MCCA September 2015 Newsletter

 

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Copyright MCCA—All Rights Reserved S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5 馬 連 縣 中 國 文 化 會 二 零 一 五 年 九 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 MCCA's Scholarship Program Field Trip to Locke Stage Play The Eye Holds the Truth Marin County Fair Heritage Day at China Camp Asian Scholarship Fund 20th Anniversary Celebration MCCA Autumn Moon Festival Campout and Picnic Upcoming Events 4 1 2 Dear Members, Families and Friends; While summer is sadly over, I am happy to be welcoming my favorite season of the year: autumn. Ever since I was a little girl in Hong Kong, I would greatly anticipate the fall season, in particular because it meant my favorite holiday of the year: the Harvest Moon Festival. My memories are vivid: eating delicious moon cakes and fruit - like persimmons, star fruit, mangosteen, lychee and dragon eye, all are my favorites, and parading paper lanterns in the shapes of birds, butterflies and rabbits down the sidewalk during the evenings. I am happy that in my adult life living in Marin County, some of my most cherished memories have come from MCCA's annual Harvest Moon Festival picnics and camping trips; my children will always remind me what an impression those events had on them, and I am glad that this time of year can be one of cherishing community. Your MCCA board has been busy planning a strong end to 2015, so spend some time reading about all the great programming we have through the rest of the year. One event that I am particularly excited about is the October 24th field trip to Locke, CA, one of California's oldest Chinese villages. It's the first time MCCA has visited Locke, and I look forward to the historical experience to better understand the legacy of Chinese Americans in California. I'm also very much looking forward to this year's Asian Scholarship Fund 20th Anniversary Banquet on October 10, co-sponsored by MCCA. Over the last 20 years, hundreds of students, including MCCA youths, have benefitted from the scholarship program, and we are excited to celebrate those scholars and our community who has supported them in achieving to their highest potential. And although it might be a conflict of interest, I am excited to see my daughter, singer and poet Hollis Wong -Wear, as the keynote speaker and entertainment. Please come join me at this special event! See detail on this newsletter or sign up on line, from MCCA FB page. We always welcome the enthusiasm of our members and if you feel compelled to volunteer for any of our upcoming events, don't hesitate to let us know! Between the year-end Winter Festival on December 6th (which this year will feature Bingo!), Bay Area Discovery Museum's Lunar New Year Celebration, on President's day 1/15/16 and our own Chinese New Year Banquet on February 20th. It's never too early to sign up and help out! All the best, 3 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 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 (See last page of newsletter for details) Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email

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Page 2 MCCA Newsletter September 2015 MCCA's Scholarship Program Looking for New Applicant by Amy Jonak First things first: Congratulations to the two MCCA students granted scholarships at our 2015 Chinese New Year Banquet. College freshman Sarah Davidson received the May Lee Memorial Scholarship for Public Service, and Samantha Xiaoming Shen was awarded the Rodney Chin Memorial Scholarship to support her graduate studies at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science. Every year, the MCCA board selects two awardees from our membership to receive $1,000.00 scholarships. The Rodney Chin Memorial Scholarship, cosponsored by Yet Wah Restaurant, is awarded to a student of high academic achievement and leadership potential who demonstrates an interest in and commitment to Chinese/Asian culture. The May Lee Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student of high academic achievement and leadership potential who demonstrates a commitment to community and community service. Applicants must complete an MCCA scholarship application, which includes a personal statement and two letters of recommendation from teachers or work supervisors. Application forms, deadline information, and instructions are available on the MCCA website. This year’s applications must be received by January 15, 2016. Please contact scholarship committee chair Amy Jonak (ajonak2@gmail.com or 415-378-7760) with any questions. Scholarship winners will be presented at our annual MCCA Chinese New Year Banquet on Saturday, February 20th, 2016. Good luck to all of you who apply. Field Trip to Locke, CA Saturday, October 24, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Adults $50, Kids $25. 5 and under free. Prices reflect MCCA’s generous subsidy of $30 per member. Come visit on of California’s first Chinese settlements with us. MCCA provides bus transportation, guided tour, and boxed Chinese lunch. You bring the spirit of adventure and some song sheets for the 1-1/2 hour ride. Please sign up at now. We need a head count. Stage Play The Eye Holds the Truth Co-sponored by MCCA and Korean Presbyterian Church by Jean Bee Chan The original play "The Eye Holds the Truth" on the so-called "comfort women" written by Watanabe and Yokoi, a husband and wife team of Japanese playwrights, was performed on Friday evening, 8/28/15, at the Korean Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. This event, co-sponsored by MCCA, was attended by more than 120 people from MCCA membership, the Korean community, and the public at large. It was at once a reunion of longtime friends and learning a dark history lesson of WWII. A gifted and experienced actor, Kazuko Yokoi, was invited from Japan by Global Alliance to tour the United States to give live performances of the play in San Rafael, San Francisco, South Bay, and New York City. The actor portrayed three different sex slaves, one from China, one from Korea, and one from the Philippines. This play exposed the atrocities of kidnaping and forcing hundreds of thousands of young girls from China, Korea, the Philippines, and other countries to be sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese soldiers during WWII. It was announced that a coalition of volunteers are making great efforts to seek passage of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Resolution calling to build a monument to honor the memory of the "Comfort Women" in San Francisco. Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 3 MCCA Newsletter September 2015 Marin County Fair by Robert Chin Under the leadership of Food Booth Managers, Faye Chin and Robert Chin, along with its multitude of volunteers, MCCA successfully ran the Non-profit Food Booth selling Yet Wah Chinese Fair Food to thousands of Fair Goers from July 1-5 at the Marin County Fair. We are proud that all of the proceeds from this fundraiser go to support MCCA's cultural, community, educational activities and events. As a veteran of the Fair, I can emphatically say that everything went well, without a glitch, all of the food was appreciated by our loyal Fair friends. This is our 10th year. With a egg roll heat lamp, each of the egg rolls was freshly received with a solid crunch with crispiness. Our big hits on the menu were the Combo 1, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Strawberry Lemonade. Our food lines for our booth were up to 30 deep during the dinnertime, demonstrating our loyal following at the Fair. Though the Fair Goers stood on long lines 30, the wait was short, as we had the fastest service line at the Fair, no more than 35 seconds from the time of purchase to receiving food items. New this year was the use of food service trays that allowed customers to buy food for an entire family and be able to bring it to the table all at once. All of the volunteers enjoyed working at the Booth, despite the summer heat. But all of us enjoyed the camaraderie that was displayed by the volunteers. Special thanks go to the young volunteers many of whom, worked two shifts, multiple days, whose services made the sales possible. Additionally, the senior volunteers played a major part in making this a successful event. Many returning young and older volunteers were essential to the operation of a "well oiled machine", as they took on the roles, all without any questions, and picked up from the last year's Fair, as if, it was yesterday. A very big Thank You. We look forward to seeing all of our volunteers, all of our customers next year to our 2016 Marin County Fair MCCA Food Booth. See you all then. Heritage Day at China Camp by Ed Lai The annual Heritage Day at China Camp was held this year on August 29 with an appreciative audience attending. The MCCA Lion Dance team led off the festivities with a rousing round of drums and gongs, followed by their popular Lion Dance performance. During the afternoon, the Redwood Empire Chinese Association performed with their Dragon Dance team and invited children present to join in holding up the Dragon and greeted The Alma and The Grace Quan when they sailed in. The Cultural Dance team brought new dances and beautiful red and gold costumes. Their chorus and audience participation tai chi rounded out the festivities. Stephen Shen and his assistant, Tao Yan, provided music all afternoon. The visitors could purchase works from local photographers, and visit booths run by Marin non-profits. Friends of China Camp provided crafts for the children. State Senator Michael McGuire presented China Camp resident, Frank Quan, with a proclamation declaring August 29 "Frank Quan Day' in honor of his 90th birthday and his contribution to the community! Marin County Supervisor Damon Connally’s office and Congressman Jared Huffman’s office also presented congratulatory messages for Frank. MCCA presented Frank with a beautiful plaque in the form of a sail to celebrate the occasion. MCCA provided help arranging for delivery and serving a delicious lunch for volunteers and Frank’s beautiful birthday cake for everyone in the audience. The Marin IJ was there with a photographer and published a great article on the event the next day. Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email Asian Scholarship Fund 20th Anniversary Celebration Celebrating 20 years of excellence and honoring Asian Scholarship Fund scholarship recipients. All ASF and MCCA scholarship recipients, families, and friends are invited to enjoy a celebration party from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10/10, at Autodesk Atrium, 111 McInnis Parkway, Terra Linda. The event, co-sponsored by MCCA, is free but donation welcome. Reservation and printed tickets are required for admission. This special event, with entertainment and keynote speech provided by Emmynominated singer/songwriter/producer Hollis Wong-Wear, is sure to be a sell out. Maximum 99 people for the party. First reserved, first served. Please reserve your places at . Then you will receive an email to allow you to print your own tickets or go to . (See last page of newsletter for details)

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MCCA Autumn Moon Festival Hurry! Don't miss the fun on this coming Friday, 9/25 – Sunday, 9/27. Camp on the crest of China Camp’s bayside ridge, as the full Autumn moon shimmers over the water. Bring the kids and the paper lanterns and celebrate the season as it’s been celebrated for centuries. Saturday, 9/26, 11 am - 3 pm. Join the MCCA friends at China Camp’s Buckeye Point for a Potluck Barbecue. MCCA will provide the meat and the moon cakes; you and your family bring a side dish or salad to share. Please RSVP now . Upcoming Events MCCA Autumn Moon Festival Campout and Picnic Friday, 9/25 – Sunday, 9/27. Camp on the crest of China Camp’s bayside ridge. Saturday, 9/26, 11 am - 3 pm. Join the whole MCCA crowd at China Camp’s Buckeye Point for a Potluck Barbecue. See article. Asian Scholarship Fund’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, 10/10, 3-6 p.m. All ASF and MCCA scholarship recipients, families, and friends are invited to enjoy a celebration party at Autodesk Atrium. See article. Field Trip to Historical Locke, CA Visit one of California’s first Chinese settlements. Saturday, October 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults $50; Kids $25; 5 and under free. Prices reflect MCCA's generous subsidy of $32 per member. See article. MCCA Winter Festival Potluck Dinner and Family Game Night Sunday, December 6, 4 - 9 p.m. at COM Indian Valley Campus. Learn to make dumplings as we prepare Kim Luu’s delicious Winter Melon Soup and Tang Yun for dessert. Bring a side dish or salad to share. Bring the kids and the grandparents: We’ll have lots of family games to keep all ages entertained. RSVP to Kim Luu . Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year Festival Monday Feb. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is MCCA’s 20th year partnering with the Discovery Museum to help bring lunar new year traditions to families from all over the Bay Area. There’ll be lost of entertainment (including, of course, our own Lion Dancers) and great Chinese food. MCCA’s Chinese New Year Celebration Banquet Saturday, February 20, 2016, 5 p.m. Join the entire MCCA community in welcoming the Year of the Monkey with great food, spectacular entertainment, and wonderful company. Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Sunday, May 1, 2016, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Marin YMCA. Sponsored by AAAM (Asian American Association of Marin) and MCCA. Performers and food from all different Asian and Pacific Islander cultures: Lion Dances, Taiko Drumming, Tibetan Dance, Hula, Tea Ceremonies. Spend the day and enjoy it all! 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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