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You are invited…

to my next Chinese genealogy workshop! This is a little last minute, but why not share, I figure.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Oakland Regional Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602, USA

Are you curious about what Chinese resources are available at the Oakland Regional Family History Center but haven’t had the chance to check it out? Come learn from Assistant Director Marge Bell of the center and Kay Speaks and Christine DeVillier as they tell us how they have used the resources of the center and its Salt Lake City parent, the Family History Library, to research their Chinese roots. Kay will be covering research techniques at the center and Christine will talk about using the FamilySearch catalog and Chinese databases. All are welcome to attend – you don’t have to be a church member.

Schedule:
12 noon – Bring a bag lunch to talk story with the group. Bring your discoveries or share any roadblocks you are facing in your research so the group can brainstorm some research options.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Orientation to the center by Marge Bell, examples of research by Kay Speaks and Christine DeVillier, experienced genealogists.

The classroom has seventy seats and about sixty computers, so we will take the first 60 respondents, and then have a wait list.

Cost: Free!

RSVP by emailing Kay Speaks. When you respond, if you wish, please list your name, city of residence, village, surnames, etc. Depending on response, we may limit the number of attendees from each family.

Sponsored by Oakland Regional Family History Center and Chinese-American Family History Yahoo Group

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Hoisanese homecoming song

I absolutely love this song, 返家鄉/新民歌. Hoisanese speakers, learners, yearners, wahkiew, and whatever else your Hoisan connection might be, this is our theme song, a reminder to savor our roots.

Lyrics in Chinese (you can paste them in to Google translate for a rough translation):

當年離鄉背井,漂泊到外洋
苦況有誰體諒,全憑意志強

今日重返家鄉,感受不一樣
童年的朋友都變了樣,見到了親人我講不出聲

家鄉的飯菜特別香
家鄉的水啊特別甜
家鄉的土地我日思夜想
家鄉的的親人對我特別情長

今日重返家鄉,感受不一樣
童年的朋友都變了樣,見到了親人我講不出聲

家鄉的飯菜特別香
家鄉的水啊特別甜
家鄉的土地我日思夜想
家鄉的的親人對我特別情長

家鄉的飯菜特別香
家鄉的水啊特別甜
家鄉的土地我日思夜想
家鄉的的親人對我特別情長

僑鄉人啊,心系家鄉
僑鄉人啊,自立自強

僑鄉人啊,心系家鄉
僑鄉人啊,自立自強

自立自強

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