2010 Sacramento Chinatown Mall Culture Fair
and Eastwind Books of Berkeley Proudly Presents

Women Hold Up Half the Sky:
Stories of Chinese Women

Just as informative and exciting as previous year's
2008 Stories from Chinatown Speaker Series and the
2009 In the Shadows of Exclusion: From Angel Island to Chinatown.

The 2010 Chinatown Mall Culture Fair is honored to have some the most renowned pioneers in today's Chinese-American society for our "Women Hold Up Half the Sky: Stories of Chinese Women" Speaker Series. So claims an ancient Chinese proverb "Women Hold up Half the Sky" evokes a picture of women fully bringing their unique gifts to the advent of empowerment. Each noteable author, filmmaker, and speaker will discuss various topics of a women's experience in contemporary Chinese culture.

Sun Yat Sen Speakers Scheduled
September 19, 2010

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sun Yat Sen Orchestra
12:45 pm - 1:30pm
Margaret Lum
1:30 pm - 2:30pm
Maggie Gee: Sky High (with supporting comments from Carl Angel and Marissa Moss)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Autumn Gem: Qiu Jin, (see the film and meet the filmmakers Rae Chang and Adam Tow)


Margaret Lum

Margaret Lum, born and raised in Sacramento, will be doing a presentation of growing up in Chinatown. Ms. Lum went to the famed Donaldina Cameron House were Chinese American teenage girls were assimilated to US customs. Growing up Sacramento's Chinatown, Margaret Lum never went to a formal ball as was a custom of American society or ate at an American banquet which she learned at Cameron House.

As earlier Chinese Americans were excluded and denied citizenship because they were deemed non-assimilable by American society, her story highlights the challenge of Chinese-Americans after World War II as they struggled with assimilation and cultural identity.


Maggie Gee | Sky High

Maggie Gee, one of two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to serve in WWII and a Congressional Medal of Honor awardee by President Barack Obama, will join noted author by Marissa Moss and acclaimed illustrator Carl Angel to discuss their book Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee.

As a girl, Maggie dreamed of flying across oceans and deserts just like her favorite pilot, Amelia Earhart. But in the 1920s and 1930s, few girls were allowed to fly. But when the United States entered WWII, Maggie's world changed overnight. Highlighting the stories of three generations of Chinese American women, this inspirational tale beautifully demonstrates that determination and bravery are not bound by race or gender. Maggie Gee is the true story of a girl who refused to let obstacles stand in the way of her dreams.


Qiu Jin | Autumn Gem

Rae Chang and Adam Tow will be showing their 60 minutes docudrama "Autumn Gem," the life of China's first feminist revolutionary staring former China National Wushu Champion and Hollywood stunt actress Li Jing. Qiu Jin (1875-1907), an accomplished writer, women's rights activist, and cohort of Sun Yat Sen who attempted to overthrow the corrupt Qing government. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and redefined what it meant to be a woman in early 20th-century China.

At a time when women's lives were often marked by footbinding, arranged marriages, and denial of education, she envisioned a future where women would free themselves from the confines of tradition and arise as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation.

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. Note: Schedule and line-up may change.

Performing Arts Stage Schedule

  First session 11:00 ~ 12:45

  • Lion Dance
  • Master of Ceremony | Rung-Fong Hsu and Amy Tong
  • VIP Greetings from California State Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, County Supervisor Jimmie Yee, Councilmember Ray Tretheway, and Councilmember Robert King Fong
  • Folk Dance - Good Life | Ai Hua Dance Group
  • Wang Zhou Jun | Vivien Lee
  • Sinkiang Dance | Widen Chinese School
  • Moon River | Belinda Li
  • Folk Dance - Happy Guide | Ai Hua Dance Group
  • Kung Fu | Chinese Confucius School
  • Folk Dance - Hat Dance | Wong Center
  • Second Session 1:00 ~ 2:30

    • Ladies From Yellow Soil Bank | Yaling Wei
    • Solo Vocal –Bottom Up | Harry Lai
    • Harvest Festival Dance | Wisdom Chinese School
    • Tai Chi Fan/Brush | Tong Xin Tai Chi
    • Solo Vocal - Commelina | Lynn Fu
    • Jazz dance "Stop" | Christina Yan
    • Yangtze River/ Yellow River | Wong Center
    • Dance Play– Ping Pong | Flow Crew
    • Solo Vocal - Shanghai Beach | Glena Jue
    • Chinese Fashion Show | Director: Christine Gee

    Third Session 2:45 ~ 4:00

    • Mongolian Dance | Red Maple Culture Connection
    • Qing Zhang Highland | Leah Xu
    • Folk Dance- Remotest Places | Director: Weihong Ji
    • Folk Dance - Spring Tea Harvest | Flow Crew
    • Words from My Heart | Lynn Fu
    • Solo Zither – Fisherman Song | Zi Mei Gao
    • Folk Dance - Peking Melody | Flow Crew
    • Flowery Stick Dance | Wong Center
    • Romeo and Juliet | Chinese Confucius School
    • Thousand Hands | Red Maple Culture Connection













    Children’s Chinese Cultural Activities

    Fun for the whole family! Bring your children to the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation’s 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 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.

    • 11:30 - 12:5
                   - William Bi | Chen Tai Chi Chuan
                   - Alice Kwok | 24 Yang Tai Chi Chuan
                   - Hon Lok Tai Chi | Pearl Ball - Tai Chi Fan
                   - Hon Lok Tai Chi | Chen Tai Chi Chuan
                   - Hon Lok Tai Chi | Tai Chi Sword
    • 12:15 - 12:45
                   - Lu Ming Mei | Kung Fu Fan Dance
                   - Kim Choy | Wudang Tai Chi Sword
                   - OCA | Tai Chi Double Fan
    • 1:30 - 2:00
                   - ACC | Line Dance

    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 - Asian Community Center
    2 - Asian Pacific Islander Family C/S
    3 - Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
    5 - Paris Perfumes
    6 - Asian American Curriculum Project
    7 - Capitol Lions Club
    8 - Chinatown Mall Culture Fair Kiosk
    9 - Crossings TV
    10 - Sacramento Chinatown: Lawrence and Brian Tom
    11 - Chinese American Council of Sacramento
    12 - Organization for Chinese Americans
    13 - Wells Fargo Bank
    14 - Farmers Insurance and Home Security
    15 - SF Consumer Action Inc.
    16 - Chinatown Mall Culture Fair Mooncakes and T’shirts
    17 - APAPA/CC Yin
    18 - Sacramento Chinese Catholic Community
    19 - Tian Chao Herbs/Acupuncture
    20 - East Wind Books of Berkeley
    21 - Jinan Sacramento Sister City
    22 - Simmi Su | Susan Lee
    23 - Cathay Bank
    24 - City of Sacramento Water Conservation
    24 - City of Sacramento Neighborhood Services
    25 - Taiwan Economic and Culture Office
    26 - True Buddha Temple
    27 - Happy Time Gifts
    28 - Inspir-Asian
    29 - Happy Day Spa
    30 - Advance Home Health Inc.
    31 - Liver and Life
    32 - Liver and Life
    33 - Golden State Donors Service
    34 - Confucius Church - Chinese Benevolent Assn.
    35 - My Sister’s House
    36 - State Farm Insurance
    37 - CA Telephone Access Program
    38 - Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)
    39 - Capitol Chinese 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.