Friday, June 11, 2010
The Dream Ends - San You is gone
San You , the first born son of Jue Joe , arrives in America at age 15 in 1918 .
He enrolls at Van Nuys High School. Here is his freshman class picture. (Click on picture to enlarge).
San You, Van Nuys HS, 1923: San Tong's older brother San You was in the Freshmen B class at Van Nuys High School in 1923. He is located in fifth row from the front row, and is the second person from the left side of photo.
He is the apple of his father' s eye and will lead the fortunes of the family after Jue Joe passes on . He marries Grand Aunt May in a big Chinatown celebration . Aunt May is an American born Chinese girl . In several restaurants one thousands guest are spread across hundreds of tables.Joe treats his son to a lavish celebration although he himself is a simple and frugal man and still sleeps in a one room cabin with a dirt floor on his ranch .
To San You and May ,three daughters are born but no sons. San You is the marketman at the Produce exchange in Los Angeles , the public face of the Jue Joe Company while his little brother San Tong , a quieter guy helps his dad at the ranch in Van Nuys .
Then in 1933 at the age of 30 San You suddenly and unexpectedly dies of leukemia . The death hits Jue Joe hard. The grief is immense. He spends hours by his son's grave.
In his grief , Joe is blindsided by the demands of Aunt May . She has been raised in America and demands her due inheritance as the wife of the Joe's first born son . She tells Joe that he must support her and her three daughters for the rest of their lives. It is her right . It is what is due her . It is something he must guarantee to do and he must guarantee it right now . Of this first family fracture Auntie Soo- Yin writes " Her timing was lousy for Joe had not been ready to think about fiscal measure, let alone to pork it over to a woman. Joe was grieving for the apple of his eye- San You. And for Aunt May's bitter verbosity, which to Joe fell toward felony , she was shown the back door. That action caused San Tong and Leong Shee to sneak Aunt May dough from their private pockets."