2009 Sacramento Chinatown Mall Culture Fair
and Eastwind Books of Berkeley Proudly Presents

In the Shadows of Exclusion:
From Angel Island to Chinatown

Just as informative and exciting as last year's 2008 Stories from Chinatown Speaker Series, the 2009 Chinatown Mall Culture Fair is honored to have some the most renowned pioneers in today’s Chinese-American society for our "In the Shadows of Exclusion: From Angel Island to Chinatown" Speaker Series. Each noteable author, filmmaker, and speaker will discuss various topics of the Chinese-American experience during 60 plus years of Chinese Exclusion in the United States.

Sun Yat Sen Speakers Schedule
September 27, 2009
11:00 - 12:30
Sun Yat Sen Orchestra
12:45 - 1:15 Shawna Yang Ryan
1:20 - 1:50 Angel Island Immigrant Station
1:55 - 2:25 Felicia Lowe
2:30 - 3:00 Judy Yung
3:05 - 3:35 Eddie Fung
3:40 - 4:00 Chung Mei VFW Post 8358


Shawna Yang Ryan - Water Ghosts

Born in Sacramento, California, graduated from UC Berkeley, received an M.A. from UC Davis, and a 2002 Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, Ms. Ryan will discuss her book, Water Ghosts, a mesmerizing story of a community of Chinese immigrants in a small California town in 1928.

Water Ghosts, a finalist for the 2008 Northern California Book Award, weaves history with mythology mingling cultures, modern myths, and forgotten history. Ms. Ryan allows us to glimpse into the lives of the Chinese in America's affected by the era's immigration laws.


Angel Island Immigrant Station

With the re-opening of Angel Island Immigrant Station many have been fortunate to be able to visit the processing center. For those that have not, we are honored to bring Angel Island Immigrant Station to the Chinatown Mall Culture Fair.

AIISF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America’s past, present and future. AIISF raises funds to restore, preserve and interpret the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island, a National Historic Landmark. In partnership with the California State Parks, AIISF educates the public about the complex story and rich cultural heritage of Pacific Coast immigrants and their descendants.

Gateway to Gold Mountain:
The Angel Island Immigrant Experience Exhibit

The Gateway to Gold Mountain: The Angel Island Immigrant Experience Exhibit will be availablr for viewing at the Confucius Church Gynamsium from Set. 27 - Oct. 2, Monday - Friday 1 pm. to 4 pm. Please contact Freeman Lee at (916) 392-4095 to schedule an appointment.


Felicia Lowe - Carved in Silence

Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer, director, and writer. Lowe received an EMMY for Best Cultural Documentary for "Chinatown: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco."

In 1988, Lowe released “Carved in Silence,” which tells the story of Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration. The film received numerous awards and was selected for exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Ellis Island, the Smithsonian, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Ms. Lowe holds a B.A. from San Jose State University and graduated in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University.


Judy Yung - Chinese American Voices

Dr. Judy Yung, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz, received her Masters in Library Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Her publications include: Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island; the critically acclaimed Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco; Images of America: San Francisco’s Chinatown; and Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present.

In her slide presentation, “Chinese American Voices during the Exclusion Era,” Yung will be using personal stories and writings gathered in her books to describe Chinese American life in the shadows of exclusion.


Eddie Fung - The Adventures of Eddie Fung:
Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War

Eddie Fung has the distinction of being the only Chinese American soldier to be captured by the Japanese during World War II. He was then put to work building the Burma-Siam railroad through 262 miles of tropical jungle, a feat made famous by the film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

In his slide presentation, "The Adventures of Eddie Fung," Fung will read excerpts from his memoirs and discuss how his childhood during Exclusion and his experiences as a Texas cowboy helped him to endure forty-two months of captivity.

Chung Mei Post 8358 - WWII Veterans

Chung Mei Post 8358 - WWII veterans of Post 8358 fought for the rights of all Americans, but because of exclusion, they were denied those same rights. Members will be on hand to participate in a panel discussion. They will also to be honored for their service to our country and community at the annual CACS Gold Mountain Celebration.

Chinese Performing Artist from Across California

This year’s Chinatown Mall Culture Fair is honored to present exciting and talented Chinese performers from across California.

Performing Arts Stage Schedule

 First session 11:00 ~ 1:20

  • Lion Dance | Eastern Ways Martial Arts
  • Master of Ceremony | Rung-Fong Hsu
  • VIP Greetings from California State Senator Darrell Steinberg, California State Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, County Supervisor Jimmie Yee, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Councilmember Ray Tretheway, Councilmember Robert King Fong, and Richard Rich of Thomas Enterprises
  • Honoring WWII Chinese-American
  • Peace Drum Dance | SAFA
  • Cantonese Opera | Connie Wei and Annie Kwong
  • Chinese Folk/Ballet | Director Richard Shi and Company
  • Huang Mei Folk Song | Hui-Ling Wang
  • Chinese Wushu | Master Byron Brown Group
  • Second Session 1:30 ~ 3:10

    • Traditional Costume Show | Wong Center
    • Autumn Moon at Lake | Johnson & Elaine Zeto
    • Yuan Ji Kung Fu Fan | Yuan Ji Group
    • Cantonese Opera | Vivien Lee
    • Folk Song and Dance | Wang Linan and Yan Jiamei
    • July Flare Festival | Flow Crew
    • Jasmine Blossom | Bel Canto Group
    • Fire Phoenix | Red Maple Dancers

    Third Session 3:20 ~ 4:20

    • Chinese Yo Yo Demo | Wisdom Chinese School
    • Chinese Fan Dance | Wong Center
    • Beijing Opera | Howard Young
    • Mushroom Girls | Red Maple Dancers
    • Kang Ding Song | Bel Canto Group
    • Hit Me Up | Yan Jiamei
    • Cantonese Duet | Elaine Zeto and Annie Kwong
    • Galloping Spirit | Flow Crew
    • Yellow River | Wong Center













    Children’s Chinese Cultural Activities

    Fun for the whole family! Bring your children to the Chinatown Mall Culture Fair Children’s Activity Area to participate in free educational Chinese cultural activities and win unique prizes. This year’s theme is based on the traditional Chinese Moon Festival. With 30 free activity booths, this is a fun and exciting way to learn Chinese language and culture.

    Inter-cultural understanding is key to peace and understanding. To make the world a better place for our children, we need to make the world smaller by immersing our children in cultural diversity.

    Ping Yuen China Arts Courtyard

    Come and visit the Ping Yuen Courtyard to enjoy Chinese paper folding or zhezhi, the art of paper folding that originated in China. This year we are supporting the Cranes for Peace. Every year many thousands of people around the world fold paper cranes as an expression of hope for a world at peace, where non-violent means are used to resolve conflicts, and where people can live without fear. The cranes will be taken to the Children’s Monument in the Peace Park in Hiroshima. Also, enjoy creating up to three different types of Chinese lanterns in the shade of the Ping Yuen courtyard. And, there’s calligraphy which led to Chinese brush painting starting around 4000 B.C. and continuing for more than 6000 years.

    Cultural Demonstration Area

    Learn more of ancient Chinese culture with demonstrations of Tai Chi, not only a Wu Dang Quan or an internal Chinese martial art, the exercise promotes health and longevity.The practical exercises of Tai Chi are also situated in a wider philosophical context of Taoism. This is a reflective, mystical Chinese tradition first associated with the scholar and mystic Lao Tsu, an older contemporary of Confucius, in the 6th century B.C. and authored the seminal work of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. As a philosophy, Taoism has fundamentally espoused a calm, reflective and mystic view of the world steeped in the beauty and tranquillity of nature.

  • 11:15 - Lu Mung Mei/Kim Choy - Kung Fu Fan
  • 11:20 - Sifu Renee Neal/Sierra College - Yang Long Form Tai Chi Chuan
  • 11:50 - Hon Lok Tai Chi - 24 Yang Tai Chi Chuan
  • 12:15 - Laguna Tai Chi Fellowship
                 --24 Tai Chi Chuan Competition
                 --42 Sword Form
                 --Long Tassel Sword Form
                 --Chen Tai Chi Chuan
  • 12:45 - Sifu Janny Wu/Tongxin Tai Chi - 24 Yang Tai Chi

    Chinatown Maketplace Offers Mooncakes and More

    Visit the Chinatown Maketplace throughout the Chinatown Mall Culture Fair. With exciting products and valuable information vendor booths offer a great sightseeing adventure and rare finds.

    While your at the Marketplace be sure to get some Autumn Moon mooncakes; more than just a food item but the iconic symbol of the moon festival. These palm-sized round cakes symbolize family unity and perfection. In China and throughout many Asian countries people celebrate the Harvest Moon on the 15th day of the eighth month of their lunar calendar. This year, it falls on Saturday, October 3, 2009. The Harvest Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) is a day of family reunions much like a Western Thanksgiving. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon is the roundest and brightest signaling a time of completeness and abundance. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, children are delighted to stay up past midnight, parading multi-colored lanterns into the wee hours as families take to the streets to moon-gaze. It is also a romantic night for lovers, who sit holding hands on hilltops, riverbanks and park benches, captivated by the brightest moon of the year!

    This years vendor booths and participants (with booth number) includes:

    1 - Sacramento Water Conservation
    2 - Asian Community Center
    3 - Culture Fair, Census 2010 & Moon Cake Sales
    4 - Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    5 - Fair Information Kiosk
    6a - Jinan Sacramento Sister Cities Corp. (JSSCC)
    6b - World Journal
    7 - KBTV8, Where Cultures Meet
    8 - Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
    9 - Chinese American Council of Sacramento (CACS)
    10 - State Farm Insurance
    11 - Comcast
    12 - Golden State Donor Services
    13 - CA Consumer Affairs
    14 - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Assoc. (APAPA)
    15 - Eastwind Book Signing Table
    16 - Chomei Artworks
    17 - Elsa & Connie Leung
    18 - Our Chinese Daughters Foundation
    19 - Sacramento Chinese Catholic Community
    20 - Tian Chao Herbs and Acupuncture
    21 - Sacramento True Buddha Temple
    22 - China National Day Foundation (CNDF)
    23 - Happy Time Toys
    24 - Inspir-Asian
    25 - California Health Collaborative
    26 - California State Auto Association (AAA)
    27 - CCAF-DDTP CA Telephone Access Program
    28 - Vision Screening / Capitol Lions Club
    29 - Social Security Administration / Ong Ko Met Family Assoc.
    30 - Confucius Church/Census2010
    31 - New Tang Dynasty Media
    32 - California State Parks
    33 - My Sister’s House
    34 - Gateway to Gold Mountain Exhibit
    35 - Lecture Series: In the Shadows of Exclusion
    36 - Peace Crane, Lantern Making, Brush Painting
    37 - Dharma Realm Orchestra

    Chinatown Mall Driving Directions

    From San Francisco:
    Take I-80 E toward OAKLAND - 81.0 mi
    Merge onto I-5 N toward CA-99/REDDING. - 1.2 mi
    Take the J STREET exit toward DOWNTOWN. - 0.3 mi
    Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto J ST.

    From Reno:
    Take I-80 W toward SACRAMENTO (Crossing into CALIFORNIA). - 121.5 mi
    Merge onto CAPITAL CITY FWY via EXIT 95 toward SACRAMENTO. - 5.0 mi
    Merge onto CA-160 S toward DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO. - 3.6 mi
    CA-160 S becomes 12TH ST. - 0.2 mi
    Turn RIGHT onto I ST. - 0.7 mi
    Turn LEFT onto 3RD ST. - 0.1 mi
    Turn LEFT onto J ST.

    From Stockton:
    Take I-5 N. - 46.1 mi
    Take the J STREET exit toward DOWNTOWN. - 0.3 mi
    Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto J ST.

    From Marysville:
    Take CA-20/CA-70/9TH ST. - 0.1 mi
    Turn LEFT onto CA-70/E ST. Continue to follow CA-70 S. - 33.8 mi
    Merge onto I-5 S/CA-99 S toward SACRAMENTO. - 6.4 mi
    Take the J STREET exit toward DOWNTOWN. - 0.3 mi
    Stay STRAIGHT to go onto J ST.

    For a detailed map click here.