Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Preaches at St. John's Cathedral in Hong Kong

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached to a standing room only crowd that overflowed into the courtyard at St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong’s central business district on Feb. 19, 2017. Hong Kong was the second stop on a four-country tour that includes the Philippines, China and Taiwan.  (The Hong Kong video below is from Episcopal News Service.)


A message about White Supremacy from the Rev. Debra Low-Skinner

I saw this video-editorial last night on the PBS Newshour (see link to the video below) from comedian Peter Kim.  We've all been there, when people ask "Where are you from?" when they really mean, "Are you Japanese/Chinese/Indian/Vietnamese/etc?"

Hi, friends in New York/Long Island in EAM-LI!

Debbie Low-Skinner+

Asian Commission of Diocese of California Co-Chair and VP (English), Japanese American Religious Federation - San Francisco

Christ Episcopal Church Sei Ko Kai

2140 Pierce St.
San Francisco, CA  94115

Click on the photo below to see the video:

Photo from the PBS video.



New York Celebrates Lunar New Year 2017

A guide to parades and celebrations in New York City 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Good news, New York — there’s no need to head out of town to commemorate the Year of the Rooster.

Several Big Apple neighborhoods — including Manhattan's Chinatown, Flushing, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn — offer the chance to experience an authentic Lunar New Year celebration without leaving the city. That means boisterous parades, rousing dance demonstrations and other interactive culture-packed events are officially upon us. 

Here are some of the best ways to ring in the Lunar New Year in NYC:

Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade
When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 12 p.m.
Where: Sunset Park, Brooklyn

The first of the major New York parades, it doesn’t measure up in size to, say, the Manhattan procession, but it’s a good way to get into the Lunar New Year spirit a week ahead of the others.

The hour-long event starts on 8th Ave and 50th St. in the neighborhood known as Chinatown in Brooklyn, with the same guarantees of floats, firecrackers and confetti on tap.

New York Philharmonic: Chinese New Year Celebration

When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Where: David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center
The famed symphony orchestra hits a high note with holiday revelers. The renowned musicians are putting on a Chinese New Year show for a sixth straight year, with the concert set to feature a blend of classical staples as well as Chinese folk hits such as “Jasmine Flower.”

Queens Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration

When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
Where: Flushing, Queens

Nearly as eccentric as the Manhattan Chinatown parade, the extravaganza in Flushing boasts the same colorful floats, firecrackers and steel drummers a day earlier.

The parade itself, which is free to attend, lasts for about an hour — and organizers encourage attendees to bring signs for the event, as well as their appetites to taste food within the community after.

The route starts on Union St. and 37th Ave and ends up at around the Queens Crossing shopping center.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster in FiDi
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1-7 p.m.
Where: China Institute in the Financial District

The afternoon begins with dumpling-making classes, paper lantern workshops and family-friendly storytelling sessions about the Lunar New Year. At 4 p.m., the event transitions into a concert/party, where attendees are treated to a traditional lion dance performance in honor of the holiday.

The classes cost $20 for adults but just $5 for kids, while concert 

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Queens Zoo
When: Feb. 4-5
Where: Corona, Queens

Visitors at the Queens Zoo can enjoy holiday-themed puppet performances before embarking on a zodiac scavenger hunt within the menagerie’s walls. The best part? All New Year festivities are free once you pay standard zoo admission prices.

New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

When: Feb. 5, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Chinatown

Widely considered New York’s premiere Lunar New Year event, this vibrant cavalcade of dragon floats and costumed dancers returns to Manhattan for an 18th straight year.

Thousands will line the streets as the impressive procession kicks off on the corner of Hester and Mott before weaving its way down to Chatham Square and turning onto East Broadway. The parade then works its way back up Forsyth St. before ending up just outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park — where the festivities continue for several more hours.

Our recommendation: Get there about an hour early. The best viewing spots start filling up at around 12 p.m.

Lunar New Year Family Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown

Keep the celebration going for another week at this interactive shindig inside Chinatown’s storied Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

The jam-packed itinerary includes a lion dance performance and instructive tutorial from Columbia University’s Lion Dance team, a sampling session of dumplings, sesame balls and other treats and a Mandarin lesson about Zodiac animals.

And who could pass up the Lunar New Year Selfie Station, where organizers say you can snap pics with decorations and food at the museum’s “signature photo corner.”

Lunar New Year Celebration at Prospect Park Zoo
When: Saturday, Feb. 18
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Can’t make the trip out to Queens? The Prospect Park Zoo has you covered.

The park hosts a similar celebration that also featuring a puppet show and scavenger hunt, as well as the chance to see real chickens and roosters in their big year.

Once again, it’s all covered in the price of admission.



Presiding Bishop Curry Announces Canon Peter C. 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.