NEWS & EVENTS
SHOU LA SHOU
HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTOS
Thirteen CCCFA members happily met again after a nearly two year absence for dinner at Emerald Garden restaurant. Many smiles and stories were exchanged and plans were made to meet again regularly. The new owners provided their usual hearty fare with a variety of dishes and dessert for a very reasonable price of $25 including tip and tax.
WELCOMING THE YEAR OF THE OX
A happy group of Calgary CCFA members joined on Zoom to celebrate Chinese New Year of the Ox on Feb 12th. Sheila Foster, President, invited members to all prepare the Shanghai noodle recipe sent to members beforehand. Edmonton member Anne demonstrated making Jiaozu, an important family activity for New Year.
Sad that we could not enjoy one of Vivianís great feasts at the Cultural Centre restaurant, we nevertheless look forward to a proper celebration together in 2022 and a return of the Chinatown festival. Members shared memories of past Chinese New Year events, their favorite foods, and most remembered to wear their festive reds! Gail shared interesting details about this particular Year of the Ox from her research.
We are enjoying the Calgary Consul Generalís 3-day virtual celebration, watching cultural performances and gourmet food demonstrations on line. All helps to break up this glacial period we have endured the past two weeks in Calgary - with temperatures around -40 and even lower!
Photos: Display board from past events
Shanghai noodles and stir fried veggies with sweet chili sauce
With the beautiful paper cut 4 intertwines fish NY card from Consul General Lu Xu.
Consul General Mme. Lu Xu and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra jointly sponsored a glorious concert at the Jack Singer Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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.
Background: Power of Art - Dec 2/19
Member Karen Patterson gave the Calgary chapter a fascinating presentation of her 2005 artwork Background. She completed this as part of her photography projects while teaching in Beijing for several years.
Thanks to everyone who came to our CCFA dinner and AGM on Oct 7, 2019. We had a short meeting before dinner, and a interesting presentation by our own Daisy Tong after dinner. She provided us with a brief Chinese architecture tour.
"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 membersí better understanding of Chinese architecture, culture and history", stated Ms. Tong.
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).
The medalist of the French Order of Arts and Letters and multi-award-winning erhu master Guo Gan, along with the Civic Symphony, indigenous singer songwriter Mme. Sandra Sutter, Chinese - Calgarian pianist Jessica Yuen, and Albertan ballerina Sarah Tabler, will present Chinese and Western masterpieces that reflect the blending of the two cultures and their mutual inspiration.
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.
Then they spent a week on a post-Forum tour of Guilin, Kaili (home of the Miao peoples - or Hmong as they are known in nearby Vietnam), and Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze River cruises. Thanks as always to resident photograph historian, Len Chang.
Photos: -Gail and ShouLa Shou family members -The intriguing osmanthus and berry jello dessert. - Forum and tour photos and maps.
We heard in detail of the trials and tribulations of raising these picky eaters, picky mating companions and often lousy parents! And the economic burden of hosting these visitors. But oh, all the oohs and aahs when we watched the videos and photos of them all. WE encourage members who have not yet visited the amazing panda exhibit to get there before the youngsters go home.
Again, an outstanding dinner at the Chinese Cultural Centre care of Vivian our host.
Calgary CCFA executive were recently hosted for lunch at the home of Alice Shay.
Shown are (top Sheila Foster, James Huang, Joanne MacLean, Morag MacLellan, Ted Foster.
Bottom: Alice Shay included (2nd from right) Missing was social director Gail Closson, holidaying in Italy.
Thanks to everyone for their support and ideas for the future of our association.
Sheila Foster, President
Chinese New Year Dim Sum Lunch
Mid-Autumn Festival and PRC National Day Dinner
September 24, 2018
Our short AGM was followed by a slide show of Fostersí 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.
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL GLOBALFEST
August 25, 2018
PANDA WELCOME DINNER!
May 28, 2018
Map of China indicating Nanchang with PRC consuls
Newest and youngest member Tom, Eve and Zoe
Intricate bamboo salad
Duck cold plate
Chicken, vegetables and bamboo fungus
Nora and panda presentation
Prize draw and winner
Thank you gifts for Kira and Aurora
Members enjoy exchanges
Photos clockwise: With CG Lu Xu; panda model maker (panda paper cutter was also there); with Edmonton CCFA president; ribbon cutting with Mayor Nenshi; Consul Xiao with daughter and pandas; with brush painting honoring pandas.
CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER
February 5, 2018
Thanks to everyone for making this such a memorable evening.
DECEMBER A.G.M. AND DINNER
Monday December 4, 2017
1. James Haung has joined our executive as a director
2. New members Ken and Yoyo enjoy joining our group
3-6 Vivian and her chef dreamed up some special dishes for our lat dinner of the year and AGM.
It was a wonderful Chinese National Day celebration and hearty welcome for the new Consul General Mme. LU Xu and her husband Mr. HE Jun. Seen here welcoming Mme. Lu are CCCCFA directors Morag MacLellan and Kelly Wan at the Calgary Cultural Centre.
Monday October 16, 2017
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
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.
The Calgary Herald is honoring 150 notable Canadian builders in a series this month. Chester Ronning was awarded Friendship Ambassadorship from Beijing and we are proud to recognize his contribution to the Canada/China Friendship association. You can read more HERE .
Born: Dec. 13, 1894 (Died: Dec. 31, 1984)
Occupation: Diplomat and politician
Ronning was a member of the UFA government in the 1930s, promoting the CCF movement, later becoming the first CCF leader in Alberta. But it was as a diplomat that he had his greatest impact. He served many posts, including in China, Norway, India and the U.N., and is noted for helping open and maintain relations with China. He also served as acting head of the delegations to the Geneva Conferences on Korea, and Laos, and was a special envoy to Hanoi and Saigon in 1966, where he tried to help negotiate an end to the Vietnam War.
His legacy continues at the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Albertaís Augustana campus in Camrose. Notable: When Ronning attended the U of A, he had to travel by horse from Valhalla (in Grande Prairie County) to Edmonton along the ĎEdson Trailí.
Monday June 5, 2017
Photos: 1. Secretary Kelly Wan with Yunnan tea door prize.
2. Tom selects door prize winners with social director Gail Closson.
3. Consuls Chi and Wang.
4. Rice planting in Yunnan.
5. Consul Wang, Tom and president Sheila
ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION
SPECIAL EVENT DINNER
April 23, 2017
Vivian Morgan from Asian Heritage Foundation joined us for lunch to tell us about the exciting upcoming events planned for Canada's 150th birthday year. It highlights the important role played by Asian immigrants to the growth of our nation.There will be a few events in May that you can check out at http://www.asianheritagecalgary.com/events.
The kickoff event is on May 11th and will feature some wonderful opportunities to share this heritage. See the details online for the reception and concert. Or refer to the press release and launch poster. You can attend the one or both, but the concert has a fee - tickets for the concert can be obtained on the link below.
We encourage you all to participate in these exciting events. We are also circulating information on how our members can share YOUR story of the Canada/China experience. We look forward to seeing members at these events!
In the last picture, the President tries Chicken feet. Kelly says the cholesterol in them is good for the complexion!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Calgary CCCFA welcomed past and new members and guests to another very successful Chinese New Year dinner at Tai Pan restaurant. Traditionally starting with the excellent Peking Duck, we enjoyed a variety of dishes created by Vivienne, along with old favourites like steamed tilapia, crispy chicken and duck lettuce wraps. Also titillating our appetites were adventurous new creations of scallop stuffed dumplings, Lotus root soup, snow pea tips with duck feet and mushrooms, topped off with love bird fried rice.
On an evening where temperatures went down to -28 overnight, we were glad everyone braved the roads and weather to join us. Nearly everyone went home with a door prize, and the beautiful crystal rooster donated by Angela Chu from CIBC was auctioned off, going home with lucky new member Helen Yau. We enjoyed a selection of Chinese wines to kick off the year of the rooster.
Thanks to all who came out and made this another successful event.
The pictures include: President Sheila Foster with Cosul Chi, VP Morag, Consul Wang and son Tom, Guest speakers Paul and Jana Call, Secretary Kelly and new members Audrey, Helen and King, Treasurer Ted and Consul Chi, Shrimp with salted egg yolk sauce Scallop stuffed taro dumplings, Lucky prizewinner and Aurora, Guests Dave and Linda, Duck feet, mushrooms and snow pea tips, President Sheila Foster with Consul Wang and son Tom, Prizewinner Agostino, Director Gail with Tom drawing numbers, Handsome CIBC crystal rooster (auctioned off),