MCCA January 2015 Newsletter

 

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Copyright MCCA—All Rights Reserved J a n u a r y 2 0 1 5 馬 連 縣 中 國 文 化 會 二 零 一 五 年 一 月 The Purpose of the MCCA is to promote the understanding, appreciaƟon and preservaƟon of all aspects of Chinese culture, including the language, history, customs, music, art, and cuisine of the Chinese and Chinese-American people. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: President’s Message Dragon Boat Gold Medal President’s Message continued Yee Lee’s Volunteer Life China Camp Moon Festival MCCA Membership Form Chinese New Year Reservation Form Helping Hand Author Ruthane Lum McCunn Upcoming Events 1 2 Dear Members, Families and Friends; MCCA has had a wonderful and productive 2014, with successes in all our endeavors to meet our goals and mission statement. With a handful of dedicated volunteers and the MCCA Board, we started off with our annual Chinese New Year's Celebration, touching upon Chinese Culture, history, customs, music, and cuisine. We were graced with the presence of a sellout membership and guest attendance, as well as honored by the presence of Miss America Runner Up, Crystal Lee. On Presidents' Day, we held our Chinese New Year's Celebration at the Bay Area Discovery Museum for all of the Bay Area children, sold food and displayed our Lion Dance Performance to the happy crowds. On May 4, 2014, in collaboration with the College of Marin, we were privileged to be part of the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival on the Kentfield Campus, with multi-Asian cultural dance, food, music, and martial arts. Next, we held a wonderful Father's Day Picnic on June 15, 2014, also welcome new MCCA members to share their experiences as a Asian Americans in our community and to help strengthen our connection for our members. In order to support our programming, we held our tenth annual fundraiser in July at the Marin County Fair Non-Profit Food Booth, sold Chinese cuisine from Yet Wah Restaurant and at the same time benefited greatly from the development of leadership for our young teen volunteers learning to give back to our community. … Robert V. Chin, MCCA Co-President 3 4 5 6 2015 MCCA BOARD OFFICERS Denise Wear Co-President Robert Chin Co-President Kim Luu Treasurer & Membership Chair Amy Jonak Secretary Jean Bee Chan Publicity/Nomination Ben Chuck Lion Dance Coordinator Sandy Wong Volunteer Coordinator OTHER BOARD MEMBERS Yee Lee Coliero Liz Hom Meg Dufficy-Kang Sam Wear Ed Lai David Wong Jason Lau Francis Wong Marcus Lee Jie Zheng NEWSLETTER Jean Bee Chan Franchesca Wong Jason Lau Sandy Wong MCCA Dragon Boat Team Won Gold Medal In September, 2014, MCCA participated in the 19th annual SF Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island. Six MCCA Members, Sandy Wong, Judy Lee, Frank Poon, Jeffrey Poon, Sabrina Browne, and MJ Pramik, crewed on the Delta Dragon, a Dragon Boat Race Team sponsored by the Stockton Chinese Cultural Association. The Delta Dragon is a novice team, made up of a diverse crew of all ages and walks of Life. Its motto is "We keep it no frills, but we do show up, and we do paddle hard!" And that they did, gliding first over the Finish Line in the final race of their heat to get a Gold Medal! The 20 crew members were in total shock when they found out! Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to win! MCCA crew member Sandy Wong said, "It was one of the best days in my life!" See the final Delta Dragon victory race on YouTube. Please join us next September for the 2015 San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival! << Sabrina Browne (top), Sandy Wong (bottom right) & Judy Lee (bottom left) >> Newsletter Team Newsletter Team Photography Photography CONTACT US Marin Chinese Cultural Association P.O. Box 2053 Novato, CA 94945-2053 Check us out on Facebook or the web at Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 2 MCCA Newsletter January 2015 President’s Message (continued from Page 1) We offered and many attended and still attend our free Mandarin language classes throughout the year, along with our free Tai Chi Classes, satisfying the language, culture as well as health aspects of these programs. MCCA Lion Dance Program meets the MCCA mission requirements of history, customs, music and art. The practice of the Lion dance has been recorded in China as early as the third century AD where "lion acts" were referred to by a Three Kingdoms scholar Meng Kang in a commentary on Hanshu. We held our Annual MCCA Harvest Moon Festival and overnight campout at the historic China Camp State Park on September 6, 2014, with a large attendance of members, families, and friends enjoying good food and moon cakes that symbolized both longevity and good health. Moon cakes are imprinted with the Moon Goddess, a grove, Jade Rabbit, or a toad. The centers can contain sweet red bean paste, lotus seed paste, melon, dried fruits, coconut, pineapple, and often with an egg yolk inside. In the 14th Century, messages were contained within the moon cakes for secret communication for a rebellion against the ruling Mongols (Yuan Dynasty founded by Kublai Khan) that replace them with the Ming Dynasty. Moon cakes are credited with the victory. Finally, MCCA members participated for the first time in the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival at Treasure Island this September, and with beginner's luck coming home with the gold medal. The Dragon Boat Festival began, according to legend, after people heard Quan Yu, the Great Poet, drowned in the Miluo River in China, they were greatly dismayed. Fishermen raced to the spot in their boats to search for his body. Unable to find his body, people threw zongzi, eggs and other food into the river to feed the fish, hoping to the fish will spare Quan Yu's body. Since then, people started to commemorate Qu Yuan through dragon boat races, eating zongzi and other activities, on the anniversary of his death. Qu Yuan, the chief poet in the Songs of Chu, was a member of the ruling house, a statesman, and diplomat from 475 - 221 BC. Finally, I thank you for contributing your time and effort as volunteers and leaders to MCCA successes, for attending our MCCA events, and for enriching our community with your presence. Yee Lee's Volunteer Life Volunteer work is in Yee Lee’s blood. Her volunteer work first began two decades ago at her daughter Rebecca’s elementary school. Whenever there is an opportunity to volunteer, Yee Lee always makes time even when she had a busy schedule as a single parent. Over the past six years, Yee's volunteer work has expanded to two nonprofit organizations in Marin. She has been volunteering at Whistlestop’s Jackson Café serving delicious and affordable meals to seniors and people with disabilities. Yee received a Volunteer of the Month award in March 2014 at Whistlestop. The Program Manager said, "It's a pleasure to work with Yee on the Asian New Year Celebration. You can always count on her to get things done and her enthusiasm is contagious!". At the Salvation Army’s food bank, Yee assists the low-income community by providing donated grocery items every week. Through personally handing out food, Yee knows she is improving lives one bag at a time. China Camp Moon Festival Picnic — by Fritz Wong The event was well attended at Buckeye Point in China Camp State Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Kim Luu outdid herself again with her specially marinated Pork, which she and her husband Vinh barbequed to perfection. There were grilled skewered tofu and veggie shish-kabobs for vegetarians and others to enjoy, as well as hot dogs for kids and those who wanted them. MCCA supplied Mooncakes and Lemonade and water. The attendees brought salads, desserts, and side dishes such as potstickers, sushi, chowmein, Mooncakes, mac and cheese to share. Everyone enjoyed the food and game. The weather was good, people were happy and gathered to meet new and old friends. I think the people who couldn’t make it to this event missed out and I, for one, can’t wait for the 2015 moon festival. Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 5 MCCA Newsletter January 2015 by Sandy Wong Illness. Injury. Loss of a loved one. Situations like these can create big problems for folks who don't have the support they need to get through them. But here in the MCCA community, no one is ever alone. Our new Helping Hands program is designed to match up members who could use help—from meals to shopping to rides to the doctor—with other members who have time and energy to share. Contact Helping Hands coordinator Sandy Wong (yeebeesmom@aol.com; 415-300-7853) if you (1) Need a little help from your MCCA friends or (2) Would like to be added to the call list to lend a hand to those in need. Together, we can create a network of support for the entire MCCA family! Meet Author Ruthanne Lum McCunn MCCA hosted a popular book event featuring Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of 10,000 Pieces of Gold, on 25 January 2015 at the Indian Valley campus of College of Marin. McCunn gave a power point presentation on her recent book, Chinese Yankee, followed by a lively Q & A period. Chinese Yankee is the true story of Hong Kong-born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan brought to America for schooling in the 1850s, enslaved in Baltimore, and then enlisted in the Union army. The book is a tale of bravery, survival, and triumph—a fascinating convergence of Chinese and American history. The event was attended by members and friends of MCCA and the general public. All 35 happy participants shared a delicious potluck buffet dinner of fried chicken, pasta salad, green salad, baked yams, and apple pies. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS for Jan 2015 Newsletter ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Natalie Barzegar Suszanna Bridges Connie Chen and children James & Justin Qi Ling Chen & Guo Hong Ye and children Stephanie & Annie Mary Gomes Kathleen Hon Raina King and children Kevin Kwong Judy Lee Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Gordon Lew Victor & Melanie Low Lucca McKay Coral Murakami-Fester & Michael Fester Sarah Perez Dominic Ravina Samantha & Xiaoming Andrew Thompson & Shan Yam and daughter Maelynn (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events ♦Bay China Area Camp Discovery Heritage Museum’s Day Chinese New Year Festival 9 p.m. – 1 -5 4 p.m., p.m., Saturday, Monday, February August 23 16 Chinese To be held Cultural at Discovery performances, Museum sailing in Sausalito. rides on the junk, Chinese Grace Quant, cultural children's and arts events, activities, andfood, much lion more! dance, storytellers, calligraphers, cooking projects, entertainment, and food. Contact To be held Denise at China (denise.wear@gmail.com), Camp Village, San Pedro to Road let her in know San Rafael. when and how you can help. newsletter is published three or four times a year. We welcome submissions in the form of articles, reviews, news, calendar events, recipes, photos, or drawings from any interested members or their children. Submissions should be made by April 1, 2015. We also wish to acknowledge the businesses of our members. If you would like your business listed in the next newsletter, please submit it by April 1, 2015. Please send submissions by email to . The MCCA newsletter can now be delivered to you as a pdf file by email. If you wish to save a tree and receive the newsletter by email instead of USPS, please contact us at . Check us out on Facebook or the web at . This ♦MCCA’s Harvest Chinese Moon Campout New Year and Celebration Picnic and Banquet 5 p.m. – 9Friday, Camping, p.m., Sunday, September March 5 -1 Sunday, September 7 Picnic, 11:30 Welcome the a.m. Year of - 3the p.m., Ram! Saturday, September 6 Board an Enjoy meeting, evening 9 full a.m. of- beautiful 11:00 a.m., music, Saturday, breathtaking September dance, 6. sumptuous food, and wonderful company. Campsites For more information/reservation, have been reserved. contact Kim Luu Picnic at Buckeye Point. (kimluu_92@hotmail.com, 892-5161). ♦Ai AAAM Weiwei Annual @ Large Community on Alcatraz Dinner Island 9 November a.m., Sunday, 14, 2014. March 22 Meet at Pier 39 (Alcatraz ferry departs at 9:30 p.m.), then an lunch in the city at 1 p.m. ♦optional MCCA Winter Festival Contact (Sam.Wear@gmail.com, 4 p.m. - Sam 7 p.m., December 12, 2014. 717-0776). ♦ MCCA Rodney Chin and May Lee Scholarships ♦2015 Film Festival Application Friday, February 13. January 25,deadline 2015 Scholarships will be awarded at viewing, our Chinese New Year Banquet MCCA group dinner, before film at Mulberry on March 1. Street in Terra Linda. For questions or more information, contact Amy (ajonak2@gmail.com, 378-7760). The MCCA will mail out a new membership roster to members. Members who have not paid their 2014 dues will not receive the new roster. Questions? Contact: KimLuu_92@hotmail.com Marin Chinese Cultural Association P.O. Box 2053 Novato, CA 94945-2053 Please Note: Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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