Welcome to Toisan Pride

Toisanese (Hoisanese is the REAL pronunciation; and Mandarin speakers call it "Taishan" or Taishanese") were among the first Chinese-Cantonese immigrants to hail to the United States from the Guangdong/Guangzhou Province of Southern China in the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong.

Many Hoisanese immigrants came to the U.S. starting in the 19th century to help build railroads, and eventually stayed to establish laundromats, restaurants, etc. and worked hard to build a better future for their families. Some famous Hoisan folks include: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook); Hawaii Senator Hiram Fong, Hong Kong Martial Artist Donnie Yen (star of IP MAN), Actor James Hong, Former California Treasurer Matt Fong; Actress Anna May Wong. For more Toisan/Taishan background history, click on Wikipedia.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Some day, I plan on updating it but Blogger isn't the greatest with blog templates so I appreciate your patience! I welcome comments, stories, photos, Toisanese/Say-Yip history, anything about our wonderful people to toisangirl@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Canadian Toisanese, eh?

Aloha everyone, summer is winding down and school's starting up signaling the advent of the fall season. Much to my surprise, I'm discovering large populations of Toisanese folks in places I never thought of - in the SOUTHERN U.S. (Mississippi - check them out on Facebook under "Mississippi Delta Chinese R Us") and CANADA (GAH-NA-AI) (Vancouver, Montreal, Regina, and my cousins who hail from Edmonton).

I had tears in my eyes after viewing this poignant documentary "In The Shadow of Gold Mountain," by filmmaker Karen Cho (2004), a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage who traveled from Montreal to Vancouver to interview the last surviving Canadian Toisanese immigrants and their experiences with the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act:  http://www.nfb.ca/film/in_the_shadow_of_gold_mountain

Thanks to YeeYee74 for sharing it! 


  1. Argh! Blogger ate my comment!

    Just wanted to leave a comment saying that I'm glad I found your site (and ran running off with your Hom Gnui Jann Gee Gnuck recipe). My family used to live in Mississippi though they've spread out to other places in the US now. Now I have to check out their site as well!

  2. i'm one of the Toisan folks in MS you're talking about. we were featured on Andrew Zimmern's "Bizarre Foods America." we come on at the 21 min mark - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBRyY-zwBtM

  3. i just checked the link and the whole episode has been deleted. here are few clips from the travel chanel:

    http://www.travelchannel.com/video/blues-recap-with-andrew (2:40)