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We will be updating this page very soon about our Annual General Meeting and the new date for our JiaoZi Party. We hope to see everyone at these events!





EMILY MO, DIRECTOR
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office


2:00 pm, Sunday, March 1, 2020

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 5150
OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., at the St. George subway station


We thank Emily Mo for her very insightful presentation on Sunday, March 1. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) is the official representative of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in Canada. HKETO Toronto opened in 1991, before the 1997 transfer of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

Hong Kong became a British colony after Qing Dynasty signed an unequal treaty with Britain, ceding Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. In 1860 the Kowloon Peninsula was added after the Second Opium War. Britain leased the New Territories in 1898. That lease was for 99 years, from 1898 to 1997.

Since 1997 Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region of the PRC. Macao, which was transferred from Portugal to China in 1999, is another.

Emily Mo is the Director of HKETO. She joined the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2001 as a member of the Administrative Officer Grade. She worked in a long list Departments and for Commissions within the HK government. She took the post of Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto in December 2018.






We regret to inform everyone that our Jiaozi Party has been postponed until April. We are sorry to disappoint those who had already made reservations; we hope that you will want to come when we reschedule it. We will inform you when the arrangements for an April date are complete.





YEAR OF THE RAT NEW YEAR EVENT
JIAOZI PARTY


New date to be determined



This is our sixth year at Downsview United Church , 2822 Keele Street, a couple of blocks north of Highway 401. There is free parking. You can also take TTC Bus 41 from the Keele Station.

It is traditional to serve jiaozi at Chinese New Year. Join our celebration the end of the Year of the Dog and the beginning of the Year of the Rat. The actual date of the New Year is January 25, the new moon. Jiaozi is the Chinese word for dumpling(s). Our recipe includes ground pork, ginger, cabbage, scallions and salt and sesame oil. A spoonful of the mix is wrapped in rolled noodle dough, many spoonsful in many wrappers, sometimes artfully, sometimes not quite so nice. Boil until just tender. And serve steaming hot with a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot bean sauce (toban djian).

Come at 4:00 pm to help prepare the jiaozi. If you have not done so before, you will find it fun to work with others in the kitchen while learning how jiaozi are made; if you are experienced, you can show others. You are most welcome to come and just dine at 6:30 pm. This will be a very pleasant afternoon and evening and it has been our best event of the year. It's also a great event for children so do join us!

Reservations are required so that we can purchase enough ingredients. To reserve your ticket(s), call or e-mail Jeff Huber - 1-905-630-6333 or jefhuber@gmail.com. Tickets are only $10




PREVIOUS T.C.C.F.A. EVENTS



The organizers of a photo exhibit have asked us to extend their invitation to the event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. The exhibit will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 15, at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East. There is no charge!







SCOTT DAVIDSON OF BETHUNE MEMORIAL HOUSE
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Ontario Institute of Studies and Education
Room 5150, Bloor and St. George


We thank everyone who attended our event on Sunday, December 2. Scott Davidson is the Parks Canada Site Manager at the Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst. Scott has visited China a number of times and seen countless museums. His talk was titled Birthplace to Burial Site.

Bethune Memorial House was the childhood home of Dr. Norman Bethune, a man who was recognized as a figure of National Historic Significance in 1972. “Bethune is the most famous Canadian in the world, but his fame lies almost exclusively outside Canada,” explains site coordinator Scott Davidson. “He’s best known for his role in China, where he provided medical care during the Chinese war with Japan, but Bethune should be better known in Canada for his medical advances and commitment to health care here.”






YAN LI
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Ontario Institute of Studies and Education
Room 5150, Bloor and St. George


Yan Li is Director of the Confucius Institute at the Renison University College, University of Waterloo (since 2007), and Coordinator of the Chinese program at the Dept. of Culture & Language Studies. Yan is a creative writer who has published books both in English and Chinese languages. She has won several national and international awards. Her major works include Daughters of the Red Land, Lily in the Snow, Married to the West Wind, The Deep, The Lambs of Mapleton, and Faith Fears No Distance.

She will talk about her recent book, Faith Fears No Distance: dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Norman Bethune’s Medical Team to China, a book published in 2018 by Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House.

The book has two parts.

Part one, The Last Love Letter by Norman Bethune, was a winner of the 1st prize for Shanghai Journalism Award, describes the discovery of the only photo in the world of Norman Bethune with Mao Zedong, which was hidden in Canada for 76 years and Yan Li’s interview of Bill Cecil-Smith.

Part two, Green Mountains Everywhere, describes the pilgrimage journey to north China where Norman Bethune worked and died in 1939, and stories of a few Canadian missionary doctors and nurses who worked with him, including Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Robert McClure, Ms. Jean Ewen, and New Zealand missionary nurse Kathleen Hall. This work was the winner of People’s Literature Award in China in 2018.




TCCFA's 2019/20 season opened with our Annual Fall Banquet at Asian Legend restaurant, 900 Don Mills Rd. just south of Lawrence Avenue. Thanks to everyone who joined us, including the Consul General Han Tao.

To live up to their motto of "Northern Flavours with a Traditional Style", Asian Legend continually hires reputable mainland Chinese chefs to fine tune and perfect theirr offerings for the enjoyment of their growing customer base. Asian Legend's decor blends Western modernity and traditional Chinese motifs, which provides diners with a comfortable yet nostalgic setting for their dining experience.






Annual General Meeting

Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:00 pm

Dim Sum King Restaurant, 421 Dundas Street
South side, between Spadina and Beverly, 3rd floor







SEAN CHEN presents
Eating through the Garden of Contentment


Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2 p.m.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Rm 5150
252 Bloor Street West, at the St. George Subway Station


Sean (Jy-Shyang)) Chen is a research scientist and engineer working in medical imaging and devices for computer-assisted medical procedures. He has a lifelong interest in food and Chinese cuisine. It is from these interests that he found out about the Suiyuan Shidan (Recipes from the Garden of Contentment).

He taught himself to read classical Chinese in order to translate it section by section while he was studying for a PhD in biomedical engineering. His posts his translations and other scholarly works on Chinese cuisine on his blog: www.wayoftheeating.wordpress.com .

Suiyuan Shidan is Manual of Gastronomy, a classic 18th century cookbook by Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei. Sean Chen’s translation has been published; you can find it on his website above. The bilingual book introduces Chinese culinary philosophy as well as famous dishes. Sean Chen’s talk will be on the story behind the translation and what things one can learn about Chinese gastronomy and Chinese cuisine from the work.






DR. SHEN CHEN, ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

Sunday, March 7, 2019 - 2:00 PM

OISE Building, Room 5150
Bloor and St. George
Toronto, Ontario


On Sunday, March 3, at OISE, 2:00 pm, room 5150, we were pleased to present Dr. Shen Chen, Vice President and Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum. He is the Bishop White Chair and is responsible for research and management of nearly one million of the museum’s renowned collection of art and culture.

Born in China, with a degree in archaeology (Wuhan), an MA from Tulsa and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is eminently qualified to speak on the topic Navigating Cross-cultural Collaborations: Cultural Exchange via Museum Exhibition between China and Canada.







ANNUAL JIAOZI DINNER
Year of the Pig
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 4:00 P.M or 6:30 P.M.

Downsview United Church
2822 Keele Street (north of Highway 401)
Toronto, Ontario


This will be our fifth year at Downsview United Church. Last year forty people came, made jiaozi, and dined on them. Downsview United Church is at 2822 Keele Street, a couple of blocks north of Highway 401. If you drive, there is free parking. Or you can take TTC Bus 41 from the Keele Station.

It is traditional to serve jiaozi at Chinese New Year. Join our celebration the end of the Year of the Dog and the beginning of the Year of the Pig. The actual date of the New Year is February 5, the new moon.. Jiaozi is the Chinese word for dumpling(s). Our recipe includes ground pork, ginger, cabbage, scallions and spices. A spoonful is wrapped in rolled noodle dough, many spoonsful in many wrappers, sometimes artfully, sometimes not quite so nice. Boil until just tender. And serve steaming hot with a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot bean sauce (toban djian).

Come at 4:00 pm to help prepare the jiaozi. If you have not done so before, it’s fun to work with others in the kitchen while learning how jiaozi are made; if you are experienced, you can show others. You are most welcome to come and just dine at 6:30 pm.

This will be a very pleasant afternoon and evening. It has been our best event of the year and a great time for children. Do join us. Tickets are only $10.

Reservations are required so that we can purchase enough ingredients!






PROFESSOR CHEF LEO CHAN
A Culinary Journey Through Toronto Chinatown
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00 P.M.

OISE Building
Bloor and St. George Street, Room 5160
Toronto, Ontario


Professor Chef Leo Chan spoke about the art and culture of regional Chinese cuisine. Those who attended were transported back in time to experience food memories intricately linked with successive waves of immigration in the current Toronto Chinatown scene. The talk explored the ever-growing Chinese food community. It is a journey in search of lotus roots, the culinary roots sprouting from rich and ancient traditions to modern Chinese cuisine for the next generation of food lovers.

Does he look familiar? Yes, as he had numerous media appearances as Guest Lecturer, Television and Radio Guest Host on Breakfast Television, City TV, CTV Canada AM, Telelatino Network, Fairchild TV, CHIN Radio, OMNI TV, Canadian Chinese Media Network WOW TV and much more!






DR. RUI WANG
Building York University’s Markham Campus

****CANCELLED****

Our meeting this Sunday, October 28, at OISE is cancelled.

The Doug Ford government abruptly cancelled three university campuses, including York University’s Markham Centre campus. The Markham Campus was to have been the subject of Dr. Rui Wang’s talk on Sunday at OISE.

Dr. Wang wrote:

"With the unexpected announcement from Ontario Government tonight to cancel 3 University Campuses, including Markham Centre campus, I cannot deliver my talk about Markham Centre campus on October 28 until all unanswered questions are answered. Sorry for this unfortunate late notice.






ANNUAL FALL BANQUET
Monday, October 15, 2018

ASIAN LEGEND RESTAURANT
900 Don Mills Road, south of Lawrence
Toronto, M3C 1V6
(416) 443-8880


TCCFA's 2018/19 season opened with our Annual Fall Banquet at Asian Legend restaurant, 900 Don Mills Rd. just south of Lawrence Avenue. Thanks to everyone who joined us, including the Consul General Han Tao.

To live up to their motto of "Northern Flavours with a Traditional Style", Asian Legend continually hires reputable mainland Chinese chefs to fine tune and perfect theirr offerings for the enjoyment of their growing customer base. Asian Legend's decor blends Western modernity and traditional Chinese motifs, which provides diners with a comfortable yet nostalgic setting for their dining experience.





On Sunday, July 29, TCCFA and the Toronto Hakka Conference organized a talk by Shiu Loon KONG. We thank all of our guests who came out for this very insightful presentation. We will see everyone at our Annual Fall Banquet and convey our best wishes for a very relaxing summer.



Dr. Kong is a University of Toronto Professor Emeritus who received his PhD from the University of Ottawa. He designed the Canadian pavilion concept of Expo 67 with Marshall McLuhan and Harry Parker. With Trudeau, and others, he formulated the concept of Multiculturalism and citizenship education. He helped to engineer the diplomatic relations between China and America, and between China and South Korea, and is currently engaged in the Reunification dialogue of North and South Korea.

Professor Kong combines a truly outstanding insider’s knowledge of recent Canadian history, and of events in the Far East.






PROFESSOR BOB ADAMSON
Barbarian as a Foreign Language: English in China


Sunday, May 27, 2018, 2:00 pm


Room 5150, OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West (at St. George)

On Sunday May 27, Professor Bob Adamson gave a presentation entitled: Barbarian as a Foreign Language: English in China. This was an overview of the shifting role and status of the English language within social, economic and political contexts in China from a historical perspective. We thank Professor Adamson for his brilliant presentation and also those who attended on Sunday afternoon.

Bob Adamson is Chair Professor of Curriculum Reform at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is a consultant on English language curriculum development to the Ministry of Education in China. He was a member of the team that produced the Junior English for China and Senior English for China textbook series, used by approximately 400 million students. You can view his profile at https://oraas0.ied.edu.hk/rich/web/people_details.jsp….

In 2013, he was the first foreigner to be elected to the Standing Committee on Teacher Education and Professional Development, National Association of Foreign Language Education of the People’s Republic of China.





ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 pm


Dim Sum King Restaurant, 421 Dundas Street,

Our constitution mandates election of the President, and then election of a Board of Directors of up to eight members. After that, there is an opportunity for feedback and input from the members. We congratulate Michael Copeland on his re-election as President of the Association and we also congratulate the new Board members who will serve for the 2017-18 season. Everyone who came out enjoyed a wonderful dinner and even more wonderful conversation! The Dim Sum King has been a favorite location for our Annual General Meeting and we thank them for their hospitality and service.







Professor Howard Lin of Ted Rogers School of Management presents:
Transnational Entrepreneurship as Agent for Innovation
Collaboration between Canada and China


Sunday, March 4, 2018

OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5150
2:00 PM


In 2010, China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surpassed that of Japan whose economy had been second largest in the world behind the USA. Some time in the late 2020s, China’s economy will very likely be greater than the USA’s. Their larger GDP will inevitably bring Canada greater trade, more exports, more imports, to and from China. Just how much more, and how to structure that trade so we gain most benefit, in the short, in the long run? On Sunday March 4, Prof. Howard Lin will speak on Transnational Entrepreneurship as Agent for Innovation Collaboration between Canada and China.

Born in China, Howard Lin's undergraduate and master’s degrees were in China and his doctorate in the United States. He spent a few years in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, and then worked in a factory in Beijing until it ended. He was a member of the first class when Chinese universities reopened in 1977.

Professor Lin has extensive experience in international business. After receiving a MA in Economics, he started working at the Bank of China’s headquarters in Beijing, rising to economist with a focus on the Bank’s relationships with major banks in U.K. and Scandinavia countries. He is now Professor of International Business & Entrepreneurship and the Co-Director of the Canada-China Institute for Business & Development at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He previously taught at Penn State University and the University of Windsor.

China’s economy’s rise to world’s largest GDP will highlight its Superpower status, and, with that, much more influence on the world’s stage. How will the USA react to China’s increased impact on world politics and culture? To the implicit reduction of their own power? In this era of great uncertainty in American politics, with them turning inward, it’s hard to be optimistic.






ANNUAL JIAOZI PARTY
Saturday, February 3, 2018


The 2018 Chinese New Year is February 16, marking the end of the Year of the Rooster and the start of the Year of the Dog. TCCFA anticipates the holiday with our annual Jiaozi Party on Saturday, February 3 at Downsview United Church (2282 Keele Street). Come at 4:00 pm to help make the dumplings, or to learn how to make them or just come for dinner at 6:30 pm. This remains one of our most popular events and there is plenty of free parking at the Church.

Jiaozi is the Chinese word for dumpling(s). Our recipe includes ground pork, ginger, cabbage, scallions and spices. A spoonful is wrapped in rolled noodle dough, many spoonfuls in many wrappers, sometimes artfully, sometimes not quite so nice. Boil until just tender. And serve steaming hot with a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot bean sauce (toban djian).





BERNIE FROLIC PRESENTS:
Fifty Years of Relations with China: Myths and Realities.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


On Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 pm, at OISE, room 5150 Professor B. Michael Frolic spoke about Fifty Years of Relations with China: Myths and Realities. The talk contained elements which will come out in his forthcoming book on Canada-China relations.

Bernie Michael Frolic is Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs University of Toronto. Bernie first visited China in 1965. He is the author/editor of Mao’s People (Harvard University); Reluctant Adversaries, Canada and the PRC, 1949-1970 (University of Toronto) (translated as Xin kaiduan, Jianada yu Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo); Civil Society in China(M.E.Sharpe); Civil Society and Human Rights in Southeast Asia.(University of Toronto/York University.





DR. VICTOR FALKENHEIM PRESENTS:
Changing Leadership Patterns in the Xi Jinping Era

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Victor Falkenheim’s talk on Sunday, October 22 is titled: Changing Leadership Patterns in the Xi Jinping Era. (OISE, room 5150, 2:00 pm) The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China begins on October 19. The Congress selects the leadership of the Party. There is very little doubt that General Secretary Xi (and President of China) will continue for a second five-year term. The Congress also appoints both the 25-member Politburo and the seven person Standing Committee.

Dr. Victor C. Falkenheim is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto where he has taught since 1972. Educated at Princeton (B.A) and Columbia (MA & Ph.D). Professor Falkenheim has previously served twice as Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies as well as Director of the Joint Centre for Modern East Asia. His research interests and publications center on local politics and political reform in China. He has lectured widely in China and has worked on a number of CIDA and World Bank projects in China over the past two decades. His current research focuses on issues dealing with migration and urbanization.





ANNUAL FALL BANQUET
Monday, September 25, 2017


Our annual fall banquet took place on Monday, September 25th and we thank all of the guests who attended. The dinner marked the opening of TCCFA’s tenth year and coincided with the celebration of China’s National Day, October 1. China’s National Day is one of the most important dates of the Chinese calendar. We thank the representatives from the People’s Republic of China Toronto Consulate who attended and joined our TCCFA members for an evening of friendship and fine food!

Monday, September 25, 2017 at Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant, 421 Dundas Street W at Spadina






MULTILINGUALISM ALONG THE SILK ROAD:
CENTRAL ASIA AND NORTHWEST CHINA

Sunday,April 2, 2017


OISE Building, Bloor St. W. & St. George, Room 8201


University of Toronto's Stephen Bahry presented his discussion on Multilingualism along the Silk Road: Central Asia and Northwest China. His talk involved One Belt, One Road and how the peoples and languages of Central Asia influence it. The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk (and horses) carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty.The Han dynasty expanded Central Asian sections of the trade routes around 114 BCE, largely through missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy, Zhang Qian. The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route





Professor Janet Tai Landa Presents
Economic Success of Chinese Merchants in Southeast Asia:
Identity, Ethnic Cooperation and Conflict

Sunday, February 26, 2017

OISE Building, Room 5150


Professor/Dr. Janet Tai Landa, Hong-Kong born Chinese, wrote her doctoral dissertation under the direction of Nobel Laureate in Economics, James M. Buchanan, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her talk was based on her newly published book which provides an original analysis of the economic success of Overseas Chinese merchants in Southeast Asia. The ethnically homogeneous group of Chinese middlemen is an informal, low-cost organization for the provision of club goods, e.g. contract enforcement, that are essential to merchants’ success. The author’s theory - and various extensions, with emphasis on kinship and other trust relationships - draws on economics and the other social sciences, and beyond to evolutionary

This is a link to Janet's book at her publisher at www.spinger.com






ANNUAL JIAOZI PARTY
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Downsview United Church
2822 Keele Street


We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year with our traditional Jiaozi Party! The event this year again takes place at the Downsview United Church where we will welcome the Year of the Rooster! This remains one of our most popular events and there is plenty of free parking at the Church.

Jiaozi is the Chinese word for dumpling(s). Our recipe includes ground pork, ginger, cabbage, scallions and spices. A spoonful is wrapped in rolled noodle dough, many spoonfuls in many wrappers, sometimes artfully, sometimes not quite so nice. Boil until just tender. And serve steaming hot with a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot bean sauce (toban djian).





KYLE JOLLIFFE & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 2:00 PM



We thank everyone who attended this event and came to hear Kyle's presentation. Long-time Association member Kyle Jolliffe spoke about his visit to Chengdu from September 2013 to January this year. He studied Mandarin Chinese at Sichuan University in Chengdu. This was something of a Roots experience for him; both his parents were missionaries born in China, themselves children of United Church missionaries in Sichuan. His uncle, Ted Jolliffe, was also born in China. Ted was the wartime leader of the Ontario CCF (now NDP).

Kyle has an MA in History from Queen’s, has written a number of books and articles. He works as a paralegal.






OLIVIA CHOW: HER JOURNEY

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 2:00 PM

OISE Building

Bloor & St. George


We thank Olivia Chow who came out as our guest speaker and spoke about her service as a City Councillor and as a Member of Parliament, and about serving the Chinese and other ethnic communities.

Olivia Chow has been a Member of Parliament, city councillor and school trustee. She’s a grandmother and daughter. She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1970 when she was 13, working two jobs to help her family make ends meet. After graduating university, Olivia taught English as a second language and worked to help newcomers settle in the city. In 1985, she was elected to the school board. She married Jack Layton in 1988, and helped raise Mike and Sarah Layton.

She was elected to the former Metro Council in 1991 and 1994, and to the new city of Toronto’s council in 1997, 2000 and 2003. Former Mayor Mel Lastman appointed her to the budget committee and also named her the city’s first child and youth advocate. She was key in getting the 911 service to work in 140 languages.

In 2006, Olivia was elected as an MP. A strong voice for federal investment in our infrastructure, she earned a reputation for working with MPs from all parties. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

Olivia lives with her mother, Ho Sze, and helps care for her father, Wilson Wai Sun. She has two granddaughters, Beatrice and Solace. In 2014, her best-selling memoir, My Journey, was published.