Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Auntie Soo Yin recently gave a wonderful talk on San Tong's Jue life story during the History of Jue Joe Ranch Series Part 3 at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. San Tong was my grandfather . He was the son of Jue Joe and born in China , emigrated to America at the age of 13 with his mother and brother to join Jue Joe in Los Angeles. He ran asparagus farming and produce operations for Jue Joe and after Jue Joe passed away ran all farming operations for the Jue family and then moved to Mexico in the later part of his life before returning to America to retire.
Here is her presentation.
I have also included Auntie Soo Yin,s power point slides below.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Today I was invited to give a talk on the friendship between Jue Joe and Otto Brant at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. For those unable to attend here is the you tube video of my talk.
One of the fascinating stories in the Jue Joe saga is his friendship with Otto Brant.
How does a poor illiterate Chinese man who is a houseboy on a wheat ranch, meet up with and become fast friends with a wealthy Title insurance president? There is ample documentation in real estate deeds and family oral history that Otto and Jue Joe were associates and friends but why or how that friendship developed is something I did not understand. My talk concerns the research I have done and some of the answers about that very special and unusual friendship.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Recently, Franky Ortega, a high school history teacher and local historian has developed a series of Zoom presentations on the Jue Joe Ranch for the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. As part of the first event on August 8th, Franky asked Auntie Soo-Yin and I to talk. .
The first you tube video is a 20 minute presentation by me about personal reflections about the Jue Joe Ranch.\
The second video is 1 hour interview of Auntie Soo Yin by Franky .
The third video will be a presentation by Franky Ortega of his videos and pictures of the demolition of the Jue Joe Ranch structures . This will be added to this post when available .
The final video is a 41 minute Question and answer session recorded from the live zoom meeting. For some reason this video starts in the middle of the Q and A , just rewind to the beginning to get the whole Q and A session.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
ps Here is an earlier post from Dave with pictures.
1. Guy and I among asparagus ferns out in the field.
3. Joan and her dog, with I and Pingy out in field nearer De Celis . You see the back of area where Pa Pa and Ma Ma Kurihara lived. They built a hot tub shed there too. There used to be a pigeon coop at the back of that shed. Then to the left would be the big chicken coop where we would daily collect eggs
5.. Guy's horse, Senator. He was old and had a sway back. He's a gentle horse unlike Jack's strong-willed stallion. Joan's horse ran away with me when I was atop her and she yelled, "Head towards the haystack. She'll stop and eat." I was saved.