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  • May 23, 2024 3:20 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Student Recognition Day Scholarship Co-Chair Debbie Gong-Guy

    By Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy (CHCP Trustees and 2024 Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs) and Gerrye Wong (CHCP Co-Founder and Trustee)

    The Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (CHCP) was honored to recognize the recipients of the Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship (LGGMS), awarded during the Student Recognition Day held on Saturday, May18th at History Park San José.

    The Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in tribute to CHCP’s late co-founder, Lillian Gong-Guy, to recognize exemplary seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement balanced with strong community service and involvement. This year marks our tenth anniversary. The ten scholarship award recipients this year truly represent the future leaders of our community.

    2024 Scholarship Recipients

    Back Row (left to right):  Jonny Luo, Lynn Dai, Sam Bai, Micheline Ma, Alan Chian
    Front Row (left to right):  Sophia Zhang, Youjia He, Vanessa Lam, Audrey Fan, Thea Louise Dai

    Our scholarship winners are Sam Bai of Saratoga High School, Alan Chian of Mountain View High School, Lynn Dai of Saratoga High School, Thea Louise Dai of Castilleja School, Audrey Fan of Los Altos High School, Youjia He of Piedmont Hills High School, Vanessa Lam of Milpitas High School, Jonny Luo of Saratoga High School, Micheline Ma of Piedmont Hills High School, and Sophia Zhang of Evergreen Valley High School. Each of the recipients expressed much appreciation and thanks to CHCP for their scholarships.

    In addition to the Co-Chairs, Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy, this year’s Scholarship Selection Committee members were Helina Chin, Jeffery Lee, Brenda Wong, Judy Wong and Karyn Wong. 

    SDCAP Chair Brenda Hee WongAs part of the Student Recognition Day event, CHCP also acknowledged and honored the fine work of CHCP's Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP). This year's 33 Ambassadors donated over 870 hours of service time to projects of SDCAP's community enrichment program.

    SDCAP Chair Brenda Hee Wong is tremendously proud of the work all SDCAP members have accomplished during their time in the group. She acknowledged the dedication of many of the members, citing how long they had been active members. Their years of dedicated service include the following: 

    • 5 years: Vanessa Lam
    • 4 years: Ryan Dowlat and Kasey Walker
    • 3 years: Allison Cheng, Charity He, Lauren Lin and Metrica Shi
    • 1 year: Darlene Dinh, Sada Bill, Claire Hsia, Michael Hua, Luwan Huang, Madeline Hung, Beatrice Lee, Brian Li, Matthew Lin, Sophia Lin, Albert Luo, Kiera Ng, Dylan Ngo, Kendra Pang, Angela Siu, Han Tang, Megan Tian, Selina Wang and Serena Wang

    As SDCAP Chair Brenda Wong said to the packed house, this year’s SDCAP graduates are truly exceptional. Not only are the five graduates heading to the nation’s top colleges (Harvard, UC Berkeley, Georgetown and San Jose State University), but they each are also being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The five accomplished SDCAP graduates are Vanessa Lam, Metrica Shi, Kendra Pang, Madeline Hung and Nguyen Huynh.

    We would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors of the LGGMS and SDCAP programs for their generosity and support.

  • May 22, 2024 7:03 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Posing in front of Chinese American Historical Museum Director Mike Mak, 2024 Miss Bay Area Teen USA, and President Dave Yick Co-VP Ingrid Lai, Director Erwin Wong, Co-Founder/Trustee Gerrye Wong, SJ Councilmember Bien Doan, Directors Peter Young and Edith Gong

    White Crane Lion Dancers Children's Crafts Dragon and Lion Dancers

    Ribbon Dancers Children's Dance Group Kilo K-Pop Dancers

  • May 04, 2024 6:49 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Table of Members from Sponsor CHCPCHCP Advisory Member Leianne Lamb seen with CATS President Cindy Toy, CHCP Co-Founder Gerrye Wong, CHCP Director Peter Young and CHCP Advisory Member Kelly Matsuura

    Retired ABC Reporter David Louie presents Legendary Story Teller Award to CHCP Co-Founder Gerrye WongSJ Councilmember Bien Doan, CHCP Co-Founder Gerrye Wong, Chef Martin Yan, KTSF Reporter Mina Li, and CHCP Co-VP of Marketing/Outreach Dr. Arthur Jue

    By Gerrye Wong, CHCP Co-Founder and Trustee

    At the May 2nd Asian American Stories (AAS) Award Ceremony attended by 450 supporters, awards were given to 20 of the 70 people who composed and submitted videos on the theme ALL OF US BELONG HERE. Snippets of all submissions were shown in a summary video as well as those composed by the first to third prize winners. CHCP supported this fine program, hosted by the non-profit Silicon Valley Community Media, by being a sponsor hosting one table for its Board members in attendance.  This event kicked off the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month of May, with many of the 70 contestants brought on stage to win specific awards chosen by a team of 15 judges. The 2024 entries came from all over the world, with one entrant from Alaska who was introduced on stage. To support the AAS fundraising effort, CHCP President Dave Yick and Director Edith Gong were high bidders for the auction prize of a private tour and reception for 20 guests at the famed Flintstone House seen off Hwy 280 in Hillsborough. 

    This first-time award ceremony was well received by supporters, such as CHCP, who share the desire to encourage more Asian American stories to be told, similar to what CHCP plans to accomplish with its upcoming Oral Histories Project.

    CHCP Co-Founder Gerrye Wong was honored with the 2024 Legendary Story Teller Award for her 40 years of writing about Chinese community and history in newspapers (Chinese Press and Asian Week), magazines (Vancouver's Chinatown news and Gentry), and websites (dingdingtv).  She spoke of the pride she felt telling the thousands of school children, who visited CHCP's Chinese American Historical Museum, of the stories of the early Chinese communities who settled in the San Jose area, as well as her proudest moment when she and CHCP Advisory Board Member Connie Young Yu, together with CHCP support, encouraged the City of San Jose to draft and issue a Resolution of Apology to the Chinese residents who were unfairly discriminated against in their past Chinatowns in the 1800s and at the turn of the century.

    Gerrye Wong's video submission tells of her personal story growing up to finally learn to appreciate her Chinese heritage, not only embracing it, but proudly telling the world about the many contributions Chinese have made to America’s history.

    CHCP Co-Vice President of Marketing/Outreach Dr. Arthur Jue was awarded an Excellence Award at the dinner for his one-minute video submission of retired ABC Reporter David Louie’s speech made at CHCP's January membership dinner. His video highlighted David Louie's journey and groundbreaking career as an Asian pioneer in media.

    Watch Gerrye Wong's and Dr. Arthur Jue's videos:

    CHCP Advisory Board Member Ron Chan also participated in the video contest, submitting two videos. The first video, about a virtual conversation with his late grandfather, was created by blending artificial intelligence with live recordings! Ron's second entry titled "I'm Coming Home" is of his father Alfred Chan, a WWII veteran, recounting his emotional return home from the war. Watch both videos below:

  • April 25, 2024 5:48 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    By Gerrye Wong, CHCP Co-Founder and Trustee

    On April 21, 2024, KTSF (Digital Channel 26/Cable Channel 8) spotlighted an interview by reporter Mina Li with CHCP Co-Founder Gerrye Wong and CHCP Co-Vice President of Marketing/Outreach Dr. Arthur Jue at CHCP's Chinese American Historical Museum in a half-hour show centered on the museum.  At the museum itself, Gerrye and Arthur were able to tell how CHCP first began, due to artifacts from an original Chinatown being found in a downtown San Jose digging site in 1985.

    Leading Mina through the museum, they demonstrated CHCP's Timeline Display which shows events occurring in China, United States and San Jose which is of significance for the Chinese, spanning the period from the 1850s through the 2000s. When queried about how CHCP tries to combat the current anti-Asian hate atmosphere, they proudly pointed out that CHCP has hosted trips by thousands of school children so that they can come to the museum to learn of the contributions made by the Chinese throughout the history of America, and how Asians should be treated fairly so that they can continue to contribute to the American economy and society today and in the future.

    We thank KTSF and Mina Li for enabling their viewers to know about CHCP’s museum, so that they can visit the museum which is open on most Saturdays each month from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

  • April 24, 2024 7:02 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    By Dave Yick, 2024 CHCP President

    CHCP'S April Board Meeting was held at the recently renovated Los Altos History Museum. We were treated to an excellent tour of their historic farmhouse and their museum, equipped with modern screens that encompassed three whole walls. This was followed by a reception, where we met with members of their Executive Committee. Thanks to the Los Altos History Museum for their generous hospitality!

  • April 20, 2024 6:31 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

  • March 29, 2024 4:39 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    SDCAP Member/Project Leader Sophia Zhang Sophia Zhang with Audience Members SDCAP Member Vanessa Lam

    By Brenda Hee Wong, 2024 CHCP Director and SDCAP Chair

    For Women's Heritage Day at History Park, CHCP screened several short videos celebrating contributions and accomplishments of Chinese women from the past and the present. The videos were created by members of CHCP's Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP).

    Everyone in attendance said they learned something new or learned more about the notable, trailblazing Chinese women of historical or contemporary influence. Very personable and animated interactions by SDCAP Members Sophia Zhang (project leader) and Vanessa Lam were made with the rapt audience.

  • March 05, 2024 6:42 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    CHCP Dragon Dance Team Hoong the DragonDragon and Lion Dance Teams

    Lion DanceMartial Artists with Miss SF Chinatown 2022Children's Performance

    Dance GroupDance Group Chinese Yo-Yo Performance

    Children's CraftsChinese Calligraphy Chinese Books

  • January 30, 2024 5:40 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from 01/29/24 Education Week:

    By Sarah Elia

    Sarah Elia is an English-as-a-new-language teacher in the Saugerties, N.Y., school district. She sometimes also teaches Chinese enrichment classes to elementary students.

    New York announced last fall that all its public schools will have a day off for Lunar New Year starting in the coming school year. Schools in the Empire State will thus be joining those in districts in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and elsewhere that already officially recognize the holiday. The day off for students is part of growing school attention to a celebration important in many Asian nations and among people of Asian descent in the United States.

    For more information: Read the full 01/29/24 Education Week opinion piece.

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