MCCA December 2016 Newsletter

 

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© 2016 Marin Chinese Cultural Association. All Rights Reserved. NEWSLETTER MCCA is non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political and open to anyone interested in Chinese Culture. About MCCA December, 2016 | 二零一六年 十二月 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. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Denise Wear As I write this letter to you, I am still full from almost a week of Thanksgiving leftovers! And I’m also full of gratitude for the distinctly American tradition that brings families and friends together to give thanks and share good food. Even though my three children are all in their twenties, we INTHIS Issue 1 President’s Message 1 Upcoming Events 2 Frank Quan’s Celebration of Life 3 News on Free Mandarin Classes 3 NEW Mah Jong Classes 3 NEW MCCA Members 4 AAAM Annual Community Dinner 4 San Francisco Dragon Boat races!! 5 Upcoming Events 5 Annual Chinese New Year Banquet 5 Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year Festival 5 Asian Pacific Heritage Festival still all find a way to wrangle our busy schedules to be together over turkey, cranberry sauce, and lots of pie. But even in the thick of this holiday season, I can’t help looking forward to the next: our annual Chinese tradition of coming together over roast pig, long noodles, red envelopes, and bitter melon with family, friends, and community to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Whether this is your first year celebrating with us or your twentieth, all are welcome as one big family, as we continue to pass down and strengthen our ChineseAmerican culture in Marin County with delicious food and lively entertainment. Next year, our annual Chinese New Year Celebration and Banquet will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the San Rafael Recreation Center. The family-style buffet will be as lavish and delicious as ever, and we will host many talented performers, including The Chinese Dance Theater of San Francisco, 10,000 Victories Kung Fu, and, of course, our very accomplished MCCA Lion Dance Team! Reserve your tickets today, and please join us for our biggest event of the year! Invite CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Upcoming Events MCCA Chinese New Year Celebration and Banquet Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 | 5 pm @ Recreation Center in San Rafael 618 B St, San Rafael, CA 94901 www.MarinChineseCulture.org Bay Area Discovery Museum | Chinese New Year Festival Monday, Feb 20, 2017 | 9am - 4pm @ Fort Baker in Sausalito 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965 www.goo.gl/UXhBtz Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11am - 3:30 pm @ Marin YMCA 1500 Los Gamos Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903 www.AAAMarin.org www.MarinChineseCulture.org

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter 2 December, 2016 We’ll miss you, Frank! Above: Congressman Jared Huffman speaks at the memorial service for Frank Quan, calling Frank the living embodiment of the history he helped preserve at China Camp. Congressman Huffman has supported funding for China Camp State Park especially when it was slated for closure by the state. Photo credit: Rita Mah Frank Quan’s Celebration of Life by Martin Lowenstein “It’s raining in Santa Venetia,” warned Oly Quan at 10 A.M., just one hour before the program was scheduled to begin. Cars began to appear in the China Camp Village parking lot. “It’s raining in downtown San Rafael,” reported another guest, who had just arrived to attend the event celebrating the life of Frank Quan, who had passed away on August 15, 2016. A few minutes after 11 A.M., it was time to begin. All 150 of the rented chairs along the perimeter of the deck were taken by guests, and now it was standing room only. It was time to signal the drummers to begin. No rain. Ten minutes later, the drummers finished, and Friends of China Camp Executive Director Martin Lowenstein approached the podium to officially welcome everyone to China Camp State Park. Then, the Master of Ceremonies for the event, John Muir, announced the program for the 250-strong audience. Lion dancers took over the deck and created a festive atmosphere. Following the lion dancers, the mood took a somber turn as a bugler from the U.S. Navy played Taps while two other U.S. Naval servicemen ceremonially folded an American flag and presented it to Frank Quan’s sister, Bertha. The gray rain clouds covered most of the sky except for an opening of blue above China CampVillage. With some optimism that the rain would stay at bay, the speaker’s podium was moved out from under a canopy. Until 12:30 PM, a succession of speakers reminisced one by one about Frank Quan and his embodiment of the Chinese heritage of that shrimping village on the San Francisco Bay. Paying tribute to Frank were: Congressman Jared Huffman, Assembly member Marc Levine, County Supervisor Damon Connolly, California State Parks District Superintendent Danita Rodriguez, Elizabeth Goldstein of California State Parks Foundation, former Ranger Pat Robards, Jean Bee Chan of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association, Andy Bachich of Andy’s Local Market, Milton Quan, and John Muir. At 12:30 PM, the program ended, and the guests made two lines: one alongside the deck for a fabulous Chinese buffet and another line for clam chowder and shrimp cocktail available in the café. The drizzling began. The guests were undeterred. They ate and socialized for the next hour and a half. Kudos to Denise Wear and the entire group of MCCA volunteers and to Friends of China Camp for creating a meaningful program and festive yet intimate community event to celebrate Frank Quan’s life. The celebration did great justice to Frank’s memory. n www.MarinChineseCulture.org

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter December, 2016 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 your friends and loved ones to learn more and take part in welcoming theYear of the Rooster— especially those who might be interested in joining or being more involved with MCCA! And if you have little ones, OR if you like sharing our culture Photo credit: Jason Lau and traditions with the greater community, you may want to join in on Monday, February 20, 2017 (Presidents Day), for the Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year Festival, co-sponsored by MCCA. We’ll have Lion Dancers, Storytellers, Dancers, Fabulous Chinese Food, Games, and Arts Activities—all of which require volunteers from our organization to be successful. Help out for a couple of hours and then enjoy all the festival has to offer. All volunteers are entitled to free all-day admission to the Festival. Contact Denise (denise.wear@gmail.com) to sign on. It’s an exciting time of year for us all. I look forward to sharing it with you all. Best Regards, Denise Wear MCCA Co-President 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. #MCCAClasses Place: Indian Valley College , Bldg 16 Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month* Time 12:30- 3:30 p.m * No class on January 8, 2017. 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 NEW MCCA Members Welcome! News on Free Mandarin Classes New location for Mandarin classes are in the Community Room on second floor of Northgate Mall Food Court. Take elevator next to Subway. No classes in January. Classes resume on February 6. Classes are free to MCCA members. Intermediate 5:15 p.m.- 6:45 p.m. Introductory 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact our teacher Emily Peng at misspeng.emily@ gmail.com. n #MCCAClasses www.MarinChineseCulture.org n Rhea Ann Abesamis n Jesse Bodony n Cindy Liu and her children Kevin, Katie & Dongdong n Abigail Robertson Please Note: To update your contact information or to join/renew your membership, please contact: KimLuu_92@hotmail.com n

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter 4 December, 2016 2016 AAAM Annual Community Dinner by Jason Lau Over 100 community leaders and distinguished guests attended the 2016 Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) Annual Community Dinner held on Thursday, November 3 at the Key Room in Novato. Photo credit: Mavis Njoo-Lau This year’s keynote speaker was Sonoma State University’s newest president Dr. Judy K. Sakaki. President Sakaki is the university’s second female president and is the nation’s first Japanese-American woman to lead a four-year college or university. Joined by College of Marin’s Superintendent/ President Dr. David Wain Coon and Santa Rosa Junior College’s Superintendent/President Dr. Frank Chong, AAAM President Dr. Jason Lau and Co-President Dr. Jean Bee Chan welcomed and introduced President Sakaki to the Asian American community in Marin. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Big Stars in the 2016 San Francisco Dragon Boat races!! by Meg Dufficy-Kang Hip Hip Hooray for our MCCA participants in the 21st annual Dragonboat Festival races which were held this past September 17th & 18th at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Our veteran racing pro and board member, Sandy Wong, did a stellar job crewing with Sutter Health and they were so glad to have her! Photo credit: Sandy Wong A Big thanks to the efforts of Mimi Vu, the coach, Chuck Chen, the steerer, and Stephanie Chu, the captain, for their tremendous effort in making The Delta Dragons the gold medal winners once again! Photo credit: Sandy Wong MCCA members Wyatt Wong, Josh & Angela Rafner crewed again this year with the formidable Delta Dragons who not only won the gold but came in first place over 41 teams who raced that day!!! 2nd place winner was The California Academy of Science and the 3rd place winner was the San Francisco Fire Dept!!! Go Delta Dragons! It was different being at Lake Merritt this year after the stunning Treasure Island venue, but the overall Dragonboat race spirit is so uplifting and contagious that everyone had a wonderful time! Besides the races, there are plenty of activities for kids and families, delicious food and great entertainment! It’s a Chinese festival not to be missed! MCCA is thinking about sponsoring their own boat one of these years! If you are interested in crewing on a Dragonboat, there will be information coming out in future newsletters about how to join and who to contact! A huge thanks and high five to Sandy Wong, Josh & Angela Rafner and Wyatt Wongq!! Photo credit: Sandy Wong www.MarinChineseCulture.org Until the next DB race... n #MCCADB

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Marin Chinese Cultural Association | Newsletter December, 2016 5 Upcoming Events With the holidays approaching, we’re heading into an exciting time of year. But it’s especially exciting here at MCCA, as we move ever closer to welcoming the Year of the Rooster! Check out the great events coming up in the next few months: MCCA Chinese New Year Celebration and Banquet Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 5pm, at B Street Recreation Center in San Rafael Usher in the Rooster with a massive banquet—everything from jai and prawns to suckling pig and red bean soup. Great performances include the Chinese Dance School of San Francisco, a martial arts demonstration, traditional guzheng, and, of course, our amazing Lion Dancers. Bring the whole family to share the excitement and tradition of the lunar new year. To RSVP, contact Kim Luu (kimluu_92@hotmail.com). n #MCCACNY By Amy Jonak What’s Next? Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11am - 3:30 pm @ Marin YMCA 1500 Los Gamos Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903 May 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 co-host the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 6. Photo credit: Jason Lau Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year Festival Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, 9am-4pm, at Fort Baker in Sausalito This huge annual celebration is a partnership between the Discovery Museum and MCCA. Families from all over the Bay Area (as many as 3,500 attendees!) gather to welcome the lunar new year and learn about Chinese culture and traditions with lion dancers, storytellers, calligraphers, art projects, games, kung fu demonstrations, guzheng music, and beautiful traditional dance performances. MCCA also serves delicious dim sum and other delicacies. Any members who volunteer to help make this day happen receive free admission to the event. To volunteer, contact Denise Wear (denise.wear@gmail. com). n #BADMCNYF Photo credit: @NatashaABC7 www.MarinChineseCulture.org This year’s festivities will 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. To volunteer, contact Jason Lau (jasonlau.usa@ gmail.com). n #APHFMarin

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2016/2017 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 Denise Lee Newsletter Production Team Jean Bee Chan Editor Jason Lau Designer & Photographer Sandy Wong Photographer CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 In addition, AAAM also hosted a community dialogue on peacemaking titled Muslims and Muslim Women in America at this year’s event. Dr. Lauren Morimoto, professor and director of diversity and inclusive excellence at Sonoma State University, served as the moderator. Two guest speakers, Ameena Jandali, founding member and content director of History of the Asian Scholarship FundIslamic Network Group, and Reem Javed, a Ph.D. student majoring in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the Graduate Theological Union, joined her with a presentation and discussion to address 1) commJoenasnterBeeoetyCpehsaonf Muslims in America; 2) identity/self-identity as Muslims; and 3) the identity/ self-identity as Muslim women. AAAM also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Marin County Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Faye D’Opal, in recognition of her valuable contributions to the Asian American community in Marin and the greater Bay Area community. Judge D’Opal will retire from the Bench at the end of the year. Congratulations on a much deserved retirement! n #AAAMarin Photo credit: Mavis Njoo-Lau Marin Chinese Cultural Association P.O. Box 2053 | Novato, CA 94945-2053 | www.MarinChineseCulture.com info@marinchineseculture.com | (415) 881-8038 www.MarinChineseCulture.org

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________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ To: Marin Chinese Cultural Association c/o Kim Luu / Chinese New Year RSVP P.O. Box 2053 Novato, CA 94945-2053

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