April 24, 2014

April 23, 2014

  • Chinese Dumpling Making with Dumpling King Leland Wong May 3rd 1pm



    Whoa…they’re calling me a Dumpling King now.

    Hey everyone… I’m gonna have a dumpling making workshop on May 3rd at the Chinese Historical Society Learning Center.

    I’m going to have three stations and making three styles of dumplings;

    Jiaozi Station/The Dumpling of Eternal Prosperity

    We will have a skillet of boiling water,  a few packs of skin and a batch of prepared filling.  The filling will consist of pork, napa cabbage and chives.

    Potsticker Station/The Dumpling of the Fragrant Western Garden

    We will have a portable butane stove, frying pan, four packs of pre-made skin, prepared filling consisting of pork, celery and cilantro.

    Xiaolongbao Station/The Dumpling of the Gushing Tang Hinterlands

    We will have a portable butane stove, pot of boiling water with bamboo steamers.  We will be rolling our own skins.  Filling will consist of pork, napa cabbage, ginger and chicken stock.

    Hope to see you there!


    1-3pm Chinese Dumpling Making with Dumpling King Leland Wong
    Location: CHSA Learning Center

    Come join dumpling master, Leland Wong, and learn how to make three types of dumplings; jiaozi, guotie and Xiaolongbao!  Participants can stay to sample a few.  Leland recently led his team, We Grew Up in San Francisco Chinatown, to win the judges’ “Best Dumpling” award at the Dumpling Wars II.


  • Dragon Head Koi


    watercolor 9″ x 12″ original $150 matted OD 16″ x 20″ plus $10 shipping and handling.  paypal:  lwongphoto@yahoo.com

April 16, 2014

  • My Award Winning Potsticker at the Dumpling Wars II

    eternal prosperity

    Wait’ll you take a bite into my potsticker.  You’ll be greeted by a gush of soup.  My soup potstickers…a cross between the guotie and xiaolongbao.  Fusion man…fusion.

  • First Place Winner at the Dumpling Wars II

    Our team, We Grew Up in San Francisco Chinatown won first place at the Dumpling Wars II!


    Our team consisted of Don Huey, me, Jorm Koon, Nanette Lim, Deb Moy, Howard Lee and Norm Toy.

    Our entry was the Dumpling of Eternal Prosperity.  A guotie made with pork, chives, napa cabbage, ginger, soup, etc.  It is a fusion of a guotie (potsticker) and a xiaolongbao.  I came up with the idea of adding aspic to the filling to make a soup filling less than a week before the competition.


    First times;  making our own dough and skins.  Made our own aspic.  We had two testings at our test kitchen at CHSA to develop our dumpling.




    The previous time at Dumpling Wars I, we were allowed to go in earlier and use a side room to fold the 350 required dumplings.   I had assumed that we were able to do that again but found out the last minute that we can’t come in earlier.  So luckily we were able to wrap at Howard Lee’s house in Alameda.












    When we got there, we were told that we were kicked off the stove because we didn’t submit a cooking strategy.  No problem… we used our electric skillet.  The other group hearing the mean lady at Kearny Street Workshop yell at us, lent us their electric skillet too.  I went out and bought a cheap butane stove for $16 and a round of butane gas for $5 but didn’t have to use it.






    We did it.  350 dumplings.   There were only five other competitors.  One of them dropped out.  Though we won, there was no prize.  Not even a case of wine or a certificate saying we won the competition.  The last time the winner got a cash prize of $300.  We got a case of wine for the audience’s choice.  I get the feeling like they’re doing us a favor.  There are no thank yous or anything.  KSW made money from the event.

    The event was organized by people who know very little about cooking.  Their expecting us to make all the dumplings off premise is unreal.  I was ready to pull out two night before the competition when I got the word that we cannot prep at the place.  Howard Lee really saved us by offering his kitchen.  Will I do it again?  I’m always up for the challenge!


    What I learned this time to make me a better dumpling maker….I made my own dough and rolled out my own skin.  I figured out how to make aspic and how to make xiaolongbao.  After the competition we had two gallon bags of filling left.

    That night all I can think of was to make xiaolongbao as I tried to sleep.  When I woke up the next day, I went immediately to work in the kitchen, kneading a ball of dough, rolling out the dough to make the thin skin.  I made my own xiaolongbao’s perfect!  I’m so happy I can finally do it right.

    I am grateful and happy to work with a small group of dedicated and enthusiastic people with a true love of cooking.  Without such a love and passion we would have never been able to win this competition.


April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014

  • 1880 Anti-Chinese Riot in Denver

    I often wonder when I see historical images like this how I would have survived and attack like this.  I mostly may not have.

    I often wonder when I see historical images like this how I would have survived and attack like this. I mostly may not have.


    On the afternoon of October 31, 1880, a mob descended on Denver’s Chinatown. Within hours the mob destroyed businesses, residences, and killed one Chinese resident. Denver’s riot was one of 153 anti-Chinese riots that swept through the American West during the 1870s and 1880s. Because so few Chinese settled in the Great Plains during the nineteenth century, however, the Denver riot was one of two major anti-Chinese incidents to strike the region (the other was in Calgary in 1892).

    The Chinese had experienced discrimination and violence since 1849 when they first arrived in California. They were driven out of California mines by the “foreign miner’s tax” and also experienced outright violence (a Los Angeles mob killed twenty-eight Chinese in 1871). By the late 1870s the anti-Chinese movement had entered national politics. Fearful that cheap Chinese labor would threaten the white working class, Denis Kearney, an Irish immigrant and founder of the Workingman’s Party, led a campaign to ban Chinese immigration. During the presidential election of 1880 Chinese immigration became an important issue when Winfield Hancock, the Democratic candidate, supported a ban on Chinese immigration.

    Colorado was not immune to anti-Chinese agitation. In 1874 white miners drove 160 Chinese out of Nederland, and in 1879 the people of Leadville were proud to announce that they had no Chinese living in their community. By 1880 the anti-Chinese movement had reached Denver, a city with 238 Chinese residents. During the presidential election of 1880, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, a staunchly Democratic paper, launched an anti-Chinese campaign, igniting Denver’s working class. In its October 23 issue, for example, the newspaper called the Chinese the “Pest of the Pacific” and pointed out that if they invaded Colorado in greater numbers, white men would starve and women would be forced into prostitution. Other editorials attacked the opium dens located along Hop Alley in Chinatown. On October 28 the Rocky Mountain News reported that there was open talk in Denver of running the Chinese out. The night before the riot, supporters of the Democratic Party marched through the streets, many carrying anti- Chinese banners.

    Denver was ready to explode. The spark that ignited the riot came on the afternoon of October 31 when several intoxicated white men entered a saloon and began harassing two Chinese. The Chinese patrons retreated out the back door but were pursued and assaulted. Soon after, a crowd composed mostly of Irish laborers gathered near the scene of the crime. By two o’clock the crowd had turned into a mob of 3,000, and Denver’s police force, which was understaffed and without a police chief, was unable to control the masses. The mayor called on the fire department to help with crowd management and then tried to persuade the mob to disperse. When the crowd shouted down the mayor, he ordered the fire department to disperse them with water hoses. Enraged by the soaking, the crowd hurled bricks and rocks at the firemen and then turned their rage on Chinatown. They sacked businesses, burned homes, and attacked innocent victims. By early evening rioters had burned every laundry in Chinatown. When the mob found Sing Lee, a laundryman, they pounced on him, kicking him as he lay on the ground. The helpless laundryman was dragged down the street with a rope around his neck and eventually was beaten to death.

    A few Denverites stood up to the mob and protected their Chinese friends. Several citizens hid Chinese friends in their homes. Jim Moon, a gambler of ill repute, held off a mob bent on burning out a Chinese laundry. With a revolver leveled at the crowd and using forceful language, Moon single-handedly dispersed the crowd. In another act of bravery, Liz Preston, the madam of a brothel, and ten of her employees protected several terrified Chinese. Armed with shotguns, champagne bottles, and high-heeled shoes, the women forced the crowd to retreat. Preston’s brothel served as a safe haven for Denver’s Chinese during the riot; at least thirty-four Chinese waited out the riot inside her parlor.

    In the heat of the riot the mayor appointed Dave Cook, a Denver fireman, as acting police chief, and he quickly appointed 125 special policemen to help reestablish order. Police officers rounded up the Chinese and lodged them in the county jail for their own protection. With law enforcers finally on the streets, the crowd slowly disappeared into the night. By eleven o’clock Cook reported that Denver’s streets were quiet.

    Authorities kept the Chinese locked in the county jail for several days. On November 4 they were released, only to find their businesses, homes, and temples destroyed. Estimates of the total damage exceeded $53,000. The Chinese consul in San Francisco requested reparation payments from the federal government and the city of Denver. His requests were denied. To add further insult to the Chinese victims, Denver’s rioters escaped punishment. Those who had been jailed during the riot were released for lack of evidence, and Sing Lee’s murderers were acquitted in February 1881. Despite the violence and destruction of their property, many Chinese remained in Denver. They rebuilt their businesses and homes along Hop Alley, and by 1890 more than 980 Chinese lived in Denver. Chinatown remained a part of the Denver landscape until 1940 when it was razed in the name of urban renewal.

    See also CITIES AND TOWNS: Denver, Colorado.

    Mark R. Ellis University of Nebraska at Kearney


March 20, 2014

  • Three Doo Dad Drawings

    A familiar Chinatown face.

    A red dragon on a shikishi board.


    A blue dragon on a scrap matte board.

    Whelp…. my websites; www.atowngraphics.com and www.lwongphoto.com are now history. I’ve cancelled those websites and hope to consolidate everything into www.lelandwong.com. The sites don’t seem to be generating business or interest anymore. They cost me $20 a month.

March 18, 2014

  • A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” – Photo Workshop with Leon Sun, Laura Ming Wong & Leland Wong

    Wowee!  A workshop with me and two others.  I don’t know what the heck I’m gonna be saying.  But I will make sure we have enough fresh coffee in case the five people who will show up gets sleepy during my presentation.

    A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” – Photo Workshop with Leon Sun, Laura Ming Wong & Leland Wong

    April 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


    CHSA is proud to present two workshops on documentary photography in support of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” online photo/video exhibition set for May 2014.

    The project will collect thousands of photographs about Asian Pacific American daily life taken on May 10, 2014 and produce an exhibit at http://apa.si.edu by May 26, 2014. Over 50 professional photojournalists, documentary film/video makers, and artists are participating in the project along with thousands of photo enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

    The first workshop will be on Saturday, April 5 at the CHSA Learning Center, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco from 2 pm to 4 pm. Photographers Leon Sun, Laura Ming Wong, and Leland Wong will present slides of their documentary photography and discuss how they approach their work.

    A second workshop will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the same location. This workshop will feature photographers Lenore Chinn, Bob Hsiang, and James Sobredo.

    Both workshops will be moderated by Eddie Wong, guest curator for the “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” online photo/video exhibition. He will answers questions about how to join the project and upload photos and videos to the Smithsonian Flickr group.

    The workshops are free and open to the public. Come learn about documentary photography and join this national and international effort to reflect upon Asian Pacific American life. For more information about the project, visit http://SmithsonianAPA.org/life2014.pdf.

    For more information about CHSA, call 415-391-1188 x101 or email info@chsa.org.

    Additional information on the photographers who will be presenting work on Sat. April 5:

    Leon Sun
    Leon Sun 2-'14My photojournalism experience began with covering the Anti-War and the Asian American Movement in the 1970s. I have taught photography classes for youth in Los Angeles Chinatown and at the Community Asia Art & Media Project (CAAMP) in Oakland. From the 80s–90s I worked as a photographer for Unity Newspaper and East Wind Magazine, where I was also Art Director. In the early 1990s I did a self-directed project of photographing San Francisco Chinatown from the street. I retired as photographer and graphic designer from the city of Richmond, CA, in 2003.

    Laura Ming Wong
    LauraWong_HeadshotLaura Wong is a documentary, portrait, and wedding photographer, specializing in people and location photography. Her subjects range from women in fighting sports, to the Bay Area’s activist and protest culture, to the locals she meets while traveling outside of her home in Oakland, California.

    Laura’s work appears in a number of Bay Area news publications and magazines. Recently she has contributed images to an art exhibition about subverting stereotypes against Asian Americans, and a documentary in production about an aging yet active community of punk rock musicians.

    Leland Wong
    leland-selfportraitLeland Wong was born raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He grew up in a curio shop surrounded by colorful Asian art. His father, Suey Wing Wong’s interest in art encouraged him to pursue it.

    In addition to being an artist, Wong began his photography career while he was a junior in high school. He began at a crucial time when the Civil Rights Movement, urban riots, the Vietnam War, and strikes on college campuses were happening. Social issues were being raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown and it enabled him to view his community with a unique photographic vision.

    Wong went on to study photography at San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His photography and artwork have been widely publicized and exhibited. He has taught workshops and worked with various community arts organizations. He has also traveled and photographed extensively in Asia.

    Wong continues to photograph and pursue his art. He is currently an artist in residence at the Chinese Historical Society of America.

    Eddie Wong, workshop moderator
    eddiewong Eddie Wong is one of the founders of Visual Communications, a non-profit media company that produced books, slide shows, photo exhibits and films about the Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences. He directed and produced the following documentary films: Wong Sinsaang, Pieces of a Dream, Chinatown Two-Step, Something is Rotten in Little Tokyo, and the Sound of Pleasure.

    He also served as the Executive Director of NAATA/Center for Asian American Media and the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Now that Eddie has retired, he has more time to take photographs and explore art projects.

    Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
    The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center serves as the national resource for discovering the consequence and complexity of the Asian Pacific American experience through collaboration, exhibitions, programs and digital experiences. The vision of the Center is to enrich the appreciation of America’s Asian Pacific heritage and empower Asian Pacific A