CALA NCA Annual event, spring 2016

CALA NCA Chapter visi20160430_114947ted San Francisco Chinatown on April 30, 2016.  We had 17 people attend.  The tour started at the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)  The building was originally a Chinatown YWCA designed by Julia Morgan (1872-1957), an architect who integrated Chinese motifs with the framework of western architecture.  CHSA is the oldest and largest archive and history center documenting the Chinese American experience in the United States.  Now the place is a community cultural center, perfectly set up for meetings/presentations, performances and exhibits.

After a delicious dim sum lunch break at the Saint Mary’s Square park, we headed to the Pacific Heritage 20160430_141651Museum.  The Museum is housed in the historic US Subtreasury Building, dating from 1875 and built on the site of the first US Branch Mint.  The building is recognized as a historical landmark by both the state of California and the city of San Francisco.  In 1984 the building was restored in order to house the Pacific Heritage Museum.  The Museum celebrates the heritage and achievements of the people living along the Pacific Rim.  We saw a replica of a bank vault used during the buildings operation as a part of the Treasury Department.  There is also a display of a collection of rare, antique silver coins.

After that we went toIMG_6160 the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.  The Center has a gallery, book shop, classroom and offices.  Established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States.  At the gallery we saw a documentary showing the life of early Chinese immigrants and a couple interesting modern Chinese artworks.

We also stopped by the Fortune Cookie Factory.  The Factory opened on August 5, 1962 and remains onIMG_6181e of the only places you can still find handmade fortune cookies in the country.  There were 2 women placing fortunes in the hot cookies, then folding the cookies before they harden.  You get a sample when you go in and the cookie is still warm, couldn’t be fresher.

IMG_6184Lastly we visited the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.  It contains historical and explanatory exhibits on the San Francisco cable car system.  The museum is part of the complex that also houses the cable car power house, which drives the cable cars.  It is fascinating to see how the cable cars are operated.  The museum is regarded as a working museum.

The tour ended with everyone learning something from the past.  It was truly an educational and informational visit.

CALA – NCA Officers, 2015-2016

YiPing Sophia Wang

Vice President/President-Elect
Hualing Wan

Hui Zhang

Membership Officer
Wei Ding

Even Coordinator Team
Doris Tseng
Amy Kuo

Immediate Past President
Richard Le

Succeeded CALA Annual Awards Banquet

CALA Annual Awards Banquet @ San Francisco

As ALA Annual Conference hold at San Francisco in June, CALA local chapter members worked hard to host the annual awards banquet, which was at San Francisco on 6/28/2015.   There were 120 people attended the banquet, who were not only from the U.S. and Canada, but also some from mainland China and Taiwan. During the banquet, we have honored our best author of the year and CALA members and leadership, and recruited new members . In addition, our friend, APALA has donated books to everyone.

Appreciation from Carol Gee (Immediate past CALA President), CALA Board, CALA Executive Committee to the Local Arrangement Committee’s hard work of restaurant searching , food testing, contacting and organizing activities,  donating door prizes, and preparation.

CALA Northern California Chapter Local Arrangement Committee Members, from left to right: Doris , Shu-hua, Jessica, Jianye, YiPing, Amy. Photographer: Richard Le

local arrangement committee members

local arrangement committee members

Carol Gee

Carol Gee


Amy Kuo & delegation from Taiwan



Xinjiang Dance performing

Xinjiang Dance performing

Belly Dance

Belly Dance

Weiling Liu's Peacock Dance

Weiling Liu’s Peacock Dance

Patty Wong & her mom

Patty Wong & her mom














CALA Annual Awards Banquet (6/28)

Chinese American Librarians Association,

an Affiliate of American Libraries Association,

Annual Awards Banquet, 2015

nca.chapters.cala wp content uploads 2015 05 CALABanquetInvitation_2015.pdf

banquet invitation


Date: 6/28/2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm

On-site registration starts at 6PM

Location:  Imperial Palace Restaurant, 3rd Floor banquet room ,
818 Washington St. San Francisco CA 94108   (by Waverly Place and Grand Ave Chinatown)

Early bird registration by June 11, 2015 (Tuesday):   Register Now*

[for CALA members, you may login for express process] (Payment methods: PayPal (credit) or check. See details below.)
Members: $35
Student Members: $25
Non-members: $40

Late and on-site registration (after 6/11/2015)
Members $40
Non-members: $45

Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee seats for those who register on-site. Please take advantage of the early bird registration. Thank you for your understanding.

Please contact us for any questions related to the registration.
CALA 2015 Annual Award Banquet Local Arrangement Committee
YiPing Wang (Chair), Doris Tseng, Amy Kuo, Julia Tang, Richard Le, Jianye He.


  1. 錦綉拼盤  (combination appetizers)
  2. 玉子龍鳯球 (chicken & scallop)
  3. 核桃蝦仁 (walnut shrimp)
  4. 海鮮豆腐湯 (seafood & tofu soup)
  5. 䈡油淋黃毛雞  (Fresh Chicken with scallions)
  6. 北京烤鴨 (Peking Duck)
  7. 雲耳炒勝瓜 (vegetable dish)
  8. 非洲鰂魚 (全魚清蒸 Steamed whole fish))
  9. 煎堆 (Glutinous rice sesame balls – dessert)


  • Belly dance by Janey Sheau-yueh He
  • Folk dance by Weiling Lu
  • Mongolian Dance by Wei Wei Prior (吳唯唯)
  • Irish Whistle by  K.C. Jiang  (江國城)
  • Bian lian 变脸 (Face Chaning) and Chi Gong Magic by Daniel

Direction from Moscone Convention Center
Walking: Total 1 mile

  1. Head northeast toward Howard St (230 ft)
  2. Slight right at Howard St (299 ft)
  3. Turn right toward 3rd St (269 ft)
  4. Turn left onto 3rd St (0.2 mi)
  5. Continue onto Kearny St (466 ft)
  6. Turn right onto Grant Ave (0.5 mi)
  7. Turn left onto Washington St (85 ft)
    The restaurant is on the right

Public Transportation: Cost $2.25

  1. Head northeast toward Howard St
  2. Slight right at Howard St
  3. Turn right onto 3rd St
  4. Take 30towards Van Ness & North Point @ 3rd & Howard St, 6 stops
  5. Get off at Stockton St & Clay St
  6. Head north on Stockton St toward Clay St
  7. Turn right onto Washington st
    The restaurant is on the left

CALA Banquet at 2015 ALA Annual Conference at San Francisco

2015 ALA Annual Conference will be at San Francisco, and our chapter is forming a Local Arrangement Committee to plan and organize CALA Annual Banquet, which will be on June 28th, 6pm – 10pm.

Local Arrangement Committee:


Richard Le ( )
YiPing Wang (


Doris Tseng (
Jessica Lu (
Julia Tung (
Amy H. Kuo (

helps needed:

Treasure for the Banquet:


Jianye He