December 4, 2017

We had a wonderful evening last night feasting on the creative dishes of the Chinese Cultural Restaurant Team. Sheila held our AGM (minutes to follow) and we finally watched a very informative video on Bamboo - and for those of you who remember, it worked this time! We also welcomed a new member, James Huang. He came from Winnipeg just 2 weeks ago and has lots of experience with CCFA. Thank you to our guests Ken, Yoyo, Dorothy and John. You all made it more special.

Len has forward us an invitation that we am forwarding to all of you from the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary. It is an event on Dec 17; 2pm, it costs between $10-20 depending on the seat you book.

Subject: Our Canada our Story
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:36:50
From: ECCC General Email
To: dago.correa@shaw.ca

Journey with us in this one of a kind community theatre performance of Calgary’s indigenous and ethno-cultural artists. This innovative project brings to life Canada’s roots and diverse history from the experiences of the first peoples of the land and of those who came after. It weaves the narratives of our communities – histories of existence, colonization, immigration, survival, healing and resilience. While our communities faced exclusion and racism, they persevered and thrived to help shape what we are now as Canada. Today, the children of our communities share common aspirations for a more welcoming and equitable society. These stories are told through a fusion of traditional and contemporary art and cultural forms.

To purchase tickets, go to this link: Arts Commons (press Ctrl + Click to follow link). For other inquiries, you may call ECCC at (403) 263 9900 or email us at info@ecccalgary.com.

October 16, 2017

Our dinner theme on October 16 was based on the Autumn/harvest time. It was held at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine and we thank everyone who joined us for this festive event. We thank Vivian and her team for the exciting menu they put together!

Peking Duck (skin with pancake)
B.b.q pork and soya chicken with jelly fish
Duck Soup with dry scallop
Honey pepper beef tenderloin
Spicy squid tentacle
Steamed egg tofu stuffed with shrimp paste
Sweet and sour pork
Lohon style mixed vegetable
Steamed fish
Pineapple duck meat fried rice

After dinner, our guests were able to watch a short award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.

Monday, August 14, 2017

There's an important notice about our next CCFA dinner. We have changed the date to Monday August 14, 2017 at 6pm from Aug 7. This time we are at the newly renovated Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine, #88, 197 - 1st Street, Calgary T2P 4M4. There is plenty of free street parking after 6pm. We will let you know the menu plan once it is finalized.

Join us after dinner for a short documentary Oriental Bamboo Country. It is a fascinating look at how the bamboo plant has been closely tied to productivity, life and culture in China. Praised by generations of scholars and artists in paintings, calligraphy and music, bamboo has become a living symbol of an unyielding and indomitable spirit.

Monday, June 5, 2017

On Monday June 5, we returned to old favourite Regency Palace for a dinner and video presentation about the link between man and the land in Yunnan province. Thanks to everyone who came out and had a wonderful time. Sadly, this is the last dinner our friend Consul Wang Xiaoqing and son Tom will attend, before returning to Beijing this summer. Consul WAng has been a firm a supporter of our dinners, donating many wonderful books for our members to enjoy and learn about China. We wish them both much success in her new posting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thanks to the CCCFA members who came out and had a fantastic time and food at Yangtze Restaurant on Sunday April 23, a new venue for us. Everyone enjoyed the Dim Sum, and especially those little egg tarts! After lunch, Kelly talked about springtime customs in China, and shared her family’s experiences with us. After lunch, Kelly talked about springtime customs in China, and shared her family’s experiences with us.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Thanks to everyone who attended our Chinese New Year dinner that took place on Monday Feb 6 at Tai Pan restaurant where we ushered in the Year of the Rooster! The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac and each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Thanks also to everyone who came out to our AGM and Movie Night at Tai Pan Restaurant, 1518 Centre St NE, Calgary. Tony Lamb presented an interesting movie about China after our always fabulous Chinese dinner!

CCCFA Movie Night
August 22, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Thanks to everyone who attended Dinner and Move Night at Tai Pan Restaurant. Tony Lamb presented an interesting movie after our always fabulous Chinese dinner. Our video for the Movie Night was The Walking Dining Table - Exquisite Suzhou Cuisines. Dubbed "Venice of the East", Suzhou is renowned for its unique atmosphere of canals, stone bridges, ancient architecture and meticulously designed gardens. This city also boasts a vast number of exquisite foods.

This video introduced the city and those foods that best represent Suzhou. Suzhou cuisine is one of the subordinate of China's “Four Main Cuisines”. It gets famous for being sweet and tasteful, as well as fine ingredients used. Suzhou cuisine involves stewing, simmering, stewing and frying, and pays special attention to the stock. It retains the original flavour of ingredients. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Thanks to everyone who came to our dinner at the Regency Palace Restaurant and heard Karen talk about the Chinese art scene.

Karen lived in China for over 15 years and founded / operated 4 small businesses in 5 years. She was married to a local Chinese artist and together they have a lovely daughter. Karen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and often uses her Chinese when working as a cross cultural consultant here in Calgary. She and her daughter moved back to Canada in 2011, and since then, Karen has worked hard to start her own intercultural consulting business (X Cultural Consulting Inc.), obtain her real estate license (2015) and begin working as a realtor, and finish her MA in Intercultural and International Communications at Royal Roads University online program (2017).

We thank everyone who came on Sunday, April 24 for our Shou La Shou Reunion at the Emerald Garden Restaurant. It should be noted that this was an event for families with Children Adopted from China, not for the general public. Thank you

We celebrated Chinese New Year on February 22nd at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE. There were draw prizes and the food was great as always! Kelly Wan gave a brief presentation about Chinese New Year's customs and foods. As well, Consul Gao Qingjun joined us for the celebrations. You can see pictures at the Photos section.

We hope everyone has a very Safe and Happy Holiday Season! Watch out soon for details about our Chinese New Year Dinner coming up on Feb 22, 2016. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful 2015 CCCFA season,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a pre-holiday season dinner at Tai Pan. Our guest speaker was Consul Wang XioaLin, who made a brief and very interesting presentation to our group on China's economic situation and outlook. We met at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE, 403-269-2838.

Monday, November 2, 2015
6:00 PM

It was a wonderful dinner at Tai Pan when Sheila gave us a presentation of their trip in March and April to SE Asia, including a visit to hill tribes on the Vietnam/China, Yunnan border. Those were amazing photos of the Sapa mountain area and the famed Bac Ha native market!

June 8, 2015, 6:00 PM

We thank everyone who attended the dinner and enjoyed the next part of Neutzke's tour of China. We are meeting at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE, 403-269-2838. There is free underground parking available.

As always, don't forget to renew your membership - you can pay at the dinner or mail it in payable to CCCFA, c/o Ted Foster, Oakmount Road SW, Calgary, AB, T2V 4X3. Membership is $15.00 single and $25.00 for families.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thanks to all CCCFA members who celebrated Chinese New Year at the Tai Pan Restaurant. After our traditional 3 courses of Peking Duck, we enjoyed a variety of special dishes to welcome in the new year. It was a very special way to bring in the Year of the Ram!

Neuczki Mathurin with Year of Ram calendar

Hannah Patterson with bag from Tibet

Don't forget to renew your membership - if you weren't at the dinner to get the member rate, you can still mail it in payable to CCCFA, c/o Ted Foster, Oakmount Road SW, Calgary, AB, T2V 4X3. Membership is $15.00 single and $25.00 for families.

Monday, December 1, 2014

We thank CCCFA member Len Chan, who gave a wonderful presentation about ‘Chinese Gordon’ also known as 'Gordon of Khartoum'. A British army officer and administrator, Gordon was responsible for putting down the Taiping Rebellion in China in the 1860’s. As Governor General in the Sudan, he did much to suppress revolts and the slave trade in the 1870’s. Len shared with us his knowledge of this colourful and often controversial figure in history.

The dinner took place at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE, 403-269-2838.

Don't forget to renew your membership - you can pay at the dinner or mail it in payable to CCCFA, c/o Ted Foster, Oakmount Road SW, Calgary, AB, T2V 4X3. Membership is $15.00 single and $25.00 for families.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

About 40 members came together for a celebratory lunch Sunday October 6 at the Emerald Garden Restaurant, which had opened specially for us that day. We feasted on Peking Duck followed by chicken, beef, port and seafood dishes. This Macao-type restaurant has been a favourite for many years and did not disappoint with a sumptuous array of flavours.

After lunch, or as much as we could eat, we cut the beautiful 40th anniversary cake, produced by Morag made by one of her fellow TaiChi students - almost too beautiful to cut, but we managed to do so. Past president and long-time past member, Sheila Power cut the cake. Sheila was instrumental in first bringing up the idea of a program for families with children adopted from China.

We were also pleased to be joined by Xihong Cao, past president of the Calgary Chinese Students and Scholars Association from the University of Calgary, whose enthusiasm helped us set up our joint ShouLaShou program for kids adopted from China. We were pleased to welcome families from ShouLaShou who have adopted children and also Xihong’s two new little Canadians. The lone young man was not shy in joining all the ladies!

After lunch director Joanna Chang showed us all how to invent the character for China or Middle Kingdom with a drawn character, a straw and our fingers to create a ‘kingdom.’ Sandra and Morag had arranged craft projects where we all made red celebratory candles (red to signify our ruby anniversary.) For whose who did not want to get hands into it, candles were made by the kids for them. Also there were supplies for mask painting which resulted in some very creative masks.

It was a good time to celebrate both China’s national day and our own special anniversary.

Thank you to all the directors who worked hard to make this a reality, and all our members and some guests who joined us for our special day. We look forward to our next dinner, which will incorporate a short AGM, on the evening of Monday December 1st.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Dinner on Monday, August 25. Check out a recap along with pictures at the PHOTOS page.

Neuczki Mathurin, one of our members, did a wonderful presentation for us.

Neuczki first went to China to attend the Shanghai International Youth Summer Camp in 2006. She was one of two CCFS-Ottawa Chapter students to receives the Harry Elton Memorial Fund bursary, which granted her this opportunity. The 10-day whirlwind through Shanghai and Hangzhou’s main tourist attractions was just a sample of much more to discover. In May of last year, Neuczki’s desire to return came true. Over the course of three months, she backpacked through eight Chinese provinces. Although hard to resist shopping in the big cities, this trip became an occasion to witness and experience China’s natural and historical sides. From hiking in Yunnan to scrambling a lesser-known part of the Great Wall and from vising pandas in Sichuan to riding camels in Dunhuang’s desert, Neuczki will be sharing her ‘wild’ encounters through China.

Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Calgary Canada-China Friendship Association and Shou La Shou Program celebrated the start of summer and July 1 Canada Day with a DimSum Brunch at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant (lower level) from 11am to 2pm on. Summer is a good time to meet and we thank all who were able to make it!

Photographs from the event can be seen at the Photos page.

Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant

CCCFA Dinner on Monday, May 5th at Regency Palace

Thanks to everyone who attended our Dinner at The Regency Palace on May 5. It was an evening of good food and friendship and we were honoured to have Consul Jia Xiaopan , Consul Wang Xiaoqing and Consul Wang Xuhong as honoured guests. . On their recent visit to Ontario, Sheila and Ted Foster visited the Norman Bethune home and museum in Gravenhurst. Sheila gave a short and very insightful presentation on this important Canadian hero and his life and work, especially in China.

CCFFA holds bi-monthly dinner meetings for its members.at various restaurants. Meetings are generally held he first Monday of the month. Cost: $20 adult member, Children: $5 under 5, $10 aged 5-10.

Tony Chen's Guizhou Tours: www.alongdiscovery.com



Dinner meetings are planned for the first Mondays of April, June,

October and December. Lunchtime meetings are planned for January 24 and perhaps August.


Feb 24 - Shou La Shou (Hand in Hand) Program Launch: 11 families and 13 children and about 20 UofC Chinese student friends were matched in this joint program with Calgary Chinese Students and Scholars Association. About 65 people attended a lunch. Joanna Chang led learning games. Len Chang took photographs of the event.

Feb 4 - Chinese New Year Dinner,Year of the Rat: a festive evening with 35 people welcomed the wily Rat.
March 31: Fine Arts instructor Joy MacLeod: Chinese Brush Painting
June 2 - Children in China project - Janet Riganti
Aug 11 - Dinner meeting - DVD of China Olympic bid
Sep - hosting CPAFFC Delegation from Beijing
Sept 28 - Second Shou La Shou reception for 6 families (29 people)
Oct 6 - AGM - Beijing Olympic Planning DVD
Nov 5-16 - CCCFA representatives attend CPAFFC Forum visiting Beijing/Hunan/Shanghai
Dec 1 - Beijing Olympics


Dec 17: CCCFA executive members attended a private dinner at the PRC Consulate with Consul General Wu and his staff.
Dec 3 - Christmas event dinner socializing with student and consular guests
Nov 4 - Federation AGM Conference Call attended by Sheila Foster and Morag MacLellan. Drs. Aileen and Fleming McConnell awarded honorary federation memberships for a lifetime of service to Canada/China friendship in Victoria.
November - CCCFA executive hosted 6-member Hubei province delegation led by Provincial Vice Chairman Chu Chunlin, a host of the 2006 CPAFFC Forum in Wuhan.
Oct 1 - Moon Festival Dinner and AGM - Moon cakes and a special dinner preceded our AGM. We congratulated Delphine Lemire on attaining her 90th birthday.
Aug 13 - Dr. Linda Wu gave an interesting after-dinner talk on Acupuncture.
August. Unveiled our new logo, designed for us by a Calgary calligraphy artist
June 4 - CCCFA dinner
Apr 2 - CCCFA Dinner: Jiangsu A/V presentation by Sheila/Ted Foster
Feb 5 - Chinese New Year dinner with Suzhou A/V presentation