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Welcome 2006 JACL National Convention

Volumn 13 Number 2


Voice of the Asian Chamber of Commerce

Serving Arizona the Grand Canyon State

June 15, 2006

APS Emerging Markets Leadership Forum ASU Asian Pacific American

By Ted Namba On May 23, 2006, APS held it's fourth Emerging Markets Leadership Forum hosting leaders from APS, business leaders of the Ethnic Chambers of Commerce and MWBE certifying agencies that support and promote opportunities for qualified and certified MWBEs. l- r: Miguel Bravo, Economic & Community Among the groups attending this breakfast forum Development, Art Othon, Dir., Community were: Grand Canyon Development, Jack Davis, Pres. & COO, Pinnacle West Minority Supplier Devel- Capital Corp; Pres. & CEO, APS Co., Ron Trafzer, Dir., opment Council, The Supply Chain Management, Robert Esquivel, Mgr, Greater Phoenix Black Supplier Diversity & Development Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Comnomic/Community Development organmerce, Associated Minority Contractors izations. He stated that APS builds relaof America, Chinese Chamber of Com- tionships with many diverse community merce/Chinese United Association of organizations which helps achieve APS' Greater Phoenix, United Latino Busi- goal of being a leader in championing ness Coalition and Disabled Veteran supplier diversity. He then presented the Business Enterprises Network. first "APS 2005 Diverse Business AnnuJack Davis, President and CEO of al Report" which is an outstanding comArizona Public Service Company pilation of statistics that demonstrates opened the forum by providing atten- APS' commitment to support and prodees with an overview of recent Arizona mote opportunities for qualified and cerCorporation Commission approval of tified MWBEs. the company's rate increase request. He One of the attendees at this form also discussed APS' future energy needs summed it up best, "Since this group to meet customer growth, including started two years ago, I've seen signifiAPS' use of renewable energy resources. cant change and progress. We're lookHe added that APS has met and will con- ing for the door to open wider, to protinue to meet one of the highest growing vide more opportunities for minority electric demands in the country. Finally, business. We're not looking for special he discussed that the outlook on fuel treatment, just a fair chance to compete." costs is that they have dropped signifi- APS is a company that welcomes comcantly from their January peak. He munity input and is committed to allowstressed, however, that these costs are ing any qualified minority business to quite volatile. compete for business at each part of its Robert Esquivel, Manager, APS Sup- supply chain. They now have proof of plier Diversity and Development dis- this commitment, with the impressive cussed the partnership between Supplier APS 2005 Diverse Business Annual Diversity and Development and Eco- Report.

Convocation Graduate's Message

By Dennis Hom The buildup to this graduation day has been painfully exhausting yet still tremendously exhilarating. It's been a lot of hard work and perseverance sprinkled with a bit of procrastination. It's been quite the mixed bag of emotions, feelings, and experiences. It's funny because I've been (front l-r): Judge Roxanne Song Ong, Jeri Kishiyama receiving a lot of mixed Auther. (Back l-r): Rhea Gomez, Dennis Hom, Carol messages spanning the Takao, Wei Li spectrum from wishes of good luck to sad without giving a special shout-out to moms goodbyes. I suppose it's a microcosm of ­ so for all the mothers in the room Happy what we live in today; always dealing with Mother's Day! And don't forget, dads are opposing forces. You can call it whatever good too. you like: the ying versus yang or good verMoving on, it's a real testament to all of sus evil. the graduates here today that they found that As young adults, we face it most preva- elusive balance during their college career ­ lently in our school career. How do we all well at least enough to graduate with a find the balance to where we don't fall to the degree. So here's to you graduates who disextreme one way or the other? Through tinguished yourself from the rest of the your family, through your friends, through world population and got yourself a college anyone and everyone who cares enough to degree. And as you stare at the vast emptigive you a piece of themselves ­ whether it ness you are grasping with your hand, don't be a smile to help brighten your day or look at it as nothingness ­ think of it as a spending endless hours conversing about cup that's filled with the elixir of life, it's the life. I know when I felt like the daily grind air you need when you lose your breathe. was going to drive me to insanity they were So instead of individually coming off the the ones who brought me back to sane stage and patting you all on the head for a measures. They were the ones who motivat- job well done or some other mockery of ed me to continue and never to lose sight of these ceremonies ­ I'm going to raise my my goals. In the end, you can have all the theoretical glass in the air to you the Class possessions money can buy, but hold the of 2006 and say "Cheers" for finding your things close to you that can never be bought balance. And if you ever need a shot of life, like your friends and family. And with a drink up. special holiday coming up, I would be amiss Related story page 5, pictures page 9

ASU's Honorary Degree Dinner Recipients Support the new American University

By Christine Anne Ong Phoenix, AZ--Arizona State University Honorary Degree recipients praised the headway ASU has already made in becoming the all-new American university. While ASU President Michael Crow paid homage to two outstanding individuals, the two honorees saluted ASU's development while under Crow's wing. "Never before have I seen a campus with the density of construction cranes as ASU," said Dr. Frank H. T. Rhodes, the President Emeritus of Cornell University. "I am delighted at the creativity of programs and their relevance to the institution and to the people of the state and far beyond." Since Rhodes himself graduated college in 1948, his career has catapulted him into the world of academia--so much so that he even wrote a book on what he envisioned higher education to be. The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University was its name and education for the masses its game. In his book, the England native links the quality of life experienced by Americans to the fundamental role of the American university. The American university, essentially, is a conceptualization of the ideal university--as sculpted by educational patrons such as Rhodes and practiced by college chieftains such as Crow. From this behemoth of a dream, springs forth a host of benefits. Rhodes, in his book, says, "It has been the foundation of growing national economic prosperity and manufacturing success, vast improvements in the products of agriculture and industry, and undreamed-of access to new means of communication. And beyond all those benefits, it has provided to successive generations the opportunity for meaningful careers, for service in a free society, and for access to the riches of human experience, aspiration and achievement." see ASU page 14 Crow, having read Rhodes' book, said the

Asian Chamber Participates in Phoenix College Education Event

The Education & Partnership Commission (EPC) of Phoenix College recently sponsored a panel discussion, entitled "Changing Roles of Leadership: Preparing Future Leaders." The panel consisted of Harry Garewal, Hispanic Chamber, Cody Williams, Black Chamber, Jeri Kishiyama Auther, Asian Chamber, Charles King, Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber, and Katie Pushor, Greater Phoenix Chamber. The event, an afternoon tea at the Phoenix Culinary Arts Café, consisted of each panelist giving a ten-minute presentation on their chamber's viewpoints on challenges and opportunities related to the topic of preparing future leaders. Most of the panelists stated that education was the key to leadership, and that changing technology was a key to understanding changing leadership roles. Jeri Kishiyama Auther reiterated that point and stated that Asian families need to encourage their children to enter professions where leadership is encouraged and developed, such as politics or corporate leadership. Often times Asian families encourage their children to enter the legal, medical, or engineering profession where the Asians are usually small business owners, not executives of Fortune 500 companies. Seeing Asians in leadership roles is the first step to nurturing future leaders of Asian ancestry. Jeri also stated that sometimes perceptions of Asians being the "model minority" isn't conducive to encouraging leadership because other nationalities do not recognize that Asians are excluded from leadership roles. The panelist answered questions after the presentation. All agreed that changing technology impact leadership roles and that education in business and in technology was necessary to continue leadership growth.


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Asian Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board Advisors

Choosin Bhandhusavee (Peoria) Bea Chaves (Phoenix) Calvin Choe (Phoenix) Patricia Ong Din (San Francisco) Jean Fernandez (Glendale) Craig Fujii (Gilbert) Les Gin (Phoenix) Patricia Wong Hall (Flagstaff) Marie Hanna (Tucson) Arlyn Herrera (SRP-Phoenix) Maria Hooker (Tucson) Claudia Kaercher (Phoenix) Luzviminda Kendrick (Hawaii) Donn Kong (Tempe) Dorothy Lew (Tucson) Dr. Richard Matsuishi (Glendale) Enrique Medina (Awatukee) Kim Miglorin (Scottsdale) Ted Namba (Glendale) Victor Ong (Phoenix) Nampet Panichpant (Los Angeles) Lydia Yasmeen Peera (Tucson) Pui Pongtractic (Phoenix) Lou Ann Tampos (Mesa) Molly Woon Stilley (Flagstaff) Wilmot Wickramasuriya (Tucson) Sin Vilay (Scottsdale) Evelyn Yanagihashi (Tucson) Marian Yim (Phoenix) Andrias Yose (Singapore) Edward Yue (Phoenix)

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Will Auther Awarded Black Belt

Will Auther, the 15-year old son of Jeri Kishiyama Auther, received his black belt from Master Jinheng Li of World Martial Arts in Phoenix. Will, an honor student at Sunnyslope High School, has been training in traditional Chinese martial arts (wu shu) since 2001. Wu shu consists of the traditional forms of Chinese martial arts as well as leg work, tumbling, self-defense, and set sparring. The standard empty hand forms consist of Combination, Beijing Short Form, Nanquan, Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Trigram Palm), Xing Yi, 24 Yang Style Tai Chi Quan, and 32 Longfist. The weapons forms consist of 32 Spear, 32 Staff, 32 Broad Sword, 32 Straight Sword, and Chain Whip. In addition to mastering these standard forms, Will also learned kicking techniques, butterfly kicks, tornado kicks, and outside jumping kicks. During his five years of training, Will was able to increase his flexibility and stamina, as well as increased concentration and mental stamina. "Wu shu has helped me be a better athlete and a better student," Will stated after his black belt test. When asked about his instruction, Will responded, "I had the best teachers in Phoenix at World Martial Arts." Will's primary instructor is Master Jinheng Li, began his training in martial arts at age 11, eventually becoming one of the senior members of the Beijing Wu Shu Team. Master Li, named one of the five "Pioneers of Beijing Wu Shu" by Kung Fu magazine (May 1998

Will Auther with Master Jinheng Li issue), is known as the "King of the Rope Dart." Master Li trained with Li Lian Ji (better known as Jet Li), under the tutelage of worldrenowned Wu Bin. Master Li is an internationally acclaimed Chinese martial arts expert in many styles of martial arts, including Tai Chi, Wu Shu, and Kung Fu (both traditional and modern forms). Will's other teachers include Sifu Sean Squires and Sifu Carlos Miranda. Will plans on continuing his martial arts training and is currently learning compulsory competition wu shu forms as well as San Soo Do from Sifu Miranda. World Martial Arts is located at 2028 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Master Li can be reached at

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President's Message Hello Everyone! I want to start out by welcoming Catholic Social Services and Jane Moore as our newest members and thank them for joining. We hope you will feel free to send your input and participate in our events. Speaking of events, this month the Japanese American Citizens League Arizona Chapter will host their 2006 National Convention here at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. Congratulations to all the delegates and we at Asian Chamber hope you will have a great time here and enjoy yourselves and leave with fond memories of Phoenix and Arizona. Also as a reminder, on July 20th we will host Asian Pacific Night at Chase Field sponsored by Arizona Department of Health Services and we will feature again our Inhale Life Singers who will sing the National Anthem. Our community will participate in many activities including the Ketchup, Mustard, Relish Race, Security Kid, pregame entertainment and a worthy community VIP to toss the ceremonial first pitch. We will also feature the Thomas Tang Post 50 Honor Guard. So I hope everyone will come out and support APA Night at Chase and help us continue to show that we are as American as everyone else. I hope all of you out there are enjoying the summer and relaxing in the shade! The time is going by so quickly and soon another year will be flying by. Asian Chamber celebrated quietly our anniversary last month, it just came so suddently that there was no time to plan or celelbrate, but then everyday is a celebration... Rocky Tang.

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Ageless Heroes Luncheon

By Jeri Kishiyama Auther I attended the annual "Ageless Heroes" lunch at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on April 25, 2006. The lunch, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the Arizona Republic, is in its ninth year of honoring seniors in the community. This year, the honorary Ageless Heroes are Hugh and Ruth Downs, longtime Arizona residents. This year more than 200 seniors were nominated in six different categories by family or friends. The finalists were selected by a panel of community judges from around the state. The Ageless Heroes have an extraordinary commitment to giving something back to and leaving the world a better place, by staying active and involved. The Ageless Heroes for 2006 are: Nancy Carpenter,71, Against the Odds Ageless Hero: Nancy was once confined to a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis. She fought her way back to health through diet, exercise, and a positive attitude. Nancy volunteers daily with children in the Cave Creek School District through the Kiwanis reading and tutoring program. She also advises kids in two elementary schools along with a middle school Builder's Club. Jesse Pergrin, P.N., Ph.D, 80, Champion for Health Ageless Hero: Dr. Pergrin is retired from the teaching program at the University of Arizona. She is an expert in the field of Alzheimer's and related dementia. Dr. Pergrin facilitates support groups, teaching families and caregivers to increase their understanding of Alzheimer's disease and to learn effective coping techniques. Martina Watkins, 93, Community Involvement Ageless Hero: Martina spends her time helping those in the community who are less fortunate. She mops, vacuums, does dishes, and weeds gardens for those who are unable to do these things for themselves. At Interfaith Cooperative, she sorts through clothing and food donations. At her church, she arranges meals for grieving families. She also delivers food boxes from a local food bank to housebound seniors. Toni Dimond, 78, Creative Expressions Ageless Hero: After 35 years in the medical field, Toni Dimond retired and then began piano lessons. She also recently learned how to play the accordion. She is currently the director and accompanist for the Tempe Looney Tooner Kitchen Band, comprised of 18 seniors. The band performs at nursing homes and adult care centers. Toni is also an Audrey's Angel. As an angel, she shares her gift of music with seniors who need special care and attention. Rose Gottlieb, 82, Love of Learning Ageless Hero: Rose achieved her lifelong dream at 72 when she graduated from Pima Community College with a Liberal Arts degree. She spent a few years teaching conversational English to English-assecond-language students. She also taught knitting for the blind. For the past few years she has helped teach bedside manners and proper diagnosis to medical students through a role-playing program called Preparation for Clinical M Medicine. Rose also participates in SAGE -- Seniors' Achievement & Growth through Education ­ by attending up to five classes a week and teaching a class about humor. Estelle Frendberg, 93, Vigor and Vitality Ageless Hero: At the age of 93, Estelle continues daily workouts and constantly pushes herself. At the 2005 National Senior Olympics, Estelle set a new world record in the 800-meter run in her age group. She also competes in race walking in the Senior Olympics. Estelle even inspired her daughter Joan, to work out daily. Joan, who was out of shape and overweight, now helps to contribute to Estelle's medal collection. The Ageless Heroes are an inspiration to me and to the others sitting at our table. Our own Mas Inoshita was an Ageless hero in (need date Madeline and category). It's an honor to go the lunch and see seniors who don't let age slow them down a bit.

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Book Preview: Food for the Journey

A book of essays By Father Emery R. Tang

"What did all of the ten WWII Japanese American internment camps have in common?"

By Claudia Kaercher For the first time in Arizona, on Friday, June 23, 2006, "The CAMP DANCE: The MUSIC AND THE MEMORIES," a musical featuring songs from the 1940's and stories from the Japanese American WWII internment camp dances, will be brought to you by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 2006 Biennial National Convention held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa ­ Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Arizona. The musical show is presented by the Los Angeles-based Grateful Crane Ensemble and written by Soji Kashiwagi, with musical direction by Scott Nagatani. "The purpose of our show CAMP DANCE is to honor and pay tribute to our Nisei generation as we take them back some 60 years to the floor of the internment camp dance. The idea of the Camp Dance came about when I realized that all ten camps that were located in different States, had dances; it was the one thing they all had in common, and what better way to bring together music, comedy, drama and nostalgia then on the floor of the camp dance?" said Soji Kashiwagi, playwright of "Camp Dance." "The word "dance" became a metaphor for how the Nisei survived camp by "dancing" up a dust storm, despite the fact that they were incarcerated in the middle of one," said Soji Kashiwagi. Camp Dance has been a sell-out from when it first premiered in 2003. In October 2004, Camp Dance was brought to Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center. It was held in an actual internment camp, in the same auditorium where the actual camp dances were held 60 years ago. Mary Kageyama Nomura known as" The Songbird of Manzanar" returned once again to sing at the same stage this time as a free woman.

Saying it with Flowers

"Look at the flowers," Jesus said (Lk 12:27) "Here, take these to school," my mother said, handing me and my sisters large bundles of spicy-scented roses wrapped in cones of newspaper. We were third-and fourthgraders off to school, laden with these sweet gifts for our teachers. And Sister Jamesine, whom I adored, would reach for the bundle, bury her delicate nose into the blooms and, with an appreciative squeeze for me - the part Blessed with faith, family & friends. I liked - gush her grateful pleasure. What will this boy become? It was a nice way to start the day. When I recall these childhood experiences I am Lovers would have to express in their own forced to consider what possible reason Mom bumbling words their affection for one might have had in sending me to school with another without an armful of crimson roses. this substitute of an apple for the teacher. Did As children, my siblings and I would have she think I needed to win Sister's favor to gone to school and ground away at our books maintain my academic status with a sweet- without the benefit of the color and fragrance smelling bribe? that filled the classroom from the bouquets As I reflect on her entire life, Mom was a we brought, courtesy of Mom. giver, ever thoughtful and generous. Not Love is the reason behind anything I do to only gifts of flowers but of cakes, cookies, bring pleasure and happiness into someone's embroideries and, in fact, whole Chinese din- life. Everything that God has done and, ners. She delighted in surprising others with moment by moment, continues to do in my taste treats, which won her the title of life, is for my enjoyment and good. It is love "World's Best Cook." in action. How do I know? Because God is But it was her magnificent obsession with Love. (1 Jn 4:8) flowers that set her apart. In spite of the The use of the word "love" here is not a fierce Arizona heat, she managed to fill our verb as in "God loves." That could imply that half-acre with every kind of vegetable and God might act for reasons other than love fruit tree, along with large plots of hot orange and even stop loving at some point. Rather, and yellow zinnias and marigolds, spicy love is the very definition or synonym of stocks, perky snapdragons, rosette portula- God, God's other name. Love is God's very cas, elegant tuberoses, bright-eyed daisies - essence. This means that it is impossible for all embedded in fluffy, bouncy alyssum. God to stop loving or to do the opposite, that These images are indelibly fixed in my mem- is, to hurt or despise or destroy. ory today, even as I plant the cousins of all This truth is why Paul assured the Ephthese flowers in my own garden. esians, "God loved us with so much love he It was the five-plot rose garden, however, was generous with his mercy. When we were in the grass center of our oval-shaped drive- dead through our sins, he did not condemn way that was mom's real pride. I can still pic- us. He brought us to life with Christ. It is ture the dozen bushes in each plot, which through grace (God's free gift of love) we yielded the glorious, prize-winning blooms have been given a place with him in heaven... which we bundled off to school. We are God's work of art, created in Jesus All the flowers of all the years are long Christ to live the good life, as from the begingone. And yet the memory of them and their ning he has meant us to live it." (Eph.2:4-10) effect linger like a long-lasting heavenly fraNow it's clearer to me why gardenias are grance. so intoxicating, why orchid leis welcome the stranger with fragrance, and garlands of tiny The loveliness of flowers in my life is a roses crown lovely brides. "Have you constant reminder of God's marvelous cre- noticed the flowers?" God seems to be askativity and never-ending thoughtfulness and ing. "Have you smelled the perfume? I did it care. Blossoms show me that with each for you. If you like it, I'm glad." "ohhh" and "ahhh" I breathe, God the unseen No doubt Jesus was thinking of how Creator is somewhere in the wings, smiling enthralled we would be when he urged, "look at my pleasure. And that must apply even to at the flowers - the lilies and poppies which those who are unaware that there is a God at carpet the Galilean hills in springtime - look all or who blindly deny he exists. How can at them closely, be amazed at their exquisite anyone think that beauty such as this just coloring, drink in their heady fragrance, happened by chance? touch and feel their unmatchable texture A world without flowers would be empty here today and gone tomorrow." (Lk 12:27) of their delicious perfume, wondrous rainIt seems so extravagant, yet he goes on to bow hues and perfect shapes, and our eager, explain, "If your Father lavishes such tender springtime anticipation of their arrival in care on these gorgeous short-lived little cretight buds. How empty the world would be ations, how do you think he will care for without the delicate, heady aroma of peach you? You are worth so much more than the and cherry, almond and plum, orange and lovely flowers. Can't you see how precious apple blossoms that foretell the coming har- you are to him?" (Lk 12:24 passim) . vest of juice-laden fruit of every kind. NeiNow it can be told: FTD Florists cribbed ther would there be the mouth-watering, from the Scriptures when they coined the slonutritious gold of honey gathered by tireless, gan: "Say It With Flowers." After all, with busy bees. each flower God is saying, "I love you."

Haruye and Kurt `Swingin' "The show has a universal, crossover appeal and that non-Japanese Americans can enjoy the music, stories and message as much as Japanese Americans do. Camp Dance has become much more than just a show. This is our community's story, and the Nisei's lives come to life on stage, transporting them back to their youth, and so many good memories. This is our gift to them for all they have done for us," said Soji Kashiwagi. And now you know the answer to the question is DANCE. You do not need to be a member of JACL to get your CAMP DANCE tickets. This is your chance to experience the joys that took place at the camp dances, so please join us. For information and TICKETS ($25.00 per person) please contact: Jeri Kishiyama Auther ­ (602) 9970857 Claudia DLG Fajardo Kaercher ­ (602) 244-8121


Long Beach: Long on Fun

A few of the Arizona Gila Dragons joined forces with their sister team, the LA Thunderdragons to compete in an exhibition dragon boat race in Long Beach, CA on May 14, 2006. With the help of the Gilas, the mixed team captured the bronze medals in all events, which included a 500m and 250m finals race. The exhibition race put on by Dr. Howard Chen, President of the International Culture Exchange Association, attracted approximately thirty teams in the Southern California region. The Arizona Gila Dragons and the LA Thunderdragons raced with the best of the competitive teams to prepare the bigger Long Beach dragon boat race to be held on July 29-30 that will attract close to 100 teams from all around North America. The Arizona Dragon Boat Association is looking to send two teams to the Long Beach, CA dragon boat race to be held at Marine Stadium in July. There are still openings on the recreational team if anyone is interested in paddling in a dragon boat. The Long Beach races are an excellent opportunity to see what dragon boating is all about and to learn about the history and culture of Chinese dragon boat racing. If interested, please visit or There are other upcoming dragon boat races besides Long Beach, so if anyone is interested or cannot make it to Long Beach but would like to try other races, contact

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and race information can be obtained by visiting either of the mentioned websites. Not only is the AZDBA looking to send dragon boat teams to Long Beach, CA, but also they have just held their annual elections for positions on the Board. With a lot of new faces, come a lot of new ideas as well. The AZDBA is looking for more members, even if they don't want to paddle, to help in some of these innovative ideas. Dedication of time spent on cultural rewarding events surrounding dragon boating and the community, requires several planners, organizers, and members. If anyone is interested in helping in any of these cultural or community events, they can visit for details.

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The Class of 2006 leaves ASU

By Sophia Swangaroon campus. He did a great job It's that time again! It's with sharing his experiences time to say goodbye to those at ASU and gives his advice who worked hard and watch to the rest of his fellow gradthem enter the real world. uates. Hats off to you, DenThat's right...The Asian nis. Good Luck in Tucson! Convocation. The We also had the honor of Asian/Asian Pacific Ameripresenting the first minority can Students' Coalition (AAfemale to be the presiding PASC) has done it again for Judge of the City of the fifth time. With all the Phoenix. Judge Roxanne hard work and time with Song Ong truly showed how planning, it all paid off in the much she has been through end. to get to where she is now. The Asian Convocation It opened the eyes of all who this year occurred on Saturwere involved in this event. day May 13. With eleven Sophia Swangaroon presents As a change for this year, graduates and all their carved Buddha to Dean Jones we allowed each graduate to friends and family, we were appoint a mentor to put the able to fill the ballroom at Old Main easily. stole around their neck on stage. It was a Our dignitaries this year included Channel 10 very intimate part of the ceremony and I'm news broadcaster Tammy Vo as our emcee sure the mentors felt much appreciated with and Judge Roxanne Song Ong as our keynote the graduates. This is also a time for the speaker. graduates to thank everyone and share what The program started with a nice big bang they will be doing next. from the Fuschiko Daiko Taiko drummers as AAPASC presented a Buddha carved the processional begins. Tammy Vo gave us from wood to the Multicultural Students Sera wonderful welcome and to congratulate all vices from the Class of 2006 for always the graduates. Assistant Dean Alonzo Jones being a great support system. The Buddha was honored to be able to speak on behalf of symbolizes compassion and enlightenment. the Multicultural Students Services. He We, as the Coalition, would like to thank makes it so clear to the graduates how influ- everyone who helped make this event possiential they are and will be in the coming fu- ble. We would also like to thank those who ture. He always inspires us all with his came to support the graduates. This year's words of wisdom. convocation was once again a success and This year's student speaker was Dennis hope to see everyone next year as the Class Hom. He was an officer of the Coalition and of 2007 takes the step to enter the `real was also involved in many other programs on world.' Pictures page 9

Pastoral Care Challenge Includes Cultural Conflict, Language Barrier

By Peter Tran TUCSON, AZ ­ For Father Kim Seungwook, his ministry to his tiny flock of Korean immigrants in Tucson "is not difficult," but cultural differences pose a challenge for him to provide an effective ministry. Father Kim runs the Korean Catholic Community, a tiny "mission" for people of Korean origin, at Habino Canyon Road in Tucson. His bishop in Inchoen diocese, South Korea, sent him here to provide pastoral care to Korean Catholics. His parish community has about 60 people, some of whom are students at the University of Arizona. The adults are employed in companies or in the university, while others own small businesses, said the priest who has been in the United States since November 2003. The first generation of Korean immigrants has difficulties with cultural differences, said the priest. One of the major difficulties, he explained, is that "we have our own language and culture." When parents tell their children what they "have to do," they expect obedience from their children, he said, adding that back in their home country, children would listen to the parents' commands. But young people think differently here, the priest said. Taking dating for example, young Korean people would go out on a date and do what they want to do, the priest said, recalling what parents had told him. Young people feel they have their freedom to do what they want, he added. The parents "don't understand that," he explained. How could they handle such differences without losing a sense of control of being a parent? "Parents have their own culture. Children also have their own culture. This is a problem ­ a clash of cultures," Father Kim said. "We have two important festivals that are part of our tradition. One is the Lunar New Year and the other is Chusuk, or a harvest thanksgiving festival. Lunar New Year falls in late January or in February, and Chusuk is in the middle of August," he said. These two celebrations are closely associated with Korean culture in the way of celebrating a new beginning and a thanksgiving for the harvest. "They are two big holidays for us," the priest explained. But it is difficult to celebrate these two holidays in the United States, he said. These two celebrations seem to have no meaning here as the days fall on weekdays and people either go to work and children go to school. "It is difficult to practice. The social emotion does not have the same impact as in Korea," he said. "How could you celebrate when the festival is not celebrated by the people from the whole country?" he asked. Another major problem that this first generation of immigrants face is a language barrier, said the priest. Some of the housewives stay at home to take care of their children and the household while their husbands go to work, he said. They have a problem "like me," he said in carrying out conversation in English. He said he can sympathize with Hispanic parents who do not speak English. "Parents speak Korean, but the children speak English back to them," he said. Father Kim, who says Mass for his flock on Sunday and weekdays, also teaches catechism to adults and children. He said, "I also conduct First Communion classes for children. They are about nine or 10 years old and they don't understand the Korean words," he lamented. Language also transmits culture and traditions, but the priest was wondering how the Korean children would grow in their own culture when they lose comprehension of their lifestyle that is transmitted in language. According the U.S. Census Bureau report in 2004, Koreans, those who mark their origin as "Korean" numbered 1,190,353 in 2000, an increase of 353,366 since 1990. With the approximate number 1.2 million people the United States, Korean Americans rank fourth among the Asian population. California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington are the states with the largest populations of Korean Americans. Arizona had 5,863 Korean Americans in 1990, but the number increased to 9,123 in 2000, a change of 55.6 percent, according to the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization.

Book of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II Review: Dear Miss Breed True Stories

and a Librarian Who Made a Difference; by Joanne Oppenheim. By Ted Namba "Dear Miss Breed" is a book published in February of this year that I first learned about at last month's JACL PSWD meeting in Los Angeles. Promoting the book was Babe Karasawa from Clara Breed SELANOCO Chapter who happens to have a daughter who I remember from undergrad days at UC Irvine. Babe made the book sound promising but I must admit that when I stayed up until 2 AM to finish reading the book, "Dear Miss Breed" is much better than I ever imagined. "Dear Miss Breed" tells the true story of a San Diego librarian, Clara Breed, who was a favorite of Nisei children in pre-WW II San Diego as she worked in a library very near the JA community of that city. She was a librarian that many of the local JA children enjoyed visiting with and always made time to chat with them as they borrowed library books from the children's section of the library. After Pearl Harbor, it became clear that JAs from the West Coast would be sent to relocation centers throughout the country. Most San Diego JAs were first sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center where they were housed in horse stables for approximately six months. Miss Breed went to the San Diego train station the day JAs were sent to Santa Anita and gave many of the young JAs post cards so that they could keep in touch with her during their trials and tribulations in assembly centers and relocation centers during WW II. The title of the book, "Dear Miss Breed," is named after the first sentence in the numerous letters written to Miss Breed by young students that treasured her friendship for a lifetime. "Dear Miss Breed" is a unique description of life for JAs during WW II for JAs in assembly centers and relocation centers because it focuses on actual letters written to this San Diego librarian first from Santa Anita and later, Poston III, where most San Diego JAs were sent after their stay at Santa Anita. This book accurately tells the history of JAs in the ten relocation centers and gives

a vivid description of life in Poston for young school aged children. Miss Breed kept in close correspondence with her students in Poston and sent books to them so they could start their own camp library. She used her own funds to send Christmas and other holiday gifts to her former students in Camp and spoke out in support of the JAs during a time when mass hysteria caused many Americans to distrust the loyalty of JAs to America. Miss Breed was the only friend outside of camp for these students and she would purchase clothing, candy and other items for these students, often walking across the street from her library to the post office on a daily basis to keep up with her JA students' requests. Joanne Oppenheim has taken an interesting approach in sharing the JA experience with readers by focusing on letters that young students wrote to their favorite librarian back home during harsh times at both Santa Anita and Poston. In many ways, "Dear Miss Breed" may be the best way to share the JA WW II experience with middle and high school students as the letters leave a personal touch to the story; yet there are plenty of accurate historical references about WW II events that affected the JA community. Even if you have read every book about life in Camps for JAs, Miss Breed's story just may move up the list and become your favorite book on this topic...everyone should read "Dear Miss Breed."


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June 15, 2006

Periscope Potpourri

By Christine Anne Ong Not all stereotypes are bad. But there are some stereotypes that are easily gainsay, if at the very least ill-grounded. The wide belief that Asians are inherently Christine smarter than the rest of Anne Ong the populace is one of those stereotypes. If you, yourself are Asian, it is likely that you have been the target of such a stereotype. "You're Asian, so you must be smart." Asians, at times, hide behind this cloak of comfort by way of association. Still, some use the stereotype to make up for their own deficiencies. "If only I were Asian, then I would be smart." Although some might say that genetics is the driving force of Asians' incomparable IQ, as history shows, there is something much deeper than a genetic code guiding Asian achievements. As has traditionally been the case, minority groups often find themselves crossing swords with the outnumbering majority. Within the Asian American context, in particular, the educational stratum has been one of the winding roads Asians have wandered. In the 1960s student strikes at San Francisco State University and later University of California, Berkeley brought about the firstever Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies programs. These two victories were the first of many more to come. Prior to these landmark events, Asians fought mechanisms of hatred and exclusion in education. Institutional discrimination prevented Asians in some parts of the country from attending certain schools. And, though some tried to shackle Asians' from fair and equal educational opportunities, Asians fought the obstructions and did so successfully. But, you rarely, if ever, hear about the head-on collisions Asians have had when dealing with educational equality in America. Sure, the African Americans were racially segregated during the 1960s, but so were Asian Americans. The only difference is that Asians have risen above the incongruities in the system and have all but used the defiance they encountered as an excuse. Turning their reaction to the injustices into a constructive action, Asians rendered education of paramount importance. The rest is, as they say, history. Comprising only four percent of the face of America, Asians make up 20 percent of the Ivy League school enrollment lists, according to a story covered by ABC News. According to the most recent U.S. census, nearly 90 percent of all Asian Americans 25 years of age and older graduate from high school. And, around 50 percent of Asians 25 and older hold a bachelor's degree. Almost 20 percent of Asians 25 and older have an advanced degree. And, though it is common for Asians to receive some of the highest test scores and GPAs, this does not hold true for all Asians. For every Chinese American or South Asian who has a college degree, the same number of Southeast Asians are still struggling to adapt to their lives in the U.S. For example, Vietnamese Americans only have a college degree attainment rate of 16%, only about one-quarter the rate for other Asian American ethnic groups. Further, Laotians, Cambodians, and Khmer only have rates around 5%. The cultural stereotype that "all Asians are smart" puts a tremendous amount of pressure on many Asian Americans. Many, particularly Southeast Asians, are not able to conform to this unrealistic expectation and in fact, have the highest high school dropout rates in the country. Again, not all Asian Americans are the same. Those Asian Americans who are struggling tend to be immigrants who have limited English proficiency. More than half, 60 percent, of all Asian Americans are immigrants. Most are relatively fluent in English but a large portion are not. Therefore, similar to other immigrant minority groups, Asian Americans still have a need for bilingual education that is also culturally sensitive to their immigration experiences and family situations. For many of these recent Asian American immigrant families, the right to a formal education and all the trappings of school life for their children are very new concepts. It is common for Asian American children to quickly assimilate their peers' norms about socializing, homework, growing sense of independence, and other activities surrounding school. But, for the most part, Asian families by way of culture, despite linguistic or cultural sensitivities, place a high emphasis on education. It is that desire and love for education that is passed on from generation to generation that truly demarks a sense of educational success. Asians, as a culture, greatly respect teachers and the greater good of getting an education and later putting that education to use. Many families teach their children that educational success will lead to eventual economic fulfillment and, in turn, happiness. Soo Kim Abboud told Voice of America back in December 2005 she considers herself fortunate that she was raised in an Asian family. Being raised here in the United States, she says, was another advantage. "I think the American culture is wonderful," Soo says. "It promotes creativity, independence and emotional development. I think the key here is to get the best of the American culture. You also have to embrace and keep what's made the Asian cultures so special: the discipline, the ability to delay gratification and emphasis on education. I think the two of those together is probably the best combination you can have. And, though money cannot buy happiness, education, as believed by the Asian culture, is the basis from which all fortune stems from. Congratulations to Dennis Hom from your "other family," Madeline Ong-Sakata and grandsons Josh, 6 years old and Matthew 8 years old. Dennis was the graduate speaker at the ASU Asian Pacific American Convocation last month, graduating magna cum laude. Asian Chamber et al wish you success and happiness in your career and your move to Tucson. Come home and visit us often!

Pacific Islander, always...

On May 21, 2006, friends and family joined together in Phoenix to bid farewell to a wellrespected leader, Herman Sani Claudia Lavata`i. Kaercher Uncle Herman (as he is known) to Pacific Islanders and Native Americans in Phoenix has moved Uncle Herman and daughter Natalie to Las Vegas, Nevada because of bid farewell to friends and family in employment. He will be greatly missed Arizona by all of us. Uncle Herman was born in Honolulu, Tahitian, New Zealand, Native American O'ahu, Hawai'i of Samoan American cultural entertainment), and member of parents from American Samoa and was Restored Spirits and Cultural Symphony. raised in San Francisco and San Jose, Uncle Herman and his group have perCalifornia. formed for the Asian Chamber of ComUncle Herman is a busy man with a merce ­ Lunar Banquets. big heart. Uncle Herman is a father of two beauWhen he conducted cultural events, tiful daughters, Natalie Megan LeiAloha, you went on a journey with him, which who will be attending University of Honliterally touched all of your senses: you olulu, in Manoa, Oah'u, and Britney saw the sights, heard the sounds of Julie Fetolofa'i, who is attending laughter and music, saw the tears and felt Brigham Young University in Provo, the pain, smelled the air, and the tasted Utah. His daughters are of Samoan, the food that was served. He was a won- Navajo, and English heritage. derful speaker. "Arizona has been good to me...I Uncle Herman served on many Poly- have experienced many wonderful things nesian and Native American planning while living and working in Phoenix, committees in the Valley. To name a few, Arizona. I am so grateful for the many he was founder and director of the Open- peoples I have met in my lifetime, the ing Ceremonies and Kokua Community families and friends that have enriched Awards for the Arizona Aloha Festival me and my family over the for nine years, served as chairman for the years...thanks Phoenix and so many 2004 Arizona Pacific Islander Education friends and family for making life in AriFair, conducted and facilitated profes- zona a beautiful place to live and grow sional training and development for in," said Uncle Herman. many Native American Tribes across the Ia fa'afetai tele lava (thank you very United States, member of the Native much) and Aloha `oe (until we meet Indian Education Association (NIEA) again). and Arizona Indian Education AssociaAsian Chamber wishes to thank Hertion (AIEA), founder and director of man for making our Lunar New Year Lokahi O Phoenix (Hawai'ian, Samoan, Celebrations special...come visit often...

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MCCCD Chancellor Appoints Phoenix College President

(PHOENIX, Ariz., May 1, 2006) ­ Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Rufus Glasper, officially appointed Dr. Anna Solley as President of Phoenix College during a Governing Board meeting Tuesday, recommendations of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to renew PC's accreditation and our leadership set, Phoenix College moves confidently into its eighty-sixth year of serving the citizens of our city. The appointment by Maricopa Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper follows numerous meetings with College faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to discuss the desired and necessary attributes of the next Phoenix College president. We are confident that Dr. Glasper found those qualities in Dr. Solley." Prior to accepting the assignment as acting president of Phoenix College, Dr. Solley served as Maricopa's Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She has worked in the Maricopa Colleges for 30 years, starting in 1976 as Director of the Learning Assistance Center at Glendale Community College. From 1981 to 1989, she served as founding faculty member and division chair for Communications and Fine Arts at South Mountain Community College. She served as founding Dean of Instruction and Student Services at Estrella Mountain Community College from 1989 to 2000. She has also been a kindergarten, special education, and elementary school teacher. She is a member of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education and the Phoenix Community Alliance. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Leadership Development and the Advisory Board for Arizona Woman. She is Founding President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs. She also serves as a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and as the Maricopa Representative for the League for Innovation in the Community College. She was recognized in 1999 as the Outstanding Woman Leader at Estrella Mountain Community College and as an Outstanding Maricopa Employee by the Maricopa Foundation. Dr. Solley earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Master's in Special Education, and Doctor of Education in Higher and Adult Education at Arizona State University.

How Can I Keep More of My Mutual Fund Profits?

Provisions in the tax law allow you to pay lower capital gains taxes on the sale of assets held more than one year. The maximum long-term capital gains tax rate is 15 percent (10 percent for individuals in the 10 or 15 percent tax bracket). Short-term gains -- those resulting from the sale of assets held less than one year -- are still taxed at your marginal income tax rate. This means that if you've been buying shares in a stock or mutual funds over the years and are considering selling part of your holdings, your tax liability could be significantly impacted by the timing of your sale. The main pitfall for most investors is the IRS's "first-in, first-out" policy. Simply stated, this means the IRS assumes that the first shares you sell are the first shares you purchased. Thus, the first shares in become the first shares out. As a result, if the value of your shares has appreciated, more of the money you receive from the sale will be considered taxable as a capital gain. Fortunately, there is an alternative. When you place a sell order, instruct your broker or mutual fund transfer agent to sell those shares that you purchased for the highest amount of money. This will reduce the percentage of the proceeds of the sale that can be considered capital gain and is therefore taxable. In order for this strategy to work, you must specify exactly which shares you are selling and when they were originally purchased. Ask your broker to send you a transaction confirmation that identifies by purchase date the shares you want to trade. This will enable you to minimize your taxable gain and maximize your deductible losses when you fill out your tax return. In some cases, you may be better off selling the first shares you purchased even if this results in a larger gain. If the first shares are subject to the 15 percent longterm capital gains rate, but the recently purchased shares are subject to a higher, shortterm rate, the correct choice may not be obvious. Always consult with a tax professional. Some transfer agents for no-load mutual funds will not go through the trouble of isolating by purchase date the shares you want to sell. That doesn't necessarily mean you are stuck with the first-in, first-out computation. By carefully reviewing your brokerage statements, you can determine which shares you paid the most for. You can then specify exactly which shares you'd like to sell. A word to the wise: Make this request in writing. If the IRS calls the transaction into question, the burden of proof is on you. Finally, the IRS also allows you to calculate your tax basis by taking the average cost of all your shares. On an appreciating asset, this will result in a lower tax liability than the first-in, first-out rule would dictate. Be aware, though, that if you elect to average, you must continue to average for any subsequent sales. You don't have to stick with share identification for future transactions. Either way, you may end up with a lower tax liability from the sale of your shares than the IRS would assume using the first-in, first-out rule. The value of stock and mutual funds fluctuates so that, when sold, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Mutual funds are sold only by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest. "This article appears courtesy of Ken Ihori. Ken Ihori is a Registered Representative with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and MetLife Securities Inc. He specializes in meeting the individual insurance and financial services needs of people in the community. You can reach Ken at his office at (480) 890-0688 ext. 181. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company/MetLife Securities Inc., One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010"

Dr. Anna Solley

April 25, 2006. Dr. Solley has been acting president of the institution since January 2005. With a sincere commitment to teaching, learning and student success, she has vowed to "return Phoenix College to prominence as the best urban community college in the nation." Since her arrival she has provided outstanding leadership in many areas: a renewed 10-year college accreditation, new mission and vision statements, strategic planning efforts, support for faculty development, an Employee Recognition Program ­ Caught in the Act of Basic Excellence, PC Downtown partnerships, and formation of the Raul Castro Institute. Additionally she has solidified partnerships with various government, community and educational entities which in return have exposed students to signature events like the Arizona Supreme Court Investiture Ceremony for Justice W. Scott Bales, a Government Policy Forum with Governor Janet Napolitano, and a Forum on Higher Education with Representative Laura Knaperek and Senator Linda Gray. Phoenix College has also played host to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) Youth Leadership Fair, Historically Black College and University Fair, Latin American Film Festival, Annual Native American College Fair, and the Vietnamese New Year Celebration/Miss "AoDai" 2006. During her tenure as acting president, Dr. Solley has been named as a "Latino Leader" by Latino Perspectives magazine and "an emerging Latino leader" by The Arizona Republic. "The Phoenix College community congratulates Dr. Anna Solley on her appointment as president, said Dennis Shaw, Phoenix College Faculty President. "With


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What could make the dog days of summer just a little bit better? Glendale's Hometown Fourth of July Celebration presented by APS. This year's event at Glendale Community College will be just as awesome as years past, with all the makings of that old-fashioned hometown Fourth of July picnic you remember from your childhood. The fun starts with free swimming at the GCC pool beginning at 1 p.m. Gates open for the event at 6 p.m., with free admission and free parking. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. and the fabulous fireworks spectacular is scheduled to begin at 8:40 p.m. Other highlights include country music by The Alston Sisters, an F-16 flyover, a kid's stage and delicious food and beverages. Bleacher seating is available inside the stadium, as well as acres of grass for blankets and lawn chairs throughout the college grounds and at Sahuaro Ranch Park. For those who would like reserved seating, umbrella tables are available for $60 for up to 6 people. Prizes will be given out to the best-decorated table. Call 623-930-2961 to reserve your table by June 27. For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 623-930-2299 or visit Glendale's Hometown Fourth of July Celebration is presented by APS and sponsored by Channel 3, The Arizona Republic and Kalil Bottling Co.

Craig Y. Fujii

Attorney at Law

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June 15, 2006

Photos Benny Yee Asian SUNews

2006 Terry Goddard Reception

Thomas Tang American Legion Post 50: Memorial Day

Submitted by Rocky Tang

June 15, 2006

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ASU Asian Pacific American Convocation 2006

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Free Hepatitis B Screening/Vaccination and Legal Assistance Services Come to the Community

On Saturday, June 24, 2006, Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA), partnering with Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Asian American Bar Association, will be hosting a hepatitis B screening/vaccination, tobacco use-prevention and legal fair at Mountain Park Health Center East Phoenix. The main purpose of the fair is to continue our effort to raise awareness among Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) on hepatitis A, B and C, especially hepatitis B and liver diseases, the most significant health disparity among APIs, and to link individuals having legal concerns with local non-profit assistance. Tobacco use prevention education and cessation services as well as effects of second-hand smoke will also be a key component of this effort. We found 7% of people had hepatitis B virus and over 40% of people didn't have immunity at our two hepatitis B awareness outreach efforts in 2005. According to Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, hepatitis B is a common infection in Asians. It is up to 150 times more common in Asians than in the general population of the United States. Liver expert Dr. Mark Wong from the Liver Disease Center of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix will give a presentation on hepatitis. Following his presentation, health experts will be on hand to provide free hepatitis B surface Ag (HbsAg) and hepatitis B surface Ab (HbsAb) screenings. Free vaccinations will also be provided. Dr. Philip Ku and other physicians in the valley will join Dr. Wong to provide free medical consultation. AHCCCS eligibility and application information will be available as well. Dr. Wong grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hepatology at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. His lecture at the event will provide information on what hepatitis A, B and C are. He will focus on hepatitis B and also include what kind of hepatitis B screening will be done at the health fair and what hepatitis B vaccinations and management are available. He will give the presentation in English and Chinese from 10:00 to 10:20 am. From 10:40 to 11:00 am the lecture will be English and Vietnamese, and from 11:20 to 11:40 am it will be English and Korean. Please come 15-20 minutes early for each presentation session to register. Hepatitis B virus is found in blood and other body fluids. It is 50 to 100 times more contagious than HIV. Many people are not aware that they have already been chronically infected with hepatitis B because many have no symptoms and feel perfectly healthy and even have normal blood tests for liver function. Without appropriate diagnosis, treatment or monitoring, 1 in 4 people with chronic hepatitis B (hepatitis B carriers) will die from liver cancer or failure. 80% of liver cancer in Asian Americans is caused by chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Liver cancer rates for APIs versus Caucasians is 13 times higher in Vietnamese Americans, 8 times higher in Korean Americans and 6 times higher in Chinese Americans. The blood tests (HBsAg and HBsAb) will assess whether people are already chronically infected with or protected against hepatitis B. The 3-shot vaccine can protect people from hepatitis B and the risk of liver cancer. All Asian Americans should be tested for hepatitis B virus and vaccinated if not previously exposed, and all chronic hepatitis B carriers need to learn about the management and treatments available for hepatitis B. Please come to the Fair to learn how to protect yourself and your families from hepatitis B. The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Mountain Park Health Center East Phoenix at 690 N. Cofco Center Court, Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85008, which is on the second floor of Gateway Medical Building and west of the Chinese Cultural Center. This event is sponsored by the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, Arizona Department of Health Services, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, Gilead Sciences Inc., Korean Cultural Center in AZ, Mountain Park Health Center, Roche Laboratories Inc., Sonora Quest Laboratories, and 99 Ranch Market.

Sowyoong Chan, site council chairman; Mayor Phil Gordon and Maggie Eng, senior center program supervisor. More than 600 senior citizens were honored by the city of Phoenix at a recent luncheon for volunteering at least 30 hours each in the past year at their respective senior centers. This year about 1,200 volunteers logged 145,136 hours at the city's 17 Human Services Department senior centers, equaling $747,450.40 in services. Through the city's senior programs, volunteers provide support services for older adults such as greeters and fund raisers, meal servers and office assistants, activities and trip planners, and teachers for various classes. "Because of the enthusiastic volunteer efforts of these seniors, the senior centers are able to offer more exciting, diverse and creative activities and programs," said Doris Marshall, Phoenix Human Services Department deputy director. The city's senior centers provide people 60 years or older and adults with disabilities with services including nutrition programs; noon meals; home delivered meals; educational opportunities; recreation and social activities; and information, referral, advocacy, transportation and counseling/casework services. A calendar of events and menus are available at each center. The luncheon, which included entertainment, was sponsored by the city's Human Services Department Senior Services Division.


Asian SUNews June 15, 2006

Chef Sy's culinary choice for June

By Bill Sy

Water and Hydration Facts

Now that temperaturs have risen in the Valley, during the summer one of the most important things we can do is hydrate properly. Here are some interesting facts about water and dizziness, confusion, headaches, abnormal heart rhythms, and fluid accumulation in the abdomen and/or lungs are some signs of dehydration. -Dehydration can happen much quicker when a person is physically exerted. -Fluid requirements vary for individuals. An example is that infants need more fluids than adults because their bodies maintain higher water content levels and their systems do not have the same water balance as adults. -For every pound an adult weighs it is recommended that they drink approximately 0.5oz of water daily. -Generally water replacement should be 1 liter (34oz.) of fluid for every 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) lost, or 16 ounces (2cups) for every pound lost. -Fruit juices, carbohydrate gels, sodas, coffee, alcohol and high-sugar sports drinks speed up dehydration by stimulating excessive urine production and/or decreasing the overall proper fluid intake levels. Dr. Yuan is a member of the Asian Chamber and can be reached at All Star Health, 480-833-4515 or 480-324-0244

Nectarine Custard Pie

3/4 cup (180 ml) sugar 1/3 cup (80 ml) all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground nutmeg 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream or half-and-half 4-5 nectarines, pitted and sliced into wedges 1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell Combine the sugar, flour, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl, stirring to combine well. Stir in the cream to make a thin, smooth mixture. Arrange the nectarine slices attractively in the pastry shell and pour in the liquid mixture. Bake in a preheated 400F (200C) oven for 50 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350F (180C) and continue to bake until the custard has set, about 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

Dr. Jimmy Yuan

Mocha Almond Cake

1 cup 2 cups 4 1 cup 2 cups 2 tsp 1 cup 1 cup

Chef Bill Sy MBA, CEC, AAC, CMC-China Co-Director, Culinary Arts The Art Institute of Phoenix

(250 ml) butter (500 ml) sugar eggs, separated (250 ml) grated unsweetened chocolate, melted (500 ml) all-purpose flour sifted with (10 ml) baking powder (250 ml) strong coffee (250 ml) chopped almonds Powdered (confectioner's) sugar for garnish Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks until light, and add the melted chocolate, stirring to combine. Add the sifted flour mixture alternating with the coffee, beating just enough to incorporate them. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks in a separate bowl and fold into the batter along with the almonds. Pour into a greased tube or Bundt pan and bake in a preheated 350F (180V) oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool a little before removing from the pan. Cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar. Serves 8 to 10. Chef Bill Sy is member of Asian Chamber and has returned from the Singapore Culinary Academy and Spicy Garden since being there in April 2004. He will continue his column with Asian SUNews from The Art Institute. We welcome him back to Phoenix and look forward to all the new recipes he has in store for us!

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BY LUZVIMINDA PARCOKENDRICK, LCSW different spots of the Waianae coast. The old group was accepted as the neighborhood of homeless residents until late last year when they were pushed out to give way to private ownership and development. It would have been the end of homelessness in Waianae. No. Now, homelessness is scattered pockets or chains of two to three tents on a long stretch by the beach. At first glance it can look like campers for a short stay but a closer look will give away the piles of garbage bags, clothes on line, junked cars and cooking smokes. Waianae has always been identified as the impoverished part of the island and this image is stamped even more. The tell tale signs of progress that everyone hopes, I, among the believers of this, is resigned to the conclusion that this will not happen. The hundreds of homeless gathered along the shores have not been affected by the despair of the residents who can no longer use their beach freely and comfortably. The home ownership community accepts in silence this inevitability of life amongst them, credit to the Ohana spirit. This is unlike what happened to the homeless in Ala Moana Park. The Park was ordered closed by nights to the public for clean up and sprucing. There was no public outcry other than short lived demonstrations of a few in front of the Capitol, holding some semblance of protest signs. A big warehouse at the nearby KaKaako waterfront has been opened for the homeless. Not much has been heard about them. Instead, out of the blue, the Honolulu Advertiser headlined in its local section two reports two days apart last week. The first read, "Campsite permits to end in Nanakuli" and "All misunderstanding, Nanakuli homeless told." No intent to oust campsite residents, city park chief says. Being homeless is not a lifestyle but another state of existence. Do we really know them? There is the group who have survived the path of lawlessness and addiction. They use drugs and trade them as well. They mingle and become neighbors to the truly qualified homeless. Big time traders can encamp next to the other homeless and avoid prosecution. They are more likely homeowners somewhere. Or there are those who at one time in their lives lost their work and savings due to drug and alcohol. They usually come to the attention of mental health practitioners for therapy and welfare. Another group, are the true homeless who come from broken homes due to separation, divorce and death. Unable to cope they lose the skills to organize their lives and keep their life's savings. Finally there is the neglected, and easily ignored homeless who in childhood suffer from Schizophrenia or manic depression. Unable to understand their illness, they resort to drugs for self medication, and before long, end up without a family and a home. For them, the choice is crystal clear. Like the clear ocean of Waianae. To survive with their disability checks, and alone, they can only build their own tent, along with the addicted drug dealers and the unproductive outcasts. Waianae county will continue to represent the unemployed, underclass and deprived neighborhood. Somewhere a community has to represent the poor class neighborhood. The wealth, beauty and weather comfort that Hawaii offers has to be dented for political funding purposes. Federal monies have to come and match what the State can do for the poor and the downtrodden. After all, like any other place, Hawaii cannot only be haven for the wealthy, wealthier and the middle classers. There has to be a group of poor, homeless and the unemployed. Money, wherever its source, is a necessity of life. Waianae, without exemption. In the meanwhile, the residents await for the time when , they, too, can enjoy the open space, the stars, the moonlight and the surge of gentle or rough waves all day and evening. To swim with great freedom and frolic in the touch of ocean water anytime, any day. To surf, to catch crabs, oysters, and squid and just watch the frolicking whales and wait for the beautiful sunset of Makaha, Waianae.


Hawaii is beauty and paradise found. But there is another life in this paradise island. Life of the homeless. Up along the coast of Waianae Valley is a long stretch of tents in various colors, shapes and arrangements. Waianae Valley is about fifty miles west of Waikiki and center to a growing number of individuals who have ended up or have chosen to live on the beach. These newly taken photos while driving on its main road, the Farrington Highway, on my way to work, cannot belie the amazing break in the beauty of this serene part of the Pacific Ocean. The makeshift homes out of tents are built under the palm tress, shrubs, boulders or besides dumped cars, lined up by the side of the road in short walking distance to the shore. For several years, the homeless in Waianae were concentrated in downtown Waianae by its harbor on a corner road of the highway away from the beach. They were an easily identified group, a site also to behold, but not necessarily an eyesore to the landscape. It was easier for a government worker to make contact for outreach but not anymore as they are in

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working to ensure that 12 of the more than 70 national universities sponsored by the Ministry of Education will be what she calls "total universities." Qidi, who once worked as an engineer, has since dedicated her life to the betterment of education in the People's Republic of China. "Education is important-for the future of the world and for the future of our youth," she said. In China alone, Qidi said that there are more than 23 million students. The future of China's education is looking prosperous, she said, with the number of students pursuing a higher education increasing by more than 10 percent between the years of 1998 and 2005. Qidi's allegiance to education is not confined within China's borders, however. She, too, has a bona fide interest in the future of ASU as many Chinese scholars attend the university whose students top more than 50,000. Not only does she have an interest into what lies ahead for ASU, but she has also been personally involved with the institution since January 2004 when Crow first visited Beijing. When Crow visited Beijing more than two years ago, Qidi recalls being impressed with the ASU President's vision and confidence. If first impressions mean lasting impressions, Qidi and Crow's ties certainly demonstrate this to be true. Since their initial meeting, Qidi has visited ASU on a number of occasions. "I had to take a helicopter around the campus to look at this huge territory," she said. The huge territory she referred to being ASU. Qidi also shared a token of advice that she believes will only aid to the success of the aspiring American university, something she has learned through her own experiences. "A university cannot be built just by the government , but also by the citizens," she said. The relationship between Qidi and Crow has not been one sided, though. Their mission has been a collaborative one, with Crow also lending his support to the future of China as an educational power to be reckoned with. "Crow's university design, the activities, the proceedings...they are all coming into shape," Qidi said. As a symbol of Qidi's appreciation of Crow's unalloyed support and the deepening ties between the two countries, Qidi donated 500 books to ASU in her country's honor. The books, Qidi said detail Chinese history, economics and culture. "We have achieved an understanding that is indispensable," she said. Sherrie Schmidt, who has been a librarian at ASU's Hayden Library for nearly two decades, said she is thrilled to have the collection of books. "They are not only for the students, but also for the faculty and not just today but also in the future."


continued from page 1 Crow, having read Rhodes' book, said the readings gave him enough wisdom to understand that which is central to building a successful institution. "It is time for a serious reconceptualization of the university," Crow said, touting Rhodes' book as the basis for his foresight of the future of ASU as a leading American University. The redesign of ASU comes as Crow and other university officials recognized a verifiable gap between the real world problems graduates encounter and the way in which the university is organized. Rhodes claims three different types of universities exist-the first being a well established and successful research-grade university. To morph this category of a university into anything greater is difficult because it is already at its pinnacle. The second type of university, Rhodes said, is an emerging research-grade university. This is the best situation to be in and it just so happens that ASU fits into this niche. Being an emerging research-grade university means that there is still room for improvement, Rhodes said. "There is lots of flexibility," he said. "At the end of the day, I am so impressed with what I've seen and just as impressed that someone's read what I wrote, but failed to do at Cornell." Rhodes also commended Crow for not trying to compete with the University of Arizona's medical school and yet all the

while expanding ASU's reach. Instead, Rhodes said that Crow is magnifying ASU's strengths while also realizing its limitations. The final strap is the university built from scratch, much like those being built in China. And with regard to China, Crow also honored Dr. Wu Qidi, the Vice Minister of Education for the People's Republic of China, for her commitment to education in that region of the world. With more than four times the population of the United States, China, with the leadership of Qidi, is moving toward presenting opportunities for higher education to more students. Qidi said that only 2 percent of the people in China continue on to higher education. Yet, she said she is trying to change that. What Qidi really wants to do, she said, is to better help students in areas related to vocational education. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and its subsequent reform during the latter half of the 1970s, vocational education has been a steeple in the Republic's Ministry of Education. One of the main reasons that vocational education has been slow in the making is attributable to the lack of resources. "I want to give attention to the quality of education, especially the economically poor regions" Qidi said. It is to that measure Qidi said she is

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........................................ ou might not be able to beat the summer heat, but there are plenty of things you can do to avoid letting it get the best of you. Emergency medical workers say people who are prepared for the hot summer stand a much better chance of weathering the tough times with fewer side affects. Those who don't protect themselves from the heat can suffer serious medical conditions, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which in some cases can be fatal. The Fire Department, which responds to several hundred heat-related incidents each year, offers valuable tips for hot weather survival. · Limit exercise or outdoor activity between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak intensity. If active during this time frame, drink a minimum of 16 to 32 ounces of water each hour. · When outdoors, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses. Also, use sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 and apply it at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors. · Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level and continue to drink fluids even after strenuous activity. However, avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar because they dehydrate the body and avoid very cold beverages because they can cause stomach cramps. · Take special precaution with infants and young children by dressing them in loose, cool clothing and shading their heads. · Some prescription and over-the-counter medications may increase the risk of heat related illness. Consult your physician if you have questions. · Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle. · Check on your neighbors, especially seniors. · Take advantage of free air conditioning by visiting shopping malls, movie theaters or libraries to escape the heat for a few hours. Meantime, the city offers emergency cooler and minor air-conditioning repairs to low-income families. To be eligible, residents must own their home and not have received services from the program in the past 12 months. For a list of documents needed to verify eligibility, schedule an appointment or learn more about the program, call 602-262-4614. The city also is taking steps to respond to emergency situations, including providing shelter and water to the needy.


he Fabulous Phoenix 4th celebration featuring country singer Darryl Worley will be hosted at Phoenix Steele Indian School Park, Third Street and Indian School Road, again this year. The free event, 4 to 10 p.m. July 4, will include live entertainment on four stages, food booths, water play for kids, a veterans' exhibit and a 9:35 p.m. fireworks show. Worley, whose patriotic homage "Have You Forgotten" served as a powerful tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will headline the main stage. His current release is "Nothing but a Love Thang." This is the fourth year the event is being held at Indian School Park, which provides a wide open area for designers of the fireworks show to dazzle spectators. Getting there will be made easier with free shuttle buses operating every few minutes from the North Phoenix Baptist Church at Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road, and from Park Central Mall at Central Avenue and Earl Drive. Parking facilities also are available along Central Avenue between Thomas and Indian School roads. Parking will not be allowed at the park where the activities are being held. For more information, visit or call 602-534-FEST (3378).






roposals are being sought from private developers interesting in developing city-owner property in the downtown area. The Downtown Development Office said it wants to see a mixed-use, transit oriented development on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Adams Street. Development of the 34,000-foot-parcel could include a combination of residential, office and commercial retail. The property, which is currently as a parking lot, is directly across from where a light rail stop will be built. Proposal packages can be found online at or picked up at the Downtown Development Office on the 20th floor of Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. The deadline for filing is Friday, Aug. 4. For more information, call Bo Martinez at 602-534-7143.








f you're looking for some activities to keep your kids busy this summer, be sure to check out what's going on at your neighborhood Phoenix library. In addition to a series of special programs from story times to puppet shows, the libraries offer two special reading programs. "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" is a free countywide program in which kids from infants to teens can earn prizes and qualify to win a ticket to a Diamondbacks baseball game based on how much they read or have read to them. Also, "Shut up and READ" is aimed at teens and encourages them to read by offering them the opportunity to win prizes. Both programs end July 29. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit


any homeless individuals and families who live on the city streets are in need of help to get through the hot summer. The city is asking people to donate only the following items ­ unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks and white T-shirts ­ that will be distributed to the homeless. Financial donations to supplement the donated items also are welcomed. Tax-deductible donations may be delivered through Aug. 31 to the city's four Family Services Centers: Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave., 602-534-4732; John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave., 602-262-6510; Central Phoenix, 1250 S. Seventh Ave., 602-534-1250; and Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road, 602-495-5229. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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