Hosted by East China Immigrants Society of Edmonton (ECISE),
the 1st Cross Canada Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai Immigrants Associations
Conference was held in Edmonton during June 6th to 9th, 2013. Twelve guests
from Montreal Shanghai Kiangsu Chekiang Association, Toronto Shanghai Students
Union, Vancouver Shanghai Business Association, Vancouver Zhejiang Association,
Vancouver Ningbo Friendship Society, and Calgary Jiang Zhe Shanghai Association
attended this conference. Federation of Ottawa Chinese Canadian Organizations
was unable to attend; they sent congratulations to the conference by e-mail.
The assembly also received the congratulation letters for the grand opening
from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Offices of Ningbo Municipal People's
Government, Jiangsu Provincial People's Government, Shanghai Municipal People's
Government, Zhejiang Overseas Exchange Association and Shanghai Overseas
In the morning of June 7th, the symposium of the 1st Cross
Canada Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai Immigrants Associations Conference was held at
the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Edmonton. The theme of the conference is
enhancement of cultural exchange between Canada and China. As Yangtze triangle
of China is the important international door, lots of intelligent people come
from this area, especially in Canada, more and more people with defferent talents come from this area. Both the Jiangsu-Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai Immigrant Chinese communities have played a very important role in Canada. The Cross Canada Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai Immigrants Associations Conference would like to establish a platform in Edmonton for mutual communication to promote economic and cultural exchange between Canada and China. After warmly plenary discussion and mutual consultation the consensus was reached.
In the evening of June 7th, the conference banquet was held
at Dynasty Century Palace Restaurant.Mr. Allan Mah and Ms. Jane Cheng performed as masters of ceremonies.
The assembly began with Canadian national anthem and the Chinese national
anthem. Lion dance greeted all the guests. The president of ECISE, Mr. Jim Ma
gave welcoming remarks. Three levels of Canadian government, Edmonton city
councilors Jane Batty, Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk and the Member of
Parliament Laurie Hawn gave a speech, respectively. Deputy Consul General
Xianmin Wang from Chinese Consulate General in Calgary presented a speech as
A variety of cultural and art performances presented at the banquet, which included martial arts, fencing, Peking opera, chorus, street dance, as well as vocal duet and female vocal solo. The dinner party finally ended with a few lucky draws. During the conference, the guests and delegates had sightseeing in Edmonton city. They visited ECISE office and West Edmonton Mall as well.
On June 8th, the delegates visited Calgary Jiang Zhe
Shanghai Association and Chinese Consulate General in Calgary. The Consulate
General Yongfeng Liu met the delegates with enthusiasm. They posed for photos
with General Liu. The Delegates visited the famous Banff National Park and
enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Lake Louis during June 8th and 9th. Thus, the
1st Cross Canada Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai Immigrants Associations Conference
was successfully concluded with unanimous agreement and praise by plenary
Centennial Celebration of Edmonton Chinatown
On July 2, 2012, Edmonton Chinatown centennial celebration was held at Emperor’s Palace Restaurant at 7:00 p.m. The celebration began with the Canada National Anthem.
The welcoming speech was made by the president of the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) of Edmonton, Mrs. Mei Hung. On behalf of three levels of Canadian Government, Councillor Kerry Diotte, City of Edmonton, Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier of Alberta, and Hon. Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre, showed greetings for 100th anniversary of Edmonton Chinatown. Consul General Mrs. Liu Yongfeng, General Consulate of People’s Republic of China in Calgary, presented a congratulation speech as well.
Honorary advisor of CBA, Mr. Frank Gee, reviewed and reflected the 100 years history of Edmonton Chinatown. Awards were presented in recognition of the VIP community organizations and individuals who had made outstanding contributions to the Chinese community. The congregation was standing up and keeping silence for one minute to cherish the memory of our ancestors contributed to the Chinese community.
During the ten courses fine dinner, the congregation enjoyed the entertainments including Lion dance, performed by the Hong Mun Athletic Club, Mongolia dance and picking tea-leaves dance, performed by Alberta Chinese Dance Association. Mr. Joe Zhao played the flute solo, while Liu’s three sisters played erhu Trio. One old lady and one old man who were both over one hundred years old were invited to the dinner to cut the centennial birthday cake.
Celebration of the 61st Anniversary for the establishment of People’s Republic of China
On October 1st, 2010, a dinner party was held by Edmonton Chinese Community celebrating the 61st Anniversary for the establishment of People’s Republic of China at Dynasty Restaurant, Edmonton Alberta. Consul General Liu Yongfeng, Deputy Consul GeneralWang Xianmin, Consul Li Feng from General Consulate of PRC in Calgary attended the meeting. More than 200 overseas Chinese immigrants gathered together to celebrate the festival. Consul General Liu Yongfeng gave a speech at the party. She brought us four major news.
(1) China's economy has overcome the world financial crisis and steady growth;
(2) The cross-Strait relations are further peacefully developed;
(3) China successfully hosted the 2010 Shanghai World Expo;
(4) "Chang'e-II" satellite was successfully launched. Mrs. Liu also praised that the Edmonton Chinese immigrants love their motherland. They made suggestions and contribution on the development of China and economic construction of China, and dedicated to promote the tradition of Chinese culture, Chinese language education, Chinese art and Chinese martial arts.