Category Archives: CAPA

Film screening invitation: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Screening of Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Hosted by Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County and Howard County Chinese School

Time: 12:00- 2:00PM Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Location: Howard Community College, CL Building N220.

The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era.

A preview of the film can be found at https://www.heritageseries.us/honor-and-duty/
Part One 1870 to 1940 – How Chinese first came to Mississippi

Part Two 1941-1945 – Chinese WWII veterans and their families

Part Three 1946 to Present – Chinese as part of the social and economic fabric, custom and culture of Mississippi.
This is an excellent documentary for adults and older kids (middle schoolers and above). Come to learn our immigration history, understand issues of today, and our future in this culture and land, and support this filmmaker who spent her own funds and used her resources to produce this excellent documentary.

哈维华裔家长联合会CAPA-HC联合哈维中文学校隆重推荐纪录片《荣誉和责任:密西西比三角洲华人》

大家都知道密西西比三角洲曾经是美国种族冲突最严重的地方。可是你是否知道,从上世纪初开始,这里就一直生活着一群华人? 他们是什么样的一群人,怎么样在这里谋生,如何在这片异国的土地上扎根?你是否知道他们在第二次世界大战中为美国效力?

本 片描述了密西西比华人移民跨越150年的历史。影片历经制片人Samantha Cheng 多年的资料收集,呈现出当年在肤色隔离和排华法案环境下那批华人的生活状态,以及他们通过经营杂货店,参加二战,自主办学,跟白人和黑人交朋友,最终赢得 当地社会的尊重的历史过程。影片结尾展示这批华人的后代作为professionals对现代美国社会的贡献。

这是一部非常值得我们观看和 思考的纪录片。制片人Samantha Cheng会来主持放映和随后的Q&A. 诚邀您携家人于5月7日星期天中午12点来HCC CL Building N220教室观看。让我们一起了解华裔美国人在美国的成长和奋斗史。让我们一起了解华人对美国社会的贡献。同时也请大家来支持Samantha的努力和付 出。

CAPA seminar: transition to middle school

CAPA seminar: It will be conducted in English.

Here I come,Middle School:  A Successful Transition from Elementary to Middle School

When: Saturday, March 18th 3:30-5:30pm

Where:  Patapsco room, HCLS Miller Library

9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

我们将邀请几个家庭的家长和孩子通过Panel Discussion的方式来分享他们的初中生活。希望能帮助您和您的孩子做好充分的准备,尽快适应初中,去更好地面对全新的挑战。我们鼓励您带孩子一起参加,并欢迎他们提问。

欢迎您事先将问题发到 denglan70@gmail.com 以便我们的Panelists 可以充分准备从而更全面地回答您的问题。也欢迎您带着问题来会上提问。
Please send you questions to denglan70@gmail.com such that our panelists can prepare better.

2018 HCPSS school New start time

Beginning with the start of the 2018–2019 school year, no Howard County public school will begin before 8 a.m. or later than 9:25 a.m.

If there is a will, there is a way. We are very glad that our two main suggestions(discard four models and push all late) to BOE have been adapted. 

http://www.hcpss.org/news-posts/2017/02/boe-takes-action-on-school-start-and-dismissal-times/

The Howard County Board of Education approved changes to school start and dismissal times during its regularly scheduled meeting on February 23. Beginning with the start of the 2018–2019 school year, no Howard County public school will begin before 8 a.m. or later than 9:25 a.m. Howard County Public School System staff will prepare a detailed plan for implementing the new schedules, including specific start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools, transportation costs and other factors for Board consideration.

See our testimony before:

https://www.capa-hc.org/single-post/2017/02/06/2017-CAPA-School-Start-Time-Response

呼吁参加2016哈维郡校历调查

呼吁参加2016哈维郡校历调查

伍超,马里兰

2016-6-6

(请搜索Hanover Research发给你的邮件,HCPSS Academic Calendar Feedback: Parent Survey)

(另外上次HCPSS Budget Survey,大约收到1100份回答(大约是5%的人回答了问卷)。所以每一份回答都是相当有分量的。我们就差你那一票。请看我之前写到的“对,就差你一票。https://chaowu.org/2015/09/30/yes-we-need-your-vote/”

Howard County公立学校正在搞一个关于节日放假的调查,截止日期下下周一,6月20号。这里我代表我个人呼吁大家一定要参与投票。上一次我们郡的教育部门针对公校日历调整的数据收集,已经是38年前了。那时候,我们郡华人的数量屈指可数吧。

为了争取一个节日的平等放假权利,我们哈维郡华裔家长联合会参加了很多场讨论会和听证会。学校也意识到过去放假安排的不妥当,终于第一愿意次发放调查表,来探讨这个问题,从而为将来学校放假安排调整做准备。

我们只是争取一个平等放假的权利。春节作为一个非宗教节日,为世界上很多人共享的节日。我们郡亚裔学生数量众多(约20%),过春节的人数众多。参考公校日历的形成,我们期待学校在春节放假,只是一个正常的呼声,再自然不过的期望。我们郡在很多其他的文化和宗教节日都放假。经过CAPA不懈的努力, HCPSS最终同意了2017春节放假的要求,但是不保证以后的安排。

对于我自己来说,我很重视春节放假。春节那天,如果公司不放假;我自己每年都会请假。孩子自从幼儿园开始,我要么到她学校和她们班的老师同学一起庆祝,要么就帮她请假在家庆祝。作为一个在这片土地上的华人,春节真的有特殊的意义。我希望让我的孩子意识到,尊重自己和自己的传统,才能更好的认识自己,从而在这个多样化的社会不会迷失。无根之木不能长成参天大树,无源之水不能汇成海洋。华裔孩子不了解自己的传统,就会失去一个认知自己,升华自己的机会。

我们郡各种各样的假期纷至沓来, 我倡议我们要争取学校在春节放假。这给我们孩子也是一个莫大的鼓舞和支持。对每一群体合理的尊重,是这个社会的根本。我们是在争取自由应有的,平等的权利;而不是索取和分化。

请你花上宝贵的两分钟,填一下从Hanover Research发出的HCPSS Academic Calendar Feedback: Parent Survey。你可以请参照https://chaowu.org/2016/06/06/hcpss-calendar-survey/.

 

 

Closing statement for 2016 CAPA BOE Candidate Forum

Closing statement for 2016 CAPA BOE Candidate Forum
Dr. Chao Wu
Sunday, April 10, 2016
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Thank all BOE candidates. Thank the Chinese School at Columbia for providing the facility. Thank all volunteers who make our first BOE candidate forum a agreat success. Thank you, many parents, our participation sets a good example for our kids.

Our community engagement will help our kids’ grow, not only in the school academics, but also in public service and community volunteering. This is a historical moment for Asian Americans in our county. We have learned many lessons and we are no more silent. We are a significant stakeholder in the school system and we should try our best to make our school better.

I really appreciate all BOE candidates who are here and interacting with many parents in our community. We understand you better when you share your experiences and visions for our school system. BOE plays a critical role in our kids’ education outside our families.

From our top 5 questions voted by around 100 CAPA members, the majority of us are really concerned with our children’s education in two aspects:
1) How can we help our kids to achieve their full potential with support from family and school?
2) How can we help our kids to be proud and confident, who value their heritage, culture, and uniqueness?

With a diverse student body in our schools, we see some achievement gap among various groups. However, our county has the same best schools and teachers, BOE should think how to encourage each student to maximize their potential. The school can’t do it alone. It should think how to better engage with families in need.

I strongly believe the importance of education. As Chinese Americans here, we have our faith, our race and our culture which identify ourselves. Even our faith and family social-economic conditions are quite different from each other; our pursuit of the best education never dims away. We are looking for equality, respect and progress in our education system. Nothing else should prevail besides the pursuit of the best education.

What makes each individual stronger is always ourselves. We need study hard, work hard and be the best of ourselves. Nothing stands in the middle, not our race, not our social-economic status, nothing else. We don’t want to be treated differently. So we should stand on our ground and strive for success. I wish our schools will teach these important and critical points to our students.

So what should we do after today?
1) Please register as a voter first if you have not done so. You can finish it online in 3 minutes. Tell your friends, friends of friends to register. CAPA has been doing this for two months. Even voter registration for the primary passed, please continue register for the general election in November.
2) Please share your thoughts on the current candidates and share them with our community.
3) Please vote on April 26 or do early voting, or cast an absentee vote.

Together we have our voice heard and together we will make a difference in HCPSS.

Thank you. Today’s BOE candidate forum is closed.