By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
Moon thanking everyone with Yin
On Aug. 16, 2009, Moon Lan Fong unveiled the publication of her book titled Reflections at an exhibit and reception held at The Marsh in Minnetonka, Minn. This occasion also marked another milestone for Moon as she also celebrated her 95th birthday.
As noted in the preface of the exhibit program authored by Ruth Stricker, founder of The Marsh, “This exhibit is so much more than it appears to be. It is one exceptional woman’s calligraphy expressing her values, dreams, tenets and wishes for her family and friends. It is one woman’s life journey from joy and hardship in China to reframing a life in this country and leading her family of four generations into a modern world in a foreign land.”
Reflections was originally intended to be a calligraphic legacy for her family but has now been published for all to enjoy. The book contains many messages of good wishes, common Chinese poems, basic principles of life and pleasure from nature. Her theme is that discipline and cultivation of the mind and skill can be achieved regardless of age, education or background. Also contained in the book are photos and messages from friends and family members along with Moon’s biography as translated by her family.
Moon Lan Fong is the matriarch of the Fong family that includes siblings David Fong, Yin Simpson and Stephen Fong. Many likely recognize the name of David Fong to which David Fong’s Restaurant located in Bloomington, Minn. is attributed. That restaurant is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
A brief program during the celebration was conducted by Scott Simpson, Yin’s husband, during which there were acknowledgements and some musical performances including a touching rendition of the song Moon River.
The combined celebration of Moon’s birthday and book unveiling was organized by Moon’s daughter Yin with whom Moon lives. Although Yin was instrumental in much of the planning, she acknowledges that this event could not have been possible without the assistance of other friends and relatives which are appropriately acknowledged in the book.
According to Yin, “It was heartwarming to have a capacity crowd attend my mom’s unveiling of her book Reflections and show their support for the exemplary life that she has lived. My mom really appreciated the support and is honored that she can share, in a small way, the fruits of a very full life.”