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Lecture At The China Society in June

On 09, May 2017 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

When Jenn started to research my father, Liu Ji Piao’s, architectural work during the Art Deco period, we never thought that it would come to a point where others would also want to know about his legacy. Once again, Jenn has been invited to present her grandfather’s work, Read more…

Jenn’s Queen Mary Presentation – A Proud Mother’s Perspective

On 24, Aug 2016 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Architecture, Family Story, Paris | By Gayook

I was saddened to have missed Jenn’s presentation last November at the Art Deco World Congress in Shanghai, especially since it was where I was born. You can imagine, then, how excited I was to be able to attend Jenn’s lecture on the Queen Mary this past Saturday, August 20th, at the 12th LA Art Deco Festival. And, our whole family attended – my son, Matthew, his baby girl, Cayden, and her mother, Ellen. Read more…

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Jun
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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

On 21, Jun 2016 | No Comments | In Family Story | By Gayook

BaBa,

I want to tell you about your great granddaughter, Cayden Elle.  Part of her Chinese name comes from MaMa, your beloved wife -Phong Yee, Phong meaning Phoenix., symbolizing new life rising from the ashes, a rebirth of our family lineage. Last Father’s Day, she was 6 months old, too young yet for her personality to show. Read more…

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Jenn’s Triumphant Return!

On 07, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In About Liu, China, Family Story | By Gayook

It’s hard to believe that Jenn’s momentous journey to China is over and she is back home safe and sound. The month just flew by! This past week that she arrived back home has been a whirlwind of activity – unpacking, the excitement of hearing Jenn’s stories of her trip, seeing all the beautiful souvenirs and gifts she brought back with her, and, yes, dealing with jet lag.   Read more…

Jenn’s Presentation at the Art Deco World Congress

On 12, Nov 2015 | 2 Comments | In About Liu, America, China, Family Story | By Gayook

I apologize to any Chinese readers for being a proud mother. This is my American side surfacing. I finally got a chance to speak to Jenn about her presentation, although one of her friends from the L.A. Art Deco Society had already sent an email home: Read more…

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Oct
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Coming Full Circle – China!

On 27, Oct 2015 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Gayook

Jenn has been busy preparing for her World Congress presentation these last several months, and the pace of getting ready to leave has stepped up exponentially these last few weeks. She’s been working on her PowerPoint presentation. Upon finishing it, and because I cannot be there, she gave me a special preview. Read more…

The Gifts From My Father Keep Coming!

On 20, Oct 2015 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

It seems that I’m always finding out new gifts my father gave me.

The latest occurred in French class. I took French in high school and college, but hadn’t touched the subject in nearly 50 years. After my father’s art deco display at the Cite l’architecture et du patrimoine in October of 2013, my interest in French returned. Read more…

Another Gift From My Father

On 13, Oct 2015 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

As a child, your father is simply your father. It isn’t until you’re grown, and sometimes not even while he is alive that you realize what gifts he’s passed down to you. I was no different.

I always knew that my father was this talented artist.  When I was younger, and fathers are like gods, I used to watch him paint. Read more…

Growing Up With Racism in America

On 01, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

With all the racial violence that has erupted in the country these days, I find myself thinking more and more about growing up   Chinese in America. I learned very early on not to worry my parents about the racial abuse I faced on a daily basis. Somehow, I knew they had enough to deal with just surviving in America. Read more…

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Aug
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My Son Matthew’s Birthday!

On 25, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In About Liu, Family Story | By Gayook

Tuesday, August 25th is my son, Matthew’s, birthday and he will be 46. I was wondering why Jenn asked if I wanted to write a blog for this particular birthday, and what it had to do with my father? Naturally, it is because Matthew became a father on December 28, 2014 to a lovely and lively baby girl, Cayden Elle. She is, without a doubt, the love of his life. And, ours too I might add! Read more…