San Tong Jue, Mexico
After the trial my "Ah Gung" , San Tong tries to start over having lost everything.
Auntie Soo-Jan writes :
"After the law suit, your Gung and my mother traveled to Florida to see if they could make a living there, but it didn’t work out. Then he went to Baja California and found that it was a good fit. He could speak the language. He had agricultural knowledge that can help the farmers there and he was well respected for that. Also, life in rural Mexico was more akin to life in China which was comfortable for him. He would return back to the States about every 6 months to be in accordance with visa paperwork. He would just drive up and appear at our doorsteps unannounced, stay for a few weeks or months, visit other children’s homes and then go back to Mexico. He had dual citizenship in both countries. My mother went down with him once and stayed for months, but because of her rheumatoid arthritis, it was difficult for her to travel around. My Mom came to live with Mel and I in 1965 and died in 1967. "
San Tong tries a number of business ventures in Mexico all of which are not very successful .
Late in life he is still trying to making a go of it .He pens this letter to Soo-Yin when he is 69 years of age .
"Dear Child, .... I have been so busy every since I came back to Mexico ... I keep inventing things to sell and working day and night trying to make a come back as quickly as I can ... I have so many irons in the fire one of them should turn out a money maker . .. As soon as the company starts making sales of soy sauce, I will start drawing salary. Right now I have about 25 thousand dollars worth of soy sauce all ready bottled and ready to sell , the only thing I am waiting for is the license and the labels. Keep your chin up , keep struggling . We will be all right very soon.
Love Father , April 5th, 1974"
Auntie Soo-Jan writes :
"In many ways, your Gung lived a very tragic life. His childhood was fragmented, he never got to choose what he wanted to do with his life, he had huge family responsibilities as a young man and many people to support, he lost two wives, the law suit divided his family and forced him into financial ruins. But in his life, he was immensely proud of his children. He could bark, but inwardly, he was a very sentimental man. After he died, we found in a suitcase, all sorts of mementos and letters from his children that he had kept all these years. He passed away in a very dignified manner, never complaining, took care of his own needs and even in his illness, tried not to disturb our lives too much. That was his independent nature. When he passed, a heavy load was lifted from his shoulders and he found peace. That is my view"