Pre­cious fam­ily his­to­ries

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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.

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