Universal Love Versus Translation Gaps

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In a brilliant play, currently making its West Coast Premier at the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre, Playwright David Henry Hwang held a capacity audience in awe with tears of laughter and gasps of anguish and surprise.

The comedy “Chinglish” has many scenes of doing business, making love, showing disdain, and real power plays.  Translations in languages from Chinese to English and vice-versa from English to Chinese become horribly mixed-up and hilariously misunderstood.  Real cultural gaps.

Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge star in Berkeley Rep’s production of Chinglish, a new comedy from David Henry Hwang. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

At a recent community service vent, members of the UC Chinese Alumni sponsored a special Member’s Night that sold-out like wildfire with members and friends wanting more tickets and raving for more, thus causing the Berkeley theatre to extend the run of “Chinglish” two extra weeks into October, with tickets already practically sold out.  Contact the Berkeley Rep for ticket information and availability. For more info visit http://www.berkeleyrep.org.

What a nice series of cal Alumni events, as Directors Pamela Joyce and Ernest Lee headed two Cal Women’s Volleyball Games, a showing of the documentary of “Autumn Gem”, the first Chinese woman revolutionist, the comedy “Chinglish” and now the upcoming Big Game Dinner Reunion.

CALLING ALL BEARS!  Slated a month earlier than usual due to a change in the football schedule, the 2012 Annual Big Game Dinner Reunion moves up to Friday, Oct. 19, 6 pm, at Peony Restaurant in Oakland.

Enjoy an evening of great entertainment, food and fun!  Headline entertainment includes performances by the popular Cal Marching Band, the lively Men’s Octet, awarding of undergraduate scholarships, fun raffle drawing with lots of prizes, and the all-important banquet dinner for generations of alumni. Buy tickets to the event here: http://biggamedinner2012.eventbrite.com/.  For more information on the Big Game Dinner Reunion, send email to:  victorchanhw@hotmail.com.

Despite a very tight budget with challenging state cutbacks the larger University of California Alumni Assn recently named 85 Achievement Awards Scholarship winners.  Among the recipients: Ada Chao, Kai Ho Cheung, Kong Cheung, Steven Chua, Susan Guan, Huajian Huang, Tony Le, Teresa Lew, Elizabeth Lee, Angelina Li, Chong Lar, Fong Lui, Amy Ma, Lily Mai, Ashley Nguyen, Ha-Uyen Nguyen, Kimberly Nguyen, Thuan Nguyen, Heng Nhoung, Rebecca Phuong, Mary Thao, Jimmy To, Johnson Wu, Robert Yu and Aaron Zhan.

Many of the scholarship recipients are the first ones in their families to attend college.

Longtime Cal Bears Warren and Jennie Louie Chin celebrate 7 years of happy marriage.

Cheers to Warren and Jennie Louie Chin, who celebrated 7 years of marriage by hosting a luncheon and cake for over 90 seniors at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church.  Warren retired after working as a pharmacist for 53 years, but Jennie still swims 26 laps, 3 times a week and does water aerobics!  Congratulations!

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