After the lawsuit and in financial ruin, San Tong and Ping took off to Florida to start over. They were not able to start a business there and came back.
Auntie Soo-Jan describes my Grandfather's home made camper and their trip.
"This a photo of Sun Tong’s self-built camper of which he was very proud. I’m not sure which year he built it, but I think it was in the 1950’s. Sun Tong and Lai Ping lived and drove across the Country in the pick-up and camper to Florida. I remember that when they returned, they told stories of not knowing which drinking fountains or restrooms to use when they passed through the deep South during segregation era. People told them that they were considered white. Also, in some small towns in the Midwest, the only Oriental images the people had were from old T.V. cowboy shows when Chinese wore pigtails, Chinese clothing and worked in a laundry. They were very surprised to see modern day Chinese people. "
Later San Tong goes to Mexico to try to make a go of it . Ping joins him for a time in 1966 but returns to the USA after finding that her severe rheumatoid arthritis made it difficult for her .
The following is a photo of Lai Ping sitting next to a newly built fireplace in a hacienda in Mexico in 1966.
Here is a clip from my Auntie Estelle and Uncle Guys Honeymoon at the Hacienda in 1966. The clip begins with Auntie Estelle and Uncle Guy touring the Hacienda grounds and waterfall . Then there is a segment with Uncle Guy and his father ( my grandfather) San Tong riding horses . Guy is the man in the white pants and San Tong is in the blue shirt .
More information about the Hacienda and San Tong's time there can be found here.