18.3 C
New York
Monday, October 3, 2022

Latest Posts

Chinese cultural group celebrates 35 years of preserving history

The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project got its start when San Jose city officials contacted leaders in the Chinese community after artifacts from a 19th century Chinatown were found during construction of the Fairmont Hotel in 1986. Last Saturday, the group was back in downtown San Jose to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a crowd of 650 people at the Marriott hotel.

Gerrye Wong, co-founder and a trustee of the group, introduced the event’s honorees: Buck Gee, brothers Arthur and Daniel Jue, Patrick Kwok, Michael Chan, Chenming and Margaret Hu and the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Growers Association.

“This was the first opportunity for the Chinese community to join together during COVID times to support the 35 years of service the CHCP has done to spread Chinese American history to the valley,” said Wong, joined by co-chair Debbie Gong-Guy. Assemblyman Evan Low brought a state proclamation and Dr. Paul Gee presented the event chairs with bottles from his private collection of Bouchaine wine from his 100-year old Napa Valley vineyard.

The event was highlighted by a showcase of Chinese fashions, including ornate Mandarin robes, from the collections of Nathan Louie and Sunny Chen, with 30 models representing various organizations including Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Silicon Valley Lions Club and CATS. And the auction got lively with emcee Dion Lim and former U.S. Rep. Mike Honda vying for dinners hosted by celebrity chef Martin Yan and a visit to the famous “Flintstone House” in Hillborough going to eager bidder Eleanor Yick.

BLUES YOU CAN USE: When I ran into Poor House Bistro owner Jay Meduri during the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest last month, he wanted to make sure I knew about the Fountain Blues Foundation fundraiser on Sept. 24 at Poor House. Doing my best impression of an investigative reporter, I figured out that this would not be at the old Poor House patio, which is closed, nor would it be at the new Poor House Bistro location in Little Italy, which is still being worked on. This event, from noon to 9 p.m., is inside the Poor House Bistro Studio, the building that was next to the old house and was often used for special events.

Anyway, now that you know where you’re going — 87 Barack Obama Blvd. — you can get a $75 ticket and enjoy hours of music from the Maxx Cabello Jr. Band, the JC Smith Band, Gary Smith & The Houserockers, Sweet HayaH and Jefe Meduri’s Poor House Band. The proceeds benefit the Fountain Blues Foundation, which produces the Blues & Brews festival that’ll have its 40th edition coming next summer. Go to for tickets.

REMEMBERING HEROES: There’s a service planned for Gold Star Moms and families on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose. Gold Star families are those whose children have died during service in the Armed Forces, and I’m told that a Scouts BSA troop member working on an Eagle project will be at the 10 a.m. event to interview families, take photos and produce a booklet for all who attend.

The service also honor the memory of Woody Williams, the medal of honor winner who designed the Gold Star Memorial at Oak Hill and at other cemeteries around the country. He died in June at age 99 in West Virginia.

Source link

Latest Posts

Don't Miss

news digest

Get updates on todays breaking news and special announcements.