The Family Reading Celebration is a special feature for kids during OACC’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Join us for storytime with Suzanne Lo and Sine Hwang Jensen (librarian at UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library), “Go! Mandarin” music, shadow-puppet making and show, and free books for participating children (quantity limited, select from nearly 30 titles about Asian culture or Lunar New Year curated by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, which will have books for all ages available for sale as well).
Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcome
‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution’ Book Launch
Sunday, JANUARY 27, 2019 4:30pm
LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI is based on the dramatic, real-life stories of a generation caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by migrants today.
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.
Join the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra on a journey south to explore the music of Latin America when Quinteto Latino shares the stage with SFCO. This performance is sure to get you on your feet when you hear the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin America.