NEWS & EVENTS
SHOU LA SHOU
NEWS AND EVENTS
Calgary CCFA Active Again - April 2022!
Seating was well spaced at two large tables in the back of the restaurant. Those who felt comfortable still masked when not eating and drinking. Look for regular dinners starting again next month.
I can’t wait to see you all back again once the Covid risks abate enough for all to feel comfortable together again.
See the PHOTOS page for pictures from the event.
We can share memories of past Chinese New Year celebrations, and hopes for getting together again in person. Wear your celebration red! Please RSVP to me so I can send you a Zoom link, and let you into the Zoom meeting.
Hope everyone is staying safe and well at home while we sit out this horrid C19 pandemic. I have really enjoyed hearing from some of you from time to time and look forward to catching up.
President, Calgary Canada-China Friendship Association
We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first dinner event on November 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The place is Emerald Gardens Restaurant. 1006 16th Ave NE. We are presently arranging a menu and confirming pricing and will send out another notice with this once we have it. We will follow the restaurant Covid rules to provide proof of vaccination with QR code.
Please review the attachments above from last year's meetings, plus the agendas have been included. Hope to see you there!
The Chinese economy achieved significant results in combating COVID-19 and promoting social & economic advancements in the first half of 2021. You can find more about this in the letter from Consul General Ms. LU Xu in the attachment, and other news from China via the following links:
Economic Watch: Global financial giants expand footprint in China amid further opening-up
Overseas investors swear by local stocks
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Origin-Tracing for Diplomatic Envoys
Click the link to view the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaVhj4kxUVo
The Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will hold a webinar celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Tuesday morning, May 11, 9:30 a.m. (Beijing time). TCCFA president Warren Bethune is one of the speakers. Click the link for more details: https://federation.tripod.com/BeijingWebinar.html
To CCCFA and FCCFA members
We are sad to report that Sheila Power, long time member, treasurer and past president of CCCFA passed away last week. She also played a major part in the development and running of the Kerby Centre involved in senior affairs.
I accompanied Sheila on a couple of trips to China, including the memorable visit to Lhasa in Tibet. We had to search for just the right jade tiger on a red string for her grandson Mackenzie, about 8 at the time. Also I had to find a Yak Yak Yak T-shirt for her when she, and 10 of our party, was forced to fly out of Lhasa early due to high altitude sickness. I was tasked with also finding Tibetan necklaces in Lhasa market, for her two daughters Karoline and Beverley.
She was a devoted grandmother, taking each of her grandchildren on special trips, which I am sure were a highlight of their young lives. CCCFA owes a debt of gratitude for the many years of Sheila’s service. Fortunately she was able to attend our 40th anniversary dinner a few years back.
Sheila Foster, President Calgary CCFA
SHARING THE DOUBLE HAPPINESS!
We thank everyone who joined us on Zoom for a celebration of the Year of the Ox which took place on Friday, February 12. Attendees shared a delicious Shanghai noodle dish (recipe compliments of Trevor Liu in Globe& Mail attached) each in their own home. They shared memories of Chinese New Year celebrations past and hoped to get together again in person soon.
We hope all CCCFA members are staying safe and well, and enjoying summer at home this year. We thank everyone who joined us again on a Zoom get-together on Monday July 27 from 4:30-6pm.
Topic: Be ready to show and tell fellow members (in 3 minutes or so) about something in your home which reminds you of China and has given you joy during our stay-home Spring/Summer 2020.
Reports: 11 members attended and shared some beautiful memories of China and visits to many different parts of China. Especially touching was the photo of James & Meng’s wedding and hearing about the most special day in their lives. Morag shared memories of adopting Anna and the excited anticipation of her arrival after almost 3 years waiting. Princeton shared memories of visiting a museum in his wife’s home inTaiwan for the first time. Alice shared photos from her trip to China just last year.
Joanne, reminding us of her mother Joan’s enthusiasm for our group, celebrated the anniversary of her death today and a life well lived, as well as the photo of her in Miao costume in China. Ted showed us his Uiger knife. Tony told us about his special teacup and his favourite Chinese tea. Donna shared the intricate two-sided silk embroidered decorative stand with glistening orange fighting fish. Sheila shared the 3-piece ancient set of seals under a bronze dragon, turtle and bird. In total: a feast for the imaginations and eyes.
16 people registered and 12 attended our first Zoom CCCFA meeting. We will continue to offer Zoom sessions to keep in touch with members for the balance of 2020. For security reasons, we will only allow entry to the meeting for those who have RSVP'ed in advance.
CCCFA events are on hold until the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided enough for health authorities to permit larger gatherings. In the meantime, here is a very insightful Vancouver Sun article .
Unfortunately our events will be postponed due to Covid-19 until the health authorities allow normal activities to resume. CCCFA President Sheila Foster has an important message for our members. You can read it HERE . Stay safe and be sure to practice social distancing!
CCCFA Dim Sum Lunch February 23 Year of the Rat
It is confirmed, our next CCFA Dim Sum Event is on February 23 at 1 pm. We are starting fresh with this date. Please reply if you are interested in going. Deadline is Feb 21, 2020.
We will also collect the annual dues. Joanne will be collecting $10 pp.
The menu is:
Steam shrimp dumpling (har Gow)
Shrimp spring roll
B.B.Q pork bun
Grilled pork dumpling
Shanghai pork dumpling
Salt and pepper squid
Beef fried rice
Spareribs chow mein
Mung bean pudding
We will meet at 1pm. Dinner served at 1:30pm. The cost is $20.00 (tax and tip in) for members and $30.00 for guests.
We will be at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine, lower level #88, 197 - 1st Street, Calgary T2P 4M4. There is plenty of free street parking.
Happy Chinese New Year to those celebrating the Spring Festival and the Year of the Rat! May you have a peaceful year full of good fortune!
Consul General Mme. Lu Xu and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra jointly sponsored a glorious concert at the Jack Singer Hall. About 30 CCCFA and Friends in Mandarin (also ShouLaShou families) as guests of MMe. Lu attended the concert, which featured a brilliant young Chinese violinist and traditional Chinese instruments. We thank everyone involved for a very wonderful evening! See the 'PHOTOS' page for highlights.
The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary unveiled its official Twitter account! They hope the Account further enhances the communications between them and all sectors in their consular jurisdictions, promotes bilateral exchanges and collaborations, and enriches the local community's understanding of China.
“Feel China's pulse at your fingertips!”
Twitter Handle: Chinese Consulate General in Calgary
You are more than welcome to follow!
Calgary Hong Kong Business Association
President Sheila and Treasurer Ted Foster and director Helen Yau attended a Best of the Best Competition at the Hong Kong Business Association on November 27. Young tech companies from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver presented their case for selection as candidates to go to Hong Kong and vie for the US$150,000 prize in Hong Kong. Co-presenter was Valhalla Private Capital, represented by Luke Krueger.
Emily Mo, Director, HK Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) said: “Hong Kong is the best gateway to Asia, a legendary enterprise incubator with supportive government programs, and the most dynamic destination for emerging Canadian businesses. With these progressive policies, growth is expected to continue. The fundamentals are strong and it is a safe, open and welcoming city.”
Emily had been guest speaker at the Ottawa chapter meeting earlier in the month.
We wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season and look forward to welcoming you to our second Chinese New Year Dim Sum on February 2, 2020!
CCFA Dinner Dec 2, 2019 and Chinese New Year Invitation for January 18, 2020
Good Day Everyone: Please read the entire message below as it includes a special invitation for all of us to attend Chinese New Year Event, there is a deadline that is fast approaching to reply!
Our CCFA dinner took place on Dec 2, 2019 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine and we thank everyone who attended. There was a presentation by our own Karen Patterson. and the dinner included B.B.Q Pork, Peking Duck, and Steamed Abalone with Garlic Sauce
The deadline has passed but we thank all of those who responded to the invitation.
***From the Desk of the President - Sheila Foster***
To members of Calgary CCFA,
We are once again invited to a concert by PRC Consul General Wu Xu at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Everyone who attended the Chinese National Day concert enjoyed it very much. Please note the cutoff date for responses is Dec 3 so please get your reply to me by Dec 1. If you wish to bring a guest, please include their name and email. Note: tickets will be distributed by eticket and I will send those out in January when received.
President, Calgary CCFA
"Dear friend, The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary is honored to partner with the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony in hosting the 2020 Lunar New Year Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Jack Singer Concert Hall (225 8 Ave SE, Calgary).This concert, featuring innovative orchestral arrangements of traditional Chinese folk songs, including the beloved Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, not only showcases leading contemporary composers and musicians in East Asia and Academy Award-winning Tan Dun’s thrilling YouTube-commissioned Internet Symphony in a festive atmosphere, but also makes a great opportunity to connect with our friends from various circles and the Chinese communities.
The Consulate cordially invites you, your family, your friends, your colleagues and their families (kids of 12 years old and up) to join us. Please fill in and return the attached registration Form via email by 3rd Dec. 2019 to register, so we can email the e-ticket to you around mid Jan. 2020.
We look forward to your presence to celebrate this joyful festival together."
"I have selected representation of influential, stunning and representative modern architecture recently built in China. I am greatly passionate on contributing my professional knowledge to facilitate our members’ better understanding of Chinese architecture, culture and history".
The dinner consisted of:
Duck Soup with Dry Seafood
Deep Fried Shrimp Ball
Beef Tenderloin in a Taro Nest Scrambled Egg White with Scallop Topped with Rare Egg Yolk
Snow Pea Leaves with Wolfberry
Egg Tofu with Egg Plant & Anchovy
Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet
Szechwan Pepper Chicken
Pineapple Duck Meat Fried Rice
Details of the event include:
-- A public screening of Big Fish And Begonia will be presented at 2 PM on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall at the Central Library. To register for this free screening, please visit https://events.calgarylibrary.ca/prog…/online-registration/…|1 and secure your ticket.
-- The Consulate funded the Library to increase its collections of classic Chinese movie DVDs including "The Big Fish and Begonia", "Black Coal, Thin Ice", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Ip Man 2", and "Bao", which can be borrowed from Oct. 5th.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Consulate General in Calgary hosted a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Jack Singer Concert Hall (225 8 Ave SE, Calgary). A group of CCCFA members attended this excellent evening and were astounded by the erhu player in particular and the beautiful melding of eastern and western culture reflected in the program.
JUNE PANDA-THEMED DINNER
Did you know that June 3 is the 1st day of the 5th lunar month. The dragon boat festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month which is June 7, Friday. So, Monday June 3 is an auspicious day! On this auspicious day we had our next CCFA dinner where guest speaker Cissy Lou, an expert Panda keeper from Calgary Zoo, and her colleague Margret shared a really interesting show-and-tell on their furry charges. See the Photos Page for pictures!
CCFA New Year's Dim Sum - Feb 3, 2019
Calgary CCFA celebrated the mid-Autumn Festival and PRC National Day at their dinner Sep 24th at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. We feasted on: Peking Duck, Duck Soup with Fish Maw, Sauteed chicken & cuttlefish with vegetable in a taro nest, Shrimp coated with egg yolk sauce, Fresh pineapple sweet & sour pork, Threesome tofu, House special Soya chicken, Fried longevity noodle, plus dessert and tea!
Our short AGM was followed by a slide show of Fosters’ colourful 2002 harvest season trip to Kunming and Guizhou. We are pleased the Federation will send a full 10-person delegation to the November Forum in Hainan Island, and that Gail Closson and Joanne MacLean will represent Calgary on that delegation. It was announced dinner meetings will be planned for first Mondays of alternate months on Dec 3, Feb 4, June 3, Oct 7 and Dec 2. Thanks to outgoing Secretary Kelly Wan for her faithful service as a director and more importantly gift buyer extraordinaire. Welcome to new board members Joanne MacLean and Alice Shay.
P.S. Everyone took home a special moon cake from the variety of fruit and nut cakes, to rabbit-shaped custard cakes and special pig shaped cakes in woven baskets. Thanks to Gail for arranging another wonderful culinary spread with restauranteur Vivian.
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship Association with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) will host the 8th Friendship Forum in Haikou City, Hainan Province from November 22nd to November 24th this year. The theme of the Friendship Forum is "Building Maritime Silkroad, Promoting Common Development". As you may recall, the Maritime Silkroad is the Belt Road Initiative of which CCF