On May 18, 2022, my dad, Ban Phuc Hoang, was alone in his store when his life was violently taken away from us. For over 30 years, my dad ran a business in Chinatown selling karaoke systems, audio accessories, and videos. He was the first person to bring karaoke to Edmonton and supplied stores all over Canada. He loved my mother and me unconditionally. Outside of our family, his store was his pride and joy.
My father came from humble beginnings and made his way to Canada from a refugee camp. I have so many things to thank him for, like taking care of my mother and me, sponsoring our extended family to Canada, and being a business community leader in Chinatown. Everyone knew my father, and he knew everyone. Now everyone knows he's gone. I would like people to remember him and celebrate his life and legacy.
To honour my father's legacy, my mom and I will donate ¾ of the proceeds to organize an annual talent show and karaoke competition at the Chinatown Night Market. I remember how he used to participate in the night market, and it gave us some hope in Chinatown. I grew up with my dad’s store. I even grew up seeing Chinatown in its prime, full of life and bustling streets. Now, it’s just lifeless. I hope this annual event can help bring vibrancy back into Chinatown and be a fun event for everyone. The remaining proceeds will be used for my university studies. I am studying to be a veterinarian, and I have several years of studies left.
I hope you will join me in supporting my father's legacy by donating whatever you can, re-sharing this link and sharing your fondest memories of him below. We cannot thank you enough for your support.
Jolie Hoang and Family
2022 年 5 月 18 日，我的父亲黄福斌（Ban Phuc Hoang) 在他的店里遭抢劫杀害。我父亲在唐人街做了31年的生意，销售卡拉 OK 系统、音频配件等。他是第一个把卡拉 OK 带到埃德蒙顿的人。我很感恩我父亲对我和我母亲的爱与照顾。除了家庭，他的店是他的骄傲和快乐。
我父亲的遗望是唐人街能像过往的光彩。为了实现我父亲的遗望，我成立了捐款活动，我与我母亲将所获的款捐出其中的三分之一，在华埠夜市举办一年一度的卡拉 OK 比赛。我从小就跟着爸爸在他的店里。在我的成长过程中，我甚至看到了唐人街的全盛时期，充满了生机和熙熙攘攘的街道。现在，只是死气沉沉。我希望这个一年一度的活动能给唐人街带来活力，成为一个有趣的活动。剩余的收入将用于我的大学学习。我正在学习成为一名兽医，我还有几年的学习时间。
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