September Social Notes

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Keeping the ball rolling, Cal Bears earned victory and the “Big Spike” in the Pac-12 Conference opener when Cal’s women’s volleyball team beat Stanford, No.2 in national ranking on Sept. 13.

Playing before and excited crowd of over 3,850 fans at Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion, the thriller was a perfect beginning for the new school year and a first opening activity for the Cal Alumni Chinese Chapter supporters.

Led by Chairperson Ernest Lee, the Chinese Chapter friends and members were thrilled by the public welcome announced on the public address system.

The tight game re-energized and uplifted the longtime alumni members as well as younger fans. More fun events will be forthcoming as Director Pamela Joyce and officers are planning a wine-tasting event and the upcoming annual Big Game Dinner Dance Reunion.


At the Asian Health Service’s Annual Gala Benefit on Sat. Sept. 24, pediatrician Dr. Sue Chan was honored for her commitment and contribution to serving patients with little money, no insurance, and limited English fluency.

Dr. Chan was the first AHS staff doctor and Founding Medical Director. She received her medical degree from Ohio State University and Masters Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Born in Shanghai, her family immigrated to the US after World War II. She has never forgotten the difficulties and suffering endured by her parents as new immigrants. As a result, she has forged a commitment to helping those in need.

Also honored was Founding Board Member Dr. David Der.


Newly appointed Federal District Judge Edward M. Chen, with wife Jane Chen and daughter Tara, at the reception following his induction ceremony on Sept. 27. Photo by Carolyn Gan.

Congratulations to Judge Edward M. Chen on his appointment to the United States District Court, Northern District of California.  Over 800 friends, family, and supporters packed the courthouse at the induction ceremony and reception in San Francisco.  Speakers included Senator Dianne Feinstein, attorney Dale Minami, Chief US District Judge James Ware, and District Judge Charles Breyer.  People traveled from as far as Hawaii, including Federal District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.  Also in attendance were newly appointed California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, Representative Mike Honda, and Kathryn and Karen Korematsu.

More upcoming fun and fundraising events:

Saturday, Oct 1: For art lovers and early holiday shoppers, the 17th Annual Eden Holiday Craft Show will be held, 9 am to 4 pm, at the Marina Community Center in San Leandro. Great handmade Asian country and contemporary items, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, food and gifts will be available. Presented by Asian Accents.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Franciscan Alumni and Friends Get-Together at a no-host buffet luncheon at New China Buffet Restaurant in San Leandro, 11 am to 3 pm. This is their second get-together (to cover a decade or more) of graduates and friends. After Sept. 15, $25 per person. Send reservations to Joel Jang, 2575 Maraschino Court, Union City, CA 94587

Saturday, Oct. 1: International Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Davis, 11 am to 4 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 1: In China Alley, a Moon Festival to celebrate Hanford’s Old Chinatown. Tour Taoist temple, enjoy food, entertainment, lion dancing, 11 am to 3 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Wa Sung Service Club sponsors a “Chef’s Delight” food-tasting extravaganza, featuring over 40 vendors, at the Oakland Asian Culture Center, 3 to 6 pm. Ticket info: $60 per person in advance, $75 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 15: Friends of On Lok presents the 23rd On Lok Fashion Show Luncheon at the St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco. “La Mode Chinois a Paris” salutes four generations of the Alice Poon Family. Fashions by Asian Image, Cy Louie, Grand Couture, Lan Vi. $90 per person. For reservations, call (415) 292-8732 or On Lok.

Sunday, Nov. 13: Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation presents a special 25th anniversary performance at Crest Theater, 3-5 pm. More info to follow.

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