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Dr. Suen and his community


1. 1987 & 2009: Oakland Chinatown street fair speaker
2. 1987: live TV interview for Chinese Star TV (CSTV)
3. 2008: China Earthquake/Allegro Ballroom fundraiser sponsor
4. May 2008: fundraiser to Red Cross for Sichuan, China earthquake

Remember the devastating earthquake that turned Sichuan, China into ruins? That destructive earthquake shook Sichuan violently on May 12, 2008, causing many to lose their lives or become homeless. Dr. Suen, like many Chinese Americans that live thousands of miles away, were sincerely concerned and wanted to help. One day after the upsetting blow to Sichuan, Dr. Suen initiated a fundraiser in his office. He informed his patients and other local dentists of ways they could contribute to the damaging effect of the earthquake, including through donations. Dr. Suen and his son, Ryan, together with the help of other contributors raised over $4,300 and presented it to the Red Cross. Dr. Suen and the Chinese community showed their generosity by donating and fundraising. They really demonstrated a great spirit during a time of hardship.

5. January 2009: featured in the China Fortune magazine article 
6. 2009: Covenant House of California Fundraising Gala participant. Covenant House of California is a non-profit organization to help homeless kids.
7. March 2009: featured in The China Press for dedicated support to the tragedy of the four policemen

Three Wishes Granted by the Good Lord (need to link to the electronic copy of the newspaper with translation)

March 22, 2009, is marked as one of the most heartbreaking days for the Oakland Police Department and many of Oakland’s citizens. On that dreary day, four Oakland policemen were killed on the line of duty, a record-high in the city’s history. On March 27, 2009, a monumental funeral was held at the Oakland Oracle Arena to commemorate the fallen officers. There were over thirty thousand attendees, all mourning over these fallen policemen. On that same day, the Oakland Chinese community leaders set up a donation booth for the Oakland Chinese community to make monetary donations to the families of the four fallen policemen. Dr. Suen could not personally attend the funeral because of obligations to his patients, but he stopped by the donation booth during his lunch hour.

Like many donors, Dr. Suen did not expect any sort of recognition. During what was supposed to be a two-minute stay, a young lady at the booth began conversing with him. The young lady turned out to be a reporter for The China Press. The reporter then initiated the interview with a tape recorder and took Dr. Suen’s picture.  She asked Dr. Suen how much he was about to donate. Dr. Suen showed the four donated checks. On March 28, 2009, Dr. Suen’s was featured in The China Press, but more importantly, the newspaper quoted Dr. Suen, saying that the Oakland Chinese community cares deeply about such a tragic event.

On the morning of March 27, 2009, Dr. Suen expressed three wishes. The first wish was to pay his deepest respects for the fallen officers. The second wish was to make simple contributions to these families. The final and most significant wish was to inform the general public that the Oakland Chinese community cared deeply about such a tragic event. The Good Lord granted him all three wishes that day. For the following three days, the Oakland Chinese community raised over $40,000 for the fallen policemen’s families.

Newspaper translation to be put as caption of the newspaper-------While being interviewed by the news reporter, Dr. Suen was asked the amount he was donating, so he showed four checks. Afterwards, he walked up to the four policemen’s pictures and paid his respects. Dr. Suen said he wished to represent the Chinese community’s sentiments by showing his deepest sorrow. He said, “They are true heroes. I wish that the families and law enforcement agencies would know that we, as the Chinese community, will continue to give them firm support.”

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May 30, 2009: Oakland Asian Culture Center (OACC) Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival sponsor and informational table clinic volunteer 
9. July 11, 2009: Chinese Newcomer Service Center (CNSC) fundraiser sponsor. CNSC is a non-profit organization dedicated towards helping new immigrants to acquire new skills and to be a productive member of the society through various resources.
10. Oakland Annual Street Fair participant: Dr. Suen held a booth at this community organized event to introduce various dental treatments and advanced dental technology available to the attendees. It also served as an open forum, allowing the attendees to ask questions.
11. 2010 Bay Area Top Doctors and Dentists Award: In 2010, Dr. Suen was awarded by NBC as one of the Best Doctors and Dentists in the Bay Area which was selected by Doctors Improving Health Care Inc.
12. 2010 Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce member: The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was formed to help promote business in the Asian Community. It also serves as a forum to have opinions heard in the Asian communities as well as to discuss governmental and economic policies.
13. June 6, 2010 Oakland Chinatown Lions Club Health Fair: The Oakland Chinatown Lions Club and other healthcare professional volunteers held their annual health fair and offered free examination and medical advice to the public. Dr. Suen provided dental care advice to the general public. Dr. Suen also entertained the audience with his magic show.
14. Dr. Suen was a guest speaker to a class of pre-medical students at Arroyo High School on June 8, 2010, offering insight, advice, and personal experiences.
15. S.F. Burnett Children Center guess speaker: Dr. Suen was a guest speaker and spoke to the youth on the importance of a good education and shared his own stories on his challenges in life.
16. Lion Club member: Dr. Suen is an active member of the Oakland Chinatown Lion Club chapter.
17. S.F. Omega Boys Club: The mission of the Omega Boys Club is to help keep the youth safe from violence and help them aspire to be contributing members of society. Dr. Suen has spoken with many of the youth and lent his strength and words of encouragement. Dr. Suen also met the Founders of the Omega boys club, Joseph Marshall, Jr., Ph.D and Jack Jacqua that night.
18. Oakland Annual Street Fair: Dr. Suen held a booth at this community organized event to introduce various dental treatments and advanced dental technology available to the attendees. It also served as an open forum, allowing the attendees to ask questions.
19. March 19, 2011 March 19, 2011 Joseph Lee Community Center guess speaker --- We Unite As One Youth Summit 2011
20. 2011 Bay Area Top Doctors and Dentists Award: Dr. Suen is a back to back recipient of The Best in San Francisco Medicine Top Doctors & Dentists award selected by Top Doc San Francisco, from 2010-2011.
21. Oakland Chinatown Lions Club Health Fair Committee Chairman: Dr. Suen was the committee chairman for the 2011 annual Lions Club Health Fair.
22. Dr. Suen was a volunteer and donor of the March 14, 2011 Oakland Police Appreciation Day.
23. July 24, 2011 Oakland Chinatown Lions Club Health Fair: The Oakland Chinatown Lions Club and other healthcare professional volunteers held their annual health fair and offered free examination and medical advice to the public. Dr. Suen provided dental care advice to the general public. Dr. Suen also entertained the audience with his magic show.
24. For additional safety to Oakland’s Lincoln Park, Gateway Bank made a generous donation to funding the installation of surveillance cameras around the park. Dr. Suen took part by making a small contribution to the fund. Dr. Suen also participated in the opening celebration event on April 23, 2011.
25. During the Asian Youth Service Center annual PAL camp, Dr. Suen played the role as a dance instructor and gave dance lessons to the kids.
26. Oakland Asian Culture Center (OACC) Ground Breaking dinner with Oakland mayor, Jean Quan.
27. As chairperson of the 2011 Oakland Chinatown Lions Club Health Fair, Dr. Suen helped plan and organize the event. On August 13, 2011, the day of the health fair, Dr. Suen provided free dental care advice and information.
28. At the March 12, 2012 Oakland Chinatown Police appreciation day event, Dr. Suen donated a small amount of money and food as a gesture of appreciation to the hard work and services the police department have provided to the community.
29. On August 2, 2011 Dr. Suen and his staff volunteer in the Oakland Chinatown Street Cleaning event sponsored by Gateway Bank and Oakland Chinatown Camber of Commerce. With regular brooms and garbage bags Dr. Suen and his staff helped sweep and cleaned the streets in Oakland Chinatown and at the same time promoting the importance of keeping the community clean and pleasant.







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