2019 Chinese American Genealogy Conference

List of Presenters

(In Formation)

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Patrick Chew

Patrick Chew is the Internationalization / Localization Manager at Change.org and is a UC Berkeley alumnus with degrees in Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Altaic Languages. In his free-time, when he's not working on languages, linguistics, and tech, he's continuing his passion for genealogy, which has provided an integral grounding tie to his own heritage. By applying insights from his academic training (Classical Chinese literature and Chinese dialectology) and professional experiences dealing with tech, he hopes to contribute back to not only the community at large, but also help those that don't have the same resources available.

Alan Chin

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine, as well as extensively in the United States. He is a contributing photographer to The New York Times, contributing writer and photographer for Reuters Analysis & Opinion, and many other publications. He is also an instructor and advisor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art, and he is Co-Director of Facing Change: Documenting Detroit (FCDD). Chin was nominated twice by The New York Times for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and 2000.

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Amy Chin

Amy Chin is a genealogist and researcher specializing in Chinese American ancestries and a consultant in arts management, cultural programming, and community development. For decades, Amy’s family carefully saved records, objects, and other personal artifacts. After discovering this trove of old family treasures in her late mother’s belongings, Amy began what she calls her ‘journey to unforgetting’. She researched and pieced together her family’s immigration story which was later re-interpreted as a 12-panel comic book/graphic novel for the New York Historical Society’s exhibition “Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion” which toured the country and is now on permanent display at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. In addition to her own research, she presents public workshops and provides select genealogy consultation services to private clients. She has presented genealogy talks and workshops for the AARP, the Family History Library, Museum of Chinese in America, OCA, Oregon Historical Society, Queens Public Library and others. Amy holds a B.A. in East Asian studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and she speaks three dialects of Chinese.

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Gene Chin

Gene Chin is a 26th generation Chin from Huang village in Toisan, China. Although Gene was raised in the U.S. and not literate in Chinese, he was taught by his father from childhood to memorize his family’s history starting with the 18th generation of the Chin clan who founded his family’s village in China. Over the course of a decade, Gene painstakingly translated and digitized his clan’s genealogy record and created a family genealogy website. Gene also updated the records and began including names and records of female ancestors and family members (an uncommon practice in traditional Chinese genealogy). In the process, Gene developed a system of romanization for the Toisanese dialect of Chinese. He continues to maintain and update the Huang Village Chin Family records and assists others in their quest to seek out and reclaim their ancestral Chinese roots.

Kevin Chu

Kevin Chu is the Collections Manager of the museum collections, library, and archives at Museum of Chinese in America located at 70 Mulberry Street. He is an avid comic book reader and first came to MOCA in 2012 because of MOCA’s exhibition on Asian Americans in U.S. comics, “Marvels & Monsters.” Kevin started off as an intern with MOCA’s Collections department, where he learned archiving and preservation techniques. He recently worked with the curatorial team to develop the special exhibition “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.” In his free time, Kevin moonlights as a fiction writer, who ironically has only ever had his non-fiction pieces published. He has a B.A. in Journalism and East Asian Studies from New York University.

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Tony King

Tony King was born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area. He serves as a volunteer at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah assisting those who are searching for their Chinese roots. He descends from Chinese immigrants who came to California, Oregon, and Hawaii in the late 1800’s. His focus over the past few years has been on Chinese genealogy. He has conducted research in such places as California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Hong Kong, and southern China. He retired after a 30-year career with the federal government and has resided overseas for more than a dozen years, including in Malaysia, Germany, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and China (5 years).

Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan

Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan is a National Facilitator at StoryCorps, an oral history project started in 2003 that aims to preserve the stories and connections of our country's everyday people. She has the honor and privilege of traveling across the country to record and facilitate these conversations between loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers alike. As a young Chinese-American, born and raised in San Francisco, she recently began her own personal identity journey to reconnect with her Chinese roots. As part of this journey, she has dedicated her efforts at StoryCorps to creating more culturally competent services to ensure the preservation of stories from the Asian community. From this work comes the hope that she herself will learn a little something to revive and preserve the long family history that brought her to this point of straddling the border between her Chinese heritage and American lifestyle as an American-Born Chinese.

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Yue Ma

Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research at Museum of Chinese in America, is in charge of the museum collections, library, and archives, which are located at 70 Mulberry Street. She oversees daily acquisition, preservation, digitization, research, and online projects. In addition, she assisted with the permanent exhibition “With a Single Step,” and recently co-curated the exhibition “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.” She enjoys being a liaison between the collection donors and the museum. Prior to MOCA, Ma interned at the City of Toronto Archives, and served as a Digital Project Manager and an Associate Research Archivist at the Shenzhen City Archives. Educated globally, she received a B.Sc. from Jilin University and a MBA from Xiamen University respectively, then received a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from a joint program at Ryerson University and George Eastman House.

Henry Tom

Henry Tom is an active Chinese genealogy researcher who has consulted on books, assisted other researchers and organized public Chinese genealogy workshops across the country. His entry into Chinese genealogy research started in 2005 with a visit to his ancestral village in Taishan, China. Subsequently, he joined the SiYi Chinese Genealogy Forum as the Moderator for Location and established the Tom Genealogy website. After compiling a 148 generation family lineage, he published “Tan Genealogy: Heritage and Lineage”. He was born and raised in New York City and, while fluent in spoken Taishan dialect, he cannot read or write Chinese (which makes his Chinese genealogy abilities even more remarkable). Henry holds academic degrees in geography and had a career as a US Federal geographer. After retiring from government service, he worked for Oracle Corporation.

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Angela Tudico

Angela Tudico, PhD, has worked at the National Archives* at New York City since November 2008. She is an Archives Specialist and primarily serves as reference team lead but also works on outreach and records management projects. She previously worked at the National Archives at College Park, the Library of Congress, and as an instructor of courses on 20th Century American History at the University of Maryland. Angela received her B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate in American History from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she completed her dissertation, ‘They’re Bringing Home Japanese Brides’: Japanese War Brides in the Postwar Era.

*The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent Federal agency that safeguards and preserves the records of our Government. The National Archives at New York City’s holdings consist of Federal records from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands dating from the 1680s to the 1990s. Among the records is a vast collection of case files on Chinese persons who entered the U.S. during the years that the Chinese Exclusion Act was in effect.