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Emblems of Ethereal Grace:
From Classical Sensibility to Contemporary Design Aesthetics
A Wonderful Immersion Opportunity for 6 Local Martial Artists Interested in Studying Shaolin Kung Fu in China!

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Pat Tseng, Necklace with Antique Double Dragon

Members of the Chinese Culture Center, take note! '{he Guangdong Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Association will provide 6 members of the Chinese Culture Center who have experience in martial arts with a complete Traditional Kung Fu training immersion program from December Ist to December 31st, 2010. The training camp will be held at the Chan Wu Center Ff!J3.ff:e rp JL' ] in Guangdong;' and will consist of kung fu training, Chan lectures, and field trips to heritage sites such as the Master Wong Fei Hong museum. This opportunity is open to CCC members in good physical health. Please contact the Chinese Culture Center for more details about how to apply! Registration Fee: $100 Tuition, Room & Board: Fully subsidized

Gallery to view Pat Tseng's exhibit! 8, 2011 in the.

The show will be on view from September 25, 2010 to January open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

CCC Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Hilton Hotel, Chinatown. The gallery is

Members of the Chinese Culture Center are invited to a VIP openingreception of Pat Tseng's exhibition at the gallery on September 25, from 2-4 p.m.

Timeless, exquisite, and subtle, Pat Tseng's work defies categorization: It is both jewelry and fine art - available in retail venues from Saks Fifth A venue to the Smithsonian, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. It is both contemporary craft and ageless artifact - using novel silk knotting techniques and patterns and integrating ancient Chinese jade, jewels, and carvings. Pat Tseng's one-of-a-kind pieces frame classical Chinese materials and iconography - a jade disc, a porce-

lain bead - with the clean lines and calculated asymmetries of a modernist vocabulary of geometric motifs and powerful yet subdued colors. In Pat Tseng's work, an antique jade figurine is paired with amber and carnelian beads offset by silk threadwork in gunmetal-gray; a wooden box is mounted with nutshells and porcupine bristles on a traditionallyknotted black cord; and rings of bone, horn, and copal adorn handdyed black and white silk rope.
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Calling New Members!
By becoming a member of the CCC, you will receive numerous benefits and discounts. More importantly, you will be directly supporting artistic excellence; contributing to the economic revitalization; an promoting an inclusive and educational vision of art and cultural exchange in the Bay Area and beyond. For more information, visit our website at: www.c-c-c.org, 0 call Emmy at (415) 986-1822 ext. 21.

Be a champion and an ambassador!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Art is in the Air
Message from the Executive Director, Mabel Teng Art is in the Air! It's been a lively summer in Chinatown. Everywhere you look are the signs of an art and culture renaissance! From the Noodles Festival to the first-ever Chinatown Music Festival in May, we are proud to be a part of this exciting moment in Chinatown. From the opening of artist Stella Zhang's groundbreaking O-Viewpolnt exhibition at the CCC galleries, to the display of candidates for both the temporary and the permanent art installations at the site of the future Chinatown Central Subway Station, to the unveiling of the "Art in Storefronts" installations in Chinatown. That extra verve and sparkle of creati e energy in Chinatown has been hard to miss! The celebration of artistic excellence continued last week as we cheered for CCC artist Hou Yumei, who was selected by the San Francisco Arts Commission to design the Landmark Art Exhibition for the future Chinatown Central Subway Station. And now Chinatown's art renaissance continues with the latest exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center Gallery, beginning September 25th: the "Emblems of Ethereal Grace" show featuring the inimitable creations of Pat Tseng. But that's not all! We have yet another reason to celebrate this fall: October marks the 45th anniversary of the Chinese Culture Foundation and its commitment to being the art and culture destination. You are warmly invited to join us for our Harmony & Bliss banquet on October 16th at the Empress of China in Chinatown. Join us as we pay tribute to our founders - but also to you, our members and supporters, who keep this organization vital! We've come a long way. How wonderful to see the positive effects of art on our neighborhood's economic and cultural revitalization, and of course on the city's diversity. The Chinese Culture Center embraces this vision, and welcomes everyone to realize progressive perspectives in Chinese and Chinese American cultural heritage. Thank you for your continuing support. When you visit the gallery, come say hello! Mabel S. Teng

Education Fair in partnership with Sing Tao Newspaper Saturday, August 21 - Sunday, August 22, 2010 Time: 9 am to 5 pm Moon Festival in partnership with World TV Saturday, September 18,2010 Time: 6 pm Pat Tseng Exhibition Member & VIP opening reception Saturday, September 25th, 2010 Time: 2 pm to 4 pm Harmony & Bliss Fundraiser Dinner Saturday, October 16th Time: 6pm Location: Empress of China Restaurant [838 Grant A venue] Exclusive Viewing: Pat Tseng's Exhibition, from 4 pm to 6 pm in the CCC Gallery Oriental Health and Culture Festival in partnership with the University of Herbal Medicine Saturday, October 30th- Sunday, October 31st,2010 National Conference on China in partnership with Forum on the Peaceful Reunification of China Saturday, November 6th Time: 8 am to 6 pm
• All events held at the CCC unless otherwise noted.

Him Mark Lai Library Commission Address: The Practical and the Symbolic
On Thursday. July is", at 4:30 p.m. the Library

Commission held a community hearing to consider whether to add the name of Him Mark Lai - the consummare people's historian and cofounder with Albert Cheng of the "In Search of Roots" program. and a man whom the Chronicle of Higher Education referred to as "the Scholar who legitimized the study of Chinese America" - to the official title ofrhe Chinatown Library. A dozen delegates from the Chinese Culture Center arrived to find the Library hearing room packed! Numerous members of the community came to support the addition of the great historian's name to the Chinatown Library. Mabel Teng spoke forcefully in support of the change. Why is this important? Because Him Mark Lai represents a legacy of community awareness, respect for history, and active involvement in Chinese and Chinese American culture. Because the Chinatown Library is not just an educational resource, but also a community center and the nucleus of a whole neighborhood. It is the embodiment of the core values that Him Mark Lai stood for. Is it not fitting, then, that the Chinatown Library commemorate the contribution of Him Mark Lai - this outstanding community activist and educator, this scholar who understood so well the symbolic as well as practical importance of education and community-building-by adding his name to its own? Welcome Baby Claire

CCC Welcomes New Staff Larissa Heinrich
Larissa is a new staffer in. charge of Communications. She joins us from UCSD, where she teaches courses on Chinese Literature and Culture Studies.

Caeli Nistler-Schnabel
Caeli is filling in for Emmy as Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator. She recently graduated from Middlebury College and spent a year in Wuhan, China.

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Sharon Deng
The CCC welcomes Sharon Deng, the new Shop Assistant for the Chinese Culture Gallery and Gift Shop. Sharon has experience in international import and export businesses.

We are ecstatic to announce that CCC's own Fengyuan Ji and her husband Kexin Yuan welcomed a healthy baby girl into their family on July 27. Congratulations!! !

Program Updates


This Summer's Art & Cultural Exchange Activities



CCC Board Chair Colin Wong was joined by ED Mabel Teng, board members Mei Lam and Kerwin Chan in welcoming the Production team of "Gold Mountain" from China on July 16th.
Plroro by Larissa Heinrich

Storefront Art: Hui Ying Tsai's installation celebrates the famous Chinese poem "Eulugy on My Humble Abode" by Liu Yuxi. She recreates an imaginary living space covered with an abundance of artificial flowers.

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Chinese Progressive Association: At the end of July, CCC presented CPA Youth group's Talent Show for their China Exposure Trip! Have fun out there!

Hip Wah: Students of the Hip Wah Summer Program gather for a group shot after an exciting morning touring SFAC's Art in Storefronts in Chinatown and practicing their calligraphy and papercutting skills.

Congratulations Hou Yumei!
The Chinese Culture Center is proud that our artist, the papercutting expert Hou Yumei, has been selected by a San Francisco Arts Commission panel to design the permanent art installation for the future Central Subway Station in Chinatown. The CCC's program team has worked closely with Hou, a Chinese immigrant of Manchurian descent, to promote papercut art. If you attended the Spring Festival celebration at the Chinese Culture Center or the Chinatown Music Festival this year, you will remember Hou Yumei's booth where she taught children to do paper cutting. Weare thrilled that Yumei has come so far, and are proud to celebrate with her as she begins this latest chapter!



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Colin C. Wong, D.D.S. Helen Y.H. Hui

Exhibition Updates

Emblems of Ethereal Grace
history of Chinese civilization, jade has always been a beloved precious stone among the Chinese. It is admired for its purity, hardness, and translucent qualities. Jade is worn by the Chinese across all social strata because of its alleged protective powers, durability, and association with human qualities of virtue, constancy, and integrity. P~t'.s usage of jade reflects her deep appreciation not only of the beauty of the material but also the rich cultural connotations of jade. As described by Terese Bartholomew in the exhibition catalogue Silken Sentiments in Jade: Adornments Design by Pat Tseng, Pat grew up in an artistic environment. Her maternal grandfather had a household in Macao that was full of artworks and antiques. This early exposure and contact with art objects gave Pat the foundation for a discriminating eye for composition, color, and form. Some of the jades used in the adornments represent archaic forms while others are of modem jade carvings. Examples of the archaic forms include the "bi" disc and the square "cong" tube, symbols that represented heaven and earth respectively since the Neolithic times. Jade sword guards and dragons of Han dynasty design (206 BCE220CE) are combined with silk cords to form unique creations. These antique jades have been given a new life by Pat. They are no longer just archaistic shapes but are now imbued with the artist's own aesthetics and sensibility. Pat blends tradition with modem design concepts so that the materials used in her adornments, whether jade, silver, or ivory, are now given a new purpose. Other pendants seen in the exhibition are decorated with auspicious symbols. We can fmd the bat; the double fish for abundance; silver locks which in the old days symbolized locking a child to the earth and thereby preventing evil spirits from snatching the child away; and the lotus seed, symbolizing many sons to come. One cannot but admire Pat's versatility as an artist whose skills go beyond mere fabrics and thread. Emblems of Ethereal Grace is on view Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm at the Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). Admission to the gallery is free and maps to storefront installation locations are available at the gallery and online. For more information, the public should visit www.c-c-c.orgor call 415-986-1822.

Russell E. Leong, M.D.

Executive Vice President
Jonas B: Miller

Vice Presidents
Sherman Tang Eric H. Tong Brian Yee

Susan C. Tom

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Board of Directors
Kerwin Chan Y. MeiLam Esther Li Rolland C. Lowe, M.D. Maggie Mui Doroteo Ng Darin Ow-Wing Ronald Wu Norman Yee

Executive Director
Mabel S. Teng

Art Advisory Committee
Tere&e Tse Bartholomew Tatwina Chinn Lee Manni Liu Gang Situ Pat Tseng

Born and raised in Macao, Tseng earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and has been living in San Francisco for over 30 years. Tseng marries classically Chinese motifs, materials, and designs - true in spirit to the ageless elegance of thousands of years of Chinese high cultural tradition - with unmistakably contemporary themes colors, and configurations. What is it about Pat Tseng? It is her ability to fmd in two cultures a common aesthetic language and fluently merge them, bringing together East and West, old and new, to create artworks that are at once wearable and refmed, classic and modem. The adornments in this exhibition represent the mature work of the artist at her best. Pat's signature silk cords are paired with antique jades, carefully selected because of their luster, color, and shape. Other materials in this exhibit include crystal, quartz, amber, porcelain, ivory, coral, and antique silver. The simple elegance and graceful air that Pat's adornments exude reveal little about the fact that all the pieces are painstakingly constructed. The silk cords are hand sewn and dyed to the desired color by the artist herself. Using acid dyes, the process can be time-consuming as many attempts are necessary to achieve the precise shade of a color that the artist has envisioned. Strands of yam have to be inserted into the silk cords using needles as guides. The connecting knots are seamlessly tied, leaving just a hint to the discerning eye as to how they were made. Many of the adornments in the exhibition are made with jade. From antiquity to today's internet-speed society, in the long

Staff, Interns & Volunteers
Abby Chen Onilda Cheung Larissa N. Heinrich Fengyuan Ji Rona Yee Sharon Deng Caeli Nistler-Schnabel AI Cheng Steve Owyang Betty Chang Kitty Kao Frank Lee Alan Liu Candy Yu Eric Wong Samantha Yu Simone Yu


A Personal Invitation From Susan Tom: Harmony & Bliss Chairperson

Join our Chinatown Heritage Walking Tour



Time flies! It's the 45th Anniversary of the Chinese Culture Foundation, an amazing organization established by a group of visionaries who acted on the need to found an organization to preserve, promote, and educate about our common cultural heritage. As a supporter of the Chinese Culture Center, noone understands the Chinese Culture Foundation's core mission better than you do: to provide quality cultural activities and world-class art exhibitions at no cost to Chinatown and to an ever-expanding multicultural citywide audience. You are the reason we exist; your support is the reason so many wonderful programs have been brought into existence for the greater San Francisco Chinatown community and beyond. And that is why the theme of this year's highly anticipated Harmony & Bliss annual fundraiser is "Honoring Our Founders": We would like to honor you and your visionary contribution to the preservation and promotion of Chinese culture. The event will be held at the Empress of China on Saturday, October 16, 6:00pm. We have been deeply grateful for your generosity in the past, and hope you'll continue to support us. Come let us toast you, our founders, at our Harmony & Bliss event. And bring your friends and family. See you on October 16th! Warmly, Susan C. Tom

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Experience rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant public art.

Explore Chinese American history & culture. The walking tour is fun, familyoriented, educational and not-for profit.

Tours are $30 for adults and $25 for children, with special rates for school groups. To reserve a tour, call (415) 986-1822.

The Chinese Culture Foundation would like to thank our donors and corporate sponsors. Your generous contributions have funded arts and cultural enrichment programs for the community.
March- June Donors Harmony and Bliss
Chinatown Lions Club Wells Fargo Bank Union Bank Dr. Rolland Lowe Dennis Wu Peter Chi DAE Advertising Dr. and Mrs Richard Lee GinHo Y. MeiLam Dr. Russell Leong Darin Ow-Wing Sherman Tang Tom Do Hing Foundation Dr. Colin Wong Irene Yee Riley Ronald Wu Heidi Tan Minna Tao Friends of Roots

Institutional Partners Him Mark Lai Fund
Violet Jew MichaelOng VictorHui

Donation for Wall Project
Dennis Wu (Wu Hoover) Louie & Wong LLP Fong, Ko & Associates, LLP Joseph Kwok

General Donation
Gin Ho James & Lisa Kendrix Xiaomei Li & Dachuan Zhang Dr. Rolland C. Lowe Dr. Colin Wong Dr. Ronald Wu Francis and Lillian Chin Dr. Randall Lowe Kan Kwok Fan Esther Li


Media Support
KTSF /Channel 26 Sing Tao Newspaper World Journal Newspaper
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..In Search of Roots:" the Voyagers Return!
By Eric Timothy Cheung (2010 Roots intern) mbeen through and where we've gone to and returned from. They may never quite know what we saw, what we smelled, and what we tasted. But they will come to see a difference in us through our acLook to your right and recognize the allegiance. Look to your left tions forthcoming, actions that wouldn't be possible without the and see faithful eyes. Behind you, propulsion. And straight head, lies sense of purpose and identity we attained after Roots. your portrait. It's not easy to describe what exactly happens during a Thirty-four different villages. Thirty-four different stories. All will rooting of one of our villages, but one commonality lies in almost live on in our hearts evermore. Where are we rooted? At some point every rooting ... we see family adhesion coming to fruition. or another earlier in our lives, that wasn't exactly the most relevant In many ways, the In Search of Roots program isn't just about what or significant question. We thought we knew who we were, what we visiting one's personal ancestral village does for that person. It's were about, and what we wanted. But a very special 30 enhanced all also about what it does for every other person there in support of of our growth as individuals. documenting that person's rooting experience. It molds you in a way Thank you Janice Lee, Eric Sid, Michelle Leo, Amy Koehler, Amy almost impossible to explain, because it's impossible to write down Lin, Wendell Lin, Richard Lee, Christine De Villier, Evan Lee, Kelly in words how and why such infrangible bonds are established Der, Ronald Lee, Nick Chan, Daren Chan, Acacia Woods Chan, Beramongst people that know very little about each other. There you nice Chua, Helen Tran, Kelvin Chin, Michele Wong, Steven are standing side by side with someone you would have called a Lin, Rickey Villareal, Brandon Louie, Rosa Wong-Chie, Ted stranger a week ago, ready to fall into the depths of fire for, willingly Truong, Sophia Cheng, Mike Leo, and Eric Cheung for making your and happily, just so that they can achieve pinnacle clarity. And these journeys. And thank you Al Cheng, Steve Owyang, Alan Liu, and people will be tied to each other for the rest of their lives. We know Frank Lee for opening the door. this. And we're excited for road ahead, because this was just the Caption for photo below: beginning. 2009/2010 Roots interns and alumni posed in front of the important historic Meiguan ftJllll gate, We've also already seen the immediate effect on us with our the passage way where majority of Cantonese speaking people came through blood. There has been crinkling of mouths, the brightness of eyes, from Jiangxi Province ITjJ!f1"l' to Guangdong Province $1*1"1' during the Tang Dynasty )jI'f'ljiJl and the slight choking up of throats of our blood relatives, wonder(ACE 618-906). They also successfully found and visited ancestral villages in Taishan 1'1 LU, ing, dreaming, focusing as we roll picture through picture, film upon Kaiping 1lIl'l", Enping }~Pf, Zhongshan rep LU, Xinhui WTfr, Foshan 1iJtlLU, Shantou LUil):!, film, and narrative upon narrative, sharing and exposing what we've Chaozhou iI'll1Jtl, and Jieyang :jIi',rs!ij. The journey was powerful, emotional, and intense.

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Roots interns at Mei Guan. For full caption, see end of Roots article above


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