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L to R: Don F. Tang, Suzanne Joe Kai, Dr. Albert Y.C. Yu, Lorna Ho, Dr. Kenneth Fong,
Dr. William C.Y. Lee, Ben Fong-Torres, Dr. David S. Lee Photo Credit: Alan Louie

San Francisco --

More than 700 people from around the nation paid tribute to pioneers in Science and Technology April 21 at a celebrity-studded evening that raised more than a quarter million dollars to build a museum celebrating Chinese American achievements in America.

The event commemorated scientific and technological contributions of Chinese Americans from the 1960's to the present.

CHSA 2001 gala honorees are Kenneth Fong, Biotechnology; David Lee, Peripherals: William Lee, Telecommunications Industry; Don Tang, Aerospace Industry; Albert Yu, Semiconductor Industry; and a corporate honor was bestowed to Yahoo! for the Internet Industry.

AC Team's Ben Fong-Torres, writer, editor and broadcaster, Suzanne Joe Kai, co-founder of AsianConnections.com, and Lorna Ho, Webcaster of Yahoo! FinanceVision were co-emcees of the sold-out event.

The gala raised funds for the completion of the long anticipated Chinese Historical Society of America's (CHSA) Fall 2001 opening of the Chinese American National Museum and Learning Center in San Francisco's Chinatown.

CHSA is the oldest and largest not-for-profit organization in the world dedicated to Chinese America. The only institution of its kind, CHSA boasts the largest holding of Chinese American artifacts--over 50,000 items--that has yet to be shown fully to the public. CHSA has completed a $1.2 million capital campaign. Donors contributing funds by June 1st, 2001 will be permanently listed on the donor wall to be unveiled at the museum's grand opening.

Yahoo! produced an exciting multi-media presentation which filled the Westin St. Francis Hotel's Grand Ballroom with huge screen video profiles of the honorees, produced and narrated by Lorna Ho. Music and digital video effects were supplied by Xenon.

Evening highlights included the signing of a "digital wall" by honorees and donors led by CHSA capital campaign chairs and gala advisors Gerrye Wong and Doris Him Grover. Gold coins donated by Wells Fargo Bank and the Society's plaques were presented by CHSA's Executive Director Melissa M. Szeto and President Joannie Chang.

Congratulatory remarks were made by the first Asian American in the White House Presidential Cabinet, Undersecretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta.

Numerous dignitaries from Senator Barbara Boxer to San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown paid tribute to the hundreds of people who have contributed to the development of the national museum, a project that was envisioned by historical society members more than 38 years ago.

Brown proclaimed April 21st as a day celebrating CHSA's achievements, and surprised capital campaign co-chairs Gerrye Wong and Doris Him Grover with awards of recognition. Senator John Burton and others congratulated the organizers including co-chairs Joyce Chan, Agnes Lam, and Darlene Mar.

CHSA's goal is to maintain a research and education center, and a museum to study, record, and exhibit books, artifacts, and works of art pertinent to the history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

Emcee Ben Fong-Torres & Gala Co-Chairs:
Joyce Chan, Agnes Lam, Darlene Mar
Photo Credit: Alan Louie

After the reception, dinner and awards ceremony guests danced into the wee hours of the night to hot band Jest Jammin'.

CHSA's raffle and silent auction chair Frank Jang garnered an amazing array of prize donations from restaurants, hotels, businesses and individuals including the Peninsula Hotel Group, American Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank, Manu-Imports, Tommy Toy's Chinoise Restaurant, and a banquet for ten hosted by famed TV Chef Martin Yan.

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For more information about the Museum's opening and sending in your donations, please contact CHSA, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, telephone (415) 391-1188, fax (415) 391-1150, website at http://www.chsa.org/, or email info@chsa.org.

 

 


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