Sunday, January 18, 2015

November Monthly Meeting

iThe November Sarasota USCPFA meeting was held on the third Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3pm, our regularly scheduled time.
Location:  The HuB, second floor meeting room.  The Hub is located at1690 Fruitville Rd, 34236, just east of Orange Ave.
A presentation was given by Mike Revzin of China from Atlanta.  In order to expand our ability to offer quality and interesting programs, we visited Mike online.  His talk was entitled, "Don't Build a Great Wall between You and the Chinese."  Mike addressed us via Skype, which is a first for any USCPFA chapter that we know of. 

Buffet Supper for Ringling Artist Li Wei

On November 18 our Sarasota USCPFA joined with GCAA to host Li Wei and his photographer at the home of Lawrence Lonson and Jeannie Beyer on beautiful Sarasota Bay. This event was organized by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, Irene Leung, and Archie McKee. 

This multicultural potluck buffet supper was held to welcome
WEI 李日韦 in residence at the Ringling 
Museum November 15 – 20.

Li Wei’s photographs were included in the "Seeing the Unseen” exhibition at the Ringling Museum, 
but he is most famous for his illusionistic and sensational aerial performances. 

To see Li Wei's work, visit 

"Building Bridges With China Through Four...No, Five Generations"

Judy Manton of Teaneck, New Jersey, escaped the cold to make a presentation at the Sarasota Herald Tribune building today at 2 pm. About 50 intrigued attendees watched her PowerPoint presentation and learned of Dr.Tom Manton and her many eventful days in China. 

USCPFA Sarasota Chapter President Archie McKee introduced past presidents Dwayne Finger, Pat Amsell, and charter president George Arvey. The group led by Jeannie Beyer sang "Happy Birthday" in Chinese to George who turned 95 last month. 

Represented in the audience were members of the Sarasota chapter of USCPFA, Sarasota Sister Cities, USF Confucious Institute, GCAA, and Asian Women's Club. 

Due to the success of this event, plans for more joint activities and mutual support are being made for the future. 

Thank you to all who attended. 

Judy Manton

President Archie McKee and wife Grace are hosting Judy Manton. They had a cocktail hour on Friday evening for 21 friends--international travelers and interested in friendship with China. Twelve then went to a waterfront restaurant for dinner together. Wonderful evening with fascinating conversation. 

Come to Judy's presentation "Building Bridges with China through Four Generations" today, Sunday, January 18, 2 pm, at THE HERALD TRIBUNE Building. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

China Expert Judy Manton to Speak

You are invited!

“Building Bridges with China through Four Generations”

For 24 years, Judy Manton has been an adjunct professor of cross-cultural studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is a long time member of USCPFA.  Having traveled widely, she brings her many cultural encounters to her presentations.

In 1972, just before President Nixon’s historic visit to China, she and her late husband were invited by the Chinese government to “build bridges of friendship and communication.”  Since that time, over 28 subsequent visits, she has led tours and taught English teaching methods to village English teachers under the auspices of the Zigen Fund.

Judy will share some of her China experiences:

Sarasota Herald Tribune meeting room
January 18, 2 pm

Her presentation, “Building Bridges with China through Four Generations,” starts with her husband’s grandmother arriving in China in 1894 as a missionary.  It stretches through her 1972 visit, during the Cultural Revolution, in which Premier Zhou En-lai personally thanked her husband for his contribution helping China obtain a seat in the U.N.

Judy has made 28 additional trips to China, most recently this past fall.

Sponsored by the Sarasota Chapter of the US-China People’s Friendship Association.

For information contact:  Archie S. McKee, 813.453.1339, Sarasota Chapter President