MCCA April 2016 Newsletter

 

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© 2016 Marin Chinese Cultural Association. All Rights Reserved. NEWSLETTER April, 2016 | 二零一六年 四月 MCCA is non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political and open to anyone interested in Chinese Culture. About MCCA 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. FEATURE STORY: MCCA’s 2016 Scholarships: Honoring our Own O n February 20th, at MCCA’s annual Chinese New Year Banquet, we welcomed the year of the Monkey. We also happily welcomed two new honorees of our MCCA scholarship program. IN THIS Issue Michaela “Micha” Blake received the Rodney Chin Memorial Scholarship, which is cosponsored by Yet Wah restaurant and presented to an MCCA student who shows an interest in and commitment to Chinese/ Asian culture. Micha is a soonto-be graduate of San Dominico School. She is also an 8-year veteran of the Lion Dance team (one of four lion dancers in the Blake family!). An excellent student, Micha plans to study Biochemistry, with the intention of building a career in medical research. Her goal is to develop new medicines and treatments both for lifethreatening diseases and for chronic physical and mental disorders. She also hopes, through her future work, to combine the science of western medicine with the Taoist principle of balance between yin and yang. Sophie Jonak was awarded the May Lee Memorial Scholarship, which honors an MCCA student who exhibits a commitment to community and community service. Sophie is a senior at The Marin School. She is also an 8-year veteran of the Lion Dance Team. Sophie credits MCCA with fostering her commitment to the community - whether sharing culture through Lion Dance, or volunteering at our events and County Fair booth. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 1 FEATURE STORY: MCCA’s 2016 Scholarships: Honoring our Own 2 Thank you, Joe! 2 Chinese New Year Celebration @ Bay Area Discovery Museum 3 What’s Next? Asian Pacific Heritage Festival 3 Asian Scholarship Fund Auction on February 20th 3 NEW Mah Jong Classes 3 NEW MCCA Members 4 Marin County Fair MCCA Food Booth 4 Annual Chinese New Year Banquet 5 Traditional Korean Dance and Drumming Classes Upcoming Events Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 11am - 3:30 pm @ Marin YMCA 1500 Los Gamos Drive San Rafael, CA 94903 For more info, visit: www.AAAMarin.org ASF Scholarship Luncheon Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 11:30am @ Ping’s Restaurant San Rafael For more info, visit: www.AsianScholarshipFund.us Marin County Fair/ MCCA Food Booth June 30 - July 4, 2016 @ Marin County Fairgrounds For more info, see page 4.

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2 Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter April, 2016 highlight of MCCA’s 2016 Chinese New Year Banquet was the opportunity to recognize and celebrate Joseph Garbarino, co-founder and CEO of Marin Sanitary Service (MSS). Many of our own members didn’t know that for the past 20 years, Joe and MSS have supported our Lion Dance team by providing their wonderful Environmental Classroom as a place to practice every Saturday morning. Joe! A Thank you, by Amy Jonak Photo credit: @NatashaABC7 MCCA at Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year chool may have been out on this Presidents Day, but learning didn’t take a holiday in Marin during a Lunar New Year celebration. S Celebration In the photo: Joe Garbarino, Amy Jonak & Denise Wear (from left) At the February event, lion dance team leaders Ben and Greg Chuck presented Joe with an appreciation award, reflecting our entire community’s thanks for his generous, selfless, and longstanding commitment to our organization and our kids. n Three lion dancers entertained young visitors at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. The museum partnered with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. As many as 3,000 people came out to welcome the Year of the Monkey, and this year, there was also an exhibit on life in China. ABC7 News anchor Natasha Zouves emceed the event. The Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance Team performed in Festival Plaza while crowds enjoyed food ranging from cha siu bao to chow mein. A storyteller from the Asian Art Museum celebrated oral tradition by telling children the tale of Nian, the new year, as well as the history of the zodiac. Crowds also gathered to watch a martial arts demonstration by 10,000 Victories Kung Fu. Volunteers from The Marin Chinese Cultural Association turned out to help put on this event. The local non-profit works to promote and preserve Chinese culture, and the group notably provides free Mandarin lessons to the community in San Rafael.It’s the 20th year the Bay Area Discovery Museum has held a Chinese New Year celebration, and it typically draws the museum’s largest attendance of the year. n (Source: abc7news.com) In the photo: Joe Garbarino & ABC7 News anchor Natasha Zouves (from left)

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter April, 2016 3 NEW Mah Jong Classes by Sandy Wong MCCA just started Mah Jong Classes at Indian Valley College. Art and Claudia Wong brought in teaching materials and started us on a few hours of fun, laughter, and learning. MCCA members and friends are invited to join! Beginners and advanced players welcome. Place: Indian Valley College , Bldg 16 Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month Time 12:30- 3:30 p.m Photo credit: Jason Lau In the photo: College of Marin Community Education Hawaiian Dance Team M What’s Next? Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Sunday, May 1 @ Marin YMCA ay is officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. And to celebrate, MCCA will once again join forces with the Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) and Marin YMCA to host the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, Sunday, May 1. This year’s festivities take place at the parking lot of Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Dr., San Rafael, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Bring the whole family to enjoy free performances including Chinese dance, Korean drumming, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Hula Dance, and more. Ethnic food and cultural and craft activities too. Final event schedule will be posted on the AAAM’s website at AAAMarin.org. #2016APHFMarin n These classes are free to MCCA members. Interested people please call Liz Hom at 415-388-6259 or email Sandy Wong at yeebeesmom@aol.com n Asian Scholarship Fund Auction on February 20th Photo credit: Jason Lau by Carol Nelson NEW MCCA Members Welcome! n John Cecchi n Rodney Gould & Rosaline Huang and their children Trevor and Emily n Kofi & Yongyan Inkabi n Justin & Jill Kai and son Lincoln n Lisa Lue n Hanley Ma & Karen Chia and their children James, Kathy & Elise n Howard Ting n Louisa & Kristen Yee and Enoch Wang Please Note: MCCA will mail out a new membership roster to members at the end of April. Make sure your dues is current. Questions? Contact: KimLuu_92@hotmail.com n hanks for the many donated items for the Asian Scholarship Fund (ASF) Auction: Beautiful framed wall hangings by Sandy Wong; painted plates, tea services and pitchers by Joe Lin; exquisite hand-painted cards by Sally Jue; special Korean BBQ sauce by Jong Lee, and numerous lovely items by Sue Lim Yee, and others. Because many generous MCCA members bid on the items, and many MCCA members helped graciously, the Asian Scholarship Fund cleared $848.00 at the auction at MCCA Chinese New Year’s celebration. The Asian Scholarship Fund raises money each year to give awards to outstanding local high school seniors of Asian descent heading for college. A check in the amount of $212 has been sent from ASF to MCCA to support MCCA’s education and cultural programs. For more information, visit AsianScholarshipFund.us n T

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4 Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter April, 2016 Marin County Fair MCCA Food Booth Annual Chinese New Year Banquet Year of the Monkey by Sue Lim Yee nother wonderful celebration was held on February 20th at the San Rafael Community Center. Excitement was in the air as MCCA volunteers went early to transform the auditorium into a festive venue for a scrumptious buffet, dancers, and musicians scurried about to set up equipment and change into costumes, and MCCA members and guests arrived and greeted one another. The long tables at the community center have been replaced by round tables that comfortably seated ten and created a Chinese family style gathering. As with many attendees, this annual event is a chance to connect with familiar faces from the MCCA family. For Drs. Miriam Jang and Christo Zouves, it was returning to a community where they raised their children Natasha and Marky. After Natasha graciously accepted to MC the Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, she and her parents were delighted to join us at the MCCA dinner and traveling the furthest to the event. Similar to Denise Wong Wear’s children crying at the firecrackers (President’s Message, MCCA June 2015 Newsletter), Natasha remembered crying when she was asked to be part of the dragon at a dinner years ago. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 For five fun-filled summer days, June 30 - July 4, MCCA heads to the Fair! We join other non-profits in the Marin County food court to serve fabulous Chinese food to fair goers. A Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from MCCA! This is a GREAT opportunity for (1) teens seeking community service hours, (2) anyone who wants FREE tickets to the fair as volunteers, and (3) members who recognize that MCCA relies on every member and want to do their part. Check your summer calendar and figure out when YOU can join us for a shift (10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or 4 p.m.-10 p.m.), then contact Kim Luu at kimluu_92@hotmail.com, 415-892-5161. See you at the Fair!. n Photo credit: Jason Lau

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter April, 2016 5 Traditional Korean Dance and Drumming Classes n the past three years, the Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) and the Marin Whistlestop are partnering with the Dominican College Service Learning Program to provide understanding of traditional Korean dance and drumming classes. Classes are meeting at the Next Generation of Scholars (NGS) building at 1018 E Street, San Rafael, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday, and the classes are free. The group performs annually at the Dominican College Service Learning Program, the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, and I by Jong Lee AAAM’s annual dinner. Currently, the seniors in the class are more knowledgeable, so help teach the newer students. t the beginning of each semester, Dr. Emily Wu from the Dominican University invites Jong Lee to speak during the class “What it is to be a Human” in the Religions and Philosophy course. Lee’s main goal is let the students know about the “Comfort Women” stories in WWII. Most of the students never heard about the CW story; when students took A CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Photo credit: Jason Lau After the MCCA Lion Dance Team opened the program with their synchronized drumming and cymbals to scare away evil spirits with lions of different sizes dancing to bring in good fortunes, the hungry crowd lined up patiently for their plates to be filled with traditional foods such as jai and roast pork. The program also included beautiful music from the guzheng players, and graceful folk dances by the China Dance School of San Francisco, ten thousand Victories performed gung fu, and concluded with several lions winding around the tables before a final performance on stage. The MCCA Chinese New Year Dinner is special; it is not just an annual celebration but a truly a tradition of being together as an extended family. We gather around to share a meal, customs such as passing out red envelopes, and updates from our lives. n turn to read the CW stories, some students were in tears. The goal for this class is to inform students that war is not an answer to conflict. Lee believes: When leaders declare to go to war, women and children suffer. How one person’s stroke of pen influenced more than half million women and children. The CW story is not about the Japanese people but Japanese Government’s opinion of women. The Japanese government was treating women as second class citizens. Even in the U.S., some students are being raped in colleges. Further, look what is going on in India, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan & the Middle East. When countries go to war, culture, art, and customs are destroyed. We must educate women. Women should know how important they are; they influence three generations: their fathers, husbands & children. Sometimes women discriminate against other women. Women must lift one another up. n

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2016 MCCA Board 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 Greg Chuck Coordinators MCCA Board Members Yee Lee Coliero Liz Hom Meg Dufficy-Kang Sam Wear Francis Wong Ed Lai Marcus Lee David Wong Jason Lau Newsletter Production Team Jean Been Chan Editor Franchesca Wong Designer Jason Lau Photography Sandy Wong Photography CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In the photo: Honoree Michaela “Micha” Blake (left) In the photo: Honoree Sophie Jonak (right) Sophie left the Lion Dance team last year to join the Novato Fire Department Explorers, where she trains as a fire/rescue paraprofessional; teaches first aid and safety skills at public events; participates in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), building local emergency readiness; and acts as a counselor/trainer/mentor at “Fire Squirts” camps for at-risk youth. This fall, Sophie will be enrolled in the Santa Rosa Junior College Firefighter/ Paramedic program. Congratulations to both Micha and Sophie. MCCA is proud to recognize their commitment to culture and community. Each honoree received a $1,000 scholarship. n Marin Chinese Cultural Association P.O. Box 2053 | Novato, CA 94945-2053 | www.MarinChineseCulture.com info@marinchineseculture.com | (415) 881-8038

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Annual Chinese New Year Banquet | Congratulations to All the Raffle Winners! Grand Prize - $500 cash w/adorable Monkey: Helen Sitchler 1st Prize - Day Area Discovery Museum Annual Pass for 1 Family: Paul Bentzen 2nd Prize - 2 San Francisco Symphony Tickets: Joe Garbarino 3rd Prize - Go Pro HERO: Jason Yee & Veronica Lee Yee Lee Coleiro | Valerie Marckwordt | Keeley Faulknere | Valerie Miller Ping’s Restaurant $50 Gift Certificate: Keely Faulkner | M.J or John Harmony Restaurant $50 Gift Certificate Yet-Wah Restaurant Dinner for 2 Dave Knepler | Nicole Pantoleo Jim Sonntag Tommy’s Wok Restaurant $60 Gift Certificate China Palace Restaurant $60 Gift Certificate Kimberley Stephens Chrysanthemum Restaurant $25 Gift Certificate Sophie Jonak | Curt Wear Hanley Ma Scotty’s Market Gift Basket:

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The purpose of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association is to promote the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Chinese Culture, including language, history, customs, customs, music, art and cuisine of the Chinese people. The organization is non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political and open to anyone interested in Chinese Culture. Marin Chinese Cultural Association Membership Form Date ________________ Name(s): Address: Phone: ( Children/Age ) – Email: / / / Renewal? _________ New Membership? __________ Membership information is used in a directory distributed to members only. It is not used for solicitation purposes. If you do not want your address, phone number or email address listed in the directory, check this box. Membership: Family — $30 per year for member and immediate family. Platinum — $1000 for lifetime membership for two individuals. Individual — $15 per year for one person. Gold — $500 per year, membership for up to 10 people. Student — $10 per year, for one student under 18. Silver — $250 per year, membership for up to five people. Event Sponsorship: Jade — For $500, Jade Sponsors will receive recognition in our newsletter, in the printed program and during the President’s address at the event and the opportunity to display a banner on-site. Pearl — For $250, Pearl Sponsors will receive recognition in our newsletter, in the printed program and during the President’s address. Bamboo — For $100, Bamboo Sponsors will receive recognition in our newsletter and the program. I would like to make an additional, tax-deductible donation of: Please make checks payable to “MCCA.” Mail form and payment to: $ MCCA TOTAL ENCLOSED: $ P.O. Box 2053 Novato, CA 94945-2053 Additional contributions are welcome and appreciated. TaxID #73-165-3606. For more information, contact Kim Luu at KimLuu_92@hotmail.com or (415) 892-5161. Would you be interested in volunteering to help with: Newsletter MCCA Board Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Chinese New Year Dinner How did you hear about MCCA? What skills or talents would you be willing to share with MCCA? Would you be interested in helping set up or have a child who might participate in: Child ____ ____ Adult ____ ____ Chinese Language Classes Chinese Art/Calligraphy Classes Child ____ ____ Adult ____ ____ Lion Dance Team Other: ______________________ Hosting Pot Luck Socials for Speakers Lion Dance Team Mini-Camp/Harvest Moon Festival Comments/Suggestions:

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