July 3, 2019


Russell N. Low’s “Three Coins”—A Young Girl’s Story of Kidnapping, Slavery and Romance in 19th Century America. His book will be available.

Russell Low is a physician with a passion for discovery and storytelling. His discoveries in the medical field have changed the way that his colleagues world-wide practice medicine and image disease. Discovery of his own roots began 30 years ago through the stories of his parents and their siblings. Growing up in Central California, more American than Chinese, his connection to Chinese culture and history was limited and incomplete. Discovering the 1903 Hong family photograph among the belongings of 100-year-old great Uncle Kim sparked a decades-long search for the stories behind the photograph. These are the stories presented in Three Coins. In his searches, Russell came across a 130-year-old newspaper notice titled “Villainous-looking Chinese after a Chinese Girl.” In the article, he recognized his great-grandparents’ names, but the romantic drama it uncovered shook the core of his family’s belief in who they are and how they came to be Americans. Russell frequently lectures on Chinese-American history, and his family’s story has been featured on the History Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Voice of America, the California State Railroad Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Russell lives with his wife Carolyn Hesse-Low, an avid and well-known plein air artist, in La Jolla, California where they raised their two sons Ryan and Robert.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

7:00 pm


Shadow Park Clubhouse

19101 Alphington St.

Cerritos, CA 90703

Located 2.2 miles east from 605 Fwy & South St.

Tell the guard you’re here for Clubhouse program.


RSVP Gordon Hom: gcrdcn@yahoo.com

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Gordon Hom will be serving his popular Turkey Jook (porridge, congee, kanji, juk, lugaw)








Name Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) Phone 562-865-5645 Email info@chssc.org