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Harmony & Bliss 2022 Annual Gala
Thursday, June 2, 2022

  • Safety is a major priority; we have reduced capacity to allow for ample spacing between tables at the event

  • We highly recommend guests take an at-home COVID test the day before the event

  • Following CDC Guidelines, we will require proof of vaccination and a photo ID at registration

  • Please remember to have a hard copy or digital copy of your vaccination card with you to ensure a timely check-in at registration and a safe event

Chinese Culture Center (CCC) invites you to the Harmony & Bliss 2022 Gala, celebrating 57 years of community service. This year’s gala theme “A New Wave,” will honor individuals who have changed the tides in our communities through their leadership, the arts, and commitment to social justice. “A New Wave” gala supports CCC to elevate underserved communities and give voice to equality. In particular, it will support “We the Future,” an artistic initiative that champions the work of artists as integral to the struggle for racial justice, building coalitions between Chinese American, Asian American communities and other communities of color to heal and create a more just and equitable future. Celebrate the community’s achievements in recovery and the art and creativity that inspires, connects, and shifts narratives. The in-person event will feature a reception, dinner, speakers, and performances. CCC, under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For questions about the gala, sponsorship opportunities, or in-kind donations please contact Kavya Palepu +1 (415) 986-1822 |


5:00 PM Doors open
6:00 PM Dinner + Award Ceremony
Lift Your Spirits Raffle + Online Auction
Dancing to Follow
Far East Cafe
631 Grant Ave, San Francisco

CCC on Sky Link TV

Tune in to watch the 30 minute pre-gala program on Sky Link TV, featuring our honorees' stories: Saturday, 5/28 at 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Sunday, 5/29 at 11:00 - 11:30 AM You can watch LIVE on the Sky Link website, KRON 4.2 or Comcast 193. For more information on how to tune in, please visit:




2022 Honorees

Senator Scott Wiener 加州參議員威善高

Legislator of the Year

Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. He is the immediate past Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk. He also chaired the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Before taking public office, Senator Wiener practiced law for fifteen years and in a number of community leadership roles. Senator Wiener has lived in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood since 1997. He received degrees from Duke University and Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile.

Gorretti Lo Lui 呂羅婉雯

Cultural Equity Champion Award

Gorretti Lui is a director of the Lui Foundation, founded in 2005. She is a dedicated philanthropist and a volunteer for arts and cultural organizations in San Francisco. She joined the Asian Art Museum as Foundation trustee in 1998, where she has Chaired numerous Opening night galas for the Museum from 2006‐2013. She was one of the first trustees to fund the Contemporary art initiatives, which led to the expansion of a brand new Contemporary art department.
The Chinese Historical Society of America is her most recent affiliation, which she joined as Trustee in April 2018. She initiated the “We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family” exhibition which opens in April 2022. Gorretti strongly believes that Art in all formats, can provide a good platform where people from diverse backgrounds can explore and understand each other.

Visionary Artist Award

Tomie Arai​

Tomie Arai is a public artist who lives and works in NYC. She has designed both temporary and permanent public works of art for Creative Time, the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, the NYC PerCent for Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the New York City Board of Education and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Tomie’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Japanese American National Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, to name a few. In 1997, she was one of ten women nationwide to receive an Anonymous was a Woman Grant for achievement in the visual arts. She received a National Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art in 2016.

In 2015, she co-founded the cultural collective, The Chinatown Art Brigade with artists Betty Yu and ManSee Kong. CAB is a recent recipient of a 2018 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grant, a Laundromat Project Creative Engagement Residency and a FABnyc Storefront Residency.

Clare Rojas

Clare Rojas (b. 1976) is a highly acclaimed contemporary artist, known for her referential paintings and her more recent reductionist, color-block work. The artist’s narrative paintings have explored relationships between the sexes and among humans and animals, in their struggle to find harmony and balance. Recently, Rojas has focused her attention on the abstract shapes formed by architecture and shadow that dominate interior spaces, producing colorful, precise, abstract compositions on stretched linen.
Rojas has received numerous accolades for her work, including grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Eureka Fellowship Award, and the Artadia Award. Her work is in the permanent collections of Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Denver Art Museum; American Museum of the Moving Image, NY. The artist received her BA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Hou Yumei 侯玉梅

Yumei Hou is a sculptor and renowned master of the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting. Hou has dedicated decades to learning, perfecting, and passing on the art of paper cutting in China and the United States. Her talent and dedication was recognized by the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2010, when she was selected to design and install a building-wide artwork for the Chinatown Central Subway, slated to open in the next several years.



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