while being interviewed by Guangdong TV, I photographed the interviewer on Jackson and Stockton Street in Chinatown.
June 6, 2015
May 31, 2015
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May 22, 2015
Lou Yee Bahk as I would call him owned the fortune cookie factory in Ross Alley in San Francisco's Chinatown. I've known him since I was a little kid. Our store bought fortune cookies from Mr. Yee's Golden Gate Fortune Cookie company. He remembered me well and would spot me out of a crowd. He remembered my parents well. My late half brother Jessie too. He would rattle off all the stores on our block and who owned it off the top of his head.
He was a fixture in the Chinatown community. Sad to say Lou Yee Bahk passed away the other day.
May 17, 2015
FM is for the late Freddy Mar. He passed away about 1990 when he choked on a piece of roast beef at a friend's wedding banquet. The groom of that wedding died a few years later when someone slashed his throat in front of Red's Place.
Since then I have learned to take my time eating roast beef. Not to take too big of a bite. Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
Freddy taught me the ropes to traveling in Asia by myself and on a budget. I spent almost two years traveling all over Asia back in 1977-1979. It was an unforgettable trip.
I had the honor of being selected by Supervisor Christensen to receive a certificate of honor from the board of supervisors for my contribution to the community. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, each San Francisco district picked an APA to honor for their work in the community. I was chosen for all my art and photography I've been doing all my life for the community.
I was presented this award in board of supervisors chamber in San Francisco City Hall.
This is the second time in receiving this award. I got this award about two years ago from Supervisor David Chiu also for my art and photography for the Chinatown community.
No money or anything other than the certificate signed by all the SF Supervisors. But like what Walt said, "not everyone gets a certificate of honor". So I should be proud.
Hope this gives me more clout in getting commissions. Hope I can also command a higher price for my works. I hope I hope....
May 16, 2015
Went out to the anniversary of the Golden Spike event in Promontory, Utah. This time I got myself a coolie hat and a complete costume. I've been trying to hunt down a hat like that for a long time. I can't find anyone that has them in SF Chinatown. After sending a plea out on FB, Cynthia Yee come foward with the hat that I wanted. I got a Chinese shirt and pants set at the Thlei Doi Bao store for $32. They don't get people dressed in Chinese costumes much out there.
There weren't as many people and Chinese this time compared to last year. There was only one bus and the bus was not even filled. There's 56 seats and only 37 people. It was nice to be the only one dressed in full Chinese attire representing the Chinese workers that built the railroad.
I flew in the Salt Lake City this time. Only about a 90 minute plane ride. Amtrak jacked up their prices due to high demand. I got a two night stay at Spring Hill Marriot altogether $444.
I would personally like to see Phil Choy of the Chinese Historical Society of America come out to the 150th anniversary in another four years. In 1969 he along with other members of the Chinese Historical Society were there for the 100th anniversary. They had a plaque ready to present to the Golden Spike National park. At the last minute he was bumped off the program for no explanation. Later in the day in a sideroom away from the festivities they allowed Phil Choy to make his presentation. Phil was blatantly snubbed from the making his presentation to acknowledge the Chinese Railroad Workers at the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
It is time to give Phil Choy the honors of acknowledging the Chinese workers of the Transcontinental Railroad.
We also need more Chinese to show up in period costumes. And I do mean original period costumes. Not just a min nahp or a gung fu shirt...but clothing that reflect 1869.
April 28, 2015
I have not made a single entry for April. I guess my mind has not been into making an entry into this blog.
Began painting in dragons at Utopia. Still have to do the dragon on the ceiling. Hard to find time to get there at 9-10pm to work on it. Metallic colors require four to five coats of paint too. Cynthia said she was going to get some people to help. But all'o boo-loo sit.
I have decided to kill the Chinese at the Golden Spike mural. I just couldn't give them a promise of completion date. I want to just take this on as a personal project. If CHSA wants to pay me for it later, all the better. Just that this lawsuit has been taking a lot of creative wind out of me. In the meantime all the material; masonite panels, wood, etc are still at CHSA and I have to find a van to take it out of there. I have to get my VW bus going again in order to do so. I don't know exactly where I'm going to paint this at. I keep telling myself at pier 70. But I haven't even had time to go by there to see if I can.
Did the Mikoshi for the seventeenth time for the Cherry Blossom Parade. Thanks David Toshiyuki for the cool picture of my chi chi's.
Ran into my art teacher at the Galileo Hall of Merit dinner. He encouraged me to pursue art as a profession. Should I thank him or should I kick his ass?
March 27, 2015
I dunno exactly what this was for....but for sure it was haphazardly planned. They did not get the OK from the restaurant to do this in front. The restaurant did not want to assume the liabilities from this event neither. First time working with WP. It didn't happen. I was to do Sunday, but the rival music group bogarted her group out of the corner.
It's OK... glad it didn't happen. I was to just do a demo...but no cooking. I don't see the point in even doing it. My lawyer told me to layoff this community bs and concentrate on the case.
And here I prepared a lot of stuff for the press conference a week before ready to do a demo for nothing. I bought the meat and ingredients. Prepped all the ingredients and kneaded the dough to make tongyuen. Brought my butane stove. All for nothing. I wasn't even getting paid for it neither. I'm just a sucker.
Interesting how on top I am amongst two organizations. I guess I'm an organization in itself.
March 24, 2015
I didn't go up for two years in a row now... I guess it takes some motivation on my part. Such as friends encouraging me to go. Whether I drive or they drive. It's a 2-1/2 hour's drive.