The Victoria Chinatown Lioness celebrated Chinese New Year’s with an authentic 8-course meal and entertainment, followed by silent and live auctions and raffle prizes. Over $11,000 was raised thanks to generous donors in our community such as Jim Swanson from Harbour Cats, John Wilson from Wilson’s Transportation, colleagues from National Bank, Michael Hill Jewellers, Frank Low and RBC, Victoria Firefighters IAFF Local 730 and many many more…! Thank you to all that attended and helped out, especially our fabulous MC’s Lisa Forbes & Michael Forbes!❤
Sidney Lions Club District 19-I Spring Conference
LION’S SPRING CONFERENCE
Attended by Lioness Irene, Amanda, Judith, Annette and Nelles
ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BOXES
MAY 27 th ,6 p.m.
Golden City Restaurant
HONORABLE DR. VIVIENNE POY
Purchase you tickets now for a fascinating, and tastey evening!
Celebrate Canada 150, with Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy when she discusses her new book ” Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family.” Enhance your understanding of the Chinese diaspora and immigration in Canada .
Vivienne Poy was born into a prominent Hong Kong family in 1941. Her early years were marked by war and displacement. When she was just three months old Hong Kong was invaded by the Japanese, forcing her family to flee to China, where they spent the war years as refugees. Upon returning to Hong Kong after the war, her family resumed a position of influence and service to the community. Vivienne Poy immigrated to Canada in 1959, enrolling at McGill University, where she earned an Honours degree in History.
Years later she received two highly distinguished honours from the University, on the same day. Just minutes prior to her official installation as The University of Toronto’s 315t Chancellor in June 2003, Senator Poy, a Chinese Canadian immigrant woman, walked across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive her Ph.D in History for a dissertation on Chinese Canadian women immigrants.
Her stunning academic achievements – all conducted while simultaneously running a corporation and serving the public as a volunteer and Senator – are most unusual and impressive. Inspired by the desire to understand her family’s past and to preserve the memory of her own people’s struggles, Dr. Poy dedicated herself to the intellectual enterprise of historical research and publication. Her first book, A River Named Lee, published in 1995, is about her family and her ancestors.
In 1998 Dr. Poy was appointed to the Senate of Canada – the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Upper Chamber. Senator Poy has focused her attention on gender issues, multiculturalism and human rights. She was a sponsor of the Famous Five Monuments in Calgary and on Parliament Hill, which honour the five Alberta women who fought to have Canadian women recognized constitutionally as “persons” who were eligible to be named to the Senate. And it was Senator Poy who was primarily responsible for having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada.
NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB FRIENDS
Zone I -2-3 MAY
Lioness members proudly celebrated their 25th year a club focused on helping women and children need.
Lioness Annette hosted a BBQ at her lovely home. Lioness Brenda organized memorabilia and prepared an anniversary time line packed with the events and organization to which VCL has contributed . Partners and children and friends shared a wonderful afternoon and evening.
“It was so wonderful to see all the pictures, albums, CDs and acknowledging how much time and energy that has gone into our Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club. I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible club…and I look forward to serving with all of you in continuing our passion to promote community service, racial harmony and “welcoming women, regardless of class, race, and profession, who are interested in our club and its activities…” with the focus on Chinese culture and heritage.”
AUTHOR BANQUET VERY SOON
This month we are hosting local Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick who will read from her fictional account of a young woman’s agonizing choice for a second child under the one child policy. Diane will share her personal perspective based on her experiences in China which have shaped her commitment to Swallows Nest , foster care for special needs children in Henan province. Set in the geopolitical context of women’s reproductive rights, and social policy, this topic invites conversation and action about women and children.
Stimulation for the mind
Lioness Vicki, owner of Golden City restaurant ,
will provide a sumptuous feast
Stimulation for the appetite: the evening’s menu
Deep fried shrimp ball
Crispy whole chicken
Chili pepper pork chop
Sole Fillet with sweet and sour sauce
Stir fry beef with ginger and mushrooms
Stir fry prawn with deep fired milk
Shredded pork pan fried noodles
Fried rice with sunflower seeds
Extra fun will be had with a special dumpling raffle.
Bring your toonies!
MORE TO EXPLORE
For Dumpling and Chinese cooking lessons and inspiration :
The Dumpling Sisters ( Utube )
For background information on One Child Policy
China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy Mar 21 2016
by Kay Ann Johnson
My Daughter is my Daughter by Kay Ann Johnson
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment – Jan 5 2016 by Mei Fong
Forced Reproductive choice Mei Fong Video
China’s One Child Daughters June 2 , 2015 by Melissa Ludtke
Born Chinese Raised American Feb 11 2016 by Maya Ludtke
Globe and Mail The Tragic Tale of China’s Orphanages
The New Republic China’s Missing Daughters
NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB FRIENDS
Victoria Dragon Boat festival
supporting Breast Cancer research
and celebrating survivors
Victoria Chinatown Lioness, Annette and Pei Mei volunteers at the Beer Garden, Galye and Amanda volunteers in the V.I.P. tent.
supporting Easter Seals
Lioness Pei Mei, Annette, Lily, Galye , Donna and Amanda helping out with registration.
Victoria Chinatown Lioness 25 anniversary
VCL lioness family and friends celebrate 25 years of camaraderie and community service.
VCL Annual Author Banquet
Saturday October 22, 6 p.m.
tickets $40 : available through VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com
at Gala Fabric 1483 Douglas St, Victoria,
or your favourite Lioness
Book your table for 10 friends NOW
Author DIANE BESTWICK
When Lei becomes pregnant with her second child, she faces the anguish of continuing her pregnancy or having a forced abortion as required by Chinese law.
Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick explores the personal tragedies of the Chinese one policy in her poignant novel “And A Bird Sang” As a teacher in China for eight years, Diane first experienced the sad reality of the one child policy and resulted in the motivation to write her first book. Her book will be for sale at the banquet . It is also available at Amazon/Kindle , special order Munro Books.
The money raised at this event goes directly back to people in our community .
Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster
Reserve Saturday January 21, 2017 for Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the Rooster New Year Banquet. Tickets available soon.
CONTACT US VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com
NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB FRIENDS
Thank you to all who attended and helped sponsor our 22nd annual Lunar New Year Fundraising Dinner at Golden City restaurant .
The preparation and anticipation was was fun.
The evening was a great success with great food and superb company.
The prizes were great fun.
The auction was fast and furious , thank you Astrid, CTV news!!
We had so much fun monkeying around with you!
We wish you luck in this year of the fire monkey.
The next Chinese Cemetery Tour
This Sunday August 16 at 2 p.m.Lioness Charlayne Thorton Joe will be lead a one hour tour of the Chinese cemetery at Harling Point, a national historic site that includes her Grandfather’s grave. The picturesque cemetery dates from 1903. Meet at the cemetery, foot of Crescent Road, off King George Terrace. Cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go to the Victoria Chinatown Lioness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
OCTOBER AUTHOR BANQUET
tickets are ready
Author Paul Yee will introduce his new release Superior Man at our annual Lioness author banquet on Sunday October 18 at Golden City. Single tickets or tables may be purchased through any Lioness. As usual, tables are selling fast. $40 per ticket.
Paul Yee (Canada) is a third-generation Chinese-Canadian who was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan and grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He has published many books on his experiences of the Chinese in Canada and has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award
“A Superior Man, is the first novel for adults by Paul Yee, the Governor General’s Literary Award winner and author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction for young people as well as adult non-fiction titles such as Saltwater City, an illustrated history of the Chinese in Vancouver and winner of the Vancouver Book Award. A Superior Man is a riveting chronicle of Chinese Canadian life in British Columbia in the late nineteenth century, following the travails of Yang Hok, a “coolie” who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia under hazardous conditions. Yang Hok is not an easy man to like, but when he is left to deal with a son he never wanted, he eventually aspires to become a “superior” man as he tries to return his son to his First Nations mother.
As a former archivist (in Toronto and Vancouver), it’s no surprise that Paul is a meticulous researcher when it comes to his books, and his research on behalf of A Superior Man is no exception. And it shows: he succeeds in bringing to life the dodgy, dank, excruciating conditions that the Chinese Canadians endured during and after the building of the railway, resulting in many of their deaths. The effect is visceral, and readers will get an extraordinary sense of the conditions these men endured as a prerequisite for living in Canada.”
Preceding the Lioness engagement Paul will be appearing at Thin Air: the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival and the Vancouver Writers Festival .
ADDITIONAL WORKS BY PAUL YEE :
Stories from the Past
Arrivals (a poem)
The Secret Keepers
Jade in the Coal (2011)
Blood and Iron (2010)
A Song for Ba (2004)
Bone Collector’s Son (2003)
Dead Man’s Gold and Other Stories (2002)
Jade Necklace (2002)
Fly Away (2001)
Ghost Train (1996)
Roses Sing on New Snow (1991)
Tales from Gold Mountain
The Curses of Third Uncle (1986)
Stories from the Present
Shu-Li and Diego (2009)
Shu-Li and Tamara (2008)
Learning to Fly (2008)
What Happened This Summer (2006)
The Lost Spike (2004)
If Walls Could Talk (2003)
The Boy in the Attic (1998)
Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter and Other Stories (1983)
Lioness Ellen saw through the completion of the Lioness Sarah memorial paver on the Esquilmalt Centennial Memorial Walkway .
Hike for Hospice
Lioness Amanda organized, and Lioness Charlyane and Brenda joined in, to represented the Victoria Lioness Club in the Hike for Hospice.
Thank you all for donations totaling $845.
Mother’s Day gift boxes
Generous donations helped us prepare and deliver over 230 boxes this year. We extend special thank you to Lioness Amanda’s dentist who donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for each box, plus a many more to give to Our Place. Thank you Dr Tyler Crowe of Dr. Tyler Crowe & Dr. Duncan Kemp Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry in Oak Bay.
Lioness Ellen is organizing the annual Victoria Chinatown Lioness participation in the Victoria Day Parade May 18 . We hope to see you there!
Lioness Ellen shares :
“We started to participate in the parade about 20 years ago. At the beginning, we only had few people, one time, I marched with Lioness Penny only, on behalf of Lioness. After that, we joined CCBA and walk under the Chinese community team. This year we are joining the Zone 19 Lion and Lioness.
We love to participating because :
1/ The parade is a great way to get out and let the public see us and to build community spirit .
2/ The weather has always been always gorgeous and it is fun for our club to get together to do some fun things, we see different beautiful floats and wonderful marching bands all over the venue .
3/ How often can you wave your hand like the queen ! “
Evelyn Lau Author Talk and Banquet
Saturday May 30 at Golden City Restaurant , The Victoria Chinatown Lioness will host Vancouver author Evelyn Lau as part if our fundraising and cultural outreach to the Victoria community. Tables are selling fast . Please do not delay to contact a Lioness for seats.
Janie Chang is a Canadian novelist who draws upon family history for her writing.
She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals, and about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War.
She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.
We have three souls, or so I’d been told.
But only in death could I confirm this.
The moment the priest spoke the last prayer and sealed my coffin, I awoke and floated upward in a slow drift of incense smoke, until I could travel no farther. I settled in the rafters of the small temple, a sleepy wraith perched in the roof beams. I had knowledge, but no memory. My first thoughts were confused, for clearly this was the real world. But surely I no longer belonged here. When would I take my journey to the afterlife?
Another sold out event for Victoria Chinatown Lioness. Fabulous food, as to be expected at Golden City Restaurant, followed by an engaging talk by Ms Chang.