Marines showcase humanitarian aid capabilities

Fleet Week

Marines showcase humanitarian aid capabilities at Marina Green

San Francisco, Calif. – Marines and sailors participating in San Francisco Fleet Week will display their humanitarian aid capabilities and equipment at Marina Green, Oct. 8 and 9.

Marines and sailors of Camp Pendleton’s Combat Logistics Regiment 17 will be on hand to provide information and demonstrate the resources the Navy/Marine Corps team can provide on short notice for crisis response.

The people of San Francisco are invited to visit Marina Green to tour military vehicles, learn how shock trauma medical platoon provides critical care quickly, and drink San Francisco Bay water made potable by the Tactical Water Purification System.

The San Francisco Fleet Week Association’s mission is to focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response preparations by developing relationships between the Navy/Marine Corps team, Bay Area first responders and the people of San Francisco.

In the event of a natural disaster, additional heavy equipment and medical personnel will be needed in the bay area. The humanitarian village will demonstrate what types of resources the Southern California-based Marines and sailors could carry up to San Francisco on short notice.

The display will be set up from 9:30 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday.

Media interested in arranging an escort to or broadcasting live from the displays may contact 1st Lt. Eric Flanagan, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade Public Affairs Officer, at or 760-212-6203.

Navy and Marine Corps team shows medical capabilities

Fleet Week

Navy and Marine Corps team shows medical capabilities to San Francisco first responders

San Francisco, Calif. – Navy and Marine Corps personnel are scheduled to showcase medical capabilities to San Francisco first responders during San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 7.

The Navy will present its medical capacities aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard at Pier 30/32 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the Navy-Marine Corps team will be presenting their emergency response capabilities at Marina Green from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The medical “peer to peer” event will include presentations and simulations focusing on how the military provides surge medical support in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Topics of discussion will include emergency response, mass casualty support and coalition support, resuscitation and stabilization, patient evacuation and en route care, as well as a brief on future medical initiatives and an opportunity for questions and answers.

In the event of an earthquake local infrastructure may not be able to provide enough medical care to victims. The equipment U.S. Navy and Marine Corps could provide to help transport and care for those involved in a disaster will be on display.

San Francisco Fleet Week is an opportunity to showcase the Navy-Marine Corps team’s ability to provide the people of San Francisco the medical support they may need in case of a catastrophe.

The San Francisco Fleet Week Association’s mission is to focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response preparations by developing relationships between the Navy/Marine Corps team and Bay Area first responders.

Media interested in attending the peer to peer medical exchange training Friday, Oct. 7, may contact 1st Lt Eric Flanagan, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade Public Affairs Officer, at or 760-212-6203.

1st Marine Division band to perform at several locations

Fleet Week

1st Marine Division band to perform at several locations during San Francisco Fleet Week

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The 1st Marine Division Band will be performing at several locations throughout San Francisco Fleet Week Oct 8-10

Visitors are invited to attend any of the performances. The concerts are all free to the public.

Oct 8-The band will perform a Casual March Concert from the Cable Car Turnaround near Powell & Market Streets to the Marines’ Memorial Club at 609 Sutter Street at 11 a.m.

Oct 8- Concert at PIER 39. Performance is from 2-3 p.m.

Oct 8- Concert at Huntington Park from 7-8 p.m.

On Oct 10 the band will also perform at the Band Challenge at the Golden Gate Park Band Shell, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The band will be available for a meet and greet with the high school bands and be available to answer questions regarding their experience playing for the Marine Corps.

The 50 Marines in the 1st Marine Division Band combine to create many different ensembles capable of performing a wide variety of music. Primarily a ceremonial band, they play for many different events for military and civilian organizations including ceremonies, parades, and patriotic concerts.

Media interested in viewing the attending may contact the following: 1st Lt Eric Flanagan, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade Public Affairs Officer Phone- 760-212-6203

Chinese Historical Society of America Honors Achievements of Chinese American Luminaries

Chinese Historical Society of America

Chinese Historical Society of America Honors Achievements of Chinese American Luminaries at Voice & Vision Gala

30 September 2011 – San Francisco, CA: The Chinese Historical Society of America ( honored the achievements of three outstanding Chinese Americans at a gala dinner on September 17, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. The “Voice & Vision Gala: Honoring the Spirit, Fortitude, & Enduring Legacy of Chinese Americans” gave tribute to San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, United States District Judge Edward M. Chen, and Attorney General of Hawaii David Louie, whose achievements are significant milestones in Chinese American history. The program featured MSNBC News Anchor and San Francisco Chinatown native Richard Lui as Master of Ceremonies, with musical entertainment by Beach Blanket Babylon cast member Stephanie Harwood, who gave a spirited rendition of “San Francisco.”

Introducing the program, CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee said, “We believe in the importance of sharing our history in our own voice.” Lee described the three honorees, who were roommates during law school, as “emblematic of the generation who were influenced by the activism of the 1960s and 70s.” All three became lawyers and shared a common dedication to public service, achieving positions that impact the lives of thousands of Americans.

Attorney Dale Minami said that the three honorees “were the first generation to study Asian American history because of new programs being developed. They represent a generation of activists, and have become history makers in their own right.”

Honoring Mayor Ed Lee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, speaking via video, said, “Ed Lee understands that public service is about uniting people, not dividing people.”

Greeted with a standing ovation, Mayor Lee said, “The flame still burns in me, one of equity, a belief that lives here still have a value, and that San Francisco is a place where people can succeed. People come here from all over the world to seek a better life. Now every day I have a chance to help make their life better.”

The mayor noted, “The role of the Chinese Historical Society is to document those ancestors of generations who sacrificed just to make a living. As I am honored here tonight I want to return that honor to all you here in this room, because it is your struggles that have allowed me to be here, and so I want to honor the community first.”

Senator Feinstein, honoring Judge Ed Chen, said, “He is a solid, tested, and respected judge.” In 2011 Edward M. Chen was named a Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Dale Minami said, “Ed Chen has deep belief that we all deserve equal justice and equal dignity under the law.”

Judge Chen, the first Chinese American Article III Judge in the Court’s 150-year history, said in a video introduction, “I felt a need for this court to reflect the full diversity of this community. Some of the most important landmark cases involving the Asian American community have come out of this court.” He particularly noted the historic case of Korematsu vs. the United States, for which Dale Minami was lead attorney.

Accepting the honor from CHSA, Chen said, “I was really motivated in large part by the struggles of the 1960s. I sit on the shoulders of history, as the CHSA teaches us, with its work of educating us about our past so we can better lead in the future.”

U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono of Hawaii introduced David Louie, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii. Louie first acknowledged the presence of Judge Harry Low, and said, “We all know we stand on the shoulders of all those who have come before us.”

Louie said he has been motivated by the challenges and hardships faced by various communities. “What has been terrific,” he said, “is the great number of dedicated public servants like Ed Lee and Ed Chen who work to confront these tremendous problems.” He also appealed to the audience to become more active within their communities, saying, “It’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Please step forward and help.”

CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee closed the program saying, “We take our role as stewards of the Chinese American narrative very seriously. We need to continue telling our stories to the next generation.”

This tradition will continue on the 10th Anniversary of the CHSA Museum Celebration with a spectacular lineup on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm! Featured performances will include:

11 am Opening Ceremony Lion Dance by Kei Lun Martial Arts
12 noon Chinatown Miniatures Presentation by Artist Frank Wong
1 pm History Alive! “Uncle Toisan” Performance by Artist-in-Residence Charlie Chin
2 pm “Honoring Him Mark Lai” Musical Presentation by Francis Wong Unit

All artists, performers, & musicians are open for audience discussions following their presentations. Museum Admission is FREE during the month of November & December in celebration of the anniversary. This initiative is proudly sponsored by PG&E.

Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational, public programming, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese America. In 2001, the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum opened in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building at 965 Clay Street.

San Francisco Mayor Lee Unveils New Logo & Vision at SF’s Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

San Francisco Mayor Lee Unveils New Logo & Vision at SF’s Asian Art Museum

SAN FRANCISCO, September 29, 2011 — The Asian Art Museum introduced a new look and artistic vision Tuesday morning, as San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee joined museum director Jay Xu to unveil the museum’s new brand and logo that aims to engage a broader audience and spark connections across cultures and through time. The museum’s new look represents a bold step forward, as the museum repositions itself as a place for all to experience Asian art and culture from a new perspective, not simply through the presentation of art objects, but by delivering art experiences that spark new creativity and thinking.

Mayor Lee, Jay Xu, and Anthony Sun, Chair of the Asian Art Commission and Asian Art Museum Foundation, opened a bright red curtain to reveal the logo, developed by international branding consultants Wolff Olins. In introducing the branding, Director Jay Xu emphasized that, “The Asian Art Museum is for all people.” The logo, an inverted “A” accompanied by the word “Asian,” also references the mathematical symbol that denotes “for all.

Mayor Lee enthusiastically supported the museum’s new vision, and said, “San Francisco is a very special city, welcoming visitors from all over the world. We say to our visitors, ‘If you want a great experience, go to the Asian Art Museum.’ The Asian has great appeal for our international visitors, and especially here in our Civic Center area, inviting a greater audience to experience all the wonderful things the Asian has to offer.

Director Jay Xu described the museum’s new vision to act as a catalyst for engaging audiences in discussion and creativity, adding a contemporary dimension to exhibitions of traditional artworks that help audiences connect art to every aspect of their lives. He described how for the first time in its history the Asian will “craft a contemporary art program that makes new connections between masterpieces from our own collection and contemporary art, with concrete, active dialogue between art of the past and art of today.”

Introducing the program was Bay Area artist and Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, whose upcoming collaboration at the museum this fall perfectly illustrates the energy and vitality of the museum’s shift in focus, as it invites artists and audiences to actively engage with its world-renowned collection and innovative exhibitions. Associate Curator of South Asian Art Qamar Adamjee spoke about the upcoming exhibition “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” (opening October 21) and how the objects and ideas presented in the exhibition led the museum to invite Patel to respond by creating his own installation in the museum’s galleries. Patel’s installation, titled “Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches: Indian Avatars by Sanjay Patel,” opens in the galleries this November 11.

Akiko Yamazaki, President of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, introduced Nick O’Flaherty, Strategy Director of Wolff Olins, developer of the new branding, who described his work with the Asian as “a dream project.” He said that the design process considered “how visitors look to museums to provide a platform for discussion and interaction. The depths of the offerings of this museum show how it really can be a life-changing experience.”

Also present for the unveiling were San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu, Carmen Chu, and Eric Mar; Protocol Chief Charlotte Shultz; San Francisco Arts Commission President P. J. Johnston; Museum Board members and other representatives of City departments, nonprofit organizations, and numerous media outlets.

About the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renown collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life, while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity, and new thinking. The Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.