Master Wan Ko Yee Day
MARCH 18-24, 2000 25
The Asian Times
Master Wan Ko Yee
SAN FRANCISCO – On this day, March 8, 2000, we do not know where Master Wan Ko Yee is. Although he is not in California, his outstanding accomplishments, remarkable contributions and high moral character have added luster to the State of California. Thus, the Governor of California has proclaimed March 8th as “Master Wan Ko Yee Day.” The City and County of San Francisco have also proclaimed this day in his honor. Only the most outstanding individual is able to be specially recognized by receiving two separate proclamations of this kind. These proclamations are not easily obtained. Only those with true abilities and outstanding attainments are able to receive them.
Master Wan Ko Yee is one of tremendous virtue whose talent and learning is unsurpassed in the present day world. He is a man of great knowledge who enjoys a high reputation throughout the world. Based upon his extraordinary accomplishments in the areas of Buddhism, the humanities, painting, calligraphy and ethics, the World Poets and Culture Congress, which is composed of 5,612 experts and scholars from 48 different countries and regions, selected Master Wan Ko Yee as the world’s only “Distinguished International Master.” The resolution conferring upon him this title was mailed to the People’s Republic of China and was made public in Hungary on September 15, 1994. The “Distinguished International Master” certificate was signed by the then President of the international Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
As stated, Master Wan Ko Yee is a man of profound learning and high morals. He has made a significant contribution to the cultural exchange between China and the United States. Based upon his overall accomplishments, the central government of the People’s Republic of China, representing the wishes of the people, built a museum in his honor. This is the only museum built by the government of the People’s Republic of China in honor of a person who is still alive. This museum has received the admiration and approval of cultural and academic institutions from all over the world. It is because he is a man of such preeminent distinction that the Governor of the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco have separately proclaimed March 8th as Master Wan Ko Yee day.
Master Wan Ko Yee, an accomplished artist, philosopher and scientist was awarded by Governor Gray Davis proclaiming March 8, 2000 as “Master Wan Ko Yee Day”.