Tag Archives: California,

Four Sparrows, Chapter 2, Scene 4 and Final Scene

Tomás had learned some English from the three Americans who boarded the ship in Acapulco. He knew the words for oro, herramientas, río, navio, tienda, cuerda, pan, cerveza, gracias. He’d repeat them to himself at night: gold, pan and shovel, … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows, Chapter 1, Final Scene

Jungdo witnessed how the barbarians mixed up dates. Instead of ordering time by the year, month, and day, they couldn’t make up their minds. Some ordered it by month, day, and year; the French ones wrote day, month, and then … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows, Chapter 1, Scene 4

A twenty-dollar tax for being Chinese was significant with unpredictable profits buried in the ground and rivers. Jungdo decided to provide supplies for new arrivals instead. He knew that job well. It was a lucrative alternative to mining for gold. … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows. Chapter 1, Scene 2

Jungdo and Kan arrived three days later in Mokelumne Hill and found lodging with fellow Chinese miners. The gold country was hilly, and even the grass was golden. Creeks weaved around the foothills and through the valleys where miners coagulated. … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows: A Tale of Race and Survival in the California Gold Rush. Chapter 1, Scene 1

Here’s a sneak peak at my book. Below is the opening scene, hopefully a nice teaser. Ask for the book at your local bookstore, or hop on to Amazon to order your copy. Happy reading! Chapter One: Destination They sailed past … Continue reading

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Demographics and Race in the Bay Area

Artist Carlo Abruzzese has graphically revealed a series on demographics and race in the bay area from 2010 census data. It was most recently displayed during the April 2013 Open Studios. There were two related collections. One was “Geography. Place. Culture. Fifty-six States … Continue reading

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Inadvertent Racism and Black English

Difference is often looked down upon by the majority rather than cherished. Inadvertent racism rears its head occasionally too. An example of accidental genetic racism is the Ebonics fiasco of the Oakland school board. It came on the tail end … Continue reading

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Native Americans – Ancestral Records, Congress, and Sainthood

I’ve noticed Native Americans in the news lately.  Here’s a summary of three recent stories. The truth about Ohlone history was featured in an article last month in Catholic San Francisco. There are few descendants remaining of Bay Area Native Americans … Continue reading

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Poem: Letter from My Ancestors

  I read the following poem in The Best American Poetry 2006. It reminded me a lot of my own family. You can learn more about the poet, Krista Lukas née Benjamin, on her website:  http://kristalukas.com/Home.html     Letter from My Ancestors … Continue reading

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Filipino Americans, for example

Multicultural activities can be, fun and feel-good, challenging but insightful, or confrontational and hopefully therapeutic. I’ve facilitated a few activities at all levels and this blog works towards that purpose as well. Here’s a good exercise you can use to … Continue reading

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