News By: Gerrye Wong

News Date: August 5, 2017

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August 5, 2017


BY Gerrye Wong  August 4, 2017



CHCP Museum of Chinese American History

The CHINESE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PROJECT of Santa Clara Valley is gearing its volunteer forces to present a gala dinner celebrating its 30th anniversary since it was founded by Lillian Gong-Guy and myself, Gerrye Wong.  To briefly recap the CHCP’s history, after gathering a founding board in 1987, the group continued its newly found mission to build a museum of Chinese American history and gift and place it in the city-owned History San Jose park (HSJ) in east San Jose. 


The 1997 Summer Festival by CHCP drew over 5000 visitors to the museum grounds with a festival dragon led parade.

Situated next to the Happy Hollow Childrens  park and zoo as well as the Japanese serene garden, History San Jose is created to represent  San Jose of the turn of the century.

Gala CoChairs in front of Museum altar

The 30th Anniversary celebration will be held September 23 at the Fairmont San Jose Regency Ballroom which was the site of the first Chinatown of the late 1800s which was razed by mysterious unfriendly forces. The dinner evening program will be honoring  Visionary Community Leaders Dr. Albert & Anna Wang, Michele Lew, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and Legacy Family of Dr. Peter Yee.

International Showcase chairs show off Chinese robes to be shown in show

International Chinese robes will be shown during the gala program as shown here by Chairs Muriel Kao and Gerrye Wong

Also featured will be a colorful Pageant and International Showcase of Antique Imperial Chinese robes from the collection of Foster City’s Carol Jue. Helping Jue produce the show is Chairman Muriel Kao with models Emperor Michael Chan and Empress Margaret Lee.  They will be royally accompanied in the pageant by Kelly Shen, Chloe Wong, Mason and Rocky Eng, Macy Mak Chan, Dora Wong, Kim DeLevett and son James and many others.

San Jose Mayors, CHCP Co Founders and SJHM Director show the plot where Chinese Museum will stand

Co Chairs Lillian Gong Guy and Gerrye Wong on museum groundbreaking day in 1989 with former San Jose Mayors Tom McEnery and Susan Hammer

Led by Co-Chairs Al Low, Anita Kwock, Debbie  Gong-Guy and myself,  the occasion will show video clips of CHCP activities through its 30 year existence since their dream became a reality with the museum  and its thousands of visitors viewing it annually.

CHCP Funded tour for kids

The immigrant experience tour at History San Jose offered to San Jose school children is being overwhelmingly applied for through the CHCP funding grant program.

Among the 30th anniversary sponsors heralding this momentous 30th anniversary are the PEARL LEGACY SPONSORS  California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Foundation and the Gordon and Anita Chan Foundation.  Philanthropic Gold Legacy Sponsors include  Asian Pacific Americans for Political Action, Ed and Margaret Lee, Betty Lai Wong family, Willy & Brenda Hee Wong Family, United Airlines, The James and Evelyn Gate Family, Debbie Gong-Guy, the Calvin and Gerrye Wong Family, and the Dr. Peter Yee Family.  Anticipated excitement in the fundraising realm of the evening will be the auctioning off of a New York City package which includes Southwest Airlines domestic air and prized two tickets to the Broadway production of Hamilton.   


The goal of the fundraising is to amass funds so the CHCP can invite and host all the 4th and 6th grade classes in Silicon Valley to a field trip entitled “The Immigrant Experience” which will introduce young children to contributions made by immigrants to California through the past century.  Dwindling school budgets have limited field trip outings for many school districts serving low income neighborhoods, so the CHCP hopes to enrich these children’s lives by funding them to bus down to the museum grounds for a unique educational experience to visit the Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM). CHCP  and its partner History San Jose has already had  overwhelming response for the needed grants and both hope to educate over 1000 children in this first year offering with funds earned from this dinner benefit.  If you believe in helping,  I’d love to hear from you at 

 CAHM welcome wall

Since the museum opened in History San Jose park in 1991, it has been a hidden gem promoting Chinese American history through the past 100 years.  Everyone’s support is needed for this all-volunteer led 501(c)3 non-profit organization to continue its fine work for children.  Check  for dinner reservation information as well as ways YOU can help these dedicated CHCP volunteers continue their work with educating people, young and old, in the rich Chinese culture and history of California.


Chinese Historical and Cultural Project members installed at annual meeting

Applause needs to come to the following who are early sponsors for this 30th anniversary celebration as decreed in the bright red invitation designed by Christina Sue and printed by American Printing Company. Among the Gold Legacy Sponsors are Asian Americans for Community Involvement, John Kessler and Michele Lew Chinese American Women’s Club of Santa Clara Valley, Coca Cola Company, Friends of Children with Special Needs, Buck and Mary Hackenbracht Gee, History San Jose, Sylvia Eng and Family, Ken and Mabel Lai, Dr. David and Elaine Shen, Norman and Antonia Tu, Allan Low Family, Maureen Fong,  Dr. Jeffery & Susan Lew Lee, Dr. Albert and Anna Wang, Yucaipa and Anita Kwock and AARP.


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Dr. Albert and Anna Wang will be honored with CHCP Visionary Leadership Award

Michele Lew

Michele Lew will be honored among others with CHCP Community  Leadership Award

Dr. Peter Yee Family

Family Legacy Award Honorees at CHCP gala dinner will be Dr. Peter Yee family.

  From this co-founding chairperson who saw this community “dream” become a true reality because of community support, I want to express a heart-felt thank you and hope to see everyone come out to celebrate this fine organization’s success.   Bouquets to 2017 leaders President Brenda Wong, VP Judy Wong, Secretary Chris Jochim and Treasurer Al Low.

Museum visitors view historic 1888 altar

CAHM visitors see impressive 1888 historic altar.

Future support and sponsorship donations are always welcome  to CHCP. PO Box 5366, San Jose 95150.  Hope to see you and receive your support at the CHCP party titled appropriately “OUR LEGACY LIVES ON…EDUCATING THE VOICES OF TOMORROW”.

CHCP leaders


Global Lions Clubs International members were hosted to a Welcome Dinner Dance by the local GLOBAL SILICON VALLEY CYBER LIONS CLUB (SVCL) recently in San Francisco’s Chinatown  at the New Asia Restaurant. At the event SVCL new members were brought into the fold by IDPG Macy Mak while Charter President of the SVCL club Michael Chan welcomed 70 Lions and friends from District 300 C3 of Taiwan and Lions from District 381 of China.  Among the Cyber Lions Club officers were President Mary Koo, Vice presidents and Treasurers  Calvin Yee and Becky Rondeau,  and Social media Director Elizabeth Chu. 

District governors at Lions Chinatown dinner

Many of the visitors had come to San Francisco following their attendance at the 100th Year Centennial Convention in Chicago.   Among the visitors who had also newly recruited to join the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club, since this membership has no borders, were the following:  From Guangdong, China were Yueqi Lions Club officers President Jennifer Ho, and officers May Guan and Su Yun.  From Hong Kong was Lion Katrina Wong. Receiving the most applause and welcome was respected PDG George Habeeb who will be celebrating his 100th birthday shortly. Other District 4C4 introduced were District Governor Mario Benevente, Cindy Smith, Helen Casalang, Venetia Young, Dr. June Valera, John Hui, Sandee Ige and Margaret Lee.

Taiwan Counsel General with Lions officials Michael and macy Mak Chan and Gerrye WongFullSizeRender

As past Charter Member President of the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club Michael Chan explained, this chapter has members from all over the world as it is not restricted by any geographical borders. Some of the club’s milestone activities has been sponsoring a new medical start up clinic in Nepal, solar street lamps in Kenya, tree planting in Beijing, and starting an eye screening program for Bay Area children. In addition, according to Chan, they are working with Lions in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong to design and build all inclusive playgrounds for active and disabled children.

Lions from all over world unite

At a follow-up meeting of the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club led by President Mary Koo, she introduced her new local members Fredrick Tsang and Charlene Lee and discussed future projects for this group, including a Pillow Cases for Children in hospital stays. For more information on membership and this organization, contact them via

 Michael and Macy Chan start Cyber Lions Club



Whenever Monique Zhang puts on an event or is involved, I know it is going to be elegant, beautiful and fascinating to watch.   When she had a shop on Geary Street  in downtown San Francisco, her fashion designs in the windows always had tourists and locals alike stop awestruck by her creative designs. So it is notable news to hear she is involved in JADE WEEK SAN FRANCSCO and will open the activities with a FASHION IN FANTASY. This fashion theater will be presented by Monique, our Bay Area acclaimed fashion extraordinaire designer with her exotic models in brilliant Asian inspired fashion.  The gala will be held in the Green Room of the WAR  MEMORIAL BUILDING on Thursday, August 10 6:30-9:30.

Monique Zhang

Non-stop multiple fashion shows and dance performances will take place throughout the evening with San Francisco known figures  and award winning international stars from jewelry, jade, and culinary art sectors.  Guests are encouraged to be attired in green, while being served artisan wine by Wente Vineyards and Asian fusian finger food prepared by Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard. Sounds like the must-see place to be August 10 so hope to see you there to see Monique Zhang’s latest fashions. . Ticket Info:


The whole week of August 10-14 will have  activities for all interests.

Thursday August 10  will have afternoon lectures and chance to see jade carving . The gala dinner will bring out all the A-listers for a night filled with  Jade inspired fashions.


Saturday the 12th will have an evening show where Jade Kundun beauties will model on stage, and a program featuring the story of jade will ensue.

August 13-14 will have a chance to travel enmasse to Livermore’s Uncle Yu at the Vineyard  for a 12 course food pairing and wine tasting by senior chef Ricky Yin from Nanking, China and Bay Area Wine Expert Nick Liang.

Thursday August 17 is called Jade Spa Around the Bay where people can view a jade hot stone experience  and attend workshops on Gua Sha facial technique using a jade plate followed perhaps by a visit to a recommenderd spa using the ancient Asian methods.

The Jade Week finale will be at the State Capital, Sacramento at The Center of Twenty-Three Hundred. Celebrating  guests will meet  at a VIP reception which will eventually lead to the presentation of the  top Chinese couture designers fashion show.  As Monique excitedly explains, “I hope that Jade Fashion Week will bring a wider audience to enjoy Asian arts and designs when we pair acclaimed couture designers with top jewelers to foster appreciation about the wonders of California gold. It will be an exciting week for the citizens of San Francisco.”Check the site’s calendar for every day of activities.  


GOLDEN MOMENT will be an upcoming spectacular skating show to be presented September 3 at the San Jose SAP Center, and highlighted by the presence of figure skating legends Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano.   This exciting show is a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for early childhood literacy in Bay Area Public Schools.  Besides the two stars, other skating stars to be seen are 2016 National Champion Karen Chen, US Silver Medalist Polina Edmnds, World Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, and Elaterina Gordeeva and Yuka Sato. . Skating also will be rising stars Vincent Zhou and Mirai  Nagasu with Bay Area skating icon Brian Boitano serving as co-host for the show.

Kristi Yamaguchi’s ALWAYS DREAM FOUNDATION’S mission is to inspire children to reach for their dreams by providing innovative reading programs to underserved schools and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy. 

Kristi Yamaguchi's show

Echoed by many who know her, second only to being mom, the single most passion in Kristi’s life is giving back.  Kristi is one of the most recognizable and respected women in the world.  She is a wife, mother, role model, Gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars dance champion, sports commentator, children’s author, Founder of Always Dream Foundation and now champion for children’s literacy programs.  Come to the show to support Kristi’s children’s causes and see a special performance with Kristi and daughter Emma on the ice at San Jose’s SAP Center. Info:


I love the title of this annual charity golf tournament that has been hosted by the Thomas & Eva Fong Family Foundation since 1980 as a means to share their good fortune with the community.  As chair  and grandson Rodney Fong says, “The mission of the Foundation has always been to support San Francisco Bay Area charitable organizations that have successfully served children, seniors, education, the arts and the environment.” To be held on Monday, September 18 at the beautiful Lake Merced Golf club, the tournament will raise funds for the CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the interpretation, promotion and preservation of the political, cultural and social history and contributions of the Chinese in America.  For registration information for another wonderful cause:  or 415 345 0619.


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What an exciting chance to experience world famous Chengdu cuisine with special guide, international culinary icon Chef Martin Yan.  You can get the best of Sichuan hot dishes in the company of this San Francisco expert who tells me he will bring his tour behind the scenes to visit spice markets and meet some of the most innovative chefs of the area.  This 12 day tour is called Martin Yan’s Spice Kingdom Tour of September 16-27, 2017. 

Tour of Martin's in Chengdu-4

Trip patrons will get to visit the Chengdu world famous Panda Preserve where I once  got to hold a baby panda with a donation to this wildlife preserve which is saving the panda population.  A brand new itinerary and offering by Martin, this tour is created especially for gourmet food enthusiast and adventurous traveler.  Price: US $4188 ; info:;  Visit the website


On a clear sunny California afternoon in the lovely hillside surroundings of Gary and Nobuko Saito Cleary’s Los  Altos Hills home, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation donors of its annual gala April Benefit dinner were hosted to an appreciation reception. 

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AIISf Board member Katherine Toy greeted the guests telling them of the historic 100 year old hospital’s planned opening in 2018 which will house new exhibits. 

Greeting Angel Island Gala Donors

Sharing thoughts about the importance of sharing immigrant contributions to California’s history through the immigration station barracks were the Aaron Wongs, Allen Tokamotos, Victor Gins  and Patrick Yams.  Chairman Buck and Mary Gee told of his own family ancestors coming through the Island in their search for freedom in America to  Sharon Seto,  the Gene Lims , Andy and Darlene Chiu Bryant and AIISF Board members Rosemary Nahm, Larry Low and  the Larry Changs. 

Aaron Wongs and Allen Tokamoto

Aaron Wongs and Allen Tokamotos enjoy appreciation reception hosted by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in Los Altos Hills

Gerrye Wong  told others about  the Bench program whereby donors can dedicate benches on the Immigration Station property  to  their  loved ones, family or to future generations.   A nice afternoon to meet and share interest in one of California’s historic landmarks which is so important to Chinese American history as well as that of other ethnic minorities who came through the Island to America.

 Guests learning more about Angel Iland Immigration Station Foundation


On September 9 a benefit to help fight Lupus will be staged at a private residence in Santa Rosa . Cleverly titled POUR FOR A CURE, TASTE WINE, FIGHT LUPUS   the afternoon is being sponsored by the Seto Family  with Honorary chair Helen Edelman.  As Sharon Seto explained, “Ninety percent of patients are women and it affects Hispanic, African American, Native American and Asian ethnicities so this fundraising event will benefit the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC).

Seto chairs lupus event

Sharon Seto chairs Lupus Benefit and welcomes Gerrye Wong and others to attend.

  A fact that I and the general public may be unaware of is that more people suffer from lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and sickle-cell anemia. Shuttle service available from San Francisco to the VIP lunch 12:30pm with a Tasting Reception following.  More information;




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