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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, 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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Four Sparrows, book launch!

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. Since 2013 many things have happened. The most impactful was the sharp decline and death of my mother in August 2014 due to Alzheimer’s. This past weekend we finally buried her … 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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I’m Dreaming of Positive Whiteness at Christmas

I hosted the sixth annual Scandinavian potluck with some friends this year. I invited only Scandinavians, and their guests, as it was a chance to keep alive our identity. I mentioned it to various people when asked about my Christmas … Continue reading

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How not to Fight for Justice

Eldridge Cleaver is well known as an early leader of the Black Power movement in the 1960’s and a leader in the Black Panther Party. Some praise him for moving equality forward and even the New York Times praised him … Continue reading

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Putting Racists in Prison

Should it be illegal to be racist? Should we try to legally ban racism itself? This is a hot question because of what’s at stake. People can become heated easily at the prospect of putting racists in prison. This isn’t … Continue reading

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