Monday, May 3, 2010

Fundraising for Yu Family

Dear OCA Members and Friends:

On behalf of the OCA East Bay Board of Directors, we are reaching out to all of you with solemn hearts following the incredibly unfortunate incident that took place approximately two weeks ago in Oakland. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, two members of the Yu family– a father and son from San Francisco, both of Chinese decent and completely innocent bystanders, were shopping in Oakland’s “Uptown” district when they were brutally assaulted by two teenagers for no apparent reason. Both family members suffered significant injuries in the attack, including a fractured skull for the father. Sadly, after four days in a coma, the father, Tian Sheng Yu, succumbed to his injuries and passed away on the morning of Tuesday April 20th, creating a tragic ending to an already very unfortunate incident. Tian Sheng Yu, is survived by his son, Jin Cheng, and his wife Zhi Rui Wang.

At this point, many of you have likely heard about this incident through the media, as coverage has been virtually non-stop since the crime occurred. The community at large and in particular, the Asian American community, have voiced their outrage over this heinous act and put significant pressure on the leadership within the City of Oakland to find the suspects and bring them to justice. Thankfully, the two teenagers responsible for this atrocious crime have been apprehended and the healing process for the community and more importantly, the Yu family, can finally begin.

The healing process will require the help of all of us, as fellow community members and Asian Americans, to assist this family in rebuilding itself following its tragic and unnecessary loss. Although many Bay Area organizations, including Alameda County, have offered assistance with funeral and burial expenses, the Yu family will need additional financial assistance given the loss of its primary breadwinner. OCA East Bay has taken the lead on this effort and we are kindly asking all of our members and friends to consider a monetary donation to this family in need. We believe anything will help and no amount is too small. OCA East Bay and its Board of Directors have already pledged substantial funds to this effort and it is our hope that you will assist us in ensuring that the Yu family’s dreams won’t also be lost through this tragic incident.

Please send your donations to OCA EB at 2975 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705, payable to The Yu Family Foundation. We will make sure the Yu family gets a clear account for the individual contributions.


Chi-Hsin Shao

Stanley Kiang
Vice President

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