August 3, 2000 |
Migrants from mainland China set Hong Kong's immigration headquarters on fire Wednesday in an effort to avoid being sent home, authorities said. About 47 people were injured, including several with severe burns. Ambrose Lee, the territory's director of immigration, said about 20 migrants were asked to leave a 13th-floor area where they had gone seeking documents. Instead, they poured flammable liquid on the floor and set the area ablaze. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.
June 4, 2000 |
A dozen years ago, writer Lisa See was asked by an elderly aunt to record the story of their family--one of Los Angeles' prominent Chinese dynasties. The family had always been private, to the point of secrecy about its past. "On one hand it was due to arrogance and on the other hand shame," See explains in her leisurely drawl during a recent interview, "and that's how things were for 100 years. A lot of what happened in the family was illegal, a lot of it was sad and tragic."
June 26, 1997 |
While millions of people in China may want to live in prospering Hong Kong, Lam Mei-cheng, a housewife from nearby Guangdong province, had three compelling reasons to sneak across the border: Her husband and two of her children are here. But under the strict immigration laws of Hong Kong and China, Lam had been separated from her husband for more than half of their 11-year marriage. They have a total of four children but had been apart even during the births of some of them.
March 16, 1993 |
When U.S. Coast Guard officials first boarded the cargo ship East Wood in the middle of the Pacific in early February, they found 524 Chinese hoping to come to America jammed into the hold and on the deck of a filthy, unseaworthy vessel. After several weeks spent in limbo in the Marshall Islands, the would-be emigrants were flown back to China. And the compelling saga of the East Wood came to a close.
December 25, 1990
The head coach of China's tennis table team has received permission to settle in France, an official Chinese newspaper said. However, the State Sports Commission denied Xu Shaofa had moved permanently to France and said he had not quit or been fired.
October 23, 1990 |
A century ago, when peasants from poverty-stricken villages of South China set out overseas to seek their fortunes in America, the destination for many was a place called "Old Gold Mountain." That traditional name for San Francisco is used less often today, but the vision it embodies lives on. The dreamers now are mostly city people, primarily the young, the scholarly or the well-connected. For most, actually going to America remains an impossible dream.