Posted by stephen yee (22.214.171.124) on April 09, 2004 at 13:09:37:
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Relatives surnamed YAP from Amoy, China posted by Marc Pelina on December 12, 2000 at 15:19:27:
You must always consider the possiblity of after moving to a place like Philipines or even Singapore that the possibility of emmigrating again.There are numerous accounts of chinese young men hiding in ship vessals enroute to north america.While not common,they would acutally end up in places like Puerto Rico,Cuba or even other places in the Caribbean.
Not to mention,often immigration officials would often give a funky name to the young man because of pidgin english.I have an aunt.Her maiden name is Farm,but the chinese is something else.Eventually I tracked it down,but come to find out it was something else.Yap is common,but consider that there always spelling variants due to pidgen english and mainstreaming of immigrants surnames.
If you can go the gravesite and see the headstone.That would be a great start.Many of the old folks would have their names in both chinese and english.
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