Uncle Loon was one of the members of the happy clan at the Van Nuys Ranch. He was related to Jue Joe (grand nephew) and Jue Joe helped him come over to the United States . Because of the Oriental Exclusion Act he was unable to emigrate under his real name and used a fictious name as many Chinese did as a "paper son" , hence the name "Loon" .His real name was Jue Chan Lum. His grandfather was Jue Joe’s older brother. He was only 10 years younger then San Tong but belonged in the generation of San-Tong’s children. Fay , Loon’s wife was the older sister of Ping, San Tong’s wife , so the family bonds are deep .
Uncle Loon had two boys Jimmy and Ming , who are around my age . Jimmy and Ming have been regular members of our clan gatherings over the years and now their wives and children as well .
Here is Uncle Loon in 1938.
(Auntie Soo Yin:This is Cousin Loon (Chan Lum) in 1938 standing in front of Leong Shee's cottage.He was 22-years old, having arrived from China only six-years earlier at the age of 16 (the age that I was told).)
Here is Uncle Loon in 1941 at the Van Nuys Ranch
Here is Uncle Loon in 1942 at the Saugus Ranch.
The picture below is of Uncle Loon , Auntie Fay , Jimmy and Ming circa 1970 or so .
On his 1937 trip back to marry Yee Lai Ping, San Tong shot video of Fay Loon's first wedding . That video is featured and discussed in this post .