Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 20, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 16, 1981 Page: 1 of 16
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REFUGEE INFO CTR. OPENS, see p. 3
HOUSTON CHINESE CHURCH, see p. 3
• BETTE BAO LORD IN HOUSTON, see p. 9
• CHRISTMAS GREETINGS, see p. 15
Southwest Chinese Journal
THE VOICE OF THE CHINESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Vol. 6, No. 20
P.O. Box 18603
Sr & 8$ &
Houston, Texas 77023 December 16-31, 1981
A Christmas Message
by Rev. David K. Chan, Pastor of Houston Chinese Church
Christmas is a time of celebration and rejoicing'. Homes
are decorated in gleaming colors. Lights are glittering
on the Christmas trees. The malls are jammed with mer-
chandise and shoppers. Sweet carols overflow the church-
es into the busy streets. People greet each other with
seasonal regards. Joy and propperity is evi lent every-
where. The whole world seems to blossom overnight with
the coming of Christmas. Yet, it is a pity to find that
most people busy about at this season, not knowing the
true reasons for doing so. They decorate the tree, play
Santa Claus and give away gifts, and join in singing
"Silent Night", but never stop to think what this is all
about. In fact, there is a reason behind all the. fes-
Christmas Brings Hope to Mankind
When you decorate the Christmas tree this week, don't
forget to fix the Star of Bethlehem at the top of it. For
the star is the centerpiece and the rest of the decora-
tions are but trimmings to go along with it. It was re-
corded that on the night of the birth of Christ, a bril-
liant star appeared in the sky. Following this star,
some magi from the east (regarded by some scholars to be
from China) traveled two years over mountainous terrain
and deserts to find Jesus in Bethlehem. The Star of Beth-
lehem has since become the symbol of hope and the light
in darkness. The star led people to Jesus Christ, the
prince of hope and Saviour of the world.
Christmas Promises Peace and Goodwill
"Silent Night, Holy Night" is a Christmas carol well-
known to young and old. It relates the story of how
Jesus was born, in a manger, humble and lowly, to bring
to the world peace and goodwill from God. This message
of Christmas stresses the fact that man can be reconciled
to God through faith and repentance. Peace with God,
peace with fellow men, and peace among all the nations,
is the theme of Christmas.
Christmas Symbolizes the Gift of God
Christmas is a time to exchange gifts with family and
loved ones. Santa and his gifts have become the center
of fantasies for children. The giving of gifts originat-
ed in the Bible which says, "For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever be-
lieves in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life." Christ is the great gift God had given to the
world on that first Christmas. He came to this world to
bear the sins of every man, and He died on the cross as
a substitute for all of us, that we may be saved. This
gift of God is so wonderful and precious that all Chris-
tians give gifts on Christmas as part of their celebrations.
It is my sincere wish that this Christmas will be more
meaningful to all of you when you let Christ be at the
center of all your celebrations. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU.
Congress is considering changes in immigration policy
which will have serious impact on Chinese and Asian Amer-
ican families throughout the United States. The U.S.-
Asia Institute in Washington, D.C. is presently mobiliz-
ing to oppose one possible change in immigration law-
elimination of what is called the Fifth Preference, which
permits U.S. citizens to petition for immigration privi-
leges for brothers and sisters.
No culture places more importance on the integrity of
the family than the Chinese. Yet U.S. immigration policy
for most of this century has had the effect of keeping
Chinese family members apart. Only in recent times have
Chinese American families experienced the joy of reunit-
ing with loved ones who have come over as immigrants.
Now the prospect of a break with enlightened immigra-
tion policy may signal a move toward excluding other
family members from priority consideration for immigra-
tion. As a substitute for considerations of family, Con-
gress is considering a point system which would favor the
wealthy and well-educated.
To counteract the pressure on Congress of growing na-
tionwide sentiment against immigrants and aliens in gen-
eral, the U.S.-Asia Institute has initiated a petition
and letter-writing campaign to urge Congress to retain
the Fifth Preference in the new immigration law. Those
concerned with this issue must act quickly—a goal of
100,000 letters has been set, and the Institute must have
the petitions back by December 31. Letters to support
keeping the Fifth Preference should be addressed to:
Senator Alan K. Simpson, Chairman of Subcommittee on
Immigration and Refugees Policy, Senate Judiciary Commit-
tee, 4107 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington,
D. C. 20510.
A copy to your Congressman and Senator Tower or
Bentsen would also greatly help.
Petitions are being circulated in Houston. For infor-
mation on where to sign, please call 227-5426 or 861-8270.
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