Join CHSA and San Francisco State University’s Russell Jeung for a discussion on QingMing. Also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day, the QingMing Festival honors the ancestors of those who have passed away. The practice of Qing Ming has endured in the Chinese American community, with about 45% of Chinese in the US believing in ancestral spirits, and even non-believers continuing to venerate their ancestors and visit their graves.
This QingMing Festival, learn what Chinese Americans believe and how they practice rituals of Chinese Popular Religion. Based on the first national survey of Chinese Americans and their religious practices, this talk on Russel Jeung’s Family Sacrifices, shares the most deeply held values and customs of this ethnic group.
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Dr. Russell Jeung received a BA in Human Biology and a MA in Education from Stanford University. After working in China and in the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, he obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. After teaching at Foothill College for two years, he came to San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department in 2002. He is the author of several books, including his spiritual memoir, At Home in Exile, which details his family history, his Hakka Chinese American background, and his experiences in East Oakland for the last two decades. Additionally, he has co-produced with Valerie Soe the documentary, The Oak Park Story, about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latino tenants.
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we have decided to host this event online. You can join CHSA and Russell from the comfort of your home. Before the event begins, we will email you a link so you can access the event from your computer screen. Please contact us if there are any questions or concerns.