|The Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice
In this Issue:
Message from the Editor
YFT Chapter Reports
What is in the Next Issue?
Message from the Editor
Welcome to the 39th 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.
The Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association requests the pleasure of your presence of the Grand Opening of the Seattle YFT new Office building on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Ancestor ceremony at noon and dinner banquet at 6pm at the House of Hong Restaurant, for more details or information please contact Fred Yee or Kevin Lee.
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:
Martin Yee, Vancouver
New York YFT Spring Banquet
Gung hay fat choy （
恭喜發財!） sun tai keen hong （
身體健康!） to all as we welcome the Year of the
Horse 4712. The New York Yee Fong Toy Association held
its Chinese Lunar New Year and honoring senior
members’ celebration on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Frank Yee, New York
Seattle Members attended San Francisco HQs Women's Day Celebration
Seattle YFT Chapter's members attended
the San Francisco Headquarter Women Auxiliary's
International Women's Day celebration luncheon on
Kevin Lee, Seattle
Sacramento Yees Welcome the Year of the Horse
On Sunday, March 16th, we welcome the
Year of the Horse and the Spring Festival celebration.
A dim sum luncheon was held at the office, with guests
from the San Francisco Yee Family Association
Melinda Yee, Sacramento
Seattle YFT 2014 New Year Dinner
The Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family
Association held its 2014 Spring banquet on March 20 at
the Renton Seafood Restaurant.
A total of 60 YFT members and Ma Family
Association members attended. During the banquet, Shek
Jing, Chapter President, gave the welcoming speech and
gave a brief summary of the Chapter activities during
the last year, including the purchase of the Chapter's
The MC for the evening was De Sum Yee.
Fred Yee, Chapter Advisor, gave the Chapter report
including the property purchase in English.
The 2012 US Yee Convention books were
distributed among the guests. Fred Yee also announced
the Grand Opening of the Seattle YFT new home will be
held on August 23 and invitation details will be sent
out in the near future.
Fred Yee, Seattle
Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix New President - David M. Yee
David M. Yee was elected as Phoenix
Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix new
President on March 26th at the Hong Lok Senior Living
Center. All eighteen CUAGP members of the Phoenix
Chinese United Association met in its annual general
meeting and voted for its 2014 Board. David succeeded
Helen Zhang as President. David previously served as
First Vice President. Congrats David!
David follows now in the footsteps of
his elder brother, the late Willie M. Yee, and his first
cousin (Uncle) John M. Yee in leading the largest and
broadest association in the local Chinese American
community which previously had been almost entirely of
Cantonese extraction of Siyi (‘Szeyup’) “Four Counties”
area near Macau – with Taishan (Toishan) being the most
prominent of the four.
Today in the Greater Phoenix area, David
noted our Chinese American community has substantial
numbers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Mainland, so that
often enough, English is the common language.
Graduating from Arizona State University
in Electrical Engineering, David has worked for forty
plus years in that and related fields. First for
Motorola, and now for a spinoff, General Dynamics.
He has been awarded numerous U.S.
Patents. He has contributed generously of his time,
talent, and resources to Phoenix Yee Fung Toy Family
Association, to Phoenix Chinese Week, to Phoenix Chinese
Seniors Citizen Association, to Valley of the Sun Koi
Club, to Phoenix Matsuri Festival and Japanese
Friendship Garden, as well as to various professional
associations and charities.
David in his brief inaugural remarks
stressed that all Chinese Americans need to work
together and he hope to promote our general unity during
his term of office.
Photo by John H. Tang.
M. Cheak Yee, Phoenix
Singapore Yee Clan Spring Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony
Singapore Yee Clan held its Spring
Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony on 6th April, 2014 at
Members observed this annual event by
taking part in the ceremony. It was encouraging to see
the younger generations lingering with us. As usual, a
table was laid full of offerings and food. The elders
initiated the ceremony. After which all members enjoyed
a sumptuous meal.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Yee.
Peter Yee, Singapore
Detroit YFT 2014 Spring Banquet
The Detroit Yee Fung Toy Association
Spring Banquet was held on April 13, 2014 at the Golden
Harvest Restaurant in Warren, Michigan. The dinner was
held in partnership with the On Leong Association.
Entertainment included a group of singers and musicians
performing Chinese opera.
Members and their guests enjoyed a
dinner consisting of seafood tofu soup, fried shrimp
balls, beef with Chinese broccoli, lobster with ginger
and onion, pork chops with special sauce, and several
other dishes. There were also door prize and 50-50
raffles to add to the entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Brian Yee.
Edward Yee, Detroit
Muar Yee Clan 80th Anniversary Celebration
On the 14th April 2014 7:15am, 32
members of the Yee Clan Association (Singapore) took a 2
hour coach ride to Muar, Malaysia. On route, we stopped
over at Yong
Peng town to shop for some local produce. The Muar
Yee Clan was celebrating their 80th Anniversary and
regional Yee Clansmen were invited.
Next morning, all of us went for a day
tour of Malacca, which was an hour’s drive away. Visited
the King’s Well or
Hang Li Po Well,
Christ Church Melaka,
Clock Tower and
Hang Jebat Road for some small shopping.
The gala dinner was at Chung Hwa High
School’s huge auditorium. Dinner was well attended by
1,160 guests - local and overseas. Representatives from
China Yongchun, Jiangmen, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and
Singapore were present. We were entertained with
orchestra and dance performances. Representative Clans
of their respective countries exchanged plaques and
mementos with Muar Yee Clan. The grand finale of the
dinner was cutting of a huge 80th Anniversary cake and
singing the birthday song. That brought the grand dinner
to a successful conclusion.
We were very grateful to the Muar Yee
Clan for their efforts and looking after our comforts
during this visit.
For more photos, please click here.
Peter Yee, Singapore
Chairman of the Hong Kong Yue Clansmen Association Visits Taiwan Yu's Family
The Chairman of the Hong Kong Yue
Clansmen Association, Peter Yu recently accepted an
invitation to travel to Taipei to attend the Asia
Pacific International Conference on Food Safety, he
dropped by and visited the Taoyuan County Yu's Family (桃園縣余姓宗親會) on April 24th 2014 to
promote the friendship between the two Associations.
Bing Kai Lee, Hong Kong
Detroit Yee Fung Toy Family Association Celebrates Ching Ming
On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Detroit
Yee Fung Toy Family Association made our annual trip to
Mt Hope Cemetery in Livonia to remember our loved ones.
Included in the ceremony, we gave
offerings of the Roast Pig, Steamed Chickens, various
pastries, and Courvoisier Cognac. Later we burned some
incense and over $2 million dollars (play money) and
some included some fireworks.
Later we went to our family building in Lincoln Park for a great lunch, fellowship and some Mah Jong.
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, 2014, 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.