1 PUAA-DC Newsletter January Issue 3 PUAA-DC FACTS Founded in 1993 Message from the Board Non-profit voluntary membership organization Facilitate the common interests and activities of Peking University Alumni Promote cultural and educational exchanges between U.S. and China Has more than 400 members around DC, Maryland, and Virginia INSIDE THIS ISSUE Message from the Board PKU table tennis delegate visit 1 2 Dinner party 6 Poems 10 Mark your calendar 12 I Love my Alma Mater About Us Join PUAA-DC A Quarterly Newsletter from PUAA at the Greater Washington DC Area Dear members, As we entered the year of 2007 and Golden Pig, the board under the leadership of Mei Lu would like to send our sincere appreciations and greetings to all members, family members and friends who have worked together to create this precious family of PUAA-DC. Wish you have a most prosperous and happiest New Year! We are also very delighted to report some of our activities since the last newsletter. First of all, we successfully hosted two truly exciting and memorable major events. One is the Beida PingPong Delegation visit led by former world champions, Geliang Liang and Wei Liu and Peking University Vice President Professor Yue Sulan in November last year. While it is absolutely a fruit of great team work of many board members and volunteers, special thanks to Yirui who not only took the major responsibility of taking care of the delegation but also invited all delegates to his home for an unforgettable Thanksgiving party. The other one is the annual holiday celebration dinner party on Jan. 20 primarily led by our young board members, Ren Chen and Zhaoyuan Ma. More than one hundred alumni and friends enjoyed wonderful food, performances, games, etc. You can see more detailed reports on both events in this issue of newsletter. Secondly, we also had some small but valuable activities particularly for our members. On Jan. 12, we had a small but homey birthday celebration for our former President and lifetime volunteer Qiyun Wang while her loving husband was in Beijing. Our President Mei Lu and our new and talented associate board member, Zhaoyuan Ma, took an initiative of organizing a new Host-A-Thanksgiving program for student alumni. 14 students went to 6 families. Many alumni asked us to do this program annually. Moreover, we continued our effort for the "I love my alma mater" donation campaign. In addition to 17 alumni who fulfilled their donations earlier, three alumni, Winnie Chen, Qifeng Yin and Yeqing Li, did so shortly after the recent call. We expect more responses to come. Over the past few months, we worked closely with other organizations to create a better community beyond the PUAA-DC family. For instance, we organized a hiking trip on Oct. 28 to the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns with the China Society, Tsinghua University Alumni Association, CAST-DC, UCAPO, Hunan Association, George Washington University CSSA, and many others; On Jan. 26, we co-sponsored, with CAST-DC, the Wise Symposium by Professor Chunming Chen; On Feb. 24, we joined with the Nanjing University Alumni Association and Hope Chinese School co-sponsoring a performance by the China Broadcasting Performing Arts Group presented by Agis Center for Arts and Humanities in the Schlesinger Center. The performance is led by comedy star Kun Jiang and Hanlin Gong. Last but not least, we maintained and developed our long-term friendship with the Embassy of our motherland. As a tradition, Minister Chuanqin Xie invited the new board to the Embassy for a small banquet only for the PUAA-DC on Nov. 3, On Jan. 20, 2007, the Education Office of the China Embassy invited us to a forum for feedbacks on the recent policies on Overseas Scholars and professionals returning to China. Yirui attended the forum and gave valuable advice. With the unity of board members and support of all members, we are determined to make the year of 2007 another exciting and fruitful year. The immediate next event will be the 2007 Ping Pong Open. As one of the top teams in 2006, PUAA-DC team will be in Group A with 8 best teams which will compete on March 24. All Ping Pong players and fans are welcome to join this game. Best Wishes, Board of PUAA-DC
5 ISSUE 3 PAGE 5 乒乓球世界冠军梁戈亮 Mr. Liang was born in 1950 and selected into the National Youth Team at the age of 15. In April, 1971, Liang presented his debut at China National Table Tennis Team with a gold medal in men s team and silver in men s double in the 31 st World Table Tennis Championships. After that, Liang wrapped up dozens of champions including mix double at the 32 nd World Table Tennis Championships in 1973 and men s team at the 33 rd Champions in 1975, safeguarding his position as the world s leading player in 1970s table tennis. In 1980s, Liang worked as Head Coach of Italian National Team and DPRK National Team, and coached and competed as a player at German VFB LUBECK club. Liang returned to Table Tennis matches in the 1990s when he secured a list of single and double champions at World Championships for the Elderly at Dublin 1992 and Melbourne Mr. Liang has been a professor in Dept. of Physical Education at PKU since He coaches the Team this time and will again stun the world with his unfading performance. 乒乓球世界冠军刘伟 Ms. Liu, a member of China s National Team at the age of 14, was the successive mix double champion at the 41 st, 42 nd and 43 rd World Table Tennis Championships in 1991, 1993 and Ms. Liu was also the backbone member in the women s team champion in the 43 rd events. Liu coached the Japanese Sakura Bank Club from 1996 and came to study in Law School of PKU from In 2003, Ms. Liu was appointed associate professor at Dept. of Physical Education at PKU and General Manager and Head Coach of PKU Founder Table Tennis Club.
6 ISSUE 2 PUAA-DC New Year Party PAGE 6 The PUAA-DC hosted its annual holiday celebration dinner party on Jan. 20 evening at the New Fortune Restaurant in Maryland to welcome the Year of 2007 and Golden Pig. More than one hundred alumni and friends enjoyed wonderful food, performances, games, as well as the great family atmosphere. Vice consul general Jianqing Zhang,First Secretary and Consul Mr. Sining Li, and Office Director Mr. Jiang Zhao from the China Embassy attended the party and gave warm greetings representing out mother country. On the day, people would not wait to participate in the party and arrived at the restaurant very early. Our former board member Wei Cao (also a new mom) and Ren Chen welcomed everyone at the registration table with big smile. Many people were busy taking photos to keep the precious memory. Before the scheduled starting time, the restaurant was filled with alumni, family members and friends. Different from the past new year celebrations, the party this year was primarily organized by two of the youngest board members, Ren Chen and Zhaoyuan Ma. With their talent and young spirit, this party was full of energy and new faces. They were also the MCs. They started the program by calling for participants to identify them by different decades. The alumni covered the big range of graduates of 40s to 21Century. Beyond the gap of ages, people enjoyed talking with each other so much that they even forgot the feeling of hunger. President Mei Lu gave a warm welcome to all participants. She
7 ISSUE 2 PAGE 7 recognized all the board members, past presidents and special guests. Vice consul general Jianqing Zhang gave a greeting representing the China Embassy. Many more staff from different departments of the Embassy also joined the party. 新年联欢晚会节目表演 The performances including singing, Chinese traditional instruments, Chinese comedy talk show (Xiang4 Sheng1), poem reading, etc., were very truly unforgettable. The first performance was done by two students from the University of Maryland. After that, an alumna sang two beautiful solos. Then, Dr. Chiming Wei s daughter offered two pieces of professional level Chinese traditional instrument, Gu3 Zheng1. A Chinese comedy show talk My Campus Life by two young alumni Zhaoyuan Ma and Jinxin Wang brought everyone back to the life in Beida campus with great humor. The most memorable performance was the poem reading. Graduates of different decades read typical poems from their ages starting from the 40s, to 50s, 60s, up to the 21 st Century. Among the readers were many current or former board members including Qiyun Wang, Shuwang Liu, Yirui Mu, Mei Lu, Jing Bai, etc. It was a truly special experience for all participants. The final program was identifying the campus through pictures. While alumni all lived on the campus, it was quite challenging for people to make them right since there were so many changes over the years. In addition to the spiritual joy, people also enjoyed the delicious food. Many people even won door prizes which were donated by alumni and friends. All participants left the party with great fulfillment and started looking forward to the party next year.
12 Mark Your Calendar IMPORTANT DATES March 24 Coconut Cup Ping Pong Open Hosted by Hainan Association, the second Coconut Cup Ping Pong Open tournament will be held from March 10th to March 24. As one of the top eight teams last year, PUAA-DC led by former Beida Women's team Captain Ran Zhang, along with Yirui Mu, Jon Liu and Liwei Zhou will again compete this year in the A Division on March 24th. Come and cheer for the PUAA-DC team! May Fourth Forum Our May Fourth Forum will take place around May 4th, the anniversary of Peking University. PUAA-DC will invite a group of highly achieved professionals to give speeches and lead discussions. Please stay tuned. June Annual PUAA-DC Summer Picnic As one of our traditions, PUAA-DC again will host the annual summer picnic in one of our area s local parks. Get ready for some barbecues, and get fit!
13 ISSUE 3 PAGE 13 I Love My Alma Mater Donation Back in early 2005 during the Peking University Art Troupe s visit, many alumni in the Greater Washington DC Area attended the I Love My Alma Mater donation event and generously contributed an amount equal to the anniversary year of our alma mater to support the construction of Beida Olympic Ping-Pong Stadium and funding of various educational programs. We have 17 alumni who have chosen to simultaneously donate and pay off a fouryear total at US$426 (US$105 for the year 2004, US$106 for the year 2005, and so on). These donors are: 巴素娟 陈凡 胡元礽 / 李国英 刘虹霞 王建业 刘江 何君 吕玫 马骊 王起云 王悦 / 张慧 魏启明 许秋夫 穆毅锐 张然 赵文忠 赵海清 Ba Sujuan Chen Fan Hu Yuanreng/ Li Guoying Liu Hongxia Wang Jianye Liu Jiang He June Lu Mei Ma Li Wong Qiyun Wang Yue/Zhang Hui Wei Chiming Xu Qiufu Mu Yirui Zhang Ran Zhao Wenzhong Zhao Haiqing towards our Alma Mater Peking University. As it is close to the end of 2006, we would like to remind and call for an ongoing donation from those alumni who have planned a yearby-year donation. Since you have already made two donations for the year 2004 and 2005, you just need to give another $107 for 2006 and $108 for 2007 to fulfill the four-year plan. You can choose to either contribute a single amount in each of the two years or pay a total of US$215 to cover both years. After you finish the four-year donation, your name will be publicized in the Beida Ren magazine and your generosity will be recorded forever in the Beida Archives. Last but not least, if you make the donation before December 31, 2006, you will be able to enjoy a tax deduction from your Tax Year 2006 taxable income. Please make your check payable to PUAA-DC and we will make sure to forward your generous giving to the Peking University Education Foundation. Thank you for your attention. Other alumni have chosen a year-by-year payment for the four-year donation up to No matter which way of giving you picked up, we want to give our sincere thanks to the profound love and generosity you have been showing
14 ISSUE 3 PAGE 14 About Us Board Members: Mei Lu, Physics ( ) Yeqing Li, Sociology ( ) Qiufu Xu, Physics ( ) Ren Chen, English Literature ( ) Yirui Mu, International Politics ( ) Jon Liu, Physics ( ) Liwei Zhou, Biology ( ) Winnie Lam, East Asia Studies ( ) Yuechen Chi, Geophysics, ( ) Join PUAA-DC Associate Board Members: Karen Wong, Chemistry ( ) Wei Cao, Chemistry, Graduate ( ) Jing Bai, Chemistry ( ) Zhongbin Yin, Physics, ( ) Xinyuan Che, English Literature ( ) Chongzhi Zang, Physics ( ) Dongdong Wang, Environment ( ) Wenjun Ruan, Psychology ( ) Zhaoyuan Ma, Tech-Physics (( ) Jie Zhou Yi Cai Yang Hong Be a proud member of PUAA-DC and enjoy members-only benefits Apply online at and send your membership dues ($10/family/year) to: PUAA-DC, P.O.Box 2022, Kensington, MD Editors for the newsletter Contribute your talent in writings or simply help edit the newsletters. Only four times a year. Your efforts will always be visible by all members and greatly appreciated. Volunteers to serve the associate board With your help, we will be able to organize much more events and be more creative and productive. We have work on technology (websites and listserv), memberships and program development. All volunteers will be able to attend board-only/volunteer-only events. Next Newsletter Next newsletter will be published on July 31. For intermittent news, please visit PUAA-DC website: Contact Us Mail: PUAA-DC, P.O. Box 2022, Kensington, MD Disclaimer Copyrights of the articles submitted by members or friends of PUAA-DC and published in the newsletter belong to their author(s) and any copying and distributions of them without authors consent are prohibited. Members submitted articles do not represent views of PUAA-DC board. PUAA-DC board shall not be liable for any errors and/or damages caused by such writings.