Hello all ! My name is Jack Jr. and I am the great grandson of Jue Joe . My grandfather, San Tong Jue ,was his son . My father,Jack , is his grandson. My sons ,Robert and Jordan, are the great great grandsons of Jue Joe . My daughter, Leah, is his great great granddaughter . My grandson ,Jackson , is his great , great , great grandson . It is now a long line from the patriarch of our clan who came from China in the 1800's to find his fortune in a new land . He has left a large extended family that has grown and prospered over the generations that have come after him . I never met Jue Joe in person but I did meet his picture ! As a young man , I spent time , in the grand house that his son , my grandfather ,San Tong Jue , built in Van Nuys . In that house over the mantel in the living room was a large commissioned portrait of a rather commanding looking aristocratic Chinese man in a Western suit . Who was he ? How did he make his fortune ? What did he want for his family , for the generations that were to follow him.? What was he like ? How did he live and how did he die ? What happened to his clan after his death ? These are questions that have dogged me for years .
My hope is that other family members will share their comments and recollections so that we can create a joint remembrance of our extended family -how it started with Jue Joe and how it continued through the years. There is much to write about , great joy and great sorrow . There are pictures and maybe even movies to share . There are poems and stories that have been written by family members. Most importantly , my Auntie Soo-yin has written this story already in a wonderful book that she has shared with all of us . My goal is not to rewrite her history but to expand on it and bring it alive for all of the extended family . My hope is that this document will live on for our children and their children so they can understand where we come from , and where we have been and where we are going as a family . Of course, the story could start earlier back in China but for me and for this blog the story really starts with the great grandfather who I never met who came here and started the story of our family in America .