July 30, 2015

  • Gordon Chin is Coming to Pork Chop House!

    Gordon Chin Pork Chop House

    I guess I own porkchop house...Gordon asked me to set up a dinner at porkchop house as a booksigning and talk about his recent book, Building Community, Chinatown Style. I kinda sat on it for over a month and finally did the graphic for the event.

    I've know Gordon probably since about 1968. I knew him through my involvement with the Chinatown North Beach Youth Council. He was involved in the community and just plain hanging around as we were all young back then. We were very idealistic as well. Fate has been kind to him. One thing after another led him to naturally form the Chinatown Community Development Center. The organization has been in existence for more than thirty five years now.

    Gordon retired about 3-4 years ago and has written a book about his experience.

    So the dinner is on August 22nd at Porkchop House. It's a no host dinner so please bring your wallet. Prime rib is going for $14.99. Gordon's book will be on sale for $20. He'll be signing them as well. I guess he'll be talking about his book.

  • WONG, May Lee

    I just came across this obituary for my mother. It was published back in 2003 and still there.

    WONG, May Lee
    Published 4:00 am, Friday, August 8, 2003

    WONG, May Lee - Entered into rest in San Francisco at the St. Francis Hospital on August 4, 2003. Born in Toishan, Kwangtung, China on June 30, 1914. Beloved wife to Suey Wing Wong for over 40 years before his passing in 1979. May Lee is survived by daughter, Agnes (Leonard) Wong; son, Dr. Lester (June) Wong; son, Leland (Lisa) Wong; daughter, Anna Liu; grandchildren, Lenette (Thomas) Chun, Aaron (Lisa) Wong, Craig (Pamela) Wong, Anthony (Fay) Wong, Darryl (Gilda) Wong, Jason Wong, Amy Wong, Louis Wong, Leilani Wong, Lilia Wong, John Liu and Lyndon Liu. May Lee is also survived by eight great grandchildren: Eric, Brittany, Alyssa, Kyle, Dana, Kelsey, Megan and Griffin. A Vigil Service will be held at the Green Street Mortuary, 649 Green St., 415-433-5692 on Friday, August 8, 2003 at 6:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Green Street Mortuary on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at 12:00 pm. May Lee will be interred beside her husband at the Ning Yung Cemetery in Colma.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/WONG-May-Lee-2562090.php

July 24, 2015

  • Sitting Out of the Dumpling Wars

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    We (WGUISFCT) were told to sit out this year's Dumpling Wars competition.

    It is because we won the People's choice in 2012 and the Judges Choice in 2014. They said that our sitting out will level the playing field so that others can win. At first we didn't think much of it. But thinking about it, it's a pretty dumb rule.

    What makes it a guarantee that we will win this year's competition? It's a competition. There is no guarantee that we will win this year just because we won the previous years. If you cannot make a good dumpling then you will not win. Who knows... maybe another team would have won the prize this year by making a better dumpling.

    I mean if the 49'ers won the NFL division championship and then the Superbowl, should the 49'ers sit out the next football season so that a lesser able football team can win?

    Is our exclusion from this year's dumpling wars so that a lesser team can win a lowering of the standards of the dumpling?

    We should have sounded out earlier. But since I'm such a nice guy...we didn't.

    Three weeks before the Dumpling Wars 3 they asked us if we wanted to join the competition. Why? Because a team dropped out. It just didn't feel right. First we were excluded from the competition now they're telling us they want us. Only because we a team dropped out. We decided to just sit back and relax.

    By the way I am one of the judges this time. They also allowed our team to attend as guests.

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May 26, 2015

  • Dream of the Golden Mountain

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    Golden Mountain Dream

    America is referred to as the Gold Mountain by most of the older Chinese of America.

    I took this picture at late in the day at Portsmouth Square. The sun just on the man makes it interesting.

May 22, 2015

  • Mr. Yee

    Mr. Frank Yee

    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

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    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.