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Copyright MCCA—All Rights Reserved A u g u s t 2 0 1 4 馬 連 縣 中 國 文 化 會 二 零 一 四 年 八 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 Father’s Day and Picnic Asian Scholarship Fund Awards Mandarin Classes for Members President’s Message continued Brief Telephone Interview Asian Pacific Heritage Festival Upcoming Events 1 2 Twenty-four years ago, I was living in Terra Linda, had just given birth to my second child, and owned a Chinese restaurant in Petaluma called The Canton. I picked up the Marin Independent Journal one day and read a feature on Irene Lee and her beautiful home. I read about her family’s celebration of Chinese New Year, the festive decorations, traditions and customs. At the time Irene was MCCA Board President, and the article reported the upcoming Chinese New Year event at Strawberry Recreation Center. I immediately signed up. It was a lovely evening. Our son Sam was only a few months old and was being very fussy that evening, and out of nowhere a nice lady came over and offered to hold him so that I could eat. She held him most of the evening, and I was moved by the kindness of this gesture to take care of my child so that I might enjoy the event with my arms free. That nice lady turned out to be Sue Lim Yee, my very first MCCA friend! From that point on, I became more and more involved with MCCA. I began as a member, then began to volunteer at events like the picnic, outings, and the annual August Moon Festival camping trip. Soon I was added as a board member. Finally, some ten years ago, I became the board president. My then-fussy baby Sam is now 25, and was elected to be an MCCA board member last year. I am so fortunate to have met so many unique, fascinating people through my time at MCCA, where we are all connected by our Chinese heritage, tradition, and appreciation for our culture… Your friend, 3 4 5 6 2014 MCCA BOARD OFFICERS Denise Wear Co-President Bob Chin Co-President Kim Luu Treasurer & Membership Chair Amy Jonak Secretary Jean Bee Chan Publicity/Asian Scholarship Chair 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 Denise Wear Harvest Moon Campout and Picnic What: Picnic with fun and good food at Buckeye Point, China Camp State Park Newsletter Team Newsletter Team Photography When: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6 Admission: No charge for members, their families, and friends. MCCA will provide BBQ food and moon cakes. Please bring a side dish to share, and bring your friends and families. Camping in China Camp: Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 7 Campsites have been reserved. For more information, please email Kim Luu or Denise Wear (See last page of newsletter for details) 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

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Page 2 MCCA Newsletter August 2014 Father’s Day and Welcome New Members Picnic — by David Wong On Father’s Day, June 15, MCCA hosted the 2014 New Member Open House. More than forty members and guests attended the picnic at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus. The event featured a wonderful lunch made up of deli meats, desserts, and snacks. Attendees were able to relax, meet new members, and watch other members play a trio of net sports, including volleyball, badminton, and tennis. Thanks to the beautiful summer weather, it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon for building fellowship, getting exercise and introducing new members. << Enjoying good food in the shade >> << Young champions at work >> Asian Scholarship Fund Awards Luncheon — by Carol Nelson The Asian Scholarship Fund held its annual awards luncheon to honor this year’s scholarship winners on Sunday, June 1, 2014. These scholars are 2014 graduates of Marin and Sonoma County high schools, heading for college this fall. The nine winners all have compelling personal stories of overcoming great obstacles, such as language barriers, family health issues and financial problems, and yet rank academically at the top of their high school classes. They have also impressed their teachers with outstanding academic performance and unique personal attributes. These are students who have contributed in a memorable way to the quality and spirit of their individual high schools. The awards luncheon is always a uplifting event, with parents, guardians, and members and friends of Asian Scholarship Fund in attendance. Recipients spoke to thank those who have helped them realize their dreams of continuing their education. Some of the students participated in Next Generation Scholars, which not only assists students in the college application and selection process, but prepares them to be future activists and community leaders, working for greater social justice. Many of the scholarship winners have participated in projects to help disadvantaged students and community members. Some have started projects of their own. This year’s group of ASF Scholars include: • • • • • • • • • Chelsea Coppock, MCCA Lion Dance participant and leader, heading for UC Davis with a major in Animal Biology or Civil Engineering; Solida En, University of Southern California, with a major in International Relations; Khushboo Jain, Pomona College with a major in Psychology; Anika Kumar, Vassar College, with a major in Biology; Jiali Luan, UCLA, majoring in Mathematics or Economics; Abrina Patel, UC Berkeley, with a major in Biology; An Pham, UC Berkeley, with a major in Psychology and Business; Paulina Prasad, Loyola Marymount University with a major in International Relations; and Suman Suman, American Heritage University, with a major in Business. ASF scholarships range from $1000 to $3,500. Donations to ASF are always welcome and will be used to increase funds available for future scholarships. To donate or find more information, please visit website: <> Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 3 MCCA Newsletter August 2014 Mandarin Classes for Members — by Shirley Lee MCCA offers two free Mandarin classes to members. Both are held Monday evenings at 30 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, on the east side of the freeway, across from the Marin Civic Center. The beginner’s class, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., meets in Room 209 on the 2nd floor in the Grass Roots Office (enter building through the South door). The teacher, Jie Zheng, is a graduate student at Sonoma State University. << Class in session >> The advanced class, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., meets in Room 100 on the first floor (enter building through the West door, Room 100 is on your left). This class is taught by Emily Peng, who earned her MA in Chinese from San Francisco State University. Enrollment in the advanced class is by permis- sion of the teacher. E-mail Emily at and join! Both classes are informal, but follow a textbook. Reading, some writing, and speaking Mandarin Chinese are goals for both classes. This is an opportunity to learn Chinese culture and conversation in a fun and positive atmosphere. Come and meet new friends! If you would like to join the fun or have any questions, please contact Shirley at . Free parking is available. The building doors are locked at 6:00 p.m. Call Sally @ 412-1003 for the beginner’s class, call Ben Chuck 299-0413 or Shirley 302-8785 for the advanced class if you can’t get in. << Banquet before summer break >> President’s Message (continued from Page 1) To name just a few: My very special friend Amy Jonak, whom I enjoy meeting once a month to plan the board agenda before the monthly meeting; Jean Bee Chan, a selfless role model who is involved with so many brilliant humanitarian projects, and has been involved in MCCA with her husband Peter Stanek for almost 40 years! I appreciate Fritz and Elaine Wong, the handsome and always helpful couple, and my mahjong partners! Among other MCCA regulars are the energetic Liz Hom, the beautiful Kim Luu and her husband Vinh; the amazing Chuck family members, who have dedicated a lifetime to MCCA and the Lion Dance team; our legal go-to Bob Chin, Meg Dufficy-Kang, Ed and Janet Lai, Yee Coleiro, Jie Zheng, Sandy Wong, Faye Chin, the whiz Jason Lau and his family; catering guru Marcus Lee, our own emcee David Wong and his lovely wife Priscila, Miko Lee and Wendy Lee. Rita Mah is like a sister to me. I also am so thankful to MCCA for bringing the late May Lee into my life, a dear friend whose long life delighted and inspired everyone in our community. I cherish these and so many other great people, relationships and memories. To all members new and old, if you are not yet fully connected to the great company and families of MCCA, you too can reach out to us! Let us hear from you with ideas and suggestions. Or contact us to be involved in our programs! Be our friends; be my friend! MCCA is all about friendships, community building, and cultural enrichment. It has truly enriched my life in a fundamental way. My sincere appreciation to Harold Hirsch, for his many years services as MCCA newsletter editor. A Big Thank You to Harold! Last but not least, many thanks to Bob Chin and Faye Chin for their leadership at the Marin County Fair food booth. And all the volunteers who helped out this year. We couldn’t do it without you, what a great team! See you all at the Harvest Moon Picnic, Buckeye Point, 11:30- 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6. Enjoy the rest of the Summer! Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Page 4 MCCA Newsletter August 2014 Brief Telephone Interview with Ed Lai, Friends of China Camp Board Chair Q: How long have you been involved with the China Camp State Park (CCSP)? A: I've been active in CCSP since 2009 as a park docent at the CCSP village, then a Friends of China Camp (FOCC) board member in 2012, representing MCCA and chair of the board since 2013. Q: Tell us about FOCC and its relation with CCSP? Is FOCC a 501(c)(3) entity? A: FOCC used to be a small volunteer organization for the benefit of CCSP with a membership of 25 people and its board met only once a year. Now, FOCC has over 500 members with a formalized board that meets once a month. We signed a 3-year operating agreement in June of 2012 with CA Department of Parks and Recreation and we are in our third year of operation in partnership with California State Parks. FOCC is a committee under Marin State Parks Association, the parent 501(c)(3). We are now applying for our own 501(c)(3) status. Q: Would you give a brief summary of the financial situation of FOCC for the past two years? A: When CCSP was in danger of closure due to a lack of State funds, FOCC, together with local organizations, mounted an enormous effort to raise close to $400,000 to keep the park open. MCCA, other groups, and individuals made generous cash donations. When a surprising $54 million was identified in California State Park accounts in 2013, CA Assembly Bills created match funds for donations and volunteer hours contributed by non-profits, like FOCC. We successfully negotiated amendments to our operating agreement, resulting in close to $1 million in match funds for FOCC, that has to be spent or encumbered by June 2014. We used the match funds to pay for past 2 years of operating expenses at China Camp. In addition, We have encumbered over $300,000 with the California Conservation Corp to repair trails that badly needed maintenance. So all the match money has been spent to keep China Camp accessible to the public and thriving with many events and improvements. We still have all the money raised in 2012, including the $10,000 that MCCA generously do- nated, in a contingency account with the California Conservation Corp, earmarked for China Camp. Since we took over operations, annual operating costs total to $500,000, and annual revenue (from membership, donations and park use) amounts to about $350,000 a year. The annual shortfall ($150,000) will be covered by contingency funds and our reserve from accumulated park revenue over the last 2 years. Financially, we should be good for the next 4 to 5 years if there are no big unexpected expenditures. Q: Where is the $10,000 donated by MCCA? How will it be used? How was that money raised by MCCA? A: The money donated by MCCA is in the FOCC contingency account; it will be used to operate and improve CCSP. My understanding as a MCCA board member is that the $10,000 from MCCA was raised over the years by MCCA members who volunteered at the Chinese New Year events at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and other MCCA fundraising projects intended for CCSP's benefit. Q: Anything else you'd like to add? A: It has been a very busy two years for me serving on the FOCC Board. FOCC sincerely appreciates the generosity of MCCA, which was the first organization to come forward to help save CCSP. MCCA also held a fundraising dinner to kick off the FOCC fundraising efforts in 2012. FOCC has a dedicated group of volunteers that work together to keep China Camp open and thriving. The annual Heritage Day at the village will be on August 23 at 11 a.m. A movie in the park night will be on August 30 showing "Blood Alley" that was filmed at China Camp back in 1954. We are also offering a class on China Camp at the College of Marin again on September 20 and 27, 2014. We look forward to seeing you at the many events and activities at China Camp. If you have any questions regarding FOCC, please call me at 310-365-0629. (See last page of newsletter for details) Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email

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Page 5 MCCA Newsletter August 2014 Asian Pacific Heritage Festival — by Jason Lau Over 300 people of all ages and races flooded the College of Marin Kentfield campus on Sunday, May 4, 2014, to attend the 24th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, a cultural feast that honors AsianPacific American Heritage Month. This year’s Festival was huge success, according to participants and organizers. Co-hosts and sponsors are the Asian American Alliance of Marin, Marin Chinese Cultural Association, Associated Students College of Marin, Filipino Americans of Nor-Cal Organization, the Korean community, Marin Vietnamese American Association, Dominican University Service Learning Program, and the College of Marin. This year for the first time, our annual festival began with a special Korean Cultural Day, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. We observed a moment of silence to remember those affected by the South Korean Ferry disaster this spring. Activities included Korean Hip Hop dance, drumming performed by students and volunteers from the Dominican University Service Learning Program, and free Korean Hamburgers sponsored and served by the Associated Students College of Marin. Truly a joyful celebration of music, dance, food and culture! The major events took place Sunday, May 4, 2014 Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s program highlighted a Chinese Lion Dance performance, Chinese martial arts and Qigong, Korean and Taiko drum performances, Aikido, and Hawaiian dance. The Dominican University Service Learning Program also presented three Japanese tea ceremonies throughout the day of the Festival. The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity, involving ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. This new addition was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to everyone for coming and supporting this year's Festival. We also especially acknowledge all performers, as well as the planning committee and Sue Yee's tireless dedication. Finally, the College of Marin Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, designating the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Trustees noted the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders “... to the intellectual, artistic and moral character of our country,” as well as here in Marin where they continue to make “... numerous contributions to the value of our college and community.” << Taiko drummers >> << Smiling audience >> << Happy dancers >> Go Green—Newsletter now Available by Email (See last page of newsletter for details)

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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events ♦China Camp Heritage Day ♦1 China Day 23 p.m. - Camp 5 p.m.,Heritage Saturday, August 1 p.m. Cultural - 5 p.m., Saturday, August 23 Chinese performances, sailing rides on the junk, Chinese Cultural performances, sailing on the junk, Grace Quant, children's events, and much rides more! Grace Quant, children's events, and much more! To be held at China Camp Village, San Pedro Road in San Rafael. To be held at China Camp Village, San Pedro Road in San 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, 2014. ♦Harvest Moon Campout and Picnic - Sunday, September 7 ♦Camping, HarvestFriday, MoonSeptember Campout5and Picnic Rafael. We also wish to acknowledge the businesses of our members. If you would like your business listed in the next newsletter, please submit it Board meeting, 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 6. by October 1, 2014. Please send submissions Campsites have been reserved. by email to . Picnic, 11:30 a.m. -September 3 p.m., Saturday, September 6 Camping, Friday, 5 - Sunday, September 7 Board meeting, 9 a.m. - p.m., 11:00 Saturday, a.m., Saturday, September 6. Picnic, 11:30 a.m. -3 September 6 Picnic at Buckeye Campsites have Point. been reserved. ♦AAAM Annual Community Dinner 14, 2014. ♦November AAAM Annual Community Dinner ♦MCCA Winter Festival p.m. - 7 p.m., December 12, 2014. ♦4 MCCA Winter Festival ♦Film Festival 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., December 12, 2014. 25, 2015 ♦January Film Festival MCCA group dinner, before film viewing, at Mulberry Picnic at Buckeye Point. November 14, 2014. 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 . January 25, 2015 Street in Terra Linda. MCCA group dinner, before film viewing, at Mulberry Street in Terra Linda. 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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