The Journey of a Lifetime

The Journey of a Lifetime

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Broadcasts



SHOW #49: January 7, 2017. The January 7 broadcast features my conversation with Ms. Michele Choy in Honolulu. She is the chair of the Annual Narcissus Queen Pageant. The pageant is scheduled to be held the same night at the historic Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown. I caught up with her recently at her office near the Honolulu Museum of Art. You'll hear about how she became involved, the qualifications for competition, how this pageant and festival has successfully maintained the ties of friendship between the State of Hawaii and China -and more. May I also remind you that you'd better start shopping, cleaning and getting things organized - the Lunar New Year arrives on Saturday, January 28! We had our weekly Confucius Moment and enjoyed another excursion to another one of the Treasures of China. Tune in every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time to 1490 WGCH and anywhere via audio streaming at WGCH.com for the next broadcast. I look forward to welcoming you!




SHOW #50: January 14, 2017. When I relocated to Honolulu over 20 years ago one of my favorite events were the lion and dragon dance performances during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Lion dance "is a form of traditional dance in Chinese and many other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume." The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals, as well as performed at important occasions. These include business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.

Lucky for me I caught up with Sifu Harlan Dai Tong Lee of the Gee Yung International Martial Arts, Dragon and Lion Dance Association. I received a crash course and all-things involved in lion dance and dragon dance -yes, there is a difference. Did you know that Gee Yung takes students in as young as four years old and as advanced as 60 years? I'm in that range, so who knows? If you see me in a lion or dragon dance parade you'll know how I got started. 

It's more than just a dance; it's a way of life. We had our usual Confucius Moment and weekly excursion on Treasures of China. We also started the countdown to the upcoming Chinese New Year -and I got some very enthusiastic help from the young students at Gee Yung in Honolulu's Chinatown. We shared fun facts about the new year traditions on Saturday's broadcast with more to come. Remember to always tune in to 1490 WGCH and from anywhere on WGCH.com via streaming on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time. 





SHOW #51: January 21, 2017. In recent years Chinese celebrities have emerged as important pillars in the field of charity. Many of these public figures are discovering and initiating new, unique ways to contribute to Chinese society. 

One of these celebrities is Chinese TV anchor Mr. Cui Yongyuan. In 2007 he founded the Beijing Yongyuan Charitable Foundation. Cui Yongyuan is an enthusiastic supporter of oral history research and practices, encouraging more people to participate in recording oral histories. 

In our  Conversations segment I welcomed by phone from China Mr. Li Guowu, the President of the Beijing Yongyuan Charitable Foundation. We heard about how the foundation was started, its goals, mission and accomplishments and more.

For example, the Home, Spring & Autumn Oral History Project was founded by Beijing Yongyuan Charitable Foundation and supported by the Zhejiang Dunhe Foundation, the Cui Yongyuan Oral History Research Center at Communication University of China and the China Social Assistance FoundationOn December 15, 2016 this project was awarded as one of the ‘Top Ten Chinese Documentary Promotors’ at the Guangzhou International Film Festival. More than just an oral history project, it is an historical and cultural project aimed at raising awareness of the importance of oral history and inviting young people in particular  to contribute to it. 

The first two seasons of the Home, Spring & Autumn Oral History Project covered 35 cities, 167 universities and 1,200 people producing  more than 300 works involving more than 50 oral history experts and documentary directors. 

We featured our usual Treasures of China segment, news and, of course, countdown to Chinese New Year! 




SHOW #52: January 28, 2017. On today's Chinese New Year broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I'm welcomed Mrs. Iris Xianghong Mu, Consul for Cultural Affairs of the Chinese Consulate in New York City

On the Conversations segment we'll learn from her about the Cultural Affairs Office, about what it does and how you can access its resources and services. You'll also hear about Chinese New Year events that are being supported by the Chinese Consulate in New York and open to the public.

We featured our weekly dose of wisdom on the Confucius Moment. Our Treasures of China segment excursion took us to a visit to the Long Promenade located in the Summer Palace in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing

We also enjoyed more fun facts about Chinese New Year and more! It's Spring Festival! Auspiciousness fills the air!

Tune in every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time to 1490 WGCH and anywhere via audio streaming at WGCH.com for the next broadcast. I look forward to welcoming you!





SHOW # 53: February 4, 2017. Over 130 years ago a group of Chinese from the Southern Chinese village of Buck Toy arrived in Hawaii. They came as immigrants to create a new home for themselves.Just before concluding my recent travels to Hawaii I was welcomed by two of their descendants to the Buck Toy Club on Vineyard Blvd., in Honolulu. Jeffrey Young is the president of the club, and his cousin Leo Young is one of the club’s directors. Both are descendants of those intrepid first-generation immigrants. I was curious about the Buck Toy Club’s history and how this organization and other Hawaii-based Chinese benevolent societies perpetuate their culture and pass that responsibility to succeeding generations.We’ll share more Chinese New Year Fun Facts, get our weekly dose of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, stroll around and inside Biyong Hall at the Confucian Temple and Imperial Academy in Beijing on Treasures of China -and more!We will also mark the first anniversary of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show! Auspicious and exciting times continue to unfold. Mark your calendar for Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. China Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com.




SHOW #54: February 11, 2017. On today's show I welcomed and introduced the listening audience to Mr. Baldwin Chiu and Ms. Larissa Lam. They produced a 2015 documentary short film, Finding Cleveland.When I viewed the screening in Greenwich recently the place was packed. I knew I had to have Baldwin and Larissa on the show and introduce you to them.Their documentary takes its viewers on a transformational journey in search of their family roots. Now, you are thinking a trip to a remote village in China, right? Guess again. This voyage of discovery took them to the American South to a small town, Cleveland, Mississippi USA. Their lives would never be the same after this journey. ?Both Baldwin and Larissa shared what they uncovered -not just ancestral, familial roots -but also sparks of history centered on Chinese American settlers in the Mississippi Delta, racial tensions, segregation, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and more. We featured our final installment of Chinese New Year Fun Facts and our weekly dose of wisdom on the Confucius Moment. Tune in every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time to 1490 WGCH and anywhere via audio streaming at WGCH.com for the next broadcast. I look forward to welcoming you!




SHOW # 55: February 18, 2017. In the USA, Presidents Day arrived on Monday, February 20. It's a federal holiday throughout the nation with most schools and government offices closed for the three-day holiday. On Saturday, February 18 my featured guest is Dr. Dave Wang. Born and raised in Northeastern China, he is an adjunct professor at St. John's University, New York, branch manager of the Laurelton Library/New York City Public Library System in Queens, New York and a noted scholar, lecturer and writer on the subject of the influences of Chinese civilization on the U.S. Founders and the founding of the United States of America in 1776. Much of his research is freely available to all on his blog site, The U.S. Founders and China: http://foundingfathersandchina.blogspot.com 

His research and commentary has been cited and featured in numerous professional publications, ranging from The Korean Journal of Medical History to the Virginia Review of Asian Studies. His findings have attracted much attention in the academic world, too. Dr. Wang has been invited to present papers at conference throughout the USA, Europe and China. His research has found its way to university-level history and culture courses.Remember that event in American history called The Boston Tea Party? The tea that was dumped in Boston Harbor was from China's Fujian Province. Dr. Wang has been a guest on our show before -and we full expect to have him back again. We featured our usual explorations on Treasures of China, immersed ourselves in timeless Chinese wisdom on the Confucius Moment and more! I shared some announcement about happenings and events, too. Mark your calendar for Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. China Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com




SHOW #56: February 25, 2017. My guest on the Saturday, February 25 broadcast was James M. Scott, author of Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. This interview is the first of two parts. My conversation with James. M. Scott will conclude on the March 4 broadcast. It was 75 years ago this coming April 18 that the Doolittle Raid was launched to avenge the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of Jimmy Doolittle lifted off the deck of the USS Hornet. This one-way mission pummeled factories, refineries, dockyards and other targets in the Japanese capitol -then there was the task of escaping to China. While Roosevelt heralded the raid as a propaganda victory it came at a heavy price by the Chinese people who suffered the most -victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Japanese Army that tragically claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 Chinese lives.This is one of the most exhaustive and detailed narratives of the Doolittle Raid ever assembled, with author James M. Scott having access to never-before utilized or published international sources. You'll hear about Jimmy Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer and brilliant engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT, Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell, Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, Jr., and the young American pilots, navigators and bombardiers -many little more than teenagers- who volunteered for a mission that few expected to return from. There are both English and Chinese language editions of this remarkable book. We also featured our weekly Confucius Moment, our excursion on Treasures of China, announcements and more.Tune in again next Saturday, March 4, 2017 to 1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 P.M. China Time. 

SHOW # 57: March 4, 2017. My guest on the Saturday, March 4, 2017 broadcast was James M. Scott, author of Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. 

This interview is the second and final of two parts. 

It was 75 years ago this coming April 18 that the Doolittle Raid was launched to avenge the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of Jimmy Doolittle lifted off the deck of the USS Hornet. This one-way mission pummeled factories, refineries, dockyards and other targets in the Japanese capitol -then there was the task of escaping to China. While Roosevelt heralded the raid as a propaganda victory it came at a heavy price by the Chinese people who suffered the most -victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Japanese Army that tragically claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 Chinese lives.This is one of the most exhaustive and detailed narratives of the Doolittle Raid ever assembled, with author James M. Scott having access to never-before utilized or published international sources. You'll hear about Jimmy Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer and brilliant engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT, Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell, Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, Jr., and the young American pilots, navigators and bombardiers -many little more than teenagers- who volunteered for a mission that few expected to return from. 

There are both English and Chinese language editions of this remarkable book. Go to this link to Amazon to purchase a copy:https://www.amazon.com/Target-Tokyo-Doolittle-Avenged-Harbor/dp/0393352277Author James M. Scott's official web site is here: http://jamesmscott.comWe also featured our weekly Confucius Moment, our excursion on Treasures of China, announcements and more. Tune in again next Saturday, March 11, 2017 to 1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 P.M. China Time. 



SHOW #58: MARCH 11, 2017. Chinese export porcelain was more than a common product or a mere commodity. It was a phenomenon that swept Europe and North America like nothing ever before. Porcelain from China was coveted by America's founders and many others. Some were so addicted to their cravings for Chinese porcelain that they went into debt -and paid the consequences. On this past President's Day holiday weekend in the USA you heard me welcome Dr. Dave Wang, a noted international authority originally from China who has researched, lectured and published on the ties between the American Founders and Chinese civilization. 

I met Dr. Wang in Chinatown, Flushing Queens in New York City to hear his findings about the impact of Chinese Export Porcelain on Americans and Europeans. I asked him to share his thoughts on the March 11 show. Here they are!Dr. Wang is the managing librarian of the Laurelton Library in Queens, New York City and an adjunct professor at St. John's University. 

We featured our usual explorations on Treasures of China, immerse ourselves in timeless Chinese wisdom on the Confucius Moment and more! I shared some announcements, happenings and events -and my impressions of the Asian food courts in Flushing Queens! I felt like I was back in Asia! Mark your calendar for the next broadcast on Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com.





SHOW #59: MARCH 18, 2017. You are invited! Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America has been such a huge hit at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) that it's been extended through September 10, 2017. 

I had to learn more -so I invited Mr. Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibition of MOCA. You'll get food for thought -and much more in today's featured interview on the Conversations segment.

You'll also hear words of timeless wisdom on the weekly Confucius Moment and embark on yet another wondrous journey to another destination on Treasures of China. It seems everything Chinese is all the rage today, so there are announcements of programs, exhibits and things to do and see at various museums. 

Tune in for our weekly broadcasts starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on Saturdays on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com.




SHOW #60: MARCH 25, 2017. Flushing, Queens, New York City is a phenomenal place. When I rode the #7 Subway from Grand Central Terminal to Main Street I never imagine the surprise that awaited me when I emerged for the first time. I felt as if I took the subway to a destination in Chinese-speaking Asia. When I related my first impressions to good friend and former show guest Dr. Dave Wang he just laughed -and I could not blame him. After lunch we ventured to historic Flushing Town Hall, headquarters of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. This hub of cultural activity features an impressive myriad of fascinating Asian-themed programs serving the community.

My guest on the March 25 broadcast was Mr. Michael Liu, the director of Chinese Community Initiatives at Flushing Town Hall. I was looking forward to introducing you to Michael, to the successful programs he manages and how you can experience and be enriched by everything that the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts has to offer -and how you can join the fun and support its mission.

We headed off to another amazing Chinese destination on Treasures of China, got our weekly dose of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, hearD about exhibits, programs and happens and more! 

Mark your calendar! Tune in for Saturday's broadcast starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com.



SHOW # 61: APRIL 1, 2017. On today's Saturday, April 1 broadcast I welcomed while in Hawaii Chairman Ms. Yin Zhijun of the internationally famous Lau She Tea House by phone in Beijing to the show. Thank you, Mr. Liming Guan of The China Press in New York City for your superb translation. 

Lao She Tea House was founded in 1988 by Chairman Yin's father. You'll learn that Lao She offers much more than tea. This tea house offers its patrons a cornucopia of Chinese cultural performances. These include Kung Fu, acrobatics, crosstalk, dancing, Peking opera and more. 

For many years audiences from around the world are dazzled. You may not speak or understand Chinese language, but this is a cultural immersion experience that is not to be missed. 

We also featured our weekly Confucius Moment and Treasures of China destination. Tune in to 1490 WGCH on the AM radio dial -or listen to the show via audio-streaming on WGCH.com every Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time. 



SHOW #62: APRIL 8, 2017.  My guest on the Saturday, April 8 show was Mr. Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center. I sat down with Douglas and his volunteers to learn about the Qing Ming Festival -also known as Tomb-Sweeping Festival that goes back centuries. 

We shared words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, and took the audience on another journey on Treasures of China

There's more! We're introducing new segments. Chopsticks is foodie central, appealing to the hungry, eclectic and curious.

Historical Notes reflects on historical events in and about China. 

On Chinese Fun Facts you'll hear that baseball isn't just America's pastime; the Chinese having playing ball for a long time. 

The Weekly Almanac lets you know what's going on at museums and other events. 

Tune in on Saturday's at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH in Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere on WGCH.com





SHOW #63: APRIL 15, 2017My guest on the Saturday, April 15, 2017 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim was Professor Jonathan Lee of San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Program. 

Professor Lee is the primary organizer of a fascinating conference scheduled for October 6-8, 2017. "This Land Is Our Land": Chinese Pluralities Through the Americas, An International Conference of the Chinese Historical Society of the Americas sounded fascinating to me -and I think it will be to you, too. 

The conference is open to the public and organized by the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco, California. The basis of the conference "seeks to unpack, (re)examine, re(focus), (re)calibrate, and (re)examine the pluralities of "Chinese" experiences within, among, and through the Americas-historically and presently. We enjoin participants to take a global view of the Chinese experience in the Americas. The primary focus of this Conference is to research on any and all aspects of Chinese American history, Chinese American studies, and Chinese in the Americas." 

What else do we have on tap for you? We'll feature our usual Confucius Moment. On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we'll take off for a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. On Historical Notes you'll hear about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the U.S. military during World War II. After my recent first-ever visit to San Francisco's Chinatown I decided to share some of what I learned about this oldest such Chinatown in North America on Chinese Fun Facts. As a confessed foodie I shared that nothing comes between me and my dim sum on Chopsticks. 

Time flies when you're having fun! Be part of the journey on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and this blog site on the 2017 Shows page at MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com. 





SHOW #64: April 22, 2017: Author Henry Chang was my guest on the Saturday, April 22, 2017 broadcast of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim show on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut, and anywhere on WGCH.com

Chang is a native New Yorker hailing from Manhattan's Chinatown and the Lower East Side. His poems have appeared in the seminal Yellow Pearl anthology, and in Gangs In New York’s Chinatown. He has written for Bridge Magazine, and his fiction has appeared in On A Bed Of Rice and in the NuyorAsian Anthology. His debut novel Chinatown Beat garnered high praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, among others.  

Henry Chang is a graduate of City College of New York (CCNY). He has been a lighting consultant, and a security director for major hotels, commercial properties, and retail businesses in Manhattan.

Chang's Chinatown Trilogy of Chinatown Beat (2006), Year of the Dog (2008), Red Jade (2010) and Death Money (2014) are currently being developed for television and movies. 

His newest mystery novel, Lucky: A Detective Jack Yu Investigation was released on March 14, 2017. 

Kirkus Reviews calls Chang's latest work, "a turbo-charged requiem for a blood brotherhood rooted in an impossibly distant past." Library Journal says, “Yu struggles between his loyalties formed growing up in New York’s Chinatown and his role as a police officer in the very same neighborhood… The sparse writing infused with Chinatown culture will appeal to those who are drawn to noir mysteries with a rich cultural component.”

Be sure to check out Henry Chang's official web site at http://www.chinatowntrilogy.com

We also featured our usual weekly words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment. 

On Treasures of China my good friend, Singapore-based travel blogger Darren Ng of ExploreLifeLah! (http://explorelah.blogspot.com) shared his recent exploration of Shamian Island in Guangzhou. 

Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We'll have more for you on Historical Notes, Chinese Fun Facts.

On Chopsticks guess what? Yes, you'll hear that those two sticks many of us use for eating and cooking have been around for 6,000 years. Not bad! 

Time flies when you're having fun! Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. 




SHOW #65: April 29, 2017My guest on the Conversations segment of the April 29 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim is Ms. Zhou Yi, pipa virtuoso of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York. Founded in 1999, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York is dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of Chinese traditional and contemporary performing arts. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, "Ba Ban" literally means "Eight Beats,” which is the structural basis for the grouping of notes in traditional Chinese music. 

In 1843, Shanghai was one of the first five cities to open its ports to the West and became known as the "Paradise of Adventurers" and the “Paris of the Orient.” Because of its unique geographic location and the structure of foreign concessions, Shanghai gradually became the most prosperous economic trade and cultural center of the Far East in the early 20th century. In the 1930s and 40s, Shanghai was a cultural gathering place that fostered a unique environment for creating hybrid music. The boom of the foreign trading markets, the shantytowns on the riverbank of the Suzhou River, and the cultural mixture of east and west were reflected in the complex timbres of emerging Chinese pop music. This new genre of Chinese pop was both foreign and domestic as well as modern and traditional. 

We'll also featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius Moment. On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we'll take off for a new, amazing destination -Baomo Garden, thanks to good friend, faithful listener and Singapore-based travel blogger Daren Ng. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We'll have more for you on Historical Notes, Chinese Fun Facts and Chopsticks.  

We remind our audience that Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the American representative of the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges. The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program has opportunities for qualifying Americans to study for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs at Chinese universities and colleges. Please contact Mr. Mead for further details and to register today. 

Time flies when you're having fun! Be part of the journey live every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming.  If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com on the 2017 Shows page





SHOW #66: May 6, 2017: My guest on the Conversations segment of the May 6 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim was New York Times best selling author Lisa See. 

Her latest work, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, was released in March.  A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

Reviews:
“Lisa See transports readers to the remote mountains of China…come for the heartwarming bonding between mother and daughter; stay for the insight into Akha culture and the fascinating (really) history of the tea trade."
Real Simple

"With strong female characters, See deftly confronts the changing role of minority women, majority-minority relations, East-West adoption, and the economy of tea in modern China. Fans of See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will appreciate this novel.”
Library Journal

"With vivid and precise details about tea and life in rural China, Li-Yan’s gripping journey to find her daughter comes alive."
Publishers Weekly

"A riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
Kirkus Reviews

Click here to visit her official web page: http://www.lisasee.comWant to purchase your copy of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane? For your convenience click this link to Amazon.com. 

We also featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius MomentOn Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we journeyed to a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly AlmanacWe shared more for you on Historical Notes, Chinese Fun Facts and Chopsticks, too

We remind our audience that Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the American representative of the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges. The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program offers numerous opportunities for qualifying Americans to study for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs at Chinese universities and colleges. Please contact Mr. Mead for further details and to register today. 

Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. 






SHOW #69: MAY 27, 2017: My guests on the Conversations segment of the May 27 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim were Ms. Kuang-Yu Fong and Mr. Stephen Kaplin of Chinese Theatre Works in New York City. 

Thanks to them and an exhibit they curated at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, I was introduced to an extraordinary American woman named Pauline Benton. She was the founder of Red Gate Theatre and the first to bring Chinese shadow puppetry to American audiences nationwide. We also featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius Moment. 

On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we'll take off for a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We had more for you on Historical Notes and Chinese Fun Facts, too. 

We remind our audience that Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the American representative of the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges. The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program offers numerous opportunities for qualifying Americans to study for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs at Chinese universities and colleges. Please contact Mr. Mead for further details and to register today. 

On Tuesday, May 23 I attended a signing ceremony at Town Hall in Greenwich, Connecticut. A new sister city relationship now exists between the Town of Greenwich and the City of Hangzhou in China. I'll had some words to share. 

I’m back in Greenwich, Connecticut. and this week I’ll be with you from the studios of 1490 WGCH.com. Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page





SHOW #70: June 3, 2017Adriana Proser is the John H. Foster Curator of Traditional Asian Art at the Asia Society New York City USA. A specialist in Chinese art, over the last fifteen years she has organized and co-organized over forty exhibitions featuring diverse works from all over Asia. These include the upcoming loan exhibition Buddhist Art of Myanmar and the exhibitions Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire and Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857 for Asia Society Museum. Her publications include Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art (Asia Society Museum and Yale University Press, 2010), for which she served as editor and contributor. Dr. Proser is recipient of a Ph.D. in Chinese art and archaeology from Columbia University. Proser was formerly Assistant Curator of East Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Dr. Proser commented on Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia which was on exhibit at the Asia Society Museum in New York City. For more information on this remarkable exhibit go to this link to Artsy.comThis exhibit closed Sunday, June 4, 2017, the day after the broadcast. 

Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia featured precious cargo—bound for the Abbasid Caliphate, an empire that included present-day Iran and Iraq, and produced in China during the Tang dynasty (618–907)—including ceramics, gold and silver vessels, bronze mirrors, and other artifacts. You are invited to click this link to a presentation on YouTube featuring Executive Vice-President Tom Nagorski of the Asia Society

Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming.  If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page.






SHOW #71: June 10, 2017You might remember that my guests on the Conversations segment of the May 27 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim were Ms. Kuang-Yu Fong and Mr. Stephen Kaplin of Chinese Theatre Works in New York City. 

I asked them to return for the broadcast on Saturday, June 10 to talk about Chinese Theatre Works, its mission, programs and cultural offerings to the public. We featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius Moment. 

On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we'll take off for a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We had more for you on Historical Notes and Chinese Fun Facts, too. Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the American representative of the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges. The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program offers numerous opportunities for qualifying Americans to study for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs at Chinese universities and colleges. 

Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page.





SHOW #72: June 17, 2017On today's show we welcomed Mr. Douglas Chin, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii. Warm and engaging, you'll hear about his remarkable journey from his birth in Taiwan to growing up in the Pacific Northwest to his present life and career in Hawaii as the state's Attorney General. 

We featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius Moment. On Chopsticks today's ingredient was one of my favorites, lemongrass. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We focused on the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on Chinese Fun Facts, too. On Treasures of China we took you to another timeless destination from China's distant past. Host Jeffrey Bingham Mead is the American representative of the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges. The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program offers numerous opportunities for qualifying Americans to study for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs at Chinese universities and colleges. 

You're always invited to be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page






SHOW #73: June 24, 2017It's graduation time across America. On today's broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I welcomed William Yin and his proud father, Dr. Mark Yin. William Yin is the valedictorian of the Greenwich High School class of 2017 here in Connecticut USA. This accomplished young man is truly extraordinary. Recently named a U.S. Presidential Scholar and honored by the Greenwich Board of Education, William Yin has volunteered at Albert Einstein Hospital in New York City and at the First People's Hospital in Shanghai. Did you know that he created a science enrichment program for children in neighboring White Plains, New York? Participated in the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution competition? Captain of the Math Team? Oh yes, there's more!  We featured our usual weekly words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment. On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we took off for a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We had more for you on Chinese Fun Facts, too. Be part of the journey every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and anywhere in WGCH.com via audio-streaming. If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page








SHOW #74: July 1, 2017
Sometimes when you visit a museum exhibit there are treasures  on display that simply take your breath away. I experienced one of those cultural epiphanies when I laid eyes on an immaculately restored jade suit at the China Institute Gallery’s new exhibition, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. 

More than 76 objects originating from royal tombs dating from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 8 CE) will be exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. Ranging from terracotta performers to carved stone animal sculptures, the objects are extraordinary testimony to customs and beliefs surrounding life and death during the Western Han Dynasty, one of China’s golden eras.

Together with Rome, the Western Han capital, Chang’an in present day Shaanxi Province, were the two largest cities in the ancient world. Poetry, literature and philosophy developed and flourished during the Western Han Dynasty. Among the accomplishments of the Chinese people during the Han Dynasty were the developments of paper, sundials, and astronomical instruments. Today, the majority of the population in China is descended from the Han people, the single largest ethnic group in the world.

I welcomed back Willow Weilan Hai, Director of China Institute Gallery in New York City. We conversed about this remarkable exhibit at the China Institute in America. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated bilingual catalogue, too. 

We'll also featured our usual weekly words of wisdom in the Confucius Moment. On Treasures of China let your imagination soar as we'll take off for a new, amazing destination. Learn about what's going on and things to see at museums on the Weekly Almanac. We'll have more for you on Chinese Fun Facts, too. 

Last -and certainly not least- I shared some special, well-deserved words of appreciation for Sue Lee, the retiring executive director of the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco, California. 

If you miss the show fear not! We'll post a link on our archives site on Podcasts.com and the blog site on the 2017 Shows page








SHOW #75: July 8, 2017 Nearly two years ago in Beijing I had the pleasure of meeting my next guest, Mr. James Lindsay and his wife Pamela. We were in the Chinese capital as invited guests for the 70th year anniversary events commemorating the end of World War II. We and other guests had arrived from all over the world that first week in September, 2015. 

On one magical night we sat around large, round tables in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Beijing trading larger-than-life war stories of a time when the world was in turmoil -until, as you can imagine- the hotel staff kicked us out as the hour had grown late. 

Jim spoke to us by phone from his home in Canberra, Australia to share with me and you a true, gripping story surely like no other as found in his mother’s book, Bold Plum: with the Guerrillas in China’s War Against Japan. 


Hsiao Li Lindsay was one-of-a-kind, a master storyteller whose stories are real and harrowing. Her day-to-day accounts of the flight from Beijing after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 with Japanese military troops in hot pursuit, years with Communist guerrillas in hot pursuit, childbirth on the trail and refuge in Yennan, tragically massacred peasant villages and living intimately with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, Lin Biao and many others is a story of struggle, courage and life-changing choices we can only imagine in the 21st century. 

You can purchase a copy of Bold Plum: with the Guerrillas in China’s War Against Japan at amazon.com or through the publisher at lulu.com:






























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