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Wednesday, December 2, 1998

Major Sources in this Story Are Summarized Below

  • Loyal Ekholm
    a funeral director in San Mateo, California who has helped families arrange the international transfer of family remains.

  • Mike Fleming
    a spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles, who explained agency policies on the international transfer of human remains.

  • Hank Kim
    an auto repair shop owner in Lake Forest, California, who recently arranged to have his parents' remains transported to California from Korea.

  • Henry Kwong
    manager of a funeral home in Los Angeles, who has helped families arrange the international transfer of family remains.

  • Evelyn Lee
    an aerospace engineer who recently arranged to have her grandparents' remains transported to California from China.

  • Merrill Mefford
    an official with Rose Hills cemetery in Whittier, California, who noted trends in the international transferral of remains.

  • Don Nakanishi
    director of UCLA' Asian American Studies Center, who studies the cultural impact of reburial.

  • Gin Gee Tong
    a cauliflower farmer who died in his native China in 1952 and was returned recently to his family in California.

  • Yook Chew Tong
    a Chinese immigrant who recently arranged to have his father's remains transported to California.