N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 NEW YORK MAY 28, 2006 endeavor and thanks him for his service to the City Of White Plains and the Department of Public The Organization of Chinese Americans - Safety. We look forward to working with him and New York Chapter the Mt. Vernon Police Department regarding issues of mutual interest." Presents: Membership Summer Dance 2006 [ Photo and full article at: http://www.wpcnr.com/article4674.html ] Date: Friday, June 23, 2006 OLD TIMES: David Chong is pictured, seated far Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm left facing recruits, at White Plains Police Swearing In Ceremony last May, facing audience with Food will be served at 8:00 pm Commissioner Charles Jennings, Commissioner of Special show case performance at 9:30 pm Public Safety Frank Straub, at podium, Fire Chief Raffle drawing at 10:45 pm Richard Lyman and Police Chief James Bradley. Chong left the White Plains Department of Public Place: Safety abruptly under a shroud of mystery about Super Star Dance Studio one year ago. The reason given was to spend more 98 Mott Street, 4th Floor time with his family (he had recently adopted a (Above Grand Harmony Restaurant) child). Now, the heavily decorated former NYPD Telephone: (212) 226-1886 officer moves on to take the high profile Mount Vernon position. Photo, WPCNR News Archive. Ticket Information: $20.00 for OCA-NY Members Chong brings to Mount Vernon a reputation for $25.00 for Non-Members streamlining the operations of the White Plains $15.00 for those who become OCA-NY members police during his three years with the WPPD, and that night street savvy gained from years of undercover work with the NYPD. Chong was known for spearheading For tickets and information, please call Ms. public security operations in uniform with his men Christina Lo at (917) 929-0573 or e-mail serving side by side, blending into a crowd and Loandmoy@aol.com observing proceedings with a hawk-like eye. You =============================== never knew he was there until he would come up Press Officer Sheryll Bromley-Fox of the City of the behind you and say "hello." When I asked him City of Mount Vernon, confirmed moments ago to about this, he once said, "In White Plains we lead the CitizeNetReporter that David Chong, the from the front, Mr. Bailey." popular, respected, swashbuckling former Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of White Mr. Chong since leaving White Plains has been Plains, a man who was beloved by his men and teaching at the Monroe College of Criminal Justice. women officers, will be sworn in as Mount Vernon David E. Chong is 48 years of age and was most Police Commissioner Friday, May 26, 2006, in a recently a Professor of Criminal Justice at Monroe news conference on the steps of Mount Vernon City College. He served in the Law Enforcement Hall at 11:00 A.M. community for approximately 26 years. Mr. Chong retired as a Lieutenant Commander of Detectives Commissioner of Public Safety Dr. Frank Straub from the New York City Police Department in issued this statement to WPCNR moments ago November of 2002, after over 22 years. In congratulating Mr. Chong, though Dr. Straub said February he retired as Deputy Commissioner of he had no personal knowledge that Mr. Chong had Public Safety for the City of White Plains. accepted the position: "The Department of Public Safety wishes him much success in his new N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 During Mr. Chong's career with the New York City which brings the timeless relevance of a 1952 Police Department he served in many high profile manuscript written by Yoko Ono. assignments. His assignments included the Tactical USE CULTURE PASS COUPON ON JUNE 2 TO Patrol Unit as an undercover Detective infiltrating RECEIVE 50% OFF Asian Organized Crime and Gangs, and as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Detective Culture Pass Discount: $10 (must present Commander in units such as The Mayor's Social coupon to receive discount) Club Inspectional Task Force, Public Moral Division, General Admission Fee: $20 Narcotics Division, Organized Crime Investigations Venue: Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. (btn. Houston Division, Organized Crime Control Bureau, High & Prince St) NYC Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and the Homicide RSVP: (212) 334-7479 Squad. When he retired he was the Commanding Officer of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau's, Global About Topaz Arts >>Culture Pass is a project of Intelligence Unit, formed shortly after 9-11-01. Asian American Arts Alliance. It is a free coupon booklet providing major discounts to arts and He earned over 119 NYPD awards and medals, and cultural treasures in New York City. Read about he has been the recipient of over 50 awards from Culture Pass & pick up locations >> various Federal, State, and Law Enforcement =============================== Agencies, and Civic and Fraternal Organizations Dear Friends and Colleagues, over his law enforcement career. His honors include the Society of Asian Federal Officer's "Man As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage of the Year", The NYPD Asian Jade Society's Month, I am happy to announce that the Museum "Lifetime Achievement Award", and the of Chinese in the Americas' (MoCA) expansion is Organization of Chinese Americans' "Dynamic gaining momentum. Our endeavor to create a Achiever Award". world-class, national Chinese American museum grows stronger each day and our quiet efforts to He holds an Associates Degree in Business attract lead funding has recently met with Marketing and Finance from Queensborough incredible success. Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, a Graduate Degree We are proud to announce that MoCA has received in Public Administration from Marist College, is a the largest grant in its 26 year history from The graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National September 11th Fund* -- $1.74 million over three Academy, and has attended training in Israel on years to support our capital expansion, including terrorism and suicide bombers. expanded operations. As a lead gift, this grant has already leveraged other support for MoCA's effort, Mr. Chong is married and a resident of Westchester as evidenced by a $200,000 planning grant from County. He recently traveled to China to adopt a the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. baby girl. We are also deeply appreciative of pledges from =============================== the City Council and the Mayor's Office amounting Topaz Arts - Thunder/Silence to $1.5 million for capital support through the New (Thunder Against 1.2.3 and The Soundless Music) York City Department of Cultural Affairs. We pay tribute to these lead funders for their belief THU-SAT. JUNE 1-3, 8pm in MoCA, as well as their commitment to the entire Featuring the collaborative work of choreographer Chinatown community. We fully recognize and Paz Tanjuaquio and composer Todd Richmond, appreciate the long-lasting impact these Topaz Arts presents Thunder/Silence- a reprise partnerships will have on the Museum and New of Thunder Against 1.2.3 (2005) and a preview of York City's cultural community. The Soundless Music- an exciting new group work N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 In addition to the spectacular news regarding these American communities, applicants are not required generous contributions, MoCA will be highlighted in to have any prior experience or knowledge. We New York Voices, Channel Thirteen/WNET's Emmy- only ask that they have a genuine interest in, and winning production. Please tune in to Channel 13 commitment to, exploring these rich communities. tomorrow, Friday, May 12 at 9:00 pm. The episode What is the summer program about? will focus on the Museum's expansion project featuring interviews with Maya Lin (designer), Summer 2003 participants create a mural depicting Charles Lai (MoCA Executive Director) and Cynthia images of Chinese American railroad workers, Lee (MoCA Deputy Director of Programs). Japanese American internment, and harmony We turn to you to keep this momentum going: between ethnic groups. CYI’s SLI is fun, Make your contribution today and help the Museum interactive, and a great way to develop leadership of Chinese in the Americas reach its campaign skills! We hold nine FREE workshops in Chinatown goals. every Saturday from June 24 through August 19, 2006. On behalf of the Board and staff of MoCA, thank Our innovative SLI curriculum includes a series of you for your continued support. guest speakers, facilitated discussions, and interactive activities around issues of identity and other issues affecting the Chinatown and Asian Sincerely, American communities. Participants also complete Jonathan K. Ligh, MD, FACS a number of small and large projects that will Board Chair facilitate identity exploration and community Museum of Chinese in the Americas service. =============================== SUMMER PROGRAM APPLICATION Summer Leadership Institute 2006 June 24 - August 19, 2006 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE APPLICATIONS DUE: Saturday, June 3, 2006 Wk #1: Orientation Wk #2: Chinatown History Welcome to Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI)! CYI Wk #3: Asian American History was founded in the fall of 1999 by Wk #4: Oral/Family History and Immigration Swarthmore College student Gloria Chan, who had Wk #5: Media received the prestigious $10,000 Lang Wk #6: Problems in Chinatown Opportunity Grant for Social Action. In the last six Wk #7: Politics years, CYI has been dedicated to Wk #8: Arts & Literature empowering the next generation of New York City Wk #9: Closing Activities youth with the leadership ability necessary to articulate the unique needs and wants of WHY JOIN CYI’S SUMMER LEADERSHIP Chinatown, Asian Americans, and other INSTITUTE? underrepresented communities. While CYI’s mission 1) Meet inspiring mentors with backgrounds in remains the empowerment of youth, CYI continues many different fields. to shift its focus to promoting activism and the In addition to discussions and interactive activities, application of leadership skills in the real world SLI workshops include environment through community projects. Enclosed presentations from numerous prominent in this packet is more information about our community and city leaders. Our past summer program and why you should join! speakers have included City Councilman John Liu, photographer Corky Lee, Is CYI just for Asians? former chair of Asian American studies at CUNY Professor Betty Lee Sung, No! All high school youth in the New York City area broadcast journalist Ti-Hua Chang, retired NYPD are welcome to join CYI’s Summer Leadership officer Hoi Ming So, NY Institute (SLI)! While the SLI curriculum does focus State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, and on issues pertaining to the Chinatown and Asian civil rights advocate Rocky N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 Chin. By interacting with these guest speakers, A reunion of CYI-ers past, present, and future, participants will learn about the celebrating CYI’s Fifth Anniversary in December Civil rights advocate process of making social 2004. change. They will also gain opportunities to New York City youth clean up the streets of establish Chinatown, as depicted in this mural image connections and help in the causes of community created in Summer 2003. leaders. HOW DO I APPLY? 2) Understand the history of Chinatown and Asian America. APPLICATIONS DUE: Saturday, June 3, 2006 Take a walking tour of Chinatown with a representative of the Museum of Chinese in the We strongly encourage all high school youth to Americas (MOCA), and discover the various apply to CYI’s Summer Leadership Institute, intricacies of the neighborhood. Also learn about regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or different location of residence, etc. This year’s aspects of Asian American history, from the workshops will take place every Saturday from building of the Transcontinental Railroad to the June 24 through August 19, 2006. It is evolution of Asian portrayals in American media. expected that participants will be present for every Saturday workshop, in addition one Sunday 3) Make connections that will last a lifetime. in August for Chinatown Beautification Day Besides networking with different community (tentatively scheduled for August 12, 2006). leaders, this program consists of interactive group- work amongst 20-25 peers. In addition, workshops All interested applicants should complete the are led by a team of facilitators who will continue following: to be mentors even after the summer is over. .. Application Form (see next page) These interactions will challenge the way .. Two short essays (see instructions below) participants view the world. .. A creative piece about “self” (on an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper; see specifications below) 4) Gain valuable skills and resources. CYI’s SLI will help to develop leadership skills that will attract ESSAYS employers and colleges/universities around the In no more than a page, please answer the country. Our summer curriculum emphasizes following two questions: building skills in self-reflection, communication, problem solving, and analytical 1. Please describe a relationship (with a friend, thinking. Some Sundays and/or weekday evenings family member, teacher/mentor, etc.) that is also include fieldtrips to events throughout the city, meaningful to you. What personal qualities does such as a film festival or a political rally, or to the each of you bring to the relationship? offices of various Asian American organizations. 2. Some qualities of leadership include listening skills, an ability to take risks, and showing 5) Make a difference in the community. Since CYI kindness to others. In what ways have you emphasizes youth initiative, each SLI participant demonstrated these qualities or other will have a role in CYI’s annual Beautification Day. leadership qualities (whether with family, friends, S/he will also develop an independent project for your school, or neighborhood, etc.)? the summer, such as creating a writing or art piece; writing and distributing a pamphlet about a CREATIVE PIECE specific issue; or starting a club at school. Are you a writer? An artist? A photographer? A Participants will then present their work during poet? A collage-maker? A performer? closing activities. These projects build leadership How do you express your creativity? We want to skills and are very rewarding experiences. see how you express yourself! On an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper, share the people, places, or Answering the question “Where is home?” while things that are meaningful to you. Please also visiting MOCA. include at least one photograph of yourself. N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 the return of the city's Chinese community. Please send your completed application to: However, the homecoming was only temporary. Chinatown Youth Initiatives Little is left of the city's once-thriving Chinatown, a c/o SLI 2006 residential and commercial district at the center of P.O. Box 130329 the Chinese community. And now the New Jersey New York, NY 10013 Devils' arena is erasing its final few remnants. Very few New Jersey -- or even Newark -- residents are Questions? Concerns? Email email@example.com. even aware of how busy Chinatown was in the early 20th century. CYI SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (SLI) PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FORM (Copy & paste Yoland Skeete unearthed a wealth of artifacts in a the following to Word) Newark back yard, including glass bottles, teacups and a few dishes, and proudly displays them at the PERSONAL INFORMATION Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, an arts and cultural center in the neighborhood. "New Jersey Name has totally ignored the importance of this as far as School its role in American history," she said. Home Address City As New Jersey's Asian population continues to Phone Home ( ) expand, Skeete wants to preserve the history of Preferred Phone (check one) some of the state's first Asian residents and their Email community. More than 100,000 Chinese people State lived in New Jersey in 2000, but fewer than 500 in -Cell ( ) Newark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. .. Home .. Cell AIM SN Screeches of recognition preceded warm hugs Gender (circle) F M Other Saturday and long-ago friends reconnected, Current Grade commenting on gained or lost weight, changes in Birthdate / / hair color and both additions and losses to Zip respective families. - EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION Frank Soo Hoo, who was born in the neighborhood, Contact Person Relation could barely take a few steps without being embraced or extending a hug of his own. He Phone Day ( ) -Night ( ) greeted everyone with a cordial "How ya doin'?" delivered with a Jersey accent, and a smile rarely SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS left his cherubic mug. "We had a close-knit How did you hear about CYI? community," Soo Hoo said. "We always spent time with each; we were all brothers and sisters." Have you been involved with CYI in the past?......No, I have not…... Yes, I have! In an effort to gain greater recognition for the If YES, when and how? community's role in New Jersey's history, Skeete undertook a project to collect documents and oral What other commitments might you have this histories from the people who lived in the area. As summer? part of her efforts, she also organized a now- ***************************************** annual reunion, including a full day of cultural NEW JERSEY events. There is immediacy to Skeete's efforts. The neighborhood, once full of Chinese people, is By Yung Kim – NJ Herald News now occupied by construction workers operating bulldozers and cranes demolishing what few A lion danced in Newark on Saturday -- a brightly buildings remain of the bygone era. colored fabric beast with feathers -- to celebrate N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 The Sumei center, where Skeete is the director of The U.S. reopened immigration from Asia in the educational and historical programs, is in what 1960s, restocking some Chinatowns, such as those used to be the heart of Chinatown. But now, the in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, building is surrounded by detour signs and massive Philadelphia and Seattle, with new immigrants. But concrete building blocks for the arena. "When a it was too late for Newark. whole group of people disappears from a neighborhood, something drastic must have Gladys Chin was born in the neighborhood, but her happened," she said. family moved when she was 10. However, their ties to the community remained strong. The family New Jersey's first 68 Chinese residents were returned every Sunday to attend services at Old brought to Belleville from Massachusetts in 1870 by First Presbyterian Church on Broad Street, and James Hervey, who needed cheap labor at his Gladys was always around to play with friends. steam laundry, according to Skeete's research. They were not welcomed. Neighbors held a rally to "She used to beat us all up," someone called out, protest their presence, according to newspapers of prompting giggles. the day. "We were all different ages, but we were one big The nativist anger toward the Chinese forced family," she said. "I was always in someone else's construction of a wall around the steam laundry house." grounds to prevent violence. Those first Chinese laborers began moving to Newark in 1875, With college, jobs and marriage, the Chinese transforming their corner of the city into what residents continued to dwindle. And now few became Chinatown. By 1922, about 3,000 Chinese people know their community existed. "If you try lived in the city. The area was home to to tell someone about the Chinatown in Newark, restaurants, jewelry stores and laundry facilities, they look at you like you're crazy," Soo Hoo said. among other businesses owned by Chinese But this was important." residents. "If Yoland didn't do this, no one would know," Chin Chinatown's growth in Newark was mirrored by the added. establishment of other Chinatowns around the country during the same period, said Peter Kwong, Many children and grandchildren don't know about professor of the Asian American Studies Program at Newark's Chinatown. Many simply didn't care to Hunter College. know. But Skeete has found that a need to know about their Asian-American ancestors does surface The first Chinese immigrants in the U.S. arrived in eventually. California in the 1840s and spread out throughout the West. But the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 "When they are ready to learn about it, we will stopped further immigration, and discrimination have the history ready for them," she said. forced the immigrants out of smaller towns and into enclaves in big cities. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ***************************************** "The whole idea that Chinese people are unclean, VIRGINIA diseased, that they don't want to assimilate, these stereotypical images, the criminal image, that they President Bush all smoke opium, was caused by the isolation of Recognizes Virginia Chinese," Kwong said. By the 1960s, Chinatowns nationwide were losing residents as second- and Woman for Dedication to third-generation Chinese-Americans went on to Volunteer Service professional careers and made their way to the suburbs. On May 12, 2006, President George W. Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to five outstanding N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 individuals during a ceremony marking Asian Pacific Some people think there is not a thought about American Heritage Month in the East Room of the racism in the younger generation such as my White House. Dotty (Lee) Eng, formerly of NYC friends, schoolmates, and I, but those people are Chinatown, is a volunteer with Gold Star Wives of very foolish, very confused, or simply wrong. Kids America, which is comprised of women whose at my school expect me to speak fluent Chinese, spouses died while on active duty in the U.S. and for me to speak it in front of them. Why should Armed Forces or from a service-related disability. She is on the national board and is a member of I be obligated to, especially when I know that they the Potomac Chapter. Since her husband, Charles will mock it until the end of time? (I, unfortunately, Eng of Newark, NJ passed, she has raised her three know this from experience)They do not speak children herself. Dotty volunteers at the Armed Swahili, or Irish, or whatever the language of their Forces Retirement Home in Washington D.C., culture happens to be. Not all the kids do this, providing outreach and care to the residents, thank goodness, but the kids who are racist are including Gulf War veterans who relocated to the intolerably so. It is very common for a kid in my facility following Hurricane Katrina. For two years grade to come up to me and say, "Hey, I can speak Dotty has also assembled USO care packages for Chinese," and let out a stream of solid gibberish. I military troops deployed overseas. have learned to say, "Yeah. Right. Whatever," and walk away, but it is infuriating, and painful to hear. ***************************************** I do not have any different ideas about my neighborhood just because I am Chinese. Maybe CALIFORNIA my neighbors do -mind you, they are either African-American or Caucasian- but they have Winning Entries From shown no sign of it. Growing Up Asian in America 2006 It is possible that some unusual occurrences A Program of the Asian Pacific Fund around our house have been linked to racism. My mom has gone outside to get the newspaper, only K-5 Bay Area Winner to find that it is gone, or that someone has stolen It Is To Be Asian- All Alone the newspaper and used the bag to scoop their dog's poop, and have left the bag on the lawn. By Jolene M. Won (Daughter of June Dick Won) Dog-walkers never seem to pick up their dogs' Age 10, Grade 5 poop from our lawn, as they do everyone else's. This could just be my imagination, though. My family is the only completely Asian family in the People have also broken eggs on the sidewalk, neighborhood. There is a girl named Jessica, who is thrown trash on our lawn, and stolen or cracked my age, and her family, who live about two blocks the decorative stepping-stones in front of the down from our house, but Jessica is half Caucasian. house. She can speak fluent Thai, but that does not make I have no way to prove that these are hate crimes, her completely Thai. My family would like for more and I actually do not think they are. I really hope Asian families to move in, so we would not be there will be no more discrimination than there alone in being Asian, as we are now. already is around the neighborhood, possibly none I am proud to be Asian, as I should, but it is hard at all . . . but it is not like that, not yet. to sell armbands printed with the words Asian It has been a long time since this "racism" issue Pride, or put up Chinese New Year flyers around started up, just because some silly man or woman the school when there is no one to buy the bands; thought that if you were different, it made you no Asians to help put up the flyers, or to even read awful, impure, or unclean in some way. Then them and actually care. There are no other Asians people acted out of ignorance. Now it has created to stand tall and proud with (well, sorry to say, a mass of crevasses like dried desert soil, most of us Asians aren't actually very tall) and that separating us all from what we could do, could be. is a very, very difficult prospect to have to live with. Now man acts out of spite and envy and still ignorance, and a born-in comfort with people like N.Y.C. CHINATOWN REUNION NEWSLETTER May 12, 2010 us, with yellow, white or black skin; brown or blue, big or small eyes; black or blond, wavy or straight hair. That comfort, in some, makes other people, people who simply aren't like them, seem, "bad." It has been so long since racism was born, that it would be all but impossible to destroy or wipe it out. We can still fight, though. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and many of the other fighters who might help are gone. But, this very moment, the next great Asian leader might be being born, or playing with Lego’s, or studying for a math test. Our equality is in the small hands of the younger generations.