2013 was such a jam-packed year of activity and events that it has been hard to keep up and report everyone’s happenings on the scene. So in fond farewell to 2013, this is a photo column to prove that pictures are worth a thousand words. I beg your forgiveness that I am in so many of the photos chronicling the places and people I met during a very exciting 2013.
Celebrations are important to the Bakken Family, so a 70th birthday for matriarch Virginia was cause for a party at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel surrounded by over one hundred family and friends. Seen celebrating with her were husband Clarence, son Gregory with wife May, grandchildren Madeleine and Archer.
San Jose’s own City Lights Theatre’s CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS was such a mad cap fun show for both audience and performers that at the post-show party, theatre goers Deanna and Chuck Leong shared happy moments of laughter with the zany cast.
Congratulating Producer Dennis Nahat for bringing over the Dalian, China Acrobatic Troupe to perform in his Terracotta Prince production were Ronald Young, the David Packards, and Sylvia Young from Honolulu.
Fans surround the popular former Ballet San Jose Director, Dennis Nahat following seeing his enjoyable Chinese themed Nutcracker (Terracotta Prince) at Cupertino’s Flint Center. From left to right: Maelene Wong, Virginia Bakken, Vernon Wong, Gerrye Wong, Irene Lee, James and Evelyn Gate.
California State Assemblyman Paul Fong, seen with his sister Liz Chew and Mother Mrs. Y. K. Fong, welcomed over 100 people to his end of year fundraising dinner at the Cupertino Dynasty Ballroom. Fong, termed out of his present seat, is seeking a spot on the San Jose City Council.
Seen at the History San Jose Park to witness the Chinese American Historical Museum’s Digital Exhibit Launch were Stanford University Graduate students Guido Pezzarossi and Adam Nilsen with CHCP cofounders Gerrye Wong and Lillian GongGuy and CHCP Stanford Liaison Anita Wong Kwock. The digital exhibit is linked through QR codes to artifact displays in the Ng Shing Gung Museum so that on-site museum visitors can scan the QR codes with their smartphone to be instantly linked to videos, photos and stories of Chinese immigrants of Santa Clara County explaining each particular artifact.
Chinese Historical and Cultural Project members supported and attended fellow South Bay non-profit social service organization Asian Americans for Community Involvement recent fundraising 40th anniversary dinner.
Chong Moon Lee attended his namesake Asian Art Museum and was met by its executive director Jay Xu at the opening of the Joseon Dynasty Korean Exhibit.
When visiting Japan, natives Shigeru Kikuta and Martha Nakata showed AW reporter Gerrye Wong the large Chinatown community of Yokohama.
Showing us the modern buildings of Tokyo’s famed Ginza District were Yukiko and Mr. Miura, whom I had originally met when I was invited by their sister to visit her and her children in Japan the summer after I taught their little girls in my San Jose Kindergarten class over 20 years ago.
At Foon Hay Golf Club’s 10th anniversary, the founders celebrated by cutting the anniversary cake. From left to right: Clarence Bakken, Harvey Tom, James Gate, Ernie Wong, Wilson Fong, Calvin Wong. Foon Hay Golf Club has 80 members, with a minimum entry age of 55 to this seniors club.
Foon Hay Tournament chair Phil Chai awards perpetual trophies to 2013 winners Pauline Lee and Gerrye Wong at annual holiday party before 150 members and friends annual dinner. New Board members: President, C. Bakken; VP, Victor Jin; Secretary, Klara Cheung; Treasurer, Tom Hubbs; Tournament co-Chairs, Greg Wong and Darrell Jones; Past Pres, Jane Chan; Directors, Sheila Lee and Damon Kong.