Health Wellness Uplifting

A new category of activities on Health & Wellness Uplifting is added to BECHA website to reflect increased interests among senior citizens in applying self improvements techniques developed since ancient dynasties in China to live harmoniously with the universe surrounding humanities. Nutritional and other health wellness related topics are also shared in group meetings.

YE2018 Update

Continued in 2018 to provide Taiji Qigong classes at the Walnut Senior Center, as well as group meetings for senior citizens in the community to share and demonstrate health and wellness tips. Also provided information at the Walnut Senior Expo in November.

1Q2020 Update

Highlights from China Charity Volunteer Work


In order to identify opportunities to pursue BigBall charity activities in China in accordance with the BECHA (BigBall Earth Caring humanity Association) charter, CEO James Tang visited many cities and villages in various provinces in China from May to August, 2014, including Anhui, Hubei, Henan, Shanxi, Sichuan, Jilin, Liaolin, and Heilongjiang. The trip was eye-opening in realizing the serious environmental problems, particularly smog, throughout China, albeit less severe in the northeastern provinces of Jilin, Liaolin, and Heilongjiang. It was also difficult to find and collect traditional heritage ethnic baby carriers, even in ethnic Korean and Manchurian autonomous administrative districts. With unbelievable luck, however, he was able to find people who could hand-make those traditional baby carriers from their memories and were also willing to help after hearing the BigBall mission of exhibiting extinct art of making heritage baby carriers for the sake of raising public awareness of great motherly love for their children.

1) Ethnic Korean baby carrier custom made by a Korean fabric and clothing store owner in Yanji, a Korean autonomous district city in Jilin province near the North Korean border.

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2) Ethnic Manchurian baby carrier custom made by a Manchurian fabric store owner in Qinyuan, a Manchurian autonomous district in Liaolin province.

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3) Ethnic Han baby carrier custom made by an elderly Christian lady in the Meiheko city of Jilin province with tradition Han fabric donated by a fabric store owner.

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Other activities on behalf of BECHA include:

Donation of a new refrigerator to the home of elderly BigBall supporters in a coal mine town who had suffered stomach problems from leftover food in the hot summer.

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Launched a “Saving Little Brother Dragon (LBD)” project in a farmer’s village

During a visit to BigBall supporters in Jilin province, James met this intellectually challenged young man Wang Zhon-Liang(王忠良), nicknamed Little Brother Dragon (小龙哥)by his family. He is a small built young man who has suffered from brain damage since childhood due to eating his parent’s diabetics medicine as candy. His father who was a decent and honest farmer passed away a couple of year ago after a tragic accident involving his farm equipment. His mother is a loving lady who is now working odd farm jobs to care for this son while recovering from the grief of her husband’s passing.

This family is in need of help particularly due to the behavior problems from Little Brother  Dragon (LBD) who is apparently in a downward spiral. He started to lie and steal liquor from his family and family friends to get drunk. In early August, he drank too much of the stolen liquor and also took his mother’s medicine to escape from his mental hell. He got so sick and tried to induce vomiting by poking his own throat with a tree branch which caused bleeding from his esophagus and had to be hospitalized with blood transfusion. This also happened twice before during the last 2 years and his bad behavior has caused so much misery to his mother that all her relatives became very angry that they used harsh language and physical punishment at this young man as James observed during hospital visits.

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With the approval from the BECHA Board, a proposal was made to LBD’s family to give him a last chance to climb out of his vicious cycle by using positive re-enforcement to reward him for good behavior. A detailed plan was approved by his family and also supported by the village leaders. The goal is to provide positive energy in correcting his behavior problems by giving him small cash rewards (to reduce his need to steal from others) for good behavior and to fine him for bad behaviors. A notebook is used to document his behavior daily and a nightly review is conducted by his mother. Meanwhile, the village leaders are trying to find people who can teach him how to make handicrafts, such as weaving baskets, to be purchased by BigBall for potential exhibitions in the future.

A good talk with LBD to get his agreement before starting this project.

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Initial results during the 1st month have been encouraging with LBD’s behavior significantly improved (over 90% of days without any bad behavior while helping his mother with farm work and he has also quit drinking alcohols to save money). We continue to pray for LBD in his success to gain self-respect/confidence and to live a happier life.

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December 2014 “Saving LBD Project” Update:

LBD continues to behave well without any incidents of stealing/drinking liquors. He is enjoying the rewards from his good behavior. During the month of November, his mother logged 29 out of 30 days in good behavior, with only 1 incident of asking for a cigarette from another person in the village. He has become a well-mannered young man and proactively helped his mother in the farm work. He also made about 100 pot-cleaning brushes out of the dried sorghum stems after the harvest season for his home and elders in the village. In order to keep him busy during winter time where there is no farm work, he will be encouraged to continue to make more handicrafts for BECHA to buy and to distribute to more village homes where wood burning stoves are used for cooking.

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March 2015 Saving LBD Project Update

BECHA CEO James Tang visited LBD’s family and village leaders during the Chinese lunar New Year and was pleased to learn from the village chief Mr. Wang that this project has significantly improved LBD’s behavior problems. He said this has been a good year for LBD since we started the Saving LBD project based on inputs from villagers. He gave a ‘thumb up’ for BECHA to continue this successful project in 2015.

Sharing a story about Mr. Zhang’s family

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Mr. Zhang Hong-Wu张鸿武 is in his 40’s and has been handicapped since childhood with his right hand deformed in an porridge cooking burn accident when he was just 3 yrs. of age. His misfortunes worsened 2 yrs ago in another accident when he broke his neck while working on a roof and fell from the ladder. He lost all senses from the neck down and has been laying in bed with his slightly mentally ill wife caring for him and their 3yrs old daughter who is a bright and cheerful little girl.

The good hearted village chief Mr. Wang has been helping this family by obtaining a minuscule social welfare payment for the family as well as by raising money to buy an electric tricycle for Mrs. Zhang to make extra money by hauling goods.

In one of his visits to the farming family of Little Brother Dragon, BECHA CEO James met with the village chief Mr. Wang and was asked to consider helping Mr. Zhang’s family as a new BECHA charity project in China. On March 13, 2015, James went with Mr. Wang to visit Mr. Zhang’s family in Hei Shan Tou( Black Mountain Top) of Dong Feng District in Jilin Province. The Zhang family’s dwelling is a small room about 5 square meters. There is a hospital bed for Mr. Zhang and another bed for Mrs. Zhang and daughter. Then there is hardly any room for visitors to stand inside this room that was provided by the closedown raw steel factory where Mrs. Zhang used to work. This factory was founded as a private enterprise to provide jobs for handicapped people but could not survive the harsh economic conditions for the steel factories in China.

As part of the humanitarian mission in caring for less fortunate handicapped people on behalf of the BECHA Board of Directors, James donated ¥1000 RMB to Mr. Zhang’s family during this visit. He will also monitor future needs for this family via local BECHA supporters as part of the China mission.

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May 2015 Update

Another ‘Good Behavior ‘ award was given to LBD for sustaining good behavior in helping his mother with Spring farm work and refraining from stealing liquor and medicines in the village. Also attending this award dinner is the Village Chief Mr. Wang.

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Another attempt to collect ethnic baby wrappers took James to Ji-An at the eastern side of Jilin province bordering North Korea. The border line is in the middle of the not-so-wide Yalu River. You can see NK’s border watch shed with bare eyes. Old ladies washing clothes in the river is about the only common life style on both side of the river. After sunsets, there are vibrant lights and hundreds of dancing ‘damas’ at the Ji-An side of the river bank, while a complete darkness painted across the river dabbed with only occasional flash lights from the NK border patrol. No luck with finding traditional baby wrappers this time. The villagers are mainly ethnic Han. They have not used traditional baby wrappers for many years.

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July 2015 LBD Update

Another award was presented to LBD in July, 2015 to recognize his continued good behavior during the past 2 months. His mother was pleased to see him working hard to help with the farm work; and there were no incidents of stealing liqors in this period. Also, he helped an elderly couple to trasfer 3500 kg of coal to prepare for the winter and helped another villager to recover a lost wallet with valuables inside, including ID cards and bank cards. He was praised for his successful sustainment of his good behavior and was urged to refrain from asking for cigaretts from other villagers as an area for improvement.

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Started to teach ESL in China

开始在吉林省做義工當ESL老师,在易特國际教育學苑帮助25个初中生及小学高年生扎實美语口语,本周课程包括家庭,问候,學校,购物,点菜,學做Salad,等等。我发现这里的孩子们學习興趣高,進步神速,又得到校长及多位本地老师的全力支持,甚感欣慰!BECHA CEO James Tang has started a new volunteer work as an ESL teacher at the Elite International Education Institute in Jiling Province of China. He is helping 25 students (9 – 16 yrs old) to understand and practice speaking American English. For the first week, they covered many topics, including Family, Greetings, School Life, Shopping, Ordering Food, and Making Salad. James is very pleased to see these kids highly motivated and making significant progress in just 5 days, as well as thrilled to have the full support from the Elite Headmaster and several local teachers.

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August, 2015 Updates

美国碧波为张鸿武女儿张旨轩提供三个月上幼儿园的助學金让她的學习不被父亲的伤残而中断。The BigBall Earth Caring Humanity Association(BECHA)provided scholarship to fund 3 months of school costs for Zhang Zhi-Xuan, the 4 yrs old daughter of Mr. Zhang Hong-Wu who was paralyzed from neck down due to an accident while working on a roofing job.

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来回三千多公里到内蒙寻找蒙族的传统背儿带。内蒙首府青城-呼和浩特,明朝阿拉坦汗(成吉思汗十四世孙)建城,开蒙汉两族親合之风。大召寺又名無量寺,是喇嘛黄教名寺,青城的最有名景点。大雄宝殿内佛像历450年不坏,寺内建筑按藏式设计,保护良好。实在找不到蒙族的传统背儿带,只有买一件小女孩庆典穿的传统服装和帽子做个记念。

RT more than 3000 KM drive to Hohehot, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous region, to look for ethnic traditional baby carriers. Locals were unwilling to sell their treasured old collections, so I had to purchase a traditional young girl’s ceremonial dress and hat as souvenirs. The city of Hohehot was built in 15th century by a direct descendant of Gengis Khan who enabled the harmonious melting pot between the Mongo and the Han people in Mongolia. The Tibetan style Buddhist temple Da Zhao Shi was among the best preserved Tibetan temple in China.

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September, 2015 update

回美之前,特地去看看颈以下全部瘫患的张鸿武女儿张旨轩,并再为美国碧波关怀地球人文协会发给她助学金。看到她在幼儿园内快乐的学习成长,非常欣慰!Visited the nursery school where Zhang Zhi-Xuan is learning and playing with other kids and provided another scholarships on behalf of BECHA to support her tuition there. She’s the daughter of Mr. Zhang Hon-Wu who is paralyzed from neck down in a roofing job accident. Very happy to see her enjoying this opportunity to study and grow in such a nice environment.

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1Q 2016 Update

Teaching ESL as a volunteer and helping a 13-year old local girl who is a Leukemia M5 patient

我代表美国碧波關懐地球人文协会联合易特国际教育共同为本地白血病患者13歲的管羽丰小妹妹捐出4000元人民币,希望能够抛砖引玉,有更多的善心人士及慈善机构来帮助这个品學兼优的孩子從痛苦的白血病疗程中坚强地走出来,她康复之后,也一定会把爱心传递下去,并且关注生态环境的保护。On behalf of the BigBall Earth Caring Humanity Association in the U.S., I worked with teachers at the Elite International Education in donating 4000 RMB to the local 13-year old girl Guan Yu-Feng who has been a model student but was stricken with Leukemia M5 at the end of 2015. We hope to inspire more generous donations from kind people and charity organizations to help pay for her costly and painful medical treatment. I have no doubt that she will pass on her love and kindness to other people after recovery and will do her best to care for the earth and the environment in which we live.

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LBD Update – January 2016

农村青年小龙哥开心地接收美国碧波慈善机构的奖金,继续鼓励他维持良好行为不让妈妈操心。这三个月,小龙哥没向他人要烟抽,帮老妈干活,一个人里外把父亲的三年祭日酒席全部打点,完美得没话说。又学好了用地里收集的擀秸做出扫帚及锅刷。期待他下三个月有更完美的表现。Young farmer LBD happily received a good behavior award from the BigBall charity organization in the U. S. He continued to be motivated by this award to maintain his good behavior in the village to alleviate the burden of his widowed mother. In the past 3 months, he stopped asking for cigarettes from villagers, organized the 3rd year memorial service banquet for his father, and also mastered the toolmaking skills in making brooms and pan cleaning brushes out of dried harvest wastes in the farm. I look forward to seeing a perfect behavior record during the next 3 months.

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Zhang Hong-Wu Update February 2016

今天去黑山头探望因做屋顶工摔下而致高位瘫痪的张鸿武,并代表美国碧波慈善机构给他女儿奖学金做为三个月的幼儿园学费。也教他媳妇帮他开始做复健动作,看看能不能把脊椎的神经系统再连接回来。过两个月再评估效果。Visited Mr. Zhang Hong-Wu, a local roof worker who fell off the ladder and has been paralyzed from neck down. Presented tuition scholarship to his daughter on behalf of the BigBall charity organization in the U.S. to allow her attending a nursery school for another 3 months. Also taught his wife to begin a rehab exercise to see if it can help heal his spinal nerve system. Will assess the effectiveness during the next visit in April

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March 2016 Zhang Hong- Wu Update

Visited Mr. Zhang Hong-Wu’s family today and very pleased to see his much improved back and arms muscle flexibility after doing 2 months of touching toes exercises. Delivered a six- months tuition scholarship to his daughter Zhi-Xuan on behalf of the BigBall Earth Caring Humanity Association in the US.
今天去看了张鸿武一家,很高兴两个月前教他做的手足交叉运动已有成效地恢复一些背部及手臂的肌肉神经。也代表美国碧波关怀地球人文协会颁给他女儿旨轩六个月的学费。

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April 2016 Teaching Kindergarteners English

Successfully completed a new bilingual approach in teaching 30+ kindergarteners oral English, which wouldn’t be possible with English only teaching. Thanks to the Headmistress Ms. Lou for the opportunity at her well-run kindergarten!
顺利完成了一个新的尝试,用双语教30 多个幼稚园的小朋友英语口语。这是单用英语无法教的。感谢总园长刘老师给我的机会在这么好的幼稚园教小朋友!

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April 2016 LBD Update
He was happy to receive a good behavior award for the last 3 months from the BigBall Earth Caring Humanity Association in the US. Despite a very stressful Chinese New Year period for him, he was determined to regain his strength in order to be able to take care of his mother. Now he is physically strong enough to help with the farm work as the busy Spring time arrives. 小龙哥开心地领取美国碧波人文协会提供的优良品行奖。过去的三个月他的体能受了农历年的压力影响而一直卧病,但他为了要照顾母亲挺了下来。现在已经能够在开春农忙的时候下田干活了!

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September 2016 LBD Update

Little Brother Dragon (LBD) happily received his good behaviors award for his zero behavioral mistakes in May-July period – best record since we started the “Saving LBD” project two years ago. 小龙哥今天开心地收到五至七月零缺点奖金,这是两年前开始“拯救小龙哥“项目以来他表现最好的三个月。

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October 2016 Zhang Hong-Wu Update

After 6 months of touching toes exercise that I taught him during my last visit, Zhang Hong-Wu, the crippled worker who was disabled from a fall from the roofing work, is now able to move about in an electric wheelchair. What a great miracle! His family welcomed me with joy today when I presented another scholarship on behalf of BECHA to his daughter Zhang Zhi-Xuan to help her continue her attendance in a kindergarten. 六个月前,我曾教过因在做瓦工时摔伤而高位截瘫的张鸿武坐在床上用手交叉握脚趾做复建,现在他已能自己操控电动轮椅出行了,真是一个很棒的奇迹!他的家人今天非常开心的欢迎我再一次的代表美国碧波颁发给他女儿张旨轩上幼儿园的助学金。

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 September-October 2016 ESL classes in China 

Successfully completed this Fall’s volunteer work visit in China which included teaching 3 ESL classes for senior kindergarten students(bilingual method) and senior elementary school students(English only). I was happy to see students all enjoyed interactive teaching methods and showed significant improvement on their oral English skills as well as knowledge on American festivals and folk songs.

Also served as the Chief Judge for an English speech contest and presented the First Place Award.

圆满结束了本次秋季访华访问的义工服务,包括教了三个班的英语口语,一个是幼稚园大班(汉英双语), 两个是语言学校的五,六年级的学生(全英语)。很高兴看到学生们都喜欢互动式的教学,都在口语上有显著的提高,也增进了对美国节日及民歌的熟悉度。

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Highly motivated students at the Elite International Education Institute. Students learned about festivals in the U.S., such as Thanksgiving and Halloween.

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November 2016 LBD Update

Met with Little Brother Dragon again before completing this year’s charity work in China. He continued good behaviors and helped his mother in the farm during the busy harvesting season. He was very happy to receive another award for sustaining good behaviors. He then used part of his award to help his grand parents in fighting lung cancer by quitting tobacco smoking, which is a new BigBall project (Saving Lungs) with cash awards as incentives to kick the smoking habit.

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Mar – May 2017 LBD Update

Visited with LBD several times and reports from his mother and his village chief have been perfect! He helped his mother with house work and the spring farm work, as well as walked miles to collect recyclables in exchange for additional income for his family. He stopped drinking alcohols and has been trying to quit smoking as well. I was happy to present two perfect behavior awards for the first six months in 2017.

Feb-May 2017 Zhang Hong-Wu Update

The recovery from his spinal injury has been deemed miraculous by the neural surgeons in Beijing. He regained his muscular strength in his arms and hands, but still has no senses in his legs. I taught him and his wife a new way to apply acupressure on locations of his legs to help stimulate the important nerve systems   Running down his legs. I will come back to visit him in my next China visit to see if any progress to improve his mobility. I presented two 3-month tuition scholarships for his daughter to continue her schooling.

Apri 2017 Assistance to an Elderly Cancer Patient 

The 76-yr old retired coal miner Mr. Boo was not expected to survive his 4th stage lung cancer last year, but his condition has stabilized with the help of some herb medicines as well as the quitting of smoking by his wife under an incentive cash reward provided by BigBall. We also provided a steel frame bedside toilet to avoid risk of going to the out-house.

Spring 2017 Oral English Classes for 5th and 6th Graders

Held two classes to teach these children oral English in various scenarios, American folk songs, and commonly used American slang words. It was a lot of fun to teach those highly motivated students.

YE2018 Update

Continued to provide tuition and fees assistance to Mr. Zhang Hong-Wu’s daughter through 2018. Mr. Zhang has miraculously recovered from most of his disabling spinal cord injury and is able to work as a factory security team leader.

Also continued to provide good behavior incentive awards to the brain damaged young farmer Little Brother Dragon to encourage him sustain his good behavior in helping his widowed mother in the farm. Continued to receive good reports from his village chief.

Started to expand charity work, including providing clothes and shoes to children at an orphanage and money to buy food for homeless seniors at a shelter in Jilin Province.

1Q2019 Update

CEO James visited the orphanage in Dalian in February and donated 25 sets of Chinese Language, Math, and English Language text books for 25 elementary school age kids, as well as some picture books for 27 preschool kids there and was greeted by the director and teachers at the orphanage.

CFO Michael also visited this orphanage in March and donated four cases of whole milk for the preschool children there.

2Q2019 Update

CEO James continued to teach ESL in Liaoning Province for over 200 students as part of the Web International teaching team. Also served as the judge during the advancement assessment.

James also visited southern part of Taiwan in April and demonstrated Taiji Qigong exercises for senior citizens.

3-4Q2019 Update

Continued to provide good behavior incentive awards to young farmer Little Brother Dragon in Jilin province. Started a new project to provide nutritional food supplements to homeless elderly people in Jilin province.

James also taught ESL for about 500 students in Dalian, Liaoning province covering American slangs and proverbs in addition to grammar, pronunciation, and oral English. He also donated needed items for children living in the orphanage. Shown in photos were the orphanage director Mr. Sun and teachers Ms. Ge and Mr. Sun.

1-3Q 2020 Update

Provided financial help to an elderly farmer in Anhui province to repair the flood damage to his home. This year the heavy rain and the overflow of rivers nearby caused more severe flooding: but he’s safe now with a new roof and new walls.

The English classes have been conducted online on Zoom platform due to COVID19 travel restrictions. More than 200 students attended either the Oral English or the Business English classes as of September, 2020.

3Q2020 LBD Update

It’s heartwarming to hear that our cash award was able to help LBD receive proper medical treatment and he is now fully recovered.

羈旅雁鳴 The Honking of Migrant Wild Geese

About the Author

Mr. Chen Xoung-Chi was born on July 7, 1940. His hometown is Nan-Yang, Henan Province, China. He was a 1962 graduate of the Academy of Financial Affaires, the Combined Services of the ROC Ministry of Defense. He had served in the Bureau of Financial Affaires, the headquarters of the ROC Combined Services, the Keelung and Taipei City Committee of the Youth Corps, as well as the Chinese newspaper LA REPUBLICA in Panama. Mr. Chen is a renowned newspaper editor and had authored several books in Chinese.

This book 《The Honking of Migrant Wild Geese》is his latest writing, documenting what he had encountered while working in Panama. There are two volumes in this book: VOL. 1 includes Chapter 1, the Preface and part of Chapter 2, documenting the diplomatic affairs of the Republic of China in Panama. Through Mr. Chen’s keen journalistic observations and his penmanship, he documented in great details the diplomatic history of ROC in Panama and key players in significant events.

VOL. 2 contains the remaining part of Chapter 2, which covers stories about people served in the ROC embassy in Panama and their life stories. It’s a writing still in progress and the updated versions will be posted as he completes more chapters.

VOL. 2 has been completed and posted on 8.21.2019

VOL. 3, now in progress, is Mr. Chen’s travelling notes spanning over 40 years and will be posted later.

《羈旅雁鳴》

壹:回首羈旅路 猶聞雁鳴聲 (代序) 《詩經》小雅.鴻雁,有《鴻雁于飛,肅肅其羽。鴻雁于飛,集于中澤。鴻雁于飛,哀鳴嗷嗷。》之句。

鴻與雁通,比喻流民。肅肅,形容鴻雁飛行發出的聲音。中澤,棲息之地。嗷嗷,流民等待救濟之意。可見西元前八百年,人類就有了移民現象。遊牧民族,如鴻雁一般,逐水草而居,是標準的移民形態。 因各地區不同的社會現象,如宗教、政治、經濟、種族迫害等原因,而離開本土,遷移他鄉者。如愛因斯坦,因政治追殺而移民美國,華僑因家鄕生活艱難,而奔走海外。1949年,200萬軍民隨國民政府遷台,又是史上最大一次的移民。(1)

民國68年(1979年),美國承認中華人民共和國,父親的生意陷入困境,兩個稚幼的孩子面臨升學壓力,個人的經濟拮据,妻子自幼僑居越南適應海外生活,內兄在中華民國駐巴拿馬共和國大使館擔任僑務秘書,我還年輕未及四十,以及中國國民黨中央評議委員陳奉天先生推薦,擔任駐巴拿馬黨支部秘書,有一份可以維持基本生活的工作。 諸多原因促成了一生中最大的一次賭注,早眷屬八個月,於這年10月30日,像一隻單飛的孤雁,跨越太平洋,前往中美洲的巴拿馬,當了華僑。(2)

到達巴拿馬的那一天(1979年10月31日),正逢蔣中正總統92歲誕辰,晩間參加巴拿馬僑界在中華總會舉行的《紀念蔣公誕辰大會》,主持人中華民國制憲國民大會代表鄭華秋先生,介紹我給僑胞們見面,開始我在巴拿馬的頭一天活動。

第二天上午,由僑務秘書吳光定陪同,前往大使館晉見曾憲揆大使及館內同仁。隨後晉謁國民黨中評委陳奉天先生,並接受兼辦僑報《共和報》編輯任務。

次年6月初,妻吳秀蓮女士攜子到達巴拿馬團聚,並謀得僑立國民小學教師一職。從此夫唱婦隨,胼手胝足,服務僑社長達十九年,二十個年頭。民國87年(1998年)10月11日,星期天,離開巴拿馬,移民美國,入境休士頓。1999年12月31日,我們在洛杉磯,迎接21世紀的頭一天。我們一家四口,由巴拿馬綠卡身分,變成了美籍華人。(3)

我和妻由於職務上的關係,每天面對的是服務僑社的工作,做凝聚僑心的活動。不但參與,更要絞盡心思,充實活動內容,主辦活動,支援活動。

我們這一家,迄今海外生活近四十年,就是一部移民家庭的縮影。在巴拿馬期間,更是一生中最值得記述的一段時光。有執着、有歡樂、有欣慰、也有失落。

去年(2017年)遵從母命,完成母親家族歴史,故事體散文著作《日照紅樓》。今年(2018年)接續完成,包括《父親與民國》在內的,家族四代人的故事《陌塵落地》。

在至親摯友長輩前輩的鼓勵下,期勉自己,能在一年之內,完成這部《羈旅雁鳴》。這段歷史是千千萬萬個移民家庭,有血有淚的故事。回首羈旅路, 猶聞雁鳴聲。(4,完)

Ancient Chinese Mythological Figures

Curator and author: Rue Hsu

Sculptor: Yao Hong You

English translation: James Tang

Mythology started from verbal tales and evolved into written form along with cultural advancement. As I read these mythological tales, I became attracted by the artistic charms coming out of the mysterious images that inspired imaginations in my head. Some of these mythical figures combined both human and animal characteristics and were elevated to divinity. For example, “dragon”, the totem that symbolizes the Chinese people, is seen with many characteristics of other species, such as snake body, beats legs, eagle claws, horse head, snake tail, deer antlers, and fish scales. When all the power of these species combined into one form to represent human, it was then viewed as divinity by our ancestors. These mythical figures helped our ancestors survive in struggles against odds with their high moral standards and commitments.
As a modern art creator, cultural heritage is always part of the necessary genes, connotation and temperament. Mr. Yao-Hong You, the sculptor, and I both feel that mythology is the most mysterious and brilliant page of the Chinese culture. Such cultural heritage needs to be passed on with creative elements from generation to generation. We collaborated on the images of mythical figures based on the existing impression and our own imaginations. Mr. You’s master level sculpture work has made these mythical figures remarkably lively with rich expressions, postures, clothing, ornaments, and colors. My hope is that more people, both domestically and internationally, will be attracted to learn the rich, mysterious, and colorful Chinese culture through my collection, narratives, and exhibitions.
The following commentary was adopted from Study of Chinese Mythology written by Tan Da-Xian and published by the Commercial Press of Taiwan in 2004:
The Chinese mythology is fairly comparable to mythologies from India, Greece, and Egypt. There are more than 50 ethnic groups in China, each with many excellent mythological tales, particularly the Han people. Many of them are very positive, healthy, and beautiful based on their contents and artistic appearance.
Mythological tales reflected a brave exploration and naive explanation of natural phenomena by our ancestors, as well as their minds while struggling to survive against the hardships, such as “Shooting down nine suns by Hou Yi” and “Patching up the sky by Nüwa”…….. When fighting began between predators and preys, mythological tales such as “Battles between the Yellow Emperor and Chi You” surfaced to reflect their communities and the struggles among them.
Ancient mythology was one of the best weapons of arts by the ancient Chinese ethnic groups. It provided inspiration and courage for them to endure tough and unpredictable struggles against natural hardships and enemies. From these mythological tales, they obtained confidence, wisdom, courage, as well as the fighting will to survive and overcome the odds.
Ancient mythology documented some useful knowledge and was used to educate others. They reflected the caring of natural and sociological phenomena by ancient people while inspiring them to search for the truth and to nurture the artistic, healthy, and positive imaginaions.

父親与民國(My Father and the Republic of China)

About the Author

Mr. Chen Xoung-Chi was born on July 7, 1940. His hometown is Nan-Yang, Henan Province, China. He was a 1962 graduate of the Academy of Financial Affaires, the Combined Services of the ROC Ministry of Defense. He had served in the Bureau of Financial Affaires, the headquarters of the ROC Combined Services, the Keelung and Taipei City Committee of the Youth Corps, as well as the Chinese newspaper LA  REPUBLICA in Panama.

Mr. Chen is a renowned newspaper editor and had authored several books in Chinese. This book 《My Father and the Republic of China》is his latest writing in memory of his beloved late father Mr.  Chen Qi-Er who would have been 100 years old in 2018.

There are 2 volumes of this book: Vol.1 documented his father’s military career throughout the WWII era while serving as an officer  in the ROC Army Telecommunication Corps, witnessing the horrendous suffering of the Chinese people during the Japanese invasion and the joy of the final victory celebration by the Chinese people in 1945.

Vol. 2 will be published on this BigBall website as soon as it is completed and released by the author.

父親与民国(上)-陈昌智

Updated on July 10, 2018

Vol. 2 has been completed with even more moving stories about the author’s father during the internal war between the KMT army and  the CCP peoples’s liberation army; and the subsequent career setbacks in Taiwan due to a brief (<48 hours) captivity by the PLA while saving an army general who was chased to the shore by the PLA. Yet his father never lost his loyalty to the KMT and continued to provide honorable services as a distinguished Telecommunication Brigade commander and an outstanding instructor at the Telecommunication Academy of the Army. The author also documented his son’s memorable visit to his hometown in Henan Province to look up those places that he had heard throughout his upbringing.

What a wonderful story by such an elegant writer Mr. Chen Xoung-Chi!

父親与民國(下)- 陳昌智

 

Painting of Cats by Hsu Rue(画家徐瑞大师的猫画作)

Link to Hsu Rue’s website(点击进入徐瑞的网站,之后展开请按右上角三横)==》https://www.hsuruethecat.com/

About the Author

徐瑞簡歷 英文2017

作者简介

徐 瑞 簡歷2017

Why painting cats according to Hsu Rue(为什么画猫呢-徐瑞的解释)

I’ve always used cats as symbol of my art work. Like humans, cats are full of expressive body language which are ideal in exhibiting my thoughts and feelings. You could say that, in my art work, I AM the cat or the cat IS me.

一直都以貓做為我的創作符號,貓的表情與肢體語言豐富,像人。可以很貼切呈現我的所思所感。在作品中,若說我即貓或貓即我亦無不可。

 

Reunion of Elementary School Classmates to Commence Life Beyond 70 Years

由孙立人将军创办的陆军子弟小学后改名为风山诚正国小。1960年毕业的第三届同学于2017年10月扩大举办了三天的台湾宜兰郊游聚会来庆祝和欢迎人生七十才开始。趙恒编辑的视频记录了这个非常棒的重逢聚会。

Classmates who graduated from the Cheng Zheng Elementary School(founded by General Sun Li-Ren for children from the army families) in 1960 held an expanded reunion in Taiwan that lasted 3 days in October, 2017 in celebration of life and in commencement of life beyond 70 Years. This wonderful reunion was documented in a video put together by Mr. Hern Chao.

Video for Reunion party tour
About the author 作者简介

Mr. Hern Chao was born in 1948 in Hernan Province, China and is a citizen of Taiwan ever since .
Majored electrical engineering in college and served as electrical engineer for four (4) decades for nuclear power plant in Taiwan and thermal power plant in Guam.
Retired from career since 2013.
作者:趙恆
出生於1948年,大陸河南省,目前是台灣公民。大學電機系畢業,曾在台灣電力公司及關島電力公司服務,2013年退休。

YouTube video link ==》

优酷视频点击==》http://v.youku.com/pad_show/id_XMzE0NjAyMTQyNA==.html?x=&sharefrom=ipad&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0&source=

Nostalgic Memories of 70 Years(70年的回味與記憶)

About the Author (作者簡介)

Ms. Xie De-Fei was born in Nanjing, China in 1948. She completed her elementary school education at the Cheng-Zheng Elementary School while living in the Huang-Pu Military Residential Village-I in the township of Feng-Shan in Taiwan and has collated photos of classmates and reunions across a 70-year time span into this musical album. She moved to Taipei with her parents after the elementary school and completed a diploma from the Taipei City Business Academy. She is now a retired grandmother.

謝德菲 籍貫南京市 37年次 民國49年畢業於誠正國小 原住鳳山黃埔新村後隨父母遷居台北 畢業於台北市立高商 現已退休居家含飴弄孫。

点击链接进入音乐相册===》https://meilixc0.kagirl.cn/kphoto/gotoshow.php?noshow=true&bookid=Fpx5HcVlzcrbWpyq9LwfHeSeHcxw4P_3&wxid=meilixc&hidden=&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

Childhood Memories 童年(潘招强)

About the author 作者简介

Mr. Pan Zhao-Qiang was born in 1947 in Zhejiang Province, China. He completed his elementary school education in 1960 at the Cheng-Zheng Elementary School in the township of Feng-Shan in Taiwan and lived in the Huang-Pu Military Residential Village-II for 50 years. He graduated from the Kao-Shiung Marine Products College in 1966 after completing the diploma class of the Army Officers Academy and had spent 37 years in a seafaring career.

潘招強,浙江省人,民國36年次(1947),誠正國小49年班,住黃埔二村50年,高雄水產職校55年班畢業,陸軍官校專修班畢,從事航海生涯37年。

童年(潘招强)《===点击打开PDF文件

Jointly sponsored a Taiji Qigong Class with City of Walnut, California

A Taiji Qigong class has been successfully conducted at the City of Walnut with more than thirty registered participants. Based on positive feedbacks and popular demand, future classes are being planned with the City of Walnut starting in November, 2017.

Taiji Qi Gong

Water Resources in California 加利福尼亚的水

Written by Professor CK Yuan, who graduated from Beijing University and received a doctorate of Mathematics from the University of California, then taught for over 40 years both in California and in China’s Qing Hua University. He served as head of 3 research institutes at Qing Hua University, as well as President of the Zhonguancun Institue For Innovation. He also served as the Vice President of the International Technological University in California.

作者袁传宽教授毕业于北京大学,后留学美国,获加利福尼亚大学数学博士学位。迄今执教逾40年,其中20年在在国内清华大学,20年在美国圣塔芭芭拉加州大学,佩伯丁大学,圣塔克拉拉大学,国际科技大学。曾任美国国际科技大学副校长,还曾先后担任清华大学三个研究所的所长与中关村创新研修学院院长。

Series of 3 articles(一共有上,中,下三文):

1. (上)加利福尼亚的水 (1)

2. (中)加利福尼亚的水 (2)

3. (下)加利福尼亚的水 (3)

Note from the Editor:

We truly appreciate Professor Yuan’s support for the BigBall Earth Caring Humanity Association in completing and sharing of these three marvelous articles for readers around the world to learn the background of the humongous grassroots efforts in saving and restoring the eco system of Mono Lake in California, which triggered the water conservation programs not only in Los Angeles, but also throughout the state of California! It’s so very prudent to protect the water resources for the sustainment of eco system on this great Earth!

我们竭诚地感谢袁教授对碧波关怀地球人文协会的支持,完成并分享了这三篇非常精彩的大作, 让全世界的读者都能得知拯救加利福尼亚州梦纳湖的生态环境背后的巨大草根运动背景。不仅因此启发了洛杉机地区的节水措施,也带动了整个加州的水资源节约项目! 保护好水资源对维持大地上的生态环境实在是太重要了!

外公的书, 背后那穿越百年的往事

外公的书,背後那穿越百年的往事(简体-A4版)

外公的書,背後那穿越百年的往事(繁体,A4版)加老试卷 CK

作者袁传宽教授毕业于北京大学,后留学美国,获加利福尼亚大学数学博士学位。迄今执教逾40年,其中20年在在国内清华大学,20年在美国圣塔芭芭拉加州大学,佩伯丁大学,圣塔克拉拉大学,国际科技大学。曾任美国国际科技大学副校长,还曾先后担任清华大学三个研究所的所长与中关村创新研修学院院长。