Northeast Chapter

DATE:  June 8, 2009

Lee, President,

Li Sun, Vice-President/President-Elect,

Hung-Yun Chang, Treasurer,

Ai-Hua Chen, Secretary,

Lina Ding, Membership Chairperson,

  Annual Report



The Northeast Chapter was proud to hold five major
activities during the year, with two programs reported previously in the
Interim Report of January 2009, on Hosting Dongguan Librarians and The Music
Performance of The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York as well as The China
Zhongtian Jade Art Delegation.

Since then, the three other activities were:


On Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Mid-Manhattan Library of
the New York Public Library, two former Presidents of the Northeast Chapter of
CALA presented a very successful slide lecture on In Search of the Roots of President Yuan Shikai's Family: A
Granddaughter's Genealogical Research in China
.  The program attracted 117 people, including
reporters from such news sources as Sinovision, the World Journal, Sing Tao
Daily, the China Press, and the SinoAmerican Times.  The speakers were interviewed by the
reporters and good publicity was engendered.

The two speakers were Professor Carol Kachuen Gee of Lehman
College Library and Professor Janey Sheau-Yueh Chao, from Baruch College
Library.  Introduction of the speakers
were given by Esther Lee, the President of the Northeast Chapter.  Her message included the following:

Last October, Carol and Janey each received a grant from the
City University of New York, to spend a month in China to do some research regarding
Yuan Shikai (1850-1916) and his descendants.

Now Carol is the daughter of Yuan's eighth son, Kezhen.  Carol was born in Beijing,
bred in Hong Kong, and spent most of her adult life in New York. 
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from New York University,
a Master of Library Science from Columbia
University, and a Master of Science in
Special Education from Lehman
College.  Carol is now the Head of the Technical
Services Department at Lehman
College, and an Associate

As a child, Carol lived a few years in Tianjin, where many of her family members
resided in the large Yuan compound. 
Carol did not meet or remember most of her relatives, because she was
too young at that time.  Recently, as an
adult, Carol has a strong desire to rediscover and reconnect with her long lost
relatives.  Her recent journey to China helped to
realize this dream of hers.  Carol also
plans to write a book about her genealogy.

Carol's partner in research is Janey Chao.  Janey was born and raised in Taiwan.  She received a Master of Library Science
degree from the University
of Wisconsin, and a Master
of Science, in Computer Science, from the New York Institute of Technology.  Janey is now the Head of the Cataloging
Department at Baruch
College, and a full
Professor.   As an established Chinese
genealogy researcher, Janey has published books and articles on topics such as In Search of Your Asian Roots: Genealogical
Research on Chinese Surnames
Tracing Their Roots: Genealogical Sources for Chinese
Immigrants to the United States
Janey is also an enthusiastic belly-dancer.

Carol introduced her grand father to the audience vividly,
showing Yuan's large family, his military might, his ascendency to Prime
Minster, and then to being the first President of the Republic of China in
1912, his becoming an Emperor for 100 days before his untimely death at aged
57.  President Yuan's prominence and controversy,
his brilliancy in quelling the warring factions, and the achievements of some
of his descendants, were well captured in Carol's talk.  Many unique photographs of President Yuan and
his relatives were shown with explanations given by Janey.  A lively question- and-answer period
ensued.  Before leaving for the day, many
in the audience heaped praises to the monitor on this wonderful program.

The speakers were awarded framed Certificates of
Appreciation.  The dinner following, with
the speakers as honored guests, at a nearby Evergreen restaurant, was very

A Successful Immigrant Story: Mingmei Yip, Ph. D.

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Chinese American Librarians
Association, Northeast Chapter, co-sponsored with the New York Public Library's
Chatham Square Branch, a program on A
Successful Immigrant Story: Mingmei Yip, Ph. D.
  It was held in the Chatham Square Library at
2:30 p.m., and attracted 45 people, who enjoyed the speaker's talk, singing and
performance on the qin, a seven-stringed Chinese musical instrument.

The President of the Chapter, Esther Lee, introduced Dr. Yip
as a multitalented author, musician, painter, calligrapher, and Tai Chi

Born in Hong Kong to a
singer-father and teacher-mother, Mingmei loves to read at a young age, and
took piano and painting lessons.  She
first got an article published in a magazine at aged 14.  She participated in the Annual Exhibition of
the Contemporary Chinese Artists' Guild in Hong Kong since aged 15, till her
departure to Paris
on a full French government scholarship for graduate studies.  From the University of Paris
she received her Ph. D. in Musicology. 
Her doctoral dissertation was on the Chinese instrument qin.   

After three years in Paris,
Mingmei went back to Hong Kong, and taught at the Chinese
University and at the Baptist University there.  She appeared frequently on radio and TV as a
lecturer and performer, in Hong Kong, China, and the United States.  She also wrote as a columnist for seven Hong Kong newspapers. 
She has five books published in Chinese, and two in English.  They are:

In Chinese

  1. The Art of Qin Music.
  2. Qin Music and Chinese Culture
  3. The World of Music
  4. Good Time on Earth (Essays on Zen
  5. Never Poles Apart (Essays and Short

In English

  1. Chinese Children's Favorite Stories
    (illustrated beautifully by the author)
  2. Peach Blossom Pavilion.  Published in 2008, this book has
    received such favorable reviews that it has already undergone four

Mingmei's forthcoming book will be Qin Music and Chinese Culture in English, with a CD.  She is also working on a novel in English.

At a Buddhist conference in Taiwan, Mingmei met her future
husband, Dr. Geoffrey Redmond, an endocrinologist and a specialist on women's
hormone problems.  The married couple
settled in the United States
since 1992

In 1995 Mingmei studied Tibetan painting at the Cleveland
Institute of Art on a full scholarship.

In 2002, Mingmei exhibited her Goddess Paintings at a Soho
Gallery in New York.

Since 2004, Mingmei teaches Tai Chi at the International
Women's Writing Guild.

She is also teaching Calligraphy at the Asia/Asian American
Research Institute at the City University of New York. 

Coming June, 2009, Mingmei will be teaching Tai Chi at Skidmore College in Upstate New York.

Meantime, she is in the process of writing two novels in

Her talk concentrated on parts of her life and work, with
emphasis on how she met her husband and came to America in 1992, and how she worked
very hard to get her first two books in English published.  She worked closely with the publisher in
creating those lovely detailed illustrations in her children's book, and she
spent ten years, on and off, in polishing her first English novel.  She read selected passages from her
novel.  Her two English books were all
well received, and those that she brought with her were quickly sold out after
the program.

After her talk, the audience was treated to a music
performance by the speaker.  Mingmei sang
two Chinese songs with text by famous Chinese poets, and she also provided the
music accompaniment on the qin.  The
songs were:  Remembering Playing the Flute on the Jade Terrace and Immortals of the Magpie Bridge.  She then played a solo on the qin, titled Flowing Water.  The audience was enthralled, and they clapped
loudly at the end.  The question and
answer period following was lively.

After the program, the speaker was awarded a Certificate of
Appreciation and invited to dinner with a congenial group.  Mingmei was very friendly and down-to-earth.  Everyone had a wonderful time.




A Joint Mini-Conference was held on Friday, May 15, 2009, at
the National Museum
of the American Indian in Manhattan,
NY.  Approximately 100 members and friends of the
National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and
the Spanish Speaking, the American Indian Library Association, the
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, the Black Caucus of the American
Library Association, and the Chinese American Librarians Association, were
present.  Three CALA members (Maria Fung,
Li Sun, and Min Chou) participated in the speaking forum.

The program started with a tour of the George Gustav
Heyer Center
of the Museum, under the guidance of Mary Ahenakew.  Then, Tess Tobin, President of the
REFORMER/NE Chapter, gave the introduction and welcome.  Homa Naficy, Manager of Multicultural
Education and Outreach Services from the Hartford Public Library, Connecticut, gave the
keynote address on The American Place,
highlighting citizenship and immigration resources at the Hartford Library.

The four-librarian panel discussion dwelled on Literacy in the Digital Age and Online Resources for Diverse Population.  J. S. Smith, a student from Queens College,
gave her version of a Reality Check on
Multiethnic Collections.
  Tao Yang, a
librarian from Rutgers University Library, who collaborated on paper with his
colleague Li Sun, the Vice President of CALA/NE,  spoke on Diversity
and Non-English Collections in the Academic
East Asian Library at Rutgers University.  Maria Fung. Ex-President of CALA/NE, and the
World Language Specialist from the Brooklyn Public Library, expounded on the World Language Collections at her
Library.  Dr. Ganga B. Dakshinamurti,
from the University
of Manitoba Library,
spoke on Diversity in Collection
Development: Oral Tradition in a Digital Environment.

Min Chou, Vice President/President-Elect of CALA, and Juan
Almodovar, both librarians from the New
Jersey City University, took turns to speak on A Practical Approach to Enhancing Library Instruction for Diverse
Students in the
Digital Age.  They also demonstrated the use of a Camtasia
Studio - a screen recording software.

Robin Osborne, the Director of the Westchester Library
System, gave her Reflections on Equitable Access of Library Users.  It is amazing that in her Library, a
librarian would sit for an hour with an individual to teach the individual
whatever he wants to learn on the computer.

Sponsors of the program were:  America Reads Spanish

Bilingual Publications



Multicultural Books

Oriental Culture Enterprises

World Journal Books

The sponsors not only set up sampling displays of their
popular books, but also provided free lunch for the attendees.  Everyone enjoyed the nutritious food and the
informative program, well presented by diverse librarians.

Respectfully submitted by

Esther Lee, President, CALA/NE