OBITUARY

Alice Yeun Ling Hsieh Miao

April 4, 1943February 10, 2021
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In preparing to honour my mother, I was rooting through boxes and photobooks to find items to help illustrate her life. In this research, I happened to stumble upon various versions of my mom’s resume. As much as I am at a loss for words at her sudden loss, these documents did help me to frame what type of woman Alice Hsieh (née Miao) was.

Academic … After fleeing Communist mainland China with my grandparents, mom grew up in Taiwan. This eventually led to her completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in botany. Further pursuit of higher education led her to studying for another Master’s in biology at the University of Windsor. Unfortunately, she was not able to complete that degree because of some child being born.

Ambassador … Establishing roots in Windsor, mom expended huge amounts of energy to teach the area about Chinese culture. She was a pillar of the Chinese community having worked for the Essex County Chinese Association on a project investigating a Chinatown for Windsor as well as spending years working with the International Chinese Canadian Benevolent Association on various cultural programs involving language and traditions. I have fond memories of spending time with her (more like pestering) at the Chinese site for a few editions of the annual Carousel of Nations event.

Artist … Creative endeavours were a huge part of her life. Her pen name was “Ku Feng”. She loved painting in black and white with images of bamboo as her favourite. She would paint on rice paper, silk and pottery using water colours, ink stones, pencils and markers. She made jewelry out of magazines and wrappers as well as hand painted stationary and bookmarks with little calendars attached. She held multiple exhibitions at galleries around Windsor and Detroit as well as displays at public libraries. My favourite pictures of her are with her in a red shirt demonstrating Chinese painting at Devonshire Mall especially the one with her having a brush in each hand.

Educator … Merging her imagination as an artist with her willingness to share Chinese culture, mom began teaching painting to the community. I remember sitting in the family car to pick her up from the adult learning facility after said classes. Yet, her instruction prowess was not limited to just art. She also taught Mandarin and with her parents, brought some of the first classes of Tai Chi to Windsor through the YMCA and other community programs.

Writer … As another medium to express herself, she also was a correspondent writing essays for the World Journal Chinese Daily News. She published (43) essays. Not sure if she had a competition with my grandfather in that regards but I do remember the insistence on finding and buying that newspaper on a regular basis.

Volunteer … Mom often assisted with fund raising and charity events for various organizations but I will always remember her walking to Grace Hospital every Sunday morning and spending a few hours helping out there. She was very dedicated to the endeavor and stopped only with the closing of the hospital.

Provider … Mom was a single parent starting in my teen years. With all the things she was involved with and working on, she was always there for me and always provided for me with no disappointment.

As I review what I have written, I find myself in awe. This is particularly true when considering the time period this all happened. In many ways, mom was a pioneer in championing diversity and cultural enrichment. As sad as I am in losing my mom, I am just as sad that the community has lost her as well. I was so lucky to have a loving mother that taught me how to live with honesty, loyalty and respect for the world and its people. In the end, for all the words I was able to think of while speaking about my mom, the one word that really comes to mind for me is “proud”.

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Penny (Polychronis) Milicia

February 21, 2021

Dean,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have such fond memories of her during our time at Prince of Wales. She was such a happy and generous person. She was always accompanying us for all our school events. I remember the beautiful artwork that she would donate to our school. She was always so proud of you!
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Jim Moore

February 20, 2021

Dean,
We are very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. While this is a difficult time we are sure that you have many fond memories to draw strength from. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim & Mary Moore

Bob & Ruth Waffle

February 19, 2021

Dear Dean - So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We loved her very very much. We had a lot of fun when she came to decorate our framing shop window. She always brought some food, buns or duck from the nearby store. She was a very kind and generous woman. She also painted some pieces for us. We had not heard from her for some time and had made attempts recently to locate her. It made us sad to hear of her this way. We thank you for letting us know. God bless you Dean. You are a wonderful son and we know for sure that she loved you dearly. It was evident. Hope
We can be in touch again . Bob & Ruth Waffle / With Love.

Grant Haves

February 16, 2021

My condolences on your loss. Your mother was truly a wonderful person, and while there were some language differences between us, I always enjoyed our ‘talks’. I may not have always understood what she was telling me, but it was always clear that she was a loving and caring person. One of the fondest memories I have of her was when she was adamant that she give some small gifts to Lori and I after she had met Lori. I will always remember how happy she was to give them and how touched Lori was to receive it. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alice and to get to know her.

Noel Manchulenko

February 15, 2021

I will never forget Alice for being such an amazing and caring person. When visiting with Dean she always had a warm and friendly smile. She took care of us when we were young, making sure we stayed out of trouble, and always would make me laugh with her stories and hospitality. Alice was an amazing artist and I will always remember visiting her with my family at Art in the Park, or seeing her art work when visiting Dean at home. With deepest sympathy Dean I am sorry for your loss. Alice will always be in my memories and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY

Chinese painting demonstration at Devonshire Mall in Windsor.

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Spring 2020.

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Circa January 11, 2020.

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Page from a planned catalog of paintings.

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Chinese painting demonstration at Devonshire Mall in Windsor.

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Spring 2020.

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Circa January 11, 2020.

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Page from a planned catalog of paintings.

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Hand cut cover of greeting card.

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Oriental Expressions art exhibition with former students.

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Page from a planned catalog of paintings.

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