Posted by Thim Liew on August 15, 2001 at 04:05:38:
In Reply to: Re: SUEY WAI LEUNG - TOISHAN, GUANGDONG posted by Rosa L on February 27, 2001 at 14:07:03:
25 years ago, my late mother Yan Yik Thong went back to Toi San, I think. I am not sure since my father did not say much - pnly that he went 'home' to China to marry my mother. The situation was like what was mentioned. Recently, I found a local ToiSan clan association which I joined. According to them, the situation is much economically better, at present.
You have to remember that the economic reasons were the forces that pushed a lot of Chinese away from their own homeland in those days.
My mother's sister married a Hong Kong man and moved to the Island. Nothing heard since then.
: 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.
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