"The recent 13th annual 'A Chef’s Delight' was fabulous", exclaimed Tamiko Wong, Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)!
"I think the atmosphere is better this year; maybe because the crowd is a little bigger thanks to our Groupon promotion", WS photographer Roland Hui expressed as he shared his wonderful pictures of the event.
"The youth volunteer’s eagerness and willingness spread the positive momentum to all the volunteers", optimistic volunteer co-chairs, David Chang and Clayton Yukumoto said smiling. The following outstanding youth volunteer groups gave their best: AYSC, Rotaract, Asian Network Group, UC Berkeley Pills, and AACO. [More]
The 2013 Merit Awards and May General Meeting was held on Thursday, May 9th at Pier 29 Restaurant in Alameda. 15 high school graduates won $1,000 scholarships, and Vania Lei captured the $2,500 Wa Sung Scholarship. Fiona Ma was the keynote speaker.
The theme, Runway Rhythms was purposely named to show vibrancy of music, entertainment and diverse fashions on the catwalk! The parade of fashions had an Asian elegance representation, coinciding with May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage month: Eileen Tong’s Antique Dynasty Chinese Robes & Costumes; Lan Vie’s men’s and women’s contemporary clothing; TEA children’s fashions with Precious Pollabies; an up-and-coming fashion designer from University of California, Davis Myrelle Oliver showcasing original, unconventional high-stepping Lady Gaga type fashion; and the elegant garments fashioned from Kimonos by Silken Treasures designer, Ruth Mun, which beautifully ended the finale with stylish bridal gowns. [Slideshow]
On behalf of our incoming Wa Sung Community Service Club officers, I’d like to express our appreciation for your trust and confidence.
Throughout its history and through its membership, Wa Sung has contributed goodwill, friendship, and a spirit of service to growing communities. While the fundamental principles of our Club should never change, each new administration has the opportunity to build upon our distinguished heritage and to influence the potential of our communities. Just as the success of families is often influenced by its communities, how we perform in the coming year can similarly be influenced by our Wa Sung family, not just our officers. By approaching all aspects of our lives in the spirit of sincere service and thereby harnessing the full potential of our unique individual assets, we can enrich lives as well as the collective value of our membership.
I am Wa Sung’s new, third-time-is-a-charm President. Our theme this year is a “Passport to Friendship”. Let’s work together to be all that we can be—individually and collectively—and thereby make our communities more potent vehicles by bringing new changes to our society.
We all can work together!
On January 6, 2011, inside the beautiful OACC auditorium, along with the annual Wa Sung Inaugural dinner event, the celebration of the opening of the new Community Center was enjoyed by supportive community organizations, city and state officials, Wa Sung members and guests. The WSCC office was open showcasing the 59 years of history; various memorabilia, photos, past issues of Community Directories, articles written by WS founders, chronicle of newsletters, a TV showing the development and success of the Junk Boat Restoration project, a 1930 WS Baseball Team picture, a 180 degree wall photo of the Easter Pancake Breakfast crowd, a collage exhibiting the many faces of our past & current membership, Merit Award Exhibit and other fundraising events displayed. [More]
Established in 2010, Wa Sung's Junior League is a promising and upcoming place for all young adults, ages 18 to 26. Our main purpose of this program is to provide support and resources for the young adults in this age group that is often neglected when it comes to specific age-oriented clubs and organizations within our communities. It is within this age group that many individuals are beginning to embark into the both frightening and exciting path of life and the real world. No longer are parents holding our hands to our first day of school each year; rather we are walking to the overcrowded lecture halls of colleges and universities with nothing in our hands but the anxiety of graduation day and the mystery of what are we faced with once we step off the stage. [More]
This year was the 57th Annual Wa Sung Easter Pancake Breakfast. It was held inside the Lincoln Recreation Center Gymnasium on 10th and Harrison Street Oakland, CA.
Due to rain forecasts and for stage safety, we made an early decision to have the event inside. Our Wa Sung members and volunteers began to transform the gym at 6:00 am on Easter Sunday....
The story of our Junk Boat starts with a trans-Pacific voyage made by an oceangoing junk called the "Free China" which sailed from Taiwan to San Francisco in 1960. In 1961, Dr. Joshua Fong wrote to the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco asking if the consul might know how the Wa Sung Service Club could obtain a junk boat similar to the Free China. The boat would be displayed in a park in Oakland -- perhaps even at a Chinese wharf in Lake Merritt as "a symbol of the determination and spirit of Free China and its people."
This idea evolved, an over the next few years, with the collaboration of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, a Junk Boat play structure was designed for Lincoln Park. Wa Sung raised over $15,000 to help guild the boat, and on Sunday, March 23, 1969 at 3:30 p.m., it was dedicated with a ceremony including fireworks and followed by a Chinese gourmet dinner at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Jack London Square. [More]