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Posted by Al Chinn on February 27, 2001 at 15:08:39:

In Reply to: Re: SUEY WAI LEUNG - TOISHAN, GUANGDONG posted by Rosa L on February 27, 2001 at 14:07:03:

The best suggestion is to give them money and put it in the small red packet (like at Chinese New Year). They would prefer to see foreign currency rather than RMB. An equivalent of 100RMB is plenty.

: Lisa,

: This is not really an answer to your question... I just wanted to say that I'm sorry about your father.
: My father (Louie Wing Don) was from Toishan and passed away 4 years ago, and I have vowed to visit Toishan
: someday, so it felt good to see your post. I had been assuming all this time that Toishan was just a
: small village, but it seems from the responses you've gotten that it's not. Good to know.

: The only tidbit I have to offer is this: One of my cousins (whom I don't speak with very often) went
: back to visit around ten years ago, and I remember my dad shaking his head and laughing at him,
: because my cousin was going to visit the village empty-handed. I guess if one is going to visit his/her
: home village, that person had better be prepared with plenty of gifts for the long lost relatives
: (according to Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior, you may suddenly have twice as many
: relatives as you would otherwise!). I'm not sure what kinds of gifts... anyone? Probably some money,
: but nothing like a new stereo system or anything. I hope.

: Rosa

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