Presiding Bishop Announces Peter Ng's Retirement

Canon Peter Ng
Episcopal News Service Nov. 9, 2016 - 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has announced the retirement of Canon Peter C. Ng from his position as Episcopal Church Partnership Officer for Asia and the Pacific, a position he has held since 2005.

“The true Christ-centered holiness, humility and humanity of Peter have made him a bridge person between cultures and peoples and churches in Asia, the Pacific Rim and the Americas,” Presiding Bishop Curry said.  “He has helped us all to make real the old song that says --- in Christ there is no east nor west, in him no south or north, but one great fellowship of love, throughout the whole wide earth.”

Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Ng moved to the United States in 1969 and resides in Queens, NY. Since 1989, Ng has served as a professional lay employee for the Episcopal Church, working with national, diocesan and local church organizations, councils and networks.

“I have been enriched by the opportunity that few are given to witness the Church at work from a global perspective.  And I am proud to have been a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff,” Ng said.

His duties, positions and responsibilities with the Episcopal Church have included the following:

• President of the Board of St. Margaret's House of Trinity Church Wall Street, 2007-2010
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Theological Education in SE Asia since 2005 and Board Chair since 2011.
• President Emeritus of the Episcopal Asia American Ministry Council, since 2003.
• Honorary Lay Canon of Episcopal Church in the Philippines, since 2012
• Vestry Member of Trinity Church Wall Street, 2009 – 2015
• Social Transformational Fellow of Trinity Church Wall Street, 2004 - 2005
• The Global Episcopal Mission Network, official representative of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, 1997 – 2001
• Member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, 1992 - 1997
• President of the Episcopal Asia American Ministry Council, 1997 – 2002
• Member of the Advisory Board of The Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations, 2001 -  2004
• Program Director for the Bishop Richard F. Grein Jubilee Community Center, the first Asian Jubilee Center in the Episcopal Church, 1992 – 2010

"Peter's contributions to our Church and to the Anglican Communion are too many to list,” noted the Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson, Ph.D., Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church. “He has been a remarkable gift to us all, and will be greatly missed."

Canon Ng’s retirement will take effect in February 2017.



Church of Our Savior, Manhattan, Has New Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Ada Wong-Nagata, DMin

The Episcopal New Yorker newspaper of the Diocese of New York announced that the Rev. Dr. Ada Wong-Nagata was appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Church of Our Savior, Manhattan, by Bishop Andy Dietsche.

Mother Ada, who is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, previously served as Associate Rector of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in San Gabriel, CA, and is serving "On Assignment" from that parish to the Diocese of New York.

In September of this year, Mother Ada wrote to her parish in California, "Many thanks to the vision of Mrs. Frances Vinton from Providence, Rhode Island to build three Churches of The Savior from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Because of her vision and donation, Church of Saviour, San Gabriel was born in 1867. This year we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary. I am writing to let you know that Church of Our Saviour on the Pacific side will soon have some relationship with Church of Our Savior on the Atlantic side."

In the Diocese of Los Angeles Mother Ada served seven years as Convener of the Chinese Convocation of Episcopal Asian American Ministries and is chairperson of  the Chinese Ministry Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Multicultural Ministry committee, the Commission on Ministry, the diocesan Disciplinary Board, and the EAM commission. Also, she serves on the boards of the Li Tim-Oi Center, a Chinese Ministry Center of the Episcopal Church; and Bloy House of the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont. She recently visited Asian Anglican Dioceses overseas accompanying Bishop Diane Bruce, Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan. 

In 2015, Mother Ada earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

She began her work in New York on October 11, 2016.



AUG 26 - "Flushing Night Out" Festivities

A craft station at a previous Flushing Night Out event this summer. 
The last one of the season is on Friday evening.
Credit Brandon Wu

From the New York Times:

Delve into New York’s diverse culture by roaming through Flushing’s community market, back for its second installment. Local entrepreneurs will keep the neighborhood buzzing with an array of food, treats, crafts, fashion and live music. 

This week’s event, the final of the four-part series, pays tribute to Queens with its “(718) LOVE” theme. 

It will also bring Asian-American hip-hop to the forefront with performances by Jaeki Cho, co-producer of the film “Bad Rap”; the underground hip-hop artist Bohan Phoenix; and others. 

At 6 p.m., Flushing High School, 35-01 Union Street, Flushing, 646-820-5163, flushingnightout.com; free.



August 6-7 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NY

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be celebrated in New York at Flushing Meadow-Corona Park from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7.



Vanity Fair publication spotlights billionaire Jack Ma


Meet Eric Cheng of DJI

Meet Eric Cheng of the drone manufacturer DJI, which is based in China.

DJI’s Eric Cheng weighs in on United States drone policy and public worries over automated flight.

DJI is known in the U.S. as the go-to choice for hobbyists and a growing number of professionals. 


Chinese and other Asians a Growing Part of Long Island's Population

Excerpts from Voices of NY website:

" ... whites still make up 75 percent of the population of 3 million, according to the 2010 Census. But the white population has dropped 4 percentage points since 2000."

" ... the Asian population – though it only makes up 5.5 percent of the whole picture – rose 54 percent in that decade, much faster than its 36 percent statewide growth. 

The Asian wave is even stronger in Nassau County, the more developed and affluent of the two counties on Long Island. Nassau attracted 40,000 more Asians between 2000 and 2010, a 62 percent jump that makes it one of the fastest growing Asian communities in New York State. The Census also found that among Asians on Long Island, 36,500 are Chinese, 39 percent more than 10 years before."

> Click here to see the full article on the "Voices of NY" website.

Real estate broker David Lin at a lot he believes would
serve well for a Chinatown in Garden City, L.I. 
(Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)