From the Editor
News in the CJ Community is coming is so fast I may have to start posting our Newsletters bi-monthly.
This is due mainly to the volume of obituaries that are coming in two to three on a weekly basis. If I only post on a monthly basis this news will be outdated. Hopefully it will taper off as the year goes by.
In our second newsletter for the month on Jan.,2017, I will be featuring "Chinese Jamaicans in music and the impact they have had on the Jamaican music scene".
Please forgive me for some of the images in the newsletter if you are unable to read them. Unfortunately most of them are sent to me inserted in an email and not as an attachment, so I have to copy the image using special software, and in doing so the image looses its resolution. Having said that, if you are sending me a picture or a flyer please send it as a attachment, with as high a resolution as possible.
To my editors and contributors, please send me a current photograph of yourself, as I would like you to start submitting editorial articles on topics such as recent travels, stories of your past, or just getting things off your chest.
Readers, don't forget to send me announcements on births, birthdays, engagements, weddings and achievements like graduations, and position appointments that you are proud of, along with pictures.
As always, please give me suggestions on how I can improve the website.
Editor and Webmaster
Dr. Linda Chen MD – Your outstanding CJ for the month
This posting was taken from the Jamaica Daily Gleaner
Assertive, assiduous, caring and persevering are only a few attributes which capture the essence of Dr Linda Jane Chen.
A great listener, she is blessed with an unrivaled passion to serve. Chen underscores the importance of empathy and humility as critical components for success. She endorses humanism in a demanding and time-consuming scientific-based field. She believes that, "You have to have the ability to step outside yourself and objectively review an experience, ie honest self-analysis. In doing this, you can either replicate behavior that lead to success or change behaviors that don't. In all things, you have to have the ability to get yourself up and dust yourself off and move on. If I can go to work and change or save someone's life, then every day is a success for me." Continue reading at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110307/flair/flair3.html.....
The face of Disney’s Mulan
You have all seen the Disney Movie "Mulan" but did you know that the model for the character was Mimi Chan daughter of Pui Chan and Maggie Wong Chan?
On a recent visit to Orlando I had the pleasure of having lunch at the home of the multi talented family of Pui and Maggie's Chan.
Mimi Chan began her martial arts training under her father, Grandmaster Chan Pui, at the age of 3. By the age of 5 she was already performing in local exhibitions. At 17, she won her first of many Grand Championship titles. Now retired from competition, Mimi is currently undefeated.
At a young age Mimi began performing on stage at various exhibitions around the world. She has also performed at famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Florida’s Splendid China, MGM Studios, Busch Gardens and Epcot Center.
Pui Chan – Kung Fu Grandmaster
Keeping tradition alive in a modern world...
Step into the extraordinary life of Pui Chan, a Chinese immigrant who overcame challenges in early childhood… and eventually made a life for himself.… One that would touch the lives of many others around the world. It all started with a simple dream… and today, the dream lives on. This family-authorized biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training, escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. Watch Pui Chan from the beginning, as an eager martial arts instructor in 1960s Boston, Massachusetts, open his own Kung Fu school, and start to spread the tradition, always maintaining the original fundamentals and values he learned as a boy.
Pui Chan would finally realize his dream of building the first authentic Chinese martial arts temple in America as a tribute to his kung fu master. The now highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan, 6th generation successor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu System, is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing traditional Kung Fu to America, and leads an internationally renowned martial arts school and system across the world.
Fifty years later, Pui Chan's eldest daughter and successor Mimi Chan confronts a new set of challenges, trying to keep the traditional values alive in an increasingly modernized era.
Narrated by Mimi Chan.
For more details on Grand Master Pui Chan go to http://www.puichan.com/index.html
You also have the rare opportunity to learn kung fu from Grandmaster Pui Chan himself, or even have him cook you dinner!
The Chinese Benevolent Association Limited – Up coming events for 2017
The CBA is sponsoring the premiere of Fritzroy Smith/KhromaKey Media’s NEW documentary ‘Bonds of Promised Land’ on Thursday, January 26th at the Carib Theatre in Cross Roads, Kingston. This will be a red carpet event starting at 7:00pm and is free to CBA members and their friends: we would love to have you attend this memorable moment.
Thursday 26th January, 2017
Premiere of new documentary ‘Bonds of Promised Land’ at Carib Cinema 7.00PM
Wednesday 1st February, 2017 . 7.00 p.m
Shijingshan Folk Art Troupe at CBA Center:
Morning - “Traditional Chinese Folk Art and Handicraft Exhibition”. Show including songs and dances.
Sunday 12th Feb, 2017 - Spring Festival and Garden Party at CBA Center
CCA New Year’s Eve Party
The Caribbean Chinese Association held their annual New Year's Eve party on December 31, 2016. Over 230 members and friends of all ages of the Association were treated to a delicious 10 course Chinese banquet dinner at the Crown Prince Fine Dining in Toronto Ontario.
TTA of Ontario New Year Celebration 2017
Terry Kong enlisted in the Chinese Army
My brother Terry has decided that he wants to move to China to live but the only way he can get citizenship is to enlist in the Chinese military, so he has taken the jump. Here he is in his new uniform and as he speaks English they have offered his a commission so he will become a colonel. He is also an expert in computers so he is going to head up the hacking division. If you don't believe me see him in uniform.
For those of you who take things seriously, it is a joke. He was in a movie. Vancouver is big in the movie business. His daughter was in one of the Mac Gyver movies. If you subscribe to Netflix I will tell you the exact name in the series for those who have an interest More than a walk on part.
Congratulation to Cecil and Cynthia Hugh-Sam on their 55th Wedding aniversary
Cecil and Cynthia Hugh-Sam is presented with a bottle of Champagne by the Caribbean Chinese Association M.C. Debbie Williams at the annual CCA NYE 2016 Dinner and Dance Celebration at Crown Prince Fine Dining in Toronto Ontario. Cecil and Cynthia won the prize for achieving 55 years wedding anniversary among over 230 guests.
Vincent Chin celebrating his too many to count birthday
Obituaries – Francis Chan
It is with deep regret and a very sad heart for me to advise that one of the best friends I have had during my life has passed away. So many fond memories. Laddie Kong
Francis Fook Ming Chan was born in Hong Kong on May 17, 1939 to Charles Henry (Chan VweShing) Chin-Yee and Cheng Siew Fun. He immigrated to Jamaica at the age of 16, where he met his wife Linnette Lim and started his family. Francis and Linnette has 4 kids; Francis Jr, Cedric, Kirk and Kezia.
When Francis first immigrated to Jamaica, he worked for Hannah Town Bakery. Displaying his ambitious drive for success, he managed to save enough money to become a partner in Hannah Town Bakery. During his time at Hannah Town Bakery Francis and Linnette, revolutionized the Easter Bun, earning Hannah Town Bakery the phrase “Hard To Beat!” Contd ......
Obituaries – Jennifer Chong Mamby
Jennifer Chong Mamby 1945–2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jennifer on Friday December 23, 2016 at Credit Valley Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Deryck Milton Mamby; Daughter of Lizette and William Austin; Mother of Melesha and Sharene; Grandmother of Siena, Raeya and Casen; Sister of Al, Peter, Colin, Patricia (Bopsie), Herbert and Gene; Aunt to 20 nieces and nephews. Service will be held on Thursday December 29, 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Highland Funeral Home Markham Chapel, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham. Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be made left at markhamfuneral.sharingmemories.ca.
Obituary -Ruby Rosalind Ho Ken
The Ho Ken family announces with great sadness the death of Ruby Rosalind (née. Fung) Ho Ken, 95 years old, on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 3:15pm.
Wife to Donald Ho Ken (deceased). Mother of Gloria, Elsa, Colleen, Hector, Dennis (deceased) and Patrick. Grandmother of Fuschia, Dylan, Jodie, Belinda, Kimberly, Mia, Shelley, Melanie, Seneca, Alex and Isobel. Great-grandmother of Amanda, Wilfred, Marlo, Luca and Iyomi.
Ruby loved her family immensely and travelled the world to be with them, flying from Vancouver to Toronto to Jamaica to Florida and London, England.
She was also an expert at needlepoint stitching, a craft she did lovely by hand creating works of art from chair covers to pictures, which were generously given to family and friends.
May God give rest and peace to her departed soul. Your thoughts, kind words and shared memories are greatly appreciated.
Obituary – Dr. Winston Chen
Winston Noel Chen, also known as Chenski, was born on August 30, 1934 in the town of Duncans, in the Parish of Trelawny. Having won a Government scholar @ the tender age of 13, he enrolled in Munro College, Malvern, St. Elizabeth and began a career of academic excellence. After graduation from Munro, he entered the University College of the West Indies Medical School to begin his undergraduate studies. In 1959, Winston graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery degrees, sharing top honors with Drs. Winston Chutkan & Raymond Lindo. After finishing postgraduate work in the United Kingdom, he returned to Jamaica in 1961 and joined the Dept. of Microbiology @ the Mona Campus. In 1967, he obtained the Diploma in Bacteriology from the University of Toronto & was chosen as the top student of his class.
Winston caught the “BRIDGE” bug in 1972 and plunged headlong into becoming a champion bridge player. He represented Jamaica internationally on several occasions and won numerous championships. Winston won his first trophy in 1976 and his last one in 2012. He and his life-long bridge partner, Arthur Kong, even travelled to faraway Japan to represent their country.
In 2000, Winston retired from the UWI Dept. of Microbiology with the title of Senior Lecturer, after 39 years of meritorious service. During this tenure, he was asked to act in the capacity of Dept. Head on several occasions.