City doctor honors leaders at celebration of Chinese New Year

The Philadelphia Chinese Benevolent Association held its 2017 Chinese New Year Banquet on March 28 at Joy Tsin Lau Chinese restaurant in Chinatown to grandly celebrate The Year of the Rooster. About 600 people attended. According to a news release, the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming to all. Special guests included U.S. Public Health Service Adviser Dr. Grace Shu and Dr. Jason Shu; Ambassador Lily Hsu, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and deputy director Franklin Chen; Shirley Yang, General Manager of China Airlines in New York; state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pittsburgh; state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township and Tracy Wagner; Quin Higgs; City Councilman Mark Squilla; 20 city police officers and other guests.

Grace Shu also is special senior adviser to the Chinese Benevolent Association of Philadelphia. Grace Shu addressed the guests, and on behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf, she presented a 2017 Chinese New Year greeting letter to the Chinese Benevolent Association, which Chairman Lu Tongyi and Shi Wenzhong and chief adviser Mabel Chan received with appreciation, the news release said. Shirley Yang donated a China Airlines round-trip ticket between the U.S. and Taiwan.

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, gave a speech and also donated $1,000 to the Association. He is running for governor in the 2018 election.