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Autumn Gem



Explores Inspiring Story of Modern China’s First Feminist

“With all my heart I beseech and beg my two hundred million female compatriots to assume their responsibility as citizens. Arise! Arise! Chinese women, arise!”– Qiu Jin

The San Ramon Branch of American Association of University Women will present a FREE screening of AUTUMN GEM: A Documentary on Modern China’s First Feminist on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at  7:00pm.

Producers Rae Chang and Adam Tow will introduce the film and participate in a Q-&-A
session afterwards.

AUTUMN GEM explores the extraordinary life of the “Chinese Joan of Arc” Qiu Jin (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin spoke out against footbinding and other oppressive practices and demanded equal opportunities for women. She attempted an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty and became the first female martyr for China’s 1911 Revolution. Qiu Jin is celebrated as a national heroine today.

While Qiu Jin is a familiar figure in China, she is largely unknown outside of the country. AUTUMN GEM is the first documentary feature on Qiu Jin in the U.S. Using scholar interviews, archival materials, and dramatic reenactment scenes based on her original writings, AUTUMN GEM brings the story of Qiu Jin to life.

The hour-long film was produced and directed by two San Francisco Bay Area Chinese American filmmakers, Rae Chang and Adam Tow. It stars former China National martial arts champion and Hollywood stunt actress Li Jing. AUTUMN GEM has screened at over 120 venues worldwide, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Princeton, Brown, University of Maryland, Australian National University, and University of Hong Kong.

As 2012 marked the centenary of the end of imperial rule in China, it is especially crucial to
acknowledge the role of women in the country’s transition to a modern nation. AUTUMN GEM sheds light on a seminal figure who continues to serve as an inspiration to Chinese women today.

What: FREE screening and filmmakers’ discussion of documentary AUTUMN GEM
Where: San Ramon Library 100 Montgomery Street, San Ramon, CA 94583
When: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:00pm
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Silent Auction & Holiday Boutique

Scholarship Committee Fundraiser

Silent Auction & Holiday Boutique

Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts

Drawing for Gift Baskets – Auction for Gift Cards

Goal is to raise $6,000 for local scholarships

Date: Nov 29, 2012

Time: 7 – 9pm

Where: San Ramon Community Center 12601 Alcosta Blvd San Ramon

Questions: email


For bridge playing and congenial company, choose Tuesday Night Bridge with other AAUW members. We meet the third Tuesday of every month.

Cork ‘N Fork

Enjoy good food and friendly company; one Saturday a month, members get together with their culinary contribution, tailored to a particular theme suitable for the season and weather at different members’ homes.

Walking Group

Join your AAUW friends on a once-a-month hike at different locations in the East Bay. We meet at 9 a.m., usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at the Bollinger Park and Ride and car pool to the various exciting locations. Besides being in the healthy outdoors, we get to see lovely vistas and enjoy the company of old and new friends.

Hike Details
October 22 Bike Ride from Basketball courts on Bollinger along Iron Horse Trail to Danville Farmer’s Market, San Ramon 12 miles, roundtrip. Moderate.
November 12 El Sobrante (p 62 ’11), Richmond 2.4 miles. Easy.
December 10 Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette 3 miles. Easy.
January 14 Dublin Hills (p 40 ’11), Dublin 1.8 miles. Easy.
February 4 Diablo Foothills (p26 ’10), Walnut Creek 2.7 miles. Easy.
March 10 Briones (p 20 ’10), Lafayette 4.8 miles. Moderate.
April 21 Carquinez Strait Shoreline (p 30 ’11), Crockett 3.9 miles. Easy or Moderate.
May 12 Pt. Reyes, Pt. Reyes 8.2 miles Will bring lunch and rest at beach. Moderate.
June 9 Benicia State Recreation Area, Benecia 3-5 miles. Easy or Moderate.
July 14 Las Trampas: Bollinger loop 2.2 miles, Easy or Moderate.
August 11 No Hike, Enjoy the summer


Twice a month, on the first Tuesday and the third Thursday, members gather to play Chinese mahjong, a game similar to gin rummy. Beginners can watch and learn until they feel comfortable enough to play.