Social Notes: Happy New Year

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China President Hu Jintao and USA President Barack Obama

There has never been a better time to be Chinese American especially from the years of unjust discrimination heaped upon the Chinese who came through Angel Island to the 1943 repeal of all those anti-Chinese laws.

When I saw the photos of China’s President Hu Jintao being welcomed to the US White House by President Barack Obama with a 21 guns salute, I nearly cried and wished my parents, my grandparents, and for bearers could have seen this day.

What an honor for Oakland’s first female and first Asian American Mayor Jean Quan to be escorted by San Francisco’s first Asian American Mayor Edwin Lee at a state dinner. Splashed across major newspapers were pictures of the Double A-list of guests which included such luminaries as Commerce Secretary Gary Locke; US Secretary of Energy, Dr. Stephen Chu; musician Yo-Yo Ma; Actor Jackie Chan; Olympic skating star Michelle Kwan; and a host of Big business entrepreneurs. In the same edition of my hometown newspaper was an astounding story and photo of the brilliant pianist Lang Lang, who “brought down the house” during a recent San Francisco Symphony Concert appearance. Need I say more? Great things are happening for the Chinese American community!

“God Bless America!” was exactly the theme-song of a rip-roaring variety show loaded with 30 talented performers. Sponsored by the Linking Ring Co. and Cathay Post #384, this show was a third-time benefit to the veterans and senior citizens in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over 1,000 persons attended this encore benefit, Jan. 14.

A first-time event successfully introduced by California Assemblyman Mike Eng and Sacramento activist Steve Yee was the “Day of Inclusion” celebration in Sacramento, Dec. 6. This event commemorates the 1943 Repeal of the “1882 Chinese Exclusion Act” as it also celebrates the many contributions made by all the immigrants to California and to this country.

From left to right: Marielle Tsukamoto of President of the Florin JACL Chapter, Barry Broad of Jewish Community Relations Council, C.C. Yin, Founder and Chairman, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor, Arturo Venegas, former Chief of the Sacramento Police Department, Basim Elkarra, Council on American-Islamic Relations , California Assemblymember Mike Eng, Alice Huffman, California NAACP, California Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, California Assemblymember Paul Fong, Luis Perez, Dream Act advocate, Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn, and Michael Head, President, OCA Sacramento Chapter

We thank Assemblyman Mike Eng and the many others for making the “Day of Inclusion” a part of our holiday celebrations!

Love is definitely what makes the world go ‘round, as shown by Edward and Louise Jang’s 60th wedding anniversary and Ed’s 90th birthday party.

Still blissfully happy, Ed danced the Anniversary Waltz with his lovely bride Louise at a fabulous Chinese longevity banquet at the Dynasty Restaurant in Cupertino.

More love and happy events:

Justweds Dr. Ronald Chinn Loui and Melissa Clark met in St. Louis, married in Ohio and celebrated in Sacramento with nearly 100 family relatives at a lavish party, done in warm Hawaiian Chinese style.

Following the Loui event was Dale Chinn’s wedding to Lynn Miyashima. What were the odds that Dale and Lynn, who admired each other at Sacramento High School, graduated and went their separate ways, but after 30 years, they bumped into each other in Los Angeles and renewed their friendship! Dale and Lynn married in front of all their Sacramento friends and relatives with love and laughter at a large dinner party held at the Bel-Air Asian Sports Center.

Welcome to baby Abigail Spears, who made her special debut at the Ardenwood Country Club, acknowledging her bi-cultural heritage. Proud parents Dr. Rebecca Chinn and Dr. Colin Spears hosted a delightful American style buffet luncheon with a Chinese style red eggs, ginger and roast suckling pig. A magician entertained kids of all ages.

“Meet Tamlyn Tomita who will kick-off the “BIG READ” Program of Amy Tan’s Joy Luck club at the San Leandro Library, Jan 22” said Nancy Fong. Ms. Tomita will discuss her fascinating career as a film actress and attendees may join the Joy Luck Discussion Group.

On Jan. 28, 7 pm, the Joy Luck Club movie will be shown at the San Leandro Library. Free.

Speaking of Joy Luck, the young and successful UC San Francisco Asian Heart and Vascular Support Group will be kicking –off their Lunar New Year Celebration with a Luncheon-Program at the UCSF campus on the Eve of the New Year, Feb 2.

Darrel Woo, Board Member, Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, who presented a proclamation declaring a Day of Inclusion in Sacramento California Assemblymember Mike Eng. 49th Assembly District (D–Monterey Park) California Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, 8th Assembly District (D-Davis)

Center of attraction will be the beautiful Joy Luck Money Tree decorated with fluttering red banners with the names of donors and their good wishes. Funds will benefit UCSF’s Research Hospital with its special Asian Heart and Vascular Unit.

“The Year of the Rabbit” will be celebrated at the San Leandro Main Library, Feb. 5 with an exciting lion dance, magic show, and a variety of Chinese musical programs.

Gloria Gee will show a video about Amy Tan, followed with a tea during the annual Tea of the Alta Mira Club on Feb. 21. $15 for the Tea. Funds will go towards scholarships. ON Feb. 26, Gloria also says there will be a mother0daughter dims um luncheon with models showing the latest Asian fashion apparels by two local boutiques: Ming Quong and Orange Caterpillar. $20 per person or $30 per pairing.

Lastly, Gloria asks all interested persons to save Mar.11, to play or learn Mah Jong at San Leandro Library, 6 to 9 pm.

Happy New Year, Dear Readers!

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