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, July 24, 2012

Taishanese NYPD Officer Talks Suicidal Man Down From Bridge

KUDOS to Taishanese/Toisanese NYPD Officer Yi Huang for Saving a Toisanese Man's Life - read on or visit ABC News.com.

By ALON HARISH - ABC News  7/24/12

....A minor miracle on the upper deck of New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge may have helped save the life of a suicidal Chinese-American man. Soon after police responded Monday afternoon to a report of a man who had parked his car on the bridge and gone "over the edge," they learned that the man spoke only Cantonese. They then summoned Officer Yi Huang, a Cantonese-speaking Chinese-American, to communicate with him. Huang, who patrols the Fifth Precinct in Chinatown, quickly arrived at the scene and began speaking with the man, who he learned hailed from his hometown: Taishan village in China's southern Guangdong province. Huang learned that the man, shown in photographs clinging to a bridge cable at mid-span wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, was "despondent over arguments he had been having with his 18-year-old daughter, and also was upset over finances," according to a statement from the New York Police Department.

"Officer Huang … spoke of his own family's experience and asked him to think about seeing his daughter at her wedding, or meeting his grandchildren," according to the statement. Huang, who immigrated to Chinatown with his family when he was 4 years old, had to shout to the man from a distance of 10 to 15 feet — if he came any closer, the man threatened to jump, he said. An ominous thunderstorm approached and winds gathered force as the men negotiated for hours, severely backing up traffic to the bridge, which connects Staten Island and Brooklyn. At about 4:30, the man finally walked over the railing to safety. The man, whose name was not released, was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in good condition, the NYPD said in the release.


  1. Anonymous27.7.12

    Thanks for this post.

    I was born and raised in NYC, but moved Upstate for work.

    It's great to hear about this since there aren't many Toisanese people where I am now.

  2. Same here, I hardly know of any Toisanese folks so this was a nice article. My bro lived in upstate NY working for IBM many years ago, have a good friend from Rochester.

  3. Lo Wong-doi31.8.12

    My wife's cousin stumbled upon your site and introduced me to it. I, too, am deeply proud of my Hoisan heritage. For years I've been touting to friends, classmates, family, and whoever I can stop to listen about the exploits of our forefathers. I'm from the Bay Area in Northern California, so I relate that the area Canton (Kwangtung, Guangzhou, etc) is like an equilateral triangle with 70 mile legs, such that Hong Kong could be Livermore, Canton City could be San Francisco, and Hoisan could be San Jose. (You could find a similar area in the LA basin.) Yet, this small area gave us over 95% of the Chinese in the US from the mid-19th century, and, more astounding yet, the Hoisan folks came from an area similar in size to San Mateo County here in the Bay Area. These hillbillies accounted for 75% of the laborers drilling out the Sierras for the transcontinental railroad, built the levees to salvage the Sacramento Delta, dug the caverns to store the Napa Sonoma wines, founded the local fishing industry, made great strides in agriculture (Bing Cherry, Charlie Kim orange, etc), and so forth. Yet, their first generation sons and daughters rose to such heights as Obama's Scty of Commerce and now Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Butler University's President Bobby Fong, lawyer author William Poy Lee, former Vice Chancellor of the Univ of Michigan's Victor Wong, etc, etc. And I'm only referring to the first generation successes! From such a tiny parcel of the whole of China! That's the amazing part of being Hoisan, that such a small number of Chinese from such a small part of China could've carved out the success stories that abound. Truly spectacular! But I'm violating Mom's admonition that we should always be self-effacing, humble, and deferential. It's hard when you think about the stories the Hoisan folks have woven in the past century and a half with nearly half of that taking place when the Asian Exclusion Act (1882-1943) kept our numbers frozen and low. Ah kuey, Hong-ngin! (Old Hoisan battle cry from my childhood days in SF Chinatown, literally meaning "Take him on, you son of Hoisan!") ;-)