Date: 31 Dec. 2009
Li Sun, President,
Lina Ding, Vice-President/President-Elect,
Hung-Yun Chang, Treasurer,
Michelle Wenlien Lei-Chan, Membership Chair, Judy Xiao,
Is this an
interim or annual report?: Interim report
activities the committee has done since last report:
The Northeast Chapter welcomed six new members and
enjoyed three activities for the past six months.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT GLOBALLY
On July 14-18, 2009, the Queens Library and the Northeast
Chapter of CALA hosted two Library Directors from China, as part of the Think
Globally, Act Globally project. The
Mr. Liu Xiaqing, Deputor Director, Zhejiang Provincial
Library, Hangzhou, China.
Mr. Wang Huijun, Director, Foshan Library of Guangdong
Province, Foshan, China.
Some Queens Library members and some Northeast Chapter
members accompanied the visiting librarians every day, from the first day's
airport pick-up to the last day's airport drop-off. Among those helpful people were: Fred J. Gitner, Esther Lee, I.I. Chu,
Hung-Yun Chang, Maria Fung, Songqian Lu, Lina Ding, and Carol Gee.
From their itinerary, both Directors spent a whole day at
the Queens Library, meeting with the Queens Library Director, the Chief
Operating Officer, and various department heads to discuss library issues. They also visited the Briarwood Community
Library, where the RFID technology was used.
The two guests also visited the main New York Public
Library, the Mid-Manhattan Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and other
famous sights or landmarks. They also enjoyed an outstanding Broadway show
titled South Pacific.
Before the visitors leave, a special program was held at
the Flushing Community Library on July 17, 2009, whereby each of the guests
provided an excellent PowerPoint presentation on their Libraries' collections,
programs and services. Many librarians
from New York City and Long Island attended the program. The program's news was covered by
On October 25, 2009, an entertainment program was held,
where a number of CALA members and friends enjoyed a fantastic Broadway show
titled Mary Poppins.
IRIS CHANG, AUTHOR OF THE RAPE OF NANKING
On December 12, 2009, the Northeast Chapter and several
other organizations co-sponsored a "Memorial Service for the Death of Iris
Chang and the Rape of Nanking" at the East Brunswick Public Library in New
Jersey. This program was very well
attended. Quite a number of CALA members were present.
In the program, Victor Yung, the Director of the New
Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in
Asia, gave an introduction of the Nanking genocide.
A movie was then presented, showing how Iris Chang
started to write her book, the stresses she suffered, and her suicide at the
young age of 36.
The ICEPN TV station covered the program and interviewed
several notable people in the audience, including our Executive Director,
Haipeng Li. Haipeng was recently
promoted to be the Associate Director of the Rutgers University Library. He pointed out that as librarians, we not
only collect and preserve information, but also promote reading. It is our hope
that more people will learn of the truth of the Nanking genocide via reading.
recommendations, if any, to the Board: