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趙起蛟書法

 

六一屆 畢業同學於2014秋日重聚美國加州之慶
甲午中秋前夕  趙起蛟臨 龍藏寺碑 以賀

《A Wedding Couplet (2)》__ Yu Fong-ying (61)

Background

Our younger son David got married to Miss Kimberly Jang on April 25, 2015 in Vancouver. For the occasion, I composed a Chinese wedding couplet with the help of a friend and then asked another friend who is a calligrapher to write it out in Chinese ink on red paper. Then I hung it in on the wall of the dining room in our house. I also prepared some explanatory notes for those who wanted them, as below.

Some thoughts that motivated the writing: the first half of the couplet tells the story of David and Kim and the Chinese legendary matchmaker; the second half contains three allusions, one by a Tang poet referring to the inseparable male and female mandarin ducks, and two traditional historical stories of love and respect between husband and wife. 

The Wedding Couplet with Explanatory Notes                  

The 11- character (4+7) couplet:

               (1) (2) (3)
               (4) (5) (6)

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趙起蛟: 退而不休

Father Mallin replies


Here is the transcript by Wong Hin-shing and Yu Fong-ying:

                                                                                                6 December, 2014 

Dear Hin-Shing: 

Your letter and attached photos complete with names arrived a few days ago. 

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61 November Lunch Meeting

 
At the happy lunch meeting, there was talk of the next reunion.  Would it be Toronto or Hong Kong?
[Please click the image for more pictures.]

Robert and Lily Lee visiting Vancouver

(Standing L-R) Michael Tang, Yu Fong Ying, Gilbert Chinn, Robert Lee, Augustine Lam, Ho Kar Wing
(Seated L-R)  May Yu, Margaret Chinn, Lily Lee, Martina Lam

Augustine Visiting Father Farren

After the San Francisco Reunion in September 2014, Augustine and Martina Lam went to visit Father Farren in Ireland.
"Father had been recovering well from recent surgery. He looked younger than a 91 year old."

Reunion in San Francisco in September 2014

Please click the image to view the album.

Happy 101 Birthday to Father Mallin

  

Father Mallin turned 101 years old on September 13, 2014.
Every year, Wong Hin-shing sends a birthday card to Father Mallin on behalf of Class of 61.
The hand-written reply from Father Mallin himself is amazing.

《A Wedding Couplet》__ Yu Fong-ying

Background

Our elder son Jason got married to Miss Florence Lau on July 26th 2014 in Vancouver. For that occasion, I composed a Chinese wedding couplet with the help of a friend and then asked another friend who is a calligrapher to write it out in Chinese ink on red paper. Then I hung it in on the wall of the dining room in our house a week before the wedding day. I also prepared some explanatory notes for those who wanted them, as below.

Some thoughts that motivated the writing: Jason plays the flute and the piano, and Florence plays the piano and the violin to performance level. The allusion to the soaring dragon was the suggestion of a friend, but I avoided too many allusions to the classics, making it easier for those not fluent in classical Chinese. The reference to a fine home is also an approving remark referring to the fact that the young couple had taken out a mortgage on a townhouse before getting married. The double meaning of “accompany” was deliberate. Altogether I aimed to create a lively musical mood.

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