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風采電子季刊

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Issue 23 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2010/06/21

目錄

編者話

世界余氏宗親總會第四屆(2010 年)懇親大會

修葺荻海名賢余忠襄公祠






風采總分堂報導

風采月刊

春季號(第95期)

Spring
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開平市風采校園生活


開平市風采華僑中學


台山市白沙鎮武溪中學


香港風采中學快訊


下 期預告


編者話

各位親愛的宗親、各位讀者,大家好!

歡迎來到第廿三期的「風采電子季刊」,這是世界余氏宗親團体的電子訊報。

第廿三期的「風采電子季刊」以各地余風采堂舉辦的春節聯歡、清明時節慶活動為主題。各風采分堂之活動由各余氏宗親會提供。

在馬來西亞吉隆坡隆重召開的第四屆世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會及在廣東開平隆重舉行的重修荻海名賢余忠襄公祠竣工慶典活動已圓滿結束。

第五屆世余懇親地區定於在加拿大温哥華舉行,日期由主辦單位決定。

謝謝宗親們的投稿與支持,有您的參與,相信這份電子報將會不斷的成長與進步。

本刊得以順利完成,實有賴各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柏寧先生、余榮燊先生、余金星先生。
  • 加拿大點問頓余風采堂的余英華先生、余國基先生、余偉毅先生。
  • 加拿大卡城余風采堂的余策源先生。
  • 加拿大安省余風采堂的余穎俊先生。
  • 加拿大滿地可余風采堂的余紹然先生。
  • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的余健全先生。
  • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余文澤先生、余文勁先生、余長全先生、余偉虹女士。
  • 美國二埠余風采堂的余李慕蓮女士、余庭穩先生、余汝韶先生。
  • 美國紐約余風采堂的余宏基先生、余鋼深先生。
  • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生。
  • 美國積彩余風采堂的余次屏先生。
  • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余厚利先生、余超群先生、余寶愛女士、余定邦先生。
  • 美國休斯敦余風采堂的余頌輝先生。
  • 美國企李崙余風采堂的余顯良先生。
  • 菲律濱余風采堂的余健華先生。
  • 香港余氏宗親會主席余健倫先生、余華軸先生。
  • 馬來西亞秘書長余開雲先生。

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


第四屆世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會圓滿結束

 

時光荏苒,三年一度的「世界余氏宗親總會懇親大會」於二零一零年三月廿四日 (星期三)至廿五日(星期四)在吉隆坡隆重召開。 原定去年十一月舉行的第四屆世界余氏總會懇親大會,因甲型流感病毒 H1N1 亞型肆虐,延期至今年在馬來西亞舉辦,參加盛會的有來自美國、加拿大、泰國、菲律賓、印尼、香港、新加坡及馬來西亞的余氏宗親, 群賢畢至,歡聚一堂,敦睦宗誼。 大家一起共同渡過有意義和難忘的幾天。


「吉隆坡」是馬來西亞的首都,人口大約有一百六十萬左右; 吉隆坡意思是「泥與河匯合之地」,剛巧這裡亦是馬來西亞多元化民族匯聚的地方; 近年吉隆坡以一系列的現代建設如「雙子塔」等成功轉營,成為兼備了高度現代化和傳統文化的魅力之都。


世界各地出席者在三月二十四日前往龍城(谷中城)大酒店大堂「CITITEL HOTEL,MID VALLEY,KUALA LUMPUR」 接待處報到、安排住宿等。 主辦單位安排專人接機及專車迎接到龍城大酒店。

遠道而來的貴賓包括香港余風采五堂會主席兼世界余氏宗親總會名譽會長余健倫、 香港氏宗親會理事長余紹凱、副監事長余柏齡、副理事長余華軸、副理事長余海虎、 總務主任余偉明、聯誼主任余錦相、調查主任余伯威、稽核主任余錦雄、審查主任余榮標、理事余國初及余仁壽等。 來自美國包括美西副總長余以信、美東總長余景新及紐約余風采堂總顧問余保忠。 來自加拿大包括全加余風采總堂主席余根洙、副主席余詠本、顧問余錫儒、書記余栢寧、 財政余錦文、樓業余漢銳、温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛及卡加利余風采堂副主席余幕慈。 來自泰國包括余氏宗親總會理事長余聲清。 來自菲律賓包括余風采堂顧問余振榮。 來自新加坡包括余氏總會主席余海年及來自印尼包括余徐涂佘公所主席余偉球等。





































世余懇親會代表們於三月二十五日上午八時半在「雪隆余氏公會」 Persekutuan Keturunan Yee 大禮堂內虔誠地向先祖拜祭。 禮畢,拍照留念。 隨後乘坐大巴回返龍城酒店會議室 Matahari Ball Room (五樓 Level 5),召開世界余氏總會第四屆會員大會,修改章程及議定下屆懇親大會事宜,而非世余懇親會代表参加者, 由主辦當單位安排一日游。

此次大會通過多項決議案:
(一)懇親大會通過增加兩個屬會,即「新加坡」及「印尼」。
(二)懇親大會通過修改「世余章程」的第三章第九條:— 副會長「六人」改為「八人」。
(三)大會選出,加拿大余根洙為「第五屆世余」會長,副會長為香港 — 余健倫、美國 — 余以信、泰國 — 余聲清、菲律賓 — 余振榮、馬來西亞 — 余瑞時、新加坡 — 余海年、印尼 — 余偉球。 余瑞民也在會上當選了世界余氏宗親總會名譽會長。

(四)第五屆世余懇親地區在加拿大温哥華舉行,日期由主辦單位決定。
(五)世余章程,經討論修改後,獲大會通過。


三月二十五日下午七時,在吉隆坡舊古仔路「魚龍國大酒家」設備晚宴, 並舉行第四屆懇親大會開幕與閉幕儀式、及世界余氏宗親總會第五屆理事就職典禮、互換紀念品、合影留念等等。


加拿大全加余風采總堂主席余根洙說,得知成為第五屆世界余氏懇親總會會長, 肩膀猶如千萬斤的重擔,但深信背後有一班加拿大代表團支持,以及歷屆宗長做後盾,必定將余氏薪火相傳。

下屆懇親大會在加拿大卑詩省温哥華再見。

加拿大余栢寧報導


百年風采堂重現 風采風采中學喜迎七十華誕


三月二十八上午, 重修名賢余忠襄公祠(風采堂)竣工剪彩暨風采中學建校七十週年慶典隆重舉行, 江門市副市長李崴,廣東省僑務辦副主任鄭健民,廣東省文物局局長龍家有,開平市領導黃繼燁、文彥、侯永豪等出席了慶典活動。 來自美國、加拿大、菲律賓、馬來西亞、泰國、港澳台以及省內外等地區共 2500 多名余氏宗親以及風采中學的歷屆校友、師生等齊聚一堂,歡度盛會。


名賢余忠襄公祠(風采堂)是清末台山、開平兩縣餘姓宗族為紀念余氏祖先、北宋名臣余靖而建, 始建於 1906 年,1914 年竣工,是開平市最著名的古祠堂。風采堂保留了中國古代建築風格,又博取西洋建築特點, 是中西文化交流的產物,在僑鄉建築中獨具一格,具有極大的歷史文物價值。 2006 年,風采堂歷經百年滄桑,在全球余氏宗親和政府的努力下全面大修, 2009 年,名賢余忠襄公祠經過 4年的重修,在修舊如舊的基礎上,將百年古祠重現新的風采。

在當日的竣工剪裁儀式上,世界余氏宗親總會創會會長余健倫指出,修復名賢余忠襄公祠, 證明余氏家族團結一心,希望今後余氏宗親一如既往地對余氏家族各項事業建設給予大力支持。

開平市委常委、宣傳部長黃繼燁表示,在各級政府的大力支持, 廣大余氏鄉親同胞的無私奉獻及風采中學師生們的共同努力下, 一定會使這座中西合璧的百年名祠為社會主義新時期的教育和文明建設作出新的貢獻。

當晚,余氏宗親舉行了答謝晚宴,感謝開平市各部門對這次活動的支持。

江門日報記者伍安平報導


加拿大余風采總分堂代表團前往廣東開平參加重修荻海名賢余忠襄公祠竣工慶典活動

廣東省開平市余氏宗親於二零一零年三月二十八日隆重舉行 重修名賢余忠襄公祠竣工剪彩暨紀念太祖一千零一十歲誕辰及風采中學建校七十週年慶典活動。


來自全球各地海外宗親包括香港、澳門、美國、加拿大、馬來西亞、菲律賓、泰國、 等地余氏宗親會、余風采堂等華僑、港澳同胞有四百三十多人參加。另外國內各級政府領導和幹部、 各縣市余族代表以及風采中學校友、師生等共二千三百人出席。








前往廣東開平參加慶典活動的加拿大余風采總分堂代表團包括加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙伉儷、顧問余錫儒伉儷、 副主席余詠本伉儷、副主席余耀祥伉儷、財政主任余錦文伉儷、樓業主任余漢銳伉儷,温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷、 書記余栢寧伉儷、婦女組主任余碧瑜伉儷、耆英組主任余瑞芝伉儷、温哥華風采校友會會長余惠卿伉儷,嘉賓包括余耀夔(Yiu Kee Yee) 伉儷、余耀夔( Yiu Kwai Yu) 伉儷、余碧雲伉儷,余瑞邦伉儷、余永明伉儷、毛錦輝伉儷、黃穎亮伉儷、楊植洪伉儷、余瓊瑞女士、余月香女士、胡佩貞女士、 余根群女士,點問頓余風采堂英文祕書余偉毅,陳余潔冰女士,安省嘉賓黄奕超伉儷、余陳錦意女士, 風采校友會顧問余惠芳及家人等一行五十七人。


這次我們大家懷著一顆美好的心情,回到廣東開平參加 「重修荻海名賢余忠襄公祠竣工剪彩」暨「紀念太祖一千零一十歲誕辰」 及「風采中學建校七十週年慶典」活動。

三月二十七日(星期六),參加慶典活動的香港、澳門和海外來賓, 在開平潭江半島酒店報到,入住潭江半島酒店及領取風采中學分發的紀念禮品。 晚上八時港澳地區和海外來賓參加開平市府在潭江半島酒店中國廳舉行的「歡迎晚宴」。














三月二十八日(星期日),依照香港、澳門和海外嘉賓的活動安排表, 入住潭江半島酒店的來賓在潭江半岛酒店內享受中西式自助早餐,然後乘車前往風采中學参加慶典大會。 大約上午九時半左右,邀請的余氏宗親及嘉賓参加恭祭太祖大典。 十時至十一時,在慶典活動中,對修祠貢獻突出的團體以及個人進行表彰, 還為重修名賢余忠襄公祠竣工、風采中學校史室開幕以及重修運動場工程竣工進行剪彩。









 

由於節目緊湊,時間短迫,會上只有四人講話,開平市宣傳部長黃繼燁,主辦單位主席余健倫, 風采中學校長周珠花,代表海外宗親和校友余文勁,這次百年一遇盛會, 使余氏宗人歡聚一起聯絡感情,加強團結,以表達「風采一家親」精神。

午餐是在潭江半島酒家三大餐廳舉行,筵開二百三十席。

下午三時至五時,嘉賓乘車前往風采華僑中學舉行歡迎文藝表演和宿舍大楼剪彩活動。

晚上余氏宗親在潭江半岛酒店「亞洲廳」舉行答謝宴會,同時舉行風采中學七十週年華誕文藝表演。


三月二十九日(星期一),嘉賓自由選擇参加以下一項活動,去参觀武溪中學和台山市旅游景點或去参觀開平碉樓和立園景點。 去参觀武溪中學和台山市旅游景點的香港、澳門和海外嘉賓晚上参加在台城舉行答謝市府晚宴。



 

 




我們覺得這次活動是很有意義的,雖然傳統許多家族都是有這樣相關慶典或同樣的的主題活動, 但這個隆重歷史慶典活動不但是我們今日余氏的風采,而是很值得我們「余族」去感動一下,去驕傲一番。

加拿大余栢寧報導


團結一致 祠堂修復


在名賢余忠襄公祠重修竣工剪彩慶典上的演講

各位長官、各位宗親、各位嘉賓、老師們、同學們:

大家好!今日是我們余氏大家族一個重要的日子。 大家知道我們余族的祠堂已經有百年的歷史, 經過一百年的風吹雨打,祠堂一直破舊不堪。

大約五年前,美國余風釆總堂余文勁元老打電話給我說, "我們的祠堂破舊不堪,須要重修,我把這個任務交給你啦!" 我當時聽到電話又驚又喜,驚的是,這個任務怎麼做呢?這麼重要的重任交給我們香港余氏宗親的手上。 而歡心的是,我們香港余氏宗親會能夠有機會為余氏家族做一件有歷史意義的事, 得到鼓勵,又能夠得到全世界余氏兄弟支持。

當時我曾經講過,我們這個祠堂維修,不是一件普通的善事,而是我們家族的大事, 我們大家庭是全世界的。所以我得到美國,加拿大、菲律賓、泰國、馬來西亞、 等等國家,還有澳門、台灣,所有的宗親,包括國內的宗親,一人一心,一人一元,十元一百元,都捐出來, 結果能夠籌到六百多萬元,比我想像中的更多,我在這堶n多謝省市政府鼎力合作,撥款支持修祠, 能夠使我們在幾年內完成這個任務, 順便介紹一下,我們這個祠堂除了有一百年歷史以外,相信大家有機會去參觀這個 中西合壁的祠堂設計包括三進六院十五廳堂,堶惘酗丹銴憭う熄蛈X,有中東的藝術,有意大利的雕刻,每一幅壁,每一幅畫, 都有一個故事, 如果大家有時間看的,看幾天都看不完。這棟建築物獲得廣東省列為重點文物保護,是值得我們紀念的。

祠堂是我們紀念祖先的地方,我們余姓,在一千年前是一家親,現在是一家親,就算一千年後,我們余姓都是一家親。

今天能夠圓滿成功的修復祠堂,証明我們余氏家庭團結一心, 我們全世界余氏的兄弟都支持這件事,我希望大家繼續支持下去, 這媔陲K多謝幾位,包括國內修祠小組成員,他們勞苦功高,他們在五年內作了很多事。我們在海外只是出錢, 但國內這修祠小組的成員,包括市政府的支持在內,很難得在五年之內把祠堂全部修復,還原返原來的面貌。

最後,亦希望大家繼續支持我們余氏家族。

多謝各位!祝各位家庭幸福,身體健康!

世界 余氏宗親總會創會會長余健倫


世界余氏宗親會名譽主席余文勁在大會上發言


今日係荻海名賢余忠襄公祠重修竣工剪彩暨太祖一千一十歲誕辰紀念, 以及風采中學建校七十週年校慶,三喜臨門大好日子。 本人遠從美國專程回來參加這個隆重慶典活動,躬逢盛會,覺得非常榮幸和高興。 又有機會見到各位鄉親及朋友,謹向大家致以親切問候和衷誠祝福。

重修有百年歷史祖祠,工程浩大,經過幾年時候,化費龐大財力和人力,其中香港和開平小組成員籌謀策劃,勞苦功高,貢獻最大。 今日工程完成,修古復古,重新恢復當年光彩。 同時,亦可表現我余氏親同心合力,有錢出錢,有力出力,充份發揮風采團結精神,完成巨大修祠任務,寫下余氏光榮歷史一頁。 母校風采中學適逢建校七十周年校慶,在這七十年來桃李芬芳,人材輩出,同學分佈國內和海外,為國家或社會服務,作出偉大貢 獻。 一個國家富強與學校教育有密切關係。近二來我新中國有驚人表現,比如二零零八年奧運成功,跟著神 州七號 太空漫步,去年,六十週年國慶閱兵,威震全球。 再過一個月,上海世博會開幕,相信到時,會帶來新中國又一次喝采掌聲。

新中國國力強盛,肯定第廿一世紀係我們中國人的世紀。 現在全世界在變,連美國白宮主人,由白色變為黑色,我中國亦跟著時代在變,但是變得更好,更富強。 相信將來,不是中國走向世界,而是世界向中國,中國將會帶領全球。

最後,祝願母校風采中學校務昌隆,各位同學學業猛進,百尺竿頭更進一步。 我想借這個機會,多謝母校風采中學栽培之恩,記得早六十幾年前,我在風采中學 讀書時,開始學習英文,你估,我會講的第一句英語是什麼呢?是:“No money no talk” (直譯即是說冇銀冇得講) 後來我往美國謀生時,體認這句英語,很適合資本主義社會,凡事講銀。 因此記住其意義,時常自我勉勵。 希望風采中學同學,將來事業成功之後,記得回報母校,以及做多的公益事業。 並祝福各位身體健康,萬事如意,旅途愉快,多謝。

世界 余氏宗親會名譽主席余文勁


南加省余風采堂春宴聯歡


南加省余風采堂 於二月廿一日(星期日)舉行春宴聯歡晚會, 假座漢宮大酒樓,筵開三十席。宗親一家大細、馬氏世表及謝氏世表均齊來參與。 羅省中華會館主席陳建邦先生及副主席馬國威先生亦齊來恭賀,除致詞道賀之外更賜贈獎牌給余風采堂。

此次活動由新青年組組長國恩及玉玲把關,他們主持節目不單是莊諧並重、中英文兼備,更把現場氣氛帶到高峰。 節目有「謝氏雙獅齊賀歲,風采歌唱頌新春,財神福臨到你家,歌舞昇平樂悠悠」。在這四大節目主題中, 最難得是副主席---施橋叔,他扮演財神,維妙維肖,出錢出力,余風采堂並派發紅包給到會各小朋友,各位小朋友亦齊來和財神 合照,氣氛温馨。 余風采堂總堂美西副總長余以信先生亦上台致詞,代表全美余風采堂歡迎各嘉賓齊來參與此次活動。


今年余風采堂主席伯挹表示,過去兩年施橋主席帶領會務發展破舊迎新, 成立了南加省余風采堂粵樂組, 更把堂所裝修及把舊的椅子換新。 2010 年 3 月 13 日更舉辦「第一屆粵韻悠揚獻耆英慈善粵曲餐會」。 這是羅省首次舉辦如此大型的敬老活動。 伯挹主席更表示今年的南加省余風采堂有青年組的成立,將會把會務推向新的里程。 因為國恩組長是青年才俊,曾任羅省中華總商會主席,今次回到余風采堂籌組青年組,更是得心應手。 因今年適逢世界余氏宗親第四屆懇親大會及中國開平著名古祠余忠襄公祠之重建祭祖活動, 而會務又將向社區少年及青少年推行各種文娛興趣小組,青年組的策劃及推行是令會務日益精進, 達致余風采堂的宗旨是「發揚先輩正氣」、「培育後代情操」。


最後節目是卡拉 OK, 來賓及會中叔嬸大展歌喉。多數人雖年過半百,但依舊寶刀未老,神采飛揚,在舞台上載歌載舞。 把歡樂的氣氛推至最高峰,眾人依依不捨離去。

南加省余風采堂訊


紐約余風采堂春宴 近千人參加


紐約余風采堂於三月六日(星期六)假華埠金豐大酒樓舉行春宴,近千人參加,主席余宏基、 余典榮向大家祝賀新春,並希望新年裡繼續得到大家的支持,更好為鄉親和僑社服務。

中國駐紐約總領事館領事陳劭毅、台北駐紐約經文處副處長孫習忍、紐約州衆議員奧迪茲和孟昭文、 紐約市議員陳倩雯、市警五分局局長余振源、局長助理雷柏鋭、中華公所主席伍權碩、顧問于金山等嘉賓參加了宴會。

紐約余風采堂訊

斐匿余風采堂春宴


斐匿余風采堂於三月六日(星期六)在鳳凰城六福酒家舉行春宴聯歡活動,僑社各界 400 餘人出席,氣氛熱烈。


余風采堂主席余文澤感謝宗親們的熱心族務及對該公所的支持,該會歷年來均很重視對下一代的培育, 今年共有十位余氏的優秀學生獲得獎、助學金,得獎學生亦在會中公開表揚。

斐匿余風采堂訊

南加省余風采堂第一屆粵韻悠揚獻耆英慈善粵曲餐會


由南加省余風采堂主辦,南加省余風采堂婦女組及洛杉磯銀河音樂曲藝社協辦之 「第一屆粵韻悠揚獻耆英慈善粵曲餐會」, 已於 2010 年 3 月 13 日(星期六), 上午十時半至下午四時,在羅省金龍大酒家 (Golden Dragon Restaurant) 舉行,此次活動一方面是要把敬老愛老的精神傳揚下去,另一方面是慶祝粵劇粵曲是首項民間藝術獲列為世界非物質文化遺產, 也是中國二十二項世界非物質文化遺產的其中一項。 由於人力物力的限制, 此次活動將以粵曲演唱為主,中午十二時 敬備午餐、下午二時半 敬備下午茶。




此次活動得到余施橋先生、余伯挹先生、余以信伉儷、余黃娛鳳女士、關余小曼女士、 陳如莉女士、伍仲偉醫生、謝子直先生、譚寶瓊女士、關寶琴女士、Mrs. Chan Hing 及金龍大酒家出錢出力支持,免費招待 140 名耆英參加,而亦得到曲友的熱心參與,整個活動將筵開 22 席,全場門券一早已爆滿。


是日早上十時來賓便如貫入場,十時半由南加省余風采堂正副主席伯挹及施橋一同上台進行開鑼儀式。 鑼聲響起後,節目便正式開始,由洛杉磯銀河曲藝社全體樂師演奏小曲組合「銀河會、孔雀開屏、娛樂昇平、步步高」。 接著便演繹名曲四首,南唐殘夢----(余冠全、葉蕙棻) 【陳植生頭架、胡燦光揚琴】,碧波仙子之證良緣----(葉聲輝、英麗萍),殘夜泣箋----余黃娛鳳) 【陳植生頭架、胡燦光揚琴】,吟盡楚江秋---- (關淑怡)。


第一階段之演唱於中午十二時暫時結束,南加省余風采堂金牌司儀余玉玲女士主持致詞之程序, 主席余伯挹上台致歡迎詞,余風采堂總堂美西副總長余以信先生致祝賀詞,中華會館副主席馬國威、 伍仲偉醫生分別致詞,副主席余施橋先生致謝詞,並與各嘉賓,參演者一同拍大合照留念。 在此亦進行午餐。


接著第二階段又響起,七月七日長生殿---- (王珮珍、岑若蘭),劫後描容---- (余冠全、譚寶瓊) 【譚略頭架、胡燦光揚琴】,秋夜夢魂香---- (余愛賢),啼笑姻緣 ---- (呂俊華),黛玉離魂---- (關寶琴、司徒碧珊)。 在此亦分享由謝子直送出之蛋糕、橙作甜品。 余福沾顧問、陳焯湘夫人及有心人送出鮮橙汁。 這個慈善粵曲餐會,正顯示出各界善心人士對於此活動的支持,透過粵曲愛好者的善心公演,令到在場者有二百八十多人大家聚守一 堂, 一同進餐又一同欣賞廣東獨有的文化,實在是人生一大樂事。


大會更準備了小禮物「美國心」送給到場之參與者,而這次餐會在下午三時多便結束,來賓都依依不捨, 再期後會之期。事實上此次活動經傳媒報導之後,很多社團及社會人士致電, 贊揚此次「敬老」活動是相當有意義,亦希望可以辦多一次,讓今次未能參加之長者可以參與, 本堂已經把他們的聯絡方法記下,以便日後優先給予他們。 而各界人士捐助為長者餐劵者,絕對一分一毫是用在長者身上,而大會上各項開支都是由本堂及歌友籌集。 中華會館、伍競群夫人、吳健夫人、朱黃惠瓊、譚太及其親友、趙尚賢等人即場捐出善款,希望在今年內再辦一次如此有意義活動。 因為這次活動是北美洲的創舉,也成了羅省盛事,本堂希望以後可以有人力物力每年舉辦一次「敬老」活動,發揚為風采之光。


是日來賓有中華會館副主席馬國威、中華會館監事長李榮傑、 中華會館監事長聶澤英、中華會館其他成員如譚偉明、 關梓漢…等人均出席見證這羅省盛事。

南加省余風采堂訊

紐英崙余風采堂新春聯歡晚會


三月十三日晚間波士頓地區下着傾盆大雨,但雨水擋不住人們的熱情, 近六百位余姓宗親及社區人仕參加在帝苑酒樓舉行的農曆庚寅虎年余風采堂春節聯歡暨敬老晚會。


宴會中英文司儀分別由經驗豐富的余明茹及新手余志豪担任。 職業演員的余志豪雖然第一次担任司儀,卻有大將之風。 兩位司儀合作純熟, 深獲好評。

由二十多位婦女部成員及男性職員組成的合唱團演唱了 「賀新歲」 及 「齊齊賀嚇你」兩首賀年歌。 接着是十二人的集體舞,演員隨着 「梅花」及 「月亮代表我的心」 兩首歌曲的旋律起舞, 舞姿美妙, 贏得全塲的喝采聲。


余翠梅武術學院十多位學員的華林派功夫表演非常精采,表演項目包含了三節棍、雙刀、 功夫扇、單人套拳、雙人對打等項目。余翠梅師傅的壓軸單人拳表演更露出大師的功力。


余美玲伉儷表演的太極劍亦可圈可點。 紐約余風采堂宗親表演的廣東民歌「打工仔」真挚動人, 引起觀眾開懷大笑。

來賓致詞的有中華公所主席梁永基、台北經文處處長洪慧珠、僑教中心主任黃正杰、 余風采堂美東副總長余超群、州眾議員麥家威。 波士頓市議員干諾利亦不避風雨特別趕到現塲頒發感謝狀,表彰余風采堂對華人社區及整個波士頓的貢獻。

余風采堂傑出宗親余達明於去年十一月由州長任命為昆士市地方法院法官。 余達明法官曾長期担任余風采堂的法律顧問,按照規定,在他出任法官以後將不能再担任余風采堂的法律顧問。 余風采堂特別由余超群副總長聯同余仕昂元老和余積堯、余厚利兩位主席一起頒發感謝牌,感謝達明法官對余風采堂的巨大貢獻。


余風采堂每年都在春宴時頒發中文獎學金給就讀廣教中文學校和僑立中文學校的余族子弟, 分別由各校的代表接収。並同時致送利是給中華公所、中華耆英會、廣教學校、僑立學校。 頒發大學獎學金也是春宴中的重要節目,今年獲獎的優秀子弟共有余穎秀等八人。

歌舞是余風采堂春宴中的一大特色, 卡拉 OK 節目穿插整個晚宴,令在場各嘉賓都能盡情歡樂。 直至晚上十時宴會才在抽獎中獎者的歡呼聲中結朿。

紐英崙余風采堂訊

二埠余風采堂春宴歡樂滿堂


二埠(沙加緬度)余風采堂於三月十四日(星期日)舉行虎年春節聯歡慶會。

該日中午在本堂禮堂舉行祭祖,晚上六時假座本埠「麗寶樓酒家」舉行宴會, 宗親及嘉賓五百多人,筵開五十一席。

本堂正副主席樹雄、汝晃,總顧問緒揚,振權及全體顧問,職員暨宗親昆仲; 大埠余風采總堂元老習文、杰民、祝佑,美西總長健全,正副主席振兆、允仁; 市德頓主席奕華,顧問余兆,馬氏宗親世表; 本埠中華會館正副主席譚少珍,侯傑明及十一位僑團領袖,社團賢達等共聚一堂,賓主共賀新春,祝賀虎年虎虎生威,萬事勝意。

晚宴在卡拉 OK 的歌樂聲中高潮迭起,歡樂滿堂。

二埠余風采堂 余庭穩報告


世界余氏宗親懇親會 後年移師温哥華舉行


(吉隆坡25日訊)世界余氏宗親總會第五屆懇親大會,將於「二零一二」年由加拿大余氏宗親會主辦,並擇定在温哥華舉行。

加拿大余氏宗親會會長余根洙也當選世界余氏宗親總會長,領導該會負責籌辦下屆大會的工作。

這是今日舉行的世界余氏宗親總會第四屆懇親大會一致的決定。 會議由馬來西亞余氏宗親總會會長余瑞民主持,並由總務余開雲記錄。 余瑞民也在會上當選世界余氏宗親總會名譽會長。

此外,大會也通過修改章程,增加兩個屬會,即新加坡及印尼,而總會長也由現有的「六」人,增至「八」人。

來自加拿大、美國、香港、泰國、菲律賓、印尼、新加坡及大馬等八個國家及地區的余氏宗親會代表都出席了大會。

大會在討論其他事項時,也接納余瑞民的建議,為世界余氏宗親總會設計會旗的建議。 大會決定把設計會旗的工作交由加拿大余氏宗親會負責。 余瑞民認為世界余氏宗親總會目前只有會徽而沒有會旗,是美中不足之處。

輪值主辦第世界余氏宗親總會第四屆懇親大會的大馬余氏宗親總會已於昨晚舉辦歡迎宴。 今天舉行大會開幕儀式,而大會宴會則於今晚舉行。

余開雲說,世界余氏宗親總會設有網頁,大馬余姓宗親可以上網瀏臨覽,以了解世界余姓宗親活動狀況。 該網頁為:http: //www.yeefungtoy.org

南洋商報訊 2010/03/25 6:08:41 PM

滿地可余風采堂春茗聯歡


三月廿八日,天氣和暢,滿地可余風采堂假該堂所舉行春茗聯歡,代替一年一度在酒樓舉行的春節聯歡宴會。

當日中午時分,眾多男女宗親已絡繹到來,一時間問候與祝福之聲,此起彼落,一片熱鬧、愉快的氣氛瀰漫堂內。

中午十二時半進行祭祖,虔備三牲酒醴,宗親集體上香,行禮如儀,虔誠備至。 之後展開自助午膳,秩序井然,食品豐富, 計有燒雞、豉油雞、白切雞、火肉、炒粉、炒麵、揚州炒飯、各種糕點糍菜、 生果……等等,非常豐富,還有紅酒奉客,各人大快朵頤,非常滿意。

此次春茗聚會,很多宗親非常熱心,除踴躍簽捐香油外,還計有國堯夫人攜來自製糍糕多款多盒, 麗芳姑燒雞、火肉,活根夫人燒雞、火肉及蛋糕,小碧姑捐贈全部炒粉、麵、飯等,她們熱心公益,盛意拳拳,熱誠可嘉。

余風采堂此次春茗聚會,一改以往形式舉行,使宗親們更能無拘無束地互相交談接觸,直接溝通, 並以麻雀耍樂等進行,拉近宗親間的距離,親切倍加,宗親們均讚為是十分愉快及有意義之舉云。

滿地可余風采堂訊

美國余風采總堂迎春宴 冠蓋雲集


美國余風采總堂春節聯歡慶會於四月十八日在華埠新亞洲大酒樓、會賓樓同步舉行, 筵開一百一十六席。 州評稅局局長余淑婷、市議會議長邱信福親臨祝賀並頒贈賀狀; 州參議會副執行主席余胤良的代表藍景嚴、地檢官賀錦麗、市議員朱嘉文和馬兆光的代表也分別致贈賀狀; 世界耆英會主席余浩揚、市教育委員余鼎昂、小商業委員余愛蓮; 中國駐舊金山總領事館副總領事毛清文、領事汪明菊、楊順峰、趙洋; 台北駐舊金山經濟文化辦事處助理黃遠華、文教中心主任黃公弼、副主任葉子貞; 中華總會館總董盧偉棠、主席團寧陽主席雷華欽、肇慶主席周松澤、合和主席余習文、岡州主席林柏壽、三邑主席暨展圖、 人和主席彭書城、通事陳振民; 該總堂主席振兆、副主席允仁; 美西總長健全、副總長以信; 美東總長景新、副總長超群;元老傑民、習文、祝祐、仕昂、臻發、顯良;總顧問樹湛、保忠、緒揚、振權;顧問煦鴻、樹勳等中西 政要、兩岸官員、 僑界領袖、社會賢達、馬氏世表、謝氏世表等首長、各埠分堂余氏宗親及嘉賓出席盛宴,把酒盡歡,共賀春禧。

歡度佳節不忘慎終追遠,當天正午在總堂會所舉行莊嚴肅穆祭祖典禮,奉上七頭金豬, 並有梁館白鶴醒獅獻瑞,鞭炮齊鳴,吸引民眾駐足圍觀,一派喜樂熱鬧景象。

晚會由中文書記子剛擔任司儀,余振兆致歡迎詞表示,余風采總堂是一個有組織、 有紀律的社團,堅持服務宗親的信念。 去年第二十三屆墾親大會統一認識,今後不再以某種特殊認同偏離服務方向, 一定排除干擾,全心全意為僑社、為宗親謀福祉, 將一如既往秉承祖先創立余氏的初衷,竭盡全力為和諧僑社、繁榮僑社作出貢獻。

余健全致詞,也為春宴送上祝福話語。 雷華欽代表中華總董致詞讚揚余風采人才輩出,多位宗親擔任州市要職,影響深遠。 他指出,元老余習文擔任合和主席、余祝祐任中華學校校監、余健全又任中華樓業部主任,他還說,余振兆老成持重,經驗豐富, 余允仁連任主席兩年,有其過人之處,相信余風采堂在他們領導下,會務定會更上層樓。

隨後續有余景新、余以信分別致詞,接著由余允仁致答謝詞, 並與文娛組主任余堯沛主持卡拉 OK 節目。

世界新聞網-洛杉磯記者謝潤琴報導 04.22.10 - 02:00 am

斐匿余風采堂熱烈舉行廿一週年堂慶


鳳凰城(即斐匿)余風采堂於五月二日(星期日)在堂所禮堂熱烈慶祝購樓廿一週年堂慶。 宗親友好,老少咸集,共有百餘人參加,氣氛融洽,場面十分熱鬧高興。

中午舉行祭祖儀式,禮簡隆重。 宗親共奉獻有六頭金豬祭祖。 計有余偉光、余錦銳、余錦豪、余文偉夫人、余文勁元老和余文澤主席,每人奉獻「一頭」,以表敬祖尊賢。

祭祖禮成後,備有豐富布菲餐餉眾,加上新鮮出爐的脆皮金豬,美味可口。 兼有嬸母姑姐送來特製糕點,有中有西,有鹹或甜,各適其適,各人大飽口福。

該堂依照家鄉俗例分「炸肉」。 餐後分派每家庭一份,年過七十五歲的老宗親,優待領取雙份,以表尊老之意。

參加慶會男女老幼皆大歡喜,笑聲滿堂,充份表現了「風采一家親」的精神。 散會時,大家希望明年再來歡敘。

斐匿余風采堂訊

麻州派屈克州長主持余達明法官公開宣誓儀式


五月十日(星期一)下午六時,中華廣教學校內中西嘉賓冠蓋雲集,麻州州長派屈克 (Deval L. Patric) 選在這一天主持余達明法官公開宣誓儀式, 盛况空前。 到場觀禮的人仕計有余達明法官的家族十多人,余風采堂宗親三十八人, 各僑團首長、法官、律師、政界人仕、至親好友合共近三百人,將中華廣教學校的禮堂和附近的走廊擠得水泄不通。


儀式由麻州第一位華裔法官, 現任職高等法院的陳鉅超(Richard G. Chin) 任司儀。 第一位致詞的是余風采堂主席余厚利。 余主席讚揚余達明法官對余風采堂的義務服務,並祝他前途光明遠大,同時亦感激派屈克州長長期對華裔的關懷。 華美福利會會長陳美霞(Mary Chin) 亦稱讚余達明對華美福利會及整個華人社區的貢獻。 另一位致詞的是具有一半華裔血統的上訴法庭法官 Fernande R.V. Duffly, 她童年時因自己是中荷混血兒而感到困擾, 但現在認識到那是一種優勢, 並高興見到亞裔今天受到很大的重視。 余達明的頂頭上司 Lynda Connolly 法官表示非常賞識余達明的才幹, 對他的工作深具信心。

派屈克州長致詞時亦憶述自己童年時的艱苦生活, 對於甄選余達明出任法官是賞識他以往的經歷及為人群服務之心。 緊接着州長請余達明就位並舉起右手正式宣誓就任法官。


余達明在致就職詞時指出, 他童年移民美國,在波士頓中國城長大,家庭生活艱苦,是華埠的前輩先進給他的啟示,使他走上了以法律來服務人群的這條路。 如果說一位成功的男仕背後必定有一位賢內助, 這句話用在余達明身上非常恰當。 他特別感激夫人余艷容(Helen) 放棄所學的護理專業而成為他的法律助理。 也感念父母親對他的養育栽培之恩。 他對華埠懷有特別的感情,所以選擇這座由華美福利會和廣教學校共同擁有的大樓作為宣誓儀式的地方。

各嘉賓在見證這歷史時刻以後轉往龍鳯酒樓餐敘。 余達明夫婦周旋於賓客之中, 派屈克州長也到場致意。

紐英崙余風采堂訊

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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

The World Yee Family Association 4th (2010) International Convention

Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Opening Ceremony

Fung Toy
                    Alumni Group photo

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祠堂開幕全體相 余氏國内嘉賓 Mainland guests

overseas guests group photo

祠堂開幕全體相 余氏海外嘉賓 Oversea guests

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

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Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 23rd 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, Ching Ming Festival and Parents Day celebrations from associations around the world.

The World Yee Family Association 4th International Convention was held successfully in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Wednesday, March 24th to Thursday, March 25th, 2010.

Immediately after the World Yee Convention, the Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation Ceremony Activity Program held in in Kaiping, China from Sunday, March 28th through Monday, March 29th was also very successful. A large crowd was there to witness this historical event.

The trip to Kaiping opened up unexpected opportunities. One was to make contact with staff of the Fung Toy Monthly and discuss alternatives to submitting articles and photos using slow mail. We are now able to send articles to the Monthly via email. We can also email your articles written in Chinese and photos to the Monthly so they could appear in both our Newsletter and the Fung Toy Monthly (if the editors so decide). Another opportunity was to tour the diaolou in the Kaiping area. This opened our eyes to a UN world heritage site in the midst of our ancestral villages.

Thanks to everyone for contributing advice, articles, photos, and editorial assistance, including:
  • Edward Yee of Detroit
  • Frank Yee and Gong Sum Yee of New York
  • Frank Yu of Houston
  • Fred Yee of Seattle
  • Henry Yee of Cleveland
  • Henry Yu, Sherman Yee and Melinda Yee of Sacramento
  • Jack Charles Yee of Calgary
  • John M. Yee, David M. Yee, Edward Yue and Rudy Yee of Phoenix
  • Kai Yon Yee of Malaysia
  • Kenneth Yee of Philippines
  • Larry Yee of San Francisco
  • Martin Yee, James Yu and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Richard Yue of Hong Kong
  • Stephen Yu of Montreal
  • Wayne Yee of Ontario
  • Winston Yee, Ho Lee Yee, Paula Yee and Peter Yee of Boston
  • Ying Hua Yu, Jerome Yee, and Eric Yu of Edmonton

Jim Yee, Vancouver


Congratulations to Mr. Kan Yu, Chairman of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada, for being elected Chairman of the World Yee Family Association, and to Canada for winning the bid to host the World Yee Convention in 2012!


4th World Yee Convention in Kuala Lumpur


The 4th World Yee Family Association Convention was held successfully at the Cititel Hotel, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Wednesday, March 24, to Thursday, March 25, 2010. This convention was organized by The World Yee Family Association, co-organized by The Yee Association Malaysia and The Federation of Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Yee Association.


March 24 marks the date for the arrival of guests from all over the world at the Cititel Hotel, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur - Registration Area.
















On the morning of March 25th, Ancestor Ceremony was held at the The Federation of Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Yee Association Headquarters, followed by The World Yee Family Association 4th (2010) Convention Opening Ceremony - at the Cititel Hotel Mata Hari Ballroom on Level 5.




























On March 25th, at The World Yee Family Association's 4th AGM, the election of the 5th World Yee Office Bearers and the selection of the next Host City was held.

A day trip for convention guests and non-delegates was arranged by the Convention Organizing Committee.

The Closing Ceremony for The World Yee Family Association was held at the Empurau Fish Restaurant SDN BHD (魚龍國大酒家). The 5th Council taking the Oath of Office. Exchange of Souvenirs

The World Yee Family Association committee passed the following resolutions during the convention:
(1) Singapore Yee Clan Association and 余徐涂佘公所 from Indonesia became new members of the World Yee Family Association.
(2) Amend Article 3 Section 9, Vice-Chair from 6 members to eight members.
(3) The World Yee Executive committee unanimously chose Mr. Kan Yu from Canada for its Fifth World Yee Family Association Chairman, Vice-chairmen as follow: Mr. Johnson Yee (Hong Kong), Alan Yee (US), Mr. Suisee Er (Malaysia), Mr. Antonio A. Yee (Philippines), Mr. Seng Ching Yu (Thailand), Mr. 余海年 (Singapore) and Mr. 余偉球 (Indonesia).
(4) The next World Yee Convention will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2012.

At the 4th World Yee Convention, the renewed kinship, the meeting of new friends, the heartwarming dinner banquets and entertainment provided by our host will always remind us of the unforgettable events that have touched our hearts. Without question, within this two day setting, in a beautiful Malaysian city, under sunny skies, the atmosphere was in our favor for a wonderful time!

Hope to see you all again in 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia!

Our special thanks to Kenny Yee of Southern California, Pauline Tom of Vancouver and Secretary General of the World Yee Convention Committee, Mr. Kai Yon Yee, for providing us with some of their memorable photos.

Martin Yee, Vancouver


Canada YFT Delegation attends Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation Opening Ceremony









Yee Chung-sheung Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation Opening Ceremony was held successfully in Kaiping on March 28, 2010. The Yees also celebrated the Yee Chung-sheung's 1010 birthday anniversary and Fung Cai Middle School's 70th Anniversary.


57 Canada YFT delegates and Canadian guests, led by the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu, attended this festive event that day.

Oversea guests from the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, other guests include Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Over 2300 people attended this historical event.










It was very emotional for us to hear the Guangdong Kaiping Fengcai Middle School (开平市风采中学) students chanting their heartwarming words - "Welcome, welcome", as we walk along the streets toward their school ground to attend the Ancestor Hall Rehabilitation grand opening ceremony.
















As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some memorable pictures capturing the "Real Moment" that will be treasured in our hearts forever.








 





 

The welcoming students from the Fengcai Huaqiao Middle School were just as heartwarming as the Fengcai Middle School students! They entertained us with their songs and dances.









Our special thanks to the Hong Kong Yues Clansmen Association; Kenny Yee of Southern California; Pauline Tom of Vancouver; George Yue, Eddie Yue and Joe Yue of Phoenix for providing us with some of their memorable photos.

Martin Yee, Vancouver


Yees of Phoenix AZ Celebrate Spring Festival 2010

Gung-hay Fat Choy! / Gongxi Fa Cai!

The Yee Fung-toy Family Association of Phoenix, Arizona celebrated the advent of the time-honored Lunisolar (Agricultural) New Year in CE 2010 in its traditional fashion. While the family-centered feasting for typically three consecutive nights (New Year’s Eve, New Year’s, and Opening-the-Year) would of course have been observed at our private residences and restaurants throughout the Valley of the Sun, according to the different customs of our areas of origin in China, the Association commemorated this premier festival of the year with several special events on one date.


This year, on Saturday, March 6th, about 70+ members of the Association, male and female, young and old, gathered at the Clan Hall on 3040 North 16th Street in central Phoenix at noon to pay respects to our ancestors in the ceremonial manner that Chinese culture has generally instructed for over four millennia in front of the artist’s conception of the appearance of the eponymous Yee Fung-toy / Yu Fengcai, whose origins date back to the Northern Sung / Song dynasty in the region of Kuangtung / Guangdong, approximately 1000+ years ago. The ceremony on this occasion was officiated by Mr. Kam Tim Yee. Afterwards, our usual abundant potluck luncheon featured the distinctive and customary Cantonese-style roast suckling pig, soy-braised and American fried chickens, with an array of accompanying side dishes, highlighted by the traditional dessert pastries brought by our own skillful cooks.







Later that evening, the Association hosted over four hundred diners at a Festive Banquet held at the Great Wall Restaurant, inviting not only a broader representation of all the Yees of many generations resident in the area, but also an array of community leaders and honored guests and friends. Mr. Jack J.F. Yee and Ms. Betty Yee were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The welcoming remarks were delivered by the newly elected Association President Mr. David M. Yee. Ms. Angie Yu introduced the Association officers and honored guests. Grand Elder John M. Yee offered the formal toast – not once but instructing us to drink up several times!

To add a further note of good luck and happiness, over two dozen generous door prizes were available to be drawn; many of these were meals from several well-regarded Chinese restaurants in the metropolitan area so that a quite appropriate note of feasting would continue. The happily noisy raffle was conducted by Ms. Kathy Yee, Ms. Janet Yee, and Ms. Gale Yee.


Naturally, with our strong families and characteristic cultural emphasis on good education, the Association is always delighted to highlight this most meaningful occasion with scholarship awards to our youth to encourage them to set good examples and to continue their excellence in their every endeavor. Our Scholarship Committee was led once more this year by long-time Chairwoman Ms. Mary Ann Yee who welcomed these new scholars to our long list of annual honorees. As listed below, the other Committee members then introduced the awardees of 2009-2010 at their respective levels of educational accomplishments, with acknowledgements as well of their rightfully proud parents and grandparents –


Ms. Jeanette Hing presented four graduates completing their senior years of high school –

 Larissa Dong; daughter of Reicher and Michelle Dong
 Kyle Evan Michael Yee; son of Allan and Missy Yee
 Jordan Yee; son of Larry and Joanie Yee
 Kyle Tompkins; son of Scott and Pam Tompkins.



Ms. Mayen Yue presented two graduates completing their 8th grade years of elementary school –

Elizabeth Yee; daughter of Fred and Ellen Yee
Richard Yu; son of Mr & Mrs Walter Yu



Ms. Betty Yee presented four scholars of the Phoenix Chinese School (offering instruction in Mandarin & Cantonese) –

Nathan Yee; son of Harold and Lisa Yee
Derek Yu; son of Jian Yu and Xiao-hua Huang Yu
George Yu; son of Kerbin and Sherry Yu
John Yu; son of Kerbin and Sherry Yu

Newly elected Association Vice President Joe Yue then warmly thanked everyone for their attendance with us to observe what we all pray will be the beginning of an auspicious White Metal Tiger Year, 4707.

The Phoenix YFT Association hopes to observe the Spring Festival again in 2011 in a time of peace and plenty, and to welcome all with new happiness and new honors.

May your New Year be blessed with good health, good fortune, and great prosperity!

M. Cheak Yee, Mary Ann Yee, Angie Yu, John M Yee & Eddie Yue, Phoenix


YFT Chinese New Year Banquet in Boston


More than 500 members and guest gathered at Empire Garden for our annual Spring Festival and Seniors Appreciation banquet on March 13 led by Co-Presidents Jack Yu and Ho-Lee Yee. Joining them were Grand President Peter And Grand Elder Henry. Our two emcees for the evening were Melinda Du (Chinese) and David Yee (English).


The Wah Lum Kung Fu Club led by our own Sifu Mai Du demonstrated various forms of kung fu for all to enjoy. Many of our guests were mesmerized by the precise eye and hand coordination and acrobatic abilities of the performers, some of which demonstrated with swords and other weapons that made some of our guests gasp with amazement.








Following Wah Lum's performance, our own Tom and Linda demonstrated the skills of the Tai Chi Sword classes they learned from YFT.

Our honored guests included State Representative Aron Michelwicz, City Councilor John Connelly, Director General of TECCO Ann Hung, Director Jack Huang of TECO's cultural Center, and CCBA President Wing Kay Leung. Many members from our New York Chapter also attended the banquet.

Our Grand Elders, Grand President and two Co-Presidents presented an appreciative award to Judge Paul Yee. Frank Chin also announced that the Governor will be giving Judge Paul a public ceremony on May 10, 2010.

Co-Presidents Jack and Ho-Lee presented scholarship awards to eight qualified college students.

Recreation Director Ken headed up the entertainment portion of the evening with various members and guests performing Karaoke while other guests enjoyed the music by filling up the dance floor with their ballroom dance skills. The evening concluded with the distribution of raffle prizes presented by Women'd Divivion Vice-Chair Karin and other Women's Division members. All in all, it was a succesful, fun-filled evening.

Paula Yee, Boston


Phoenix Yees Commemorate The Duke


On May 2, 2010, a full house of over 100 Yees and kin-by-marriage gathered just after noon for a grand festivity commemorating and celebrating several threads of our common life.

 

This was the occasion when our local clan members gather in the April/May season to commemorate the opening, 21 years ago in 1989, of the Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association Hall. Of course, a buffet luncheon feast is always a noisy-happy crowded event, highlighted by the offering of six whole Cantonese-style Roast Pigs, with the distinctive golden crispy skin. (Here in Arizona, with our many friends and business associates of Mexican and Hispanic descent with whom we appreciate chicharrones, we’re able to say that it’s even better with the whole layering of savory fat and seasoned meat!) Not only can we enjoy this treat on site, but our generous donors at membership renewal season (and especially all our seniors above 75) are able to take more portions to continue the celebration at home. It goes without saying that additional tables full of American southern-fried chicken, stir-fried noodles, vegetable medley, and desserts from the cuisine of both our native lands round out the occasion when, alas, all too many of us round ourselves out too…


This year, the Roast Pigs were generously provided by – Mr. Willie Yee, Mr. Kam Yui Yi, Mr. Kim H. Yee, Mrs. Jerry M. Yee, Mr. John M. Yee, Grand Elder and Mr. David M. Yee, our current Association President.


This is therefore also the premier occasion at which we, the descendants, offer up the respect to our parents and grandparents and to all our ancestors immemorial, symbolized by the traditional rites of veneration. These were observed in our Clan Hall before the portrait in oil of an artist’s conception of our Clan Grand Progenitor, T’ai-tzu, Yee Fung-toy (Yu Feng-tsai or in pinyin, romanization, Yu Fengcai). Such a term is of course redolent of a historical pattern in Chinese history, when the founding emperor of a dynasty would often be posthumously designated as a Grand Progenitor.


Our eponymous ancestor was himself also a Cantonese, born at what then was named Shaochou, in 1000 C.E.* and he served with distinction as an official in the Northern Sung Dynasty (960-1127 C.E.) After his death in 1065, the reigning Chih-p’ing era Emperor awarded him an honorific title of nobility: the Chung-hsiang Kung [Loyal-Assisting Duke] or in an informal Cantonese rendition, ‘Chung-sheung.’ This feudal-style title actually looked back then to a vanishing age and yet these type of honors would continue to be granted, relatively rarely, until the end of the imperial era in 1912. When our Clan Grand Progenitor flourished, a well-developed civil service administration of China had arisen and afterwards ripened into court and factional politics involving talented commoners rather than the older fading aristocratic and military families of the preceding T’ang Dynasty era (618-906 C.E.).

(It was also during this period that the famed civil servant and polymath Fan Chung-yen [989-1052 C.E.], by his example in clan devotion, set the fashion among the Chinese people in the millennium afterwards for clans to erect ancestral halls and to compile formal local histories – invaluable to scholars. The national clan association for Yees in America was founded over a century ago in San Francisco; our local association in the Phoenix area was established in 1961.)

Naturally, the specific title for our Grand Ancestor, the Duke, would have been selected to commemorate and honor his qualities in life: his loyalty, and his administrative helpfulness, to the Throne. (For the millennium and half before, if someone had been created a duke, it meant the receipt of a fief of territory with population, income, and hereditary power.) The character, hsiang, has as its organizing radical [i.e., that part of the ideograph which signifies its meaning, rather than being a clue to its pronunciation], the element which means “clothing.” In this case, hsiang refers to the need to remove/disrobe clothing in order to prepare for the hard and typically muddy work of agriculture. In our day, we would say that Yee Fung-toy was a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-it-done kind of guy. Surely he would be well worth our respect and even veneration at any occasion. Yet even more than being a source of pride for us descendants, however, he himself doubtlessly would only be satisfied to know that we were following his example. This is the core meaning of filial piety (hsiao), a truly root virtue in Chinese culture.

* C.E. is an abbreviation for “Common Era,” to refer to the period of history in which both Jews and Christians shared a frame of reference; the previous custom, to refer to A.D. for “Anno Domini” [Year of (our) Lord], has come to be seen as slighting the elder brothers/sisters in the Judeo-Christian faith tradition.

Article by M. Cheak Yee (“check”), Photographs by Eddie Yue. Phoenix


The Swearing In of Paul M. Yee Jr.


Long time YFT member, Paul Yee, was sworn in as Associate Justice of the Quincy District Court on May 10, 2010. Paul became the court's first Asian-American judge. The ceremony was held at Kwong Kow Chinese School. More than 230 people attended the ceremony, including many members of our own YFT and their families. Among the other guests were Paul's family and friends, fellow judges, and many members of the Chinatown community.


The program began with welcoming remarks from Honarable Richard Chin, followed by some witty remarks from our own YFT President Jimmy Ho-Lee Yee, making fun of his own broken English. The audience broke out in laughter. Other speakers included Mary Chin (President of the Asian American Civic Association) and the Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly (Associate Justice of the Appeals Court), and Lynda Connolly (Paul's boss). Governor Deval L. Patric formally swore Paul in as judge. The ceremony concluded with very touching remarks from Paul, giving thanks to his immigrant parents for providing him the opportunity to arrive at where his is today.

 



The celebration continued with a buffet dinner at China Pearl hosted by Paul.

Congratulations to judge Paul for all his accomplishments as we are proud to have him as part of our "Yee" family.

Paula Yee, Boston


On the Roots of Taishan and Zhongshan Immigrants

[Vancouver BC, May 19, 2010] Fresh from speaking at the UBC Asian Library (celebrating its 50th Anniversary) Workshop on Taishan and Zhongshan Immigrants in North America the day before, Marjorie Lee from the Asian American Centre, University of California, Los Angeles, and Wei-chi Poon from the Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley (bios), visited the Mah Society of Vancouver today. They were accompanied by Marjorie’s sister Evelyn Lee, Phoebe Chow of the Asian Library, University of British Columbia, and Asian Library Research Assistants Titan Du and Denise Fong. At the Mah Society to receive them were representatives from Shon Yee Benevolent Association from Zhongshan and others from Taishan:

Our visitors are passionate about Chinese American History, and have overcome major obstacles to achieve their status as eminent research librarians in the field. Marjorie was born in the US, but has subsequently mastered the Chinese language and made numerous research trips to China. Wei-chi was born (as 余慧子 Wei-chi Yee, a true kinswoman of the Yee clan) in Taishan and came to the US in her teens with no knowledge of the English language beyond the alphabet. You obviously need language skills in both English and in Chinese to succeed in this field in North America.

Marjorie notes there are still a lot of pain associated with the history of Chinese Americans, as she discovers when writing “Duty and Honor: A Tribute to Chinese American World War II Veterans of Southern California” (pub. 1997). Many Chinese American veterans were not ready to open up about their experience, let alone show any pride in serving their adopted country.

Wei-chi expounds on the importance of archiving Chinese documents and artifacts in North America, especially in allowing universities access to useful historical material. Universities have the resources to archive and share material given to their care. No other organizations can afford the high cost of professional processing. A prominent example is the Him Mark Lai Collection, which "may eventually consist of more than 200 linear feet, not counting the numerous newspapers, journals, magazines, books, and directories", as Wei-chi recounts in an Annotation article.

Him Mark Lai (November 11, 1925 - May 21, 2009) was an amazing amateur historian and master archivist. He has been called the Dean of Chinese American History for his role in establishing the field as a legitimate academic discipline. For more info, see short video, wiki bio, or the Him Mark Lai Digital Archive.

One of Lai's legacies is the In Search of Roots program, co-founded with Albert Cheng of the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco (who  spoke at the Workshop yesterday about the program). "The program involves a year-long commitment to researching one’s Chinese American family history and genealogy. After exploring their Chinese roots in America, participants explore their roots in China through searching for and visiting their paternal and/or maternal ancestral villages in the Pearl River Delta and Chaozhou regions of Guangdong Province" from the program homepage.

This was such a great program that we wondered why the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver does not provide one. Fred mentioned he had made contacts Albert and tried to start a similar program in the 1990’s. Is it possible to get enough support now from the local Family Associations to get one going for our youth in Vancouver?



Pictured from left: Denise, Evelyn, Marjorie, Phoebe, Titan, Wei Chi, Orville, Fred, William, Rick, Jim

Jim Yee, Vancouver


What is in the Next Issue?

The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid September of 2010, featuring summer picnics and other activities 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 August 15, 2010.



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