The Chinese Historical Society of America (www.chsa.org) announces the Voice & Vision Gala 2012, to be held on Saturday evening, September 22, 2012, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco. Voice & Vision Gala 2012 will honor three extraordinary women: Congresswoman Judy Chu, journalist Manli Ho, and community historian Connie Young Yu. Special musical entertainment will be provided by Beach Blanket Babylon. The Gala, to benefit the ongoing programs of the Chinese Historical Society of America, begins at 6pm with a reception and silent auction, followed at 7pm by dinner and the Gala program. For reservations, call 415-391-1188 x101 or email email@example.com. More information is available at www.chsa.org
CHSA’s annual Gala has grown to be an event of national importance reflecting the pioneering role that CHSA has performed for nearly 50 years. CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee says, “We believe in the importance of sharing our history in our own voice, and we take our role as stewards of the Chinese American narrative very seriously. As we look forward to our fiftieth anniversary, we are so pleased to celebrate our continuing work by honoring the outstanding achievements of these women.”
Congresswoman Judy Chu led the effort to pass House Resolution 683 expressing regret for the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Journalist Manli Ho investigated the long-lost story of Chinese diplomat Dr. Feng Shan Ho, who saved thousands of Jewish lives from 1938-40 by providing exit visas to Shanghai. Community Historian Connie Young Yu has devoted her energies for more than a quarter of a century to rediscovering a history of Chinese and Asian America that has, for the most part, been forgotten, overlooked, and even hidden.
Last year’s Voice & Vision Gala paid special tribute to Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor, Judge Ed Chen, the first Chinese American to be appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and David Louie, Attorney General of Hawaii. As remarkable as their individual achievements, their collective achievement is an even more significant reflection of the ascendancy of a new generation of Asian Americans in public and civic life.
In his comments last year, Mayor Lee noted, “The role of the Chinese Historical Society is to document those ancestors of generations who sacrificed just to make a living. It is your struggles that have allowed me to be here, and so I want to honor the community first.”
Judge Chen, the first Chinese American Article III Judge in the Court’s 150-year history, said, “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.”
David Louie, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii said, “We all know we stand on the shoulders of all those who have come before us.”