2015.048.003 The Family Journey of Brenda Grosbard and Roger Yee

Ms. Brenda Grosbard and Mr. Roger Yee are grandchildren of Reverend Yeung Kai Cheung, the second pastor of the first Chinese Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, New York City. In this interview, Ms. Grosbard and Mr. Yee provide a detailed description of their family tumultuous history and their grandfather journeys from Vancouver B.C., to Shanghai, before ending up in Chinatown, New York City, where he became a spiritual and cultural leader of the Chinese community in New York. They talk about their grandfather cultural struggles as a reverend of a Western religion, and his ultimate ability to gracefully incorporate Chinese philosophy and thinking with his Christian teachings. His eminence profoundly inspired and influenced Ms. Grosbard and Mr. Yee childhood and their own cultural experiences growing up Asian American in Long Island, New York. These stories of Brenda Grosbard and Roger Yee provide a moving glimpse into the grand figure that was Reverend Yeung Kai Cheung.

0:00 - Introductions, Brenda talks her family’s journey to the US (Vancouver, Shanghai, New York), Roger elaborates on his grandfather’s history as a minister, how their grandfather and great grandfather converted to the Christian Faith. 访谈介绍,布伦达讲述她家庭迁移美国的旅途(温哥华,上海,纽约),罗杰阐述他祖父为牧师的历史,祖父与曾祖父转为基督教徒的过程。

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11:35 - Brenda talks about her mother Grace Yee and Father Bin Fay Yee, She elaborates on her parent’s view on Christianity, Roger elaborates on their grandfather’s way of preaching as minister and how it influenced the family’s religion, donation of their grandfather’s library to Columbia university, Roger talks about their mother’s drive to learn English, Brenda and Roger talk about their mother’s career. 布伦达讲诉母亲与父亲, 阐述她父母对基督教的看法,罗杰铺叙祖父作为牧师如何讲经亦对家人宗教信仰的影响,把祖父的书籍捐于哥伦比亚大学,罗杰讲诉母亲决心学英文,他们讲诉母亲的职业。

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19:28 - Roger talks about values instilled in them by their mother, Roger talks about his grandfathers standing in the neighborhood, Roger talks about the qualities of his grandfather that were admired by the community, Their grandfather’s congregation over his 30 year career, Brenda talks about her interactions with the members of the church, Roger recounts his memories of dinner at the church. 罗杰谈到母亲传述于二人的价值观,罗杰诉说祖父在小区里伫立,罗杰讲到祖父被人钦佩的个人品德,祖父30年职业生涯中的会从,布伦达诉说她与教徒的接触,罗杰回忆教堂的晚餐。

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32:10 - Brenda talks about her father life in the US beginning with his work in Pittsburg, Her father decides to go to school for engineering, Roger and Brenda discuss the interplay of being raised as a Christian and being Chinese, Roger talks about getting accepted to Yale University, Roger talks about his Chinese classmates on Long Island. 布伦达诉说父亲在美国的生活从匹兹堡的工作开始,她父亲决定去工学院,罗杰与布伦达谈论作为基督教徒与华裔双重角色的成长经历,罗杰谈到被耶鲁大学录取,罗杰讲诉他在长岛的华裔同学。

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44:45 - How their parents reacted to their non-Chinese Significant others, How the repeal of the Chinese exclusion act affect the student body at Yale, Roger talks about campus life at Yale, Brenda discusses going to school at Boston University, Roger talks about the Mitchell-lama program. 父母对他们非华裔配偶的反应,废除排华法案对耶鲁大学学生体系产生影响,罗杰讲诉耶鲁大学的校园生活,布伦达谈论在波士顿大学上学的经历,罗杰叙说Mitchell-Lama项目。

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55:36 - Cultural differences between them and their parents, How their parents assimilated to American life, how their family maintained their Chinese values while also observed American values. 二人与父母间在文化上的差别,父母同化于美式生活,家庭实践美国价值观的同时依旧保持中国价值观。

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70:11 - Brenda talks about how her parents handled racism, Roger talks about how he handled racism as a child, Brenda and Roger talk about lessons their parents taught them. 布伦达诉说父母应付种族歧视,罗杰诉说童年时他如何应付种族歧视,布伦达与罗杰诉说父母传于二人的生活经验。

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