“It had to be you, it had to be you…wonderful you…” went the song. 50 Golden years of love and marriage were celebrated on June 18, the same day, that Ellen and Quock Fong pledged their solemn vows to each other 50 years ago in 1961.
Sharing their blissful happiness were nearly 400 friends and relatives who came from as far away as Georgia and New York to attend the lavish banquet party held at the Empress of China Restaurant. Dancing, jokes, speeches, beautiful floral arrangements, and toasting highlighted their spectacular anniversary party.
There couldn’t have been a better pairing as Quock and Ellen adventured through their lives with love, work, children, family ties, faith and religion playing major roles. We congratulate this gentle, soft-spoken couple on their 50th anniversary!
Meanwhile, across the street, at the Chinese Culture Center, a life that was well-lived was celebrated by nearly 1,000 friends and admirers of Mrs. Eva Chan Lowe, who was memorialized for the 101 years of gentle compassion she gave the sick, the poor, and the underprivileged in the Chinese community.
She spoke for those who could not speak; she fought for those who could not fight. She volunteered at hospitals and advocated for social justice for the Chinese community.
Mrs. Eva Lowe is the mother of Dr. Rolland Lowe, a prominent Bay Area Physician.
Among the many who paid tribute to Mrs. Lowe’s work were representatives from the Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Chinese Progressive Association, the University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California Asian Health Institute in San Francisco, and family members.
In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s overthrow of the Ching Dynasty and founding of the modern Republic of China, the Central Valley town of Locke celebrated with an all-day festival and the unveiling of two statues: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and the great philosopher Confucius.
Over 1,000 people gathered into the historic town of Locke as this was a central support area where Dr. Sun was sheltered by his fellow countrymen while the Ching Dynasty’s soldiers were hunting down all those patriots who were fomenting the 1911 Revolution.
Festivities included speeches by civic leaders from Sacramento, Dep. Consul General from China, Locke Foundation Chairman Clarence Chu, Alfred Yee and Sacramento Chinese Culture Club’s participants, M.C. Amy Tong.
The Spring Festival Program included wonderful Lion Dancing, Hmong Folk Dancing, International Wushu Kung Fu, Ohana Hawaiian Hula, River City Ensemble, Stockton Taiko Drummers, Sakura Japanese Folk Dancing, Jay Zhong Pi Pa, Howard Yeung Peking Opera, Tai Chi by Kim Choy and Lu Mei, Yi Wu David An, Solo by Bing An, and Chinese fashions by the Chinese Culture Group.
On a more international note, at the San Francisco Airport’s Aviation Museum designed by the late architect Jason Yuen and colleagues from China, a charming evening reception of Swedish artworks including the enduring designs of Josef Frank was introduced by Curator Abe Garfield and presented by Thommy Bindefeld and Svenskt Tenn.
The Consulate General Barbro Osher of Sweden, in San Francisco, introduced His Excellency Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom from Washington, DC to the appreciative crowd.
A performance of music by Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen and Daniel Cortes, pianist, recipients of the Jenny Lind, Swedish Royal Academy of Music Award, completed a perfectly beautiful summer evening, June 16.