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  • ACUW Cultural Event a Hit at the HMA! – Lois Mui, coordinator ACUW’s cultural event, Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) was a success, with 2,435 visitors, 1,638 adults and 717 children participating with delight to ...
    Posted May 16, 2015, 12:00 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Being Chinese by Chan-Lui Lee, Ph.D. Honorary Life Member & Past President, AFS-Melbourne, Australia Why do Chinese people work so hard to succeed in life?   Chinese people do not go about bombing, terrorizing others and causing religious hatred. We live peacefully with everyone on ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:36 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Family Sunday on February 15, 2015 – Lois Mui, Event Chair ACUW will present its major educational program of Chinese cultural activities and performances at the Honolulu Museum of Art, on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:26 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Honolulu Museum of Art Family Sunday January 19, 2014 – Cora Haberman, Cultural Event Committee Chair The Honolulu Museum of Art Family Sunday was a success everyone had a nice time.  Thanks to ACUW members Carol Pang, Beverly Mau, Blossom Mau, Dorothy Mau, Lois Mui, Betty ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2014, 11:28 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • Another Year of Success at Autumn Festival - Hong Jiang, 2013 Committee Chair On Sept 15, ACUW participated in the Autumn Festival organized by United Chinese Society and the City and County of Honolulu.  It’s been our tradition to have mooncake demonstrations ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2013, 3:46 PM by Acuw Hawaii
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ACUW Cultural Event a Hit at the HMA! – Lois Mui, coordinator

posted May 16, 2015, 12:00 PM by Acuw Hawaii

ACUW’s cultural event, Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) was a success, with 2,435 visitors, 1,638 adults and 717 children participating with delight to usher in the Year of the Ram on February 15, 2015! Family Sunday is a collaborative venture with the HMA, with Bank of Hawai‘i support.

Xie Xie to the 50+ wonderful ACUW members and friends who generously gave their time, talents, ideas, energy and enthusiasm as cultural resources to produce an exciting festival to share and teach about our rich Chinese heritage through engaging hands-on activities and entertaining performances. Special thanks to the talented and capable chairs for their initiative and leadership and to all who contributed to making the cultural event fun and rewarding for everyone:

On Site Coordination - ACUW President Ruth Hirai, Janel Haberman, Kimberly Hoi, and Gwyned Lum

Chinese Delicacies - Lynette Yuen, chair (almond cookies and almond float); Gretchen Jong, Betty Loui (gau), Elizabeth Lum (jai), Patricia Moberly, Eunice Terada (3 Eggs Jook), Maura Yee, and Stanford Yuen. Recipes featured may be found in ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook, Nov. 2014.

Chinese Calligraphy - Hong Jiang and Fawn Shang, chairs; Canossa Choy, Fawn’s Friends

Mah Jong - Valerie Wong, chair; Trudy Ching, Lola Fu, Paula Fukuda, Vicky Ho, Randy and Samantha Wong

Narcissus Exhibit & Demonstration - Patricia Lau, chair, Dora Cheng, Marge Lau, Barbara Pang, Lois Mui. Exhibitors: Gretchen Jong, Patricia Yee, Ruth Hirai, Randy Ching and Lara, Michael and Eleanor Cowell

Paper Crafts - Carolyn Misajon, chair; Cora Haberman, Janel Haberman, Vivian Ho, Bonnie Lu Jong, June Kadomoto, Betty Loui, Susan Wong

Membership Information and Chinese Zodiac & Horoscope - Susan Lee, chair; President Ruth Hirai, Hong Jiang, Cheryl Parker, Marilyn Wong, Libby Lum

ACUW Publications - May Lee Chung, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Fran Kramer and Millie Lui; ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook sold in the Museum Gift Shop.

Betty Jong arranged and led opening performances by the Guang Zhong Music Ensemble, setting the ambience for the day. Graceful traditional Chinese dances were presented by the exquisitely costumed Rainbow Chinese Dance Group, with Ying Zhang, director. ACUW member, Angela Chang presented a lively Chinese folk dance. (Angela is organizing a group of ACUW members interested learning to perform Chinese dances.) The HMA-Bank of Hawai‘i partnership sponsored several exciting highlights: a spirited dragon dance through the lanais and courtyards; spectacular lion dances on elevated poles, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations; a crafts activity creating sheep; and performances by the Phoenix Dance Chamber.

Special MAHALO to the Honolulu Museum of Art and HMA Coordinator for Family Sundays, Seng P. Choy, museum educator, for inviting ACUW to hold our cultural event on Family Sunday, and to the Bank of Hawai‘i for their generous support of the Family Sunday program. We appreciate greatly Mrs. Choy’s time and expertise in planning and facilitating the use of HMA facilities and equipment, technical support by the museum staff and providing other resources to ensure a successful event. ACUW is grateful for HMA’a aloha and hospitality, including lunch for volunteers. Xie xie!

Being Chinese by Chan-Lui Lee, Ph.D. Honorary Life Member & Past President, AFS-Melbourne, Australia

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:36 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Why do Chinese people work so hard to succeed in life?   Chinese people do not go about bombing, terrorizing others and causing religious hatred. We live peacefully with everyone on Earth.

 

Here is the plain truth about being Chinese.
 
#1. There are over 1 billion of us on Earth.   We are like photostat copies of each other.  You get rid of one, and five magically appear (like ballot boxes).  Yes, it is scary, especially for us.  We acknowledge that we are replaceable, thus we do not feel that we are particularly 'special'.  [Chinese believe that] if you think you are smart, there are thousands more people smarter than you.  If you think you are strong, there are thousands more people stronger than you.

#2. We have been crawling all over the Earth for far more centuries than most civilizations.  Our DNA is designed for survival.  We are like cockroaches.  Put us anywhere on Earth and we will make a colony and thrive.  We survive on anything around us and make the best of it.  Some keep migrating but others will stay and multiply.
 
#3. NOBODY cares if we succeed as individuals or not.  But our families take pride in knowing we have succeeded.  Yes, some will fail.  We take nothing for granted.  We don't expect privileges to fall on our laps.  No one owes us anything.
 
#4. We know we have nothing to lose if we try to succeed.  Thus, we have no fear trying.  That is why Chinese are addicted to gambling.  We thrive on taking risks.  All or nothing.

#5. From young we are taught to count every cent.  What we take for granted like money management, I have found out recently, is not something other cultures practice at home with their children.  It surprised me.  But truth is not all societies or cultures teach their young this set of skills because it is rude to them.  Yes, most of us can count because we are forced to and the logic of money is pounded into us from the beginning of time (when mama tells us how much she has spent on our milk and diapers).

#6. We acknowledge life cycles.  We accept that wealth in a family stays for three generations (urban myth?).  Thus, every 4th generation will have to work from scratch. i.e. first generation earns the money from scratch, second generation spends the money on education, third generation gets spoiled and wastes all the inheritance.  Then we are back to square one. Some families hang on to their wealth a little longer than most.
 
#7. It is our culture to push our next generation to do better than the last. Be smarter.  Be stronger.  Be faster.  Be more righteous.  Be more pious. Be more innovative.  Be more creative.  Be richer.  Be everything that you can be in this lifetime. 
 
#8. Our society judges us by our achievements...and we have no choice but to do something worthwhile because Chinese New Year comes around every year and Chinese relatives have no qualms about asking you straight in your face...How much are you making?  When was your last promotion? How big is your office?  What car do you drive?  Where do you stay?  You have boyfriend?  You have girlfriend?  When are you getting married? When are you having children?  When is the next child?  When you getting a boy?  Got maid yet?  Does your company send you overseas?... etc...etc... etc.  It never ends!   So, we can't stop chasing the illusive train -- we are damned to a materialistic society.  If you are not Chinese, consider yourself lucky!
 
#9. We have been taught from young that if you have two hands, two feet, two eyes, and a mouth, what are you doing with it?  "People with no hands can do better than you !"
 
#10. Ironically, the Chinese also believe in giving back to save their wretched materialistic souls.  Balance is needed.  The more their children succeed in life, the more our parents will give back to society as gratitude for the good fortune bestowed on their children.  Yes, that is true.  And that is why our society progresses forward in all conditions.
 
Nobody pities us.   We accept that.
 
No one owes us anything.  We know that.
 
There are too many of us for charity to reach all of us.  We acknowledge that.
 
But that does not stop us from making a better life.   This lifetime.
 
Opportunity is as we make of it.    So, pardon us if we feel obliged to make a better place for ourselves in any country we call home.  It is in our DNA to progress forward for a more comfortable life.
 
But if history were to be our teacher, look around the globe.
 
Every country has a Chinatown (seriously) but how many governments or countries have been 'taken over' by the Chinese people? Don't be afraid of us overwhelming your majority, we are not looking to conquer.   If we have moved away from China and Chinese governed countries, we are not looking for another country to administer.  Our representatives are only there to look after our collective welfare.  They are duty bound.

We prefer to blend in and enjoy the fruits of our labor.   We enjoy the company of like-minded people of all races.   After all, we are only passing through a small period in the history of time... so, use our skills and we can all progress forward together.

Family Sunday on February 15, 2015 – Lois Mui, Event Chair

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:26 PM by Acuw Hawaii

ACUW will present its major educational program of Chinese cultural activities and performances at the Honolulu Museum of Art, on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  ACUW is collaborating with the museum in presenting this Family Sunday event to usher in the Chinese New Year of the Sheep; the Bank of Hawaii is a co-sponsor.  The event is open to the public and is free.  Member support would be greatly appreciated as we share our Chinese heritage.  It is not too late to volunteer your help: please contact Lois Mui, ACUW event coordinator at 941-4789 or email loistmui@hawaii.rr.com or co-coordinator Gwyned Lum, 595-6066 or email gwynedcl@yahoo.com

Activities planned include: Narcissus Culture, display and demonstration; Chinese Delicacies, featuring recipes from ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook; Chinese paper crafts, both folding and cutting; Chinese Calligraphy; Mah Jong; and zodiac animals.  Musical performances will feature the Guang Zhong Ensemble.  Traditional Chinese dances will be performed in spectacular costumes by the Hawaii Rainbow Dance Troupe, ACUW Dancers and the acclaimed Phoenix Dance Chamber.  There will also be the spirited Lion dances and tai chi, kung fu and other martial arts demonstrations.

Bring your family and friends for a day of fun.  We look forward to seeing you at Family Sunday!

Honolulu Museum of Art Family Sunday January 19, 2014 – Cora Haberman, Cultural Event Committee Chair

posted Feb 10, 2014, 11:28 PM by Acuw Hawaii

The Honolulu Museum of Art Family Sunday was a success everyone had a nice time.  Thanks to ACUW members Carol Pang, Beverly Mau, Blossom Mau, Dorothy Mau, Lois Mui, Betty Jong, Barbara Pang, Christine Ling, Rosalind Chun, Fawn Shang , Kathy Jay, Natalie Wu, Betty Chang, Carolyn Misajon, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Christine Young, Gretchen Jong, Trudy Ching, Lola Fu, Canossa Choy, Pat Lau, Bertha Tomiyasu, Carol Chee, Lynette Yuen, Maura Yee, Mildred Lui, Ida Mai, Hong Jiang, Marion Yuen, Elizabeth Wong, and Paula Fukuda. Special thanks to non-members Flora Lu, Jamie Huang, and Bin Lin for helping with the calligraphy, and Seng Choy, the director of HMA.

Thanks to Elizabeth Lum for dropping off the ingredients for the Jai, even if she couldnt be there. Mahalo to all.


Another Year of Success at Autumn Festival - Hong Jiang, 2013 Committee Chair

posted Dec 17, 2013, 3:46 PM by Acuw Hawaii

On Sept 15, ACUW participated in the Autumn Festival organized by United Chinese Society and the City and County of Honolulu.  It’s been our tradition to have mooncake demonstrations, mooncake tasting, and children’s activities.  I want to thank the following members for helping staff the ACUW table at the event: Carolyn Misajon, Betty Chang, Vivian Ho, Dorothy Mau, Blossom Mau, Lola Fu, Lynette Yuen, Betty Jong, Canossa Choy, and Lynnae Lee. Thanks also to Christine Ling and Pat Chong for loaning us your mooncake molds every year.  Of course, we shall acknowledge ACUW President Beverly Mau and Vice President Blossom Mau, who helped organize the whole event on behalf of United Chinese Society. Thanks to all ladies for your ongoing support of cultural events!

Thank You for Your Participation at “Splendor of China” by Hong Jiang, Cultural Committee Chair

posted Nov 25, 2013, 7:41 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 7:37 PM ]

Let me express my sincere gratitude to you all for your help and support for cultural events in the last couple of years – I appreciate your participation from the bottom of my heart as the Cultural Committee Chair.

On Nov 2 and 3, ACUW had a booth at “Splendor of China.” I want to thank so much the following ladies for your help with the booth (name listed according to booth schedule): Cora Haberman, Nora Chong, Betty Chang, Beverly Taira, Rosalind Chun, Barbara Pang, Mildred Liu, Lois Mui, Betty Jong, Canossa Choy, Cheryl Parker, Vivian Ho, Carol Chee, Dorothy Mau, Pamela Young, Jerilyn Jeffryes, Chris Ling, Maura Yee, Liz Lum, Susan Lee; Marilyn Wong, Lynnae Lee, Chris Young, Flora Thong, Elizabeth Wong, Natalie Wu, Sylvia Ching, Marion Yuen, and Margret Lau. Thanks to May Lee Chung for providing the ACUW publications. Of course, we thank ACUW president Beverley Mau and president-elect Blossom Mau for their help at the booth, and their ongoing support and commitment to ACUW cultural events. 

Chinese Cultural Videos – Hong Jiang, Cultural Committee Chair

posted Nov 25, 2013, 7:38 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 7:38 PM ]

Our Cultural Committee Chair Hong Jiang hosted two TV interviews at ThinkTech Hawaii on topics of interest: 

Chinese in Hawaii (with Prof Douglas Chong on history of Chinese immigration and Chinese culture in Hawaii):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zi7z_aR7OQ

Search in  youtube.com under: ThinkTechHawaii Chinese in Hawaii (type in all the words)

China's real estate bubble (first 10 second has no sound; fine after that; great show in all the factors behind China's housing bubble):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YePLWU3Rjko

Search in youtube.com under: ThinkTechHawaii China's real estate bubble (type in all the words)

In this program, Prof. Xie explains the factors behind China's real estate bubble more deeply than the CBS 60-minute program on the same topic in Aug 2013 - very enlightening!

Congratulations on a Successful BOH 2013! – Hong Jiang, Committee Chair

posted May 23, 2013, 5:54 PM by Acuw Hawaii

The Cultural Committee Chair Hong Jiang wishes to express her appreciations for ACUW members’ active participation and great contribution to the BOH 2013 Family Sunday at Honolulu Museum of Art on Feb 17! Thank you President Beverly Mau for all your support and hard work; without the tireless work of Lois Mui, we would not have had the great table displays with the artists for the narcissus! We thank the following members who have made the BOH event successful (order according to tables – not alphabetical): Blossom Mau, Fawn Shang (and friends on calligraphy); Kathy Jay, Mona Chock, Chris Ling, Beverly Taira, Deb Wong, Colleen Lee, Pat Chong, Natalie Wu, Pat Moberly, Marilyn Wong, Bea Kong, Evelyn Lam, Blossom Wong, Val Wong, Susan Wong, Liz Lum (for spearheading the Jai table); Cora Haberman, Millie Lui, Barbara Pang, Marion Yuen, Gretchen Jong, Lily Lee, Vicky Christiansen, Fran Kramer, Maura Yee, Pat Lau, Flora Thong, Trudy Ching, Vicky Ho, Leona Bangerter, Betty Chang, Elizabeth Wong, Vivian Ho, Cynthia Ching, Candace Wong, Betty Jong (and friends for music). (Apologies if we have missed anyone.)

BOH Family Sunday - February 17, 2013


Cultural Committee – BOH Family Sunday at HMA, Feb 17 – Hong Jiang, Committee Chair

posted Jan 24, 2013, 7:05 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Get ready to participate in the ACUW event at Honolulu Museum of Art on Feb 17! This is the 3rd year since we have renewed our involvement with the HMA Chinese-themed Family Sunday. It has been a lot of fun in the last two years – it is also a great way to get ACUW out there in the community.

This year we will have tables for calligraphy, Jai, narcissus cultivation, Chinese Zodiac, and possibly Chinese knots/paper cutting. We will assist the HMA art table as well. Thanks to Lois Mui who has been spending hours getting ready for the narcissus display; thanks to Beverly Mau and Nancy Usui for getting ACUW the publicity for the event. We will have many many more ladies to thank later!

Event time is 11am-3pm on Feb 17, Sunday. Many have signed up to help – thank you ahead for your great effort and enthusiasm! Please make sure to ware beautiful Chinese clothing if you can! Parking free on street or in the HMA lot (off Kinau Street).

Lunch boxes at HMA are available for those who have signed up at the Jan 5th ACUW general membership meeting. If you did not sign up but still would like to participate, please just come (please arrange lunch on your own).

A belated “thank you” for all who have contributed to the ACUW booth at Splendor of China in November 2012. Special thanks go to Susan Lee (past President) and Lois Mui (Cultural Committee member). 

Splendor of China 2012 - Marion Yuen, Public Relations Chair

posted Jan 17, 2013, 8:14 PM by Acuw Hawaii

 
 
 
 Front: Carol Chee, Jerilyn Jeffryes
Back: Marion Yuen, Vivian Ho
Candolyn Nakagawa, Blossom Wong, Blossom Mau, Cora Haberman, Dorothy Mau, Susan Lee, Marilyn Wong, Lois Mui
 Front:  Carol Chee, Elizabeth Wong
Back: Vivian Ho, Marion Yuen, Jerilyn Jeffryes

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