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風采電子季刊


Issue 35 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2013/06/15

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編者話

風采總分堂報導

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春季號(第 107 期)

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編者話

歡迎來到第三十五期的「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。

這期編者想與大家分享的是剛讀到的一篇很精彩最新“ 百家姓 ” 的排行榜文章,可稱之為近年難得一讀的群體姓氏研究知識題材。 據 2013 04 14 日之中華伏羲文化研究會華夏姓氏源流研究中心通過綜合分析, 最新“百家姓”排行榜:“王”姓已經代“李”姓成中國第一大姓。

此次研究發現,中國排名前三位的王、李、張三姓分別有 9500 多萬人、9300 多萬人和 9000 萬人,三姓人群約佔中國總人口的 21%。而 2006 年發布的 “百家姓”排行榜中,“李”姓是當時中國第一大姓。

中華伏羲文化研究會華夏姓氏源流研究中心主任袁義達研究員說:“這主要是因為人口統計樣本的擴大。 自宋朝以來,李、王、張一直是中國人口最多的三大姓氏, 李姓和王姓的人口在不同時代各有不同,排序經常在伯仲之間。”

余氏也是一個多民族的姓氏、多源流的姓氏群體,是中國人口最多的第四十位姓氏,屬於大姓系列,人口已達五百八十多萬, 約佔全國漢族人口的百分之零點四八左右,主要分佈在長江流域地區。

據該研究中心研究,目前,中國人數在 100 人以上的姓氏有 2400 種,佔總人口的 97.93%; 人數在1000 萬人以上的姓氏有 23 種,佔總人口的 56.61%

按照人口多少,最新版“百家姓”順序是:
王,李,張,劉,陳,楊,黃,吳,趙,周,徐,孫,馬,朱,胡,林,郭,何,高,羅,
鄭,梁,謝,宋,唐,許,鄧,馮,韓,曹,曾,彭,蕭,蔡,潘,田,董,袁,于,余,
葉,蔣,杜,蘇,魏,程,呂,丁,沈,任,姚,盧,傅,鐘,姜,崔,譚,廖,范,汪,
陸,金,石,戴,賈,韋,夏,邱,方,侯,鄒,熊,孟,秦,白,江,閻,薛,尹,段,
雷,黎,史,龍,陶,賀,顧,毛,郝,龔,邵,萬,錢,嚴,賴,覃,洪,武,莫,孔。

中文姓氏根據地方不同而有所差別:北方常見的姓氏為「王」、「李」、「張」;南方常見的姓氏為「陳」、「黃」、「林」、 「吳」、「羅」。在北京有超過 450 個不同的姓氏,但是在廣東和福建,只有不到 300 個不同的姓氏。如果結合中國大陸和台灣的不同研究,結果可能有所不同。

最後仍是這一句: 歡迎你們對本季刊繼續提出寶貴的意見和建議,使我們在來年度製作季刊時能更加進步,精益求精。 再次感謝大家,並請繼續給我們支持和鼓勵!

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。
    • 加拿大卡城余風采堂的余策源先生。
    • 加拿大滿地可余風采堂的余紹然先生。
    • 美國余風采總堂的余健全先生、余武良先生。
    • 美國斐匿余風采堂的余文焯先生、余文澤先生。
    • 美國二埠余風采堂的余李慕蓮女士。
    • 美國舍路余風采堂的余海量先生。
    • 美國南加省余風采堂的余超強先生、余國恩先生。
    • 美國積彩余風采堂的余次屏先生、余國倫先生。
    • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余厚利先生、余超群先生、蘇儀女士、余寶愛女士、余國華先生。
    • 美國華盛頓 DC 余風采堂的余啟輝先生。
    • 香港余氏宗親會副會長余健倫先生、余華軸先生。
    • 澳門余氏宗親會-余風采堂主席余華賜先生、余華燊先生。
    • 馬來西亞余氏宗親會余開雲先生。
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-余柏寧


美國余風采總堂 新春開年宴

余風采總堂於三月三日晚,在舊金山華埠半島酒家舉行開年餐宴。 顧問余允仁、元老余祝佑、主席余永源、元老暨合和總會館主席余習文、顧問余煦鴻、余振兆、余樹勳等總堂首長與300 多位余氏宗親歡聚一堂,共享快樂時光。

婦女部同人開年餐宴上引吭高歌,獻盡歡樂, 場面充滿了歡愉等氣氛。主席余永源發表祝福詞,中文書記余桐文主持餐宴。


美國余風采總堂訊

紐約余風采堂春宴

紐約余風采堂三月二日在華埠金豐大酒樓舉辦敬老春宴, 先於下午在堂所內祭祖,晚上在酒樓舉行盛宴,近千人參加。

主席典榮、棟榮; 元老耿石、景新; 總長鋼深; 總顧問、顧問暨全體職員在宴會中向大家拜年。

出席嘉賓包括紐約州國會眾議員孟昭文、紐約州參議員高頓、紐約市議員陳倩雯、州高等法院法官凌德麗、市警五分局局長杜寧、輔警團團長雷柏銳、 中國駐紐約領事陳劭毅、台北駐紐約經文處副處長范國樞、文教中心主任張景南、中華公所主席吳國基, 馬氏和謝氏世表也到場致賀。

全美余風采堂美東總長余超群、元老余仕昂也率 12 名宗親從波士頓趕來參加宴會。中外嘉賓與紐約余氏族宗親歡聚一堂,場面熱鬧。

紐約余風采堂訊


紐英崙余風采堂慶新春五百多人同歡

紐英崙余風采堂於三月九日晚在華埠帝苑大酒樓舉行春節聯歡會暨敬老晚會, 500 多名余氏宗親、本地僑團及政要共聚一堂,共慶佳節。

余風采堂公所主席余積堯、余景新與余仕昂、 余蘇儀、余建興、余寶愛、余秀琴、余美媚等宗親一同在門口迎接來賓,男的西裝革履,女的錦繡唐裝, 人人精神抖擻。

當晚到會的貴賓,包括麻州眾議員黃子安、 麻州眾議員陳德基、麻州參議員柏楚西里(Anthony Petruccelli)、麻州眾議員麥家威 (Aaron Michlewitz)、 波士頓市議員普斯莉( Ayanna Presley)、駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長洪慧珠、僑教中心主任郭大文、 中華公所主席黃光野等人。

紐約、華府兩地的余氏宗親,這天也都派代表出席 到賀。紐約有余風采堂副總長余鋼深與紐約余風采堂主席余棟榮等一行十人來波士頓拜年, 華盛頓特區有余啟輝夫妻。

晚宴由余明茹、余俊明以國粵雙語主持。表演節目包括 余風采堂美東副總長余超群率隊合唱“恭喜恭喜”、“春風報喜”,既顯得喜氣洋羊,又氣勢十足。 華林派紐英崙首名女師傅余翠梅所開設武術學院的六名五至八歲小朋友表演華林派功夫。 他們年紀雖小,但舉掌踢腿都架勢十足。余氏宗親們還表演了集體舞“財神到”、“兩隻蝴蝶”。

致詞時,紐英崙余風采堂主席余積堯歡迎宗親、 嘉賓到會。他期盼眾人蛇年幸福吉祥、財源廣進。 洪慧珠、郭大文儘管粵語還不太流利,仍以粵語向大家拜年,藉以表示對僑團的尊重。黃光野、柏楚西里、麥家威、陳德基、黃子安、 普斯莉等人也先後發言祝賀新年。

會上,黃子安還頒發了表揚狀給余風采堂, 由主席余積堯、余景新代表接受。

公所兩名主席和美東總長余超群率公所幹部向嘉賓敬酒、祝春後,余積堯、余彩珠、余秀麗更披掛上陣,再用歌聲為出席眾人獻上祝福。

余風采堂為表公所的敬老、勵學,當晚奉上紅包給五名高齡宗親, 包括 92 歲的余瑞池、余張美婉,以及 91 歲的余金爵、余勝緒、余黃小柳, 發獎學金給品學優良的宗親子弟,發放紅包給中華耆英會、廣教學校、僑立學校。




紐英崙余風采堂蛇年迎春慶祝會,最後在卡拉 OK 歌聲中,嘉賓翩翩舞影中落幕。

波士頓菊子報導


紐英崙華埠居民被授予社區服務表彰

紐英崙中華公所頒發社區服務獎狀給余仕昂,感謝其對華埠做出的貢獻。

梁添光,陳建立和黃國威一同作為服務於紐英崙中華公所最長久的成員,余仕昂不僅僅只活躍於紐英崙中華公所董事會, 他還同時担任着全美余風采堂元老,華埠居民會主席和大同村聯誼會顧問。

中華公所主席黃光野親自為余仕昂頒獎。 他表示非常敬佩余仕昂老人在花甲之年還能盡心盡力地為社區服務創造美好生活家園。 會所希望通過頒發獎狀的形式,向余仕昂表達最真摯的敬意和感謝。

紐英崙中華公所訊


斐匿余風采堂春宴

三月九日晚,鳳凰城六福酒家張燈結綵,人聲鼎沸,熱鬧非常,余氏宗親、僑團領袖及僑社各界四百多人參加由斐匿余風采堂舉辦的春宴聯歡晚會,筵開 44 席,當晚參加宴會人數之多為歷年來本埠僑團春宴之最。

是晚七時許,主持人余哲夫宣佈晚會開始, 首由斐匿余風采堂主席余自重用中英文致歡迎詞,恭祝大家蛇年行好運。

亞利桑那州華人女參議員余艷芬致詞, 她用台山話恭祝大家蛇年發財好運,身體健康,出入平安。接著余艷芬頒發獎牌給斐匿余風采堂顧問余長全, 表彰他多年來熱心為公所服務,為會務發展所作貢獻。

余文勁元老也在當晚被授予全美開平同鄉會的特約顧問,並受贈墨寶“文才武略堪依重 勁柏蒼松眾望歸”。

來自洛杉磯的美西總長余以信說,每年都來鳳凰城參加春宴很開心, 感謝鳳凰城宗親的熱情款待。感謝余文勁元老及去年參加懇親大會的代表對他的支持, 讓他得以當上總長。

他又說,余文勁元老德高望重,不僅在全美國甚至全世界的余氏中享有盛譽, 在鳳凰城的僑社,大家對他都非常推崇和愛戴。 他讚揚余文勁元老是一位造福社群的領袖, 希望斐匿余風采堂在他的帶領下向美好的前景邁進。

當晚,余風采堂還為余氏家族的優秀學子頒發獎學金,希望更多學子,學成歸來,為社區服務。

晚會娛興節目除了有知名古筝老師賀綠蒂表演古箏之外, 更有一位美國小女孩—鳳凰城中文學校的學生 Victoria Vilead 用粵語演唱上海灘等。

斐匿余風采堂訊


美國余風采總堂春宴逾千多人到賀亮麗紛呈

美國余風采總堂2013 年春節聯歡慶會於324 日隆重舉行。喜慶不忘追思先祖,是日正午在該總堂舉行莊嚴 肅穆的祭祖典禮,奉上七頭金豬全蹄,柔功門醒獅獻瑞,總堂門前龍獅騰舞,十萬嚮鞭炮齊鳴,在絢麗陽光下, 呈現一派春禧盎然景象。





 






同日晚,在舊金山華埠新亞洲大酒樓與半島酒家同步舉行慶祝聯歡盛典,筵開110席。 舊金山市市長李孟賢、加州參議員余胤良宗長、 加州評稅局委員余淑婷宗妹、舊金山市議會議長邱信福、市議員余鼎昂宗長、馬兆光、湯凱蒂、威善高親臨祝賀並頒發賀狀; 市長特別顧問余浩揚、『三藩市小商業委員會』委員余愛蓮宗妹、總堂顧問余潔蓮宗妹;中領館副總領事宋如安、 領事劉紅梅與卞周洲;舊金山華僑文教中心副主任余樹榮宗長亦前來祝賀; 中華總會館總董暨肇慶總會館主席黃孟恂、 寧陽總會館主席黃榮達、合和總會館主席余習文、岡州總會館主席劉志明、陽和總會館主席吳耀庭、 三邑總會館主席張冠榮;中華主席團前任主席伍璇燦、周達昌、余銓針;美國余風采總堂主席永源、副主席武良; 全美余氏元老文勁、習文、祝祐、仕昂、臻發、顯良、健全、景新;美西總長以信、副總長海量;美東總長超群、 副總長鋼深; 總顧問保忠、緒揚、樹湛;顧問:煦鴻、樹勳、允仁、振兆;婦女部主任永源夫人、副主任煦鴻夫人等首長職員, 暨中西政要、僑社領袖、社會先進、馬氏世表、謝氏世表、以及余紹賢堂、沙加緬度、所叻、斐匿、費城、 洛杉磯、市德頓、華盛頓、西雅圖、紐約、波士頓等各埠分堂余氏宗親一千多人傾情盛會,共享歡樂。






主席余永源首先致歡迎詞感謝來自各埠的余氏首長宗親、各界朋友賞面光臨,特別感謝市長李孟賢百忙中抽空蒞臨添光彩,亦感謝馬氏、 謝氏世表前去歡聚一堂,共賀春禧。藉此致以新春的問候。他希望余氏宗親團結一心,共同參與堂所活動, 謀求會務更大的發展, 為僑社和諧繁榮作出貢獻。

市長李孟賢發表熱情洋溢的賀詞,並說他將到中國的北京、廣州、台山、及香港訪問,以促進兩地文化經濟的交流。 他亦肯定余氏為僑社公益事業貢獻良多。

來自波士頓的美東總長余超群致春宴詞向大家拜個晚年。呼籲余氏宗親和諧共處,共謀族務新的發展。

美西總長余以信遠道洛杉磯亦獻上祝福話語,寄望大家順應潮流,以包容之心團結一致,發展會務, 只有團結才有進步。他說,華盛頓及西雅圖分堂將成立,余氏隊伍日益壯大,共同為族務作出努力。

中華總董黃孟恂代表中華總會館及肇慶總會館同人祝賀。他讚揚余氏人才濟濟,在僑社擔當重要角色, 如現任合和總會館主席余習文、前任主席余銓針等,他們熱心服務僑胞,參與慈善公益,不遺餘力。他相信該堂新的一年, 堂務蒸蒸日上,會務更上層樓。

接著,副主席余武良致答謝詞,衷心感謝來賓的隆情厚意。英文書記余健峰介紹嘉賓, 中文書記余桐文介紹外埠余氏首長宗親,余以信夫人主持娛樂節目,歌咏團獻唱賀年金曲,為宴會助慶。

當晚出席還有眾多個友好僑團。慶會洋溢著快樂歡愉的氣氛。

中文書記余桐文主持祭祖禮及擔任慶會司儀。 醒獅勁舞爲慶會拉開帷幕。

僑社記者謝潤琴


澳門余氏宗親會派一千包米

澳門余氏宗親會-余風采堂主辦的“祝願宗親五福臨門之福米敬送活動”,由四月五日(星期五) 起一連九天上午十時至下午六時在建華大廈第六座 C 舖 舉行, 共派發逾一千包福米,藉此向會員送上祝福,聯結宗誼,敦親睦族,同心聚力造福社會。

余氏宗親會余風采堂創會會長余焯源、會長余華賜、 理事長余幹成、監事長余榮讓等出席了派米儀式。余幹成表示,是次福米敬送活動共派發逾一千包福米, 以表心意。余氏宗親會余風采堂創立至今逾一百○三年,以貫徹弘揚祖德、慎終追遠、宗親互愛互助為宗旨, 宣揚先祖北宋名臣余靖為官的“清、公、勤、明、和、慎”六字箴言。

該會負責人余少池、余華富、余國禎、余永亨、 余麗華、余冠勤、余艷玲、余輝洪、余澤良等出席了活動。領取福米者須攜帶會員證到場。

澳門余氏宗親會訊


香港余氏宗親會第二十四屆會長、理監事暨顧問芳名錄

香港余氏宗親會第二十四屆會長、理監事暨顧問職銜一覽表

2013.4 – 2015.3


名譽會長:
余沛霖、余潤興、余箕圖。

會長:
余啟超。 副: 余潤樑、余健倫、余華軸、余柏齡。

理事長:
余海虎。 副: 余偉明、余浩霖。

監事長:
余紹凱。 副: 余康權、余燊茂。

總務主任:
余仲元。 副: 余煥棠。

財務主任:
余錦相。 副: 余級石。

組織主任:
余國初。 副: 余頌東。

福利主任:
余松德。 副: 余振輝。

聯誼主任:
余庭啟。 副: 余匯。

文教主任:
余松江。 副: 余憲民。

康樂主任:
余榮標。 副: 余東來。

宣傳主任:
余國林。 副: 余志明。

調查主任:
余伯威。 副: 余錫年。

稽核主任:
余錦雄。 副: 余兆琚C

審查主任:
余延洛。 副: 余教文。

理事:
余仁壽、余炳穎、余春華、余文光、余炳湜、余世民、余自立。

監事:
余國勝、余永彬、余匡民、余榮恩。

顧問:
余汝文、余國春、余啟文。

法律顧問:
余銳超。

香港余氏宗親會於二○一三年四月六日(星期六), 舉行慶祝成立七十六週年第二十四屆理事就職典禮暨敬老獎學會員春節聯歡大會。




正午十二點,祭祖儀式在余氏大廈舉行。

晚上六時許,香港余氏宗親會在香港金鐘統一中心四樓名都酒樓舉辦的晚宴。 香港余氏宗親會會長余啟超、理事長余海虎、監事長余紹凱攜全體理監事在名都酒樓熱情恭候來自各地的嘉賓和宗親。 宴會大廳張燈結彩,菜餚豐盛,美酒醇釅,主人與來賓歡聚一堂,到處洋溢問候聲、祝福聲、歡笑聲。





 



 



 





 







香港余氏宗親會訊


積彩余風采堂舉行新春聯歡讌會



 

積彩余風采堂於四月七日(星期日)在密西根州州,南菲爾德的「東京壽司酒吧自助餐廳」舉行其 2013 年春季宴會。



 

當晚共有六十六位嘉賓前來參加。除了享受美味的自助餐外,還可以和很多親朋好友聚會。



 


晚宴後,現場還有 50/50 彩券抽獎等娛樂節目助興。

余次屏報告


斐匿余風釆堂慶祝購買產業廿四週年



 

斐匿余風采堂二十四週年堂慶於四月廿七日中午在 堂廳舉行祭祖儀式。 會所內充滿喜興氣氛。正中的余忠襄公畫像前陳列著六隻金豬,祭祖禮成後, 大家享用將早已準備好的美味飯菜,加上切件的金豬。 餐後分派燒肉,每人一份,皆大歡喜,大家希望明年再來歡敘。

斐匿余風采堂訊


美京余風采堂復會揭幕典禮暨春宴

























 

 

 








美京余風采堂復會開幕典禮於四月二十八日(星期日)假中國城台山酒家二樓大禮堂舉行。

黃氏武館雙獅助慶,一時鼓聲隆隆,雙獅飛舞,增添不少熱鬧。

開幕典禮由余美華任司儀,首先請主祭者就位:余啟輝主席,余炎邦副主席,美東總長余超群,副總長余剛深, 美西總長余以信,副總長余海量,陪祭者就位:總堂元老余仕昂,元老顯良,景新,健全,總顧問保忠,國雄, 總堂主席永源,副主席武良及全體宗親,一齊肅立,請余啟輝主席,余炎邦副主席,美東及美西總長一齊揭幕, 向太祖余忠襄公像獻花,上香,敬酒,進財寶,金豬六隻全蹄。由余啟輝主席恭讀祭文, 向太祖余忠襄公像行三鞠躬禮,禮成備有脆皮燒豬豐盛午餐。是日贊助和支持僑團有中華會館,洪門致公堂,安良工商會, 中華會館華埠發展公司,中華會館社區基金會,伍胥山公所,協勝公會,昭倫公所,升平音樂社,中國國民黨等。






晚上六時,假漢宮酒樓舉行晚宴,筵開26席,中西嘉賓260 餘人同慶盛典。晚宴由余炎堅秘書任司儀, 首先請余啟輝主席致歡迎詞,很感謝外埠首長遠道而來,和三年來幫助和指導,本地兄弟社團合作和鼓勵, 在短時間內能復堂,乃非常慶幸之事。接著請美西總長余以信,美東總長余超群,經文處李澄然副代表, 中華會館李治瑞主席等致詞,語多訓勉褒揚,新年快樂。最後由余炎邦副主席致答謝詞。




是晚蒞臨盛會之僑界俊彥眾多,李達平,黃炳良,劉耀聰,譚景芝,黃浩源,巫和怡,王燕怡,陸肖華,李連訓, 陳惠青,謝濂清,許琤矷A許捷輝,伍周安,黃沃明,張和成,譚亮等多人。












晚會氣氛熱烈,有美京青年社的三獅齊舞,還有粵劇和流行歌手一展歌喉,余藝衛, 余美華合唱「鳳閣恩仇未了情」拉開序幕;余棟榮獨唱「禪院鐘聲」; 余以信,余啟輝合唱「男兒當自強」,不但中氣充沛,聲震屋樑,且表演出色,有超專業水準;譚潔儀,余美華合唱「歡樂年年」, 余音繞梁,各路高手爭相引吭高歌,歡聲笑語不斷......

總堂元老余仕昂不讓後輩專美於前,高歌一曲果然不同凡響,贏得宗親們的齊聲讚賞。

華盛頓星島日報特約記者丘萬成報道


美國余風采總堂婦女部慶祝母親節



左 起:顧問余煦鴻、元老余臻發伉儷、 婦女部部長余永源夫人、婦女部顧問謝端秀、副主任余煦鴻夫人、總堂主席余永源一起主持切蛋糕儀式。

余風采總堂婦女部於55日中午, 在舊金山華埠該堂婦女部舉行,慶祝母親節活動,總堂主席余永源、 元老余臻發等各級首長,暨婦女部部長余永源夫人、副部長余煦鴻夫人及婦女部成員 60 多人出席當天的慶祝活動。

主席余永源代表總堂向婦女部的母親們致以節日的祝福, 感謝她們一直以來配合總堂的事務,默默奉獻的精神。

當天余永源主席特別準備了康乃馨花送給婦女部每一位母親以表心意, 還喜切蛋糕與婦女部同仁及總堂首長分享。

美國余風采總堂訊


滿地可余風采堂舉辦蛇年春茗



後 排:(右一)余國堯名譽主席,(右三)本堂顧問馬卓樞世表,(左四)余文蔚顧問,(左五)余紹然主席,(左 一)余海俊副主席。

二○一三年五月二十五日滿地可余風采堂舉辦蛇年春茗,下午十二時許宗親陸續來到堂所, 有講有笑, 使宗親們甚是高興,在春茗前,堂所敬備三牲、糕點、生果等祭品,舉行了拜祭先祖忠襄公的儀式, 感受到,緬懷先祖承美德,祭祀致敬通神明。 慎终追思光日月,風采流芳萬代傳。

春茗一直到下午四時才結朿,最後參加春茗的職員照了相留念。

滿地可余風采堂訊


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Message from the Editor

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Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 35th issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring Spring activities from associations around the world.

According to a recent research study through a comprehensive analysis by the China Fuxi Culture Research Association on all the Chinese surnames, last names or family names, has released the latest version of the top 100 plus "Family Names" list.

Twenty-one percent of the country's population has one of the three surnames, reported Xinhua citing the study. China is the world's most populous country in the world with a population greater than 1.3 billion people.

The current top three "Family Names" are Wang, Li and Zhang. The latest research has revealed that Wang (王) has replaced Li (李) to become the largest Chinese surname group, as told in a report released on April 14, 2013.

The association conducted the statistics for three years since 2008. The research is based on the database provided by China's Ministry of Public Security and the identification services of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

"It has become the most complete surname statistics on all China's territories so far," said Yuan Yida, a researcher at the association.

I wondered what the "Family Names" report list would look like if the statistics of all the overseas Chinese or Chinese living abroad are included in this analysis.

Here is a YouTube link on Top 10 most common Chinese Surnames + Origins/Facts.

An interesting point of information at this time is that the "Yee" Family name have now moved up to the 40th spot from the 51st spot since the 2006 survey.

In China, each family has a genealogy book with an elaborate family tree that typically goes back at least several hundreds of years. (Only male ancestors are listed, however.)

At least five alternative ways of writing our Chinese Family (余) name into English, "Yue", "Yu", "U", "Er" or "Yee".

A probable explanation why the surname(余)is spelled differently is due to the dialectical pronunciation into English by the parents when registering their families for immigration or registering their sons and daughters birth records in the earlier days.

We welcome more Yee chapters to contribute events and activities reports from their locale.

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

  • M. Cheak Yee, John Tang and David M. Yee of Phoenix
  • Edward Yee, Allan Yee of Detroit
  • Fred Yee and Kevin Lee of Seattle
  • Melinda Yee of Sacramento
  • Ho Lee Yee, Warren Yee of Boston
  • Larry Yee and William Yu of San Francisco
  • Kai Fay Yee of Washington, D.C.
  • Kai Yon Yee of Malaysia
  • Kenny Yee and Chao Yu of Southern California
  • Jim Yee, James Yu, Jaime Yu, Vanessa Yu, Andrew Wong and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Jack Charles Yee of Calgary, Canada
  • Stephen Yu of Montreal, Canada
  • Richard Yue, Johnson Yee of Hong Kong
  • U Wa Chi, Iu Va San of Macau

Martin Yee, Vancouver


Detroit YFT Celebrate the Chinese New Year Eve


"Gung Hay Fat Choy" from Detroit, Michigan as we celebrate the Chinese New Year Eve, "Year of the Snake - 4709".

Allan Yee - Detroit


VCRC 2013 Vision Planning Workshop


The Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee met on March 9, 2013, a sunny Saturday morning at the scenic Langara Golf Course Clubhouse to share ideas and implement priorities for the 2013 Vision Planning Workshop. Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Youth Committee (Jaime Yee, Vanessa Yu, and Andrew Wong), were happily invited by Henry Tom, Chair of VCRC, to participate in discussing a wide range of issues and opportunities facing Chinatown. Other supporting members including Esther Yue (alternate director for YFT of Canada), Judy Lam Maxwell (VCRC board member, historian, and educator), and Edmund Ma (Mah's Athletic Association of Vancouver Martial Arts Instructor) also attended.






The workshop was facilitated by Doug Soo, former Dean of Continuing Studies at Langara College, who led an engaging dialogue composed of many business and community leaders and representatives. Doug started by explaining the process of the workshop. He asked participants to identify the key issues and challenges confronting Chinatown, and the role that VCRC may have in addressing them. The 24 participants pointed out factors such as establishing a set of common values, directions for working together, succession plan and board structure, and a roadmap on specific future projects over the next 5 years. Henry also highlighted some of the noteworthy achievements of VCRC and explained lessons learned from past experiences. Doug then asked the members to split into groups of 6 and instructed them to rank the roles and functions of VCRC by order of relevance and importance. After a round of discussion, Andrew gave a brief presentation, explaining the rationale behind the points of view of their group.


After a brief working lunch where participants were asked to brainstorm ideas on what a revitalized Chinatown might look like, Edmund presented a list of elements that would contribute to a brighter and livelier Chinatown. Other members mentioned safer, cleaner, and busier streets, a family-oriented neighborhood with greater integration with surrounding communities, improved nightlife such as an expanded night market, and public amenities such as a Chinatown community centre, town square, Asian heritage museum, and green space. Other ideas included introducing a farmers' market, food carts, buskers, block parties, and youth/multigenerational activities. Social projects such as city incentives for Chinese organization to develop housing for low-income senior and new immigrants, restored and rehabilitated heritage buildings, and increased residential density to support new and traditional businesses, and attract local independent business owners who embrace being in Chinatown (especially a diversity of quality restaurants) were also highlighted.


The workshop distilled all the ideas and comments offered throughout the day and agreed to promote greater involvement by a broader community, continue and strengthen VCRC's role as a catalyst in the community and in relationship to City Hall, and focus on outreach and advocacy opportunities to strive for a revitalized Chinatown. Lastly, the members proposed the following Vision Statement to guide VCRC actions and promote for formal recognition at every opportunity:

"VCRC… a collaborative voice for Chinatown Revitalization"

The executive members of YFT of Vancouver Youth Committee would like to thank Jim Yee, Chairman of YFT of Vancouver, and Henry Tom for referring and inviting them to attend this workshop, injecting new blood to the VCRC visioning process. It was a highly informative and productive event, which benefited the youth committee greatly in terms of improving their roles and operations in the greater community.

Jaime Yee, Vanessa Yu, and Andrew Wong - Vancouver


New England YFT New Year Banquet


On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Yee Fung Toy Association of New England celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Snake at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Boston Chinatown.

Over 400 people attended the banquet with special guests from New York Association and the new Washington DC Association.

President Jack Yu and Vice Pres. King Sun, East Grand Pres. Peter Yee, Elder Henry Yee, and all the Association Advisors wish all the attendees a Happy New Year with a toast.

Scholarships were awarded to our deserving students and red envelops were presented to our senior members who are 90 years old or older.




Entertainment were provided by our own members with numerous songs and dances. Finally a special martial art demonstration were performed by the young students of Mai Du’s Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy.

New England YFT


Phoenix Yees Celebrate Spring Festival


The Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family Association celebrated its Yees ancestral veneration rites at its clan hall with a special luncheon with its members on Saturday, March 9th.

Those attending include Vice President M. Cheak Yee, National Yee Grand President of the Western Region Alan Yee and his wife Edith, Grand Elder John M. Yee and President Joe Yue.


Later in the evening, the Yee Fung Toy Association held its 2013 Chinese New Year of the Snake banquet at the Great Wall Hong Kong Cuisine. Leading the toast to the members and friends are Western National Yee Grand President Alan Yee, Yee Grand Elder John M. Yee and the YFT Officers and Board members.








Master of Ceremonies Jack F. Yee was able to introduce his daughter, Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee, herself a pioneering first ever Chinese-American woman to be elected first to the lower and now to the upper chamber of the state legislature, to present a special certificate of recognition from that chamber to long-time clan and community leader Rudy Yee.

This was followed by a presentation to John M. Yee, a grand elder among Yees nationally and indeed internationally, of a scroll and certificate whereby the New York Chapter of the Kaiping Natives Association designated him as Honorary President, which received a full page congratulatory display advertisement in the Amwest Chinese Post newspaper.

For more details, please click here.

M. Cheak Yee
Photos John Tang - Phoenix


Celebrating the 109th Anniversary of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada






The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada celebrated its 109th anniversary and the Chinese New Year of the Snake on March 9, 2013. For more details, please click here.

Martin Yee - Vancouver


SFHQ YFT 2013 Spring Banquet






The Yee Fung Toy Family Association headquarters in San Francisco celebrated our annual spring banquet on March 24, 2013.





 

 








For more photos, please click here.

William Yu - San Francisco


Macau U Fong Choi Tong Distributed 「福」 Rice to Members

Macau U Fong Choi Tong distributed more than 1,000 packages of 「福」 Rice to its members from April 5th for nine days.

Macau U Fong Choi Tong


H. K. Yue Clansmen Association Celebrated 76th Anniversary





















 



 



 



 




Members of the Hong Kong Yue Clansmen Association celebrated their 76th Anniversary and Installation of the 2003 - 2005 Board at the Metropol Restaurant (4/F, United Center, 95 Queensway (Admiralty) ) 名都酒樓 on April 6th.

The Yues ancestor ceremony was held at noon at the Association Hall. Attended by many distinguished guests.

For more event photos, please click here.

Hong Kong Yue Clansmen Association


Detroit YFT 2013 Spring Banquet



 



 

The Detroit Yee Fung Toy Association held its 2013 Spring Banquet at the Tokyo Buffet and Sushi Bar in Southfield, Michigan on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 PM. We had 66 people in attendance. In addition to enjoying a delicious buffet and the company of many good friends, there was a 50-50 raffle and drawing of door prizes.



 



 

Photos courtesy of Cathie Agacinski and Ron Yee.

Edward Yee - Detroit


Washington DC YFT Chapter Resumption

















 

 

 
















The Washington, DC chapter of Yee Fung Toy Association resumption Grand Opening ceremony event was held on Sunday, April 28, at the Taishan Restaurant at noon.

Photos below are courtesy of Kevin Lee of Seattle.






























And our annual Spring Banquet was held at the China Garden Restaurant at 6:00pm.

For more event photos, please click here.

Kai Fay Yee, Washington


SFHQ's Henry, Alan, and Eddie Yee Visit Detroit YFT





 

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, San Francisco Yee Fung Toy Family Association HQ Grand Elder Henry Yee, Western Grand President Alan Yee, his wife Edith, San Francisco YFT Headquarter President Eddie Yee and his wife Carina visited our Detroit Chapter.

They had just attended the Grand Opening of the Washington, DC Chapter and they took some extra time to visit the Cleveland Chapter and our Detroit chapter.

We had a special meeting of members to welcome our special visitors, and to worship (拜祭) at our our altar for our ancestor, Yee Jing. Later we had a dim sum luncheon at the Golden Harvest Restaurant in Warren, Michigan.

In the evening we had a special treat for our esteemed visitors. Our Grand Adviser, Kwok Yee hosted a special presentation of Chinese Opera Music, and then we had some good old fashion "Karaoke" with Henry, Alan, Kwok, and later Betty Wong singing their favorite Chinese pop songs.

It was a great time had by all; with delicious food, great entertainment, and fellowship with our friends/cousins.

For more photos of their visit, please click here.

Allan Yee, Detroit


What is in the Next Issue?

The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid September, 2013, featuring summer picnics and other activities at Yee Fung Toy associations around the world. 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 August 15.

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