Vol. 36, no. 1       April 2012

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Dear members and friends,

Now that spring is here we can certainly look forward to some nice weather and take time to enjoy our great outdoors. I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer.

I am happy to announce that Mei and Allan Lau will be hosting another Chinese Seniors Luncheon on Sunday, May 20 from 1-4 pm to be held at the Hong Kong Restaurant on Water Street. This will be free for Chinese senior members (65+).This function is a great social gathering for the seniors to get together have some lunch and talk amongst themselves.

On behalf of the executives I would like to say ' thank you ' to Jinghua Nie for all her work and contributions over the past 3 years as our Chinese Secretary as she has decided to leave her position and we wish her well .

I would like to encourage you to visit the Chinese Exhibit -Taking Root: Chinese Immigrants and their Families in Newfoundland, 1895 to 1970s - Work, Family and Community-at Level 3, the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University . It was unveiled on March 2, 2012 by the NL Headtax Redress Organization Inc and the exhibit will be on display for the summer.

Once again I would like to say Thank You to everyone who participated and helped to make our function a success . I look forward to seeing you at our next function.

Take care!!!


Mary Gin,


Congratulations and best wishes:

1. Congratulations to Jennifer Mong, 12 years old, Grade 8 student at MacDonald Drive Junior High School for winning the 2012 Telegram Postmedia Canspell Regional Spelling Bee on March 3 and the Postmedia Canspell 2012 National Spelling Bee in Toronto on March 28. There were 21 spellers from across Canada competing. She will be on her way to Washington, DC in May to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Hats off to you a GREAT accomplishment as your hard work and dedication over the four years certainly paid off as you achieved your dream- 'Winning the Canspell Cup '-and a job well deserved. We are so proud and happy for you and we wish you GOOD LUCK in Washington.

2. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate JinJi Dawson, a student from Brother Rice Junior High School for coming in second place in the 2012 Telegram Postmedia Canspell Regional Spelling Bee in St. John's, NL at the College of North Atlantic on March 3. There were 55 spellers between grades 4 and 8 from around the island and she got through 13 rounds. They were given 1200 words to learn in preparation for this competition. Great job getting that far for sure.

3. Congratulations to Dean and Cheryl Hong on their fourth child, a daughter named Erin Hong born on January 25, 2012. and to the proud grandparents of Dr Kim and Mellie Hong their eighth grandchild. All the best to your new addition to the family.

4. Congratulations to Rolanda Chan and husband, Tom Kean on their first child, a son named Maxim Kean who was born on November 5, 2011. Best wishes to you both on your new bundle of joy and happy parenting!!!

5. The presentation of a certificate to Justin So and Matthew So (accepted by Peter and Karen So) in appreciation of their continual leadership, effort, dedication, and support of the Lion Dance Group in the Chinese community was presented at the Chinese New Year function. Thanks again for your dedication and leadership with choreographing the Lion Dance at our functions. It is always a highlight and a fabulous show at a function. Great job!!!

6. Birthday wishes
For Alexa-The proud grandparents, Qunyh and Hoa Hoang of Loong Wah Restaurant on their first granddaughter, Alexa King, who was born on March 26, 2011 to Mr. and Mrs. Hoang's daughter, Linda Hoang and her husband Dr. Jon King. Happy 1st Birthday!!

For Joshua-The proud grandparents Chan Chau and Betty Tam's son, Joseph and Wanda Tam welcomed their second child, a son named Joshua Tam who was born on March 28, 2011. Happy 1st Birthday!!!

For Devon- The proud grandparents Wai & Shui-Tong Wong, and son Peter Wong and Annie Jing Luo Wong, Devon who was born on January 14, 2011. Happy 1st birthday!!!

7. Chinese Exhibit On March 2, 2012, a new exhibit was unveiled at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies in the QEII library. Taking Root: Chinese Immigrants and their Families in Newfoundland, 1895 to 1970's - Work, Family and Community is a celebration of the many Chinese families who moved here during the first half of the last century. The NL Headtax Redress Organization hosted the opening, along with the CNS and the QEII. Many prominent members of the local Chinese community were in attendance, along with MHA Lorraine Michael and MP Jack Harris. The exhibit includes storyboards and display cases organized by themes such as social life, family life and work life. It runs until December 2012.


The Chinese New Year of the Dragon was held on January 28, 2012 at the Legion in Pleasantville. Inspite of the stormy blizzard weather we had a great turnout of 260 people for the dinner and dance. The scholarship recipient of $500 was presented to Alan Riguang Li. The live entertainment and the Lion Dance and the food catered from Hong Kong Restaurant was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Special thanks to all the performers and volunteers who helped out to make it a successful event. Great job everyone!!!

The Sunday family fun day was held on January 29, 2012 at the Gower Street Church was a great get together .We had a big turnout and it was enjoyed by all who attended. A big thank you to AlickTsui for organizing the fun games, especially the tug of war and to Arthur Leung for getting all the treats for us. We welcome all the adopted children and their parents who came out to join us at our Chinese New Year celebrations. We welcomed our first Chinese New Year dragon baby Erin Hong, born on January 25,2012 and presented Dean Hong with a Dragon Coin as a momento.


May 11, 2012 Chinese Karaoke at 6pm CNA Ridge Road Campus
May 20, 2012 Chinese Seniors Lunch
August 5, 2012 Annual Flower Service
September 30, 2012 Moon Festival Dinner
December ,2012 Biennial Election & Christmas Party
February 9, 2013 Chinese New Year Dinner & Dance


Our website CANL Website (, it's time to renew the sponsorship as well as to recruit new sponsors. Any establishment (restaurants, businesses, professional services...) interested to have their webpage designed or linked to our website, please contact or email any executives. We hope the website will serve as a good resource for businesses and services of the Chinese community in the province.

This is just a friendly reminder that Membership fees are now due for 2012. The cost is $15 per family and it runs from January - December.

If you have any suggestions as to other activities or whatever you would like the CANL to do and would like to volunteer some time please feel free to contact one of the executives.

Mary Gin, President

Tzu-Hao Hsu, Vice President

Jonathan Wong, Treasurer

Rolanda Chan, Treasurer

Iris Yang, English secretary

Teresa Wong, Newsletter coordinator