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“Rosie the Riveter” Contingent To Help Open the San Mateo County Fair

San Mateo County

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“Rosie the Riveter” Contingent To Help Open the San Mateo County Fair:

Share History Making Stories In Senior Day Salute to Elders

 

Saturday June 10 Opening Day Parade: 10 am
Tuesday June 13 Senior Day: 11am – 10 pm
Seniors 62 and older receive free admission

www.sanmateocountyfair.com
hashtag: # SMCF2017

10 May 2017 – San Mateo, CA: Seniors who remember the Summer of Love will also have an opportunity to hear first hand stories from a contingent of the WWII era “Rosie the Riveters” at this year’s Senior Day Salute to Elders Tuesday, June 13 — “Senior Day” at the San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com). Senior Day is sponsored by the Health Plan of San Mateo and the Daily Journal. “The Rosie’s,” as they are commonly called, will also help to open the fair as participants in this year’s Opening Day Parade Saturday, June 10.

“We are so honored that the Rosie’s will be a part of this year’s fair on two occasions,” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Event Center & Fair. “Anytime the Rosie’s are present is a special time. They enliven and inspire us with their spirited smiles and stories, not to mention their historic contribution.”

A contingent of original WWII “Rosie the Riveter” ladies will ride in convertibles during this year’s Opening Day Parade and will return for a special forum on Seniors Day. These homefront veterans, aged 90 to 97, are ongoing volunteers at the World War II Homefront Memorial National Park in Richmond, California situated next to where they, among thousands of other “Rosie’s,” worked to build ships, jeeps and other military vehicles in the early 1940s.

The Rosie’s will be present for Seniors Day from 11am – 3pm and will speak at a Salute to Seniors Forum at 11:15am and 1:00pm.

The San Mateo County Fair — “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” — is The Peninsula’s premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 10 – 18, 2017. Visit www.sanmateocountyfair.com often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.

Chinese Historical Society of America

Sue Lee Retires as Head of Chinese Historical Society

Chinese Historical Society of America

Media contact: David Perry / (415) 767-1067 / news@davidperry.com

Sue Lee Retires as Head of Chinese Historical Society

Oversaw extraordinary growth in 13 years at the helm

8 May 2017 – San Francisco, CA: The Chinese Historical Society of America (www.chsa.org) has announced the retirement of its long-time executive director, Sue Lee. After serving nearly thirteen years in that position, she will be retiring effective June 30, 2017.

“It has been a privilege and honor to have worked with trailblazing historians like Phil Choy and Him Mark Lai who helped to establish the field of study and who worked to assure Chinese America’s rightful place in the overall American historical narrative,” said Lee in a statement. “Plus, last year’s acquisition and installation of the Chinese America: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition has been a transformational highlight of my time at the Chinese Historical Society of America. I leave at a time of great potential for CHSA and a time of personal growth for myself.”

Over the course of her tenure, Lee highlighted historic milestones by launching the "Remembering 1882" traveling exhibit which focused on the Chinese Exclusion Act, and garnered recognition for the Chinese workers of the Transcontinental Railroad by the Department of Labor. She added to the CHSA collections by recovering the Jake Lee watercolor paintings, acquired the collection of miniatures created by Frank Wong. Lee fostered partnerships with a wide range of organizations ranging from the California Historical Society to Stanford University — expanding the audience and attendance at CHSA beyond its traditional Chinatown roots.

“It will be hard to imagine CHSA without Sue Lee at its helm,” said Hoyt Zia, CHSA’s board president. “However, as much as we will miss her, Sue has certainly earned a rest. Change is always difficult, but with it comes the opportunity to take the organization to the next level. CHSA will be commencing the search for a new executive director very shortly.”

About Chinese Historical Society of America:
The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. CHSA pursues this mission through exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs in the CHSA Museum and Learning Center, a landmark Julia Morgan-designed building (formerly the Chinatown YWCA) located at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco.

Ticket to Fair School”, “Read2Ride” and “San Mateo Heroes

San Mateo County

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“Ticket to Fair School”, “Read2Ride” and “San Mateo Heroes”

Expands Access to Youth at San Mateo County Fair

“20 Hours = 1 Fair Admission”
“2 Books = 2 Rides”

www.sanmateocountyfair.com
hashtag: # SMCF2017

4 May 2017 – San Mateo, CA: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…. Mateo’s Community Superheroes! This year, you won’t need a cape to get special powers. All you have to do is volunteer 20 hours – activities designed to better your community and get area high school students FREE access to The San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com), June 10 – 18. Plus, cracking a book (or ‘clicking’ an iPad) can also get you K-8th graders an E-Ticket: Reading two books and submitting s short report on the reading garners students two free rides. Coupled with the “Ticket to Fair School” program the San Mateo County Fair is doing more than its “fair share” to make entertainment, educational.

“Coming to the Fair has been a long-standing tradition in our community and we work to maintain that tradition while pushing ourselves and our community to imagine the innovation of tomorrow,” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Events Center and Fair. “We want all our kids to have the opportunity to experience this great American tradition and be inspired.”

Who can be “Mateo’s Community Superheroes”? Designed for high school student, the program aims to get students involved for the betterment of their community. Every 20 hours of community service outside of school is awarded one Fair admission ticket (up to three Fair admission tickets each year). Services must be completed by May 30 this year.

The Fair’s carnival provider, Butler Amusements, is the sponsor of the Read2Ride program, where students can submit a report and get two free carnival rides.

A new program this year is the “Ticket to Fair School” program, an outreach program that works to provide every elementary school student in San Mateo County with a FREE ticket to the Fair. The program is open to all elementary school students, grades Kindergarten to 5th grade including public, private, and homeschooled. The deadline to request tickets has passed, but in its first year, the Fair has seen an amazing response from the schools.

Over the years, the San Mateo County Fair has developed several programs that entice every age level. There are opportunities for students and classrooms to enter their creations and projects in the Fair’s outstanding Exhibits Departments. Also, there are many opportunities during Fair for classroom tours, where kids can get a behind the scenes. The Fair’s Passport to Fair Fun program is a STEM based scavenger hunt in which kids can participate and be entered to win a prize.

“As one of the Peninsula’s largest non-profit organizations, the San Mateo County Fair has always been committed to providing meaningful, educational fun for our kids,” said Stoehr. “Through a constantly evolving and spectrum of STEM and arts-based programming, we work to live up to our theme ‘Where Tradition Meets Innovation’ every single year.”

Information on the various youth/student partnership programs may be found online at the following links:

Ticket to Fair School
https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/participate/school-ticket-program

Exhibits Departments
https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/compete/enter-your-stuff

School Tours, Read2Ride, & Community Service
https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/participate/educational-programs

The San Mateo County Fair — “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” — is The Peninsula’s premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 10 – 18, 2017. Visit www.sanmateocountyfair.com often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.

Chinese Historical Society of America

San Francisco Chinatown Comes Together to Say No More Exclusion!

Chinese Historical Society of America

media contacts:

David Perry / CHSA (415) 676-7007  / news@davidperry.com

Frances Fu, frances@cpasf.org, 516-521-5917 (English)

Joyce Lam, joyce@cpasf.org, 415-746-9321 (Cantonese)

 

San Francisco Chinatown Comes Together to Say “No More Exclusion!”, Connects Chinese Exclusion Act to Current Exclusion in America

What: Chinatown groups that span from direct services, to advocacy, to culture, to history and education, to elected officials are hosting a press conference discussing the link between the  Chinese Exclusion Act and current racist, anti-immigrant policies affecting American people today

When: Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 10am

Where: Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Why: In a time where all communities are being attacked, Chinese and Asian Americans have a responsibility to remember our history and stand in solidarity with other communities

In just 100 days, the new administration has managed to pass policies and promote hateful rhetoric that has affected communities of color, immigrants, workers, women, youth, and families.

On Thursday, May 4, Chinatown groups that span from direct services, to advocacy, to culture, to history and education, to elected officials are gathering to say, “No More Exclusion!,” and to draw the connections between the historic oppression of the Chinese community and the current discrimination facing people of color and immigrants.

Speakers will include:

 

  • Sue Lee, Executive Director from the Chinese Historical Society, who will share key points from the Chinese Exclusion Act and how the Act created America’s first class of “illegal immigrants” Katherine Toy, President of  the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, who will share stories of the rich history of Chinese resistance, from lawsuits to registry boycotts;

  • Cynthia Choi, Senior Advisor from Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), who will talk about why and how the #NoMoreExclusion team came together and show a short video called “Resist Exclusion!”;

  • Wei Lee, Program Coordinator from Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), who will share his own story and the stories and challenges facing the Chinese undocumented community;

  • Sharif Zakout, Lead Organizer from Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC) will share the struggles facing the Muslim community and draw parallels between attacks facing Chinese and Muslim immigrants;

  • Rev. Norman Fong from Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), who will talk about the importance of San Francisco Chinatown as a symbol of our oppression and resilience;

  • Sandy Lee Fewer from the Board of Supervisors, who will acknowledge other Asian American Pacific Islander elected officials who are fighting against exclusion & talk about the city resolution to set May 6th as the Day of Inclusion; and

  • Joyce Lam, Senior Community Organizer from Chinese Progressive Association who will invite audience members to attend Rally for Inclusion at Portsmouth Square to mark the 135th Anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

As Chinese and Asian Americans who have faced oppression throughout history, we must come together to say no to exclusion. The press conference and the Saturday Rally for Inclusion not only reminds us of Chinese history, but will also serve as a kick-off to resist exclusion and promote  efforts for more inclusion of all people in all facets of our lives.


May 9 Deadline For Tech Contest Entries Is One Week Away!

Richmond

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May 9 Deadline For Tech Contest Entries Is One Week Away!

San Mateo County Fair: June 10 – 18

www.sanmateocountyfair.com

hashtag: # SMCF2017

 

2 May 2017 – San Mateo, CA:  San Mateo is at the heart of the Bay Area’s “Tech World.” And, like the center of a wheel from which young, innovative spokes spring out, the San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com) is hoping to serve as catalyst for future scientists and inventors. Over nine days, June 10 – 18, some of the Bay Area’s brightest-and-best young talents will compete for prizes in the exploding technology and industrial arts division. The deadline for entries is next Tuesday, May 9, with full information online at this direct link: https://sanmateocountyfair.com/technology-and-industrial-arts

 

“Technology is an inextricable part of our culture, providing convenience, entertainment, information and security,” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Event Center, noting the event’s initiative to focus on offerings related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). “We want participants to ask themselves: How does your daily routine use these various skills to make your life more fulfilling and exciting? Do you have a hobby of building computer devices or unique wood projects? Have you develop new software applications, or produce entertaining videos? We want entrants to find the contest that fits their skills and share those creation with the public.”

This year, there are three new contests for young inventors:

• Selfies, Division 059 – a new contest in the Digital Art & Animation category where entrants may show their fun and most creative selfies. 
• My Fair Entry, Division 063 – a new contest in the Video Production category. Entrants will produce a short video about any of the Fair entries (past, current or a future idea). 
• DIY & Industrial Arts Projects, Division 067 – new classes in “Do It Yourself” (DIY) and Industrial Arts category. Includes Automata class in three different age levels. 

Stoehr also emphasizes that the Fair is searching for corporate partners to share their expertise during the Fair by sponsoring a Special Award or providing demonstrations, hands-on activities and lectures about science, technology, engineering or mathematics topics. 

The San Mateo County Fair — “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” — is The Peninsula’s premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 10 – 18, 2017. Visit www.sanmateocountyfair.com often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.