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2021 marks the Year of the Ox in Chinese astrology and begins on February 12, the first day of Chinese New Year. As the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac, the ox is known for their strength, determination, diligence and dependability. We hope everyone is able to mark the occasion both happily and safely.









DR. WEN-CHIEN CHENG
Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Chinese Arts, ROM

REMEMBERING THE ANCESTORS:
Ancestor Portraits and Prints in
Traditional Chinese Households


Sunday, November 22. 7:30 pm

WEBINAR!

Chinese culture is rich in customs, traditions, and beliefs. Families commemorate their ancestors through worship in major festivals like the Chinese Lunar New Year. This talk will introduce a range of ancestral images from painted portraits to mass-produced prints, commonly found in traditional households during the periods of late Imperial to early Republican China. The talk will consider the visual functions of ancestor worship and its importance beyond serving as ritual objects for average Chinese families.

Dr. Cheng received her Ph. D. in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, with a specialty in pre-modern Chinese painting. She is the Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Chinese Art at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of East Asia Studies at the University of Toronto.

At ROM, she co-curated a major exhibition, the Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors in 2014. She was the main contributor to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition held at Berlin 2017-18, Faces of China: Chinese Portrait Painting of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912), which includes the loan of over 40 Chinese portrait paintings from the ROM. Last year she co-curated another exhibition, Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. The exhibit features a selection of ancestral portrait paintings and popular prints that traditionally were part of lunar New Year observances and celebrations in Chinese households.



How to Join the Webinar

Just click on the link below and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be asked to download the Zoom app or you can do that on an earlier date. And have the meeting ID and passcode handy.

Topic: My Meeting

Time: Nov 22, 2020 7:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79185536129?pwd=UVZld2pWOGY2MEV0NDR2VjJoUWwrdz09

Meeting ID: 791 8553 6129
Passcode: QuVx9v






Jeff Zhang, Director, Ontario Chapter,

Canada China Business Council

Sunday, October 25. 7:30 pm

WEBINAR!

CCBC-Leading Voice in Canada China Businesses


The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is a bilateral non-profit organization with seven offices in both Canada and China. Founded in 1978, it has been the leading voice of Canadian businesses in China for over 40 years. CCBC is the voice of the Canadian business community on issues affecting Canada-China business, trade, and investment.

Jeff Zhang is the Director of CCBC’s Ontario chapter. He has many years of international experience in the private, public and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining CCBC, Jeff worked in establishment and operation management at a Sino-Foreign joint venture company and in strategic partnership management at a Fortune 500 multinational company

Jeff has an MBA in marketing and international business from Concordia University in Montreal. He is fluent in Mandarin and English. He has also been a guest speaker at professional business associations in China and Canada.



How to Join the Webinar

Just click on the link below and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be asked to download the Zoom app or you can do that on an earlier date. And have the meeting ID and passcode handy.

Topic: CCBC Presentation
Time: Oct 25, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://ryerson.zoom.us/j/98793470310?pwd=b0lCSTBhMnFtT1h6L2RZMU5LeXp4UT09

Meeting ID: 987 9347 0310
Passcode: 934562






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.