April 2006 Issue preview
The Philippines: A look at the past and the present
I arrived in Manila on February 24, the day Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Proclamation 1017, a declaration of a state of national emergency. I was on a personal visit and didn't expect to be in the middle of political turmoil, but the drama made my visit extra exciting and reminded me of my past as a Filipino whose colonial history has kept our people vigilant against any form of oppression or suppression of our hard-earned freedoms. -- by Heidi M. Pascual
AsiaPop: Fun in any language
These days, a lot of kids around the world are playing video games from Japan. But children have been playing games with Asian origins for centuries before Mario saved the Mushroom Kingdom.
       Cat's Cradle, for example, is a simple string game that originated somewhere in southeast Asia and reached Europe with the growing tea trade in the 17th century. The simple game of jump rope also arrived from China in the 1930s, just in time to become the most popular toy of the Great Depression. Rock, scissors, paper has its origins in Japan as 'jan-ken-pon.'
by Ben Freund
Bayview: A multicultural neighborhood
Nestled between the busy streets of downtown Madison, the crazy life of college students at the University of Wisconsin, and the ongoing sirens of Meriter Hospital, is an unexpectedly close-knit community. Hidden by its busy surroundings, this community on the corner of Regent Street and West Washington Avenue has maintained its identity for 35 years. -- by Ka Bao Lee
The HAPA Project
      Kip Fulbeck is currently professor and chair of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has spoken and exhibited in over 20 countries. He is the author of Paper Bullets: a Fictional Autobiography and the director of 13 short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me. Kip is working on the HAPA Project and has a new book coming out this spring.
      The HAPA Project is to promote awareness and recognition of the millions of multiracials of Asian/Pacific Islander descent in the U.S.; to give voice to multiracial people and previously ignored ethnic groups ; to dispel myths of exoticism, hybrid vigor and racial homogeneity; to foster positive identity formation ...   --
by Renee Moe
2006 Spring Festival Gala
Teen-ager Dalian Urbonya was able to utilize her perfect-Chinese speaking skills February 5 as one of the emcees in the 2006 Spring Festival Gala at the Memorial Union. She was visibly elated as she also directed some of the children's dances that celebrated Chinese culture. Dalian, as many locals know, grew up in mainland China when her parents Tim and Lisa resided and worked there for 12 years.  --
by Heidi M. Pascual
Home ownership, a step toward the American Dream
      For decades, home ownership in America has gone hand in hand with the notion of the American Dream. Franklin D. Roosevelt called a nation of homeowners "unconquerable" and Herbert Hoover once said that homowners have a more healthy and happy atmosphere in which to raise their children. The National Association of Realtors calls home ownership "the traditional starting point for American families to accumulate wealth."
by Laura Salinger
YMCA World Celebration
      Whena country in the world experiences troubles within its boundaries, the hurt goes much deeper than being at war against a foreign entity. The misunderstandings and anger are between and among families, kins, tribes, and people of the same or similar cultures ...
by Heidi M. Pascual
News from Home and around US -- Malaysia, China, U.S.
Melting pot or diversity: Which makes more sense?, by Paul Kusuda
Real estate and politics, by John S. Pinto
Housing assistance programs in Madison, by Harry B. Stein
*  Local Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival
Free speech, civility, and the impact on campus climate forum, by Ben Freund
Tax season 2006: Have you filed your returns?, by Mei-Feng Moe
Jeff Vinluan receives NASA's Silver Snoopy Award, by P. Emraida Kiram
Asian Wisconzine celebrates First Anniversary
*  Madison Area Community Land Trust: Creating affordable and sustainable housing,
    by Sharene Wilcox
Fair Housing: Know your rights!
The Capital City Hues insert: Andre de Shields, A photo album of Black History Month,
    by Jonathan D. Gramling
*  Happenings around town