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風采電子季刊

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Issue 7 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2006/08/05

目錄

編者話

2006年春節聯歡

風采分堂報導

下期預告


編者話

各位讀者,大家好!歡迎來到第七期的「風采電子季刊」,這是世界余氏宗親團体的電子訊報。 這期季刊以慶祝春節聯歡為主題。 春宴消息由各余氏宗親會報導和供應,給大家分享。

歡迎宗親們投稿及發表文章,在本刊給大家分享。

為本刊之問世,我很感謝各工作人的努力和支持貢獻的文章、相片、 和社論協助。特別是以下人士的貢獻:

  • 加拿大温哥華余風采堂的余柏寧先生、余榮燊先生。
  • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生。
  • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余超群先生、余健興先生。
  • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
  • 香港余氏宗親會的余華軸先生。
  • 點城余風采堂的余偉毅先生。
  • 卡城余風采堂的余策源先生。

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、余美湛


卡城余風采堂春宴

卡加利余風采堂舉辦的年度春節聯歡會於二月廿六日( 星期日)晚六時假富麗宮海鮮大酒家舉行。四百多名的嘉賓,樂不可支的盡享佳餚美酒與聲色,歡歡喜喜一齊慶祝新年。

當晚來慶祝的特別嘉賓包括加拿大亞伯達省省長克萊恩先生(Mr. Ralph Klein)、 中國駐卡加利總領事館宋錫柱總領事、和聯邦原住民事務部長普倫提斯先生 (Mr. Jim Prentice)

來自點問頓和萊斯橋的余氏宗親也與我們歡暢同聚一晚,我們是感到非常驕傲。

余策源供稿

美國余風采總堂春宴嘉賓如雲

【星島日報登出】 ( 記者劉藝霖三藩市報道)

美國余風采總堂於312 日舉辦2006 年春節聯歡慶會,中午在總堂四樓大禮堂進行的祭祖典禮上,由世界余氏宗親總會余習文會長、美西總長余纘強、 總堂主席余樹勳、總堂副主席余煦鴻為柔功門兩頭新獅點睛,祝福新的一年有新的開始,新的收獲。

在晚上的春宴上,余習文會長宣布將於今年8月13日在羅省舉辦「第3屆世界余氏宗親代表大會」和「全美余風采堂第22屆懇親 大會」, 呼籲宗親踴躍參加,共襄盛舉。

是日中午,在總堂四樓禮堂舉行祭祖典禮,美西總長余纘強、美東總長余耿石、總堂主席余樹勳、總堂副主席余煦鴻率領總堂、 南加省、二埠、市德頓等地的余風采堂首長、宗親敬祭太祖余忠襄公,祭品有全蹄金豬十盆。禮成後,全體余氏宗親在總堂享用布菲 午餐, 在大樓門前由柔功門瑞獅團冒雨表演功夫,獲得眾人喝采。

晚上,假新亞洲大酒樓和會賓樓舉行春節聯歡會,筵開125席,喜氣洋洋。市參事佩斯金和加州眾議院余胤良執行議長夫人、 加州稅務委員余淑婷、三藩市教委余鼎昂、三藩市重建委員余浩揚等余氏宗親出席,場面熱烈。

聯歡會由余子剛書記長主持,總堂主席余樹勳在致詞中對參加宴會的馬氏、謝氏世表及各僑團首長、 余氏宗親表示熱烈歡迎﹔並祝大家狗年行好運,余風采堂堂務興隆。

美東總長余耿石表示,非常榮幸和全體宗親和眾多嘉賓一齊慶祝中國新年。

美西總長余纘強在致詞中祈望大家在狗年百福並進,各僑團團結合作。

世界余氏宗親總會余習文會長在會上宣布,今年余氏將於 8 月中旬在羅省同日同時同地舉行雙慶開幕典禮,召開「第 3 屆世界余氏宗親代表大會」和「全美余風采堂第 22 屆懇親大會」, 這是余風采堂成立 128 年來首次和世余一齊舉辦大會。余習文呼籲全體宗親及馬氏、謝氏世表踴躍參加這次的盛事。

台北經文處廖偉平處長稱讚余風采總堂是最有實力的團體之一﹔他祝福余胤良在政壇更上一層樓,也預祝余氏雙慶大會成功召開。


休士頓余風采堂春宴頒發獎學金

【國際日報登出】 休士頓余風采堂舉行春宴,三百宗親嘉賓參加並頒發給優秀子女獎學金。 余風采堂余頌輝於春宴中,祝福宗親新年如意,同時也說明獎學金的來由。 余頌輝表示,大家或許疑惑獎學金從那來?余氏舊金山總部在每一次全國余氏宗族大會上,對每個分堂分配一個年度總額, 這個分配是以各分堂的會員資格和其為大會 (20068月 15 至16日 在洛杉磯) 開支的捐款為基礎。粗略的說,我們捐贈的每一美元,我們每年都會為未來3 年的獎學金收回3 美元,我非常的自豪並感激所有 在2003 年慷慨解囊的會員和朋友們, 請各位一如既往的支持這個非常有意義的事業。 2003年捐交懇親費共有二千二百八十元,因 此可以應佔獎學金方面,在武溪基金為$1,992元, 另外五堂會基金為 $2,969元。 2006 年度休士頓余風采堂職員為顧問余厚義、余漢池、余錦彥;主席余頌輝、余世雄;中文秘書余朱佩玲、余達賢;英文秘書余頌輝、 余世雄; 財政余美芳、余莉莉:核數余修敏、余秀娟;青年組余世傑、余偉林;獎學組余秀娟、余漢池;網站余金漢、余朱愛花; 婦女組余朱愛花、余笑娟、余碧娥;中華代表余厚義、余世雄、余頌輝及余莉莉。

香港余氏宗親會春節聯歡

香港余氏宗親會慶祝成立六十九週年、暨第二十屆第二次敬老獎學會員春節聯歡大會巳於四月一日成功舉行。


滿地可余風采堂春宴記盛

2006 Montreal
                Spring Banquet

【滿地可華僑時報登出】四月十日晚上,余風采堂在紅寶石大酒樓舉行春讌活動,七時左右,余氏宗親及許多嘉賓到座。

台山曲藝老人首次為余風采堂演唱了他的傑作以台山木魚表演,阮伯堅以胡琴伴奏,聲樂悠揚,拉開了春讌的序幕。

余風采堂主席余紹然作了堂務報告,總結了成績,並向各位宗親及嘉賓對余風采堂的支持致以萬分感謝。 他還講及全世界余氏第三次懇親大會在美國羅省召開的消息,望各位宗親踴躍參加。

中國大使館江元松參贊及總領事和市議員譚布利分別講了話,都講到余風采堂人才輩出,對中加友誼作出了貢獻。

紅寶石的佳餚,色香味全。卡拉 OK、 音韻清晰,歌聲悠揚,由温松熙、麥秀珍、陳樹庭、許尊紀、余美紅、阮伯堅夫婦和余永勝等獻唱和彈奏,得到了熱烈的掌聲。

此外,譚布利夫人高唱一曲法國民間名曲,由該堂秘書余快拉高胡伴奏,出現了中加友誼合作的一個精彩的鏡頭。 譚布利夫人高興地說出了她參加許多活動,但這次是她第一次得到中國朋友的伴奏,真是中加友誼處處相連。各宗親心情激動, 報以熱烈掌聲。

余紹然主席的兩個孫兒,表演了中國功夫、一字馬、轉體翻騰和倒立等動作,都得到了熱烈的掌聲。

余風采堂第六屆獎學金由名譽主席余國堯頒發給平均分九十三分的余品廉之千金余淑嬅。 顧問余文蔚、余榮瑞分別宣讀嘉賓芳名賀金,及新一屆的職員名單,各宗親都熱烈鼓掌。

再後,余風采堂副主席余海俊向各宗親及嘉賓致以感謝,並祝狗年身體健康,萬事如意。

豐盛的禮物抽獎,幸運的宗親,手捧禮物,隨著愉快的嗩吶聲《得勝令》歡步回家。


點城余風采堂拜祭忠襄公春宴聯歡晚會

點城余風采堂於四月三十日(星期日)晚假座龍廷大酒樓舉行春宴聯歡晚會,是晚首由供門體育會三頭醒獅表演, 旋由主席余林晃致歡迎詞, 副主席余桂華介紹社團代表,元老余自嚴為理事會就職監誓,余榮策、余立榮以中英語致謝詞,司儀由余偉毅、余依琳擔任, 助興節目由樂風文娛曲藝社社長鄧慧美與副社長葉慧逑、鄧慧萍、勞坤儀、關霜翎、胡素秋等演唱歌曲,音韻美妙,全場鼓掌, 是晚並頒發獎學金,末有幸運抽獎, 皆大歡喜。

又訊: 余風采堂於四月三十日中午十二時在該堂會所舉行拜祭太祖忠襄公,余靖為宋代名臣,功勳卓著,曲江城內建有風采樓以資景仰。


温哥華余風采堂清明時節山景墓園公祭

古人這樣描述清明節:“萬物生長此時,皆清潔而明淨,故謂之清明。” 其重要之意義,在於藉由子孫們的尋根活動飲水思源,和家人一起回憶祖先的懿行,感恩現在美好的一切, 均來自祖先不畏艱難的努力。

温哥華余氏宗親們於四月二日,農曆丙戌狗年三月初五 (星期日) 乘車前往到菲沙街的山景墓園「安魂亭」集合,參加温哥華余風采堂中午十二時舉行的掃墓公祭儀式。 偶然與巧合今年的日光節約時間 (Day-light Saving Time) 也是從四月二日的凌晨二時開始,所以余氏宗親們在四月一日晚上睡覺時已把時間往前撥快一個小時了, 以免遲了抵達山景墓園拜祭。

為繼承中華民族之孝道精神,發揚慎終追遠的優良傳統美德,清明節因此成為全球華人的重要節日, 清明節結合了人們對祖先及自然的崇拜。 這日温哥華余風采堂的理事和宗親們在這午虔備了金豬三牲、酒醴、鮮花果品等在山景墓園祭台,祭拜先僑鄉親。

温哥華余氏宗親們每年都到山景墓園掃墓公祭,懷念先人。當日出席掃墓公祭活動的有加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙伉儷、 總堂副主席余錦文伉儷、 温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷、副主席余金星、副主席余耀祥、總分堂顧問余錫儒伉儷、顧問余詠本、書記余榮燊伉儷、 福利組主任余啓康理事、婦女組主任李余碧瑜理事、 耆英組主任余瑞芝理事、康樂組主任余李翠燕、青年組主任余漢銳理事、財政主任余柏寧理事、余錫强理事伉儷、 余健民理事和余氏宗親們共卅多人。

天公作美,今年並未出現往年“清明時節雨紛紛”的淒迷和愁緒。這使今年的掃墓潮出現了不同于以往的亮麗風景, 這日黎明的微雨轉換了中午的天晴,余氏宗親們在這個掃墓日也算與春光為伴。

祭拜禮畢後,余氏宗親和理事們在下午十二時半左右返回堂所,共分享温哥華余風采堂安排一項的豐富午膳,個個都津津有味地吃著。 這個午聚餐會聯繫彼此感情,這是一年一次相當難得的機會。

余柏寧供稿

温哥華余風采堂舉行二零零六年度堂員年會

温哥華余風采堂於二零零六年四月二日(星期日)下午二時召開堂員年會。在大會未開始之前, 温哥華余氏宗親們已在中午時往山景墓園舉行清明掃墓公祭,然後返回堂所共分享午膳。

余氏宗親們在午膳前就簽「到單」,會議座位安排後,各位宗親和理事們就位,温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛就宣佈開會。

會議程序如下:美湛主席歡迎各位在場的宗親,報告二零零五年温哥華余風采堂的活動, 財政主任柏寧讀完二零零五年財政報告後,美湛主席就問在場的宗親接受和通過財政報告否,宗親們接受後, 書記榮燊記錄這日會議的議程。

這次堂員大會最重要的事項是關於温哥華余風采堂的章程,它的宗旨,堂員的資格,權利和任務,會議,選舉,組織與職權等。 書記榮燊詳述了温哥華余風采堂的章程,再經大會討論,最後得到大會同意,接受和通過。

討論其它事項後大約在三時半就散會。

余柏寧供稿

澳門余風采堂遊新會

【澳門日報20060413 日登出】 澳門余風采堂在該堂元老余方、余英宏、余國雄帶領下,日前組織宗親七十人往新會春遊。

一行首先到達荷塘尋根祭祖,後到會城參觀了新會第一中學,遊覽了具有三百年歷史, 在華南保存得比較完好的新會學宮和在學宮旁邊的風采樓。 風采樓的中西合璧建築風格,傾倒了澳門遊客。旅遊團在荷塘南村還與當地負責人座談,暢談了澳門回歸後的大好形勢, 以及和珠江三角洲之間的良好合作關係。 團友和鄕親還即興聯合表演了曲藝節目,盡興而歸。


舍路余風采堂春季會議

在四月廿日(星期四)舍路余風采堂開了一個午餐會議,在會議裡我們談論了幾個重要題目。 第一個題目是關於舍路余風采堂參加從二零零六年八月十二日至十六日在洛杉磯舉行的第三屆「世界余氏懇親大會」 的代表和舍路余風采堂參加「全美余風采堂第廿二屆懇親大會」的代表。

有幾位堂員在會議上表示有興趣出席參加。 如您們欲知詳情,請用電子郵件與余海量聯絡,電郵信箱:FredYee@gmail.com

第二個討論的題目是由美西總顧問余樹湛報導,關於舍路余風采堂辦公室的搬遷最新的情況。 雖然這件與「陸榮昌亞洲博物館」的「交涉事情」正在進行中, 但目前舍路余風采堂的職員還是持續為本堂探索和選擇一個其它適合的、永久和將來的堂所辦公室。

第三個討論的題目是由余家樂主席宣佈,關於舍路余風采堂在四月十八日至十九日「歡迎中國國家主席胡錦濤」到訪西雅圖的參與。 在五星級的「菲亞蒙特奧林匹克酒店」裡舉行招待會那些嘉賓之中是有幾位舍路余風采堂堂員,包括余家樂主席。 舍路余風采堂也贊助在幾張本地出版的中文報紙裡祝賀胡主席的蒞臨。

討論最後的題目是關於本堂與西雅圖華埠國際區「中華門」計劃捐贈關係。 余家樂主席敦促舍路余風采堂堂員踴躍支持和慷慨地捐贈,對這個社區計劃是值得的和有意義的。

余海量供稿

斐匿余風采堂舉行第十七周年慶會

【亞省時報5月7日登出】本埠余風采堂于四月二十九日,在堂所舉行購置樓業第十七周年慶會。 是日天時温和,叔伯嬸母,兄弟姐妹和親友等,近二百人參加,興高采烈。

正午十二時祭祖開始,行禮如儀,奉獻金豬祭祖者,有余文勁,余文偉,余文澤, 余俊傑夫人,余錦豪,另由該堂自備一只,共有六頭金豬祭祖。 禮成后設有豐富布菲餐餉眾。

節目最吸引人的是依家鄉俗習,每家分派胙肉(燒豬)一條。 人人午餐飽腹后,笑嘻嘻的領份燒豬回家,慶會在歡樂的氣氛中結束。


温哥華謝氏宗親會三十一週年紀念聯歡

二零零六年五月六日(星期六)是温哥華謝氏宗親會成立三十一週年暨謝氏婦女部成立十三週年紀念的好日子。 當日中午十二時正在謝家「寶樹堂」禮堂內,謝氏世表們首先舉行祭祖儀式,之後他們有豐富茶點招待。 加拿大余風采總堂主席根洙伉儷、 温哥華余風采堂主席美湛伉儷、書記榮燊、康樂組主任余李翠燕女士、婦女組主任碧瑜姑和財政主任柏寧一齊出席參加。 余風采總堂主席余根洙代表余氏宗親祝賀謝氏世表,在致詞中他希望謝氏和余氏二百五十多年寶貴的友誼永遠繼續下去, 他並且恭祝謝氏宗親們在丙戌年快樂,家庭幸福!

聯歡晚宴於當晚假珠城海鮮大酒樓舉行,司儀由謝翠婷女士担任,序幕先由昭倫體育會醒獅團到賀瑞獅表演,副主席謝煦池致歡迎詞。 到會嘉賓有中華人民共和國駐温哥華副總領事黎寶光和領事李少青,僑團代表和謝氏宗親友好等共三百多人,氣氛熱閙。 副總領事黎寶光和多位代表在宴會上先後致賀詞。

秘書謝仕平擔任卡拉OK節目,嘉賓高歌助慶,有粵曲和時代曲,唱出非常動聽,謝錫龍世表致謝詞。

當晚聯歡晚宴的壓軸是抽獎,人人都有中,全塲皆大歡喜,興會直至晚上十時許始盡歡而散。

余柏寧供稿

温哥華余風采堂顧問余錫儒伉儷金婚宴會盛誌

余風采堂顧問余錫儒與麥華珍女士結婚五十週年金婚之慶,其承慶子少雲伉儷,承歡女少華伉儷,素華,及內外孫等,孝思情篤, 五月七日晚上,於珠城海鮮大酒樓 設宴祝賀親友。

莅臨道賀者數百人,喜氣洋洋,七時將屆,親友起立鼓掌歡迎金婚伉儷入座, 司儀金星介紹余錫儒麥華珍與近親及遠道前來嘉賓起立與眾相見, 並宣佈主家喜慶不忘慈善公益,捐助雲埠余風采堂、風采堂獎學基金、風采月刊、等處經費及余氏太祖寳誕祭祖金豬代金, 仁風義舉,殊堪敬佩。

余風采總堂主席余根洙致詞讚頌金婚伉儷半世紀相隨之幸福,可喜可賀。 同時臺上放映金婚伉儷過去美滿生活寫照,每一鏡頭司儀加以講解,莊諧並妙。 繼而金婚伉儷合唱高山青一曲,開始卡垃OK節目,風采歌詠班合唱祝賀歌曲,親友先後登臺唱出經典名曲。 清音妙韻,悠揚悅耳。酒過數巡,金婚伉儷輪席敬酒,觥籌交錯,極形熱閙,嘉餚美酒,大快朵頤,載談載飲,十時許始盡歡握別, 洵盛會也。

余榮燊供稿

加拿大華裔作家余兆昌(Paul Yee)

温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛和財政主任余柏寧,两人有一個難得的機會,贏取了由加拿大廣播公司 (CBC Radio One), 喬治亞事實週刊 (The Georgia Straight) ,温哥華國際作家藝術節 (The Vancouver Readers & Writers Festival), 温哥華公共圖書館 (Vancouver Public Library) 和加拿大温哥華華人藝術家協會 (explorASIAN) 主辦機構的五月十七日(星期三),下午六時半的「聽眾入場票」,在廣播室內我們能夠與加拿大華裔作家余兆昌先生會面, 認識和暢話關於他的新書。 出席的嘉賓包括加拿大士達孔拿舞蹈團的何美薇女士,「恭哈吉士發財」(GungHaggisFatChoy.com) 網站系統資源管理員黃子旗(Todd Wong),和一些余兆昌先生 的舊同學。

主辦機構這次是特別介紹余兆昌先生的重新設計,重新修訂版,最暢銷和著名的書「鹹水埠」, 這本「史書」的故事是在一九八八年首先出版, 講述温哥華華人社區和它的非凡成長,從一個邊際的華人社區到現在「世界新秩序」的最成功種族聚集地的當中一個。 新版包括一九八七年至二零零一年時代的華人社區,當温哥華華人人口迅速地增長。

余兆昌先生是一位加拿大用英文寫作的華裔兒童文學作家,他寫了很多以華裔兒童移民為題材的作品, 他獲得加國幾個重要的文學獎,深受讀者們的喜愛。他的作品多描述華裔兒童移民跟父母代溝的衝突, 他們的生活適應以及文化認同等等問題。 從兒童的角度來寫小移民的生活感受,余兆昌也企圖透過這些故事,讓小讀者了解華人的移民歷史,對如何建立異族間的友誼, 有正面的啟發和開導。

余兆昌先生是一位第三代的加拿大華裔,出生於沙省的斯波爾丁鎮,在温哥華華埠長大,自一九八八年以來,他居住於多倫多。 當他在卑詩大學讀歷史系時,他担任做過一位檔案管理員又曾在温哥華華埠做過義工,這裡是他的重要資料和靈感來源。 他寫了數部小說和非小說類作品、兒童和年輕人書藉。 他的最新作品包括「竹子」、「加拿大的華埠」和「這是被碰了釘還是什麼?」 。

余兆昌先生讀了該書的一些摘錄給我們聽,和回答了許多觀眾問題, 包括美湛主席題出的“怎樣能另今日的青年對加拿大華人的歷史感興趣?” 和 “怎樣能吸引今日的青年來參加現時的社團活動?”。 他的答覆是相當簡單和有理由,他說現代的青少年們是有了很多愛好的節目來選擇, 除非現代的社團有極大和青少年們喜愛的節目活動, 例如「加拿大偶像」選拔賽等,否則他們多數是不會參與的,因現代的青少年們的「思想」是不同以前的。 最後余兆昌先生提議這個「吸引」難題是需要一些詳細的研究和需要同一些社團顧問討論才能找出正確的答案。

我們很幸運得到了余兆昌先生的親筆簽名在我們剛購買的新書「鹹水埠」。他曾經聽說過「余風采堂」的堂號,但他從未拜訪過。 美湛主席邀請他下次和我們接觸如他再來拜訪温哥華。美湛主席會發給他電子郵件與余風采堂網站資訊。 余兆昌先生的錄音採訪將會在六月間在 CBC (690) 收音機台播放,請大家留意收聽。

余柏寧供稿

波士頓「廣教學校齊步滿分同樂日」


穿上「忠孝仁愛」、「建校籌款」的大紅T恤,拿上一瓶水,數百名廣教學校的學生、家長、老師及支持者, 廿日參加「廣教學校齊步滿分同樂日」活動, 一早從紐英崙中華公所大禮堂走到查理士河畔的貝殻劇院(hatch shell),既健身又做善事的為廣教學校建校經費又籌得逾萬元。

廣教學校校長湯鳳鳴昨(五月廿一)日表示,由於不少老師、同學,以及善長仁翁還未能把善款收齊,廿日的步行活動總共籌得多少錢, 目前還無法算出確切數目,但可以肯定的是,當天包括李廖認寬、單鳳琴等人在現場即席收進的現金超過八千元。


湯校長及廣教學校董事長雷國輝並特別稱讚余風采堂,感謝兩名主席余超群、余積堯不但招睞了近十名余氏宗親參加健行, 壯大了他們的徒步籌款聲勢,更在余風采堂捐二百元,所有出席健行者各自另外捐款下,共捐給廣教學校逾二千元。湯校長並透露, 大筆捐款還有陳家驊的一千元,陳毓禮的承諾募捐五千多元,已到位三千多元,估計待所有善款收齊後,籌款總數會達到近二萬元。

今年的廣教學校籌款建校徒步行,因為改在週六舉行,有些往年常見的熟面孔,今年沒出現, 身為廣教學校董事的紐英崙中華公所主席黃國威,也因在外埠出席會議,未能到場,但廣教學校的老師們,包括呂錦芳、 區美鶯、梅慕芳、梅淑雅、施綺文、劉慧儀、敖秀麗、姚蓮蒂等人,一樣招呼著包括從五歲幼兒班的小朋友, 到推著嬰兒車的學生家長們, 一路浩浩蕩蕩的邊享受暖暖陽光,蔚藍天空,邊與三兩好友閒話家常。

今年的徒步隊伍,還有幾大特色,一是夫妻檔多。從陳毓琁、陳毓禮、陳家驊,到廣教學校董事長雷國輝,都是夫妻檔一起出動。 學生家長中也有不少夫妻一起出席的。另一特色,則是年近八十的老人家也來響應義舉, 包括每早隨廣教學校吳荔老師練健身操的「徒弟」,司徒美香、黃錦棠,還有華美福利會余達明律師的母親余李寶瓊。

徒步隊伍一路從泰勒街轉進夏利臣街、馬津尼路、阿靈頓街的走進貝殼廣場。李頌榮、李嘉玲等人沿路拿著大大的「停」字招牌, 在十字路口為隊伍攔下過往車輛。利吳素儀沿路抱著路邊的消防栓、指著掛在路燈柱上的招牌,提醒徒步者別被撞到, 波士頓警察翁天生也沿路維護隊伍安全。 當天波士頓僑教中心主任葛家榮也在捐款之餘,全程陪走的表達心意。

廣教學校董事長雷國輝在健行途中透露了好消息。波士頓重建局甫於十六日把泰勒街87號這塊地, 正式指派給廣教學校及華美福利會來合建「華埠社區教育中心」大樓,破土動工之日,終於指日可待。

廣教學校將於六月廿四日舉行第七十五屆小學畢業典禮,今年十二月二日,並將假帝苑大酒樓慶祝九十週年。

記者菊子波士頓報導】

下期預告

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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

Spring Banquets

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

What is in the Next Issue?


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 7th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring celebrations of the annual Spring Banquets from associations around the world. Of special interest are the reports from the Phoenix chapter, as these represent the first updates to the Phoenix website since 2001.

Thanks to everyone for contributing advice, articles, photos, and editorial assistance, including:

  • Eric Yu of Edmonton
  • Fred Yee of Seattle
  • Jack Charles Yee of Calgary
  • Larry Yee of San Francisco
  • Martin Yee and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Peter Yee of Boston
  • Richard Yue of Hong Kong
Jim Yee, Vancouver

Calgary New Year's Banquet

Calgary
                  banquet

New Year's Banquet at Calgary was held on Feb. 26, 2006. It was attended by 440 people. The premier of Alberta, Mr. Ralph Klein, was there. The Chinese Consulate General of Calgary Mr. Zhong was present. The Minister of Indian Affair, Mr. Jim Prentice also came to celebrate. We are honored to host a large delegation from the Edmonton Yee Fung Toy Society. We are also very proud to have a delegation of Yee's from the City of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Jack Charles Yee

Yee Fung Toy Family Association Headquarters in San Francisco Spring Banquet

The Yee Fung Toy Family Association HQs annual spring banquet was held on Sunday evening, March 12, 2006 and had over 1,200 people. President Phillip Yee of the Yee Fung Toy Family Association wishes everyone a happy Chinese New Year, with plenty of wealth, and good health in the “Year of the Dog”. The World Yee’s President Damon Yee also added that the World Yee’s Annual Convention will be held in Southern California on August 12 – 14, 2006 and hopes to see all of our convention delegates, family and friends there. Our Eastern Grand President Peter Yee share with the audience the history of the Year of the Dog and wishes everyone continued success. Grand President Art Yee also added that there is the Yee’s National Convention that will also be held in Southern California, starting on August 12 – 16, 2006 and hopes to see all convention delegates, family and friends there. Our California Assemblyman Leland Yee, Speaker Pro Temp who is running for the State Senate thanked all of his supporters for their help throughout the years and wishes everyone continued success, health and world peace. Acting California Board of Equalization Betty Yee in District One also wishes everyone a great Chinese New Year and is running for re-election. San Francisco School Board President Norman Yee was also in attendance.

Officers at
                  Spring Banquet

As we enjoyed the great banquet, the Yee Fung Toy musical group treated us to musical performance that sang old traditional songs. The Yee Fung Toy musical group was led by Gene Yee and family members interested in singing karaoke or Chinese opera is welcome to participate at the headquarters located at 131 Waverly Place on Saturdays starting at 12pm. Maybe one day we’ll have a Yee singing in the American Idol competition!

Larry Yee

Hong Kong Spring Banquet

Toast from the
                  HK executives

The Yue's Clansman Association held their Spring Banquet in Hong Kong on April 1, when they celebrated their 69th anniverasry and presented scholarship awards.
Richard Yue

Edmonton Spring Banquet

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                  Edmonton Spring Banquet

On April 30th, 2006, the Yee Fung Toy Society held their annual Spring Banquet. Emcees Eric and Andrea Yu hosted the event with over three hundred and fifty people attending, including guests from Calgary and other esteemed organizations. The program began with an exciting lion’s dance performed by the Edmonton Chinese Freemasons Hung Mon Athletic Club, and was followed by a welcome speech from the society’s president Frank Yee. After the swearing in ceremony of the executive members and subsequent welcoming from Vice President Kwai Wah Yu, dinner was served. The delicious ten-course meal was accompanied by singing performed by the Sound of Opera and the awarding of scholarships. Before the night came to a close, there was also a prize draw, which featured over seventy prizes.
Eric Yu

Vancouver celebrates Ching Ming

Our ancestors describe the Ching Ming Festival like this: “With the coming of Spring, nature wakes up, dressing the world with greenery. Everything is new, clean and fresh".

'Ching' means clear, pure or clean and 'Ming' means brightness. As the Spring Season begins, nature is looking bright and clear. Ching Ming is also a Chinese rite that is focused on ancestor worship. On this day, celebrants traditionally visit their ancestral graves, where special rites are held and offerings are made in honor of their departed beloved ones.

Ching Ming or Grave-Sweeping Day is held on the 106th day after winter solstice, and occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. It is traditionally an important festival day for the Chinese throughout the world.

On Sunday, April 2, members of The Vancouver Yee Fung Toy Society and their relatives drove to the Mountainview Cemetery Chinese Pavilion for a ceremony at noon, coincidentally the Day-light Saving Time occurred on the same day. Therefore we set our time an hour ahead before we went to bed the night before, to ensure that we will all get up on time to attend this day’s event. In Attendance at this year’s ceremony were Canada YFT Chairman Kan and his wife, advisor Gary and his wife, Vancouver YFT Chairman Jim and his wife, Vice Chairman James, Vice Chairman Phillip, Advisors Dick and his wife, Advisor Wayne, Secretary Wing and his wife, Directors Steven, Benita, Sui Ji and his wife, David, George and his wife, Kin Man and Treasurer Martin, and relatives altogether totaling over thirty people.

They came with the roast pork, pastries, wine, and fruits and arranged them on the ceremonial altar. We all listened attentively to Director Steven Yee’s ceremony proceedings. Director George Yee set off the firecrackers at the end of the ceremony to scare off evil spirits and to alert the deceased relatives that we are there to pay our respects.

The weather also cooperated that day. Unlike last year, the daybreak drizzle had transformed into a clear noon sky. We all enjoyed this spring day’s warmth.

After the ceremonial ritual, our YFT members and relatives drove to our Society Hall in Chinatown to share a delicious buffet lunch together.

Martin Yee

Vancouver holds Annual General Meeting



image of Vancouver AGM

The Vancouver YFT Society held its first ever Annual General Meeting for the members on April 2, 2006, immediately after the Ching Ming buffet luncheon at the Chinatown Society Hall.

The members signed in before the lunch was served, after every member sat on their seats arranged by Lun Zhan in the Hall, Chairman Jim called the meeting to order, he told the audience that this meeting was the first ever meeting, hence no previous minutes were available on record yet.

Chairman Jim then proceeded with his report of the activities of the past year, followed by the financial report read by the current treasurer Martin. Chairman Jim asked the members if the financial report be formally adopted and carried, motion was to adopt and carried.

An important business on the meeting agenda was to read out the Constitution of the Vancouver YFT chapter to the members, Secretary Wing read out the Vancouver Constitution in detail, motion on the floor was to approved as read, Director Steven asked the Chairman to add a few more vice chairman next time to the Scholarship committee. Currently the constitution stated one Vice Chairman only. Everyone agreed.

After other orders of business were brought up, discussions were held; the motion to adjourn the meeting was later seconded and carried. Secretary Wing recorded the meeting’s minutes.

Martin Yee

Seattle Yee Fung Toy Association Spring Meeting

On April 20, the Seattle Chapter of the Yee Fung Toy Association held a lunch meeting to discuss several issues of importance. The first issue is the representation of the Chapter at the World Yee Convention and the U.S. Yee Fung Toy Convention to be held from August 12-16, 2006 in Los Angeles. Several members of the Association have expressed interest in attending the convention. For more detail, please contact Fred Yee at FredYee@gmail.com.

The second issue of discussion was an update from Dr. James Yee regarding the relocation of the Seattle Yee Chapter office. At this time, the negotiation with the Wing Luke Museum is still ongoing while the Chapter is exploring other options for the permanent relocation of the Seattle Chapter office.

The third issue of discussion was a report from Chapter President Uncle Hing Ng regarding the Chapter’s participation in the welcoming of Chinese President Hu JinTao to Seattle on April 18-19. Several Chapter members including Uncle Hing were among those who were present at the reception held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Seattle Chapter was also a sponsor of congratulatory announcement for President Hu’s Seattle visit published in several local Chinese language newspapers.

The last issue of discussion related to the Chapter donation to the Seattle Chinatown Gate project. Uncle Hing urged the Seattle membership to donate generously to this worthy community project.

Fred Yee

Vancouver Advisor Dick Yee celebrates 50th Anniversary

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                  Yee's Family

Stop the presses, call the news!
There's something big in our Vancouver City!
It's so cool, it's really nifty!
Dick and Georgina...are fifty!

A couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary certainly deserves to celebrate. They have managed to survive a half century of life's ups and downs together. Not many people make it through the first five years, let alone ten times that number.

Well, Vancouver YFT Advisor Dick Yee and his wife Georgina Yee have managed that, and both were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary at the Pink Pearl Seafood Restaurant with their family and friends on May 7, 2006.

Every wedding anniversary is indeed a special time for a couple. This is when they look back on their relationship and refresh their recollection of their happy years together. Son Selwyn and his wife Sandy, daughter Sylvia and her husband William Chow, daughter Sophia, grandsons Christopher Yee, Cameron Yee, Daryle Chow and Derrick Chow joined in the celebration of this happy occasion.

James Yu served as the evening emcee; he made a very wonderful speech and a very beautiful tribute to Dick and Georgina. Simultaneously video and photos of Dick and Georgina’s everyday life was unfolded onto the screen.

In his congratulatory speech, the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Chairman Mr. Kan Yu praised the Golden Wedding Anniversary couple and wished them happiness in the future.

The evening's music entertainment began with the couple singing “Gau Shan Ching” (The Ode of Green High Mountain) for us, followed by a series of karaoke songs sung by the guests.

Dick and Georgina, Happy 50th Anniversary!

Thanks for sharing your joys with us!

Martin Yee

Paul Yee with Saltwater City: The Story of Vancouver’s Chinese Community




CBC Radio One, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Readers & Writers Festival, The Vancouver Public Library, and explorASIAN presented Paul Yee with Saltwater City on May 17, 2006.

Both Jim Yee and Martin Yee went to the CBC Studio to celebrate the completely redesigned and revised edition of this best-selling landmark book, first published in 1988, which told the epic story of Vancouver's Chinese community and its extraordinary growth from marginal to centre stage in a new world order. The new edition includes the years 1987 to 2001, when Vancouver’s Chinese population grew rapidly.

The text resonates with often painful first-person recollections and includes 200 photographs, most reproduced for the first time, to form a chronological portrait of the community from its earliest beginnings to the present. With the assimilation of its people into the mainstream of Canadian life following World War II, Saltwater City, as early Chinese immigrants called the community, was threatened, but changes in attitude, government policy, and the opening of diplomatic relations with China instead caused a renaissance. Now, Vancouver's Chinese community enjoys considerable political and financial influence and has matured beyond recognition into one of Canada's most successful ethnic enclaves.

Paul Yee, a third-generation Chinese-Canadian, was born in Saskatchewan, grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and worked for the Vancouver City Archives before moving to Toronto in 1988. He has written several fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult books.  A well-known historian and community activist, he is the author of numerous award winning books including Saltwater City, Tales of Gold Mountain and Roses Sing on New Snow. Most recently, Yee was named the 1996 Governor General's Award Winner for Children's Literature for his latest book, Ghost Train. His latest books include Bamboo, Chinatowns in Canada, and Is This Screwed, Or What?

Martin Yee

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