Precious family histories
Besides raising awareness about historical discrimination, the volunteers aim to help Chinese-Americans learn about their roots. Hackett Nicola estimates they have about 10,000 files still to process.
Farrar yearned to know more about her father, Edwin Law, who died when she was 14 and whose heritage was part Chinese.
The thunderbolt came just before Father’s Day in 2015, when she happened upon a file labeled “Low Yow Edwin.”
“I was supposed to only read the file name . . . and input it in the computer but I thought, ‘This is so close. I’ve got to peek,’ ” she said.
When she did, Farrar saw her father staring back at her.
Also in the file were interviews that mentioned Law’s “Eskimo” mother, and a file in California contained his birth certificate, allowing Farrar and her daughter to enroll in the Tlingit tribe.