MY GRANDFATHER YAT LIM (CHARLIE MAH) LEFT HIS WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN BEHIND WHEN HE EMIGRATED FROM CHINA TO SILVER CITY, NEW MEXICO IN 1938 FOR A BETTER LIFE.
HIS FOURTH CHILD, MY MOTHER, SHAU KAN WONG, was about one-year old, AT THE TIME.
HE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL HE SAVED ENOUGH MONEY TO INVEST WITH OTHER CHINESE IMMIGRANTS IN A CAFE, CALLED BARKER’S CAFE ON BULLARD STREET IN SILVER CITY, NEW MEXICO.
HE WORKED very HARD TO SEND MONEY BACK HOME TO HIS FAMILY IN CHINA AND WAS PLANNING TO SAVE ENOUGH MONEY IN ORDER TO REUNITE WITH THEM IN THE UNITED STATES.
HOWEVER IN 1945, HE WAS BEATEN TO DEATH BY TWO WHITE MEN AT THE CAFE. THE MEN WERE CHARGED WITH MURDER BUT FOUND NOT GUILTY despite EYE-WITNESS TESTIMONY.
THE LIVES OF HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN WERE IRREVOCABLY CHANGED FOREVER. THE DESTINIES OF THOSE FOUR CHILDREN and their children were CHANGED WITH THAT FATAL ATTACK.
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