Newsletter -02_2017_2

Phil Chen

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Who has not yet heard of the fabulous Phil Chen OD?

So much has been documented about him, we need not write anything, but only give you the links to his accomplishments.

THE 17th staging of Tribute To The Greats takes place July 26 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed 'The Chinese Connection', it salutes the contribution of the Chinese to Jamaica's popular music. Today, the Jamaica Observer presents the third in a six-part series on some of the recipients. For more go to

Toronto’s Caribbean Chinese Association (CCA) celebrates its’ 40th anniversary in this Year of the Rooster.

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Submitted by - Michelle Lyn 

Toronto’s Caribbean Chinese Association (CCA) celebrates its’ 40th anniversary in this Year of the Rooster.  Spearheaded by Hubert Lue (the CCA’s first President) and Louis Chong, founding members organized a gathering at a restaurant in Chinatown in 1976.   The association was formed the following year with the intention of helping immigrants from the Caribbean with Chinese heritage to acclimate to their new surroundings, provide support and offer opportunities to socialize with familiar faces from back home. 

TTA Annual Jamaican Fish Fry



Dignitaries from the PRC, Chinese Cultural Centre (CCCGT) and local politicians

The Toronto Hakka Heritage Alliance (THHA) is a network of organizations whose members live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and hail from the Chinese Hakka diasporas of Ganzhou (China), India, Jamaica, Mauritius and Trinidad. THHA was launched in August 2013 to support and bring together the Hakka Communities with one shared mission statement to Preserve, Promote and Perpetuate the Hakka Culture and Heritage.

The current THHA executives are:- Noël Siao (President), Robert Yap (Vice-President), Bill Tian (Vice-President), Yvonne Mary Chang (Treasurer) and Joyce Leung (Secretary).

THHA host two major events during the year, that is, the Plum Blossom Ball in Spring and Toronto Hakka Festival in Summer:-

The Inaugural Plum Blossom Ball was held on May 14, 2016 and has become an annual fund-raising event for the THHA. It was an elegant evening with a sumptious Chinese 10 course banquet, spectacular entertainment accompanied by the Coconut Club Live Band, D.J Line line dancing, silent auction etc. The next Plum Blossom Ball will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Goldmark Chinese Cuisine, Markham.



The 3rd Annual Toronto Hakka Festival (THF) was held on July 9, 2016, and continues to be in partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT). The THF has become an annual event for the Hakkas from all parts of the world and now living in Greater Toronto Area to learn and share our Hakka culture and heritage through food, music, dance and presentations about Hakka culture, customs and traditions. Canadian Premiere Screenings of Hakka related documentaries like « Finding Samuel Lowe » and « Bonds of Promised Land » were well attended in the lovely P.C Ho Theatre. The next Toronto Hakka Festival will be held on July 8, 2017 at the CCCGT, Scarborough.

On May 30, 2016, THHA was part of the Chinese Community Coalition in Aid of the Alberta Wildfire Conmittee at a major Fund-raising event at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Donations and all proceeds well over $200,000 were presented to the Canadian Red Cross to provide assistance to our fellow Canadians.

For the first time on September 25, 2016, THHA presented a Hakka Authors Table at the Annual Toronto Word on the Street Book Festival at Harbourfront, downtown Toronto, Ontario. Participating authors were Kwai Li and Fong Hsiung (India), Peggy Lampotang (Mauritius), Winston Chang (Trinidad) and Carol Wong (Jamaica). This provided exposure of the THHA and brought much awareness of the various Hakka Chinese diaporas in Canada as well.

In October 2012, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT) launched an initiative to build Canada’s first Chinese Heritage Hall in order to collect and curate, display and treasure Chinese History and Culture. CCCGT continues to work on the Federal funding and logistics to bring the Chinese Heritage Hall to reality.
THHA is participating in the Chinese Heritage Hall project and has committed to sponsor a wall space, 18 x 10 feet, that will showcase the rich Hakka history and culture, its Diasporas and contribution to Canadian society. This is a long term project that is dependent on CCCGT building the Chinese Heritage Hall. In the meantime, THHA will be launching various initiatives that will showcase and capture the rich history of the members of the Hakka community in GTA for generations to come.

Please visit for more info.

Chinese South Africans

Kindly submitted by Linda Chin Yee

This is really interesting. Click on picture to start video.


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Our formative years were in Jamaica where:

"We were the last ones" who experienced listening to Rock and Roll music beamed from a Miami station (WINZ), and "Latin" music from Cuba . We were the last ones who danced to American R&R music and enjoyed the music of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Day, LaVern Baker and the like.
We heard and danced to R&R music played by sound system operators like the Merritones, Duke Reid "The Trojan," Tom "The Great Sebastian," and Coxsone's "Downbeat" .

In our later teens, we were the last and only ones to experience the birth of Reggae music and heard singers like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Prince Buster and the early pioneers of that time in our history.
We were the last ones who got our radio programs from radio ZQI, and Radio Jamaica & Rediffusion. We are the last ones who enjoyed the 2:30 Wednesday matinee at Ward Theatre, the 10:30 a.m. and 4.30 matinees at the Carib Theatre on Saturdays, and attended day parties, sometimes held in the car ports of our parents.
We attended Manning Cup football (soccer) matches at Sabina Park between the 6 high schools who competed for the cup.
Track and Field Champs was a big deal and we looked forward to 'mouthing' our rivals in the stands.

Afterwards, we would meet up with friends and rivals at Dairy Farmers or Dairy Products restaurants in the Half-Way-Tree area for milk shakes and Slim Jim ice-cream.
We were the last ones who strolled down King Street at Christmas and took in the decorations in the stores. We were the last ones who attended TADP (Teen Age Dance Party) at the Glass Bucket Club, hosted by Dwight Whylie.
We purchased patties from Bruce's and Briggs at Cross Roads and had malted milk shakes at Kincaid's drug store on King Street.
We were the last ones to attend school with students from the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, Cuba, Panama, Greece (yes, Greece), and had teachers from Trinidad, Guyana, England, the USA (Jesuit priests), Barbados, and Colombia.
We attended birthday parties at the homes of our teen friend’s parents.
We were the last who could walk home from a party all the way across Kingston, if necessary -- without fear of being held up or shot. The only fear we had was from duppies (ghosts). We didn't scramble our brains with drugs, and if we were lucky, we could borrow our parent's car to go on a date.
Those were the good old days in Jamaica where the current teens didn't have days like we did, when life was so much simpler and a thousand times more enjoyable and safer.
Ah, the memories.
We are the last ones...... Children of the 30s, 40s & 50's 
Share this with those you know from this great, dwindling generation. We owe them a lot!
We are the last ones!!!
I have wondered what to call myself. I am not a “Baby Boomer” so this must be it!
Children of the 30s, 40s & 50's .... “The Last Ones”

Oldies and Goodie reunion cruise

Thanks to Phil Young for this video.


Obituary – Doreen (Molly) Hoo

February 17, 1938 - January 04, 2017

HOO, Doreen “Molly” – Passed away at Scarborough Grace Hospital on January 4, 2017 at the age of 78. Predeceased by her loving husband Louis Hoo. Beloved mother of Christine (Mervyn), Carolyn (Robert), Cheryl (Anson) Colleen (Eric) and Louis (Janet). Proud grandmother of Joey, Mikkel, Lauren, Torie, Alex, Kyle, Rebecca, Gregory, Jacob, James and Kira. Survived by her sisters Betty (Ernest) and Rita. 

She will be missed by her nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society - York Region. 

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Obituary – Ruby (Lee Ying) Lyew Sang

Ruby (Lee Ying) Lyew Sang, aged 88, died peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Lee Ying was born March 5, 1928 in Hong Kong the daughter of Cecil Wilmot Chin and Cheung Yung Tai. Loving wife to Charles Lyew Sang ( deceased), and beloved mother to Larry (Suilan ), Jeffrey, Sheron (Tom) Lee and Cindy (Gary) Wong and grandmother to Andrew, Patrick and Bradley.
She was preceded in death by her brothers John and Tony. She leaves behind brothers Andrew (Elsie), Patrick (Janet), Victor (Gao), Vincent (Joy), sister Lillian (Wilson,deceased), 7 nieces and 4 nephews.
The family will receive family and friends on Sunday February 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Caballero Rivero Woodland Park South funeral home. Memorial service will be held Monday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by the burial.

Obituary – Harold Ho-Yen

Ho-Yen, Harold V.
Harold Vincent Ho-Yen, 86, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 6, 1930 to James and Mary Ho-Yen and was the youngest of eight children. He was a former restaurant owner and an employee at Grade A Supermarket in Stamford, CT for 21 years. Harold loved to spend time with his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman who loved playing cards and mahjong and spending time with his grandchildren.
Harold is survived by his loving wife Vivolyn (nee Tai) of 59 years; sons Roger (Marlene), Darren, daughter Janelle (Robert) Coppola; and seven grandchildren: Roger Jr., David, Natalie, Brayden, Sophia, Ethan, and Dylan; brother Hubert; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Alfred, Wilbert, Oscar, and David, and his sisters Edith and Veronica.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation hours on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 3-7 pm at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave, Stamford, CT 06902. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10 am at St. Mary's Church, 566 Elm Street, Stamford, CT 06902. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery, 124 Rock Rimmon Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Mary's Church would be appreciated in Harold's memory ( To leave online condolences, please visit - See more at:

Obituary – Edmund Sean Hew

In memory of Edmund Sean Hew

Date of birth - Nov 25th, 1979

Date of passing - January 30th, 2017

Place of Passing - Etobicoke, Ontario


Feb 25th, 2017-  6.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Location - Chapel Ridge Funeral Home

8911 Woodbine, Avenue, Markham, ON L3R5G1

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