.
  2. Group Photo click
  3. Our membership drive was widely successful. Thank you for your support to allow us the resources to help make each meeting better than the last. If you missed the January meeting and still wish to make a voluntary donation click, we recommend $20 or whatever you feel appropriate.
  4. SAVE THE DATE: March 18. Richard Le’s seminar details on how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. This will be a longer content rich session, so we will do a brown bag in the interest of time.
  5. Video and Photographer Volunteers Wanted. Many of you asked if we recorded the seminar. To do such, we need a volunteer to help us take video. Also, to capture the heart of our meetings, we need photographers to take pictures.
  6. Ear ring found. If you lost an ear ring send me a description and we will mail it to you.

Cross post from Grant Din via Chinese American Family History Group

Hello CAFH link
I just wanted to let the group know that I have been elected along with two other new members to the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society, based in Oakland. Founded in 1898, we have a library with over 38,000 items, access to many online databases, a monthly newsletter and blog, and we put on basic and advanced programs on all kinds of genealogy topics throughout the year. Check out our schedule to see some upcoming programs. Last year’s programs included topics such as Hawaiian sugar plantation worker records by Cindy Thompson, and the resources of the National Archives in Seattle by Trish Hackett Nicola. In 2018, CGS collaborated with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on a Chinese Genealogy Day. Speakers included genealogist Marisa Louie Lee, filmmaker Felicia Lowe, John Wong of Roots Plus, and me. Membership is only $45 a year.

I am looking forward to helping CGS continue to collaborate with groups such as the new Bay Area Chinese Genealogy GroupOakland Asian Cultural CenterChinese Historical Society of AmericaNational Japanese American Historical SocietyAngel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and many more. I see myself as a bridge between our wonderful world of Asian American genealogy and the mainstream genealogy community which has great resources and can also benefit from learning about our history, joys and challenges.
If you have ideas of programs or speakers where you or your group would like to collaborate, please let me know at


Bus Trip to See Joy Luck Club
CACS Foundation is hosting a bus trip to the theatrical production of “the Joy Luck Club” by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Place; Kohl’s corner parking lot, 1896 Arden Way, Sac. CA
Time: Departure promptly at 11:30am

Returns at 6:30-7pm depending on traffic

Price: $65pp (Includes sack lunch, snacks, ticket to play and bus trip)

RSVP by March 1 , 2020 Limited space 46

Contact: Karun Yee 916 591-8181 or
Make Check payable to CACS Foundation
Send check with name and phone number to:
Karun Yee, P.O. Box 60267, Sacramento, CA 95860

March 2020 Meeting with Richard Le

March 18, 2020 – Richard Le Speaker, San Francisco Public Library Research Librarian and Genealogy Instructor. You will learn how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. He will also discuss ways to overcome obstacles, trace ancestors oversea and extract clues from old photos and passenger lists. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and meet like minded family historians until 2:30 p.m.

About Richard:

Richard Le is a research librarian and branch manager who has offered genealogy classes and one-on-one assistance to those who want to trace their family history at the San Francisco Public Library. He has presented at professional conferences, developed curriculum for his family history and genealogy classes, and held family research workshops at different libraries and community centers in the Bay Area since 2009. More recently, he spoke at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.

Prior biography references from David Lei January 15 talk

An interview and David’s biography:
Center for Asian American Media: MEET OUR BOARD MEMBER: DAVID LEI link

Here is a short bio and a video in which he talks about the meaning of the dragon which is related to his BACGG talk on Chinese New Year

NBC News article interviewing David about the Chinese New Year Parade
NBC News: A Chinatown tradition, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is ‘American like chop suey’ link ~doug joe

Request for information to update my Bacgg Roster

Douglas Lam (DL): genealogy guide specializing in Zhongshan

Henry Tom posted this article on DL link. I know 80% of Chinese Americans have heritage from the Siyi region Wiki . DL (aka Douglas Lam), who is was born in and is fluent in the dialect of Zhongshan, has mentioned impending 2020 retirement. He plans to start a Chinese genealogy guide service. DL is from Australia, and other bacggers have used his service. I have never met DL and know him via our involvement in the Chinese Genealogy Forum link .

The reason for this post is not to advertise for him, but to ask if anyone else has had interactions with DL. Please email me mail . I would like to place a check mark next to your name on the Bacgg roster as having experience with DL. In the future, if anyone wants a reference, we have possible referrals. The following people have had experience with DL.

NameMember ID

Financial disclosure: I have no financial arrangements or relationship with DL

Who has been to Henry Tom’s genealogy conference more

This next request are those who has had interactions with Henry Tom. Like the above article, I want to collate those who are Henry Tom alumni. Please email me mail

NameMember ID
Diane Chan0036
Mae Jean0026

These people on my roster has no email nor contact information. If you can help me with these individuals, please email me mail

Wong, Dr. Don

Financial Oversight Volunteer Auditor

I would like to introduce Leona Lau, one of the early members of BACGG, who volunteered to insure financial transparency auditing my bookkeeping. She is a Certified Financial Planner and Enrolled Agent. Her practice centers around wealth management and tax reporting needs. She advocates for her clients to the IRS and FTB.

You can see all of your BACGG volunteers at the About link

We appreciate your participation and attendance. We can always use financial help Donation link $20 or what you feel our work is worth


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  5. At gatherings: cash or checks to any planning committee member
  6. Mailing address: c/o BACGG | 4391 26th St. | San Francisco, CA | 94131-1809


All-new signature exhibition opening January 26, 2020

California Museum, Archives Plaza, 1020 O Street, Sacramento

Discover the history and contributions of Chinese Americans to California from the Gold Rush to the present day in “Gold Mountain: Chinese California Stories.”

This all-new signature exhibition explores how Chinese immigrants came to California in search of a better life, then stayed and helped to build the modern state. In so doing over the last 150 years, they triumphed over racism and other obstacles with ingenuity and perseverance. 

In their stories, visitors will see the contributions that Californians of Chinese descent have made to our state’s economy, governance, and culture, and recognize the strength that comes from the state’s rich diversity.

Our Greatest Generation: A Salute to Chinese American WWII Veterans

a Public Event

January 25, 2020

Fremont Main Branch Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Honoring Chinese American Veterans of WWII

On Saturday January 25, 2020 the Fremont Main Branch of the Alameda County Public library will be the venue for an important public history event that will showcase the pending Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded by Congress and the work of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance’s (C.A.C.A.) in gaining passage of House and Senate resolutions authorizing the U.S. Mint to create this gold medal. 

Program Schedule 

10:30am  ̶ (Fukaya Rooms A & B). Keynote speakers from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance kick off the presentations by explaining the significance of this Congressional Gold Medal Award, and the history of the campaign to gain public support for passage of the needed Congressional resolutions. The keynote presentation will also explain how direct descendants of a WWII Chinese American veteran can apply to receive one of the limited number of free personal replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal Award which will be distributed by the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project. 

11:00am  ̶ A citizen’s panel of descendants of WWII Chinese American veterans will tell personal narratives of their WWII veteran’s service in America’s armed forces.  An “open mic” part of the program will give audience members a few minutes each to recognize their WWII Chinese American veterans for their military service. 

12:00  ̶ Break for enjoying a piece of “Gold Medal Cake”

12:15  ̶ Screening of the 1 hour documentary film “We Served with Pride” by film maker Montgomery Hom. 

1:15  ̶ A final “workshop” component of the day’s event will provide librarian research assistance for families applying for the personal replica medals.