OCA-NJ Chapter First Edition eNewsletter 2018 ~ Sheryl Chin, eNewsletter Editor
OCA-NJ Chapter – “Three Auspicious Lions”
Staff Reporter 陳雯娟/Reporting In New Jersey March 3, 2018 06:00
~ All Rough Translation in English by OCA-NJ Board Member, Jenny Lee ~
March 16, 2018
Attendees born in Year of The Dog received Happy New Year gifts. (Staff Reporter/Photographer 陳雯娟)
OCA-New Jersey Chapter recently held their Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration in Parsippany (Noodle Wong Restaurant). Close to 200 attendees helped to “Welcome” the Lunar New Year together. (The Asian American Dragon Lion Dance Troupe) performed the “Three Auspicious Lions” Dance. The performers are comprised of 2nd generation Asian Americans. The playful lions (performers) displayed various movements & unique skills. Guests jockeyed for positions to “FEED” the Lions “RED ENVELOPES”.
“Year of the Dog” First Day Issue Stamped Envelopes were given to chapter’s members & supporters. Adorable “Year of the Dog” Stuffed Animals were also given out to attendees who were born in the “Year of the Dog”. Chapter’s president, Laura Lee 余麗明, thanked their Corporate Sponsors like UPS & YU & Associates (于氏工程公司) for their support to the chapter. OCA-NJ continues to advocate for talent & leadership development for Asian youths, unity of the Asian communities for more power/strength & win political influence.
Asian colleagues of UPS at the OCA-NJ Lunar New Year celebration. (Reporter/Photographer 陳雯娟)
Nice turnout on Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ The Office of the Girl Scouts of Northern NJ in Paramus! The first installment of OCA-NJ’s Film Festival ~ “Canton Army in the High Sierras”. More installments to come!!!
Photo Courtesy of Henry Lee
February 11, 2017 — OCA-NJ advocates for the hopes and aspirations of all Asian Pacific Americans gathered once again with nearly 200 members including their families, friends and neighbors for the Annual Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner. Returning to Avenel, NJ at the Royal Seafood restaurant, this year’s celebration included all the fun and festivities that OCA-NJ commits to bringing to our New Jersey community.
President Laura Lee began the annual dinner with introductions of current board members and welcomed in a year of hope and achievements to all. Board members Henry and Maureen, both active contributors to greater New Jersey’s cause for raising awareness in our cultural and youth community, animated the sleeping lion for a round of celebratory lion dancing with the eye-dotting ceremony. Accompanied by two lions pulling along the percussion section, the performance made its round accepting the offers and fed on red envelopes as a blessing—the last of the lions snatching the elevated cabbage (one hundred Choi) and tossing it and the contents, showering the audience with a couplet held in its mouth “Kung Hei Fat Choy” returning the offer of blessing for a happy new year. The rest of the evening continued with the sharing of a delicious meal of Cantonese dishes with awards and prizes given away by drawings of winning tickets by our very own Sue Pai Yang throughout the evening.
The evening came to its successful conclusion with thanks to Alyson Yee, but not without a visit from a costumed lord of wealth in a traditional double-breasted long dress and the wise elder Sau representing longevity and holding a peach as a symbol for immortality. We would like to thank and honor all the guests who participated in this wonderful celebration including New Jersey’s John H Bang, Cochi Ho, Helen Yu, Susan Cai, Robert May, Jim and Tennie Griffin, and Cathy Bao Bean. And we offer our many thank you and well being to Virginia L. Ng who will be continuing with OCA National for making this happen.