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二零一八年活動




舍路余風采堂2018年新任職員向各界恭賀新禧

 
  

舍路余風采堂二零一八年度新職員名單

總顧問:
樹湛、海量。
顧問 樹湛、士晃、碩正、海量、家樂、汝深。
正主席 紹江。
副主席: 碩正。
中文書記: 傑鋒、永鏇。
西文書記: 仲鵬、暢汶、鉅榮。
財政: 耀東、偉剛。
核數: 衛民、利民、國豪、暢汶。
評議長: 永昌、耀青、一蘭。
代表: 家樂、健城、適儀、麗嫦。
婦女部:  樹湛夫人、海量夫人、緒宏夫人、汝深夫人、
士晃夫人、余葉素娉、余慧貞姑、余慧雙姑。
中華會館代表: 海量、汝深。

2018 Seattle Yee Family Association Officers

U.S. Grand Advisor:  James Yee, Fred Yee
Advisors:  James Yee, Suey Yee, Shek Jing Yee, Fred Yee, Hing Ng, De Sum Yee
President:  Kevin Lee
Vice President:  Shek Jing Yee
Chinese Secretary: Jie Feng Yu, Wing Shuen Yee
English Secretary: John Yee, Warren Yee, Tim Lee
Representative to Chong Wa:   Fred Yee, De Sum Yee
Treasurer:  Yao Dong Yu, John Yii
Auditor: Wai Man Yee, Raymond Wah, Kwok Ho Yee, Warren Yee
Women Auxiliary: Jenny Yee, Clara Cheung Yee, Mrs. Shui Wan Yee, Mrs. De Sum Yee, Linda Yee, Ye Yu Su Ping, Helen Chinn, Louise Wong

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賀!余紹江榮任西雅圖中華會館主席

Seattle YFT President Kevin Lee 余紹江 elected to be President of the Seattle Chong Wa Benevolent Association.

Congratulations!

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Seattle Yees Attended the 2018 Chinatown Associations Luncheon





 

 


Members of the Seattle YFT Association attended the Chong Wa Traditional Chinese Family Associations Chinese New Year Luncheon on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Over 200 community leaders and members attended. Seattle YFT President Kevin LEE also serves as current President of Seattle Chong Wa Benevolent Association.

Fred Yee




2018 Seattle YFT Spring Banquet



   

 

Seattle YFT hosted a spring banquet for its members at the Renton Seafood Restaurant on Thursday, March 15th.

The festivities we opened with Seattle YFT President giving a welcome speech and wishing everyone present a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Grand Advisor Fred Yee gave an update of our rebuilding efforts, and project manager Dennis Su and wife Millie were able to join the Yee’s to celebrate the new year together.

The delicious meal prepared by Seattle YFT Vice President and his staff.

President Kevin Lee had to leave early to preside over the Chong Wa Benevolent Associations monthly meeting.

The festivities include karaoke entertainment provide by YFT members. We hope in the future to host a community spring banquet and to invite our Yee cousins to help Seattle YFT celebrate our new Seattle YFT building headquarters.

Kevin Lee




Seattle YFT Members Attended the 114th Anniversary of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Spring Banquet



   



   

  


Seattle Yee Fung Toy President Kevin Lee, YFT Grand Advisor Fred Yee, senior YFT Advisor Suey Yee, and senior YFT Advisor De Sum Yee led a delegation of 10 members to attend the 114th anniversary of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Spring Banquet on Sunday, March 18th.

President Kevin Lee and his aunties Boy King, Marcella, and member Gui Lien, attended the ancestor ceremony at noon at the YFT society of Canada headquarters on Georgia street in Vancouver’s Chinatown and were warmly welcomed by YFT Society of Canada Grand President Kan Yu, and all the society members present as well as the Mah’s and the Tse’s who joined in honoring our ancestor Yee Chung Sheng.

After attending the Ji Zu (祭祖) ceremony, we were treated to a delicious buffet luncheon at the society’s headquarters.

The Seattle YFT members then took advantage of the great shopping opportunities in Vancouver’s Chinatown and purchased bakery goods, Barbecued meats and dried Seafood that we can’t find in Seattle.

At 6:00 pm after the shopping spree the 10 Seattle YFT members attended the 114th anniversary YFT society of Canada spring banquet at Floata Seafood Restaurant.

The Mah society’s athletic club along with several young YFT members gave a impressive lion dance performance to greet the audience and wish us luck, good health, and prosperity for the new year.

The greetings and speeches were followed by a sumptuous banquet and fun filled evening of karaoke and kinship pride.

Kevin Lee




Yee Fung Toy Family Association Headquarters Spring Banquet



 



 

 



 



 





 



 

 

U.S. YFT Grand Advisor Fred Yee and wife Clara attended the Spring Banquet celebration from March 23/March 25 in San Francisco. Fred also attended the Upper Level meeting on March 24. Seattle YFT VP Shek Jing Yee also attended part of the meeting. Among the many discussion topics was the rebuilding plan for the fire damaged Seattle YFT building on Seattle’s Beacon Hill.

The Spring Banquet was held at New Asia Restaurant with almost a thousand guests attending. The dinner was attended by many political figures and governmental officers, There were also karaoke singing late entrance,

Fred Yee




Observing Ching Ming

 

Several members of the Seattle YFT Family Association observed Ching Ming in visiting cemeteries around the Seattle-King County area.

Members participated in the March 29, 2018 visits included President Kevin Lee, Senior Advisor Suey Yee, Senior Advisor De Sum Yee and wife. Cemeteries visited included Evergreen Washelli, Lakeview, Hollyrood and Mt. Pleasant Queen Anne Hill.

Kevin Lee




舍路余風采堂行山拜祭舍路余氏先人

舍路余風采堂代表包括紹江主 席,士晃顧問,汝深顧問伉儷,於三月廿九日(星期四) 二零一八年,一起前往霍利魯德墓園( Holyrood Cemetery)、湖景墓園 (Lake View Cemetery)、萬年青 - 華秀麗墓園 ( Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery) 及 萬柏墓園 (Mt. Pleasant) 拜祭及獻花致敬舍路余氏先人。

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Monument Marks Little-Remembered Case That Set Precedent for Asian Americans to Testify in Court

The history around the ‘Territory of New Mexico v. Yee Shun’ will be memorialized in the upcoming public work ‘View from Gold Mountain’


A model of the planned artwork for downtown Albuquerque memorializing the landmark case that expanded the rights of Asian Americans. (Bernalillo County)

Chinese immigrants moved to the territory of New Mexico in large numbers in the 1800s. They came, like so many other diaspora groups, in search of work. But legalized discrimination, through laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, created profound hurdles for them.

That’s why the little-known case Territory of New Mexico v. Yee Shun is so significant. On the evening of February 24, 1882, Yee Shun got off the train in East Las Vegas, New Mexico. The 20 year old, who had emigrated to the United States shortly before, was on his way to Albuquerque in search of a job, but decided to make the stop to check in with a friend, Gum Fing. When he walked into a local Chinese laundry to inquire the whereabouts of Fing, gunfire rang out. Shun ran out of the laundry. Inside, a man named Jim Lee (who was also known as Sam Ling King or Frank) had been fatally shot.

When witnesses placed Shun at the scene of the crime, he was arrested. One of the Chinese immigrants who witnessed the shooting, Jo Chinaman, claimed Shun was the killer. Two other Chinese men who also witnessed the shooting contradicted his testimony.

Shun was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Following an unsuccessful appeal, Shun committed suicide.

The tragedy had an unintended postscript. During his lawyer’s failed appeal, he claimed that Chinaman’s testimony was invalid because he was “of the Chinese religion,” and so his oath could not hold up in court. But New Mexico’s territorial supreme court judge disagreed. He upheld the conviction, and in the process established the precedent that Asian Americans had the right to testify in court.

“The Yee Shun precedent held sway throughout most of the trans-Mississippi West for Chinese litigants, and it was even used to apply to other Asian-American minorities,” write Arif Dirlik and Malcolm Yeung in Chinese on the American Frontier. “In 1909 the Nebraska Supreme Court invoked Territory of New Mexico v. Yee Shun to determine if a Japanese witness, Jack Naoi, could be disqualified ‘for the alleged reason that Japan is a heathen country.’”

Now, this landmark case will be memorialized with a planned public monument.

As Ollie Reed Jr. reports for Albuquerque Journal, the towering 28-foot-tall, $275,000 public sculpture was approved last month. The project has been in the works for several years.

According to a press release, local optometrist Siu Wong, a member of Asian civil rights group Chinese American Citizen Alliance, initiated the project and raised the funds to make it a reality.

“[Wong has worked] to give this court case the place in history that it rightfully deserves,” Bernalillo county public art project coordinator Nan Masland tells Smithsonian.com.

Following a national call for artists, the Asian American Monument Committee of New Mexico selected Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong’s design “View from Gold Mountain.”

Gold Mountain is what Chinese laborers called the greater American West during the Gold Rush period that brought so many to the West Coast in the mid-1800s. But as Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage explains, “the vast majority of Chinese who rushed to the West Coast never got rich from gold. Instead, after arriving on these shores, they laid railroad tracks, worked as itinerant farm laborers and factory hands, cooked food, pressed shirts, and performed other tasks that helped build the American West.”

Now in the final design stage, installation should begin around early 2019 with a spring or summer completion according to Masland. It will be installed near the state district courthouse in downtown Albuquerque.

Article from Smithsonian Magazine


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