CFHGS meeting: Chinese Genealogy Detectives & Chinese New Year Foods
January 18, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Special Session: 12:15 – 12:45 pm
2020 U.S. Census: Importance to Family Historians, Representation and Government Funding
Have you hit a brick wall in your family history research? Someone using unique methods, lots of determined digging or just plain serendipity may have solved a similar problem such as yours.
Members of the CFHGSC Planning Group will discuss how they broke through their own personal Chinese family history research brick walls. Cases will include:
a. An unknown “relative” found through DNA testing
b. An adoptee finding her biological family
c. Too many female “shees”- What are my grandmothers’ names?
d. Unknown persons in family photographs
Several selected volunteers will share their unsolved cases to the audience for ideas and alternative methods to try to break through these brick walls. These volunteers submitted their cases to CFHGSC prior to the meeting.
Year of the Rat
January 25, 2020- February 11, 2021
Chinese New Year Refreshments
If you can help with refreshments including traditional Chinese New Year foods or dishes, please email Anna Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
tangerines or oranges- good luck and fortune
dim sum dumplings – wealth, shaped like gold nuggets
jian duo (sesame balls)- good luck and fortune, gold and round
spring rolls -prosperity, looks like gold bars
lohan jia- (foo jook) bean curd sticks- blessing the house
nian go- (sticky rice cake)- good wishes for promotion
tong yuan soup- unity, (yuan) means round and togetherness
lettuce cups- (sang chop) sounds like rising fortune
prosperity cakes (fa gao)-prosperity and promotion
pineapple (fend li)- prosperity, fa means wealth and good fortune
Chinese tamale (zhong)- remember ancestors and be blessed
sweets- sweeten the new year
other snacks- such as shrimp chips, nuts, fruit, etc.
CFHGS will provide noodles (longevity) and drinks.
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
SPECIAL SESSION: THE IMPORTANCE OF 2020 U.S. CENSUS
PRESENTED BY HELEN LIM AND FACILITATED BY CAROL NG
An accurate 2020 U.S. Census count is vitally important for equitable representation in government and government funding for federal, state and local programs. Future family historians will research where their family members were living in 2020 and information gleaned from census questions. Find out how you can help!