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Monday, October 5, 2020

The History of Jue Joe Ranch Part III - The Museum SFV Virtual Speaker Series

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present Part III The History of Jue Joe Ranch.

Date:  Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time:  Noon - 2:00 pm   (Learn about history during lunch!)

Cost:   Free*

(*we would appreciate a $10 donation to support interview, video editing and coordination of this program - via PayPal or website)

Please join Soo-Yin Jue for Part III as she will be presenting on the remaining parts of the Jue Joe Ranch, namely the Jue Joe ranch house.

Jue Joe died in 1941, but the stories and accounts that transpire in the years after are stories that could only happen in the San Fernando Valley.

From a ranch style home built in the mid-1940s designed to blend in with the surrounding areas only to conceal its private Chinese interiors to the various buildings constructed around the property.

A swimming pool, additional rooms, and a tennis court were all built around the the Jue Joe ranch house. Built in stages, both the buildings and the stories created at the ranch are sure to make you smile.

“Descendant of the 2nd emperor of the Song Dynasty (Zhao Gunagyi), Jue Joe was born and raised in a chicken coop, in 1860. He grew up dirt poor and vowed that his descendants would never suffer as he had. So at the age of 14 he sailed alone to California, working as a cabin boy, and jumped ship in San Francisco. He sailed with 16 lbs of rice and landed with 1/4 lb left. So he went to the Chinese Six Companies for help. They sent him to St. Helena and Marysville to work the vineyards. Then he found work on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the Mojave Desert he met Otto Brant who was hoboing his way to L.A. They became friends and together hoboed to that destination. According to San Tong, Jue Joe learned business from Otto Brant and what land and water would mean to future settlers of the L.A. Basin. “ – written by Auntie Soo-Yin.

In 1913, California passed a law that forbid aliens (Non-Americans) from purchasing land in the state. The openly racist ALIEN LAND ACT was aimed at a growing and prosperous Asian population whose success threatened white hegemony in the Golden State.

But Chinese born Jue Joe was friends with the very powerful Otto Brant. The fascinating story of how Otto Brant helped his Asian friend purchase land, in spite of the restrictive law.

Free to all Museum members and guests.

A $10 suggested donation would be appreciated to support YOUR Museum with the cost of video editing and organizing this programming. You can go to our website at to make a donation on Zelle (, or via credit card or using your PayPal account.

Presentation and Q&A session to follow.

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