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  • August 14, 2022 3:57 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)


    Click to enlarge CHCP's special celebration for Spirit of '45: Living History Day at History Park included:


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  • July 25, 2022 5:31 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The Speaker Series presenters (pictured in the first photo from left to right) are: William Lee, Richard Mar, emcee Chris Jochim, Janet Chang, and Elena Wong Viskovich.

    In this Speaker Series event, alumni of Chung Mei boys' home and Ming Quong girls' home gathered together to share their stories of resilience and kinship. Alumni from both homes reminisced about their experiences growing up in their respective homes, how they survived and thrived, and ultimately, how it shaped their lives and their drive to succeed. 

    View the recording of the Speaker Series event below:


    Nona Mock Wyman, author of books on the Ming Quong home, who could not participate in the Speaker Series, has contributed a poem and haiku in lieu of her live presence.

    ‘TWO’ ALUMNI OF THE MING QUONG HOME ACHIEVED THEIR GOAL
    WITH THEIR BAMBOO SPIRIT
    THEY PERSEVERED, DELETED THE INFAMOUS WORD:
    “PROSTITUTES”
    FROM THE INNOCENCE OF YOUTH

    MING QUONG’S NAME REPUTEDLY INTACT
    THE SANITY OF THE MQ ALUMNI - AND-
    THE MING QUONG STORE IN WALNUT CREEK
    ARE RADIANTAS IT SHOULD BE;
    FOR “MING QUONG” IN CANTONESE MEANS
    “RADIANT LIGHT”

    BEHIND THESE TWO WOMEN WERE DEDICATED
    MING QUONG ALUMNI
    THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT AND BELIEF COMPELLED THEM ON
    EARNEST CONVERSATIONS;
    WITH UPLIFT FAMILY SERVICES
    BOTH PARTIES AGREED

    THE ORIGINATORS AND TEACHERS OF THE MING QUONG HOME
    CAN NOW REST IN PEACE
    AS EACH ERROR CORRECTED - FOSTERS AMERICA’S TRUE HISTORY
    AMEN - AMEN

    This poem was inspired by the work of Elena Wong and Janet Chang for their passionate mission correcting the inaccuracies of the history of the Ming Quong residents.

    Haiku by Nona:

    CHUNG MEI-MING QUONG BROTHERS, 
    SISTERS, 
    COUSINS, 
    FOUND THEIR SAFE HAVEN

    Be sure to view the first two webinars in this Speaker Series: 

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  • July 13, 2022 3:04 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from the 07/13/22 HJ News (Herald Journal News):

    By Jeff DeMoss

    The newest monument standing at Box Elder County’s Golden Spike National Historical Park is, by design, one of the first things visitors to the park now see as they approach the site at Promontory Summit.

    The 24-foot-high sculpture, entitled “Monument to Their Memory,” was built to honor all the railroad workers from many different cultures and backgrounds whose backbreaking efforts were crucial in the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.

    The sculpture consists of metal rails crossed with granite “ties,” reaching into the sky in a curving shape to create the sensation that it is visually crossing the plains mountains on a viewer’s journey to the unknown.

    It is the creation of artist Ilan Averbuch, who is known around the world for his outdoor art installments. Averbuch was selected more than a year ago to design the piece.

    Taking shape this spring after the annual celebration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the piece was officially unveiled at a ceremony on June 25.

    Dignitaries from the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, as well as cultural groups representing the Irish, Chinese and others who built the railroad, were on hand to witness the spectacle.

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  • July 11, 2022 6:25 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)


    This CHCP Speaker Series event explored wine industry insights with Ty Tia, Corporate VP at Constellation Brands. Ty injected much value-added and practical information into the presentation that one would not ordinarily get from winery tours.  In addition to providing information about the winemaking process, he presented wine industry insights such as how to judge a wine based on its label, how to tell the difference between a $5 vs $50 wine, how to drink red wine and truly experience it, and how to select the right wines to pair with foods.

    In addition, CHCP Director Erwin Wong shared some information on how the Chinese contributed to the building and growth of the Napa Valley wine region.

    Many comments received after the event indicated that the audience enjoyed the event immensely, showing the event to be both educational and fun.

    View the video of the event: 

  • July 11, 2022 3:46 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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  • June 12, 2022 5:26 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    By Liz Fong Chew, 2022 CHCP Secretary

    It was an excellent day for the dragon boat races at CHCP/History San Jose's Mini Dragon Boat Festival Celebration! The colorful lion danced to the dotting of the eye ceremony and gave life and energy to the dragon boats. Family members and kids raced their boats with excitement... What terrific family teamwork! Thank you to Chef Desmond for providing the traditional Joong Tse (Chinese rice dumpling) Making Demonstration along with a couple to take home.

  • May 22, 2022 6:28 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    CHCP did outreach at Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance (SCCPA)'s event at History Park in San Jose. The event honored and awarded those who helped preserve the history of Santa Clara County. 

  • May 19, 2022 3:26 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)


    Here is the video of the groundbreaking for Heinlenville Park on May 19, a historic day!  The park is located on the site where John Heinlen helped the Chinese Americans rebuild San Jose's Chinatown after the Market Street Chinatown was suspiciously burned down in 1887.

    Starting at time 7:40 of the video, CHCP Advisory Board Member/Historian Connie Young Yu spoke on the significance of the name of the park and that CHCP led the voting for the Heinlenville Park name, honoring both John Heinlen, the humanitarian, and the community of Heinlenville, the last Chinatown in San Jose.

  • May 16, 2022 6:11 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from the 05/16/22 Monterey County Weekly:

    By Daniel Dreifuss, Celia Jiménez

    A historic moment in Pacific Grove’s history was written on Saturday, May 14 and it was witnessed by over 300 people who gathered to participate in it. The city apologized for the burning of a Chinese village at Point Alones 116 years ago. The village was located next to where Hopkins Marine Station is located today, and it burned amid suspicious circumstances. That property is the destination of the roughly one-mile Walk of Remembrance, which goes from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to the site of the former village; this was the 11th annual Walk of Remembrance but stood apart from previous years.

    The turnout was the largest crowd ever since Gerry Low-Sabado started this annual walk over a decade ago. Low-Sabado was a Chinese American and fifth-generation descendant of Chinese who lost their homes in 1906. Low-Sabado, who for years waged a campaign to bring awareness to the true history of Pacific Grove's Chinese community, died in September of 2021, after battling cancer.

    Participants on Saturday carried black and white photos of some of the villagers and signs with messages of inclusion, equity and unity.

    For more information and a photo slideshow:  View the full 05/16/22 Monterey County Weekly article.

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