A tale of two travelers

SAN FRANCISCO – When my parents came to this country for the first time, they hoped to find a better life, just as the Chinese did many years ago when they entered the United States through this Western immigration station in San Francisco Bay. As I entered the immigration station at Angel Island, now a state…

Angel Island: Following the paper trail

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — What if your grandfather wasn’t really related to you? What if you brother had never been your brother? Many Chinese-American families are discovering that their ancestors, immigrants from China in the 1840s, were not who they say they were. This phenomenon is called “paper sons,” families created on paper so that nephews,…

The original organic: Berkeley’s farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif. – Farmers’ markets have become a recent fad in many major cities within the U.S.  Ben Feldman, however, doesn’t do it because it is popular, nor has he just been doing them recently.  Since 1987, Feldman, program manager of the Ecology Center, has been running multiple farmers’ markets throughout the city, both on different days…

Market touts cheesemakers, produce

BERKELEY, Calif. — Not even a damp and chilly Saturday morning could deter nearby residents from visiting the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Open  year-round, rain or shine, this eco-friendly market provides a warm and colorful environment for all its visitors. Dozens of vendors line Center Street selling a variety of fresh, organic produce as well as…