KAMS' SOCIETY HAWAII
Chinese New Year Lantern Parade 2023
Who's Your Daddy?
Hey, do you know who your father's father is? Do you know if he was born in Hawaii ? Was he born in China? What village is he from?
My cousin Kevin Mow who is Kam member was rummaging around his closet, looking for fishing gear and he found three lineage scrolls. He had forgotten that his mother had given him these scrolls many years ago, since Kevin was the only one interested in their genealogy. Coincidentally, I had called him to help me fill out my genealogy. He excitedly called me the next day to tell me about his find.
The scrolls were brown and delicate but was clearly handwritten. There were also working drafts and a map with the villages. I was impressed with the diagram's organization and how easily I could follow my linage back to 1630. It was amazing that I could go back to my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Did you count that? It was nine generations!
Kevin Mow with found scrolls
Copy of genealogy chart —handwritten
Are you interested in being a part of the Kam ancestry? It's still a work in progress but there is a very simple template. We can email the template to you. complete it and email it back to Eugene Kam (firstname.lastname@example.org). We'd also love to have a photo of you. (not required) .You can view several members now. It'll be so cool to see how you are connected in the Kam Family Tree.
JAI - LIVE Zoom Demonstration - Jan 31, 2021
The live ZOOM demonstration was a hilarious third attempt for me. We're still learning and had a few glitches. Approximately 17 Zoomers joined in. I've never made Jai, fortunately, I was guided thru the process with Popo June Tong and Mae Wataoka. Hopefully you folks will be inspired because if I can do it, you can too. Its actually easy, prep the ingredients, make the sauce and throw in the ingredients, boil, taste and adjust the seasoning. I must admit there are many ingredients and we had a blast shopping at Sun Chong in Chinatown. (check out our shopping video clip below). Canton Market and Bo Wah has excellent selection of ingredients too. The recipe and individual ingredient pictures is located under Popo's recipes. So now that you're well equipped with information, go forth shop and cook!
Much mahalos to Eugene Kam, who did the video, lighting and sound system and Tiffany Sakamoto managed the ZOOM from Washington state.
Shopping for Jai ingredients
Getting ready for Chinese new year, Jocelyn, Eugene & Mae went to Sun Chong Market in Chinatown. They are the jai headquarters for all of the ingredients. You can buy the ingredients packaged or only what you need. The owners are very helpful and will suggest what you need. Everyone cooks jai to their tastes so ingredients will vary. Its so amazing what they have and how much varieties they carry.
Public parking entrance on Maunakea street.
Dont forget to grab some dim sum at any of the nearby bakeries.
Chinese New Year's Traditions
JAI – the symbolism in its ingredients
FAI CHUN (Good Luck Red Paper)
NIAN GAU (Chinese New Year Cake)
by (Poppy) Paulette Ing
This sweet, dense sticky glutinous rice cake symbolizes "reaching soaring heights". made of just three ingredients: glutinous rice flour, sugar and ail, and steamed for many hours, it symbolizes long life, harmony and many children This is revered much like the Christmas fruit cake. Chinese New Year is celebrated by more the 20% of the world. February 12, 2012 is year of the Ox.
by Colleen Lee
Giving Lisee is a common practice among the Chinese. Lisee is the red envelope containing money given at social gatherings and happy occasions such as weddings, birthdays and Chinese New Year. Money used to be wrapped in red paper and given. Red envelops are now commercially produced with gold writing or pictures. The red and gold symbolize prosperity and good luck and is said to ward off evil spirits. Designs may be of Chinese surname characters or wishes such as "double happiness", "good fortune" or "health". Pictures can be of Zodiac animals or other symbols for different well wishes such as the peach for long life or fishes for abundance. Other color and fancier designs are currently also produced. Lisee can now even be given virtually.
Chinese New Year is the special occasion that children especially anticipate. When offering respect and New Year greetings to grandparents, parents, and other relatives, children receive the cherished envelope. Adult children can also give their parents Lisee as a sign of respect. Employers may also give their employees Lisee at Chinese New Year. Giving Lisee at Chinese New Year is a way to spread good luck and well wishes to others during a happy occasion.
by: Raquel Fay
The Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture where performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. The Lion Dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year (CNY) and other traditional cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions or wedding ceremonies or used to honor special guests by the Chinese communities.
I enjoy watching his cultural practice. I especially like listening to the drums and hearing the firecrackers go off. It is awesome to see and to share this cultural experience with the children I teach. I's just such Good Luck!