By Rev. Norman Fong

March 12, 2018

Every now and then, I am amazed at how generous and thankful the senior tenants in our community are. Recently, Mr. Leung, a tenant facing an Ellis Act Eviction almost a decade ago, invited me & my staff plus the attorney that helped to a dinner. He treated all of us to a fantastic dinner at Penang Garden Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown and the food was excellent!

More importantly, I was so touched by Mr. & Mrs. Leung treating us out to dinner for what we did a decade ago. Of course, I didn’t want them to pay but the general manager of the restaurant was his friend and wouldn’t allow me to pay. I know my staff and I were so amazed and appreciative of Mr. & Mrs. Leung’s dinner because we know they are seniors on fixed incomes and so it was so generous & unselfish of them.

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In fact, I think the Leungs are the first individual tenants to ever treat my staff and I out for a big dinner banquet. I’ve been to hundreds of family and community dinners, but not one paid for by an individual – just to say thanks. We had a great time and great food at Penang, but it was his generosity that really amazed all of us making the dinner even better.

Who are you “thankful” for? Who would appreciate you saying a “thank you” to? Who would have loved to be surprised by a lunch or dinner from you? I want to say “Super Thanks” to Mr. & Mrs. Leung right now – through this article. Your generosity is so appreciated. Your leadership & courage in resisting the eviction is what really inspires us all. Thank you for your wonderful leadership for the Community Tenants Association. Like I said at the dinner, “You really are a community hero”. More importantly, you have such a generous & thankful heart.

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Originally published in Sing Tao Daily on March 11, 2018

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