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Remembering Shaie Mei Temple

A tribute to a friend, Shaie-Mei Deng Temple

Farewell my friend, farewell
So suddenly you are gone
Time and Tide waits for no one
Ring! Ring the heavenly bell

So long, and rest in peace
Beside the bayou of New Orleans
We have shared our research pieces
Figuring out what the lead means

Of your concern on younger folks
Who may not know about their roots
Their history, culture and pride
But you blaze the trail with great stride

For surely you will be missed
And all the great works you did
Adieu Shaie Mei, adieu
Farewell my friend, farewell


My friend, you have contributed to my web site, on Chinese people serving in the American Civil War. You love history. For if we don't learn (our mistakes) from history, we might repeat it. I told you I am from Massachusetts. Déjà vu, you said. You attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, getting your B.S. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering. You know Boston and Route 128. Once you worked for Stone and Webster close to South Station.

We talk about our research. You write this to me and may I quote you:
"I think all of us got involved in this with a very enlightened self-interest or maybe even purely altruistic motives. So it is easy for people who are idealistic and working towards a common vision to connect. The website is a great filter or funnel."

"We share our research, our time, our resources and even scripted and shot our own footage for Monty to use and through it all, no mentioning of $$$ or favors in return with Monty."

"I am just happy that there are other people out there that share my passion and mission of preserving our collective footprint and imprint. You and Monty are somewhat further ahead, but I am catching up down here with a more local focus."

"It is really nice to find fellow travelers in a road so very little traveled. S-M"

I show you my genealogy page. You say you are half a Kwok, for your mother is a Gwo (Kwok), and you have your Gwo genealogy way back to the Yuan (or the Mongol) Dynasty. I encourage you to put them on the net. And then you said:

"I must do this before I die."

I was taken aback with what you said, my friend, but, I realized it was only a figurative expression, and paid no attention to it. That was months before you took the Taiwan/China trip. Time and tide waits for no one. And I was in shock when I heard the news. How could it be? How could it be?

So my friend, I am going to dedicate this page to you ------ to show your research work, including your thought process in your struggle in filtering the researched material, and to show just a few lines of final product involved many hours of hard work, demonstrating the agony and the ecstasy you went through in doing the research.

You know it has been my goal to find the names of the Chinese serving in the Confederacy in Louisiana. Edward Milligan has done his research in the National Achieve in Washington, D.C. But I have a hunch that the records over there may not be complete, and I think more obscure records could be found locally in Louisiana. My friend, this is the moment when you step up to the plate and hit a home run.

SM, both Monty and I were shocked when we got the news and we couldn't believe it. Uncle Ed. was very distressed. Ruthanne was also shocked. Irving and Tom both felt very sorry. Terry would like to send his sympathy.

I find out you are a pre-eminent leader in the New Orleans Chinese Community, and of course I know you also serve as a Regional Co-ordinator on S.W. Woo's 80/20 Initative organization. SM, you have done so much.

So my friend, I am going to post your research work on Chinese serving in the American Civil war, mustered in Louisiana, and some of your related writings on this site to commemorate your accomplishment.

Gordon
01/29/2002


A tribute to a friend, SM Temple, written by Montgomery Hom

"THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPRINTING OUR CONTRIBUTIONS AS CHINESE IN AMERICA"

The words came from SM Temple during our first phone conversation. Like a teacher passing knowledge onto a student, SM Temple did just that. SM was an enthusiastic individual who loved the history of Chinese in New Orleans as well as the history of Chinese in America. The Civil War held a very special place in her heart. SM was thrilled to participate as a featured interviewee in my upcoming production, "Men Without A Country, Chinese in the Civil War, 1861-65". She worked very closely with me to coordinate an interview in New Orleans. Her knowledge of the Chinese presence in the city was immense. Her interview went off without a hitch and she had a wonderful on-screen presence. She was very relaxed and looked radiant in her storytelling of the Chinese contribution to her beloved city. We had several really nice conversations after her interview as she looked forward to having me come to New Orleans to present the film to the Chinese community and to the city. She was so excited to see the film, often asking: "Is it ready yet?" SM always encouraged me to continue my work as a filmmaker and to contribute my work as a Chinese American. I, like SM, are very proud of our heritage in this country. SM's generosity, knowledge, and friendship will be sorely missed by many friends and family members. I am proud I had the opportunity to record on film what is to be SM's final appearance. SM's spirit will live on forever through the film. The finished film will be dedicated to SM Temple.

Montgomery Hom
Executive Producer
Waverly Place Entertainment
02/06/2002


The research and writings of S.M. Temple

Gordon,

I clipped below from your web site. Notice Uncle Ed referred Avegno Zouaves as Regiment 14. Avegnos Zuouves was the 13th Regiment.The two Chinese sounding surnames I found were from the Avegno Zouaves. The 14th Regiment was also a Zouave Unit, led my Colonel Sulakowski, but not Avegnos. Maybe that is why Uncle Ed cannot find anyone there. I found one name from Florida that could be Chinese, or maybe French from the Confederate Soldiers Roster.

Fai, F, Fl 1stCav. Cpl. The Fla Soldiers would likely be from Cuba, so most likely their names would be Spanish sounding. New Orleans is a historical research heaven especially when it comes to Confederate Soldiers.

Below is a full list of Confederate Soldiers with Chinese sounding names. I have been pretty selective, because I have gone through lots of blind alley tracking Chinese sounding names. I once spent 4 days tracking down a Confederate Captian with the last name of Wang, who worked for the railroad company. He turned out to be a Norwegian. The Scandinavians and Germans have names that sound like Chinese.

Chou, A, Pvt. 11th La Infantry, Co D. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War show him captured at Pittsburgh Landing, April 8th, 1862. Sent to Camp Douglas, Ill. Released to the Oath of Allegiance Aug. 30th, 1862

Coo, Luke, Pvt. Capt. Hericks Co. (Orleans Blues) (Note: 20th La Infantry) En. Dec. 21st, 1861 Camp Lewis

Ding, John Ar 11th and 17th Consolidated Crescent Inf. Co.I, Sgt

Fai, F, Fl 1st Cav. Cpl. The Fla Soldiers would likely be from Cuba, so most likely their names would be Spanish sounding. New Orleans is a historical research haven especially when it comes to Confederate Soldiers

Foo Rosendo, Pvt. 2nd Co. (Note: Slavonian Rifles) Cazadores Espanoles Regiment, La Mil. (Note: Co. G is Cazadores of St. Bernard) Appears on list but not dated.

Gong, W Ga 27th Inf. Co. C

Hai Michael, La 14th Inf, Co. K (Lafayette Rifle Cadets (Orleans))

Ho, John, La 13th Infantry Co. E (2nd Company Governors Guard)

Ho, John Pvt. C 30 Jan 1862, Camp Clio, Ky

Joung, John Tx Cav, Hardemans Regt. Co. D

Lin, James T. Ga Inf. BN. (St. Guards) Co. C

Lee, Manjhan, Pvt. Co. C (Holmes Light Guards (Orleans)) , 11th Battn. La. Inf. En. May 7, 1862, Natchitoches, La. Present on all Rolls to April, 1863. Also on Rolls of Co. F, Cons. Cres. Regt. La. Inf., Pvt. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1864, Present. Return dated Camp Buckner, Alexandria, Dec. 31, 1864, of soldiers killed in action at Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864. - Nachitoches is not near New Orleans {Webmaster's note: Confederate Gen. Richard Taylor had a victory against Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks in the Battle of Mansfield in 1864, part of the Red River Valley Campaign.}

Lou, Albert, Pvt. 3rd La. Arty. Co. G. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War, Captured near Vicksburg, Miss., July 4, 1863. Sent to Camp Morton, Ind., and released on Oath of Allegiance to U. S., Jan. 2, 1865

Pang Charley, Pvt. Co. G. 1st La Infantry En. ___ Federal Rolls of Prisoners of war. Captured near Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 20, 1863. Forward to Military prison, Louisville, Ky., from Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 30, 1863. Transferred to Camp Douglas, Chicago,Ill., Oct. 2 1863. Note: Co. G was named Orleans Light Guards Company

Pang Leon, Pvt. Co. F (1st Company Governors Guard). 13th La. Infantry En. Camp Moore, La., Sept. 11, 1861. Roll June 30 to Oct. 1863, Deserted. Missing after passing Camp Dick Robertson. Rolls Nov. 1863, to Dec., 1864, Present. Roll to Feb. 28, 1865, Absent, captured near Nashville, Dec. 16, 1864.

Poo Willaim, Corp.Co. A. (Caddo Guards) 25th La Infantry En. March 11, 1862, Camp Moore, La. Present on all Rolls to dec.1862. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1863. Absent, detached service at Allisonia. Rolls May, 1863 to Oct., 1863 present

Ting, John H. Al. 5th Cal. Co. G

Wong, Wendell VA 1st Inf. Co. B

S-M
 
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I don't have the chance to double-check Shaie Mei's research work. Readers, please use caustion and please confirm the information before you plan to use it. Caveat. 


Gordon,

As I was going over my research notes, I found that I left one other potential Confederate Chinese soldiers out. It is as follows:

Ho, John, La 13th Infantry Co. E, The 13th Regimenet is that of Avegno Zouaves. One of the Company E's commander by the name of Britton Bennet was transfered to become the commander of Co. I. If Edward Milligan can tell us which company's commander was quoted then I think we have solved a big mystery. Will write you more. Got to run now.

S-M


FYI, the Census data in Louisiana was severely flawed. For instance, in 1860 the census gave only 10 Chinese in La but detailed search of the New Orleans schedules showed over 30. Some of the names in the microfiche are illegible. By the way, what is the significance of having no discharge related info? Thanks so very much again. I also went to the library and made copies of info contained in the microfiche in our main library in New Orleans. It contained some muster roll data, not the original muster roll data. I may have to go to the Jackson barracks Military Library in town to see what might be there.

Shaie-Mei


Gordon

I am dealing with missing emails during the time my PC crashed. By the way, I found three detailed references of Chinese Civil War soldiers from New York. One of them might have been one of the sailors that joined the navy. I will email you the details later.

Patrick and Monty received my taped interview and B-roll from New Orleans. I actually found a person that participated in the Battle of New Orleans. He enlisted from New York and served on gunboat Pinola which was part of the Federal flotilla that ran through the forts. I must say without your site as well as your referral I would not have the chance to participate in this very meaningful undertaking for all Chinese and Asian Americans.

Thanks you.
S-M


To: Edward Milligan
CC: Gordon Kwok

Sorry for taking so long to write you this "thank you" email. My hard drive crashed on me and I lost most of my saved emails including yours. I want to share with you that I was able to locate the article you mentioned in the New Orleans library and made a copy of the article. It was a recollection of General John McGrath. He commanded several of the companies in the 13th Regiment during the war. Based on the work you and Terry did and published and some of my own digging, I was able to identify at least one Chinese soldier who was on one of the Union gunboat that ran the forts. I did identity two Chinese names from the Avegno Zouaves Regiment and confirmed the companies they were in and their enlisting officer were indeed the Avegno Zouaves companies. Thank you for your great work and generosity in sharing.

S-M


Gordon

I wish Monty and his bride to be all the happiness young married couples deserve and still dreamy enough to aspire to. S-M


AsianBayou.com

This is S.M. Temple's website, AsianBayou.com
The website explores, shares and celebrates the Asian heritage, culture and communities in Louisiana which date back to the 1700's
Please take a look at her contribution and the exploration of the Asian heritage in Louisiana.

http://asianbayou.com
(Note: The webmaster discovered that this http://asianbayou.com website link to the internet had been disconnected since March 22, 2002.)
 
Asian Bayou 
The website explores, shares and celebrates the Asian heritage, culture and communities in Louisiana
which date back to the 1700's.
http://www.apasneworleans.com/asianbayou/
 
(The webmaster found out the site has been revived. I found out in around March 2009.)


Concerning Shaie-Mei Temple

Sub: Concerning Shaie-Mei Temple
Date: 1/26/2002 11:09:52 PM Eastern Standard Time

To All:

Hello. My name is Jennifer Deng and I am Shaie-Mei Temple's niece. First of all, I would like to apologize if you have already heard the news or if you receive this e-mail more than once. I am sending this message to everyone in Mei's e-mail address book.

For those who have not heard, Shaie Mei Temple passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2002. She died unexpectedly of meningitis a week after coming home from a trip to Taiwan/China.

I am attaching Shaie Mei's obituary.

For those who would like to attend, the memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. The address is 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., N.O., LA.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the form of a check payable to the Louisiana Asian Heritage Fund (http://asianbayou.com), in care of The Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.


Shaie-Mei Deng Temple - Long Obituary

Shaie-Mei Deng Temple

Consultant, Entrepreneur, Community Activist, Philanthropist

Shaie-Mei Temple, 52, President of the Crescent Pacific Group (CPG), a strategic consulting firm that has served both Fortune 500 energy companies and local small business owners since 1991. She lived in Algiers Point, and was a resident of New Orleans for twenty years.

Ms. Temple was born and raised in Taiwan, where she resided until the age of sixteen, and completed her education in North Africa and in the United States. She held B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and had over 25 years of experience in electric utility operations and management. She was employed by Entergy, ARCO and Citizens Utilities. Her consulting practice specialized in strategic planning, decision analysis and project management. Further, Ms. Temple worked with Dillard University to develop and conduct management training courses for federal, state and local agencies.

Additionally, she was a founding shareholder of Fertile Crescent Entertainment, Inc., a recording label company for jazz music.

Ms. Temple founded the New Orleans chapter of the Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW) and served twice as its President. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Asian Women's Caucus, as well as a former Principal of the Academy of Chinese Studies.

Ms. Temple served on the Grants Committee of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), boards of the United Way, the Southeastern Girl Scout Council, the Metropolitan Area Committee, the Asian Pacific American Society of Louisiana, and the Taiwanese American Association. She also served as the Director for the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans and the Chinese American Association.

Ms. Temple also published the bi-lingual Hua-Fong News between 1991 and 1994. In 1999, she established the Louisiana Asian Heritage Foundation Fund with the GNOF and began promoting the "Lotus Root Book and Video Project." Most currently, Ms. Temple chaired the board of New Orleans Video Access Center and was on the board of GNOF and the Committee of 21.

Ms. Temple was awarded with being the sole Asian American selected to attend the Leadership Class '91 sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana as well as being awarded YWCA Role Model in 1994 and Young Leadership Council Role Model in 1996.

Survivors include her mother, Fu Shiaw Gwo Deng of Taipei, Taiwan; and two brothers, James Deng of Silver Spring, Maryland and Joseph Deng of Taipei Taiwan.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the form of checks payable to the Louisiana Asian Heritage Fund (asianbayou.com), in care of The Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
 
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Asian Bayou 
The website explores, shares and celebrates the Asian heritage, culture and communities in Louisiana
which date back to the 1700's.
http://www.apasneworleans.com/asianbayou/
 
 
Asian/Pacific American Society of New Orleans (Home page)
http://www.apasneworleans.com/
 
 


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January 31, 2002
Updated on March 24, 2002

Revised and uploaded on January 28, 2009

Revised on March 12, 2009

 
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