In this Issue:
Reports from Yee
Fung Toy Chapters
Happy New Year of the Ox! May it bring you and your family
peace, happiness, and prosperity!
Welcome to the 18th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global
Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World
Yee community. In this issue we are featuring stories
and images of yearly renewal from associations of the
Yee Fung Toy around the world, including celebrations of
the New Year and installations of new Associaton
We gratefully acknowledge all the contributors to the
current issue, including:
- David M. Yee of Phoenix
- Gong Yee and Frank Yee of New York
- Frank Yu of Houston
- Fred Yee of Seattle
- Edward Yee of Detroit
- Larry Yee of San Francisco
- Martin Yee, James Yu and Wing Yee of Vancouver
- Melinda Yee, Sherman Yee and Henry Yee of Sacramento
- Peter Yee, Ho Lee Yee and Winston Yee of New England
- Richard Yue of Hong Kong
- Ying Hua Yu of Edmonton
Jim Yee, Vancouver
Greetings from San Francisco HQ to All!
President Gene Yee
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year! As we celebrate the winter holiday, may
it be a healthy, prosperous and joyous time for you and
I would like to thank
everyone for your support and hard work in making 2008 a
wonderful experience for me as president of the Yee
I am looking forward to
continue our hard work to serve our family members,
friends and the community in making it a better place to
live. Peace on Earth. Thank you!
2009 Officers of San Francisco Yee Family
President – Gene Yee
Vice President –
Zhen Zhao Yu
– Kai Yi Yu
Secretary – Ying Xiang Yu
– Eddie Yee
Secretary – William Yu
Treasurer – Man
S. Yee and Tao Yu
Auditor – Gill
Yee and Kee Nim Yu
PR – Kevin Yu
and Shi Ru Yu
Activities and Welfare
Chair – Yuhuan Yu and Wei Jian Yu
Our executive board of
director, a.k.a. elder Damon
Yee, will be Hop
Wo Benevolent Association President in 2009 to
2010. He will serve as Presiding
President at the prestigious Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association (a.k.a. Six Companies)
during the months of July and August in 2009. The CCBA
is the grand daddy of family associations in the Chinese
December 19, 2008 at 2pm – Winter
Solstice day with eating Chinese yong or Tongyuán.
December 21, 2008 Christmas Party
starting at 12pm to 1:30pm.
January 1, 2009 at 3pm – Inauguration of
officers and board of directors. Followed by dinner at
January 26, 2009 – Chinese New Year
For more information, you
can call (415) 982-1667 or email email@example.com
San Francisco HQ
Clay Sculpture of
Ancestor Yee Jing
This clay sculpture
design of Ancestor Yee Jing was drafted by Ms. Wu Ya
Lin, an author, professor, sculptor and poet. She is
currently the incumbent Assistant Director of The
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, where she graduated
with a Master's degree in 1982. This lifelike clay
sculpture draft proposal will be finalized in
Mo Kai Middle School
On December 5, the Taishan Mo Kai Middle
school celebrated its 23rd anniversary and the annual
scholarship presentation ceremony.
the Newly Elected 2009 Officers of the Detroit YFT
Some of the Detroit YFT Chapter's newly
elected officers for 2009 are pictured here. Left to
right, Allan Yee (English secretary), Willy Yee (vice
president), Dick Yee (president), and Ron Yee (English
secretary). The complete list of officers is being
printed up and will be posted when it is available.
Photos courtesy of Cathie Agacinski.
Golden Harvest Restaurant
6880 E 12 Mile Rd Warren,
Contact us for more information.
England Installs 2009 officers
Sunday, 7 December 2008, a cold dreary day
with continuous light snow flurries, some 30 members
brave the weather to meet in the warm Association hall
for the installation of our 2009 officers. The
proceedings were moderated by our Chinese Secretary
Ken-Hing and officiated by our Grand Elder Henry.
Our president, Jimmy Ho-Lee thank everyone
for attending in such poor weather conditions. He
express appreciation and thankful for the smooth
process that the re-election will allow him to serve
another term as president. Over the past year he was
honored to serve the Association and gained experience
in community affairs while meeting many new friends.
However, he is concerned that our basement store has
been vacant for a year resulting in a lost of income.
Also, not ever having been involved with convention
proceedings, he must now plan for the 23rd US
Convention in New York scheduled for August 2009, and
possibly, the 4th World Convention in Malaysia,
tentatively thinking it may be in November 2009. He's
positive that with the help and co-operation of the
officers and membership, the tasks will be successful.
Vice-president Jack also thank the
membership for his re-election, then urged everyone to
ask and bring more Yee family people to the
Association. They are at the Association every Sunday,
so please do come in for some socializing.
Grand Elder Henry praised and encouraged our
members continue to respect each other and to maintain
our peaceful trouble free organization. Advisor
Kenneth express appreciation, and good for the
Association, that we have 2 new people elected as
officers this year.
The president then introduced the 2009 slate
President: Jimmy Ho-Lee.
Chu Choi, Ken-Hing.
Treasurers: Kwok-Chi, King-Sun.
Bookkeeper: Kathy, ( Mrs. Winston).
Sherita (Mrs. Kwok-Chi).
Kenneth MP, Paul.
中午十二時農曆牛年初一團拜/Celebrating the 1st day of Chinese New Year.
中午十二時祭祖/The Ancestral Memorial Ceremony.
9 AM - 4 PM
上午九時至下午四時售賣春宴餐券/Chinese New Year banquet tickets on sale.
下午六時假座帝苑酒家舉行春節聯歡暨敬老宴會及頒發二零零八年度獎學金./The Spring Festival and
Seniors Appreciation banquet will be held at 6pm at the
Empire Garden Restaurant on 690 Washington Street, Boston.
The year of 2008 scholarship will be awarded.
接受大學獎學金申請表時間由 1 月4 日 至 2 月 1 日止, 詳情請聯繫本堂, 電話 :
. /Scholarship Application will be accepted
from January 4 to
February 1, 2009
. Please call 617-338-8179 for
more information. Click here for application
the Newly Elected 2009 Seattle Yee Family Association
The 2009 officers were
elected at the annual meeting held on December 7, 2008.
Shek Jing Yee was re-elected as the Seattle Yee Family
Association President. Shum Yee was also
re-elected as the Chapter's Vice President.
Congratulations to our newly elected 2009 Officers.
Senior Advisor West Coast
: Hing Yu,
Jim Yee, James Yee, Suey Yee, Fred Yee
Kit Fung Yue, Wing Suen Yee
Chun Pan Yee, Danny Yu
Dong Yu, Fred Yee
Thursday, March 5, 2009
calendars, annual New Year Banquet will be held on March
5th, more details to follow at our web page.
Fred Yee, Seattle
YFT Society of
Canada, YFT Society of Vancouver and Fung Toy Alumni
The Fung Toy Alumni, the YFT Society of
Canada and the YFT Society of Vancouver co-hosted this
year's Christmas luncheon at the Society Hall at 11:30
am on December 14.
86 members and guests braved the icy cold
weather and arrived at the Society Hall to celebrated
this cheerful annual event.
Mrs. Rose Yee set up the Karaoke equipment
and microphones for the singers of the Fung Toy Alumni
and the Fung Toy Recreation Committee members.
The Christmas atmosphere was very joyous and
merry. The Hall was filled with Christmas decorations
and the musical sounds of Christmas.
The YFT Society of Canada Chairman, Mr. Kan
Yu and the YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman, Mr. Jim
Yee gave welcome speeches, wishing everyone a very
Followed by the luncheon arranged by our YFT
Society Vice-Chair, Mr. Steven Yee.
We would like to thank everyone who
participated in this year's event.
Seasons Greetings! Have a very Merry
Solstice (Dong Zhi-冬至)
In the village of Southern China, like
Guangdong province, villagers celebrate Dong Zhi every
year around this time by eating "Tong-Yon", glutinous
rice balls. The "rice ball" is round which symbolizes
unity or together with family members and friends just
like the Western people celebrated their Thanksgiving.
On Sunday morning, December 14th, President
Jimmy Ho Lee and Jack arrived the Association at 9AM
to prepare the chicken broth, cutting vegetables and
making the "Tong-Yon", with the help of advisor
Kwok-Chi and other members of the Women's Group. The
lunch was ready and served at 12:00 noon.
After lunch, some members stayed and played
a round of "Mah-Jong", some practiced of singing,
dancing and Tai-Chi Fan. Everyone enjoyed the good
food and had a wonderfully time.
Yee, New England
Yee Association of
Sacramento Children's Christmas Celebration
A children's Christmas Celebration was held
on Sunday, December 21st for the children of the
Sacramento Yee Association members.
Each child, 12 years old and under, received
Christmas Lucky Money from the association.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Inauguration Ceremony of the 2009 elected officers will be
held in the Association Hall. Refreshments will be served
reception for all retiring and newly elected officers.
Yee Fung Toy Association Officers for 2009
Congratulations! newly elected 2009 Officers.
Yee, David Chung, Kam Yu
Yu, Alan Yu
Pauline Yee, Art Yee
Frank Yu, Alan Yu
Yu, Lily Yu
: Paul Yee,
: Roger Yu,
Vicki Ong, David Chung
Yu, Stephen Yu
Ann Chu Yu, Siu Yee
Lewis Yee, Natalie Yu, Frank Yu, Lily Yu
Year Eve event - NBA Basketball - Milwaukee Bucks vs
On New Year Eve exactly
100 members and friends will attend the Houston vs
Milwaukee NBA game.
As a member of the
Executive Board of Yao Ming Fan Club, I was able to get
the minimum 100 discounted tickets, with partial subsidy
from our Summer Activities Fund, to secure a Rockets
We plan to use the ball as
our top raffle prize at the 2009 Spring banquet.
In case some of the
readers don’t know who Yao Ming is, above is a picture
of me (5'-7") standing tall above the squatting 7'-6"
New Year Banquet & Scholarship Awards
Fellow Yee Family members
and friends, please join us to bring in the Year of the
Ox at our annual Spring Banquet.
When: February 15, 2009 (Sunday) at 6:30
11215 Bellaire Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77072 Tel: 281-988-8898
For more information:
please visit our web site, Events
Frank Yu, Houston
New York YFT 2009 Officers
The New York Yee Fong Toy
Association held its Inauguration Ceremony for the 2009
elected officers on Sunday, December 28th.
President Gong Sum and all the newly elected 2009 team.
As the first American born Chinese member to serve as
Vice President, I felt a definite air of change for our
family association. Not only is our team younger, we are
more bilingual and a more dynamic group. Change has
finally come for our family association.
The recognition and
support from the Chinese Community have been amazing.
Especially this year, I was astounded by all the flower
baskets that lined both sides of the stairway, hallway
and into our ceremony hall. These were all sent from the
various organizations and associations to congratulate
and wish our 2009 team great success.
We began with our
traditional ceremonies at 1:00 PM. Guests and members
quickly packed our hall to capacity.
On behalf of our
association, please accept our apologies that some did
not get a seat. We were honored to have CCBA President
Justin Yu, Lin Sing Association VP 吳國基, Hoy Sun Ning
Yung Association President 伍權碩, Chinese Free Mason's
Presidents 許健生、李國良, Tong On Association, Kwong Hoy
Association, Inspector Gin Yee as well as our Ma and Tse
cousins attending this occasion.
This year we were also
fortunate to have SinoVision Television as well as all
the local newspaper come to cover our event.
Continuing with the
installation ceremony, outgoing President Kenneth then
gave his farewell speech. Kenneth thanked everyone for
making these last four years go by so quickly and
smoothly. He also remarked that the two new presidents
are the best people for the job, both talented and well
educated. Kenneth then said that he was sure the two
presidents will lead the Association to a better future
and serve the community in harmony.
Next, President Gong
thanked everyone for their support and expressed his
commitment to serve and do good for the community.
I continued to welcome
everyone and thanked everyone for the flower baskets and
wished everyone a happy and healthy New Year. I also
wanted to acknowledge and thank the leaders of our
association for their support. Without their
encouragement, I would never have considered serving as
Our Grand Elder Peter
spoke briefly about the importance of this year. He said
that our association will be hosting the 23rd U.S.
National Yee family convention in August. Also it has
been 18 years since New York last hosted this convention
and we have to do our best to make this event memorable.
CCBA President Justin Yu,
next joked that every time be comes to our hall he felt
that this place is getting smaller but in reality there
are more and more people. He continued saying although
his last name sounds like Yu, it is not the same.
However, he thinks the name has brought him good luck
and wishes for continued cooperation between the Yee
Fong Toy and CCBA.
Finally, Inspector Gin Yee
confirmed that our association is growing and he looks
forward to working with the two newly appointed
presidents to keep the association in unity. After a
brief photo session, everyone enjoyed the buffet
luncheon. All asides, this year, I am confident that,
together with President Gong Sum and our members we can
make a difference and lead our family association to
Congratulations! newly elected 2009 Officers are as
President Eastern U.S.:
President Western U.S.:
Joseph Yu (San Francisco)
Alan Yee (Southern California)
Wai Hing Yu, Peter Yee
John B. Yee
Fook Yee, Andy Yu, Kenneth Yee
Sum Yee, Frank Yee
Kwong Y. Yee
Ms. Suk Wah Mah
Delegates to CCBA:
Gong Sum Yee, Frank Yee
Dian Rong Yu, Foo Quock Yee
May Yee, Shek Kun Yu
Shao Yu, Sam Yee
Kong Yee, Dong Rong Yu
Jackie Yu, Eugene Yee
Kenneth Yee, Kwong Y. Yee
Honorary General Counsel:
Lai Sun Yee
Kennie Yee, Kathy Yu
Jannie Yee, Maggie Yu
Monday, January 26th,
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Lunar Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox (4707). Members
can stop by to get your hong bao/lai see (red
Saturday, February 21st,
Chinese New Year/Spring Banquet to celebrate the Chinese
Lunar New Year and to honor senior members. Banquet
celebration will start at 6PM at Jing Fong Restaurant, 20
Elizabeth Street, NY 10013. (details to follow)...
For link to short news
clip from Sinovision TV click here.
Frank Yee, New York
Difference in 2009!
23rd National Yee
Fung Toy Family Association Convention
Please mark your
Calenders. 23rd National Yee Fung Toy Family Association
Convention will be held in New York on August 8-11.
Host city contact info:
NY Yee Fong Toy
81 Bayard Street, 2nd
New York, NY 10013
New Year's Eve Celebration at Toyota Center in Houston
Yao Ming Fan Club, with
support from other Chinese organizations, spearheaded
this year end celebration to witness an exciting
basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the
Milwaukee Bucks at the Toyota Center. The 1,500 red-clad
Chinese felt right at home in front of the 18,228
capacity crowd to usher the old and welcome the new with
The United Associations of
Chinese Alumni in Houston and Yee Fung Toy Association
of Houston formed a 20-member honored guard team, aka
Tunnel Greeters. Upon entering the court during the
pre-game warm-up, Yao Ming and team-mates slapped hands
with them in appreciation. Another 10-member team served
as the bench warmers, literally sitting on the players
un-occupied chairs to "warm up the bench", so to speak.
Finally, each member of the ball-exchange team received
a mini-signature ball from each of the 5 starting
line-up player. What an honor and experience!
As part of the pre-game
show, Pang's Dancing Academy marshaled up 25 talented
youngsters in traditional Chinese red festive costumes,
toting lanterns and waving streamers to perform a
spectacular New Year dance. What an accompaniment of
red—Rockets team color, Chinese traditional color, and
tonight’s crowd dressed in red—heralding a red hot year
Yao Ming Fan Club Board
members presented a huge banner labeled: Go Yao Ming, Go
Rockets, Shine in 2009, with signatures from many
supporters, to the Houston Rockets. Each Board member
was awarded a Rockets signature ball for having sold 100
or more tickets for this event. The Chinese Community
Center supporters now formed the 10-member tunnel
greeters to welcome the players back for the second
half. Although the Rockets led all the way in the first
half, the third and fourth quarters were quite
different. It was nip-and tuck all the way until the
final few seconds where the Rockets prevailed 85-81. The
vocal support from Yao Ming Fan Club members had much to
do with the outcome, as they screamed the hearts and
lungs out which triggered Yao to register a
double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds). His FG was 9/18
and FT was 4/4 in 30 minutes and 43 seconds earned him
the game MVP, culminating an undefeated streak for all
home games against the Milwaukee Bucks since his joining
the NBA in 2002.
Ms. Song Haiyan sang the
Drinking Song for the post game entertainment to cap off
a remarkable night.
Source: USA Sino News
Translated by Frank Yu, Houston
Inauguration Ceremony for 2009 Elected Board Members
Inauguration Ceremony for
the 2009 Elected Officers was held at the Association
Hall on Sunday - Jan. 4, 2008.
We paid homage to
ancestors, followed by a Dim Sum lunch at 12 PM and a
General Meeting at 2 PM.
That evening, we had a
dinner banquet for the retiring and newly elected
Herbert K. Yee
Hsui Young Yee, Gene K. Yee
Ping Yu, John K. Yee, Sherman Yee, Donald Fong
Shui Sum Yu
Moon Wai Yee
Sui Wah Yu
Installation of the
YFT Society of Canada 2009 - 2012 Officers
Happy New Year! Wish you
all have a prosperous 2009!
After three weeks of
record breaking heavy snow storm, Vancouverites are
finally enjoying a relatively mild winter weather again,
except for those residents living in the low-lying areas
that are still affected by the heavy rainfall, and the
melting snow that has caused flooding and some mud
On Saturday, January 10th
2009, the newly elected board members came to the YFT
Hall for the Inauguration Ceremony. The ceremony took
place shortly after 12 noon. It was arranged by the
secretary Mr. Wing Yee and was witnessed by the advisors
Dick Yee and Jim Yu. There were about 25 people gathered
at the Hall to witness the ceremony.
Chairman Kan Yu and all the newly elected 2009 - 2012
Board of Directors.
Jim Yu, Johnson Yee (Hong Kong), Shao Xian Yu.
: Dick Yee.
: Kan Yu.
B. Yee, James Yu, Phillip Yu.
Yee, Martin Yee.
Yee, Wayne B. Yee.
Yu, Benita Yee
Jim Yee, Albert Yu.
Yee, Ping Shang Yee.
David Yee, Wayne B. Yee.
Mrs. Shui Chi Yu (nee Lee), Mrs. Siu Ling Yee (nee Chan).
Jim Yee, James Yu, Gary Yee, Kan Yu, Wayne B. Yee, Wing
Yee, Steven Yee, Martin Yee, Benita Yee, David Yee, Albert
Yu, Ping Shang Yee, Stephen Shao Ran Yu (Montreal), Wayne
Yee (Ontario), Jack Charles Yee (Calgary), Frank Yee
(Edmonton), Mrs. Shui Chi Yu (Vancouver).
Mr. Kan Yu presented
thoroughly with his report for the four years of duties
in his office. He highlighted a few events,
particularly, the 15th YFT National convention in
Edmonton, and the involvement to assist the family of
the late (Simon Fraser University student) Huichun Yu's
funeral service in Vancouver, Canada.
The secretary, the
treasurer, and the property manager were all in turn
reported their duties of the four year term. The
property manager Mr. Wayne Yee at the end of his report
made recommendation to have the roof of our building
replaced with new roofing. The existing roof is over 15
years old and we have experienced a few leakages and
patching repairs had cost us a few thousand dollars. It
is no longer justified to pay for further repairs and
getting a new roof is undoubtedly the solution.
Installation of the new
officers was presented by Advisor Dick Yee. All officers
raised their right hand for the swearing-in ceremony
along with Advisor, to commit themselves for the
upcoming four years.
The inauguration ceremony
ended with a luncheon reception. Thanks to Uncle Steven
Yee in arranging for the tasty meal.
The 2009 first Board
meeting was held at 2 PM. After the fiscal financial
statements and its summary were reported, the Board
members attention were drawn immediately to the Balance
Sheet. Our retail bay next door is currently vacant. It
means a monthly income amount approximately to $4500
will be lost as a result. It is the Board's
responsibility to seek for a possible remedy to minimize
this loss. A detailed run down on each expense was also
analyzed and it seemed there was not much the Board
could possibly do or be improved. Finally, Chairman Kan
initiated to forgo his own transportation expense for
2009. It was followed by all officers, voluntarily to
have their transportation expenses suspended for 2009 as
Considering their frequent
travels to Chinatown to perform their duties at the YFT,
the secretary, the treasurer and the maintenance
personnel would have their transportation expenses
remain unchanged. However, Mr. Wing Yee, the secretary
insisted to waive his portion like everyone else. His
kindness and generosity was rewarded with a round of
There is no question that
we all are facing a financial tsunami personally or as a
company. We have faith that we shall overcome this
crisis if we stay together and make some level of
personal sacrifice. It would also help if we would
contribute more time and energy to work things out.
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
YFT Society of
Canada's Chinese New Year/Spring Banquet - to celebrate
the Chinese Lunar New Year and the annual YFT Society of
Vancouver Scholarship presentation. Ancestral Ceremony at
12:00PM, followed by refreshments at YFT Society
Headquarters. Banquet celebration will start at 6PM at the
Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown.
James Yu, Vancouver
PRC Consul General
Huang Ping Visits Chicago YFT
The Consulate-General of
the People's Republic of China in Chicago, Mr. Huang
Ping (黄屏), continue to visit the Chicago Chinese
community in Chinatown between January 17th and 19th,
wishing them all a happy Chinese New Year of the Ox.
The YFT Family Association
of Chicago was visited by the PRC Consul General and his
delegates on January 18th. Members of the YFT welcome
the Consulate-General and his delegates.
Yee Fong Toy Association Celebrates Chinese Lunar New
The NYC Yees celebrated
Chinese Lunar New Year Sunday morning February 8 at the
Yee Fong Toy Association on 81 Bayard Street in NYC
International Kung Fu Association Dragon and Lion Dance
Team led by Grand Master Yee Chi Wai (Frank Yee)
performed a special Lion Dance and Martial Arts
demonstration to mark 4707 on the Chinese calendar, the
Year of the Ox.
President Gong Sum Yee and
Vice President Frank Yee invited the lion and dragon
dance teams to pay their respects to revered family
founder Yee Fung Toy (aka Yee Jing and Chung-sheung)
before the ancestral altar.
Then the dance teams
gave a spectacular show in front of the association
headquarters ending with the lion dancers scaling the
building wall to retrieve the symbolic "cabbage" from
the 2nd story balcony. Yee officers showered the
lively crowd of over 300 people with confetti from the
cache of popping sticks.
The thrilling martial
arts demonstrations with various weapons followed.
All enjoyed the
festivities on this beautiful NYC day and will not
soon forget the memorable Chinese Lunar New Year
celebration at the Yee Fong Toy Association.
David Yee, New York
David Yee, M.D., M.P.H. is a Urologic Oncology
Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and
a former editor of Accents, a University of
California Asian American newspaper. He is also a
contributor to the Yee Fung Toy Global Village.
The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice
will be published in mid June, featuring reports of
Ching Ming and Spring celebrations at Yee Fung Toy
associations around the world. Please submit your
articles to the Editor via email (editor @
yeefungtoy.org) or postal mail (The Editor, 226 East
Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6A 1Z7) by May