Seattle Yee Fung
Toy Family Association 2016 News Page
2016 Seattle Yee Family
U.S. Grand Advisor:
James Yee, Fred Yee
Advisors: James Yee,
Suey Yee, Shek Jing Yee, Fred Yee, Hing Ng, De
President: Kevin Lee
Vice President: Shek
Chinese Secretary: Jie Feng
Yu, Wing Shuen Yee
English Secretary: John
Yee, Warren Yee, Tim Lee
Representative to Chong Wa:
Fred Yee, De Sum Yee
Treasurer: Yao Dong
Yu, John Yii
Auditor: Wai Man Yee,
Raymond Wah, Kwok Ho Yee, Warren Yee
Women Auxiliary: Jenny
Yee, Clara Cheung Yee, Mrs. Shui Wan Yee, Mrs.
De Sum Yee, Linda Yee, Mei Yee, Helen Chinn,
Seattle Yees Attended the 2016 Chinatown
About 10 members of the Seattle
YFT Family Association attended the 2016
Chinatown Associations Luncheon hosted by the
Chong Wa Benevolent Association of Seattle.
About 15 traditional Chinatown
associations participated with about 150
Chong Wa hosted the event to
promote better communication and
collaborations among the Chinatown traditional
Seattle YFT President Kevin Lee
serves as the English Secretary for Seattle
Chong Wa and Fred Yee, U.S.YFT Grand Advisor
is a member of the Chong Wa Honorary Community
Director Yen 顏國裕 of
the Seattle TECO Taipei Cultural Center
visited the Seattle YFT
During the Chinese New Year of the
Monkey, Director Yen of the Seattle TECO
Taipei Cultural Center, visited the Seattle
Office of the YFT Family Association.
On hand to welcome Director Yen
were Fred Yee, U.S. Yee Grand Advisor, De Sum
Yee and Suey Yee, Seattle Chapter Advisors.
Director Yen reported to his post
in early January 2016.
Seattle Spring Banquet
The Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family
Association ancestor ceremony was
held at noon at the Seattle Yee Fung Toy
Family Association Hall on March 5,
2016, among the guests attended were
U.S. YFT Western Grand President Eddie Yee and
his wife Carina.
About 180 individuals attended the
Seattle YFT Family Association 2016 Spring
Banquet which was held at the Ocean Star
Seafood Restaurant in Seattle. VIP guests
included: Eddie Yee, U.S. West YFT Grand
President, and his wife Carina, from San
Francisco, Mr. Ping Sheung Yee and Mr. Martin
Yee, and their wife's, Seattle TECO Director
Andy Chin, Deputy Director Chen-Chi Wu,
Seattle TECO Cultural a Center Director Kuo-Yu
In addition, representatives from
over 20 local Chinese community organizations
Beautiful singing performances by
dear friends of Fred Yee, U.S. YFT Grand
Advisor, created an high energy setting at the
Shek Jing Yee, Seattle Chapter
Vice-president and Silvia Yu were MCs for the
evening. The event was the first ever
community spring banquet held by the Seattle
YFT in 70 years.
Seattle Yees Attending 2016 Canada YFT Spring
Six members of the Seattle YFT
Family Association attended the March 19, 2016
112th Anniversary and Spring Banquet held at
the Floata Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver,
BC. Kevin Lee, President of the Seattle YFT
offered the congratulatory greetings and also
entertained the audience by singing a karaoke
song “The moon represents my heart” in
In addition to Kevin, among those
attended included Warren Yee, Chapter English
Secretary, Chapter Advisor Suey Yee, his wife
Linda Yee and Chapter members Janet and
Marcella Lee. The banquet was attended by over
four hundred community representatives and
guests. Esther Yue was the master ceremony of
this successful event.
Fung Toy Family Association Headquarters
James Yee and Fred Yee (wife
Clara), U.S. Grand Advisors for the YFT Family
Association of the U. S. attended the 2016
Spring Banquet and Senior Management meeting
on March 19 & 20 in Francisco.
The meeting was attended by the
U.S. Grand and Vice Grand Presidents Frank Yee
(East), Kenneth Yee, (East), Eddie Yee (West),
David Yee (West), Grand Elders, Grand Advisors
and President and Vice President of the YFT
Headquarters, Sherman Yu and Kin Fung Yee.
The spring banquet was held at New
Asia and Peninsula Restaurants with over 1,000
guests. Many city, county and state elected
officials attended the banquet along with
numerous representatives from local community
and family associations.
The atmosphere was festive and
the food was great. Thank you YFT HQs for a
wonderful host and presented a very successful
Holyrood Cemetery)、湖景墓園 (Lake
View Cemetery)、萬年青 - 華秀麗墓園 (
Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery) 及
萬柏墓園 (Mt. Pleasant)
Observing Ching Ming
Several members of the Seattle YFT
Family Association observed Ching Ming in
visiting cemeteries around the Seattle-King
Members participated in the March 20, 2016
visits included Kevin Lee, President, Mr and
Mrs De Sum Yee, Advisor, Suey Yee, Advisor,
Mr. and Mrs. Yao Dong Yu, Treasurer, and
Warren Yee English Secretary.
Cemeteries visited included Evergreen
Washelli, Lakeview, Hollyrood and Mt. Pleasant
Queen Anne Hill.
Trip to Washington, D.C.
Four board members of the Chinese
American Citizen Alliance (CACA) Seattle Lodge
joined 25 others from CACA lodges around the
country for a 5-day whirlwind visit to
The purpose of the trip, which began May 1,
was to visit congressional members or their
staff to advocate for issues that are core
national priorities for CACA.
Fred Yee, US YFT Grand Advisor and Seattle
Chapter Senior Advisor was one of the twenty
plus members of the Chinese American Citizens
Alliance Leadership Team for the
organization's annual advocacy trip to
Washington D.C. Fred is on the C.A.C.A.
Seattle Lodge Board as Board Secretary and was
on the trip representing the Seattle Lodge.
With Fred on the trip were Ming-Ming Tung
Edelman, Seattle Lodge President, Bettie Luke,
Vice President and Cathy Lee, Lodge Treasurer.
During the D.C. trip, team members
also attended the 1882 Symposium, the 2016
Military Lunch, and the Asian Pacific American
Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
Gala at which President Obama was the keynote
The trip also included a visit
with Mr. Martin Gold, author of the book
“Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the
U.S. Congress, A Legislative History,” a tour
of the White House, and a pre-screening
reception of the documentary 1882, which will
be aired by PBS in June 2017.
Rounding up the itinerary was a
visit to the Department of Labor Hall of
Honor, which includes the Chinese Railroad
Workers and a briefing of the White House
Initiative on Asian Pacific Americans and
Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI) at the Executive
Memorial Day at Hing Hay Park
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2016,
three members of the Seattle YFT Family
Association attended the Memorial Day
Remembrance at Hing Hay Park in Seattle's
The Cathay Post 186 organized this
annual to pay respect to the fallen Chinese
American Veterans of World War II. The key
note was delivered by Lloyd Hara, former King
County Assessor. In addition to the Seattle
YFT, the remembrance was attended by members
of Chinese community organizations, including
such as C.A.C.A Seattle Lodge, Kin On
Community Health Care, Chong Wa Benevolent
Association, Seattle Chinese Chamber of
Commerce, Jade Guild, Hop Sing and over 10
Chinese family and fraternal associations.
Fred Yee, Warren Yee and De Sum
Yee were the three Seattle YFT members
attended and presented flower offering.
Seattle YFT Annual Picnic and Scholarship
Near 100 Seattle Yee Fung Toy
Family Association members and friends were at
Woodland Park picnic area #3 for the 62nd
Annual Picnic for the association.
Twenty eight scholarship awards
were given out to Seattle Yee student members
ranging from 3rd grade to college seniors.
Members of the Seattle Mah Association and
Shui Yuen Tong also took time to attend.
The weather was perfect for the
picnic. There were also raffle drawing for
cash and non cash prizes.
Association President Kevin Lee
and Chinese Secretary Kit Fung Yu were the
Master of Ceremony. All had a great time with
good food and wonderful company for all.
Seattle YFT Participates in 2016 Chinatown Sea
Four members, Kevin Lee, Warren
Yee, Fred And Clara Yee, of the Seattle YFT
Association participated in the 2016 Seattle
Chinatown Sea Fair Parade in the evening of
Over 10 Seattle area family
associations and tongs participated in the
parade. There were seemingly unending number
of wonderful floats in the parade.
South King Street was the main
parade route which of packed with onlooking on
both sides of the street. The atmosphere was
upbeat and everyone seems to enjoy ones the
Parade very much.
Canadian Yee Fung Toy National Convention,
The 17th Canadian Yee Fung Toy
National Convention was held from July 29 to
August 2, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.
Clara Yee represented the Seattle YFT
Association at the convention. They are also
among 52 delegates and guests from the U.S. at
the event. In total, there were over 120
individuals attending with the opening banquet
attended by over 400 guests.
The 3 day event was full of
activities and festive wonders. Apart from the
regular business meetings for the delegates,
convention guests enjoyed two days of touring
to Drumheller Royal Terrell Museum, Lake
Louise, Banff and Bow Fall.
opening and closing ceremony and banquet were
held at the Regency Seafood Restaurant.
Ancestral worship was held at the Calgary YFT
Association and a visit to the Ma Family
Association was made by a number of convention
delegates and guests.
Yee Web Committee held a meeting with over 20
individuals attended. The next Canadian
National Convention was decided to be held in
Toronto, Ontario in 2020.
YFT members attending 2016 Chong WA Community
General Vincent Yao of Seattle TECO visiting
Seattle YFT Family Association
Director-General Vincent Chin Hsiang Yao of
(台北經濟文化辦事處處長 姚金祥) visited the
Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association on
September 19, 2016.
Director Yao is the new Director General for
the Seattle TECO office, replacing Director
Andy Chin (離任駐西雅圖辦事處處長
His visit was accompanied by Director Yen of
the Seattle TECO Cultural Center(僑教中心主任顏國裕) , Deputy
TECO Director Wu (副處長吳鎮祺)
and Christin Chou, President of the Taiwan
Benevolent Association of Seattle, (臺灣同鄕聯誼會會長劉秦).
Seattle YFT members present included Kevin
Lee, Fred Yee, Clara Cheung, Suey Yee, Mr.
& Mrs De Sum Yee, Warren Yee and Helen