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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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Moral Relativism is Bias

Moral relativism is the act of not taking a stand, or in other instances, pushing others to accept that there’s not a correct way to do things. Sometimes things are relative, but there are limits to this and it’s trendy … Continue reading

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The Decision on Gay Marriage and its ripple effect on other Identities

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8 measure banning marriage between same-sex couples. One of many useful summaries can be found online; here’s one from the Wall Street Journal. It’s … Continue reading

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More Genealogy Tips and Tricks

Here are some more genealogy tips and tricks for your family history research. Click Ancestry & Genealogy on the right under Categories for similar posts. Formatting a Tree: Once you get further back in your family research it feels satisfying … 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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Filipinos in the California Gold Rush

Part of the inspiration for my first book, with a Filipino protagonist, was discovering Filipinos in the California Gold Rush. You can see in the picture here that there were multiple, not many, but still a presence. This census page … 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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Racist Sex Talk

I went to another talk at UC Berkeley’s School of Law on November 29, 2012. The title of this talk was “The Erotic Life of Racism” with faculty connected to the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS). … Continue reading

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