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RECA LANGUAGE SCHOOL REPORT
ANNUAL MULTI-CULTURAL POETRY READING
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER
THANK YOU TO RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION DONORS
17TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET CELEBRATING ETHNIC DIVERSITY
CULTURAL PRESENTATION AT SONOMA COUNTY LIBRARY
SUPPORT RECA: MEMBER PURCHASE AND DONATE PROGRAM
THANKS TO THE RECA
CONGRATULATIONS RENA WANG AND LIBBY LOK
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
SEAN SHU REN WANG
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PHOTOS FROM CULTURAL DANCE PERFORMANCES
PHOTOS FROM CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
By Nancy Wang
The Chinese New Year Celebration is over and we have started the Year
of the Dog. Attributes of people born this year are loyalty, honesty,
generosity and working well with others. These are all the qualities
that make RECA a successful organization, so we should do very well
I want to thank everybody for all of their hard work, generosity and
kindness. Our Chinese New Year Celebration was a wonderful success and,
according to many comments, the best ever. Without the help of everyone
working together, we could not have such a wonderful event. So thank
you to everyone who helped out. I also want to thank our star
performers, all of the school classes, cultural dance groups, Jimmy
Fong, and our non-member performers, Wendy Wang and the Sonoma County
Taiko Drummers. There are so many people who worked for our event that
I cannot name them all, even if I took this entire page.
This new year has begun with a flurry of activity. Our cultural dancers
have been busy nearly every week with cultural programs and
presentations. Schools and community organizations have invited us for
Asian Night, Inter-Cultural Day and other programs to promote
diversity. We participated with services and entertainment for the
Sonoma County Awards Ceremony presented by the South and West Area
Business Association, and their International Business Expo. Our annual
participation with other Asian associations continued with our
RECA/JACL joint potluck dinner on April 29th. Filipino, Cambodian and
Korean associations are always invited to participate, giving us a
connection with other Asians who live here in Sonoma County.
Day Under the Oaks at Santa Rosa Junior College on May 7 will feature
our Lion Team and Cultural Dancers. The Rose Parade on May 20 will
feature our 250 foot dragon.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for all that everyone has done.
If you have not had the opportunity to be an active part of our
organization and want to share your skills and talents, please call me,
Nancy Wang, at 707-576-5033.
By Judy Hardin Cheung
Our RECA language classes are
tilt towards the end of the year. We are concluding another successful
year with many students of all ages learning to speak, understand, read
and write Chinese. Our last regular day of classes is May 13 (May 17
for our Wednesday class). On Saturday, May 20, everyone is
invited to watch the Santa Rosa Rose Parade. This year, only our dragon
and banner will be in the parade, but everyone is invited to be part of
the Rose Parade audience. May 27 (May 24 for Wednesday) is our last day
of school. This is usually a wrap-up session and a party day.
Summer is coming up and our Children’s Chinese Culture Camp,
children ages 5-12, is filling up rapidly, even though the publicity is
barely out. Our dates will be Monday through Friday, July 10-21. Our
days run from 9 am to 2:30 pm with extended day care from 8-9 am and
3-5 pm. Our cost is $250 per child with an additional $10 per
for those who choose to have extended day care. Pick your applications
up from the RECA Center or download the School Enrollment Form from our
Web site at www.recacenter.org. Be sure to mark “Culture
Camp” on the form. Mail the application and your enrollment
to RECA Center, PO Box 7854, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Our camp will be
located at our Center.
This year, we are negotiating with a group from Taiwan and are hoping
to have exchange students attending our camp session. They will have
separate classes and staff for language, but will join with our regular
campers for Tai Chi, cooking, lunch, hiking, arts and crafts.
For further information, call Nancy Wang, 576-0533 or Judy Cheung,
MULTI-CULTURAL POETRY READING
By Judy Hardin Cheung
Don’t forget to put it on your calendars:
August 19, 12:00-4:00 pm, the Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading. Each year
RECA joins with Sonoma County’s Poets of the Vineyard and San
Francisco’s Artists Embassy International to put on the Multi-Cultural
Poetry Reading. Usually, about 25 people come to our Center from all
around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area to participate in a unique event
featuring food and poetry from around the world. With English as our
common language, we have poetry, translations and discussions in many languages. In the past, we have
had classical, modern and original poetry read in English, Mandarin,
Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Papangan, Filipino, Italian, Spanish, and
Vietnamese. Come and bring a dish to share for the potluck. Also bring
your favorite poems to read. They may be your original work or works of
other poets that you want to share. Translations are not necessary. We
have found that a discussion of content, form and meaning is more
stimulating that listening to a translation. Be prepared for discussion
of your work and the work of others. This is a unique event. We hope to
see you there.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER
By Judy Cheung
Our 2006 Year of the Dog Chinese New
Year Celebration and Fundraiser was, as always, the best ever. Our
attendance was good—again, filling the Santa Rosa Veterans
Memorial Building with celebrants from all over the Bay Area.
Our MCs Mary Lowe, Don Taylor and Elee Tsai enlivened the evening with
their announcements and humor. The entertainment was wonderful. This
year, our big dragon was followed by a baby dragon. Our Beginning
Mandarin class children made their own paper dragon and danced on stage
with it. The RECA cultural dancers were spectacular. The
children’s singing group, lead by Dr. Robert Yee, was cute.
The RECA Adult Chorus was fabulous. The martial arts
demonstration by Jimmy Fong was awesome. The musical performance by
Wanda Wang was lovely as she played three pieces on the gu jin, a
traditional Chinese stringed instrument. The Sonoma Taiko
Drummers were stupendous. The program’s finale was our own
lion team which put on a grand performance.
RECA Pres. Nancy Wang and her grandson Alex, Santa Rosa City
Council member Bob Blanchard, MCs Don Taylor, Elee Tsai, and
This year, our Member of the Year is Frances Lok. She was honored for
her long and diligent service to RECA in many ways. One of her
contributions was the red aprons worn by the kitchen and serving staff.
Another is the curtains on our Center’s windows. A few years
ago, Frances was our Cantonese teacher. She is also a diligent member
of our RECA board of directors. She and her family have donated a lot
to help our Center be a comfortable, enjoyable, successful gathering
place for our members.
Lok (center), RECA Member of the Year for 2006, chats with Dr. Carl
Wong, Sonoma County Superintendent of Public Schools, and his wife,
Vivian Wong, public school principal.
Our RECA Chinese New Year’s Committee worked from September
through February and on into April and May to prepare, present, and
then wrap-up our event. Entertainment arrangements and general
coordination of all aspects were done by Nancy Wang. Beverages were
dispensed by Li Feng Yu and Zhao Qing. Supplies were counted, purchased
and transported by Judy Cheung and Nancy Wang. Publicity was headed by
Mary Lowe. Set-up and clean-up was done by the RECA Youth Group and
many additional volunteers. Food preparation and food service was done
by Kevin Ablett, Wai Ming Law, Jean Gee, RECA Youth Group and Carl
Wong, Sonoma County School Superintendent, and other volunteers. RECA
display tables were organized by Lily Kwong for Chinese art; Judy
Cheung with volunteers for children’s activities and school
display; Shirley Brummell and Sandy Bartholome for the trinkets sales
table; Josie Lee oversaw the shoebox raffle table; and Families With
Children From Asia had a display table. Decorations were done by
Winston Lee and his family, and Judy Cheung and the RECA language
classes. Raffles were obtained and organized by Mary Lowe and
volunteers. Our program was assembled by Reed Walker. Security was
provided by David Chung and Mark Heydon. Reception was Mirin Lew and
Irene Fong. Don Taylor ran the silent auction. Ushers were Hsiu Chuan
Armstrong, Ying Grebe and the RECA Youth Group. Thank you to
David Chung and Century 21 for providing us with a truck to move our
dragon and other equipment.
Food and beverages were provided by Wonderful Buffet, ABC Cafe, Fresh
China, Clover Stornetta Farms Inc., See’s Candies, and
We want to thank all of our sponsors. River Rock Casino gave a sizable
donation. Additional sponsors were the Sonoma County Office of
Education, David Sidney, M.D. and Shu Yang, M.D., Jenny and Jeffrey
Chou, Norman Hardin, Judy Cheung, Annie Wang and G&G Markets.
RECA and the RECA Board of Directors thank everyone, named and unnamed,
who helped make this event a fabulous success.
(See more photos from the event in photo section.)
THANK YOU TO
RAFFLE AND SILENT AUCTION DONORS
By Mary Lowe
Our Chinese New Year fundraiser was
a success, not only because of businesses that advertised in the
program brochure, but also because of donated prizes to our raffle and
silent auction which brought in over $3700 this year. We thank these
merchants and individuals and ask that you patronize them for their
generous support of RECA. They include: Don Taylor’s Omelette
Express, Wonderful Buffet, King Buffet, Jojo Sushi, Kirin, Kyoto,
Osake, China Palace, Coco’s, East West Café, El
Coronel, ABC Café, and China Palace restaurants, Ravioli
Deli, G&G Foods, Trader Joe’s, Dry Creek Inn, Osmosis
Enzyme Bath & Massage, Special Effects for Hair Salon, Marine
World and Disneyland.
Also, special thanks to our silent auction donors: David Poulsen and
Christina Jang for the 49ers and Warriors admission tickets, the Lok
Family for gift certificates to the Holiday Inn Express in Sebastopol,
Quality Inn in Petaluma and Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada,
Mark Shimizu Design in Coddingtown for the exquisite gold pendant
necklace, Zap for their Zappy 3 Scooter, Clos Du Bois Winery for their
fine wines, River Rock Casino for their private limo/restaurant/winery
tour package, Empire Floors for offering a winner’s choice of
rug, and Donna Yock and Tom Fitzgerald for their Raku vase/bowl and
Sonic Care product.
COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET CELEBRATING ETHNIC DIVERSITY
By Judy Cheung
On March 19th, 2006, Santa
Rosa’s elite gathered at the prestigious Santa Rosa Golf and
Country Club to celebrate people who have been exemplary in successful
business practices promoting ethnic diversity. South and West Area
Business Association sponsored this magnificent dinner and awards
ceremony. As co-sponsors of the event, RECA joined with the Self-Esteem
Living Foundation, Wal-mart Stores, Clem Carinalli, the North Bay
Business Journal, Data Corr.com, PG&E, Christopherson Homes,
Simon & Brecht, Trumark Companies, Amy’s Kitchen and
Our adults greeted guests at the receiving table. Dressed in their
finest, including ties for the boys, our teens acted as ushers, then
later performed the lion dance and ribbon dance. Nancy Wang had the
honor of presenting the Cesar Chavez Image Award to Brett Martinez, CEO
of Redwood Credit Union. Judy Cheung and her son, Geoffrey Cheung,
arranged for Berenger’s wine to be served at the tables. Judy
Cheung donated two framed photographs to be sold at their silent
auction. RECA also assisted with set-up of the event.
Our youth and adults were able to meet and chat with dignitaries from
local, state and federal government, business executives from around
Sonoma County, and their fellow teen performers, the Fierce Dance
Company which presented a program of Hip Hop and Urban Dance routines,
and Amiee Conn, the newly crowned Miss Sonoma County 2006.
Awards were given this year to Brett Martinez, CEO of Redwood Credit
Union, posthumously to Marijke Byck Hoenselaars, accepted by Dr. Walter
Byck of Paradise Ridge Winery; posthumously to Gene Benedetti, accepted
by Bob “I’ll Take It Raw” St. Clair,
former San Francisco 49er team captain and Pro Football Hall of Fame
Inductee, and Reverend James E. Coffee, pastor of Santa
Rosa’s Community Baptist Church.
RECA appreciates opportunities such as this event to have our members
participate in such prestigious community activities, where adults can
network with the movers and shakers of Sonoma County, and our teens
have an opportunity to dress up and display their many talents.
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attended the reception table while teens, dressed in their finest,
ushered prestigious guests to their tables.
RECA members Carl Wong, Joe Wang, and Elee Tsai chat with Santa Rosa
District Attorney, Stephan Passalacqua.
Rosa City Council member Lee Pierce, City Council candidate David
Poulsen and his wife Christina, and RECA member Joe Wang. Photo
provided by Joe Wang.
PRESENTATION AT SONOMA COUNTY LIBRARY
By Judy Cheung
On February 18th, in the pouring
rain, over 200 people including the mayor of Santa Rosa, Janet Bender,
came to see and participate in the cultural presentation at the
downtown Santa Rosa branch of the Sonoma County Library, presented by
Teens did the Lion Dance and Ribbon Dance, intermediates did the
Aboriginal Dance, and adults gave a calligraphy demonstration. This was
considered one of our most successful cultural outreach programs.
RECA thanks the Library for offering us this opportunity. We also thank
all of the members and people who attended, participated and made this
such an overwhelming success.
Wang, Mayor of Santa Rosa Jane Bender, and Mei Jung Shih stand in front
of a traditional worship table. Mei Jung Shih, a new RECA member, is
owner of the Wonderful Buffet and is well versed and active in
promoting traditional Chinese culture.
teens gave a magnificent, flying performance of martial arts.
members wrote people's names in Chinese.
the performance, parents and grandparents, with the help of RECA
members when necessary, had an opportunity to help children play the
Chinese drum and Chinese gong. Hands-on music uncovered some surprising
talent in the audience.
MEMBER PURCHASE AND DONATE PROGRAM
RECA member Anita Kwan and her
business, Kwan Import, are offering special-priced ink and toner
cartridges to our members. In addition to below retail
discount prices, RECA will receive a 5% donation from each purchase.
Items can be picked up at RECA on Saturdays: May 6, May 13, and May
27. Please look at the bulletin board at the center for the
items you need and contact Anita Kwan by e-mail: email@example.com or call
707-953-0647 for further information.
THANKS TO THE RECA
By Rena Wang
I cannot imagine what it would be like not to be a pupil
at the Santa Rosa RECA. My name is Rena Wang, and going to
the RECA has helped me not only with the language I learn there every
Saturday, but has aided me substantially with my successes in other
places. I believe there is no price to put on my greatly
beneficial experiences with the RECA!
When I came to the Redwood Empire Chinese Association four years ago, I
couldn't read or write any Chinese, and could barely communicate
clearly with the Chinese language to my relatives, as well as other
Chinese speakers. I decided it was time to learn the language
of my native culture, and so I became a student under RECA's Lily
Chang, my Advanced Level teacher, in 2002, and that decision was to
Since then, I have not only learned to write and read hundreds of more
Chinese characters, but, in step with the quickly advancing Chinese
economy, I am proud to say that I am also learning to perfect my
Mandarin accent, as well. My wonderful experiences at RECA
have made me persevere even more with other events in life.
Recently, I have gotten a full scholarship to the UC Berkeley Summer
Session, where I will be taking classes with talented high school and
Cal students. I have also organized a trip for 14 of my school's best
students to go to Cal every year; our very first annual trip was on
April the 14th.
Also, an essay I wrote for the Creative Communications National Young
Writer's Contest has been chosen for publication in their next lauded
anthology, What is Important to Me. I am also in the running
to be chosen for the $3000 prize for the top ten, to be selected later
on in the year.
I have also pursued and landed the position of my school's newspaper
editor, and well as many other things these past few years; the ones
listed above are just a few.
Truthfully, RECA has opened up my mind to so many possibilities, and
has given me a load of self-confidence and determination with other
things in life, not to mention plenty of Chinese knowledge!
Attending the RECA is an invaluable experience, and I would strongly
recommend it to anyone looking for an enriching, life-long experience!
RENA WANG AND LIBBY LOK
Rena Wang, 13 year old RECA member and student in the
RECA Saturday Advanced Mandarin class, has been awarded a full
scholarship to study this summer at the University of California at
Berkeley. Rena, we are very proud of you.
Libby Lok, RECA member who currently attends Santa Cruz State
University, was also given a scholarship to study at UC Berkeley this
summer. Libby, we are also very proud of you.
The 2006 RECA Scholarship Committee is being organized by Mirin Lew. We
have three $500 scholarships to award this year. In addition to the
$500 scholarship from RECA funds, Annie Wong, owner of Kyoto
Restaurant, has donated $500 for a second scholarship to be granted
following the same criteria used for the RECA scholarship. In addition,
David Chung, realtor, has also donated a $500 scholarship. This one
will focus more heavily on community involvement and contribution to
RECA, with secondary emphasis on scholastic achievement.
The deadline for applications has passed. We have received 11
applications from students from at least six different high schools
from both member and non-member students. Interviews are in process of
being scheduled, and the scholarships will be awarded by the end of May.
We thank Annie Wong and David Chung for their generosity and support of
our excellent students. All of the students who applied, we are proud
of you. Good luck with the interview panel.
Read our next RECA newsletter to see who will be the winners of the
SEAN SHU REN WANG
By Judy Cheung
We are sad to announce the passing of RECA member Sean Shu Ren Wang. He
died in February of pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his wife,
Shirley Li, and two daughters, Rena, 13 and Taylor, 7. He
first opened the Mandarin Restaurant in Bennett Valley Shopping Center,
and then he opened the Happy Garden restaurant on Old Redwood Highway
in Cotati. Sean Shu Ren Wang and his family are active in RECA. He
greatly loved his family, his business and America.
RECA extends our condolences to the Dang family for the
loss of Calvin Dang, who passed away while on a trip to Beijing, China
on April 28. 2006. Calvin and his wife Phi Phi have been active members
of RECA for many years, and many RECA children know Calvin from the tai
chi lessons that he taught during our summer Chinese cultural day
camps. Calvin performed recently with RECA’s
Singing Group at the Chinese New Year celebration. He is
survived by his wife Phi Phi, children John, Ta and Tom; and
grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin, Dylan, Elani, Derrick, and Terri.
By Bill Parkhurst
Hsiu Chin Chan is now available to take care of your
child and help them become fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Hsiu Chin offers
quality care for your growing child. At the same time your child learns
Mandarin! Hsiu Chin has over 6 years experience teaching English and
Mandarin to children in Taiwan. Now you
can have her effective methods
of learning and speaking a second language for your children. American
and British schools are now adding Mandarin language classes to their
curriculum. Chinese is an important addition for future generations of
Americans. Second language skills are best acquired at a young age.
Give this important gift to your child today.
Call (707) 869-9454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOS FROM CULTURAL DANCE PERFORMANCES
Much to the delight and surprise of shoppers, our Lion Team, including our Happy Buddha dancers and our percussion band, danced inside and outside of G&G Markets in both Santa Rosa and Petaluma in celebration of Chinese New Year. (Judy Cheung)
On April 14, our performing youth took their lunch time to perform at the multi-cultural day at Sonoma Country Day School off Airport Drive between Santa Rosa and Windsor. Children, staff and parents were wide eyed and smiling as our lions pranced onto the stage, came down into the audience, then back on stage for their dance. Our ribbon dancers also danced and we had two martial arts demonstrations. (Judy Cheung)
Cultural dancers also performed at the Marin Chinese Cultural Club to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 4th. Pictured are the aboriginal dancers and Xin Jang tambourine dancers. (Photos by Joe Wang)
PHOTOS FROM CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Photos by Judy Cheung and Mirin Lew, Captions by Judy Cheung
The RECA Youth Group sold cold drinks with money going to their projects and activities fund. No, Clo did not bring milk to sell. She brought ice cream for dessert instead. The Youth Group also did set-up, clean-up and many other jobs.
Everyone enjoyed the kid's arts and crafts table. Older kids and parents helped younger ones. We also had a display of student's work from our language classes. Special thanks to Eric Wan and his son who assisted old and young alike.
After sinuously dancing its way through the audience, from front to back then up to the front again, our 250 foot long dragon, which takes 27 dragon dancers to mover, gave a memorable performance on stage.
Led by teacher Cathy Ringstad and assisted by Dr. Robert Yee, the Beginning Mandarin Class sang some Chinese New Year songs.
Led by Teacher Cathy Ringstad, the Wednesday Intermediate Mandarin Class sings some Chinese folk songs.
Our Fan Dance Troupe of intermediate aged girls gracefully performed this popular Chinese dance.
Our RECA Adult Chorus sang Chinese classical folk songs despite the microphone batteries going dead. We commend them for a beautiful performance, despite the technical difficulties.
This year our big lions were joined by a baby
High School student Wanda Wang graced us with three classical Chinese songs played expertly on the gu jin.
Loud, exciting, energizing, invigorating; how can we describe on paper the sound and dynamism of the Sonoma Taiko Drummers? They were wonderful!
Redwood Empire Chinese Association
P.O. Box 7854
Santa Rosa, CA 95407