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風采電子季刊


Issue 66 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2021/03/15











Fung Toy Monthly

冬季號(第138期)

FTM Winter 2020 Issue
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歡迎來到第六十六期的《風采電子季刊》,這期的季刊以各分堂之秋冬季活動消息由各余氏宗親會報導,給大家一齊分享。 更多精采內容,請見本期目錄。

全球有超過一億一千萬人確診感染新型冠狀病毒,逾二百五十萬人死亡。全球新冠肺炎確診案例連續六周下滑 後,三周前(二月廿二日當周)首見染疫人數回升,世界衛生組織(WHO)官 員警告,預期疫情在二○二一年結束並不切實際,而且還言之過早。世衛也呼籲全球切莫鬆懈防疫工作。

目前病毒還沒有消失,甚至出現更多變種,疫情還看不到盡頭。要終結疫情,讓世界恢復常態,我們需要「疫苗」這 個終極武器!自新冠肺炎疫苗問世後,全球先進國家紛紛啟動接種計畫。

世衛秘書長譚德塞(Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) 呼籲全球國家不要放寬防疫措施,同時強調,現 階段只依靠疫苗、捨棄其他防疫措施還太早。譚德塞直言,「若有國家僅依賴疫苗來防疫,便是犯下錯誤。基本的 公衛防疫措施依然是回應病毒的基石。」

在加拿大卑詩省首席衛生官 Bonnie Henry 醫生及衛生廳長狄德安 (Adrian Dix) 就省內新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19) 的最新情況發出以下聲明: “我們正密切留意備 受關注的變種病毒,以更好地了解其傳播模式。證據表明,我們需要繼續運用我們一直以來運用的方法,並且, 我們正在採取的預防措施對這些變種病毒同樣有效。”

“我們都期待著這一天來臨 — 可以安全地與家人和朋友共聚,可以旅遊,可 以恢復被擱置的活動。我們有信心我們的集體努力將減緩新型冠狀病毒傳播。但是,能夠帶領我們渡過這場大流行並迎來光明日子的,是友善與同情。”

請大家繼續佩戴口罩、洗淨雙手、與他人保持距離。

由於今年疫情影響,各地余氏宗親的就職典禮、春節計劃等的活動也繼續延期 舉行。

本刊有許多精采內容,就不在此一一贅述。藉此機會, 衷心感謝一直以來支持本刊的宗親和讀者們。

這期季刊得以順利完成,實有賴於下列余氏宗親的鼎力相助和衷誠合作, 包括:

    • 加拿大温哥華余風采堂的余美湛先生、余榮燊先生、余金星先生。
    • 新加坡余氏總會余子基先生、余細妹女士。
    • 香港余氏宗親會余健倫先生、余偉明先生、李炳佳先生。
    • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余國器先生、余文澤先生。
    • 美國舍路余風采堂的余紹江先生。
    • 美國南加省余風采堂的余超強先生、余國恩先生。
    • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余寶愛女士、余宗濤先生。
    • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
    • 泰國余氏宗親總會的副理事長余紹基先生、余福標先生。
    • 廣東省開平市荻海風采堂的余澤欣先生、余健強先生、余錦照先生。
    • 澳門余氏宗親會余風采堂的余美笑女士、余少池先生。
    • 美國沙加緬度(二埠)余利達先生。
    • 星島日報僑社記者 馬紅兵。
    • 大紀元記者 劉景燁。
    • 泰京天華慈善醫院。
    • 澳門和聲戲劇曲藝會、澳門日報。
    • 超數碼製作 DVCHIO Production
本季刊在這裡向他們致謝。我亦在此期望季刊欣欣向榮。

加拿大温哥華-余柏寧


廣東省初中學生男子排球組錦標賽中山開賽 武溪中學奪冠






二○二○年廣東省中學生排球錦標賽於十二月五至十三日在中山市舉行,排球錦標賽由廣東省教育廳、體育局主辦。比賽按高中、初中組兩個級別進行, 全省共五十二支隊伍逾七百名運動員參加比拼。武溪中學組織男女排球隊參賽,武溪中學代表隊榮獲初中 男子組冠軍、初中女子組第五名。

厲害了:男子排球隊在決賽中以 3:0 完勝深圳布吉中學,勇奪二○二○年廣東省中學生排球錦標賽冠軍;女排以 3:0 勝佛山十四中榮獲第五名!

香港余氏兩會,表以熱烈祝賀!今次男女子有此賽果,實有賴校長、老師、 教練及參賽學生,在賽前的預備工作做得好,才有此佳績。實可喜可賀!

本次賽事為期八天,台山排球運動健兒奮勇拼搏、團結協作,賽出了風采、賽出了水準,用強勁實力與驕人成 績展現了“排球之鄉”的風采。值得關注的是,武溪中學男排隊員一路過關斬將,高歌猛進,先後戰 勝各支強隊,奪得初中男子組冠軍。

香港余氏宗親會 李炳佳報導

澳門和聲戲劇曲藝會主辦《蕩寇風雲》再度呈獻 演出獲好評











由澳門和聲戲劇曲藝會主辦的新編古裝粵劇《蕩寇風雲》及曲藝演唱 晚會,於十二月十四日晚七時半假永樂大戲院舉行,特邀廣東高州市粵劇團擔演,藉此劇慶祝國慶七十一周年、澳門回歸二十一週年及北宋名臣余靖一千○二十年誕 辰紀念,演出備受好評。

演出前舉行開幕禮。中聯辦宣文部助理李嘉欣, 韶關市湞江區政協常委、該曲藝會會長兼《蕩寇風雲》出品人余美笑, 澳區全國人大代表、同善堂值理會副主席劉藝良,全國政協常委、 澳門中華文化聯誼會會長梁華, 澳門基金會行政委員區榮智,澳門霍英東基金會總幹事史濠, 婦聯總會副會長招銀英,新橋坊會會長梁慶庭, 澳門景觀文化學會會長梁官漢, 《蕩寇風雲》藝術顧問鄭衛國,澳門余豐載堂會長余幹成, 國家二級演員、珠海市粵劇團花旦吳思明, 珠海市粵劇團文武生何嘯天及該曲藝會理事長余少池等出席。同場, 余美笑向同善堂送交二萬元善款,劉藝良代表接收。

余美笑表示,該曲藝會自二○一六年創會至今, 每年舉辦一至兩場大型粵劇曲藝晚會,以饗廣大粵劇愛好者。近年隨荌磥O提升, 傳統文化藝術迎來發展高潮, 作為世界非物質文化遺產的粵劇也得到極大發展。

《蕩寇風雲》是新編粵劇,由香港著名編劇撰曲家溫誌鵬創作劇本, 去年八月至今年十一月,廣東高州市粵劇團先後在本澳及湛江、 吳川、 茂名等演出廿五場,廣獲好評。通過此劇, 將北宋賢臣余靖一生為官清廉、剛正不阿、愛國愛民、文韜武略, 尤其為朝廷立下不少功勳的歷史事跡呈現舞台, 具很強正能量。未來冀政府加強重視並推動粵劇傳統文化發展, 讓粵劇曲藝更好承傳下去。

同場舉行曲藝演唱晚會,何嘯天與余美笑對唱一曲《余靖忠耿抗強 權》。演出獲澳門基金會及澳門霍英東基金會等支持。

來源:澳門日報

泰國余氏宗親總會 毎月聚會拜祖




泰國余氏宗兄弟姊妹,在泰國余氏宗親總會余聲清理事長的主持下, 於十二月廿八日(星期一)上午一起在曼谷會館拜祭先祖, 順便開會及商量會務,中午大家一齊去曼谷越拍耶皆區石龍軍路的湄南酒店內的阿一鮑魚富臨酒家聚餐交流。

泰國余氏宗親總會 余福標報導

賀!余文山 余寵異連任正副主席 美國余風采總堂


二○二○年,新冠肺炎疫情在全球蔓延, 傳統僑社各項節令活動基本停頓。踏入二○二一年,疫情仍在全美肆虐, 導致余風采總堂一年一度選舉及交接典禮無法如常舉行,經本堂首長商議,余風采總堂二○二一年度正副主席由文山、 寵異連任,繼續帶領職員為總堂服務,共同努力為宗親謀取福祉。

僑 社記者馬紅兵報導

余聲清伉儷捐天華醫院一百萬銖






泰京天華慈善醫院是泰國著名的慈善機構,創設一百多年的長時間以來,在歷屆董事長的悉力領導下,全體董事輔助合作,出錢出力, 積極發展慈善公益, 一如既往的提供中醫免費服務貧寒黎庶,施醫贈藥並聘請中泰著名中西醫師和針灸名家為病號義診, 現已聲名遠播,深獲社會各界人士關注和支持,紛紛蒞臨樂助經費,共施善業,同結善緣。

欣逢歲次辛丑年,金牛呈瑞,趁此新年充滿新希望的一元復始,本京泰長興化學工業有限公司、泰昭和化學工業有限公司、泰 KK 工業有限公司、 ETERNAL RASIN CO.LTD 公司董事長、泰京天華慈善醫院常務董事余聲清先生偕夫人劉素卿女士特於佛曆二五六四年一月 五日專程前往泰京天華慈善醫院膜拜觀世音菩薩祈福迎祥, 並樂捐泰京天華慈善醫院慈善金一百萬銖。由馬燦偉董事長、副董事長兼財政郭光國、秘書王森豐等在觀 世音菩薩大殿聖像前接領善款並合影留念。

余聲清先生熱心慈善公益,關心貧苦病黎,歷任天華慈善醫院多屆董事,出錢出力,馬燦偉董事長代表天華慈善醫院全體董事同仁對余聲清先生賢伉儷的慈善為懷致 以真摯謝意, 以真摯謝意,謹祝善長新春強健、萬事勝意、駿業興隆。

泰京天華慈善醫院訊

紀念鳳凰城余文勁先生


余文勁於2021118 日去世,享年93歲。余文勁先生作為鳳凰城華人社區的積極參與者和領導人,獻出了畢生的生 命為社團服務,享有聲譽,並稱為 “uncle John”。 Uncle John 192724日 出生於中國廣東 省台山市,他二+多歲時移民到美國,與鳳凰地地區的其他親戚在一起。 他的妻子朱杏瑤(於 2010 年去世)和他們的第一個兒子於1953年 來到鳳凰城, 他們在一起孜孜不倦地在一家雜貨店工作,使美國夢成為現實。後來,另外兩個兒子也在當地出生。像當時的其他的許多同齡人和一代人一樣,艱苦不懈的工作非常 普遍。 這就是uncle John和朱杏瑤為他們的孩子和 後代提供 在各種專業領域取得成功職業的機會基礎。 所有這些都是由於一種共同的願景和願望。查看更多詳情,請點擊以上的圖片。

斐匿余風采堂訊

悼念文勁族長





 

 

全美余風采堂余文勁元老千古


加 拿大余風采總堂敬輓

新加坡余氏會訊(Volume 10)出版了


更多余氏會訊的細節,請點擊 這裡

新加坡余氏總會訊

賀!余杰民元老榮獲美國華裔二戰退伍軍人國會金章










我的爺爺,九十六歲加利福尼亞州首府—沙加緬度(二埠)地區的余風采總堂元老,余杰民牙科醫生(Dr. Herbert K. Yee), 曾是一位二戰退伍華裔軍人,現任「工合」"Gung Ho" 退伍軍人 696協 會司令,他於一月廿三日終於獲得國會頒發的美 國華裔二戰退伍軍人國會金章。

國會金章是美國最高的平民獎項之一,以表彰在二戰中為美國做出貢獻的華裔退伍軍人。在當天的線上頒獎儀式上,爺爺余杰民對獲獎感到榮幸。

美國沙加緬度(二埠)余利達報導

泰國余氏宗親總會舉行春節祭祖




二月三日便是二○二一年的立春日,也是好日,泰國余氏宗親總會主席余聲清帶領理事、宗親們拜祭祖先保佑。

泰國余氏宗親總會 余福標報導

恭喜!余翠翡被聘為昆士市政府首位亞裔財務長


受到疫情衝擊,余翠翡(Phi Du) 關掉 了她位於昆士市(Quincy) 中心的禮服商店。隨後不久,她就獲得市長湯瑪士•寇克( Thomas Koch) 的任命,成為昆士市政府首位亞裔財務長

昆士市政府網站二月十一日公佈,市長寇克任命余翠翡為新任財務長,接替退休的部長考芙琳( Deborah Coughlin)。 余翠翡在經營自己的商店之前,就已有資深的私人企業工作經歷。 她曾在布朗兄弟銀行( Brown Brothers) 和道富銀行( State Street)擔任部門主管、分析師等職務。 相似的是,她的前輩考芙琳也有超過三十年的私企工作經驗。

余翠翡和她的妹妹余翠梅(Mai Du) 都是在麻州華人社區非常活躍的知名人 士。余翠梅是摩頓市(Malden) 華林派武術館的創辦人,經常帶領舞獅團 參與社區慶典。 余翠翡則在昆士市中心經營「大亞洲(Grandasia)」 婚紗禮服店十六年,同時還在昆士商會擔任董事。

余翠翡也是紐英崙余風采堂的婦女組成員。余氏宗親們對余翠翡就任政府職位表示恭喜。

紐英崙余風采堂訊

紐英崙余風采堂祭祖迎牛年


二月十二日是牛年(辛丑年)大年初一,紐英崙余風采堂邀請宗親回來華埠的駐地拜祭祖先。宗親們向先祖余忠襄公致敬,祈求新年健康、順利。

余風采堂主席余寶愛說,為遵守麻州防疫政策,公所原計劃讓宗親們分批祭祖,每批十人。不過,今年只有十人報名參加,所以就不需要分批了。

當天中午,主席余宗濤、余寶愛與宗親們一同向余忠襄公鞠躬敬香,並敬獻美酒元寶。大家祈求祖先庇佑,新年會務昌盛,身體健康。

隨後,參與祭祖儀式的宗親們還分享了齋菜,吃飯時大家暢聊時事和僑社消息,氣氛融洽。 洪門主席余麗煽ㄗ魽A二月廿一日(周日)上午十點到十二點,洪青體育會將在華埠牌樓舞獅迎新年,歡迎大家前往觀看。

大 紀元記者 劉景燁 波士頓報導

華夏瑰寶 風采重光 —— 全國重點文物保護單位風采堂專題展




《華夏瑰寶 風采重光》全國重點文物保護單位風采堂專題圖片展於二○二一年一月六日至二月廿八日在開平市風采中學展覽。 主辦單位是開平市文化廣電旅遊體育局,承辦單位包括開平市博物館、荻海風采堂理事會、開平 市風采堂 文化研究會及開平市風采中學。

香港余氏宗親會和香港余風采五堂會自成立以來,始終保持著愛國愛鄉的情懷,致力於保育祖祠、興學育才、獎教獎學等公益,振興家鄉的善舉。 二○一九年七月,香港余風采五堂會向開平市博物館捐贈了37.4 萬港元用於多功能廳改造,目前改造工程已竣工並首次(二○一九年十二月十三日下午) 舉辦展覽。

該多功能廳位於市博物館首層,面積達172平 方米,用於臨時展廳以及學術研討、人員培訓、便民活動等用途。

香港余氏宗親會會長、香港余風采五堂會副主席余健倫表示,希望多功能廳能介紹風采堂100多 年的歷史以及余靖公的政績,功能室很多用途, 不只是介紹余氏的,希望能介紹中國歷史、廣東省歷史以及開平歷史,這些也是很重要的。同時,他希望除了展示余氏的展品外, 有機會可以擺放其它的歷史文物,讓大家學習瞭解。

《華夏瑰寶 風采重光》全國重點文物保護單位風采堂專題圖片展分余氏聖賢、千載流芳,祠校合一、立德樹人, 中西合璧、巧奪天工,眾志成城、風采重光等四部分,詳細介紹了風采堂的獨特性及其重要的歷 史、科學、人文價值。

開平風采堂余錦照委報導

香港余氏宗親會新春祭祖及團拜
























時維公元二零二壹年,歲次辛丑,孟春佳節,金牛賀歲。藉著一元復始,萬象更新之際,本會全體理監事於二月二十四日(正月十三日,星期三)中午十二時, 在余氏紀念堂舉行新春祭典恭祭太祖,同時舉行團拜,歡聚一堂,期間並在上環海港酒家共進午 餐,席上 大家開懷暢飲,談天說地,喜氣洋洋,場面非常熱鬧。

香港余氏宗親會會訊

泰國余氏宗親總會春茗聚餐






泰國余氏宗親總會於三月三號中午聚餐,也是一年一度的春茗活動。

泰國余氏宗親總會 余福標報導


下一期的風采電子季刊將在二○二一年六月中出版,歡迎大家投稿。 稿件需在二○二一年五月十五前經電郵
( world.yee @ gmail.com ) 或郵寄 (風采電子季刊, 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6A 1Z7) 到本刊編輯收。


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What is in the Next Issue?


Welcome to the 66th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring some of the Spring activities from the Yee associations around the world.

The 1-year anniversary of the global coronavirus pandemic arrives in 2021 with hopes that the 3 FDA-authorized Covid-19 vaccines will begin to mitigate transmission, and that more vaccine products and doses will come online to immunize populations close to herd immunity levels over the year.

As Americans anxiously watch the spread of coronavirus variants that were first identified in Britain and South Africa, scientists are finding a number of new variants that seem to have originated in the United States — and many of them may pose the same kind of extra-contagious threat.

The Canadian Government advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, all gatherings and events are suspended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the challenges we face have evolved. But what has not changed are the benefits of our collective efforts.


Each of us doing our part makes a difference to our shared well-being. One person or one layer provides some protection. Yet all of us working together using all of our layers of protection is far better.

We're all looking forward to this day - being able to safely get together with family and friends, travel, and resume a suspended event. We are confident that our collective efforts will slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But it is kindness and compassion that can lead us through this pandemic and usher in a bright day.

Kenny Q. Yee, Chair of the World Yee Website Committee, on behalf of the World Yee Web Committee, he would like to sincerely thank the family of Grand Elder John M. Yee for their generous donation to the World Yee Website.

“As you may already know, your father was one of the founders of this website project. His passion and commitment to our Yee family and his desire to connect Yees and sustain our family heritage, customs and culture is very encapsulated in this website. In his memory we will continue to dedicate ourselves to serve and keep this website a pillar in keeping the Yees from all over the world connected while bringing news and worthy stories to all.”

And now, we'd like to thank all contributors, and remind anyone who wants to become a contributor that they can email us their reports and photos of events and activities from their locale.

And we thank all those who have made contributions to this issue, including:

  • David M. Yee of Phoenix
  • Kevin Lee of Seattle
  • Paula Yee and Ringo Yu of Boston
  • Larry Yee of San Francisco
  • Kenny Yee and Chao Yu of Southern California
  • Jim Yee, James Yu and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Bing Kai Lee, Danny Yu and Johnson Yee of Hong Kong
  • Peter CK Yee and Xi Mei of Singapore
  • Worachai Aurprayoon, Fook Biu Yu of Thailand
  • Yu Zexin, Yu Jie Feng and Yu Jian Qiang of Dihai, China
  • Ms. Jenny Wong of AZ Chinese News, Arizona
  • DVCHIO Production

Martin Yee, Vancouver


Mokai Middle School Won Provincial Junior Men's Volleyball Championship






December 5-13, the 2020 Guangdong Provincial High School Volleyball Championship, hosted by the Guangdong Provincial Education Department and the Sports Bureau, was held in Zhongshan City. Competition according to the high school, junior high school group two levels, a total of 52 teams in the province more than 700 athletes to participate in the competition.

Taishan City Wuxi ZhongXue (Mokai Middle School) organized the men's and women's volleyball teams to participate in the competition, Wuxi ZhongXue won the junior high school men's team championship, while the women's team came fifth.

It is worth noting that Wuxi ZhongXue men's volleyball team members played all the way through, by winning their match rounds and leaping forward, has defeated the strong teams and won the junior high school men's team Championship.

Bing Kai Lee, Hong Kong

Macau Wo Sing 2020 Yee Jing Chinese Opera Gala












Organized by the Associação de Espectáculos de Ópera Chinesa Harmonia de Macau, the new Cantonese opera "Dàng Kòu Fengyun" 《蕩寇風雲》 and the music singing evening were held at 7.30 pm on December 14th, 2020 at Cinema Alegria, with special invitation of the Guangdong Gaozhou City Cantonese Theatre Company to perform, to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Macau’s National Day, the 21st anniversary of Macau's return to China and the 1020th birthday of Yu Jing, a famous official of the Northern Song Dynasty, and this performance was well received.

YouTube Video courtesy of 超數碼製作 DVCHIO Production

Iu Siu Chi, Macao Yu Clansmen Association

Thailand Yu Clansmen Ancestor Veneration




On December 28 morning, members of the Thailand Yu Clansmen, led by President Seng Ching Yu, held a monthly ancestor veneration ceremony at our Association Hall.

We had our year end regular meeting to discuss our association affairs, followed by a luncheon at the Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant.

Worachai Aurprayoon, Thailand

Congratulations to Re-elected Leaders of San Francisco Yee Fung Toy Family Association Headquarters


Congratulations to the re-elected leaders of our Yee Fung Toy Family Association Headquarters in San Francisco; 2021 President Man San Yee and 2021 Vice President Anthony Leong Yee.

Entering 2021, the covid-19 epidemic is still raging in the United States, resulting in the San Francisco Yee Fung Toy Family Association annual election and handover ceremony can not be held as usual, after discussion by the Elders and upper level (leaders) of the association, Our 2020 President and Vice-Presidents are re-elected for 2021. Both leaders will continue to lead the general service for our family association, and to work together for the well-being of our members.

Kenny Q. Yee, San Francisco

The 8th World Yee Family Association Chairman Seng Ching Yu Donates to Bangkok Thian Fah Hospital






The 8th World Yee Family Association and Yu Clansmen Association of Thailand Chairman, Mr Seng Ching Yu and his wife recently donated one million Baht to the Bangkok Thian Fah Foundation Hospital.

The Bangkok Thian Fah Foundation Hospital, shortened to Thian Fah Foundation was established during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1903 and completed in 1905. This was due to the merge of five Chinese dialect groups with the intention of helping the poor who could not afford medication at that time. They have both modern and traditional Chinese treatments and the foundation is preserved till today. There is a beauty statue of Bodhisattva Guanyin estimated to be about 800–900 years old since Song Dynasty. The statue was carved with the sandalwood and painted in gold. In 1958, it was invited from China and enshrined until today. This shrine open 24 hours and so popular among people both Thai and Chinese to pray for good health especially during Chinese New Year and some of them are teenagers to pray for the university entrance exam.

Worachai Aurprayoon, Thailand

JOHN M. YEE – Remembrance

John M. Yee, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather unexpectedly passed away at age 93 on January 18, 2021. John Yee had devoted much of his life as an active participant and leader in the Phoenix Chinese Community, and developed such a reputation and acclaim that he was later known as “Uncle John”. Uncle John was born in Toishan, Guangdong Province, China on February 4, 1927 and immigrated to the United States in his 20’s to join other relatives in the Phoenix area.

His wife, Hong Yow Yee (who passed away in 2010) and their first son came to the Phoenix area in 1953 and together, they worked tirelessly at the corner grocery store to make the American dream a reality. Later on, two other sons were born. Like many of his peers and generation at that time, hard and unrelenting work was very common. That was the foundation upon which Uncle John and Hong provided the opportunities for their children and future generations to achieve successful careers in various professional fields. All of that was due to one common vision and aspiration.

For more details, please click on above image.

The Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association Announcement

In Memoriam of John M. Yee – World Yee Family Association Co-founder



 




In Memoriam of John M. Yee



Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada

My Ancestral Home In Taishan




A memorial journey for our Singapore Yee Clan, now published in the Yee Newsletter Volume 10.

On May 18th, 2019 at 8:20am, 20 members from Yee Clan Association boarded SQ850 flight to Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou. All of us were looking forward to learn more about our ancestral history. For more details, please click here.

"My Ancestral Home In Taishan" is recorded on pages 54-56 in this newsletter.

Peter CK Yee, Singapore

Grand Elder Dr. Herbert Yee Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal










Grandpa Herbert was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on January 23rd, the nation's highest civilian award, for his service in WW II.

Bestowed by the United States Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the nation’s highest civilian awards. First awarded to General George Washington by the Second Continental Congress in 1776, the Congressional Gold Medal seeks to honor those “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture.”

During World War II, Chinese Americans displayed their patriotism, loyalty, and courage despite the inequity of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was in place at the time. In World War II, approximately 20,000 Chinese Americans, nearly 1 in 5 served in the U.S. armed forces. An estimated 40% percent of those who served were not U.S. citizens due to laws that denied citizenship to people of Chinese descent. These veterans served with distinction and received citations for heroism, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Their service helped overcome preconceptions of their fellow countryman and paved the way for their descendants. Of those 20,000 Chinese Americans who served in World War II, only about 200 service members are alive today.

David Yee, Sacramento

Yu Clansmen Family Association of Thailand Celebrates 2021 Chinese New Year




The Yu Clansmen Family Association of Thailand held their 2021 Chinese New Year ancestor ceremony on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Worachai Aurprayoon, Thailand

Phi Du Named Quincy Treasurer and Collector


Long-time NE YFT member, Phi Du (余翠翡) has been hired by the City of Quincy, Massachusetts, to be their Treasurer and Collector, the first Asian-American to head up a department in Quincy. Congratulations to Phi!

Du, most recently the owner of Grandasia Bridal and Fashion Emporium in downtown Quincy, will take over from Deborah Coughlin, who is retiring after 12 years in the position that’s at the center of the City’s financial management operations and its interactions with residents on a daily basis.

The Treasurer and Collector’s Office is one of the local government departments that residents deal with most regularly, as it is responsible for managing almost all financial transactions with the City. It is also the chief manager of the City’s revenue flow; working directly with banks that maintain City accounts; and playing a major role in overseeing borrowing and other financial activities.

“Having that private-sector experience I think is a great fit for this position. It worked out tremendously well for us with Deb, and I know Phi will bring great new insight and great ideas to the position in much the same way,” Mayor Koch said.


Du opened the Grandasia formal gown shop on Hancock Street 16 years ago. The store was a popular destination for shoppers from across Massachusetts and bordering states.

Yee Fung Toy Association of New England

NE YFT Celebrates Lunar New Year of the Ox






On Friday, February 12th, New England YFT celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox with an ancestral honoring ceremony. Ten members attended this ceremony and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Yee Fung Toy Association of New England

Hong Kong Yues Clansmen Ancestral Memorial Ceremony






















The Hong Kong Yues Clansmen Association held their 2021 Chinese New Year ancestor ceremony on Wednesday noon, February 24th, and a members social gathering at the Victoria Harbour Restaurant for lunch.

Bing Kai Lee, Hong Kong

Thailand Yu Clansmen Spring Gathering








The Yu Clansmen Family Association of Thailand held their annual Spring gathering luncheon on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Fook Biu Yu, Thailand

What is in the Next Issue?

The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid June, 2021, please submit your articles to the Editor via email (world.yee @ gmail.com) or postal mail (The Editor, 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6A 1Z7) by May 15.