Cornell Asian Alumni Association’s 2011 Banquet

“More than any other person I know, [Rod Chu] is an international leader in higher education.” – President Emeritus Frank H. T. Rhodes

The Cornell Asian Alumni Association had its 20th annual banquet on Jan. 22, 2011 at Grand Harmony Palace restaurant in Chinatown, NYC. Here are the videos that my good friend Chester Mah took of the entertainment and speeches from that fun evening.

The 350 guests who attended the dinner were astounded by a performance of Bian Lian – Chinese Face Changing Dance – by Master Jiao, introduced by Matt Palumbo. Can you count how many times he changed masks?

Did you notice that he also changed his costume? How many times? Here’s a closer view that I got with my handheld camera.

I am especially happy to share these videos as I was the honoree at this year’s event. Bringing greetings was President Emeritus Frank Rhodes, who was introduced by CAAA President Monica Gelinas.

Martin Tang, a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell and past CAAA honoree, came from Hong Kong to support the banquet. He introduced me …

… and presented me with CAAA’s award.

Here’s the video of my remarks, which I entitled Reverence for Education – and Our Educators.

The text of my remarks is in my earlier blog.

Next came a vibrant performance of traditional Korean percussion by the student group Shimtah. This video was posted on YouTube by the group.

It was an absolutely delightful evening. I’m glad we have these videos to remind those of us who were there how much fun it was, and to enable me to share the evening with my family and friends who couldn’t be there.

Johnson Dean Joe Thomas, Winston Tom, Frances Wong, President Emeritus Frank Rhodes, Frances Chu, Rod Chu, Monica Gelinas, Matt Palumbo, Cornell V.P. Susan Murphy

Congratulations and thanks to the Cornell Asian Alumni Association President Monica Gelinas, Banquet Co-Chairs Winston Tom & Frances Wong, Matt Palumbo and other committee members, and all my Cornell friends and supporters who made this 20th Anniversary Banquet so memorable.

Thanks to Chester Mah for all his hard work in taking and editing the videos and hundreds of photos! You can see Chester’s photos of the evening on his photo website with password = banquet.

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