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Voices From the Bottom of the South China Sea

Rober Wells will discuss his book "Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea" in three different presentations.

October 14, 2017 2:00pm to October 15, 2017 4:00pm

If you're curious about how many of the Chinese emigrants traveled from the rural and urban areas of Guangdong Province, China to San Francisco during the 1868-1874 time frame.....don't miss the upcoming San Francisco, Auburn and Sacramento presentation of Voices!


The story has it all......

You'll be able to learn about the emigrants' home districts of origin; the ships and Captain's that brought them across the Pacific; their significant contributions to California and the West-including their role in building the Central Pacific Railroad.

You'll also be provided insight on events in San Francisco and California that politically placed our nation on the unfortunate road to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.

You'll also be able to handle a few U.S.Trade Dollar's of the period representing some of the treasure that still remains buried in the South China Sea in a ship's wreckage.

The real treasure is the story and the determination of the ship's wreckage where almost 400 emigrants returning home perished in the tragic fire at sea. Now that the final resting places have been determined, their descendants can be reassured that they made it back to China and their souls have been assured a heavenly passage.

Discover their final resting place.


The Voices presentations next month:


Saturday Oct 14:  San Francisco, CA - Asian Art Museum- Peterson Room 2-5 PM


Sunday Oct 15: Auburn, CA - Auburn Placer County Library 350 Nevada Street, Auburn 95603 9-11 AM


Sunday Oct 15: Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Central Library East Room 2-4 PM



January 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Pasadena, California

Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. (September 14, 2018 through January 6, 2019)