MCCA June 2015 Newsletter

 

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Copyright MCCA—All Rights Reserved J u n e 2 0 1 5 馬 連 縣 中 國 文 化 會 二 零 一 五 年 六 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 President’s Message continued Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Asian Scholarship Fund Awards Luncheon Ai Weiwei Art Exhibition at Alcatraz Ruthanne Lum McCunn MCCA Members in the News Original Play by Imagine 21 of Japan 20th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Welcome New MCCA Members Upcoming Events 1 2 Dear Members, Families and Friends; Once again, I write this newsletter note in the afterglow of a fantastic Chinese New Year celebration dinner at San Rafael Community Center. It was a showcase of our diverse, compassionate community. This year's celebration of the Goat/Sheep/Ram was brought to life with a delicious dinner provided by Yet Wah, an impressive martial arts performance by 10,000 Victories of Fairfax, a stirring classical performance by prodigy cellist Ricki Wu, and the Chinese Dance School of SF with a remarkable display of costume, choreography, culture and heart. Our board member David Wong was the emcee, and did a great job of keeping us informed and laughing. But perhaps the best performance of all was the generosity of everyone who helped produce the event - with a team headed by star board member Kim Luu, and those donated to our Education Fund. Thanks to those who donated and bid on silent auction items, and those who bought raffle tickets, the **Asian Scholarship Fund and our May Lee Scholarship generated enough seed fund money for next year's awards. Not to mention: Another board member, Yee Coleiro, won this year's grand prize $500 from the raffle. It was her birthday the next day! Great luck to start the New Year. This year was particularly meaningful to me because my two daughters flew home from Seattle and New York to join my husband and my son to enjoy the celebration for the first time in over 10 years. My children all grew up within MCCA and attending the Chinese New Year Celebration, from crying at the firecrackers to playing cymbals with the Lion Dance. Now that they are grown adults, I am happy to have my family together to realize how important MCCA has been for our family tradition. It warms my heart to see children - on stage and in the audience - whose memories will be shaped by this event. As I said on stage at the Celebration, we are always looking for new ideas and programs to enrich our organization. Besides emails, we now have a phone line that you can call to ask questions or share you thoughts with us. The phone number is 1-415-881-8038; don't hesitate to call us as we would love to connect with you! And if you haven't visited our website http:// marinchineseculture.com/ lately, please check it out! Send us your article or photos, we may be able to put them on our site! We will have more information on our summer programs soon. But in the meantime, mark your calendar: The next CNY dinner will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Year of the Monkey! Happy spring to you all! ... (See last page of newsletter for details) 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 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 Denise Wear Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email

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Page 2 MCCA Newsletter June 2015 President’s Message (continued from Page 1) **The auction proceeds were supposed to go to the scholarship fund in memory of Peter Stanek, but Jean Bee Chan preferred that the proceeds to go into the general Asian Scholarship Fund to benefit others. We love Pete the Angel, he is forever in our hearts. Asian Pacific Heritage Festival The Asian Pacific Heritage Festival was held on Saturday, May 3, 2015 on the College of Marin campus, sponsored by the Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM), MCCA, College of Marin, Dominican University of California, and Bank of Marin. The MCCA Lion Dance Team opened the ceremony with festive drumming and exquisite dances, followed by the graceful MCCA Tai Chi demonstration lead by Sifu Fritz and Simu Elaine Wong, the colorful AAAM Korean Drumming Group, expert aikido martial art by Bay Marin Aikido, and energetic martial art demonstrations by Ten Thousand Victories. The Festival included a "Comfort Women" exhibit and short speeches by Dominican University students against the atrocities of sex slaves during WWII. The weather was perfect and the Korean lunch was enjoyed by all. Asian Scholarship Fund Awards Luncheon The new Asian Scholarship winners were honored at a luncheon, 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., May 31 at the Ping's Mandarin Restaurant, 817 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. Over 60 participants were on hand to celebrate with the scholarship winners and their parents and supporters. Scholarship winners are Ankoor Patel, Danielle Faulkner, Adil Modan, Austin Tran, Thu Dam, Dean Zucconi, Mia Klenk, Linh Huynh, Manish Patel. These scholarship recipients are needy and truly outstanding students from Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. Individually, each has earned numerous academic and community service awards in high school; collectively they are the finest high school seniors of our community. If a high school senior (heading for college in Fall, 2016) is interested in applying for an Asian Scholarship next year, please see the website at 10,000 Degrees and go to Asian Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in donating to or serving on the ASF board, please email Jean Bee Chan at . You will find it's very rewarding to sere on the board because it is satisfying to give awards to deserving students. Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 3 MCCA Newsletter June 2015 MCCA at Ai Weiwei Art Exhibition at Alcatraz by Sam Wear “These are nonviolent people who have lost their freedom simply because they expressed their ideas… in truth, they are the heroes of our time.” – Ai Weiwei On Sunday, March 22, 2015, thirty three MCCA members and guests went to the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary to see the art exhibit by the world renowned artist and Chinese political activist Ai Weiwei. The exhibit is striking in its size, complexity, and scope, and adds a thought-provoking dimension to the historical site. The exhibit challenges the viewer to confront many uncomfortable questions, such as: What does it mean to be a prisoner? Why should someone be imprisoned? Who should be imprisoned? The effectiveness of the exhibit comes from the setting of Alcatraz, an isolated location, which makes the viewer into a captive audience. The installment titled Illumination is in one of the most haunting spaces in the prison, a pair of tiled chambers in the Hospital once used for the isolation and observation of mentally ill inmates. Being inside the room was difficult for more than minutes at a time, and one can only imagine what incarceration would have felt like. The other powerful installment is called Trace, which is a field of 176 colorful portraits of people from around the world who have been imprisoned or exiled because of their beliefs or affiliations, most of whom were still incarcerated at the time the artwork was made. On the front of the room, a plaque with the quote: “These are nonviolent people who have lost their freedom simply because they expressed their ideas… in truth, they are the heroes of our time.” – Ai Weiwei. With this in mind, the people featured are controversial. For example, Edward Snowden is prominently featured near the entrance; one must reflect on his actions, and the fact he is placed next to Martin Luther King. When leaving Alcatraz, I felt a sense of relief. The emotionally heavy subjects raised by the art and the history of the prison could be left behind. When thinking about questions of criminal justice, I am often reminded of Alcatraz and Ai Weiwei. Should people be imprisoned for expressing their ideas? What is freedom of speech? The Purpose of Marin Chinese Cultural Association is to promote the understanding, appreciation and preservation of all aspects of Chinese culture, including the language, history, customs, music, art, and cuisine of the Chinese and Chinese-American people. Our group was lucky to see such a world renowned Chinese artist's work so close to home. I am proud that MCCA was able to organize such a trip. Sources http://www.for-site.org/project/ai-weiwei-alcatraz/ Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 4 MCCA Newsletter June 2015 Ruthanne Lum McCunn (In January, 2015, MCCA invited author McCuun to speak on her book CHINESE YANKEE, below is a passage from her website for our reading pleasure.) Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a writer of Chinese and Scottish descent whose award-winning work has been translated into eleven languages, published in twenty-two countries, and adapted for the stage and film. Her first novel, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, broke new ground in 1981 with the true story of a Chinese American pioneer's experiences as a slave and free woman in the Pacific Northwest. Acclaimed as a "stunning biography" by the Los Angeles Times, the novel was twice a Quality Paperback Book Club Alternate, made into a film, and selected by Washington State Library for Washington Reads. All Ruthanne's subsequent books have likewise won acclaim. About her most recent novel, GOD OF LUCK, Phyllis T. Smith wrote in the November 2007 Historical Novels Review: "McCunn creates a world distant from us in both space and time, which seems absolutely authentic, and characters who are heartbreakingly real in their universal humanity." Alan Cheuse said on NPR's All Things Considered, "Its documented horrors, the devotion of a desperate wife, and the abiding hope of her distant husband held me captive from the start." Now Ruthanne is again breaking new ground with CHINESE YANKEE, the true story of Thomas Sylvanus, born Ah Yee Way. Brought to America for schooling but enslaved in Baltimore, Thomas—only sixteen at the outbreak of war—ran to freedom in Philadelphia and enlisted in the Union Army. Although blinded in the war's first major campaign, he stayed in the fight. Moreover, when all the color guard had fallen in the bloodbath of Spotsylvania, he seized the regiment's colors, kept them flying. Captured in the final year of the war, he survived nine months imprisonment in Andersonville. Lamed, too, and his health broken, but his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his family and himself until his death in 1891. "I felt an immediate kinship with Thomas because we both come from Hong Kong," Ruthanne says. "I was also excited that despite the thousands of Civil War books, his life would give readers a completely new story, one that would be a page-turner." Ruthanne's taught at Cornell University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of San Francisco. A co-founder of the Chinese Historical Society of America's annual journal, she served on its editorial committee for over twenty years. Ruthanne lives in San Francisco with her husband, Don, and two cats. Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 5 MCCA Newsletter June 2015 MCCA Members in the News (Reprinted from the Marin Independent Journal) Members of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association helped crew a boat during the 19th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival and won a gold medal during the novice race event. Six Marin members Sandy Wong, Judy Lee, Frank Poon, Jeffrey Poon, Sabrina Browne and M. J. Pramik, helped crew the 20-person Delta Dragon, a Dragon Boat sponsored by the Stockton Chinese Cultural Association. An Original Play by Imagine 21 of Japan A gifted and experienced actor, Kazuko Yokoi, will be invited to the United States from Japan to give a live performance of an original play "The Eye Holds the Truth" on the so-called "comfort women" on Friday, August 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Korean Presbyterian Church, 635 Adrian Way, San Rafael. The actor will portray three different sex slaves, one from China, one from Korea, and one from the Philippines. This play exposes the atrocities of kidnapping and forcing hundreds of thousands of young girls from China, Korea, the Philippines, and other countries to be sex salves for the Imperial Japanese soldiers during WWII. MCCA is a co-sponsor of this performance. All MCCA members and friends are cordially invited to attend this free event. MCCA to Join 20th Annual Dragon Boat Festival MCCA members will again join the Dragon Boat sponsored by the Stockton Chinese Cultural Association for the Dragon Boat Festival in September. There will three practices prior to the race date on September 19. If you wish to sign up, please contact team coordinator Meg Dufficy-Kang . Welcome New MCCA Members We welcome the following new members to the MCCA Community. We look forward to meeting these new members at our activities. (See Upcoming Events) ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Anthony & Sonia Alioto and daughter Simone Lee Balch & Graham and children Sierra & Madley Alan Chui Chris & Katherine Lee and children Ava & Jack Carol Nelson Jamieson & Liah Prevoznak and children Derick & Vlysses Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email ∗ ∗ ∗ Christine & Christopher Remillard and daughter Dominic Andrew Wait Jason Yee & Veronica Lee and children Isabella & Alina (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events ♦Marin China Camp County Heritage Food Fair Day 1 Wednesday, p.m. - 5 p.m., July Saturday, 1 — Sunday, August July 23 5 Chinese To be held Cultural at Marin performances, County Food sailing Fair Booth rides on the junk, Quant, children's events, and much more! ♦Grace Japanese Playwright Friday, August 28, at Korean Presbyterian Church, co-sponsored To be held at China Camp Village, San Pedro in San by MCCA (See Original Play by Imagine 21 of Road Japan) ♦Rafael. SF Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, September 19 ♦See Harvest Campout andDragon Picnic Boat Festival MCCAMoon to Join 20th Annual Camping, Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 7 ♦Autumn Moon Family Campout at China Camp Picnic, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, September 6 Friday, September 26 — Sunday, September 27 Board meeting, 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 6. ♦MCCA Autumn Moon Festival Picnic Saturday, 26 Campsites September have been reserved. ♦Picnic Field at Trip to Historic Buckeye Point. Chinese Town Locke CA October 2015 ♦AAAM Community Dinner WinterAnnual Festival Potluck November 14, 2014. Sunday, December 6 ♦Asian Scholarship Fund 20th Anniversary Reunion at Auto♦ MCCA Winter Festival desk Atrium 4 p.m. - 7 October p.m., December 12, 2014. Saturday, 10, co-sponsored by MCCA ♦Anniversary of Pete the Angel ♦Sunday, Film Festival October 18: One Year Anniversary of Pete the January 25, 2015 Angel. Everyone is cordially invited to the Chan Stanek home to MCCA some groupfood dinner, film viewing, at Mulberry enjoy andbefore tell your favorite jokes you didn't get to tell Street in Terra Linda. last year. This 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 October 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 October 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 . 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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