Cai Feng Ma’s family gathered around her to commemorate the milestone with a party at Chung Hok House, where she lives with other elderly residents.
Cllr Gary Millar and Cllr Frank Hont also attended along with staff from Chinese Wellbeing to celebrate this special occasion.
Ma was joined by members of her huge family, made up of four children, 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great grandchildren.
Her granddaughter and primary carer Lai Chen, 53, attributed Ma’s love of engaging in activities at Chung Hok House and Chinese opera to her long life.
She said: “Every Wednesday and Thursday, Ma loves to take part in activities with other residents such as chair exercises, which must keep her very healthy and young.”
“She also listens to a lot of Chinese opera in her spare time, which exercises her mind and keeps her focused.”
Originally from Taishan, Guangdong in China, Ma moved to Liverpool in 1988 to be with the rest of her family who had also travelled to the city.
Taishan is known as the “home of the overseas Chinese”, with around 1.3 million Taishanese people living overseas, distributed in 91 countries and regions.
While in China, Ma was a keen dressmaker and also worked on a farm so kept herself very active.
Lai added: “She always loved making her own clothes and even made her own underwear! She still wears some of the suits she made in the past to this day.”
Ma’s son Hung Hoi Chan, 77, described his mother as a “positive and happy woman”.
He said: “Ma is very open-minded with a very positive outlook on life. She just lets things go and doesn’t dwell on the past. That’s probably why she’s lived so long, as she doesn’t cling on to her worries.”
Lai added: “She never has any tantrums – Ma is incredibly easygoing, and has a lot of friends here at Chung Hok House that she loves to take part in communal activities with.
Not only that, she’s also very charitable and donates to any of the fantastic fundraising activities that Pine Court gets involved in.”
David Brown, Director of Operations at Pine Court Housing Association, said: “We were thrilled to host Ma’s 100th birthday party – she’s a lovely resident and it’s the least we could do to celebrate her long life.
Ma is a fantastic woman and is so involved at Chung Hok House that it was only right that we pull out all the stops for her birthday.”
Cllr Frank Hont said: “As a city council, we’ve worked with a lot of housing associations, and we’re delighted to work with one that does so much for a particular community and develops community relations like Pine Court.
Our city has one of the most well-established Chinese communities in the country, and days like this make our relationship all the more special and significant.
Happy birthday to Ma!”
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