CFC 2017 has begun!

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CFC 2017 has begun! We have seriously taken over the Lilac Room at the Amish Acres Inn here in exotic Nappanee, India-na! We have families from all over the country – Illinois. Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, New York – with others coming from California and who knows where else? Auntie Vevan and Auntie Karen are leading pre-teen ed, while Auntie Caryn is leading teen ed. [insert rather interesting photo of youth engaged in serious education here]   FORGOT TO BRING! Uncle Allen and Auntie Viv FORGOT to bring: Tie dye inks!!! and even more seriously, the FRIED RICE!!!! Ai Yah! and the video projector (not a big deal Luckily Auntie Helen will be coming in today with all of the above and MORE! Then we ran out of name badge holders and strings, so those of you who are showing up later in the week, please bring your own yarn or string, and something that can hold a 3″x4″ name tag (just kidding, we will be getting more supplies from incoming campers today or tomorrow).  ...

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Another brilliant CFC video!

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If you didn’t quite get the hint from the link on our homepage or from our Facebook page or our YouTube channel, we have a Very Nicely done, professionally produced (well, at least Uncle Mark gets paid to do this kind of thing) video essay providing an audio/visual taste of what Camp is like. In a delightful improvement over Mark’s previous production from 1978, it’s in COLOR! And it didn’t take someone lugging a VCR around on a backpack to capture all the footage. Anyway, please give it a watch if you haven’t already. Just click here and then feel free to reach out to one of us if you have more questions about Chinese Family Camp! Lynn – CFC President – president at Lawrence -Camp Director – physmedmd2 at Allen –  Assistant Web Dabbler – allen at...

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CFC – It’s already Tuesday!!!

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We’ve survived the Ming Dynasty nautical eggs-peditions, transporting hard boiled eggs or magic towels to far off exotic lands (actually the far end of the Amish Acres Inn pool) We re-purposed the “Toviska” song to “Dynasties” and managed to fit in 17 dynasty names, in rough chronological order. Uncle Joe’s finger may have been slightly busted on his final frame at the bowling alley. Lucky that he’s an emergency room doc and knows what to do. We tried applying a tourniquet, to no avail. Everyone’s off to Lake Webster to take a ride on the Dixie. Grandma Jane is taking full advantage of the free labor to have everyone fold paper flowers for her daughter’s wedding coming up in October. We could use YOU here later this week! Ya...

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CFC 2016 starts TODAY!

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These are the voyages of Chinese Family Camp. Our ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no Chinese-American has gone before! For the 58th consecutive year, we will be learning about Chinese culture and language in our traditional Chinese venue, Amish Acres Inn, Nappanee, Indiana. And we will have the joy of spending time with special friends and family members from across the country. Stay tuned for photos of our adventures this week!

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Chinese Family Camp finally makes it to China!

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Hi Campers! Here’s an exchange I’ve been having with Heather Hwalek, daughter of Ginger Yang-Hwalek, grand-daughter of KT and Heather Yang of the South Bend Yang clan: ====================================== Hello Chinese Family Camp, My name is Heather Hwalek, and I am currently a U.S. Foreign Service Officer stationed in Guangzhou, China.  Our Public Affairs office is coordinating public outreach events centered around Asian Pacific American Heritage Month which is in May every year.  Our outreach seeks to promote the historical connections between the United States and Asia, particularly China, as well as to highlight America’s cultural diversity.  To this end, we are hosting a Cultural Fair at which Asian-Americans can share stories of their heritage to the Chinese and international public. Personally, I grew up hearing stories from my mother, aunts, and uncles about attending Chinese Family Camp in the 1960s and 1970s.  Our family still plays card games that, according to my relatives, were learned at Chinese Family Camp.  My mother says that she believes my grandparents, who settled in South Bend, IN after immigrating from China, had some connections to the founders of Chinese Family Camp. I wanted to share some of that story during the Cultural Fair we are organizing.  Would you be able to explain some of the early history of Chinese Family Camp?  Are there any pictures, throughout the decades, that you would be willing to share with me so that I could integrate them into the presentation?   Thanks so much, Heather   Heather Yang Hwalek 杨荷 Vice Consul 副领事 U.S. Consulate General美国总领事馆 Guangzhou, China 广州,中国 tel电话: (+86) 020-3814-5000 ====================================== To which I replied: ====================================== Hello Heather, Thank you so much for your letter and for re-connecting! Your grandparents were some of the pillars of Chinese Family Camp, and I spent many happy summers and fun memories of Camp with Eugene, Sara, and your mom, usually trying to figure out where Benson had wandered off to, or staying up way too late talking to Eug or Sara about whatever teenagers talk about. Your mother ran the whole music program for many years, as accompanist (no surprise), as well as soloist, managing to create beautiful music from the old, out-of-tune, keys-missing upright piano that they kept in the unheated/un-air conditioned Lodge all summer.   Most of our on-line materials (website, Picasa, Youtube) are from the last 10-15 years, long after the Yang clan moved on. I do have a random collection of CD’s and DVD’s with photos we scanned from the Camp photo albums. I can send you some pictures from various periods of camp, altho I’m in the middle of a pretty tough course in my master’s degree program, so my time is a bit limited. I would also be happy to provide some background history about CFC – my parents were among the founding members back in 1958.   I’m attaching a PPT that our Camp Director Lawrence Wang put together a few years ago for our 50th anniversary celebration that provides some history.   Please let me know how else I may support you in providing materials or information. I can also forward any of your requests to our YahooGroup to see if anyone else can provide you with anything.   Take care and do say hello to your mother and your aunts and...

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Chinese Family Camp website is available for updating!

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Chinese Family Camp Special Bulletin #295 Hello Campers! We just finished our CFC Google Hangout/Wordpress training session hosted by Elysa Chao (CFC Treasurer and Google Hangout Expert) and featuring Kevin Chang, our spiffy new Web Designer and all around Good Guy. The recording of the Hangout is here and also includes guest appearances and lots of questions by Lawrence Wang, Allen Yang, Mark Chow, Frank Chao, and Caryn Rossi. If you want to write up your own blog post, or add content to another page on the site, please watch the training video (sorry for all the bumpiness of random audio/video) and then contact Elysa Chao or Mark Chow or Allen Yang to be added as a website contributor....

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Allen stepping down as president of CFC, Inc.

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Hello Family Campers! Thank you for your participation at Chinese Family Camp this year, either in person or wherever you happened to be last week. It was another great, Great Camp! We are here to serve the people! As most of you heard at Camp, I will be stepping down as president of the board for CFC after my term end this year. I wanted to write up my thoughts on how I arrived at this choice over the course of last week, as well as other thrilling aspects of the position, the organization, and Camp in future blog posts. Top 10 Things to Know About What’s Going on Here1. I am still 100% committed to Chinese Family Camp and plan on attending for as long as I can move around and eat. 2. I intend to remain on the CFC Board in some capacity and bring whatever I can bring to the party, not to mention that all the official correspondence uses our address here in Chicago. 3. I will be stepping down as president at our annual board meeting teleconference sometime in January, when we elect board members and select officers. Until then, I have all the power! Mwahahaha! 4. I arrived at my choice to step down as president during last week’s camp completely through my own reflections, mixed in with some very enlightening conversations with several of my dear fellow campers (and my very dear wife, Mary) along the way. 5. Camp has always been the highlight of every year of my life, all the way back to the first camp back at Lake Wawasee when my mom had to carry me around (I was 14! No, just kidding, I was 1 1/2 that first year). 6. I informed some of the board members about my choice to step down before our board meeting last Friday. I did not get a chance to contact most of you ahead of time, so it probably was a bit of a surprise. 7. Camp has always been a place for me to find out and remind me about who I really am, what I’m capable of, what calls me, what’s possible for me. Camp is the laboratory that, year after year, allows me to experiment with what works or doesn’t work – for Camp, for my fellow campers, and for me.  8. In the realm of what works or doesn’t work for Camp and for me, I felt that continuing as president is not going to work for either in the near term. I have become complacent about where Camp is, and where it could go. I believe this is not the place for your president to hang out if we are committed to having Camp continue to operate and thrive for another few generations. 9. Personally, I scared myself the week before camp really struggling on my statistics course mid-term (thank God for Khan Academy!). I wasn’t giving it the attention it deserved, and I realized I need to get my butt in gear if I was going to get anything out of the course and the remainder of my master’s degree program. 10. Stay tuned for my next blog...

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and yet another blog post for 2014

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I had fun see u next years peeps:)  (Abby)

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and now something from Alana…

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Camp is definitely my highlight of summer. It is always something to look forward to before school starts. There’s so much we do as a camp family. This year we tie-dyed our camp t-shirts. There was our second annual mini triathlon, bowling, jiaozi making, and plenty of scrumptious food. My favorite activities are the trip to Ideal Beach and the DJ/photo booth. At the beach I played in a large beach volleyball game. Many of us took plenty of dives in the sand. Sarah performed her signature tomahawk move, Mason was probably laying in the sand more than he was standing on it, and Andrea had some awesome digs. It was Paul’s, our DJ, 10th year and we surprised him with a cake. As teens we had some fun, and whenever someone came out and talked to us, we would immediately fall to the floor. Rug burns stopped our enjoyment. 🙁 I am still feeling them. In teen education Uncle Clarence showed us videos about Chinese history, and Auntie Caryn taught us Chinese. My favorite part about camp is spending a week with great cousins that I haven’t seen in a long time. Even though we don’t see each other for a long time, as soon as we see each other, it’s like we’ve always been together. Meeting new people are great too. Everyone shares a Chinese heritage, so that is one thing that connects us. Chinese Family Camp is always a blast no matter what age someone is. Now counting down the days till next...

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The Week Went By Fast! So fast we didn’t write any blogs

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What happened at Camp this week?  Let’s hear from some teens: After staying up late practically every night, most of the teens and I couldn’t wake up in time for breakfast each morning. We probably would’ve missed teen ed as well if it hadn’t been for the thunderous knocking on our door for our wake up calls. We also found ourselves falling asleep during our Chinese history films. One important thing I did learn was that when speaking Chinese, you can reply ‘hen you yisi’ to prolong any conversation. I enjoyed reuniting with the rest of the teens and catching up on our lives. One of the most fun things we did this week was working on the teen skit which was basically creating parodies of songs from ‘Frozen’. I had fun all week and I’m sad it had to come to an end so quickly but I intend to stay in touch with all the teens until we can see each other at the teen reunion and CFC ’15.~Mason...

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