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風采電子季刊

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Issue 9 www.yeefungtoy.org/newsletter 2006/12/29

目錄

編者話

中秋節聯歡及獎學金頒發

風采分堂報導

風采校園生活

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,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。

第九期的「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,今期還有風采校園生活在這裡傳遞給大家分享。

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、和余榮燊先生。
  • 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。

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


二埠慶中秋暨頒獎學金人月共圓

一年一度中秋節。 二埠(沙加緬度)余風采堂於十月一日星期天舉行中秋暨獎學金頒發典禮。來自本堂的鄉親、昆仲、男女老少共約二百多人赴會。

是日中午祭祖完畢,獎學金頒發儀式開始。今年申請獎學金的人數是歷年最多,通過詳議審批,共有廿一個青少年學生獲獎,其中獲 一等獎八人; 二等獎五人,他(她)們分別來自小學、初中、高中、及大學,也有兩人(Scholastic Aptitude Test)的成績獲獎。 本堂的領導、元老、顧問一一向他(她)們頒發獎金及獎狀,並勉勵他們再接再勵,創造更優良的成績,為社會為人類作出貢獻。 之後,一起照相留念。

本堂也備有可口月餅,糕點,炒麵等為各位鄉親昆仲提供免費的午餐,晚上又在本埠麗寶樓設宴十六席,共慶中秋人月共圓聚情緣。

余庭穩供稿

余風采代表參加中華會館「歡慶百年紀念」宴會

CBA Openening
                Ceremony

百年一遇的「温哥華中華會館百年慶典」於二零零六年十一月三、四、五日一連三天隆重舉行, 温哥華中華會館除準備盛大的開幕典禮、「星光閃耀温情夜」文藝匯演、舞龍舞獅等具文化特色的節目,與各族裔分享會慶歡樂外, 還印製一部三百多頁的紀念特刊送贈各界人士,特刊內容不但包括中華會館百年來的歷史回顧,還有多年在僑社工作方面的成就。

YFT delegates at
                Banquet 01

加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、總堂副主席余錦文、總堂顧問余錫儒、余風采總分堂書記余榮燊、余風采分堂主席余美湛伉儷、余風 采堂顧問余詠本、 福利組副主任余錫强、婦女組主任碧瑜姑和分堂財政主任余柏寧一齊出席祝賀和慶祝十一月五日的百年紀念宴會。

CBA Banquet 02

宴會司儀由吳俊譽先生和練子喬先生擔任。宴會程序:唱中加國歌、鳴炮、醒獅團賀慶表演、介紹嘉賓、獻詞,餘興節目包括中國民 族舞蹈、男女合唱、獨唱等。

卑詩省省督致詞後,相繼致詞有中華會館副理事長麥伯強先生,加拿大三級政要代表聯邦國會議員戴慧思,省議員張杏芳和温哥華市 長蘇利文。

中國駐溫哥華總領事田春燕等都出席宴會致詞。中國致公黨中央副主席楊邦杰和北京市僑辦、僑聯代表都專程前來祝賀。

當晚加拿大卑詩省省督 艾歐娜  坎帕諾羅  (The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, PC, CM, OBC) 在温哥華中華會館百年華誕紀念宴會上說: 有華裔的貢獻才有卑詩省的今日,華裔的成就不僅值得卑詩省民為之驕傲,且為卑詩省民樹立了良好鼎範。 這位省督祝願温哥華中華會館百尺竿頭,更進一步,會務蒸蒸日上。

蘇利文市長 (Mayor Sam Sullivan) 以流利的廣東話祝賀溫哥華中華會館百年華誕。他說,溫哥華有一百二十一年歷史(溫哥華市在 一八八六年設立), 中華會館成立至今也已百年,華人為建設溫哥華作出了極大貢獻,希望中華會館繼續為發展溫哥華的多元文化發揮重要作用。

温哥華中華會館前任理事長余宏榮法官在致詞時用了中英語來詳述溫哥華中華會館的歷史摘要,他還告訴我們中華會館電話號碼「六零四 六八一  一九二三」的來源,原來這個電話最後的四個號碼「一九二三」是用來提醒我們有個重要關「歷史性」的一年,因加拿大政府在一九 二三年, 七月一日通過「一九二三年華人移民法案」(又稱爲排華法)。除了商人,外交官員,留學生,和特別個案以外,排華法的條款禁止 了華人進入加拿大境內。

一百四十八年前,卑詩省菲沙河谷發現金礦,第一批華人由美國三藩市抵達維多利亞,開啟了加拿大華僑歷史第一頁。但華人登陸 加國後,屢受 「人 頭稅」等種族歧視,歷盡艱辛。一個世紀前,也就是一九零六年,溫哥華中華會館應運而生。一百年來,它擔負起團結僑社的重任, 發展成為一個具有廣泛代表 性和影響力的僑團組織。

在這宴會裡我們也學知了些少華人在溫哥華的歷史。

余柏寧報告

紐英崙余風采堂過冬至 - 午餐聚會

對中國人來說,除了農曆新年外,冬至可說是最受注重的傳統節日。 民間習俗上,冬至是全家人團圓的日子,所謂「冬至如同小過年」,所以中國城有些宗親社團至今仍保有此項傳統文化。

冬至時間在每年的陽曆十二月二十二日或者二十三日之間,是北半球全年中白天最短、黑夜最長的一天,過了冬至,白天就會一天天變長。 古人對冬至的說法是: 陰极之至,陽氣始生,日南至,日短之至,日影長之至,故曰「冬至」。冬至過後,各地氣候都進入最寒冷的階段,也就是人們常說 的「進九」。

古人有詩雲,家家掏米做湯圓,知是明朝冬至天。湯圓是冬至必備的食品。湯圓是一種用糯米粉做成的圓形甜品。 「圓」意味著「團圓」、「圓」,所以冬至吃湯圓又「冬至團」。湯圓可以用來祭祖,也可以用于互贈親朋。

雖然歷史過去了,但卻留下文化,增添了不少生活情趣。

今年十二月二十二日是冬至,冬至有小過年的意味,吃過了冬至湯圓, 人人就又都添了一歲,所以有「囝仔吃圓仔增一歲、大人吃圓仔添福壽」的說法。

NE Celebrates
                Winter Solstice (蘇儀攝影/大紀元)

紐英崙余風采堂的成員於十二月十七日提前過冬至。

當日余風采堂的成員一早就到該所幫忙搓揉湯圓,還有男生幫忙切菜,大夥齊心一同張羅,好不熱鬧。

紐英崙余風采堂訊


温哥華余風采堂開聖誕聯歡會

十二月十七日,温哥華余風采堂開聖誕聯歡會,是日,我走進風采堂,覺得會堂打扮得特別美麗,看見一排排紅色的燈籠高高掛起, 余忠襄公神台上的蠟燭明亮,台前長桌上的聖誕樹,掛滿紅包,樹旁叠著柑果,似金黃色的寶塔,十分雅觀。 會堂中間擺著長餐桌,桌上放著餐具、食品、生日麵等。

Christmas 2006
                YFT women singing songs

中午,耆英、婦女、校友和宗親等繼續而來,一排排的椅子已坐滿了人。 開會了,首先大家唱歌賀聖誕,顧問、理事、宗親、歌詠隊、粵曲組等。 先後合唱「余風采堂堂歌」、「晚霞曲」、「大中國」、「團結就是力量」等歌曲。聲音響亮,歌聲悠揚。整個會場熱鬧起來了。 頓時響起熱烈的掌聲,快樂非常。

歌聲暫停,耆英組主任余瑞芝講話,他並主持婦女們給耆英們送生日麵。温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛致歡迎詞,他多謝大家來唱歌助慶。 餐館叔叔送來一盤盤熱氣騰騰的飯菜。聚餐開始了,理事啓康說:請高齡的耆英先進餐。 隨後大家自覺排隊,秩序有條理。我覺得余風采堂的宗親們有團結友愛的精神。

Line up for
                Buffet Lunch

我參加這次聚會,看到朝氣逢勃的場面,聽到歡樂的歌聲,接到生日麵,嘗到美味佳餚。真是聖誕快樂樂無窮。

余梦蟠報告

風采校園生活

   武溪中學
   風采華僑中學    開平市風采中學
   香港風采中學

開平風采華僑中學舉行建校二十週年慶典活動


12 月 8 日下午,金風送爽,萬里碧空,風采華僑中學彩旗獵獵,鼓樂喧天,校園裡到處洋溢著喜慶的氣氛。 該校建校二十週年慶典活動正在隆重舉行。

市委常委李寶貞、市人大常委會副主任黃旭徵,市政協副主席余明達、關開宗,來自海內外、港澳地區的僑胞,香港余風采五堂會和 余氏宗親會一行 40 多人,美國、法國、等海內外余氏宗親會和歷屆的校友近 3000 人參加了慶典大會。

 

風采華僑中學創辦於 1986 年,校園佔地面積 47392 平方米,學校環境優美,建築風格獨特,外貌壯觀。 20 年來,學校辦學效益顯著, 學校聲譽日隆,1998 年被評為江門市一級學校,先後又被評為江門市「美麗校園」、開平市「校園文化建設標兵單位」、 開平市「標兵文明單位」、「德育工作先進單位」、「中小學生日常行為規範教育示範學校」。 由於辦學成績顯著,辦學特色凸顯,故連續五年被市委、市政府評為「教育工作先進單位」, 現已成為開平市規模最大,綜合辦學實力較強的一所完全中學。

 

會上,市委常委李寶貞代表市委市政府向風采華僑中學創辦二十年表示熱烈的祝賀,向海內外嘉賓表示熱烈的歡迎, 向關心家鄉教育事業的香港余風采五堂會和余氏宗親會表示衷心的感謝和崇高的敬意。 市委常委李寶貞在講話中指出,風采華僑中學自創辦以來,教學質量等方面都取得很大的成績,這是學校努力的結果,也是香港余風 采五堂會和余氏宗親會關心扶持 的結果。 她要求同學們珍惜時光,學會做人,學會本領,以優異的成績報答祖國;要求老師們從嚴治校,從嚴治教, 認真培養好人才,為全面建設小康社會,為實現中華民族的偉大復興做出新的更大的貢獻。

 

在會上發表講話的還有:風采華僑中學校長勞榮湛、香港余氏宗親會余渠理事長、香港餘風采五堂會余柏齡主席、 風采華僑中學董事長余潤樑先生、風采華僑中學校友會余銓貴會長。

慶典大會結束後,該校還舉行了慶典文藝表演。

江门教育信息网

下期預告

下一期的風采電子季刊將在二零零七年三月中出版,報導新年聯歡為主題。 歡迎大家投稿。稿件需在二零零七年二月十五日前經電郵 (editor @ yeefungtoy.org) 或郵寄 (風采電子季刊, 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6A 1Z7) 到本刊編輯收。


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In this Issue:

Message from the Editor

Mid-Autumn Festival and Scholarship Awards

Reports from Yee Fung Toy Chapters

Outstanding Individuals in the Yee Family

What is in the Next Issue?


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 9th 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.

As the year ends, we congratulate the World Yee Family Association for successfully hosting its 3rd Convention in Southern California (see the last issue for details). It was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Two of the outstanding individuals that I met for the second time at the Convention are featured in this issue: Edward Yue and Dr. David Yee. We gratefully acknowledge all the contributors to the current issue, including:

  • Andy Yu and Frank Yee of New York
  • Chu Choi Yu and Winston Yee of New England
  • Martin Yee and Wing Yee of Vancouver
  • Melinda Yee and Tin-Won Yee of Sacramento

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


2006 Scholarship Award Day in New York

On August 5, 2006, the Yee Fong Toy Association of New York announced the 100 scholarship winners at its annual scholarship award ceremony. As in the past, the event started at 12:00 noon with the traditional ancestor worship at the Association旧 office and continued at 1pm at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association旧 auditorium at 62 Mott St. Our guest speaker this year, joining us from Albany, was Ms. Lai Sun Yee. For the past few years, Lai Sun has been very generous with providing her time to our association. She is the General Counsel to the New York State Emergency Management Office and is the President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

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We are also fortunate to have Mrs. Kennie Yee as our emcee. Kennie always does a terrific job here, as well as with our Spring Banquet, just as if a professional would. She started first by introducing our Eastern U.S. Grand President Peter Yee, Grand Advisor John B. Yee, Advisor Hem Fook Yee, Advisor Andy Yu, Advisor Shu Chan Yu, President Kenneth Yee, Vice President Gong Sum, Legal Counsel Ms. Suk Wah Mah, guest speaker Ms. Lai Sun Yee, our special guests cousins from the Mah and Tse Associations. After some formalities, Kenneth welcomed everyone and spoke briefly about this year scholarship. Unique to this year was the donation of $10,000 from family of Grand Elder Dit Nam Yu. Uncle Dit Nam was a strong believer in excellence in education and the $2000 given out this year will help four students continue to achieve that. Peter spoke about the importance of memberships and the donations collected for this year旧 National Convention held in LA on August 12-16, 2006. For the next three years, the annual allocation for scholarship moneys from San Francisco Headquarters is based on those numbers. He used for example Columbus, Ohio where there are only 40 members; their allocation will be much smaller than New York. He hopes that everyone understands and all the scholarship winners continue to excel in school. Andy spoke briefly and introduced our guest speaker Ms. Lai Sun Yee. Besides Lai Sun旧 job serving the public, she has a master旧 degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, received her JD from Cornell Law School and her BA from Cornell University. He then asked Peter, Kenneth, Gong Sum and Ms. Mah to come forward to present Lai Sun with an official framed certificate acknowledging her position as Honorary General Counsel for our association.

Certificate
                  presentation to LaiSun

Following a short photo op, Lai Sun thanked everyone for the honor. She spoke to the audience about following your dreams. Throughout life, people will give you advice. Lai Sun continued emphasizing that one needs to find a comfort level, to be true to who you are when pursuing your passion and dreams. She spoke about her experience during September 11, 2001. In the midst of the terrorist attack, she was on her way to the New York City Office of Emergency Management where she works in the World Trade Center. She saw the destruction, but knew she had to do her job. Lai Sun continued to tell how this event inspired her to pursue more homeland security and defense studies and to move on as General Counsel for the New York State Emergency Management Office. Most importantly, she said we should do what we enjoy. Job titles are just titles. Learn as much as we can in the pursuit of our dreams and when there is a chance, we can give back to the community.

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After the presentation of awards to all our winners, Czarine Yee represented the scholarship winners to address the audience. She thanked everyone for the scholarship and spoke about what the family association meant to her. She appreciates a place where you can learn about Chinese heritage, promotes the Chinese culture and traditions. She encourages everyone to work hard in school as well as in the community.

Congratulations to Czarine, all the scholarship winners and their parents for a job well done and continued success. We would like to thank Peter, Ms. Lai Sun Yee, honored guests and all the volunteers for their time and efforts in making this event special. Again, many thanks to Kennie for volunteering her time each year to liven up this event.

Frank Yee

Sacramento Mid-Autumn Festival and Scholarship Awards

The Annual August Moon Festival celebration and Scholarship Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, October 1, 2006 at noon.

Lunch and Moon Cakes was served at our Association office after paying homage to our ancestors. Followed by the Scholarship ceremony.

Presidents Donald Fong and Art Yue congratulated the following Scholarship recipients!

Jessca, Jasmine, Henry, Mariessa, Nicholas, Timothy, Nancy, Henry, Stephanie, Sherri, Andy, Christopher, David, Carolyn R., Baien, Juliana, Evelyn Shan, Dexter, Marct, Mathew, Yuki-Lu and Jacqueline Ying.

At 6 PM, dinner was served at Rice Bowl Restaurant on Florin Rd.

Translated by Martin Yee

New England YFT Celebrates Winter Solstice - DongZhi

The astronomical event of the winter solstice, occurring around December 21 or 22 each year in the northern hemisphere, and June 21 or 22 in the Southern Hemisphere is the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice can be, but is usually not, also the darkest night of the year, which takes into account the full moon.

The Winter Solstice Festival ("The Extreme of Winter") is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the DongZhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the DongZhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in.

Traditionally, the DongZhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of Tong Yuen or balls of glutinuous rice, which symbolize reunion. Tong Yuen are made of glutinuous rice flour and sometimes brightly colored. Every one in the family receives at least one large Tong Yuen and several small ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl.

The New England YFT members celebrated Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 17, a few days early...

On that day, YFT members arrived early in the morning and helped to prepare the Tong Yuen which later were served in soup, the young folks helped to cut up the vegetables, everyone had an enjoyable get together lunch.

Translated by Martin Yee

Sacramento YFT Christmas Celebration at the Hall

Members and their children were welcomed with a buffet lunch on December 18 (Monday) and Christmas Lucky Money was given to all attending children under 13.


AAAA Selects Edward Yue as Outstanding Citizen for 2006

Edward Yue was selected by the Arizona Asian American Association as one of its recipients for its Outstanding Citizen Award for 2006. Presenting the award at the Hilton Hotel in Scottsdale was AAAA President Arife Kazmi and Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross. Other awards for the night went to Ester El Vandecar, Ken Koshio, Dr. Vasudeva Atluri, and Ali T. Naqui.

AAAA award to
                  Eddie

When Frank T.C.Yue and Mary Yue came to America from Toisan Province, China in 1935, little did they know that from a family of 5 children, Eddie would be the one to follow in his father旧 footsteps and become a major leader in the Phoenix Asian and Chinese community. As an investigator for the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office for 35 years, Edward developed the necessary skills in working with people and the different organizations throughout the Valley.

Presently, Edward is President of the Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix and has done much in serving the 16 different service organizations. The Chinese membership is appreciative of his work in helping with its needs and his continued availability in serving his community.

Edward, at the present time, is National Grand Marshall and local President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance For many years, he has championed the legal rights of Asians as American citizens living in our country.

Edward has also served as President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and helped Chinese businesses be recognized as being a major part of the economic growth of the City of Phoenix. Phoenix is now the fifth largest city in the United States with a growing and prospering Chinese population.

Like his father, Edward has had a big heart for the Yee Family here in Phoenix. He has worked endlessly in the Yee Fong Toy Family organization for many years and has devoted much of his time with member needs and recognition in Phoenix and the rest of the country.

An Army veteran, Edward is Second Vice- Commander of the Thomas Tang American Legion Post 50. At the present time, his goal is to make sure all Phoenix Chinese veterans who served in the Armed Forces are not forgotten and that Chinese veterans are recognized as true American Union soldiers who fought for our country during the Civil War.

Every Year AAAA recognizes special individuals who have served their community well and have made outstanding services to the Asian American community. All of the award winning individuals have excelled in their professions, provided exemplary service to their communities, provided great service to the Asian-American Community, and made achievements that have benefited the community.

John H. Tang

Dr. David Yee's Medical Trip to Vietnam

It旧 8 a.m. as our taxi pulls up to Binh Dan Hospital in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The largest urology hospital in Vietnam with 260 beds, it has a referral base of 40,000,000 and a staff of 20 urologists and residents.

For the visiting International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) and Friendship Bridge (FB) team from America, Binh Dan Hospital provides a golden opportunity to teach as well as to learn from our Vietnamese colleagues. Leading our group is John Hall from Petoskey, Michigan and Gene Heller from Denver, Colorado, both community urologists. Heller had previously traveled to Saigon with FB eight years ago and is anxious to see the changes made during his absence. Jamie Kanofsky, a senior resident from New York University and myself from UC Irvine round out our diverse group.

welcoming party

Urology Chief Vu Le Chuyen and five other men in white coats warmly greet us in the conference room for introductions and tea. Chuyen spryly leads our team on a tour of the hospital and across the street to the new private hospital. The private hospital highlights the disparity between the have and the have nots and old and new Saigon. I did not return here since my main interest as an IVU scholar was to treat the indigent poor of which the old hospital did not go lacking.

David and
                  urology chief

After changing into white cotton scrubs with its own attached face mask, I eagerly scrub in on my first case, an open retroperitoneal nephrolithotomy. Coming from a minimally invasive urology program, I am particularly interested in open stone surgery. Before long, the patient旧 staghorn calculus is out for open stone surgery to my Vietnamese colleagues is routine. Urolithiasis comprises nearly seventy percent of their surgical volume.

Because of the sheer volume of stone disease in Vietnam and the lack of equipment for percutaneous nephrolithotripsy and flexible ureteroscopy, our colleagues often apply novel approaches to stone treatment, such as laparoscopic retroperitoneal ureterolithotomy. The Vietnamese are particularly adept at retroperitoneal laparoscopy and routinely do nephrectomy and pyeloplasty. Even an extraperitoneal radical prostatectomy is not impossible for these fearless surgeons.

Since PSA screening is not routinely performed, prostate cancer treatment is rare. Even so I did do a bilateral simple orchiectomy on an elderly patient recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Bladder cancer, on the other hand, is relatively common possibly related to the prevalence of cigarette smoking. On the last day, I learned how to use a straight needle to sew the ileum into a Hautmann pouch for an orthotopic neobladder, a time-saving technique my Vietnamese mentor learned from his French colleague. The Vietnamese still have close professional ties to the French dating back to the colonialism era. Others have traveled to America to learn advanced techniques in urologic surgery.

The operating room is a study in contrasts. The ventilators and LCD monitors are state of the art, but the scissors are dull and there is only one Debakey forcep in the instrument tray. The instrument trays are over thirty years old. Almost everything is recycled, and the gowns, drapes, towels, and instruments will all be washed and reused. It is a striking reminder of the material waste produced by our disposable operating room back home. For laparoscopy, luxuries such as the argon beam coagulator, Ligasure, or harmonic scalpel are nowhere to be found. Instead, I found myself doing a laparoscopic nephrectomy with the most basic instruments of a 5 mm Babcock forceps and a 10 mm Maryland dissector. And for taking the renal vessels, 10 mm clip appliers substituted for the prohibitively expensive laparoscopic GIA stapler.

With limited resources and patients with little means, the Vietnamese have even made closing wounds an art form. Since the annual income of a Vietnamese family averages $600, even a single suture costing 40,000 dong or $2.50 in U.S. dollars is not a pittance. At the old hospital, most have no medical insurance and pay out of pocket. A TURP costs $200 or 4 months salary.

Outside the operating room, the courtyard is crowded with patients waiting to see a physician and the narrow hallways are lined with anxious families waiting for their loved ones to recover. Some families sleep on straw mats covering the floor and bring food to their family member since it is not included in the relatively inexpensive $1 daily hospitalization stay. Patients dressed in light blue hospital pajamas are often six to a room. There is little if any privacy.

My decision to become an IVU Traveling Resident Scholar arises from my interest in international health and from my family's long history in medicine. In 1850, my great-great-great grandfather, Dr. Fan-Chung Yee, immigrated to America from Canton, China, and initiated our family旧 long medical tradition. He arrived in the old Gold Rush boom town of Fiddletown, California, and soon established a practice as an herbal doctor, attending to the medical needs of the Chinese miners, and later to those of the Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad. Establishing a tradition, his descendants also dedicated themselves to healing others.

During my trip to Vietnam, I gained a deeper appreciation of the difficulty in practicing urology in a developing country. Not only did I see varied urologic disease sometimes presenting at much later stages, but I also learned how those diseases were managed given the limited resources. Operating at Binh Dan Hospital has raised my awareness of this country旧 urologic disease, particularly urolithiasis and its public health impact.

During my residency training, I have listened to the amazing IVU experiences of others. I am proud to become a part of this noble tradition. I hope to apply the knowledge and skills I have acquired in teaching others and serving those less fortunate.

Dr. David Yee (Irvine)

Note: Dr. David Yee spent two weeks in Vietnam operating at Binh Dan Hospital in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) through a fellowship from the International Volunteers in Urology and the American Urological Association.


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.