THE START OF A BUSY YEAR
The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project celebrated their 25th anniversary in early January and they are off and running with new officers. Recently installed at its annual meeting at the China Stix Restaurant, Santa Clara are the following leaders who will carry this non-profit historical society’s banner for 2013. Congratulations to Co-Presidents Brenda Hee Wong and Trisha Lee; Vice President Zeny Seid; Secretary Shirley Tarantino; Treasurer Allan T. Low; Auditor Lillian GongGuy; and Parliamentarian past president Anita Wong Kwock. Standing by their sides being installed by former Board member Pearl Lee were the CHCP Directors At Large, including Wesley Chan, Liz Fong Chew, Lee Liu Chin, Yvonne Ching, Hon. Roger Eng, Sylvia Eng, Christian Jochim, Teddy Sue, Timothy Tom, Ann Wong and Peter Young. Trustees to serve in 2013 will be Carol Fong, Lillian Gong-Guy, Patrick Kwok ad Gerrye Wong.
Guest speaker for the evening was Ted Schultze, who spoke on the life of his grandmother Tye Leung, who was the first Chinese American woman to vote in the United States. She was also the first Chinese American of either gender to work a civil service job for the federal government as a translator at Angel Island Immigration Station. The story of Tye Leung was a fascinating one, which Ted implemented with slides and narratives of his Paw paw.
The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project started off its 26th year with a bang. Introduced by San Jose City Councilman Kansen Chu, the CHCP was given a commendation for its 25 years of work to promote Chinese American culture and history through its Ng Shing Gung Museum of Chinese American History in Kelley Parks’s History San Jose section Accepting the Commendation was CHCP 2012 president Anita Kwock, 2013 Co Presidents Trisha Lee and Brenda Hee Wong, and the two co-founding Chairwomen Lillian Gong-Guy and Gerrye Wong. On March 9, at the Symposium of the California Society of Archaeology with Stanford University and History San Jose, CHCP received the Helen C. Smith Avocational Society Award in Berkeley to cap off a wonderful start for the group this year. Congratulations ! CHCP is always looking for new members and supporters who believe in the quest to bring to the attention of the public, especially schoolchildren, the proud story of immigrants settling in Santa Clara Valley from the 1860s to the present, Visit the website www.chcp.org for membership information. Its Chinese American Historical Museum is open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month but special tours can be arranged by contacting the organization through its website.
The Bay Area Chrysanthemum Growers Association, Inc. held its annual Chinese New Year dinner at its Ringwood Ave., San Jose clubhouse to a standing room crowd. Congressman Mike Honda, San Jose City Councilman, Fremont Councilwoman Sue Chen, and a representative from the Consul General’s office from San Francisco were the dignitaries among many others in the audience who opened the year with a Lion Dance performance and a lavish buffet reception. On stage MC John Luk kept the program moving for the audience, which included George and Lee Chin, Eric Chan, Patrick Kwok, Ginger Lai, Wilson and Pauline Fong, and Anita Chan.
A dinner reception at the Cupertino Dynasty Restaurant was hosted by Executive Director Felix Tseng and Manager James Wu of the Tseng Hin Pei Charity Fund LTD., and organized by local citizens Anita Chan of the Gordon N and Anita Chan Foundation, Patrick Tsao of the Lotus Education Foundation, and George & Lee Chin of the ABC Peace Foundation. Approximately 75 people were interested in the fine work young people could do to help children from rural areas. This group annually offers American students an opportunity to join Tsinghua University Education- Poverty-Alleviation Project and come to China to be assigned designated rural counties to help the people. The project has involved about 350 participants, which include students and teachers from US universities and Tsinghua University. As team members sent to the countryside, they are first trained in Hong Kong and sent to the countryside with the objectives to improve teaching methods, demonstrate teaching techniques by conducting computer/internet training, lecture in various subjects, sometimes taught through distance learning infrastructure. The visiting delegation went to universities in southern and Northern California, speaking with advisers and students themselves to tell them about their work At the reception dinner speakers explaining the program included Felix Tseng and James Wu, Lee Chin, Han, Jing Yang, Jiao, Yuu, Helen Huang and George Chin.
Faith, Hope and Love was the theme of the wedding between Rebekah Chang and Kevin Miguel who were married at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto before over 300 family and friends. Supporting wedding party included Maid of Honor Esther Chang, bridesmaids Jessica Lim and Carla Laurel, Best Man William Wong, Groomsmen Stanley Choi and Phil Kuruvilla, Flower Girl Millie Ng and Ring Bearer Ethan Choi. During the service Becky made a very heartfelt tribute to her parents William and Tina Chang, as did Kevin to his parents Remigio and Sandy Miguel, citing faith, hope and love from their families made them the blessed couple that they are today. The all day celebration continued with a banquet at the San Jose Athletic Club and into the next day at the Chang’s Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino. Becky’s brother Abraham surprised the couple with his personally designed beautiful large floral arrangement made completely with spun sugar.at the luncheon, which continued all day with slide show, games, abundant buffet from the Chang’s Mayflower Restaurant and special dishes brought from Hawaii and the Philippines by Miguel family members. From the smiles on the happy couple, we know they will have a wonderful joyous time with faith, hope and love on their upcoming European vacation.
THEATER AT ITS BEST
I am always amazed at the wonderful theater we have in our regional areas, and how fortunate Bay Area citizens have with such a variety of offerings on stage. At the Zellerbach Theater on the University of California Berkeley campus a collaboration between Cal Performances and the San Francisco Opera presented the world premiere of The Secret Garden. Based on the 1919 children’s novel, the opera sung in I am always amazed at the wonderful theater we have in our regional areas, and how fortunate Bay Area citizens have with such a variety of offerings on stage. At the Zellerbach Theater on the University of California Berkeley campus a collaboration between Cal Performances and the San Francisco Opera presented the world premiere of The Secret Garden. Based on the 1919 children’s novel, the opera sung in English could be a first time introduction for children to hear an opera so there were many families in the audience. The exuberance of youth of lead singers included 14 year old Michael Meo, a very charming lovable Sarah Shafter as Mary, Ao Li as the gardener, and Scott Joiner as Mary’s friend Dickon brought life into the opera, but it was the special effects of the background video photography that was outstanding with its splashes of colorful flowers in this secret garden.. Such a shame the opera was only here for such a short time.
In a timely production that will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, TheatreWorks is presenting the regional premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall, which is a blockbuster of a play for emotional impact and superb acting. The play supposedly explores the last evening of King’s life when an exhausted King retires to his simple room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis following a passionate oration in which he declared, “I have been to the Mountaintop.”. Everyone left the theater mesmerized by the dialogue, the storytelling skills of Adrian Roberts and Simone Missick, in this two actor play which holds your attention for over an hour and a half without stopping. Don’t miss this presentation, which runs through March 31, with a special April 4 performance to include a special tribute to Dr. King on the 45thanniversary of his death. For tickets, go to www.theatreworks.org.
COMING UP ON THE STAGE
Broadway By the Bay at its new location in the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City will present CATS with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber April 6-21. Information: www.broadwaybythebay.org.
SHN presents the 60s favorite JERSEY BOYS at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, the month of March and for anyone who loves toe tapping music with a sentimental story of this popular musical, this is for you.