Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday Chinese Feature Film Series at Ringling

Saturday Chinese Feature Film Series
Ringling College of Art and Design
Adademic Center Room 207

Admission is free; open to the public.
All films have Mandarin sound-tracks and English subtitles.

Chapter members should be receiving the schedule from Dr. Bloomer forwarded by our President Duane Finger.  If you are not on the email list, please notify Duane of your desire to be included.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 Gulfcoast Chinese American Association New Year Celebration

We have been invited to the 2011 Gulfcoast Chinese American Association New Year Celebration. 

2011 GCAA Chinese New Year Celebration
Co-sponsored by Sarasota Chinese Academy

January 29, 2011
T. J. Johnson Youth Center at Faith Baptist Church
8751 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

Doors open at 1:30 pm; our chapter President Duane Finger is extending greetings from our chapter at  the beginning of the program at 2:30 pm:

"美 词"
"New Year’s greeting from Mr. Duane Finger,
President of U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association, Sarasota Chapter (USCPFA)"

Some of our members are volunteering to work at their event and/or donate silent auction items.  If you wish to be involved, please contact Jill.

For additional information, go to

Sarasota Chapter Meeting February 20

From President Duane Finger:

Our next Chapter meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 pm, in our Condo meeting room and theatre.  We will have a pot luck beginning at 3 pm followed at 4:30 pm by the first of our 1930's Chinese Movie Series, with the Frank Capra Classis of 1933," The Bitter Tea of General Yen",starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther.

For more info, go to

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bookworms To Meet February 27

From Suzanne Kreis:

!Welcome Back China Bookworms! 

It is Wonderful to Learn through Experience,
yet, the Joy of Armchair Travel has much to Teach us.
Share your Thoughts and Recommendations with other Bookworms
Tell  which books, articles, and other sources
inform and enlighten us about China's past and present-
witness:"  Chinese Factory Girls"," China Road", "Mao's Great Famine"  
Recent magazine articles inform us about dissident writers, etc.
  NewYorker's Letter from China :"Meet Dr.Freud", is brand new!
We will meet on the last Sunday afternoon of February
to discuss varied readings by group members
in the home of Suzanne Kreis,
details to follow
Please RSVP to

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sarasota Chapter Meeting January 16

The Sarasota Chapter had a wonderful meeting today.  The program was presented by Jill Dye and Duane Finger. 

Duane began by telling us all about Josef Rock and his adventures in early China.  He shared the National Geographic articles written from 1924 - 1935 covering the exploits of this adventurer.  What an exotic, interesting character he was!  Duane read us part of Dr. Rock's obituary.  Here is a link where you can read the entire write-up:

This was followed by video shot of Dr. Rock's home in Yunnan Province when Jill and Duane led a group to China.  Laz taped a portion of Martin Yan's PBS Special Hidden China program and we again visited where Dr. Rock lived. 

Jill told us all about the Naxi minority in Li Jiang.  How impressive this matriarchal society is! 

Thanks to Dr. Rock the history and culture of this fascinating people has been preserved.
We then had a delicious dinner together sharing Chinese and American food.  As always there was much conversation and laughter.

A brief business meeting followed.

--Report written by Grace McKee