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Issue WYC3 www.yeefungtoy.org/youth/ 2007/04/06

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青年活動

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温哥華余風采堂歡迎廣東實驗中學合唱團

七月九日(周日)下午六點左右,温哥華余風采堂顧問余根洙、主席余美湛、書記余榮燊、財政主任余柏寧、 青年組主任余漢銳由堂所步行至唐人街的「玉龍軒酒樓」與副主席余金星集合,一齊熱烈響應及支持, 參加由温哥華-廣州友好協會舉辦的歡迎「廣東省實驗中學合唱團訪問温哥華」晚宴。 我們感到十分榮幸,在晚宴前我們能得到世表馬清石先生、馬敏彬先生和馬威廉先生的介紹: 「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」的郭志堅副校長、温哥華-廣州友好協會的梁其磊副會長,活動籌辦委員會委員 Barry Gilson 給我們認識,一番介紹和交流之後,他們邀請我們在七月十日(星期一)前往聖安德烈大教堂看這合唱團表演。 來自廣州的「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」成立於一九五二年,曾多次代表廣東省參加全國舉辦的合唱節比賽, 均取得優異成績,是中國最優秀的中學生合唱團之一。 最近「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」在美國六月廿七日至七月一日「金門節日」由山麓合唱團主辦「金門第七屆國際兒童的合唱音樂節」 中, 勇奪民歌組、現代作品組、十五歲以下獨唱組榮獲三項冠軍以及古典組亞軍,成為全部參賽隊伍中奪冠最多的合唱團,是一個難得的 殊榮。

七月四日至八日在鮑爾河鎮(Powell River) 舉行的「國際合唱音樂節」(International Choral Kathaumixw) 最近落下帷幕,這個國際合唱音樂盛典是每隔兩年舉辦一次的,「國際合唱音樂節」已有廿二年的歷史了。在這個國際合唱音樂節 中, 「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」榮獲二項金牌和二項銀牌,也成為全部參賽隊伍中奪牌最多的合唱團。

參與這次演出的團員共有四十九位十五歲至十七歲的中學生。 他們有着非常豐富的舞台經驗,他們帶著純凈、清亮的音色,豐富美妙的和聲演繹,使作品具有了獨特的感染力與表現力, 台下聽眾無不為他們的精彩演出而喝彩。當晚表演節目由兩合唱團聯唱國歌,然後由張慧儀女士指揮的温哥華兒童合唱團「英國手鐘 鈴」開始, 「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」的表演節目是由謝明晶教授指揮,為我們演唱一首「迴聲」,這是一首非常輕鬆愉快的歌曲, 聽著「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」美妙的歌聲,讓我們彷彿置身在鳥語花香的大自然之中!節目完畢後,全場的紅色, 黃色和白色的汽球從天而降,這個晚上演出的節目是非常成功和美滿,全體團員及嘉賓歡樂而歸。

為這次活動,我們也應該感謝本堂的顧問余根洙先生。 他為我們的堂所洽談細節和特別安排到一個關於這次活動資助方式。 他有遠大理想的視覺,他有長遠的目標,他有明確地的任務,他為我們的獎學金的學生提供學生交換機會,是一個正確的方向。 他的支持對於這個合唱團己獲得了一個直接好處,為我們大家出席和欣賞「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」的表演。 由於這次活動得到短短的時間通知,我們的青年組沒能接受邀請和出席這個晚宴或去參加該合唱團的表演。

温哥華余風采堂祝賀「廣東省實驗中學合唱團」旅途愉快,凱旋回國。

余柏寧報告

首位華裔女委員余淑婷宣誓連任平稅委員

Betty
                    T. Yee

據美國《明 報》 記者柴亞敏報道,加州平稅局 (State Board of Equalization) 首位華裔女委員余淑婷 (Betty T. Yee) 於二零零七年一月四日在一眾社區、政界人士熱烈支持下,在三藩市加州政府大樓由加州上訴法院第一法庭上訴法官西席斯 (Peter Siggins) 宣誓連任。 在中國傳統文化熏陶下長大的她非常感謝家人及余風采堂 對她的支持,並表示將繼續以公平和準確原則執行稅務法。

在莊嚴的儀仗隊和國歌演奏後,滿臉笑意的余淑婷致詞時表示,她最遺憾的是終生為國家和家庭付出的父親,未能與她分享今天的成就。 她父親到美國不久,就加入軍隊代表美國去了打第二次世界大戰。戰爭完畢後,他父親因為參軍而得以成為美國公民。 提到父親,她顯得有些情緒激動,稍頓片刻後表示感謝家人的支持。「我們家真的無與倫比,他們也許不是政治世家…但卻是最勤勞 工作、 富有愛心和團結的家庭。」她指父母辛苦工作養育六個子女,而且全都大學畢業,那種為子女犧牲的精神,如今在很多移民家庭中都 可以見到。

已八十多歲的余母余素心坦言,見到自己女兒學有所成感到高興。 「五十年來養大他們,現在有這樣的機會很開心!」她指自己沒有機會入校讀書,只好開設洗衣房,很辛苦地工作,如今小孩大了又 很顧家。 「他們都很團結,各個在一起都很開心。」

余淑婷表示,新一年最大的目標是將平稅局的資源帶到社區。 「我希望幫助想開始經營的商業主了解稅務法律,平稅局已備有中文、越南語和西班牙文資料, 今年將多加強外展工作,如在圖書館內放置資料,改善和納稅人的關係,將訊息帶到當地社區。」

她展望說,希望加強市民使用政府服務的便捷性,同時,也希望越來越多的年青人參與政府和公民事務。 因為這不只為參與其中的個別人士帶來改變,同時也能為其他人的生活帶來改變。

余淑婷的父母是廣東籍移民,在日落區開設洗衣店長達三十年。 她在三藩市公立學校接受教育,獲得金門大學公共行政管理的碩士學位。

從二零零三年二月開始, 余淑婷 擔任平稅委員會主席美根的總助理 (Chief Deputy), 之前她也曾擔任州財務廳的副廳長。 她現時所代表的第一區北上至瑞岡,南下至聖他克拉。


Youth Forum

Message from the Editor

Happenings 2005 to 2006

Scholarship Awards

Role Models

Building the Yee Family World Wide Web

A Blast from the Past


Message from the Editor

Welcome to the WYC3 issue of the Yee Fung Toy Youth Forum, an electronic newsletter devoted to youth matters in the World Yee community, and discussions on youth programs and youth activities from associations of the Yee Fung Toy around the world.

We plan to publish on a Yee Family Convention cycle, that is, once every 2 to 4 years. Hopefully this will provide an opportunity to pause and take stock of what we have accomplished between Conventions, whether on a world or national level. This issue covers events of interest to our youth and their advocates from January 2005 to December 2006. We thank those who contributed articles on youth activities and scholarship awards. They served as inspiration for this new webpage, which is hereby respectfully dedicated to them. A big round of applause to:

  • Andy Yu and Frank Yee of New York (also Dr. Joseph Yee and Calvin Yu)
  • Fred Yee of Seattle
  • Martin Yee of Vancouver (also Jennifer Yu)
  • Melinda Yee of Sacramento

We look forward to your feedback!

Jim Yee

Vancouver holds End of Year 2005 Youth potluck dinner

[Jim bored everyone to death with another one of his earnest speeches before dinner, this one curiously titled "Why Are We Here?"]

I was asked "why are we here?" It sounds like a simple question not unlike those with which we pestered parents and adult relatives when we were children.

Anyone want to try and answer that question? [Shouts of "we're here to eat!" were heard]. Yes, "we're here to eat" seems the most direct answer, but there are other answers depending on how you view the question.

"Why are we here (today)?" – here in the YFT and today being Dec 27: to have dinner and celebrate the end of the year.

"Why are we here (in Vancouver)?" [pointing to location of Vancouver on globe] – and not elsewhere on earth: born here, moved here, parents or grandparents moved here. From where? China – Taishan, Kaiping in Guangdung - [pointing to locations on globe]. It turns out all our ancestral villages are close together. We are all related. Because we all belong to the Yee or Yu extended family.

"Why are we here (on Earth)?" – [pointing to entire globe] - and not on Mars, or another galaxy. We are human beings, evolved or created on Earth. For more details, you have to study biology, anthropology, and a whole bunch of college courses. Or get an answer from religion if you believe in supernatural explanations for your being here.

"Why are we here (for what purpose)?" - are we here to shop till we drop, to work till we retire, to play till we run out of energy, or to prepare for the afterlife?

I do not have all the answers. But I like to ask myself these questions anyway. Why, just because. Seriously, it keeps me from being bored. I think everyone should ask these questions, now and then. I find people who have come up with any answers to be the more interesting people around.

I like the YFT to be a place where you can find answers to these and other questions, such as:

  • What is it to be a Chinese Canadian?
  • Who are my grandparents and their parents, and so on?

If you are interested in pursuing these questions, we can get together as often as you like in the new year and disucss them. In the meantime, let us dig into fantastic array of dishes brought by everyone, and follow through with the primary reason of why we are here today!


New York holds Youth League event

We just had our first youth league event of the year last Saturday, April 15, 2006. It was the circus day! We took advantage of the school spring break and organized a trip to the see Ringling Brothers Circus at Madison Square Garden in New York City. We started the day with a pizza lunch at the association. The presidents and the advisors of the association also came to greet the youths and their parents. We introduced ourselves and talked about what we wanted to do in the future with the Youth League. We were considering bowling, having a karaoke night, and spending a day at Six-Flag Amusement Park, etc. We had a great time chatting with one another. After all, we are cousins! We only bought twenty tickets for the circus and they were sold out. After lunch, these folks went on their way. I was told later on that the younger kids were particularly very excited. The only disappointment was that there were no tigers. In general, everyone had a very good time. I guess as long as the kids had a good time, the parents had a good time!

I am very happy to announce that we finally have a Youth League staff. See the names below.

Chairperson: John W. Yee
Co-chairperson: Janet Yee
Treasurer: May Yee
Auditor: Shek Yu
English Secretary: Frank Yee
Advisors: Presidents and all advisors

New York Youth
                  League

On to our next event, Janet is recommending a bowling trip. She mentioned a few places for us to consider. I think the date is going to be a Saturday after the college final exams in May. We will have an announcement soon.

Andy Yu

Vancouver welcomes Guangdong school choir

On a bright, sunny and clear afternoon of July 9, 2006, our YFT Society Advisor Kan Yu, Chairman Jim Yee, Secretary Wing Yee, Treasurer Martin Yee, Youth Committee Director David Yee walked from our Society Hall to Chinatown's Jade Dynasty Restaurant, where we met our Vice-Chairman James Yu. We all were there to attend the welcoming Banquet co-hosted by Vancouver - Guangzhou Friendship Society and the YFT Society for the Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir students and teachers. Our Mah cousins Mr. Fred Mah, Mr. William Ma, and Mr. Dana Mah introduced the School Vice Principal, Mr. Guo Zhi Jian (standing in the picture), the VGFS Vice-Chairman Mr. Paul Leung and Event Committee Chair Mr. Barry Gilson to us. Mr. Guo explained the School is special in that it is the only one in the province open to all students in Guangdong. The school is the province's educational testing ground for "experimental" curricula that typically compress time spent on basic courses. With generous support from the government and from the parents, we can only imagine what a great learning environment this school provides the students. The school started the choir in 1952 and has achieved international acclaim since. He invited us to enjoy the Choir's performance in Vancouver the next evening.

dinner for
                  Guangdong choir

By the way, Fred Mah is the current Chairman of the Vancouver - Guangzhou Friendship Society. We thank him and his committee for giving us this rare opportunity to meet and greet this choral group.

From June 27 - July 1, 2006, the Choir had competed in the Seventh Golden Gate International Children's Choral Festival (Sponsored by The Piedmont Choirs Organization) competing with children's choirs from Austria, Africa, and more for 5 days of concerts, competitions and friendship in San Francisco. They won Gold Medals in 3 out of 4 possible categories.

The Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir also participated in the XII International Choral Kathaumixw festival which took place in the picturesque seaside town of Powell River, British Columbia, Canada; there they received two more Gold and two Silver medals.

In the 2004 Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany, this Choir was awarded 4 Gold Medals in the following categories.

  • Youth Chorus
  • Folk Song (without Obbligato)
  • Opus of Modern Times
  • Championship in Opus of Modern Times

This group had also received acclaim and excellent reviews for their performances in various countries including: Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, France, Japan and Korea. Some of us were fortunate enough to watch their incredible and enchanting performance at St. Andrew's Wesley Church on Monday July 10, 2006. Also featured in the program was Vancouver's own Vancouver Chinese Children's Choir. The evening was emceed by one of our City's favourite sons, Fred Lee, and Middle School choir member Ms. Yan Lo Yiu. The Vancouver Chinese Children's Choir was conducted by Ms. Bernice Fung and the Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir was conducted by Mr. Xie Ming Jing. 

Mr. Fred Mah, thank you very much for inviting this group to Vancouver! You and your committee members deserve a big round of applause.

Thanks also to our own Advisor Kan Yu for negotiating a sponsorship from our Society for this event with his vision of providing future student exchange opportunities with schools in Guangdong for our scholarship students. His support for this choir has reaped immediate benefits for all of us who attended the performance. Because of the short notice, none of our youth was able to accept the invitation to the dinner or the performance.

Martin Yee

New York Yee Fong Toy Annual Picnic 2006

The annual picnic was a big hit this year and everyone was a kid again. It was Saturday July 22 and the place was Keansburg Amusement Park in New Jersey. We had rain in New York for a few days before that. Finally, it was a beautiful sunny morning, even though on our mind we knew the thunder shower was still lurking in the background. The folks showed up early and everyone was eager to go. Some vowed to sit in a roller coaster all day. Some came with swimming gear underneath, ready to storm the water park. They came with fancy fishing gears, hoping to catch some big ones. Then we had a fine group of seniors who just wanted to get out of the house and enjoy a day trip. The tickets were all sold out for three buses.

We must give special thanks to Frank Yee, our English secretary. He started to work on this project since the beginning of the year in order to take advantage of different discounts for the buses as well as the game tickets. I am just glad we found Frank and he enjoys this job "for life." Check out Frank's pictures and write-up in our website

Lets' do it again next year. Next, our Youth League is planning on a hiking trip and a bowling trip. Watch your email.

Andy Yu

How the Yee Fung Toy Society contributed to my Personal Development

[Essay from Vancouver chapter scholarship award recipient Jennifer Yu, who joined the YFT Kung Fu Club (and Lion Dance team) when she was 12. She has completed a B.A. at UBC and is studying for a Diploma in Accounting Program at the time when she submitted this essay with her Scholarship application in December 2004.]

Aspirations encourage students to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles that may appear along the way. Without a strong foundation to support the learning and studying habits, a student cannot obtain optimal returns from their educational careers. I have learned that teachers cannot force students to learn, but that students' willingness to learn is the key to their success. It is a difficult path that many have traveled and a road many have strayed from, but with the right type of training, it is achievable.

The Yee Fung Toy Society has equipped me with the social and academic skills needed to reach my current level of education. First of all, through lion dancing, a function provided by the Yee Fung Toy Society, I have learned the power of teamwork and the importance of trusting those you are working with. I learned that encouragement from team members can allay the most intense fears and empowerment can make me see beyond my limits. Not only was the program a great deal of fun, but also rewarding. After every performance at the annual YFT banquets, I felt a sense of pride in knowing that I did the best I can and that the audience enjoyed our act. Without YFT supporting the lion dance team and actively encouraging its members, I would not have experienced the joy of teamwork and the pride of being a lion dance member.

Secondly, as a member of the first YFT Youth Group, I have learned valuables lessons in managing my time. I have learned that organization is crucial for success. Prioritizing my work has helped me to meet my project deadlines and has kept me in par with the rapid pace of university. Professors no longer remind students of an approaching deadline as in high school, so it is up to me to make sure I remember and meet the deadline with quality work. Without efficient organizational skills, the university road would have been extremely difficult and would have prevented me from aiming high. Being part of the YFT Youth executives have given me an opportunity to sharpen this skill.

Finally, confidence is crucial regardless of what I do. From job interviews to class presentations, confidence is the determining factor that gives others the impression of my capabilities as a worker or a student. YFT events fuelled my confidence by means of the scholarship program and public speaking opportunities. I played a small speaking role for one the annual banquets, and despite being extremely nervous, mentors like Jim and James, helped me to practice my public speaking skill, and encouraged me to complete the task with up-most confidence. In retrospect, it was a wonderful opportunity and a personal accomplishment for overcoming my fear of public speaking.

There are many skills and experiences that help build personal development. It is not so much what you already know that makes you an admirable person, but the fact you are constantly willing to learn skills. YFT has provided vast opportunities for me to excel in certain aspects of personal development and I am forever grateful for that. They have provided an outlet for me to demonstrate my leadership, social, and personal skills through various YFT events and functions. The challenges associated with planning YFT events encouraged individual as well as teamwork, which are exactly the skills I would need in the working world. Overall, being a member of the YFT Society has benefited me greatly over the years by shaping my personal and social development. I would strongly encourage future participants to be active members of YFT because YFT has not only prepared me for university, but for life in the working world as well.


A college freshman's experience: advice for future freshmen

Corney Yee

High school seniors tend to view college as both wonderful and terrifying. On one hand, you'll be independent, but on the other…well, you'll be independent.

It's a big step up from living at home and going to school with the same people you've seen since kindergarten. Granted, some people choose to commute and there's always the possibility someone from elementary school happens to be going to the same college as you are, but the educational experience of a university is completely different.

August 21-25 was my first week of college at ASU West as an official college freshman. I can relate to all you high school seniors because a few short months ago, I was one of you.

Senior year was my favorite at Sunnyslope High School. AP classes tried to overwhelm me, but senioritis was always there to make sure my last year of high school wasn't all work and no play. I participated in my usual clubs and theatre shows, went to the home football and basketball games to cheer on the Vikings to victory, got my senior portraits done, went to Prom, and generally had a fantastic year.

In hindsight, though, senior year also represented a time of transitions. There were times when it would just hit me: I'm an adult, and this time next year, I'll be in college. When did that happen? When did I go from being a simple high school student to an actual, 18-year-old legal adult? My friends and I would sit and ponder this occurrence; our childhoods were over, and it was time to face the real world…or at least the real college life.

After walking across that stage and receiving my diploma, there was barely any time to breathe before the craziness of packing for my dorm began – what do I need from home, what do I need to buy for my dorm, etc. Fortunately, I had applied for and gotten some scholarships to help with all the expenses: one from the Yee Fung Toy Family Association here, one from ASU there, and so on. (Seriously, seniors, TAKE ADVANTAGE of websites like Fastweb and pay attention to those scholarship deadlines! Free money is free money, and you don't want to be up to your nose in student loans. Plus, colleges do look at transcripts after second semester, so don't just stop coming to school simply because you've already been accepted to your college and you're essentially done with high school – it's not over until that diploma is in your hand!)

You may be traveling across the country to attend a university in New York, or you may be going to one of the three in-state colleges. You could be moving into a dorm or an apartment, or you might be staying home. Whatever you do, appreciate the people in your life who have always been there for you. Realize that distance does affect relationships. My three best friends and I all ended up in different states. I no longer see them every day, and talking has been minimized to sporadic emails, a couple text messages, and the rare phone call. I'm confident, however, that our friendship of over 10 years can withstand this, but it's still not the same.

I'm the youngest in my family, and so now that I'm gone, my mother has an empty nest. She tells me that it's strange and quiet without her three kids. I call her often to update her on new happenings in my life, and on the weekends, I go home to do laundry. (Home is only a 20-minute drive from campus, a rarity.) One of my roommates is from South Dakota; I met a guy who's from Maine, living on campus with his brother. Both have expressed that they miss home – heck, I miss it sometimes, and I'm there every weekend. Home is not just a place, though; I miss shopping excursions with my mom, where I'm her personal fashion consultant, or my dad yelling, “Dinner!” while he puts the finishing touches on his culinary genius for the night. I can't just sit down and talk to both of them about my life anymore. After my first day, I called home and had my mom put me on speakerphone so I could talk to both of them simultaneously and vice versa, but it wasn't the same.

Being alone in a new setting is uncomfortable for most people, but you should make the most of it. When it comes down to it, college is glorious. (Just remember to call home every once in a while; staying in touch with your parents is important.)

Being out of your comfort zone is unsettling, but college is full of such wonderful opportunities. There are always new people to meet (which means new friends to make) and new clubs to join. There are clubs and organizations for just about everything under the sun, and if there isn't one geared toward your hobby/interest, you can create it. There are always activities going on; people are constantly reminding me about this volleyball game or that movie night – it's great!

At my orientation, the student body president told us a story about how she had never joined a club in high school. On her first day on campus, she was giving herself a tour and ended up at the student government office, where the president came out and convinced her to join. It became her passion, and now she's the president. At the end, she challenged all of us, and I want to extend that challenge to you. If you didn't join anything in high school, do something in college, whether it's joining an existing organization or starting your own. If you did participate in school activities during your four high school years, try joining something that you didn't do. Either way, you'll make new friends and have fun – I speak from personal experience.

I won't lie to you: going away to college is scary. You don't know if your roommate(s) will be nice, if you'll make any friends, or if you'll even be able to find your classes on your first day. You won't have your parents or friends for moral support; you'll be doing everything on your own. Instead of shying away from it, embrace the college experience. I promise you, you'll make friends, and they do give out campus maps and tours. Cell phones are great for keeping in touch with those you've left behind. If you register for orientation early enough, you can take your pick from the courses and not have to wake up at 7 in the morning for English. Take it from me: you will like college once you give it a chance.

Bear in mind, though, that college is still school. Some professors don't take attendance, but they still expect you in class. You go to college to get your degree, not to party all night and never go to class. You can fail, and it's possible to get expelled. Scholarships often depend on your GPA, and you can lose them if you aren't careful. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that with independence comes responsibility – it's important to find a balance. You can work hard and get an education while having fun, which I believe is the theme of college. At least, it is for me.

My older siblings only told me that college was like high school, so I didn't really know what to expect. Now, you have some idea, and hopefully, I've alleviated some of your fears. Just remember, you have to get through senior year first. Good luck!

Cortney Yee

Cortney is the daughter of Benny and Helen Yee of Phoenix, Arizona and is a freshman at Arizona State University.


New York scholarship award ceremony

We just had our 2005 scholarship award ceremony in New York on Sunday August 14, 2005. Like in the past, we had a little over 100 scholarshiop winners this time. Our cousin Frank Yee already updated our "unofficial" New York Yee Fong Toy website to show some highlights of the event. Frank took very good notes as he knew I would press him very hard to write a report on the event! Please read his story. He has good pictures too. 

This year our guest speaker was Dr. Joseph Yee and our student speaker was Calvin Yu. Dr. Joe is a radiologist of New York University and he used to be an interviewer in the NYU Medical School Admission Committee for more than 10 years. I should have been a pre-med myself if I knew he was one of the insiders! He is a singer too. He is a Leader of Song at St. Mary's of Woodside, Queens. Check him out; and bring your donations too. We wish him the very best. Calvin is really some rising star. He went to Stuyvesant High School. It is a very top school in New York City. He was involved in scientific research at City College. He got 770 verbal and 800 math in SAT. He got accepted at Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and others. And he got several scholarships. I was told that Calvin "forgot" to bring his special medical school admission package to school to be submitted on the deadline day. The kid was gutsy and he knew what he was doing. Calvin decided to go to Caltech and enjoy being a pre-med there before commiting to the hard work in medical school. God bless this kid. We wish him the very best.

This year we had a very tight race in the Highschool-to-college Division of Five Tong Scholarship. And I want to mention these two impressive sisters: Hayley (12th grade) and Melissa (11th grade). Hayley did very well in SAT and her average was in the nineties. Essentially Hayley got the third highest SAT total among the applicants in this division. However, we followed the rules and we had to go by the school average first and the SAT score was then used as a tie-breaker. So after lining up the report cards by school average, Hayley became number four. The high SAT score could not save her a spot for the Five Tong Scholarship. She ended up with a regular scholarship. She will start college at Syracuse University in September; and she will work hard for the College Division of Five Tong Scholarship. We look forward to receiving her application next summer. Melissa too did very well. Melissa even scored 1450 in her SAT. However, she was a 11th grader and therefore she was only qualified for the regular scholarship, not the Five Tong one. We wish these two sisters the very best.

I want to congratulate all our scholarship winners. We cannot give out big amounts of money awards. But we do give each one of you our sincere best wishes from the bottom of our hearts. We wish you all the very best.

Andy Yu

Kimberly Yee's Political Journey

Kimberly Yee

Kimberly Yee's political journey began as a senior in high school when she testified before the Arizona Senate Education Committee. As a student journalist and political cartoonist, she supported a bill upholding the first amendment freedoms of high school and college journalists. After providing testimony on the bill, one senator applauded her poise and protocol at the podium and said he would have guessed that she was a seasoned professional in the legislative arena rather than an 18-year-old student making her first visit to the Legislature. That experience was a turning point that propelled Kimberly to pursue a path not often tread by Asian Americans.

Kimberly would graduate from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, and later earn a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and also receive the university's highly honored Scholar-Citizen Award upon her graduation.

Kimberly's first experiences working in a political office was as a legal assistant in the executive office of former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley in Arizona, and at the federal level, providing research and paralegal assistance during an internship with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from Pepperdine University, Kimberly served as a Fellow to the prestigious Executive Fellowship Program under former California Governor Pete Wilson's administration, and worked in the executive branch office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, specializing in childcare and education issues. As a Fellow, Kimberly assisted with the development of legislation that became law, helping local planning councils gear up for an increased enrollment of welfare recipient children in childcare programs.

Following her tenure as a Fellow, at the age of 23, former California Governor Pete Wilson appointed Kimberly as a policy analyst to the California State Board of Education. During this time, she helped develop California's nationally acclaimed academic content standards, outlining what students should be able to know and do by the end of each grade level. California assessments and textbooks are now aligned with these academic standards to measure student achievement and performance.

In 1998, several years after her first experience at the Arizona Legislature as a student, she would return to Arizona to work for the Senate Committee on Education. Each week, she briefed members of the Legislature in the same committee room and behind the same podium where she first testified as a senior in high school. She served as staff to the Arizona Legislature from 1998 to 2003 where she worked closely with Republican and Democratic elected officials and governmental leaders throughout the State of Arizona, gaining first-hand experience in the legislative process. It was then that her political experience seemed to come full-circle when she received a phone call in 2003 requesting that she return to Sacramento, California—this time, to work for the newly-elected Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shortly following that call, Kimberly was sworn into office to serve as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Deputy Cabinet Secretary. As a member of Governor Schwarzenegger's Cabinet, Kimberly served as liaison to the executive branch state agencies and provided policy advisement to the Governor in the areas of education, state and consumer services, lottery, labor and workforce development.

Last year, Kimberly returned to Arizona and was recently elected Republican Chairman of Legislative District 10. As Chairman of one of thirty legislative districts in the State of Arizona, she is honored to serve the community where she was born and raised, registering voters and educating citizens about election information and how they can become active participants in the governmental process.

Having served in all three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial, as well as at the federal, state and local levels, Kimberly has experienced a unique and distinctive political journey since that memorable day as a high school senior.

Kimberly is the daughter of Jack and Betty Yee of Phoenix, Arizona and is a member of the Yee Fung Toy Family Association.


Melinda starts yeefungtoy Yahoo! Group in 2005

Welcome to the Yee Fung Toy Global Village Web Forum. This is a private forum for the Yee Fung Toy Global Village. The purpose of this group is to create forum for members involved in designing the Yee Fung Toy websites to exchange communication, ideas and discussions. If you are a YEE and have a YEE family surname and are interested in meeting or looking for other YEE's for kinship and support or want to connect with other YEE's, please go to our main website at: www.yeefungtoy.org There you will find links to the regional YEE websites and perhaps find one in your area.

Message from the Group Moderator, Melinda Yee of Sacramento

Group Messages

Since its inception in February 2005, the group has hosted over 60 messages, including the following:

[Message #3] Thu Feb 17, 2005
Hi to all,

I have added several links under LINKS in this Yahoo Group that contain lots of helpful info on planning, designing, building websites including do's and don't's of designing sites.

Melinda


[Message #22] Tue Apr 26, 2005
Hi Woracha,

Welcome to the club! You had expressed interest in putting up a website for the Yu Family Association of Thailand at the Convention last November. Here is the best place to start.

First I would like to introduce Woracha to the other members of the group. We first met in Hong Kong at the First World Yee Convention in November 2000 and went on the Guangdong trip to celebrate 1,000th anniversary of ancestor Yu Jing's birth. He was one of many members of the group from Thailand whose family was originally from Chiuchow, not Toisan. He did not speak Cantonese, but was fluent in Chiuchow, Thai, and Mandarin. I spoke none of those languages, so we ended up communicating in English. One day he asked me to join him for a run before breakfast. We got up early and pounded our way through the twisting and uneven streets of Kaiping, as the city slowly roused itself for the new day. I could barely keep up, especially as we made the climb up the hill to the hotel parking lot. After catching our breath, we warmed down with a couple sets of Tai Chi (different styles for each, but Tai Chi nevertheless), as the sun broke through the haze from the East. Exactly 1,000 years after his birth and not far from his birthplace, Yu Jing's descendants from around the world gathered to honor him. In the process, we found brotherhood and common interests, despite being dispersed across the globe during a millennium of history.

Woracha works as a Senior Manager for the Telephone Organization of Thailand www.tot.co.th (in North America we would call it Telecom Thailand). I think it would be just as easy for him to put up a website as anyone of us. I understand there are still challenges, of course. Here are some of my suggestions for kick starting a new website:

  1. Choose the languages to make the website useful for the local members of the Family Organization, e.g., for Thailand it may be Thai and Chinese.
  2. Do not try to solve all your problems before putting up an initial webpage, e.g., it is OK to have a website up with one language at first. The other language and features can be introduced later.
  3. There is an annual cost to register a domain (35 USD) and have the virtual domain hosted (96 USD for our server). What I can do is offer to share the use of the yeefungtoy.org domain (which is already paid for), so new Yee Family websites can choose to avoid these annual costs. For Thailand, the domain name would be something like www.yeefungtoy.org/thailand/. This offer is open to all Yee Family websites, old or new. You have the freedom to design and host your website on a server of your choice (at your cost), with a reasonable domain name that costs you nothing. The only catch is that yeefungtoy.org needs to store a copy of your homepage.
  4. If you would rather forego the pleasure of designing and maintaining your Yee Family website on your own, then my original offer of hosting it on www.yeefungtoy.org still stands. You just have to supply the material and I will get it hosted, with the same domain-naming scheme as above.
Let me know what works best for you.
Regards,

Jim


[Message #41] Wed Jan 18, 2006
Happy New Year, everyone!

The print edition of the Winter 2005 newsletter is being mailed to chapter offices. You can print off copies for yourself and your chapter members from the Word document at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yeefungtoy/files/Newsletter/2005-12.doc from the yeefungtoy Yahoo Group Files section. It is 12 pages long suitable for double sided printing on letter size paper.

As we head into the Spring Banquet season, with each association hosting its own banquet for its members, would you like to print a custom version of the Spring 2006 newsletter for your banquet attendees? This would be a good opportunity to show off your own website as well as your association's global linkages. I will get a starter version ready by January 31 and post it to the yeefungtoy group Files. You can download it, then add whatever local content you desire, and print off copies for you members and banquet attendees. Let me know if you are interested or need help in doing this. A regular edition of the Spring edition will be published in mid March.

The Spring Banquet is also a good time to remind members about the 3rd World Yee Convention in August. To encourage higher attendance, especially from younger members, I propose we invite prominent members of the Yee Family with career accomplishments that they can share with Convention participants. We are still in the planning stage, so I do not have too many details yet. However, I do want your feedback on this proposal quickly, as many of the speakers have busy schedules, and will require advance booking (I like to give them 6 months notice). My idea is to invite about 4 or 5 speakers, so we can spread them over the 5-day Convention. Each speaker should have a specific area of interest or expertise (preferably outside of the Yee Family Association) that they can address. This is currently not an official part of the Convention program, so we will have to schedule the presentations around the official program.

So, let me know:

  1. Is this a good idea?
  2. Who would you suggest as a speaker?
  3. Any comments or suggestions on logistics and details, etc?

Thanks,
Jim