by Madeleine Fong
Jimmy Ning Fong (aka Fong Mee Ning) of Sacramento, California thinks his Angel Island experience did not have much of an effect on him. He can recall it well and likes to start with the day he first left his home in China.
Jimmy Ning Fong (aka Fong Mee Ning) of Sacramento, California thinks his Angel Island experience did not have much of an effect on him. He can recall it well and likes to start with the day he first left his home in China. It was an early June morning in 1936 when at the age of fourteen he left Guore Leung villlage (Gow Leung Tung) of Leung Boi District and Hoy Sun County in Kwong Tung (Guangdong) Province. He was fulfilling the dream of many people in his farming village--to go to the United States for the opportunity of a better life. So as planned, Mee Ning went with his father, Fong Kee You, on his father's fourth trip to the U.S. They left behind Mee Ning's mother, Chin Yoak May, a younger brother, and two older sisters. They also left behind Mee Ning's three half siblings and their mother. They each carried a suitcase while Mee Ning's sister-in-law carried their "mein hoy" blankets balanced with a long stick over her shoulder. They walked two miles to the town of Sue Thi Hueh, where father and son caught a small steamboat that took them to Thlum Fow, the three cities located at where two rivers come together. Next they took a larger steamboat bound for Bok Ki, where they boarded a steamship headed for Hong Kong. Mee Ning was amazed to see the lights on the hill very late that night.
Photos: Top to Bottom: Jimmy Ning Fong, Fong Kee You, Jimmy Fong's Family, Jimmy Ning Fong and his wife.
Place of Origin
Hoy Sun, Guangdong, China
Place of Settlement