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風采電子季刊

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Issue 5 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2005/12/31

目錄

編者話

中秋節聯歡及獎學金頒發

風采分堂報導

香港風采中學快訊

下期預告


編者話

各位親愛的讀者,您們好,秋去冬來,楓香換菕A落葉片片,冬季已然來臨,不同街道景觀,提醒我們,聖誕節即將來臨,祝大家聖 誕快樂! 再過幾星期,新的一年也即將到來。首先恭祝各位新年快樂,身體健康,萬事順遂。

時間如日曆紙片片飛,轉眼已踏入一個新的一年,一年之計在於春,您有什麼新年願望?你會有什麼行動來達成你的心願呢? 我們的願望就是……期望於新的一年為你們帶來更優質、更多社團活動之消息及更繼續為余氏宗親們服務。

第五期的「風采電子季刊」以「中秋節」和「獎學金」為主題。各風采分堂之中秋活動由各余氏宗親會提供, 今期還有香港風采中學快訊在這裡傳遞給大家分享。

最後,還是要老套一提,你們的參典及支持才是我們不斷工作的原動力,更希望在未來有機會能與大家見面,分享,甚至合作。

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夢蟠女士、 余柏寧先生、和余榮燊先生。
  • 加拿大安省余風采堂的 余緣治 女士。
  • 美國三藩市余風采總堂的 余健全先生。
  • 美國二埠余風采堂的 余李慕蓮女士、余庭穩先生。
  • 美國紐約余風采堂的余應昌先生、余宏基先生。
  • 美國紐英崙余風采堂的余積禮先生。
  • 菲律濱余風采堂的余衛強先生、余健華先生。

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、余美湛


菲律濱余風采堂頌獎教獎助學

菲律濱余風采堂聯同菲律濱余風采堂慈善教育基金會於本(二零零五)年五月十五日(星期日) 在本堂三樓風采禮堂頌發二零零四至二零零五學年度優秀族生獎勵金、 教師鼓勵金及清寒子弟補助金。

是日上午九時許,優秀族生偕同其家長,本族教師、理監事、婦女組陸續到達會場,濟濟一堂,場面熱鬧輕鬆。

大概十時卅分左右,司儀余眉玲理事宣佈大會秩序開始。

首由主席余文皇理事長致詞,勖勉我余姓子弟加倍努力,爭取更好成績; 同時鼓勵教師們堅守崗位,繼續作育英才云。 本堂慈善教育基金會創會委員余百正謂,心繫教育,係本堂之宗旨。獎教、獎助學每年皆舉行,自從我國實行開放經濟政策以來,我 國貨物暢銷全世界各國刮目, 現在開始發揚中華文化,幫助提高國外各地教師質素,並推動國外各地組成青年夏令營回國進修。同時有美國學者已將我國經典文學 翻譯成英文,可見我國優美,博 大,精深的文化已被世人認同,中文之重要性,可想而知,廿一世紀係我中國人之世紀,誠非虛言。 所以身為中國人,華僑子弟亦可,要把握時機,應該趁此少年時,用心誠意學習中文,以免閒白了少年頭,空悲切! 同時希望教師們在發揚中華文化領域內,努力灌溉,全力以赴。

繼之由余金蓮上台作簡短致詞。 然後由理事長余文皇、諮詢委員余應豪、余百正、余澤民、余文堯、副理事長余榮新、理事余玉吉及文教余麗嫦等先後頌發優秀族生 獎勵金及獎狀, 教師鼓勵金及清寒子弟補助金。 優秀族生由余榕宗親以普通話致謝詞。

教師代表則由余麥月嬋老師致謝,麥老師語重心長地希望我粤僑子弟最低限度要學好廣東母語因為英、菲語在學校學習過程中自然會通曉。 並呼籲家長應與學校雙管齊下教育兒女及基金會對教師們的肯定及鼓勵云。

然後由余百正令孫女余樂詠小妹妹表演芭蕾舞。 最後本堂以簡單精美點心招待各人,並相約明年再見。

余衛強供稿

美國余風采總堂頒發獎助學金

【星島日報 2005 年 11 月 24 日 (星期四) 登出】 美國余風采總堂沿歷年獎學育才的宗旨,今年度上半年已頒發給在三藩市灣區英文學校高中應屆畢業繼續升讀大學的八名學行良好 的; 宗親子女學生,芳名為:余一琚B余家樂、余嘉敏、朱婉儀、余振廉、余麗莎、余美寶、黃伊梨。 每名獲得獎學金七百二十五元(內含: 一、該總堂給每名獎學金款六百元。 二、余兆中法官獎每名一百二十五元)。

今年下半年又為鼓勵青年學習中華優良文化,向三藩市灣區經政府立案的: 中華中學校,金巴崙中文學校,聖瑪利中文學校,南僑學校,屋崙中華文化院,信義中文學校, 啫佛臣中文學校等七間中文學校的十四名優秀學生頒給中文獎學金每名一百美元。 並對就讀的本族一百六十三名余姓學生一律發給助學金,每名三十美元。 有關各中文學校本年度的獎學金、助學金全部支票,經於十一月十六日寄給學校,委託中文學校在十二月份學期結業時代為發放。


多倫多余風采堂卅四週年晚宴

【星島日報温哥華及多倫多之星加情版專欄行雲流水 8 月 17 日登出】 今晚氣温雖然高達 33 度, 慶幸對余風采堂舉行的卅四週年晚宴沒有影響。 當晚筵開 29 桌,馬氏世表、謝氏世表、余氏宗親與各社團代表,濟濟一堂,十分熱鬧。

炳華顧問聯絡的醒獅隊,在周武師傅的領導下,舞得虎虎生威,當鑼鼓敲響時,銳坤名譽主席與本屆主席穎俊,帶同理事們步向前臺, 醒獅尾隨表演採青,並殷勤高低舞動以取得吊掛在暀W高處的兩封紅包。

我們除祈求世界和平外,也為紀念二次大戰結束 60 週年慶祝,由穎俊主席,福康、澄邦兩位副主席共同送出給每位來賓,由加拿大政府鑄造的五分紀念硬幣一枚, 這枚硬幣表面價值不大但意義深遠。家長可趁機會把日本侵華歷史約略介紹給我們的下一代, 使下一代能真正認識日本侵華戰爭和闡明戰爭的殘酷與可怕,避免日後悲劇重演。

鳳儀律師除了熱心下一代的教育外,又再慷慨解囊捐出助學金獎掖後進。 得大學獎學金者共兩位,由鳳儀律師頒獎,銳坤名譽會長頒獎給中學組四位得獎學生; 最後由文信宗長頒獎予小學組三位得獎者。

耀祺宗長向每桌派發敬老慰耆獎,顧名思義,這個獎是為七十五嵗或以上堂員而設,也是風采堂對年長堂員的一點心意。 這時,主席帶領理事們向在坐嘉賓敬酒。

今晚參宴的賓客都很踴躍上臺獻唱卡拉OK,更有兩位女士聞歌起舞,舞姿逗得全場觀衆捧腹拍掌大笑。 今晚獎品豐富,有四和菜、燒鴨、杏仁餅和蛋卷等餅食,得獎者可大飽口福爾! 晚會在司儀緣治和澄邦的祝福下徐徐散去。

余緣治供稿


二埠(沙加緬度)余風采堂中秋節聯歡慶會

二零零五年九月十一日,秋高氣爽,桂花香飄。二埠余風采堂于該日舉行傳統的中秋節聯歡慶會。 由于今日也是頒發獎學金的大喜日子,所以,父老鄉親、叔伯、昆仲、嬸姆、男女青少年兒童很早就來到公所大堂, 大家相聚一堂,相互問候,談笑自如,充滿節日的歡樂氣氛。 中午十二時,潤洪書記宣佈祭祖儀式,正副主席向先祖上香獻銀寶,元老,顧問及全體職員也向先祖行鞠躬禮。 禮成,隨即舉行獎學金頒發典禮。首先由汝韶主席致簡短的歡迎詞,他說風采堂年年頒發獎學金,獎勵學業成績優秀的余氏青少年。 這是一件十年豎木,百年豎人,關係到為社會培養育人才,為人類作出貢獻的大事,希望獲獎的子侄青少年百尺竿頭,更進一步,取 得更大的成績,為余族增光。

跟荇扆O宣佈今年獲獎的名單,輝杰,美芳君共十四名青少年學生,他(她)們平均成績在 3.0 以上,他(她)們分別來自高中、初中、小學,中華學校、及大學。 接荂A余風采堂美西副總長振權一一跟他(她)們握手與頒發獎狀及獎金,頓時大堂響起一片熱烈的掌聲, 獲獎的學子並與風采堂的正副主席,元老,顧問一齊照相留念。

今日中秋節慶會除了別開生面的獎學金典禮外,尚有免費的午餐布菲,還兼有美味可口的月餅品嘗。 晚上,鄉親父老,叔伯嬸姆及風采堂的領導,職員假座風采樓筵開九席,齊聚一堂,佳餚美酒共慶中秋。 雖然月光遲了升起,但月是故鄉明亮,大家感觸了思鄉情懷。

余庭穩供稿

紐英崙余風采堂慶祝中秋佳節


九月十八日,本堂循例慶祝中秋佳節,備有各種月餅等。是日中午十二時,各位男女宗親,歡聚本堂品嚐月餅及茗茶。 暢談樂事,或聽音樂。 直至下午六時聯同前往龍鳳酒樓敘餐,有元老、顧問、主席、職員及宗親等人。 筵開三席,以茶代酒,互祝康泰。大家快快樂樂,又過一個中秋佳節。

余積禮槁

温哥華余風采堂慶祝中秋節及『始祖余靖忠襄公』寶誕

二零零五年九月十八日星期日是余風采總分堂舉行慶祝「始祖余靖忠襄公」寶誕儀式活動之日。 很巧合這天也是華人傳統的中秋節,因此在祭祖禮完畢後宗親們跟茪@齊起來聯賀一年一度的中秋日。

農曆八月十五日是中國的三大節日之一的中秋節。 那天正值是西曆九月下旬,月球距離地球最遠的一天。 當微涼的秋風送走炎炎的夏日之時,農民終於可以從日常的辛勞中歇下來,慶祝豐收,就像加拿大人慶祝感恩節一樣。中秋節是人月 兩團圓的好日子。

當天中午大約百多位堂員,他們的家人和朋友聚集在堂所禮堂內,一齊慶祝始祖余靖忠襄公寶誕紀念儀式。

禮堂的祭桌上,端端正正擺放茠鷜犍蹄,雞,酒,糕點,菓品,和金銀衣紙,銀燭煌煌,香煙統統。 太祖忠襄公真像神采奕奕,栩栩含笑,像旁楹聯赫然生輝。

祭祖儀式由總堂理事余金星主持,加拿大余風采總堂顧問錫儒讀祭文,加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙,總堂顧問余鳳和, 分堂主席余美湛和總分堂理事們一齊奉獻祭品。 首先總堂主席余根洙致歡迎詞,歡迎大家多多到堂所參與活動,然後講述忠襄公一千年前在宋代有趣的背景和歷史故事: 他文武全才,精通經史,長於詩文,官拜工部尚書,為官耿直清廉,安邦定國,功垂后世,且對中醫藥認識極深。 北宋大文學家歐陽修撰碑稱贊余公“為人質直剛勁,而言語恂恂,不見喜怒,自少博學強記”。 現在的中藥店還有一個草本药方「武溪蛤蚧大補茶」予他命名。

他繼續宣佈: 加拿大余風采總堂是世界余氏宗親總會成員之一,他本人是世界余氏宗親總會副會長, 他代表世界余氏宗親總會邀請大家出席明年第三屆世界余氏懇親大會,懇親大會將會在洛杉磯舉行, 日期是在二零零六年八月十二日至十四日。

隨後温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛報告余風采堂二零零四年至二零零五年的活動回顧,財政報告,耆英組活動,青年組消息,世界余氏 網站委員會資料; 宣佈二零零六年未來活動計劃,今年十一月温哥華余風采堂開始選舉二零零六年至二零零七年的新理事,在十一月十三日開票,十二 月選出新理事會等等。

聽完了報告後,余風采堂設有豐富自助午餐饗眾,娛樂節目由惠芳大姐領導的歌詠隊, 和碧瑜姑領導的粵歌唱班,精選非常好聽的粵曲給我們享受。

最後理事余金星致謝ㄠd叔和義工人員們安排這個慶祝活動,特別多謝余達明和他的母親 Rose Yee (捐贈金豬全蹄), 富大酒家(捐贈五盒月餅)和珠城大酒樓 (捐贈一盒迷你月餅) 給我們分享。

這天的節目在下午三點結束,期望明年會有更多的温哥華余氏宗親,余氏青年,風采校友,和耆英來參加一齊慶祝。

余柏寧供稿

温哥華余風采堂慶祝中秋節

中秋節中午,余風采堂燈燭明亮,祖宗的神台前棹上,擺茪趥獢B麗芬母子送的金豬、佳餚等。在會場的後面,擺茪@行行椅子,宗 親們續來坐滿座。

首先由理事們誠心祭祖、上香、讀祭文、講祖宗歷史。我們聽到祖宗的功績時,大家肅然起敬,默念幾分鐘,全場肅靜。

接荂A宗親們排茖漹曭衋s似的隊伍,開始進餐,團圓飯菜特別香。

最後,由婦女部余惠芳與理事余碧瑜各領歌詠隊員大合唱。 『十五的月亮』,『詩情畫意樂人生』等歌曲。不但有合唱,而且有老師獨唱,還有余美湛夫人和余健民的夫人等對唱粵曲。 歌聲悠揚,掌聲響亮,拍影光閃爍,熱鬧非常。我特寫下面的詩歌,願同宗親們續享樂趣。

中秋佳節月亮圓,
宗親齊到風采堂,
同渡中秋大聯歡,
理事工作特別忙。

中秋月餅圓又圓,
蛋黃蓮蓉盤中裝,
金豬全蹄棹上端,
上香祭祖在華堂。

中秋人月兩雙圓,
人人捧茩荈篚L,
盛茖怹a聚一堂,
共進午餐大團圓。

中秋是花好月圓,
歌詠隊員穿艷裝,
列隊合唱聲迴蕩,
陣陣掌聲樂滿堂。

余|蟠供稿


菲律濱余風采堂團圓餐聚慶中秋

中秋節是我國鄉俗團圓賞月的佳節,在海外的遊子每逢佳節倍思親。 菲律濱余風采堂為了讓離開家鄉好多年的宗親紓解鄉愁,感受團圓那温馨的氣氛,同時亦讓土生土長的青年子弟對我國幾千年中秋節 民俗和家鄉觀念及認識, 做到鄉俗傳延之旨及聯繫宗誼,乃訂於二零零五年十月初二日(星期日)在本堂三樓風采禮堂舉行中秋團圓餐聚會。

是日,由理事長文皇宗長負責一味菜餚,其他的菜式則由三位女理事烹煮其「拿手」的家庭私房精選菜餚,招待各位; 諮詢委員百正宗長則送贈其成功牌純淨水百給大會各人飲用,理事長文皇,諮詢委員應豪及各位理事、婦女、青年宗親等亦解囊捐 贈, 作為擲骰搏彩之獎金及購買獎品之用。

將近中午時分,理事、婦女、姊妹、青少年子弟陸續到來,老少同聚一堂,誠然一大家庭, 一家人熱熱鬧鬧、開開心心、團團圓圓享用中秋團圓午餐。 親情、鄉情、友情洋溢四座。餐後隨即舉行擲骰搏彩遊戲,搏月餅是為了取「狀元奪魁」的好彩頭,所以擲骰遊戲也取了一些和科舉 功名相對應的名字: 如狀元、榜眼、探花、會元、進士、舉人、秀才等,參加的人輪流以六個骰子擲入碗中,視其點數之多少,來定其科名的高低。 首先抽簽編排席位,分組舉行,大家磨拳擦掌,圍桌擲骰,老少打成一片,氣氛融洽,情況熱烈。 但聞驚嘆聲,歡呼聲,此起彼落,每個人都希望擲個好骰,搏取狀元歸, 大家興高采烈,HIGH 到極點,最後由兩位女紅妝,高(骰仔點數)中狀元,兩位女狀元就係理事兼婦女副組長余惠群及婦女副財政余鄺麗麗。恭喜!恭 喜!

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紐約一天遊

九月卄四日,風和日麗,陽光普照。 紐英崙余風采堂為聯絡兩地宗誼,舉行一年一度往紐約一天遊,並備旅遊巴士一部。 是日一早各位男女宗親已到本堂等候上車,中午十二時已抵達紐約。 先到紐約風采堂拜候各位宗親,承蒙兩位主席、顧問、職員及宗親熱情招侍。更在金橋酒樓設午宴招侍我們,豐富美點,歡聚一堂, 盛情可感。 各人飽餐之後,並道謝紐約風采堂宗親。各往購物或訪友。六時我們滿載而歸要返波城。

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温哥華慶祝「十一國慶」晚宴

中國駐温哥華總領事館與温哥華中華會館暨僑團及各界人士合辦,慶祝中華人民共和國成立五十六週年「十一國慶」聯歡晚宴, 九月三十日(星期五)在温哥華華埠富大海鮮酒家盛大舉行。 三級政府代表包括多元文化部長陳卓愉、卑詩省議員李燦明及温哥華市議員詹健華等人。 各國駐温領事有法國、日本、韓國、印度、菲律賓與印尼。 僑團代表,經貿及各界人士約千餘人到場致賀,場面非常熱鬧。

加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、余風采分堂主席余美湛、余風采總堂顧問余錫儒、余風采總分堂書記余榮燊、 余風采堂員余柏寧和四位風采校友包括余惠芳大姐一齊出席慶祝。

司儀由張立偉領事和吳俊譽先生擔任。 宴會程序: 奏中加國歌、醒獅團賀慶、鳴炮、介紹嘉賓、中領館總領事田春燕女士致詞、 中華會館理事長周炯華先生和三級政府代表相繼致詞。 餘興節目包括中國民族舞蹈、歌唱等。

中領館總領事田春燕表示:中國大陸改革開放以來,經濟發展快速起飛,中國已躍升為全球經貿大國,她盼中加兩國經貿交往更進一步。 田春燕更表示: 中國已取代日本世界第三大貿易國地位,僅落後美國及德國;中國為發展中國家,以後將更加壯大興盛,中國發展及和平在未來將開花結果。

田春燕代表中國政府衷心感謝僑界熱烈歡迎胡錦濤主席訪温,她說:許多人不畏風雨,熱情支持胡主席及代表團,愛國情懷令人動容。 田春燕同時透露,中國國家主席胡錦濤對不久前訪温行程印象深刻,回國後特地告知外交部長李肇星,希望通過田春燕轉達對温市僑 胞熱情接待的感謝。

中華會館理事長周炯華表示,中華會館多年來舉行十一國慶慶祝活動,今年首度與中領館舉行國慶酒宴,他感謝中領館支持, 讓中華會館準備接待即將來訪的廣東省省長黃華華。

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温哥華歡迎廣東省省長『黃華華』千人宴會

温哥華中華會館聯合僑團暨各界人士為慶祝卑詩與廣東兩省締結友好關係十週年、和温哥華與廣州兩市締結姊妹市二十週年。 十月二十一日(星期五)在温哥華華埠富大海鮮酒家舉行盛大聯歡晚宴。 熱烈歡迎中國廣東省長黃華華及廣東省與廣州市代表團蒞臨温哥華。 現場冠蓋雲集,約有千人參與這項盛會。

中國廣東省長黃華華率領的政府代表團在十月二十日抵達温哥華,此行重新簽署十年前與卑詩省簽訂的友好協定,並與港府共同舉辦 外經貿商展。

温哥華是黃華華北美之行的最後一站,之前曾拜訪美國與墨西哥。 黃華華此行適逢卑詩與廣東兩省締結友好關係十週年,雙方雖然不會簽署正式協定, 但會更新並擴大十年前簽署的友好協定,希望提升兩地交換學生、居民、及觀光旅遊的質量。

加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、余風采分堂主席余美湛伉儷、余風采總堂顧問余錫儒伉儷、余風采總分堂書記余榮燊、 余風采堂理事余金星、余ㄠd、余健民、余錫L、余風采堂員余柏寧和余冠柏一齊出席慶祝。

晚宴司儀由周鳳姬女士和吳俊譽先生擔任。 宴會程序: 鳴炮、醒獅團賀慶表演、介紹嘉賓、獻詞、温哥華中華會館副理事長茹容均先生致詞, 卑詩省省長金寶爾致詞、温哥華市長李建堡致詞、中領館總領事田春燕女士致詞。 餘興節目包括中國民族舞蹈、歌唱、祝酒等。

總領事田春燕表示,卑詩省華裔人口近四十萬,絕大多是來自廣東沿海地區,這次黃華華率團來訪, 一方面是延續中國國家主席胡錦濤訪問温哥華,進一步拓展中加關係,另一方面也希望與當地僑社建立更緊密的聯繫。

黃華華省長在致詞中代表廣東省人民和政府代表團對温哥華僑界舉行熱烈的歡迎宴會表示感謝,他說,廣東的發展,得益於國家改革 開放的正確政策, 是全省人民團結奮鬥的結果,同時也離不開廣大海外僑胞、港澳臺同胞的熱情幫助和鼎力支援。 可以說,祖國的繁榮和廣東的發展,海外僑胞功不可沒。 他衷心希望僑胞們繼續發揚中華民族的優良傳統,團結奮鬥,互幫互助,把事業發展得更好。

黃華華盛讚温哥華是著名僑鄉,代表團來此感到格外親切,正所謂「美不美家鄉水,親不親故鄉人」。

他繼續說,熱誠歡迎大家多回家鄉,為家鄉的繁榮發展多做貢獻,為促進中加兩國和兩國人民之間的友好交往和經貿合作交流、 為促進中國的和平統一大業作出貢獻。

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温哥華余風采堂醒獅隊參加華埠「中華門」揭幕典 禮

温哥華余風采堂得余氏宗親家長們過往鼎力支持下, 家長們於十月二十二日上午十時前帶他們青年組醒獅隊的子女來到温市華埠片打東街的中華文化中心大樓前廣場, 一齊參加新「中華門」揭幕典禮活動。

這日天氣秋高氣爽,在温暖的陽光下,共有數百名各界代表及僑社人士出席,温哥華唐人街場面非常熱鬧。

上午十時左右,「中華門」揭幕典禮活動儀式開始,特別嘉賓廣東省長黃華華,廣東省市官員與各主禮嘉賓在舞台上, 由温哥華市長李建堡及大温重要華裔僑團領袖陪同,此後為中華文化中心門前的「中華門」舉行落成揭幕儀式。

在廣東省與卑詩省結為友好省份十周年,廣州市與温哥華市結為姐妹市二十周年的喜慶日子,廣州市政府重贈一座中華門雲石牌樓, 裝嵌於華埠中華文化中心大樓前廣場,取代原有老舊木造牌樓,這舊木造牌樓是一九八六年萬國博覽會的中國館遷來的, 有特別的意義,標誌雙方「友誼萬代永傳」。

温哥華市長李建堡,卑詩省省長金寶爾,廣州副市長陳明德,廣東省長黃華華,中國駐温哥華總領事田春燕,中華文化中心主席馬林詠梅, 温哥華中華會館理事長周炯華等在揭幕典禮儀式前分別致詞。之後,當各主禮嘉賓一起揭幕「中華門」時, 温哥華余風采青年組醒獅隊及其他僑團的醒獅隊隨著鑼鼓聲翩翩起舞,祝賀兩地友誼永固彌新。

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菲律濱余風采堂婦女組訪菲孤兒院

  本市訊: 菲律濱余風采堂婦女組各位姊妹本著一番熱忱,一顆愛心,為善最樂的一股向心力,扶危濟貧在這短短幾年內, 非常活躍,先後舉辦了許多有意義有益眾人的活動,尤以其善舉義行,深獲華社好評。

助人為快樂之本」應該是不分種族,不分時間,也不分地區的,而且我們華僑已視菲國為第二故鄉,為融合菲華社會,讓菲華人民 打成一片, 造就菲華一家親,余風采堂婦女組仍然不忘主流社會許多不幸的孩童,故此次特別對寄養在孤兒院的孩兒,向他們伸出援手。 予表達我們的關心,盡一點微薄的力量,帶給他們一份愛心。

該堂婦女組除撥出一筆款項作為此次濟貧活動費用外。該堂理事咸認婦女組此次濟貧活動是非常有意義的,特獲得諮詢委員余百正樂 獻捐壹萬元, 理事長余文皇樂捐兩箱香皂。婦女組捐贈物品者有組長余麗嫦,副組長余惠群,余眉玲和余黛絲也響應。 此次濟貧日用品包括有米,油,糖,牛乳粉,速食麵,衛生紙,酒精,棉花,牙膏,牙刷,毛巾等等,種類相當多。

是日(十一月二十日星期日)上午九時,婦女組眾姊妹陸續到達該堂齊集出發,出席者還有諮詢委員余應豪和理事長余文皇。 大家乘坐兩部自備車前往 Tabe, Guguinto, Bulacan,十時半抵達Bethany House Sto Nino Orphanage 孤兒院見到 Sis. Chona 以及幾位孤兒在門外等候各人帶領眾人進入該院禮堂,當看見一群無依無靠孤兒已坐在一角地板上, 續又有一群(約三、四歲)較年幼的孤兒手掽肩排成一行行,很有秩序的走出來,此時婦女組顧問余朱佩美也走進室內, 把一位約八個月的嬰兒抱出來,可憐的嬰兒只有幾個月,已被父母遺棄了。

接著把帶來的食品與日用品,搬進禮堂,物品排列妥當後,先由孤兒院助理人 Sis. Chona 致歡迎詞: 謂今次得到余風采堂婦女組前來濟貧行動可說是雪中送炭之舉。這群孤兒確實需要各方善者仁翁之援助。 繼由余麗嫦組長致詞: 恭祝大家一個美好的早晨!略述余風采是座落在馬尼拉中心區,今日一起同來的兄弟姊妹都是來自同一個「余」姓大家族, 同時介紹每位出席者,並謹代表余風采堂婦女組分贈這些物品給這群小弟妹們分享這份愛心。希望這一份的關愛和温馨能夠勉勵與改 變他們的人生觀。謝謝!

目前該院主持人是 SR. Irene Panganiban 因她有事所以再由 Sis. Chona 代表,報告該院之成立及歷史。

Bethany House Sto. Nino Orphanage 係經政府註冊及社會福利公認的孩兒院, 創設於一九八六年三月三十日,創始人為 Malolos Bulacan 天主教神父 Most Rev. Cisilio R. Gemario Jr.和 Bishop Emeritus。 而由 St. Joseph 天主教修女主持。 目的是在收養一般Malolos Bulacan 地區孤兒,把他們培養成健全天主教兒童,收養年齡由出生嬰兒至十二歲兒童。 該院並沒有固定經濟來源,只靠各方善者仁翁之贊助主持。 目前該院收養有七十多位孤兒 Sis Chona 並代表這群孤兒致衷心感謝雲雲。 報告完畢後再由這群孤兒表演歌唱舞蹈節目,眾姊妹把帶來的點心,燒包,糖果和果汁,讓孤兒列隊領取,每人一包秩序井然。

此次濟貧活動,得諸姊妹及理事們合作與支持。後來理事長余文皇特邀請大家到他附近設立的魚塘及果園摘取果子和蔬菜,每人還分 享得一包新鮮魚, 同時婦女組為慰勞眾姊妹之辛勞特在KFC快餐廳請大家用午餐以慰勞她們的勞苦功高。 此次活動非常圓滿成功,諸姊妹及理事們事後皆感欣慰與開。


香港風采中學快訊

法團校董會(IMC)

本校申請成立法團校董會,已於8月為教統局批准,成為全港首批成立法團校董會的學校。透過選舉教師代表及家長代表加入校董會中, 學校的問責性及透明度進一步提高; 同時,學校可以擁有更大的自主權,配合學校發展需要,去靈活運用政府撥款。為此,本校樂意與同工分享成立過程中的經驗。

校本課後學習及支援計劃(SALSP)

本校向教統局申請「校本課後學習及支援計劃」,已於7月獲批,總額為 264,000 元,於 8 月起推行名為「開發潛能,煥發風采」(Enhancement of students’ self-concept through developing their potentials)活動。包括兩大部份:
  1. 發展學生的學習能力與提昇學生的學科水平(英文、數學);
  2. 培養學生的多元智能,例如人際、創意、體藝等。

內地及外國遊學團

本校於本年度組織三個遊學團,以開拓學生視野,加深其對袓國/西方文化的認知,包括:
  1. 貴州(貴陽、安順)文化交流團,獲教統局 「赤子情、中國心」計劃資助。
  2. 雲南(麗江、大理)少數民族文化考察團,獲青少年事務處資助。
  3. 澳洲(布里斯班,黃金海岸)英語遊學團,學校資助旅遊保險費。

有效學習工具

為培養學生主動學習的精神和能力,並把學習延伸到學校以外,本校提供以下有效學習的工具與途徑:
  1. 網上新聞資料搜集器(Wisenews)──供學生上網搜尋有本港、中國及世界各地新聞資訊, 有利進行專題研習、德育及公民教育和中英語文科學習。
  2. 知識建構平台(Knowledge Forum/Community)──學生可在學校及家中就老師指定的專題作題作有意義的討論,配合學科及地埋科及中文 科。
  3. 多媒體學語學習網(Discovery Online)──學生因應個人進度在網上學習英語。
  4. 英文書會計劃──學生加入Scholastic Book Club,以優惠價格訂閱優質英文書籍,並透過彼此間交換書籍,擴展閱讀空間。

近期傳媒採訪

  1. 本校被邀參與教統局「教學新思維」第四集節目拍攝工作,主題為「育人為本、養性修德」,介紹本校在德育及公民教育方面的 經驗。節目暫定於 11 月26 日(星期日)晚上7時亞洲電視本港台播映。
  2. 明報將 11 月底出版《06-07升中選校全攻略》,當中會介紹一些受家長歡迎的中學,本校為其中一所。重點會說明本校辦學特色、 中一生適應及收生的安排等。
  3. 明報於 9 月 20 日報導本校透過「知識建構平台」,開展通識教育情況。
風采中學 勞錫輝先生供稿 2005 年 9 月 20 日

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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

Mid-Autumn Festival and Scholarship Awards

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

Update from Elegantia College, Hong Kong

What is in the Next Issue?


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice, an electronic newsletter for the World Yee community. In this issue we are featuring stories and images of autumn activities from associations of the Yee Fung Toy around the world, including celebrations of the Mid-autumn Festival, Scholarship awards and education in general.

Mr. Thomas Lo, one of the teachers at Elegantia College in Hong Kong, has kindly provided a news update of the school. Elegantia College, sponsored by the Education Convergence Foundation and the Yee Fung Toy Five Tong Association, held its grand opening in November 2004 (see report in the Winter 2004 issue of this newsletter). We were all very impressed by the school last year, and look forward to further updates of developments and achievements there. If you notice any improvement in the print edition of this newsletter, it is due to the hard work of Martin Yee’s final editing, as well as assistance in research, writing, translation and Chinese input. We gratefully acknowledge all the contributors to the current issue, including:

  • Ah Wei Kane and Kenneth Yu of Philippines
  • Andy Yu and Frank Yee of New York
  • Chu Choi Yu and Winston Yee of New England
  • Eugenia Khouw of Ontario, Canada
  • Larry Yee of San Francisco
  • Martin Yee, Meng Pan Yu, and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Melinda Yee and Tin-Won Yee of Sacramento
  • Thomas Lo of Hong Kong

Happy New Year and the best of the season to all!

Jim Yee, Vancouver


San Francisco awards Scholarships

We would like to congratulate parents and students for their hard work in earning the San Francisco HQ’s Yee Fung Toy Family Association Scholarship Awards. The award ceremony was held on August 7, 2005. Students needed to maintain a G.P.A of 3.5 or better throughout high school. Each student received $600 from the Yee Fung Toy Family Association and another $125 from Samuel Yee’s trust fund. Top honors are Daniel John Yee for an unweighted GPA of 3.93 and Vivian Chu with a SAT of 1460.

The San Francisco Yee Fung Toy’s Scholarship recipients are:

Name: School
1. Daniel John Yee U.C. San Diego
2. Carolyn Yeelee Wong U.C. Santa Cruz
3. Jiale Jason Yu U.C. Santa Cruz
4. Vivian Chu U.C. Berkeley
5. Calvin Yee San Francisco State U
6. Lisa Yee U.C. Riverside
7. Carmen Yee U.C. Davis
8. Mabel Yee U.C.L.A

Larry Yee


New York awards Scholarships

The New York Yee Fong Toy Association scholarship award ceremony was held on Sunday, August 14th. The event started at 12:00 noon with the traditional ancestor worship at the Association’s office and continued at 1:00pm at the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association’s auditorium at 62 Mott St. The room was quickly filled to nearly 300 students, parents and family. Kennie, our MC, introduced our honored guest from the Ma and Tse Associations, our Eastern Grand President Peter Yee, Advisor Andy Yu, President Shu Chan Yu, Vice President Kenneth Yee, and our special guest speaker Joseph Yee, M.D. After all the formalities, our speakers addressed the group with one theme in common, that determination, realistic goals and team work are keys to one’s success.

Peter started first by sharing with us some stories, thoughts and wishes. He described to us his experience in Detroit. There the award ceremony was held in the park. All the scholarship applicants got there individually with their report cards. If they meet the grades, they got the scholarship. It was that simple. He also spoke about a wish he had on his birthday. He told his grandchildren that he wishes for a good report card rather than a million dollars. For a student a “GOOD REPORT CARD” is more a realistic goal than a million dollars. He concluded by wishing every student do well and gets a “GOOD REPORT CARD”.

Shu Chan spoke next, congratulating all our scholarship winners for a job well done. He mentioned this year there were 115 award winners with over $10,000 given out. He encouraged them to continue their good work and hoped to see them next year.

Our next speaker was Dr. Joseph Yee (view text of speech). He is a doctor in radiology, associate professor of radiology at NYU School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the NYU Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at NYU. He is also the son of Yee Lai Koon, who is 95 years old and a long time member. Dr. Yee shared with us some of his life experiences. Although he spent ¼ century in school to get his medical license, he feels he’s still a student. He still learns from his students as well as his children. He continued by saying “the goal of a good education is to make you a knowledgeable individual with a moral background to be a productive member to the community”. He gave some examples of Chinese people, like I.M. Pei, Yo Yo Ma, and Chien-Ming Wang who have excelled in their skills. One day there could be a Yee baseball player. Noting that lawyers, engineers, doctors and many other professions are all important, Dr. Yee concluded that no matter what cap you wear, it is just as important being a team player.

After the presentation of awards to all our winners, our big scholarship winner Calvin Yu addressed the audience. He is the son of last year’s guest speaker, Yun Yu. Not only does he know his ABC, he’s an American Born Chinese. He began his speech in Cantonese and finished in English (view full text). He was thankful for his parents teaching him Chinese. Growing up he realized how important it is to know Chinese. He told us how he managed to continue to learn Chinese and excel in Stuyvesant HS, one of the top schools in New York City. He emphasized time management was the key to his success in school.

Congratulations to Calvin, all the scholarship winners and their parents for a job well done and continued success (see pictures). We would like to thank Peter, Dr. Joseph Yee and all the volunteers for their time and efforts in making this event special. Also, thanks to Kennie for doing such an excellent job as MC.

Frank Yee


Sacramento Mid-Autumn Festival and Scholarship Awards

90 people attended the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival dinner at Fung Toy Restaurant on September 11, 2005 and 14 students received scholarship awards. The 2005 scholarship winners are pictured below:


Sacramento Scholars 2005

For a list of the winners, visit the Sacramento website


New England celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival




September 18, 2005, our association celebrated its annual August Moon Festival. The officers and members gathered at 12 noon for the occasion to sample an array of moon cakes with tea and coffee. With our appetite filled, everyone then participated in an afternoon of singing karaoke and dancing, making it a truly festive affair at our headquarters. As 6pm approaches, everyone, including elders, advisors, president and officers, along with the general membership walked over to the China Pearl Restaurant for an evening dinner. Following dinner the celebration day completes in a very happy atmosphere as everyone bids good night wishes to each other and heads home safe and healthy as we conclude this year’s August Moon Fest celebration.

Translated & Edited By: Winston E Yee from the Original Chinese Article By: Chu Choi Yu


Vancouver celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

About a hundred members and their family and friends gathered at the YFT House in Vancouver at noon on September 18 to celebrate ancestor Yee Jing’s life and Mid-autumn Festival. MC James Yu began the ceremony with the Officers and Advisors symbolically offering gifts to ancestor Yee Jing. The gifts included a whole roast piglet (generously donated by Edmund and mother Rose Yee), chicken, wine, and fruits.

YFT of Canada Chairman Kan Yu welcomed everyone to the celebration of ancestor Yee Jing, who died on the 30th day of the 6th lunar calendar month in the 1064th year of the Common Era (or 1064 AD). The tradition in Vancouver is to choose a date in September every year to celebrate his life and times. Chairman Kan told some interesting stories of how our ancestor came to prominence a thousand years ago in the Chinese Imperial Court of the Sung dynasty. He was talented in many areas, including Chinese Martial Arts as well as Fine Arts, and in traditional Chinese medicine. There is a herbal mixture named after him that is still available in stores today. On behalf of the World Yee Family Association, of which the YFT of Canada is a member, Chairman Kan invited everyone to attend the 3rd World Yee Convention in Los Angeles beginning August 12, 2006. One of the benefits of being connected to the World Yee and U.S. Yee Family Associations is the annual allotment of scholarship funds for the Canadian chapters which originate from the Hong Kong Five Tong Association and the Mokai Scholarship Foundation.

YFT of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee followed with a report of activities in the Vancouver chapter for the past two years. He thanked the YFT of Canada and the Hong Kong Five Tong Association for the Scholarship funds for our students, and noted the increase in programs and activities by the Seniors Committee under Mr. Shui Chii Yu, the Women's Committee under Mrs. Wai Fong Yee, and the Recreation Committee under Mrs. Benita Lee. Over the past year the Web Committee has also integrated the Vancouver and Canada YFT websites with other Yee Family Association websites, and produced four Quarterly Newsletters. He thanked the following Vancouver members for contributing regularly to the newsletter: Mr. Martin Yee, Mr. Shui Chii Yu, Ms. Meng Pang Yu, and Mr. Wing Yee. The latest print edition for the Autumn issue has just being put together, and everyone is welcome to a copy. As the current Board will end its 2-year term in December, Jim announced 16 candidates have been nominated for election to the 11 Director positions. Advisor Dick Yee introduced the candidates.

James thanked Steven Yee and volunteers for organizing the buffet lunch, Edmund and Rose Yee for the roast pig, mooncake from Floata Restaurant (5 regular boxes) and from Pink Pearl Restaurant (a box of mini-cakes).

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                  Vancouver singers at MAF

After the lunch, we enjoyed songs from Benita's group and Wai Fong's group, followed by solos and Cantonese Opera duets.

Martin Yee


New York Day Trip

September 24, 2005, the Boston Branch Association makes their 8th annual day trip to visit our New York Cousins. This trip has provided a closer relations and friendship between the cousins of these two cities, as well as an opportunity for our members to have a super shopping day in New York’s Chinatown.

On this beautiful sunny morning, everyone gathered at our headquarters at 8 am to board a bus for the Big Apple. Arriving at about 12 noon, we all went up to the New York Association to extend our respects to our cousins. Our host members then took us to the Golden Bridge Restaurant for a delicious luncheon. Following lunch, many returned to the Association while others went shopping at the various food stores and street vendors. The group met at 6 pm to board the bus and safely returned to Boston. A great time was had by all, and we sincerely express our thanks and appreciation to our New York Cousins for their wonderful warm hospitality in welcoming us for this annual event. View the New England Picture Gallery.

Translated & Edited By: Winston E Yee from the Original Chinese Article By: Chu Choi Yu


Funeral for U.S. Grand Elder Dit Nam Yu

This morning (Spetember 12, 2005) it was the funeral of uncle Dit Nam. The service was very dignified. All the community representatives came again. Kuomintang in Taiwan sent over a party flag to be used to drape the casket. Uncle Dit Nam's eldest son delievered an emotional and lachrymose speech to describe his father's patriotism to China and his philosophies and beliefs in building a better China as well as his own lovely family. At the end he thanked his father for everything that he did for the family and he bid him farewell by asking his spirit to rest in peace. The speech truly touched the very innermost feelings of everyone; and there were many red eyes in the room. We will miss uncle Dit Nam very much. Please check out our links in the New York website for obituary and biography.

Andy Yu


Vancouver celebrates the 56th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

The Vancouver offices of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Benevolent Association organized a celebration banquet at the Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown on September 30, 2005. This banquet commemorates the 56th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. Over 1,000 guests including representatives from our Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governments, various International Consulates, the Chinese Canadian Community and other dignitaries gathered to celebrate this happy occasion.

Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada, the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver and the Fung Toy Alumni Association attended this event.

Consul Ms. Zhang Li Wei and Mr. Jun Ing were the emcees. The banquet began with the singing of the Chinese and the Canadian national anthems, followed by a lion dance, introduction of distinguished guests, and opening remarks by Madam Tian Ch'unyan, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver. Mr. George Chow, President of the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, spoke next. He was followed by speakers from our three levels of governments and during dinner, we were entertained by Chinese ethnic folk dancers and singers.

During her speech, Madam Tian indicated that since reform, China has made bold headway contributing to domestic development as well as world peace and global trade. As China advances into this new era; it has become one of the world’s powers for global economics and trade. Tian hopes that the commercial and trade partnership between China and Canada will go a step further. China has now replaced Japan as the third largest country in volume of world trade; led only by the US and Germany. China is a developing nation whose prosperity will only continue to grow.

Madam Tian also disclosed that the President of China, Mr. Hu Jintao, left with a very profound impression of Vancouver and Canada after his visit a few weeks ago. Upon his return to China, he immediately informed his Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing to convey his thanks through Madam Tian to Canadians and Chinese abroad for their warmth and hospitality.

George Chow, the next speaker, explained that the Chinese Benevolent Association had been organizing its own October 1st, National Day banquet celebrations for many years. This is the first year the banquet was held jointly with the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China. Chow thanked the Chinese Consulate for its support and commends the Chinese Benevolent Association for its preparations for the imminent visit of the governor of Guangdong Province.

Martin Yee


Vancouver welcomes Guangdong delegates

The Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver and the Chinese community celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the British Columbia-Guangdong Sister-Province relationship and the 20th Anniversary of the Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship and Sister-Cities link on Friday, October 21, 2005.

Vancouverites took this rare opportunity to welcome the Honorable Governor Huang Hua-Hua and his delegations from the Guangdong Province and the City of Guangzhou. A banquet was hosted by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver at the Floata Seafood Restaurant. About one thousand representatives of the Chinese community attended this commemorative event.

Also in attendance were Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu, Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee and Mrs. Jim Yee, YFT Society of Canada Advisor Dick Yee and Mrs. Dick Yee, Secretary Wing Yee, YFT of Vancouver Directors James Yee, Stephen Yee, Kin Man Yee, and George Yee, and YFT members Martin Yee and Albert Yu.

Governor Huang Hua-Hua and his delegation arrived in Vancouver on October 20 to attend weekend meetings with local government officials to promote cultural and economic ties between southern China and Canada. Mr. Kan Yu, Jim Yee, Wing Yee, and Dick Yee were among the many Chinese Community representatives gathered at the door of the Pan Pacific Hotel to give a warm welcome as Governor Huang and his entourage stepped off their limos from the airport.

Vancouver was the final stop of Governor Huang’s itinerary in North America: he and his delegation visited the US and Mexico prior to arriving here. While Governor Huang and his delegation came to Vancouver to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishing of a Sister-Province relationship between British Columbia and Guangdong; he also hopes to promote student exchanges, immigration, and increased travel between the two Provinces.

The evening emcees were Ms. Fanny Zhou and Mr. Jun Ing. The Banquet program consisted of: Firecrackers, Lion Dance, introduction of Special Guests, opening remarks by the Vice President of the Chinese benevolent Association of Vancouver Mr. Yung Quon Yu, followed with speeches by Gordon Campbell, Premier of BC, Larry Campbell, Mayor of Vancouver, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Madam Tian Ch'unyan, and the Governor of Guangdong, the Honorable Mr. Huang. The entertainment program included Chinese ethnic dances, songs, Toasts and much more.

Consul General Tian Ch'unyan stated that the Chinese populace in British Columbia is closed to 400 thousand people. The majority of these people come from the coastal areas of Guangdong. Governor Huang Hua-Hua’s visit is the continuation of China’s President Mr. Hu Jintao’s initiatives to further develop the China and Canada relationship and to establish a closer relationship with the Vancouver Chinese community and their organizations.

Governor Huang Hua-Hua gave a moving speech on behalf of the government of the Guangdong Province and his delegation. He expressed his sincere thanks for the warm welcome they received from the people of British Columbia and stated that, Guangdong's successful development is a result of the China’s reform and open policy, with the support of people from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the Chinese abroad.

Governor Huang Hua-Hua held high praise for Vancouver and remarked that he and his delegation were made to feel most “at home”.

He continued by inviting Vancouverites to visit China, make some type of contribution for the homeland prosperity development, and to promote China and Canada’s friendly relations.

Governor Huang had invited some of us (with a prior distribution of complimentary tickets) to attend a special performance of the Modern Dance Company of Guangdong in collaboration with the Goh Ballet of British Columbia at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 22nd.

The celebration will continue with a host of forums, with a highlight “Sustainability 2005 Forum” to occur on Sat and Sun (October 22 and 23rd). This forum has been put together by BCIT and the BC-Guangdong business association. Featured keynote speakers will include Vancouver architect Bing Thom and City Planner Larry Beasley. In attendance will be delegates from the Guangzhou Construction Commission.

There will also be a Hong Kong – Guangdong Business Forum in Canada 2005 on Monday, October 24. The Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Mr. Donald Tsang, and the Governor of Guangdong Province, Mr. Huang Hua-Hua, are hosting the seminar. It will provide the Canadian business community with a better understanding of the current economic developments in Hong Kong and Guangdong, while promoting their attractive investment opportunities.

On Sunday, October 23, the Premier of BC, Gordon Campbell held a formal dinner for Governor Huang of Guangdong and Chief Executive Mr. Tsang of HKSAR at the Hyatt Hotel. The Hon. Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic Development, and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative and the 2010 Olympics, was the emcee. The difference between Friday's banquet and Sunday's dinner, in style and substance (not just in the food), was immense. The Premier's affair was full of protocol and decorum, with the main speeches from the Premier, the Governor, and the Chief Executive followed by appropriate background music from a jazz combo. That was it, no speeches from lesser officials, no time consuming after speech translations (Mandarin and English simultaneous interpretation was available on individual wireless receivers and headsets), no time filling song and dance entertainment, lots of time to get to know your fellow table guests. Mr. Kan Yu and Jim Yee were among the many representatives of the Chinese Community invited to attend. They sat at a table with Mr. Ou Zhenghi, the Mayor of Yunfu in Guangdong, and his delegation. Yunfu is 117 miles up the Pearl River from Hong Kong, and is currently booming with a variety of industries, among them factories that supplied the marble for the reconstructed China Gate in Vancouver Chinatown.

Martin Yee and Jim Yee


Vancouver unveils new “China Gate” in Chinatown

The Yee Fung Toy lion dance team was one of 15 from the local Chinese community that welcomed Governor Huang Hua-Hua and other VIPs for the unveiling ceremony of the reconstructed China Gate on October 22, 2005. Located on the plaza in front of the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street, the China Gate is one of the most photographed attractions in Chinatown.

Throughout the years, The YFT Society of Vancouver has retained the strong support of parents of the YFT youth group. This day was no exception as they brought their children to Chinatown early. By 9:15 our Lion Dance Team was in costume, and joined the other teams in the final rehearsals under the leadership of Sifu Danny Mah, head of the Kin Fung Athletic Club.

The weather was bright and clear, the temperature warm and comfortable. The crowd gathered around the Pender Street stage in front of the Chinese Cultural Centre. Mr. Huang had arrived with his entourage at the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden, where he was met by Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, for a tour of the Garden. The Garden is unique: it is the first Ming Dynasty-styled classical garden created outside of China with authentic materials. Its construction by Chinese artisans using traditional Chinese building materials and techniques began in 1985, about the same time that Vancouver and Guangzhou agreed to become Sister Cities.

Mr. Huang had arrived in Vancouver two days earlier with a trade mission to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Vancouver and Guangzhou, and the 10th anniversary of the twinning of the Province of British Columbia and China’s Guangdong Province. The new China Gate is made out of marble from China donated by Guangzhou City and features carvings of four important legends / events from early Chinese history; together with the traditional animals of good fortune. The new gate replaces the original China Gate which was part of the China Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver and moved to the plaza in 1987.

As Mr. Huang, Mr. Campbell, and the other VIPs emerged from the Garden, they were met by the dancing lions and led to the platform. Speeches were made by Larry Campbell, Mayor of Vancouver; Mr. Chen Ming De, Vice-Mayor of Guangzhou; Mr. Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia; Honorable Huang Hua-Hua, Governor of Guangdong; Madame Tian Chun Yan, Chinese Consul General; Ms. Kitty Mar, Chair of the Chinese Cultural Centre; and Mr. George Chow, President of the Vancouver Chinese Benevolent Association.

As the dignitaries proceeded to unveil the new China Gate, the YFT youth Lion Dance Team and other colorful Lion Dance teams, danced in formation in front of the stage to the sounds of the rhythmic drums, cymbals and gongs. The performance signifies good luck to, and long lasting friendship between, the provinces of British Columbia and Guangdong.

Martin Yee


Update from Elegantia College

Incorporated Management Committee

Elegantia College recently applied to the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) to set up the Incorporated Management Committee to manage our own school affairs, and got the approval from the Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower (PSEM), in August, 2005. Thus Elegantia College became one of Hong Kong’s first schools to be managed by the IMC. At the same time, the school has the authorization in formulating education policies of the school in accordance with the vision and mission set by the sponsoring body; planning and managing financial and human resources available to the school. Therefore, we are pleased to share our experience of this establishment process with you.

School-based After-school Learning and Support Programmes

Our school also applied for the cash grant for the School-based After-school Learning and Support Programmes and got the approval in July, 2005. The school received the funding of $264,000 from the PSEM. This program commenced in August of this year, with the activity slogan “Enhancement of students' self-concept through developing their potentials”. With two major concepts in mind:

  1. To develop a student's learning capability and to promote a student's discipline level (English, mathematics);
  2. To provide comprehensive development programs for students, for example, interpersonal skills, creativity, physical skills, etc.

Study groups in the Mainland and Abroad

So far this year our school organized three groups to study away from home; the objective was to broaden students' horizons as well as provide in depth studies of the Chinese or western culture, including:

  1. Guizhou (Guiyang, Anshun) ─ our cultural exchange group expenses were subsidized by the Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower "Understanding Our Motherland Program" plan.
  2. Yunnan (Lijiang, Dali) ─ the national minority cultural study group, subsidized by the Youth Office [Social Welfare Department].
  3. Australia (Brisbane, Gold Coast) ─ the group studies English away from home; the school funded the cost of travel insurance.

Effective Studying Tools

In order to motivate our students to study on their own initiatives, and study furthermore outside of their school, we provide the following effective studying tools to them:

  1. Greater China’s on-line news provider (Wisenews) ─ the student are able to access the net to search for news information on Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world, ICAC Moral Education Web, the ICAC Education Unit produces moral education materials for use by teachers in schools, ranging from kindergartens to universities. As the population in Hong Kong is predominantly Chinese, these materials are produced in Chinese.
  2. Knowledge Forum/Community network ─ Knowledge Community allows our students and teachers to collaborate internationally with students and teachers from other schools/countries to Solve Problems, Construct Knowledge, Explore Idea and Build Project.
  3. Multimedia language study network (Discovery Online) ─ student in accordance to their individual progress by studying English on-line.
  4. Scholastic Book Club plan ─ the student are invited to join the Scholastic Book Club, paying a preferential price for subscribing high quality English reading books, and to exchange the books among themselves after reading them, hence by further reading they will gain more knowledge.

Recent Visits by the Media

  1. Our school was invited to participate in the filming of HK ATV’s program series of "New Thoughts of Teaching" part-four sponsored by the PSEM, the subject was "Promoting the moral and civil education in schools – The basis of education of mankind will cultivate their virtues", introduces our school in the moral education and the civil education experience aspect. This program was televised on November 26 (Sunday) at 7 PM on Hong Kong ATV.
  2. Ming Pao Daily will publish at the end of November a "2006-2007 High Schools Selection Guide", introducing some of the high schools preferred by parents, our school being one. This guide describes characteristics of each school with strong emphasis on our adaptation and arrangement for the students and so on.
  3. Ming Pao Daily on September 20 reported this school joined the Knowledge Community development network, expanding the education and knowledge system.

Text in Chinese provided by Thomas Lo, trans. by Martin Yee

What is in the Next Issue?

By the time most of you read this, the old year is history. The next issue of the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Voice will be published in mid March, featuring reports of Winter or New Year celebrations and inaugurations of new Officers 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 February 15.