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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Let's Help Alan Chin's Toisanese Project!

Just a few more days to kick in a few dollars to help NY Times Photographer Alan Chin with his Kickstarter Project on Toisan (or is it Toishan?): 



  1. Alan Chin23.10.13

    Thank you Nancy!

  2. Anonymous12.11.13

    ouaw tia sai! (Thank you very much)

  3. Although they are motor drivers, lives in Toishan is not bad at all. Lives is peaceful and slow space. People are generally nice and civilized.

  4. Anonymous8.5.16

    Lives in Taishan is relaxing and peaceful. The living quality of Taishan is not lower than in NY, as my observation.