Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China

About This Episode


Paula Madison knew her mother was half Chinese, half Jamaican. Growing up in Harlem, Madison wondered about her Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. When did he come to Jamaica? Where did he go when he left?

Madison realizes that many Chinese families can trace their roots back thousands of years. Inspired, she wants to add her mother, her brothers and herself to their family lists in China.

In Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China, she embarks on a trip of a lifetime, tracing Samuel Lowe back to his ancestral village. The doorway to his home is marked with a prophetic saying: “We will go around the world, get wealth, and come back.” Now she has a whole new family to embrace.