I published this on Medium.com. It’s about my ancester’s hometowns in China.
I published this on Medium.com. It’s about my ancester’s hometowns in China.
More History of Goon Tong Village
Text / Wu Xiaoyun map / Zhu Xi 卓炳71-year-old is a native of Kwun Tong village right after he retired greatest wish is to write an official village history, but suffering from cancer in the preparation process, the strong old man did not give up in the hands of working, while treatment while compiling, later in 2012 the first edition of \”official Village History\” was published, he has to prepare a second edition. He said: \”It was seriously ill, there are many fallacies in the second edition will be more complete.\” Nine Lives history of the village could not leave unscripted sadness wash treatment with perseverance side edge wrote right before卓炳childhood living in Kwun Tong, retirement the Kwun Tong Primary School is the size of the eyes look red Huashan scenic, ears and listen to a variety of legendary old saying. After retiring in 2007, he wanted to write a history book about the village\’s official. He inspection books, take the street channeling Lane, climbing wading, collect a lot of first-hand information, just as he started to write history of the village, check found suffering from \”colorectal cancer.\” \”Cancer\” for the fight against the elderly is huge, just a few days went from 113 pounds to 95 pounds of lean, dangerous situation in chemotherapy Shiyou, Nine Lives was alive. \”It was hundreds of times vomiting, eyes dim, how perseverance pulling yourself\” official Village Industry \”this book is it?\” Zhuobing right now think it is also incredible. The old man smiled and said:. \”Estimated that the history of the village did not want to go unscripted\” perseverance perseverance footer scribe dragging sick day Thousand calloused fingers grind this still in the rectal surgery卓炳done right in 2008, 2010 cancer spread to the lungs they did a surgery, and then a series of \”painful chemotherapy.\” It was the \”official Village Industry\” finalization period,卓炳right to race against time to speed up the work, dragging the ill footer, transcribe a thousand words a day. He said: \”ballpoint have spent 30, grinding out the middle cocoon has not casual.\” \”Official Village Industry\” from the original 300,000 word is concentrated to 200,000 words, detailed interpretation of the official village origins, heritage, resources, people etc., after the finalization of his history of the village and immediately involved in proofreading and corrections, then it is chemotherapy period, due to lack of energy, the history of this village regret: there 30 typos. So, each time giving the history of the village sent when Zhuobing rights are sorry to affix a \”correct table.\” Live this life of part-time service villagers repair the village monuments sick advocating for village matters now,卓炳rights body has not fully recovered, but he was more optimistic after a serious illness, \”Life is too short, just do a little something meaningful only live this life. \” Zhuobing right now proceed to the \”official Village Industry\” published the second edition of the issues, but also \”run\” Jinding elderly associations, Kwun Tong elderly associations, primary and secondary schools Jinding retired faculty association. \”I\’m dead serious illness, life is more precious. Energy services for the old people, I am willing.\” Zhuobing right Kwun Tong always loved his hometown, he also led the establishment of the official village heritage maintenance team, mobilize villagers and community donations, maintenance of the Temple and the Virgins Temple two six monuments, but also repair the village\’s \”addicted to old She Gongci\” and \”Zhen-Shan Zhuo Gongci.\” To repair \”church temple\” running around, for the village the size of things, \”advocating.\”
文/吴晓云 图/朱 习
NEARLY 800,000 border crossings were made at Gongbei Checkpoint during the three-day Qing Ming Tomb-Sweeping holiday — 40,000 more than the same period last year.
Dozens of indigenous villagers, including descendants from overseas, offered sacrifices to their ancestors last Tuesday at Nazhou Village, prestigious art master Gu Yuan’s hometown, and Guantang Village in Tangjiawan Town.
In uniform costumes stating “Gu Yuan’s Home Village” on the back of each, the villagers carried 10 suckling pigs and other sacrifices having laid on a table in the Gu Ancestral Hall to pay homage to their ancestors at the graveyards, which had been cleared up days before. Some of the ancestral graves are 500 years old. Although the graves are dispersed in different hilltops, the sacrifices were carried to each grave for worship rites.
Some worshippers came from Costa Rica or Australia and other countries and regions. Gu Genhe, chairman of the Costa Rica Chinese-Overseas Federation, was one of them and a major propellant of the ancestral worship.
Gu Ancestral Hall has a history of 170 years. Ancestral worship resumed when the hall plaque was restored in June 2008 after having been suspended for nearly 60 years, according to Gu.
Tomb-Sweeping Day when villagers gather from all over is one of the best ways to inherit the tradition and to pass it down from generation to generation, Gu noted. “Although the details of the ancestral offering process cannot count, we have the responsibility of preserving the tradition and carrying it on,” he said.
Back at the ancestral hall, the villagers burned joss sticks for blessings and knelt down and bowed before the ancestral tablets led by the venerable aged. The offering ended with each household sharing the suckling pig meats.
The ancestral hall, graves and pedigree of the Gu clan have been restored. An ancestral hall renovation commission has also been established to urge villagers to make donations for renovation of the hall.
Guantang Village, 700 years old with the largest population and the vastest area in Tangjiawan, saw the same ancestral worship process at the Zhuo Ancestral Hall.
In addition, The History of Guantang Village, a book revised for more than 10 years, had been published for the day.
It took townsman Zhuo Bingquan and local townspeople 15 years to compile the book. Every villager should know its history and source and thus should be proud of it and carry it on, which is the biggest respect to the ancestors, he noted.
The book casts light on the origin, evolution, folk customs, folktales and related information about the village. It is reportedly the second village history following The History of Tangjia Village revised in the 1980s.
– Zhuhai Daily
ChenDian history of the village, and a deep nostalgia, like \”official Village Industry\”
When the hand picked \”official Village Industry\” this book, ocean many hundreds of thousands of words and with as many as over 200 pages of color pictures history of the village, from the village of 700 years since the opening talk, serious research to gather in the village cultural traditions and customs, involving names, surnames, heritage, education, customs, resources, disasters, Chinese, war, anecdotes, anecdotes, from small to large, and from the pan into the deep, though Write a spare time meditation fine chemicals, But already addictive, praise the hardships pay off. As Zhuhai Hi-tech District Party Secretary Mr. Luo Xijiang the \”order\”: Let\’s history as a mirror to sages is the norm, Passing the torch, to build a happy home! Zhuhai expect more local rural history available, Zhuhai, people expect to get more recognition!Zhuhai is my home, caring for you and me. Right to the editor卓炳teachers and members of the Editorial Board, Kwun Tong neighborhood, and the sessions are supported by the book release heartfelt tribute! ! !Special thanks to: often heard gift book.
Here are some history on Goon Tong or Kwun Tong Village (Official Pond Village)
This is the Chock and Sai home village
1. Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s first wife came from this town.
[Figure / text Wu Putian]
Kwun Tong is located in Zhuhai Tangjiawan town, because of its mountains (seven slopes) and the sea (Bay), there are seven stars on the potential, hence the saying \”Seven ground.\” After 1300 years ago, Tsai fishing village in this opening; a hundred years later, another Zhuoshi from Putian, Fujian moved to, because Cho\’s second-generation ancestor as \”strict concept of public\”, whichever is homophonic, then named the \”Seven places \”as the Kwun Tong.
Today, more than 2,400 villagers to Kwun Tong Zhuo, She surname based, but as a former small fishing village, \”Dan Man\” (also called \”water wood\”) is always like driftwood-like drift to, and if the tide receded So, Kwun Tong surname is particularly complex, the village\’s \”Family Names\” on the stone, engraved in Kwun Tong live and work there are over 96 surnames.
Ming and Qing dynasties population surge, due to population pressure, the Central Plains immigrants have migrated to the south, also fishing peasant villagers began Kwun Tong. Conversion mode of production has also brought cultural changes, more people began to settle and multiply in Kwun Tong, ancestral temples gradually beefing, clan culture had become the climate, such as \”Cho\’s big genealogy\” is not only intact, but Continuation continued. On the concept of village office corridor, Kwun Tong, retired elementary school teacher 卓炳 right shows the three months he transcribed \”Cho\’s big genealogy \’scroll, a total of more than 60 meters, amazing.
Because adjacent to Macau, Kwun Tong have trend of the first early in the Qing Dynasty, many children of farmers on the new school, dispatches abroad, determined to industrial nation. Today\’s official village has many built in the Early Republic of reinforced concrete structures bungalows, villas, built in the 1915\’s rural councils, as well as residential wood blinds, several kilometers of Stone Street, is this class was learning there The epigenetic benefit Xiang Zi into a masterpiece. However, if asked how many Kwun Tong had a history of celebrity, the villagers would most likely include Sun Yat-sen\’s first wife Lu Mu Chen, who will be mentioned a little insight famous modern bridge engineers, designers Zhuoguan Pei Guangzhou Haizhu Bridge.
In the eighties, Kwun Tong, as was the party secretary of the village of hanging points, got a lot of benefits and support, such as the levy system when the land is zoned for \”production and living space\” in the village next to the village on discretionary much, Kwun Tong thereby adding to the potential for further development, has become the first town Tangjiawan billion village. Due to the direct benefit from the leadership\’s concern, Kwun Tong cadres try to avoid total discredit the leadership of the face of things, including consciously get rid of \”feudal superstition\”, large and small shrine closed doors over the years, a few years ago spontaneously beefing village Patriarch (Hui Neng) Temple, cadres also secretly blocked. Zhuobing right to say, trying to \”Zhuo\’s big Genealogy\” scroll fired tiles affixed to the wall, so that future generations the memory of their ancestors, brothers outside money is donated, but the village is not promised to show places.
Kwun Tong Virgins Temple doorway couplet reads: \”One path pines seasons Huayu, half booths coldest five nights of frost,\” was beautiful, but why always with the bitter cold to kindness, warmth end not with earthly counterparts?
[图 / 文 吴莆田]
Family Search.org has a record of Chinese Geneologies. This is cool. Chang has a huge record from Joongsong.
I found updated maps of Hakka Villages in the area of which my great grandfather came from. This is a continuation of another post that I did:
There is a Jamaican Chinese website that has put together a database of thier tombstones, surnames, and home villages. They also have a map that list the hakka villages. Another interesting thing is that there are ‘Chuck’ that went to Jamaica. My dad’s mother’s name is Chock (same). Another area to explore.
https://mapalist.com/Public/pm.aspx?mapid=414030 You can find Ki Piang on the map of a Hakka Village:
I found a bigger picture from the book “JAMAICAN CHINESE WORLDWIDE – ONE FAMILY” by Patrick & Lorraine Lee”
It has a legend to find Ki Piang: It is on the left page about 3/4 page up above Gon Lan. You see Kee Piang.
I found this 1866 map
It doesn’t show Kee Piang but it does show Kon Lan
I thought this was cool. A little more verification on the location of this Hakka Village that Wung Sam Sing came from.
My Dad’s Headstone at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetary
Gordon Y.H.Chang MD was my father. Here are some pics that I found on ancestry.com.
1936 University of Hawaii Yearbook Ka Palapala
Here is a pic of him in 1936. Company F at the university of Hawaii.
I was searching on Google Books and found this excerpt from the book
Chinese Historic Sites and Pioneer Families of Rural Oahu by Tin Yuke Char 1988
There are references to the Chang Ah Gett family. Need to get a copy of this book and article.
Tin Yuke Char also got a book ‘Chinese historic sites and pioneer families of Kauai. THere are Ching’s and Chang’s here.
Aunty May Blossom Chang Wilkinson mentions that Chang Ah Gett had a sister and he came from Kauai. Need to discover and research more of this. Ching’s, is the last name of E.K. Wung’s wife Alicia (Ching) Mother of Jean Wung Chang. The Ching’s came from Kauai.
Chinese historic sites and pioneer families of rural Oahu
3 pages matching chang gett in this book
This pic was taken about November 1919. Ah Po (Chock Sai See) at 34 McGrew Lane with 15 grandchildren of 3 older sisters.
L to R:
Top row: Lena (#1 of 1rst Sister), Humphrey (#2 of 2nd sister my popo), Tommy (4th of 2nd sister) and Allen (4th son of 3rd sister) in arms of Ah Po, Diana (2nd of 1rst sister); Gordon (3rd son of 2nd sister, my Dad);
Middle row: Willy (2nd of 3rd); Ah Kwock (Son of first); Mary (3rd of 1rst); Henry (1rst son of 3rd sister)
Bottom row: Teddy (3rd son of 3rd sister); Florence (1rst daughter of 3rd sister)
In Front: Dorothy (younger daughter of 3rd sister)