Due to a food shortage, Oakdale resident David Wong left China on foot as a young teenager.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Patty Busse
Thursday, August 18, 2011
David Wong walked out of China in 1962 at age 13. And with the help of a few “angels” along the way, he made it all the way to Oakdale. Wong and his 11-year-old brother headed for Hong Kong on foot because of a food shortage, he said. “Nobody wants to separate from their parents, especially at that age, under normal circumstances,” he said. But as the eldest son, he hoped that he could get a job in Hong Kong and send some money back to his family. They had a distant uncle there that they hoped to find, he said. After they got over the border, he said, they were confined to a restricted area. That’s where they were interviewed by the Hong Kong bureau chief for Newsweek, who was out with his wife checking on the refugee situation. “For some …
Oakdale resident and world traveler Frank Blackburn will discuss his experiences in the Discovery Center's winter speaker series.
Frank Blackburn will be speaking at the Discovery Center monthly from January through March about his extensive travels around the world, while working for agricultural co-ops. Oakdale Patch sat down with Blackburn recently to hear more about his upcoming series of presentations. Oakdale Patch: What are you speaking about at the Discovery Center? Frank Blackburn: I'm going to talk about life in villages in Turkmenistan, Malawi and life on the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. These are three of the countries where I've done business development—agricultural development projects. I worked for agricultural co-ops in the Midwest for about 35 years. Farmers use the cooperative to buy their supplies, to market their products and to get services. …