East Wind Book Presents
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Raymond Douglas Chong’s journey in search of his family roots in Kaiping, Guangdong, China leads to his ancestral village where he interviews villagers and uncovers its peasant history. With remarkable footprints, Chong traces his family’s five generation migrations to America. Following great-great-great and great-great grandfathers who worked as laborers in gold fields during the California Gold Rush and the Far West’s Transcontinental Railroad.
Then during the restrictive Chinese Exclusion Act which banned migrating workers and women, Chong’s grandfather joined a credit partnership, opening a foodway of Chop Suey (cuisine) houses. Raymond Douglas Chong’s family story is a unique personal view spanning the full spectrum of Chinese in America.