TYK Foundation & The Korean Journalists Association of Northern California hosted a gala commemorative dinner to inaugurate the KJA new 2014 president as well as honor 11 local U.S. veterans of the Korean War. Representing the Korean Government, Hon. Dong Man Han, Consul General of Republic of Korea in San Francisco, presented each veteran with a special medal that had been crafted from pieces of the barbed wire fence that used to be at the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Along side the Consul General was the inspiration and organizer behind this event, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, CEO of the high tech company, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, who handed out her own glass engraved plaque showing her own appreciation for their service in Korea. The lovely vivacious Dr. Kim was 5 years old during the war and vividly remembers her experiences during the war of bombings, gunfire, fear and panic. She recalled during the program her strong memories of the American G.I.s who helped during the war by handing out cups of dry milk, tossing her needed candles and fighting against the enemies. Her motto “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!” she commented, instilled in her the determination to rise from her humble beginnings and succeed in America. She told the audience, “The American soldiers came to our country and sacrificed and dedicated their lives to helping us, the Korean people. I remind myself every day that it is through each one of them, that I can stand here and share those war memories.”
Other speakers offering congratulatory remarks included Jeong Soon Lee, President of Federation of Korean Association, U.S., Il Hyun Jeon, President of the Korean American Community Center of San Francisco and Kyung Ae Jeong, President of the NUAC S.F Chapter. Special Appreciation Award Plaque was presented toMyung Soo Lee, Former President of Korean Journalists Association of Northern California. New president Mr. Seung Chung was inaugurated at this celebratory event.
Especially moving to the audience of over 250 patrons was a pictorial video shown of Korean war photos and pictures from a new pictorial publication that will highlight the Korean-American immigrant history. The large assemblage was comfortably housed in the banquet reception room of Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s new company headquarters ofLighthouse Worldwide Solutions in Fremont, CA. Founded in l982, LWS is the world’s leading supplier of real time contamination monitoring systems and airborne particle counters. Its Lighthouse Monitoring System and Lighthouseline of airborne particle counters have become standard for many of today’s top high tech companies such as Seagate, Samsung and Hitachi.
Visibly moved and humbled by the recognition bestowed on them after 60 years following the Korean War were the following U.S, soldiers who had fought on Korean shores. They include: Lt. Colonel John Stevens, Captain Louis Horyza, SFC Walter Shrank, Gunnery Sgt. Denny Weisgerber, Sergeant George Nitis, Sergeant Corbit Ray, Sergeant Richard Smithback, Corporal Eugene Fabricius, Corporal Victor Ornelaz, Corporal Calvin Wong, and FMF Combat Corpsman 3rd Class Dr. Ronald Baker.
More celebration Dinners
In Alameda, a special celebration dinner commemorated the 90th birthday of Oakland-born and bred Walter Wong as hosted by his nieces and nephews Gordon and Kayris Chew, Randy, Bingson and Cheryl Wong. A roomful of friends, some going back to his Lincoln School days in Oakland’s Chinatown were among those who heralded the always jovial former commercial artist. Always known for innovative gifts he would surprise friends with, he awarded lucky table winners a special silver Year of the Horse commemorative coin. Among happy winners wereBrenden Buller, Calvin Wong and Grover Fong. Among those singing and heralding Walter Wong’s birthday were old friends the Don Chews, Walter Young Family, Al Chan Family, Rick Kongs, Art Wong Family , Bill Lee Family, and Annie Ong.
The South Bay Chinese Service Club held their annual Year of the Horse New Years dinner at the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant in Union City, welcoming over 100 new and old members and guests. Under the organizational skills of dinner chairs Maelene Wong and Lorrie Wong, the dinner’s raffle delighted many in the audience with over 40 prizes being awarded. Members visiting with old friends that night were President: Steve Cho, Vice President: Mary K. Lim, Secretary: Gary Tom, Treasurer: Willy Yichoy. One of our original charter members was in attendance that night: Pearl Gunsell. Other patrons included Lucille Wong, Cheryl Ng, Frank Woos, Sue Chen, Randy and Gerry Sabado. Victor Gin announced the club’s 27th annual SBCSC golf tournament to be heldSaturday May 17 at Sunol Valley Golf Club with all proceeds going to support the club’s scholarship service fund. For entry information or prize donation information, call Co-chair Dr. Frank Louie 925 201 7605.
EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Chi Am Circle, an Asian American women’s organization committed to community service since 1965 will host its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner May 16 at the China Stix Restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. This dinner is the highlight of fundraising efforts by the organization to award scholarship grants to high school seniors. Annually over 30 students are honored with monetary grants based on merit, need and essays as reviewed by a selection committee. In 2013, 37 students were recognized and awarded over $65,000 in honorariums in front of an audience of over 200 friends, families and Chi Am Circle members. Keynote speaker of this year’s awards dinner will be Claudia Fan Munce, IBM’s Managing Director – Venture Capital Group VP – Corporate Strategy. Chairwomen Liza Wong, Sharon Lai, Marichu Scanlon and Gerrye Wong welcome all who wish to support and be inspired by the exceptional group of young people who will be introduced and awarded that evening. Information: www.chiamcircle.org under Scholarship dinner event.
When the Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet collaborated in 2012 with a production of Cinderella, it met much critical and audience acclaim. Good news is that it has returned to San Francisco, opening March 11, and asThe Financial Times once proclaimed, “This production is the most dramatically convincing Cinderella in ballet, a triumph of storytelling firmly in touch with the 21st century.” Featured is a libretto by renowned Tony Awardnominated playwright and director Craig Lucas. Last time Cinderella came to San Francisco, it was sold out before opening night, so get your tickets now. www.sfballet.org.
A HISTORY LESSON
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps. Commemorating this milestone, they designed their field show, “Destination America – Journey of the Paper Sons” to tell the story of Chinese immigration from China to America. Last summer, the show was performed for over 100,000 people across the nation and received wide acclaim and praise for both the performance level and for bringing awareness to a piece ofChinese American history that many people are unaware of. Originally an all-Chinese group formed in 1963, theMandarins have become multicultural and now reflect the diversity of America, according to Scott Jow, who proudly shared information about the group.
The Mandarins are part of Drum Corps International and compete with other drum and bugle corps. Since 1987 the group has won eight Drum Corps International World Championship titles. Jow recalled that AsianWeek featured an article about the Mandarins over 30 years ago and although the group has changed considerably through the years, it still holds true to Asian values of family and education, blending it with the performing arts. Originally formed as theYe Wah Drum & Bell Corps, it provided Chinese youth activity as well as Sacramento Chinese community representation at local festivals and parades. It has performed in nearly every state as well as internationally in Canada and Taiwan, and has been a 30 year participant in the San Francisco Chinese New Year parade. Hurrah and congratulations to the Mandarins for their accomplishment and achievement for 50 years. For more information:www.mandarins.org