LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Chinese Association’s (LCA) virtual 4th of July celebration attracted 91 local families over the weekend, making it the LCA’s largest event of the year so far.
During the live event, LCA President Xiuju Jiang highlighted the organization and the achievements of Livingston’s Chinese community in the first half of 2020, including managing the complex logistics for personal protective equipment (PPE) sourcing, securing crucial medical supplies to local hospitals and delivering food to hospitals and essential workers at the height of the pandemic. According to the LCA, about 210 families have contributed to donations supporting the first responders.
Additionally, medical personnel from local hospitals shared their personal experience in fighting the COVID-19 as part of the celebratory event, where they praised the substantial physical and emotional support received from the LCA community.
LCA board members Dr. George Shen and Gloria He also hosted a panel discussion about LCA participation within the community and public schools.
Speakers included: Philip Liang, a former Englewood Cliffs council member; Jerry Shi, former Edison school board member; and local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) representatives Jean Kang (Harrison PTA co-chair) and Coco Sung (former Hillside PTA chair). Parents from the other four Livingston elementary schools advocated for participation in the schools and PTAs as well.
At the conclusion of the event, the LCA announced the winners of a logo design contest, sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Company. Designers Hui Yang and Lynn Sun garnered the top prizes, while Tianhua Han and 10 others received participation awards.
The top five designs, as voted by LCA members, can be seen in the photos above along with a “thank you” card from workers at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and a screenshot of participants in the LCA’s virtual 4th of July celebration.
The LCA is “a registered community organization of Chinese residents in Livingston and surrounding areas” whose purpose is to provide an avenue for members to “communicate, share information, participate community activities and introduce and inherit Chinese culture and tradition,” according to its website.
Annual LCA activities typically include a Chinese book donation to the Livingston Public Library, participation in the Livingston Memorial Day Parade, a summer BBQ party, a Chinese New Year celebration and more.
The organization also establishes subgroups to serve specific needs of the Chinese community, such as senior and youth activities, carpool clubs and more.