Redwood Empire Chinese Association
August, 2018
Message from President Nancy Wang
Nancy Wang
Greetings RECA members,
Summer is nearly over and fall, with its many activities is just a few weeks away. Our
Vice President
summer activities were held with the usual excellent results. We had our Children's Chinese
Ways and Means:
Culture Camp followed the next day with our 18th Annual MultiCultural Poetry Reading
David Chung, 707-340-6045
and Potluck lunch. Our performances at the Sonoma County Fair were well received. The
4th of July Youth Group potluck at Judy Cheung's house was fun.
Hsiu-Chuan Armstrong
Coming up soon is the beginning of Mandarin Language Classes. We offer lessons in
Recording Secretary:
Mandarin for ages 5-105. We have a beginning kid's class, an intermediate class for
Cathy Ringstad, 707-523-2379
continuing children and beginning teens and adults, and an advanced class for people who
are conversant in Chinese, but want to improve or maintain their language skills. Please
Corresponding Secretary,
register early so we can be prepared with the proper amount of suitable materials.
Newsletter Editor,
Photographer, Membership:
Enrollment forms may be found on our website,, under "summer
Judy Cheung, 707-528-0912
culture camp signup form" under the dragon on the home page and on page 9 of this
Newsletter. Summer camp and language classes use the same forms. We hope to have a
large turnout this year for classes. In addition to learning Mandarin, there are opportunities
Mirin Lew, 707-545-6173
for joining other RECA groups such as Adult Chorus, Youth Group, and dance groups.
Social Director:
Performances sometimes include language class students. There is also the general
Mary Lowe,
atmosphere of warm and friendly people who enjoy Chinese culture in an American society.
707-528-8712 x132
There is so much more to experience in our language classes than only lessons.
Building Committee:
On September 22, RECA will hold its 5th Annual Autumn Moon Festival. This traditional
Joe Wang, 707-576-0533
Chinese party day is usually held near a body of water where the full moon can be seen
Youth Group:
reflecting. We do not have standing water, so we admire the moon in the sky. This potluck
Ruth & Bob Hickman
event is for everyone in the family. Bring your parents, grandparents, children and
grandchildren. We eat outside, then have entertainment of RECA talent. We have many
areas for people to chat, relax and enjoy. There is a ping-pong table, a hoop to shoot baskets,
Cultural Dance Director:
Judy Elliott, 707-477-0329
a field to run in, the lawn to relax on, inside, outside, etc. Last year 200 attended. For some
children, this is the first time they will have a safe environment to enjoy being outside after
Sunshine & Mah Jong Chair
dark. One time, a child pointed up to the stars and asked, "What are those?" For us older
Lorrie Abbott
folks, there will be plenty of good food and friends, both new and old, to enjoy as the sun
goes down. Of course, our RECA talent will be there for our entertainment.
Board Members:
Jean Gee
Azy Heydon
Sept. 8: First day of RECA Language Classes, RECA Center, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Mark Heydon
Sept. 18: Chinese New Year Planning committee 6:00-7:00. Please come. Dinner served.
RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
Past Presidents:
Sept. 22: 5th Annual Autumn Moon Festival potluck , RECA Center, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Hubert Tsang
Oct. 16: Chinese New Year Planning committee 6:00-7:00. Please come. Dinner served.
Jan Lew
RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
Elee Tsai
Nov. 21: Chinese New Year Planning committee 6:00-7:00. Please come. Dinner served.
RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
Dec. 19: Chinese New Year Planning committee 6:00-7:00. Please come. Dinner served.
RECA Board meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at our Center. All interested members invited.
RECA Language School for 2017-18 ended quietly as
By Ruth and Bob Hickman
students and teachers finished the last lessons, then
Our RECA Youth Group continues to enjoy Chinese culture
had an end-of-term party.
and be active in the community. Chinese art history was our
topic in May. After an overview, we focused on Chinese
paintings and painters. It was interesting to note the different
formats of Chinese painting, including hand scrolls and
hanging scrolls, and differentiate between the literati and
court painters. One quote by one of China’s greatest
contemporary painters, Wu Guanzhong, demonstrates the
connection between an artist and his country. He said,
“Through painting landscapes I have grown to love my
motherland even more and wish to be forever intoxicated in
her embrace.”
In June we reviewed 14 Asian American authors and their
literature. Common themes in these works involve living in
Funny face photo before the cake was cut on the last day.
the US and navigating contrasts between Asian and American
cultures. Often Asian
American characters in these stories struggle with under-
standing their own identities. It is helpful to look
into the biographies of Asian American authors to realize the
perspective they are writing from and why they write as they
do. Our members left with a suggested summer reading list to
consider to develop a love for reading while learning about
Please join us. For more information, call Bob or Ruth
Hickman 707.537.8820.
Children's Chinese Culture Camp, 2018
Teachers for 2018-2019 RECA Language Classes
Fun, games and food were the menu for the evening of the 4th of
July BBQ at Judy Cheung's house with family, friends and
fireworks from the fairgrounds viewed from Judy's front yard.
Cathy Qing Ringstad
Carrie Chuan Xiao Johnston
Beginning children
Int. Children, Beg. teen, ad.
SuNing Qin Morris
Xia Liu
RECA Youth Group was
prominent in a parade
and two performances
for the Sonoma County
Fair. They presented
both the lion and dragon
RECA's 5th Annual Autumn Moon Festival, Saturday, September 22, 2018, 5:00-8:00. Bring food to share, family of all
generations and a jacket for when it is chilly after dark. This evening activity is a fun social time for all ages from
toddlers to great-grandparents. Lots of food, fun and friends both old and new.
Upcoming Events
Youth Group: First Friday of each month, 5:00-8:00 at our Center. Call Ruth and Bob Hickman, 707-537-8820.
Adult Chorus: Each Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 RECA Center. Call David Chung, 707-340-6045.
Tai Chi: Each Saturday morning, 8:30-10:00, Snoopy's Ice Arena. Call David Chung, 707-340-6045.
Dance Rehearsals: Usually on Sunday afternoons. For information and auditions, call Judy Elliott, 707-477-0329.
Mah Jong: Rohnert Park Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Dr. Rohnert Park, Call Lorrie Abbott, 707-795-3457, for meeting
times and more information. (Suspended for the summer due to Lorrie having back surgery. Please call for autumn
Sept. 8: First day of language classes each Saturday of the school year, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Ask about lion dance practice.
Sept. 8: Santa Rosa Sesquicentennial celebration Old Courthouse Square, Downtown Santa Rosa, 3:-10:00 p.m. RECA
Booth 3:00-8:00. RECA performance 7:30-8:00.
Sept. 15: Dancing Poetry Festival, Palace of the Legion of Honor art museum, 100 34th St. San Francisco, RECA Young
Dancers will perform their Fan Dance to a poem by Ellen Hickman.
Sept. 22: RECA's Annual Moon Festival Potluck Dinner, 5:00-8:00, RECA Center.
Check your email for more events as they occur. New opportunities are always presenting themselves to RECA members.
If you are not receiving RECA email announcements and Newsletters and you are a member of RECA, please send your name and
email address to Mark Heydon at He will add your name to our email list. Also, if you have a friend who is a
member but is not receiving RECA email, please let Mark know.
If you have photos or would like to write a story for our newsletter, please send your submissions to Judy Cheung at by mid January, April, July or October Please label your email "RECA NL" so Judy will be sure to copy it to
the correct file for printing.
August 6-10, 2018, RECA Center
Food! Fun! Friends! Like other RECA events, Children's Chinese Culture Camp was filled with all three.
Twelve children joined us for a week of learning with summer fun. We had our usual curriculum of language,
culture, cooking and art. On Friday afternoon, we had our big performance for our families where we did our
song and dance act about the Beijing Opera plus our lion and dragon dances. That was fun!
As usual, our mornings began with martial arts. This year,
Our mornings continued with Mandarin language lessons. This
instead of being taught by a master, three junior councilors, Kiki
year, most of the campers were in the intermediate class. We had
Walker, Nicky Ringstad and Malaya Luna, all of Justin Eggart's
very few very young kids. Over half of our campers were also
Wu Academy, took turns leading traditional morning exercises.
junior counselors.
This year, recess focused on the ping-pong table, not the play
Snacks were always available for recess, as were the piano, organ
structure. Older kids made sure the younger kids were able to
and lion drums for exploration, practice and impromptu recitals.
have their turns in playing and being referee and scorekeepers.
Lion dance practice was fun. It is really hard to scratch your
Everyone had a chance to play drums, cymbals and gongs.
partner's ear with your foot. Roles to perform for lion dance were
Malaya is an RECA drummer for public performances.
head, tail and happy children lion tamers.
Chloe Howard from the RECA
senior lion team came to teach
us new tricks. Maybe you will
see this high lift completed by
Miles and Chloe on stage for
Chinese New Year Celebration
and Fundraiser in February.
No promises, but we have
begun practicing.
Every day campers made their own lunch. Frances, our youngest
this year, stirs the stir-fry vegetables for fried rice.
Our campers were older this year! Here, junior counselor Maddie
Making lunch each day was always fun. Campers menu items
Walker makes sure her Grandma Nancy doesn't burn herself
were fried rice, chou mien, wonton, pot stickers, and green onion
while stirring the frying pan full of vegetables for fried rice.
Afternoons were hot, so we stayed in the air-conditioned garage
We also practiced a dance for the Friday performance. It was
and learned a song to sing for the Friday performance.
about the Beijing Opera. It was fun with masks and costumes.
We also had an arts and crafts
project each day. Wednesday,
we made kites and flew them.
We needed a lot more wind.
Nicky got his kite going pretty
good. Henry had his kite fly
highest and longest. Kites
were invented in China.
We finished each day with art. We learned and practiced Chinese
brush painting and calligraphy.
Our Beijing Opera song and dance was great! Even our 3 year old
Our dragon dance was spectacular with the dragon running
junior camper, Amy who visited for 2 days with her Mom, got
around then curling up and bowing to the audience. Lion heads
into this picture. We are all awesome!
are in front for the later performance.
Some Random Fun Photos of Camp
Best friends at camp, Ada Moreno and Kiki Walker got the most
jobs and had lots of fun. About half of the campers were junior
counselors. Ada, Kiki and Kiki's sister Maddie were the senior
Frances and Henry explore making music with the piano. Recess
junior counselors. We might have to have them next year as full
can offer as much learning as formal instruction time. Both
fledged counselors. They are well experienced now.
showed talent if they want to take lessons in the future.
Form and showmanship are
important in both sports and
entertainment. Malaya has
great form with this shot at the
ping pong table. This shot was
taken by junior counselor
Diego Vasquez.
Takeo, head of table, shows everyone how to make an origami
box by folding without scissors, tape or glue.
Look how tall 11 year old
Diego got since last year! He
is the tallest camper we have
ever had. He is taller than Judy.
Diego did not need to stand on
a chair to stir the vegetables.
In fact, this year, no one
needed a chair.
Catherine, Jasmine, Takeo, Kiki and Mateo wait their turn to stir
the pot. We called them one at a time, but sometimes waiting in
line is fun at camp.
August 11, the day after camp finished, we held our 18th Annual MultiCultural Poetry Reading and Potluck Lunch.
Our Center was jumping again with unusual fun and excitement as poets from Santa Rosa, the East Bay, and as far away
as Japan, gathered for food, fun and poetry. We had great discussions on linguistics and on poetry, especially thoughts and
ideas about translating from various languages. During lunch, we even had a spontaneous discussion where someone
asked about the relative values of vowels and consonants between various languages such as English, German, Yiddish,
Chinese. Now, how is that to be answered? The answer is no answer. It can only be discussed. This year, we had
readings in English paired with Chinese, German, Spanish Yiddish and Japanese. We also had a regular read-around with
each poet reading their choice of poem and language. Our youngest poet, Amy, recently arrived from China, had a poem
memorized, but could not speak when it was her turn. We did hear her chanting it earlier while she played.
During the social eating time, we were so busy
socializing and eating that no one took pictures of our
L: We had a variety of food including chicken and
mushrooms, fried rice, quinoa with asparagus,
enchiladas, chocolate cake and more.
R: Our multilingual poetry book table was filled with
books of many languages. It was illuminating to look
at various languages. Although no one spoke Thai at
the event, Thai books were admired for the beauty of
Thai writing with its many curly-cued letters.
3 year old Amy, our youngest
ever to participate, got stage
fright when she stood in front
of the group. Earlier, she
recited her poem while
playing. Later, her mom read
in Chinese with a poet who
read English. They have been
in the USA for about 1 month.
Amy speaks only Chinese.
Azy brought 2 high school exchange students from Japan. They
read English and Japanese together.
Tanya Joyce read English. Visiting professor from Beijing Dr.
David Chung announced the poem he would read. Lili said, "I
Yao Hong (Gloria) read in French.
can dance that." So she did. The duet was beautiful.
For the second year in a row, RECA participated in the Sonoma
After the parade, and on the next day, RECA gave a full show.
County Fair by being in the afternoon parade, giving people a
This year, we performed on the new Flower Show stage in the
chance to meet the lions and other performers with photo ops.
Pavilion of Flowers.
Nancy Wang, Mary Lowe and
David Chung attended an
invitation only event at
Charles Shulz Museum
commemorating The inclusion
of Franklin Armstrong, a
black child, in his Peanuts
comic. During the '70's, this
was on the cutting edge of
social and political reform.
Nancy is pictured here with
the speaker, Rob Armstrong
RECA Board Member Mirin Lew married Val Peterson on
who influenced the develop-
8-25-18. David Chung, Judy Cheung, Mary Lowe, Nancy Wang
ment of the character.
and Joe Wang helped the happy couple (C) celebrate.
St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare
(Annadel Medical Group)
River Rock Casino
Lagunitas Brewing Company
JJ Custom Wines
Domaine St. George Winery
Clover Stornetta, Asia Mart
Mike & Sandy Sullivan
Alan & Suning Morris
Dave & Ann Schleeter
Annie Wang
You may have a business card size paid advertisement for 4 issues
of RECA Newsletter. Send $50 and your copy ready ad to RECA,
Sesquicentennial means 150 years. Santa Rosa is
PO box 7854, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.
celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018. As usual,
RECA is in the middle of it all.
Our RECA Annual Chinese New Year Celebration
RECA is actively involved
and Fundraiser was the first event of the year which is
with the Santa Rosa
an officially designated activity recognized as a
Sesquicentennial events
Sesquicentennial Event. We have received the official
throughout 2018. Visit our
logo to place on our RECA CNY poster. We put it in
booth and see our
the lower right corner.
performance on September 8,
In August, our 18th Annual MultiCultural Poetry
Courthouse Square, 3:00-
Reading and Potluck Lunch was also an officially
8:00. Performance 7:30.
designated Sesquicentennial event.
RECA Chinese Language Class and Activity Enrollment Form
Please use a separate form for each student's enrollment. Please make checks payable to RECA CHINESE SCHOOL, then
send to RECA School, PO Box 7854, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Today's Date:___________________
Name of student: ______________________________________________Age: ______ Birth date: __________________
______________________________________________ City_____________________ Zip: _____________
Telephone: ______________________________ Alternate phone during class time______________________________
Parent’s or guardian’s name (if under 18): ____________________________ e-mail ____________________
Beginning Mandarin (5-10 yrs old) Saturday 9:00-11:30
Continuing Mandarin for children: Saturday 9:00-11:30
Intermediate Mandarin for children and teens who have the basics and want to improve Saturday 9:00-11:30
Adult and older teen class for all levels. Focuses in functional abilities, Saturday 9:00-11:30 (if enough students)
Children’s Chinese Culture Camp. Camp is one week during the summer, dates TBA. Children 5-12 years old
Cultural Dance program , Adult Chorus,
Youth Group,
Adult Mah Jong (no $$), Other: _____________
____I agree to photo clearance. Many official and unofficial photos are taken during RECA activities. I agree that photos of me and
my family, while participating in RECA activities and events, may be taken, used, published and displayed. ___I do not agree.
In consideration of the acceptance of my application for the REDWOOD EMPIRE CHINESE ASSOCIATION Chinese School, I do
hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims for
damages which I may have or which may hereafter accrue to me against the RECA Chinese School or their responsible officers,
directors, agents, representatives, successors, and/or assigns for any and all damages which may be sustained and suffered by me in
connection with my said / or arising out of my traveling to, participating in and returning from said activities.
Signature: _______________________________________Parent or guardian signature: ___________________________________
Required for adult students (over 18)
Required for students under age 18
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Required for children under 18, optional for adults
Parent/ Guardian: ___________________________________ Telephone if different from above: ___________________
Alternate name to call in emergency: __________________________________ Relationship: ______________________
Address: _______________________________________________________________Phone: _____________________
Does this student have any physical ailments (such as diabetes, allergies, asthma, etc.) or does this student take medication during
class time (Saturday 9:00-12:00 a.m.)
If yes, describe ______________________________________________________________________________________________
Date of last tetanus immunization: ______________________
Doctor: ___________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________
Required for children under 18, optional for adults
I, hereby, give permission to RECA to obtain the services of a physician to provide prompt emergency medical treatment for
(student) ______________________________ should the need arise.
Medical insurance carrier:_______________________________________________________________________________________
Medical insurance number: ____________________________________
Other instructions: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent/guardian signature: ________________________________________________________________________________
Required for children under 18
JHC: 4-17
Membership dues are $20 per person (adult) or $30 per couple for January to December each year.
Or $100 for an individual life membership for 55 years and older.
Please make your check payable to Redwood Empire Chinese Association and send it with this form to:
Redwood Empire Chinese Association, P.O. Box 7854, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.
Name ____________________________________________ Occupation __________________________________
Spouse's Name ____________________________________ Occupation __________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________________ Zip: _______________________
Best Telephone _______________________________________ Alternate phone: _____________________________
Children's Names and Ages ________________________________________________________________________
____I agree to photo clearance. Many official and unofficial photos are taken during RECA activities. I
agree that photos of me and my family, while participating in RECA activities and events, may be taken, used,
published and displayed. ___I do not agree.
(JHC 5-16)
Please Register Now
for September Language Classes
Please see the registration form on page 9 for
RECA Language School which begins on
September 8, 2018, at 9:00-11:30 a.m. at our
RECA Center.
Please register as soon as possible. When you
Don't forget the Autumn Moon Festival at our RECA Center,
register in advance, we can better prepare for
3455 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, 5:00-8:00. This
your needs of supplies, text books and number
unique, Chinese celebration is traditionally a family gathering.
We enjoy many families gathering together to celebrate together
of teachers.
as we watch the sun go down, then enjoy the moonlight for the
later part of our evening. This is the first experience for some
All information for Mandarin Language Classes
children to see the stars and have fun, safely, outside under a full
is available on line at
moon. Grandparents, parents, toddlers, teens, everyone usually
You may also call Judy Cheung (in English)
enjoys this relaxed evening of food, fun, friends and
707-528-0912, or Nancy Wang (English,
Mandarin or Japanese) 707-576-0533 for more