Wa Sung Scholarships Now Open For Applications

The Wa Sung Community Service Club began awarding scholarships in 1957 to outstanding students of Asian descent graduating from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Since then over 800 scholarships have been awarded. The scholarships are funded from the Perpetual Scholarship Fund, fundraising events, and the generous donations from individuals. The continuing support from the donors, Wa Sung members, and Friends of Wa Sung make these scholarships possible every year.

For 2017, there will be one $2,500 scholarship and at least 12 $1,000 scholarships available. Deadline for application is April 3, 2017. Application forms can be obtained from the counselor's office in all high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. You can also download an application form and the cover letter here.

Easter Sunday Celebration

An estimated crowd of 1200 gathered at the Lincoln Square Playground in Chinatown in Easter Sunday morning to join the "Stacks 'N Sausages" extravaganza, an annual Wa Sung tradition that has been going for 60 years and counting. Everyone had a great time.

Wa Sung Junior League Thrives!

The Wa Sung Jr. League (WSJL) started as a pilot program in 2010 as part of the Wa Sung 5 Year Plan (2010-­‐2015). Its goal is to encourage community service, promote leadership ambitions, and be an available outreach for youth’s ages 17-­‐25 years old, especially when normal difficulties cross their paths as they embark to a new phase of life after high school and during college. Youth is an experience that is extremely important influencing their adult life; and this program is to give them the respect of their choices, encourage successes and acceptance of failures. [More]

President Karen Dea's Message

Thank you everyone for coming out to celebrate and support the inauguration of the 2017 Wa Sung Officers & Board.

The understanding of community service was introduced in my life in 1989 from my mother Beatrice Wong, who served the Chinatown East Bay in community service and supported the many City of Oakland officials.

I’ve learned the one serving may be able to take something away from the experience and be able to use any newfound knowledge or interpersonal discoveries to improve their future servitude and the people around them. In order to gain the most out of community service, there should be an element of learning balanced with the serving aspect. By learning and serving all at the same time, one can improve their community and surroundings while learning life lessons and building character in ways that will help them to further impact the world in the future.

It takes small steps to create big footprints and Wa Sung is the one and only true community service organization that has been around for 65 years. The Wa Sung founders believed in the Merit Awards for high school graduates and also the annual community Easter Pancake Breakfast held traditionally at the Oakland Lincoln Square Playground. This year we continue their legacy of direction as we presenting the 60th anniversary of the Merit Awards and the Easter Pancake Breakfast. [More]

Wa Sung Community Center -- Facing Forward

The Wa Sung Community Center (WSCC) has always focused on educating our community. For example, we have put on classes and/or events on current safety techniques updates, how to take and edit digital photos, and helping youth to learn life lessons through the game of golf. The WSCC continued their mission in 2014 by concentrating on educating and entertaining the community with their first tee program for youth, 2nd annual bowl-­‐a-­‐thon fundraiser, and their first social media presentation on Facebook. [More]


junk boat

Wa Sung Junk Boat

at Lincoln Square

The story of our Junk Boat starts with a trans-Pacific voyage made by an oceangoing junk called the "Free China" which sailed from Taiwan to San Francisco in 1960. In 1961, Dr. Joshua Fong wrote to the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco asking if the consul might know how the Wa Sung Service Club could obtain a junk boat similar to the Free China. The boat would be displayed in a park in Oakland -- perhaps even at a Chinese wharf in Lake Merritt as "a symbol of the determination and spirit of Free China and its people."

This idea evolved, an over the next few years, with the collaboration of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, a Junk Boat play structure was designed for Lincoln Park. Wa Sung raised over $15,000 to help guild the boat, and on Sunday, March 23, 1969 at 3:30 p.m., it was dedicated with a ceremony including fireworks and followed by a Chinese gourmet dinner at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Jack London Square. [More]