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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.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloweenie...

Halloween wasn’t a big deal to me when I was a kid. My mom was a born-again Christian and a 1st-generation Toisanese immigrant to boot, so to her, Halloween was an "evil and satanic" holiday which  meant keeping me out of harm's way and staying home. I was the only daughter and youngest child. It didn't matter that my older twin brothers got to traipse around the neighborhood wearing cut-up sheets for ghostly makeshift costumes and use pillow cases as candy knapsacks. I stayed home.

As I got older, I'd stand at the doorway and dole out candy to munchkin ghosts and goblins who came by our house on North 4th Street in Montebello. After a few years, mom and dad decided to defy American tradition by shutting off the lights and pretending no one was home. On those nights inside our suburban home, I'd read books in the dark with whatever street light filtered into my room, and avoid flushing the toilet for fear of setting off trick-or-treaters who might egg our house.

A few times when mom and dad had to work late, I stayed home alone listening to the sounds of kids yelling through the street, rapping on the door, waiting and talking out loud about whether anyone was home, then shuffling away with their candy loot bags. That seems so long ago. Looking back, I didn't feel like I missed out on anything but maybe that's why I'm not real big on Halloween.

This year, my husband and I will take our kids trick-or-treating door-to-door once again to experience the "Halloween tradition." Last year, I was an In-N-Out Burger server - thanks to all the hats & paraphernalia that my brother in So Cal sent me. This year, I'll be myself -  a tired housewife donning haircurlers, a frumpy bathrobe, scary obake ghostly white facial mask (pretty frightening according to my family) and DHC undereye revitalizing pads for the beat-up look - cuz it's EZ....
Happy Halloween! That's my boy...my scary little 1/2 Toisanese "Mike Myers" lol...
Happy Halloween Everyone!  Be Safe... and I hope our East Coast friends are doing ok recovering from Hurricane/Storm Sandy.


  1. good read! Happy Halloween!

  2. North 4th Montebello? I still have some Toishan cousins live in the area.

    1. Arcadian: Yeah? What are their names? My brother lives in Arcadia, California?