Saturday, July 27, 2013

SCAS Alliance Member Seeking Help

Most SCAS members are aware of the tragic death of Taian (Andrew) Tian, 51, manager of New Dynasty Restaurant on South Tamiami Trail. Tian, a member of our alliance organization the Gulfcoast Chinese American Association, died on July 19 as a result of injuries sustained in an attack by three men who left the restaurant without paying their bill. A member of the SUR-13 gang in Manatee County has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the case.

He is survived by a 23-year-old son Beichen who is a 2nd year pharmacology student at Florida State University (Gainesville). A trust fund has been created to assist Beichen with completing his education and meeting medical costs. SCAS members who wish to contribute can send checks to The Andrew Tian Memorial Trust Fund. PO Box 21465 Sarasota 34231

Because Tian had been at New Dynasty for eight years and enjoyed conversing with customers, many people in our community had come to know him as a kind, gentle, and generous man with an upbeat sense of humor. Tian held a degree in engineering and immigrated from China in the early ‘90s in order to offer his son a bright future in the U.S. The Gulfcoast Chinese American Association has been closely associated with our twinning with Xiamen, China, even before it became one of our eight sister cities.

A memorial service celebrating Tian’s life will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 3 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1031 S. Euclid Ave, Sarasota