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CCC newsletter-Fall 2009

CCC newsletter-Fall 2009

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ChineseCultureCenterNewsletter
TheCenterfortheAdvancementofChineseandChineseAmericanArtandCulture
ChromaticConstructions:
Contempora~
FiberArt
GGG'sNewExhibitionFeaturingDoraHSlUng
By:PatTseng
Formorethan30years,DoraHsiunghasbeenadaptingthetraditionalyarnwrappingtechniquesofChinaandothercountriestodevelopcomplexfiberconstructionsthathavecaughttheeyeoftechnologyleadersinterestedintheirprecise,butwarmgeometry.Now,fiftyofHsiung'swallhangings,installationsandsculptures,manylarge-scale,areonviewattheChineseCultureCenter(CCC)inSanFranciscoaspartofitsXianRui(FreshandSharp)exhibitionseries.
FirstEncounterwithDora'sworkWhileattendingafabricartconventioninVancouver,British
TheUniverse,
DoraHsiung
Columbiaduringthesummerof2002,myeyesweredrawntoanunusual-butfamiliarshape.AsIapproachedtheartwork,Ibegantoseeasequenceofsmallthree-dimensionalpyramid-likeshapesthatremindedmeoftheChinese
"**r."
The"zongzi"isalargestickyricedumplingthatiswrappedinbambooleavesintoauniqueformandisspeciallymadetocelebratetheDragonBoatFestival.Onthiswallhanging,eachofthe"zongzi"wasmeticulouslywrappedwithyarnsofexquisiteandsubtlecolorgradations,suchthatatdifferentviewingangles,thecolorschemechangedandcreatedanopticalillusion.
Continuedonpage6
"ChromaticConstructions:ContemporaryFiberArt"
OpeningNightVIPReceptionMeettheArtist,DoraHsiung
Date:Friday,September11Time:6:00..."7:30pmLocation:ChineseCultureCenterGallery750KearnyStreet,3rdFloorSanFrancisco,CA94108AllCCCMembersandGuestsarewelcome!
YouarecordiallyinvitedtoanintimatedinnerwithDoraHsiungonOpeningNightof"ChromaticConstructions"Friday,September
11,
2009at8:00pm
SpecialcuisinepreparedbyChefNiof
J
ai
YunRestaurantC3-minutewalkfromChineseCultureCenter)Limitedseats,RSVPtoday!Pleasecall:(415)986-1822,ext.21$100perperson
InsidethisIssue
ChromaticConstructions1ExecutiveDirector'sMessage2CCF'sAnnouncement2WelcomeNewBoardMembers2Harmony&Bliss20093ChineseTranslation4-5ChromaticConstructions(contd.)6CelebratingHimMarkLai'sLife7ChinatownHeritageWalkingTours7DonorList8
 
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OfficialAnnouncementfromtheCCFBoardofDirectors
WearepleasedtoannouncethatMabelTengwasappointedtothepositionofExecutiveDirectoroftheChineseCultureFoundationasofApril1,2009.Mabelstartedhercareer
in
educationasanESLinstructoratS.F.CommunityCollegeln1980.Formorethantwodecades,shecontinuedhercommitmentineducationandthenon-profitcommunityservingastheExecutiveDirectoroftheAsian~nericanDonorProgram(AADP),CareerResourcesDevelopmentCenter(CRDG)andasDirectorofPlanningandDevelopmentatSanFranciscoStateUniversity.DuringhertenureasamemberoftheS.F.BoardofSupervisors,sheestablishedtheCity's
Art
andMusicTaskForceandpassedlegislationtofundartsandmusicprogramsinpubliceducation.InthetraditionofcelebratingdiversityandChineseheritage,MabelsponsoredCityHall's
firstLunar
NewYearFestival.Asalifelongcommunityadvocate,N,[abelhasbeenhonoredforhercontributionsbyalonglistoforganizationsincludingtheChineseConsolidatedBenevolent
Associariojr;"
ChinatownYouthCenter,Wu
Yee
Children'sServices,NationalOrganizationforWomenandtheWomen'sFoundation.Mabelhashadasuccessfulcareerineducation,non-profitmanagementandpublicservice.WearehappythatshehasreturnedtothecommunityastheExecutiveDirectoroftheChineseCultureFoundationandChineseCultureCenter.
RussellE.Leong,MD.
PresidentoftheCCFBoardofDirectors
WelcomeEsther
Li
andSusanTomtotheeCFBoardofDirectors!
TheChineseCultureFoundationisveryhappytoannouncethatEstherLiandSusanTomhavejoinedourBoardofDirectors.Theywouldliketointroducethemselvestothe
CCC
family.EstherLi:"IamacertifiedpublicaccountantwithaMaster'sdegreeinTaxation.Currently,I'mtheFinanceDirectorof3relatedenvironmentalnon-profitorganizationsbasedinSausalito.IwasalsopastpresidentoftheBoardofDirectorsofWorldArtsWest(nroduceroftheannualSanFranciscoEthnicval).WithmanyyearsofprofessionalexperienceinaccoUntingandtaxationinthecommercialandnon-profitenvironmenfIjoinedtheBoardoftheChineseCultureFoundationinhopesofhelping
in
thecomplianceandfinanceareas.BornandraisedintheheartofSanFrancisco'sChinatown,I'mprivilegedtobeabletoreturntoChina-townandhelpwithanorganizationthatpromotesChineseculture."Tom:"Throughoutmylifeandcareer,Ialwaysbeeninterested
in
beingChineseIearningaboutwhatencompassestheexperience.IwasborninSanandspentmyelementaryyearsinIhavetaughtChineseimmigrant
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andChineseimmigrantadults.IamtheFamilyLiaisonatLincolnElementarySchoolinOakland'sChinatownandservedastheDirectorofHipWah,aChineseculturalprogramthatintroducesyoungchildrentothetraditionsandcultureofChina.ThroughtheChineseCultureCenterofSanFrancisco,Ihopetoreachouttotheyoungfolkstoletthemexploreanddiscoverwhatwasourpast,whatcanwebringtothepresentandwhatcanwegivetothefuture."
NewsletterCredits
Editors
&
Layout:RuthYoung,MabelS.Teng,FengyuanJi,CatherineLePapeContributors:AbbyChen,CatherineLePape,Dr.RussellE.Leong,EstherLi,IreneYeeRiley,MabelS.Teng,SusanTom,PatTseng,RuthYoungTranslation:XiaomeiLi,MengxuanLiuPrinting:AxonPrinting
MessagefromtheExecutiveDirectortotheCCCFamily
amomenttoenjoythecornucopiaofartandCbinesecultureatCCC'sGallery.Lefttoright:(front)AbbyChen,FengyuanJi,OnildaCheung,MabelTeng,MengxuanLiu,(back)RuthYoung,CatherineLePape
SlIDJU1erishereandwehavebeenbusyworkingonaseriesofexcitingprogramsforthenextfewweeks.ComingupareamusicperformanceonAugust22andthegrandopeningofDoraHsiung's"ChromaticConstructions:ContemporaryFiber
Art"
onSeptember11.Wewouldlovetoseeyouatoneorallofthesewonderfulevents!Onaseriousnote,theeconomicdownturnhashiteveryone,includingourfunders,contributorsandsupporters.
In
takingonthischallenge,wehavebeenreviewingourworkinordertobemorestrategic,effectiveandprudentasweplanforthebalanceof2009andinto2010.Outofthisprocess,wearehappytosharethatwewilllaunchthreeeducationandoutreachinitiativesthisFallthroughthecomingSpring.Wewill:1)Re-brandourChinatownHeritageWalkingTourstoreachouttolocalschoolsandeducationalinstitutions,businessesandvisitors.Wewanttheparticipantstogainabetterunderstandingabouthistoryandheritage,andhowChinatownbecameoneofthemostvibrantcentersforartsandcultureinAmerica.2)LaunchanArtist-in-ResidenceProgramincollaborationwithcommunityyouthorganizationstoengagechildrenandyouthinperformingarts.3)SponsoranannualChinatownMusicFestivalinPortsmouthSquarewherethecommunitywillbetreatedtoafreeconcertthatwillfeatureamixofprofessionalandstudentperformers.We'realsoproudofourvisualartsexhibition,
PresentTenseBiennial,
whichhasalreadydrawnover2,500visitorstotheCenter'sgalleryandover40toursbystudentsfromtheBayArea.TheexhibitionhasalsoreceivedmajormediacoveragefromtheChronicle,NPR,KQED,Comcast,Examiner,SFWeekly,BayGuardian,SingTaoDailyandtheWorldJournal.
In
recognitionofourefforts,wewereawardedastimulusgrantbytheNationalEndowmentfortheArtsandwewouldliketothankSenatorDianneFeinsteinforhersteadfastsupport.However,asyoumayrealize,2009isaverydifficultyearandeveryonehasfelttheeconomichardship.YourmembershipandyourgenerouscontributionshaveenabledtheChineseCultureCenterofSanFranciscotocontinueourservicetothecommunity.WepromisetocontinuetoworkhardtogetthroughthesetoughfinancialtimesandtakegreatencouragementfromyourpartnershipinmakingtheChineseCultureCenteravitaldestinationforusalltoconnect,exploreandenvisionprogressiveperspectivesinChineseandChineseAmericanartandheritage.Thankyou,
Mabel
S.
Teng
 
Fundraising/CCCPictures
By:IreneYeeRiley,Harmony&Bliss2009Co-ChairIt'sthatspecialtimeofyearagain.Yes,it'stimefortheChineseCultureCenter's
Harmony&Bliss2009
WineTastingFundraisingDinnerandAuction!Thisyear,itwillbeheld
Saturdayevening,November7,2009.
ThissignatureeventisknownforfeaturinggreatWesternwinespairedwithEasterncuisine.Thisfundraiserisanopportunityforfamiliesandfriendstocometogetherforanightoffun,greatfood,goodfriends,andfondmemories.
Harmony&Bliss2009
Mostofall,proceedsfromtheeventareanimportantpartofwhatenablestheChineseCultureCentertopresentfreeexhibitions,freeconcertsinChinatown,heritagetourstoschoolchildrenandvisitors,classesinMandarin,Chinesepainting,calligraphy,andour"InSearchofRoots"program.Lastyear'smenuincludedsuchtastefulselectionsas"roastsoyhoisinporkmedallionswithsweetchilegingerglaze."Lastyear'sguestsalsohadan
3
opportunitytobidonmanywonderfulitemssuchas:arare1983MasiMazzanoAmaronewinefromItaly,KistlerChardonnay,andCathayPacificairplanetickets.Iwouldliketoinviteyoutomakethisyear'sHarmony
&
Blissasuccessbydoinganyofthefollowing:donatingin-kindsilentandliveauctionitems,purchasingtickets,andjusttellinganyoneyouknowtopurchaseticketstotheevent.
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TeamworkattheCCC!
LefttoRight:CCCBoardEVPHelenHui,FionaMa'sRepresentative,CCCBoardPres.Dr.RussellLeong,SupervisorDavidChiu,SenatorMarkLeno,CCCBoardChairpersonDr.ColinWong,Mayor'sOfficeRepresentative,and
PresentTense
LeadCuratorKevinB.Chencelebratetheopeningofthe
PresentTense
ExhibitionatourVlPopeningreception.LefttoRight:ArtistsJustinHoover,IrninYeh,JulieChang,KenLo,andVivianChang(fromCCDqdiscusscontemporaryart,community,andpublicspaceatJuly25,2009PanelDiscussioninconjunctionwith
PresentTense.
ExcitedstudentsfromOakland'sHipWahSummerProgram(ledbynewCCCBoardMemberSusanTom)visitCCConJuly10,2009.Authorpresentshernewbook"GoldMountainWives,"whichfocusesonthelivesofthewomeninTaisbanwhosebusbandstraveledthousandsofmilestoGoldMountain(California).LefttoRight:MauriceChuck,AuthorHoPingNg,LiuHuangTian,ConsulWuGangofthePeople'sRepublicofChina..CCCandKSWwelcomesS.F.Foundation.LefttoRight:AbbyCben,MabelTeng,TatwinaLee,JohnR.Killacky,VanessaCamarena-Arredondo,EllenOh,KevinSeaman.

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