August 2006 Issue
Dr. Xiping Zhou
On Traditional Chinese Medicine and the science of acupuncture

            Any alternative form of medical treatment is sure to raise some eyebrows, especially from Western and Eastern medical practitioners. But the battle of the east and west on the issue seems to have died. Many alternative forms of medication have become very popular. Western practititioners have outwardly supported "integrative medical treatment programs particularly  for patients willing to try them.
      In Madison, one of the more popular and sought-after practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), or acupuncture, is Dr. Xiping Zhou.
by Heidi M. Pascual
Dr. Swaminathan Balachandran
Topnotch engineer, educator, and community leader

      The Indian American community in Wisconsin boasts of many intellectuals among its ranks, whose achievements and contributions to society extend far beyond the limits of their chosen homeland. Dr. Swaminathan Balachandran is definitely one of them. Consistently at the top of his class since his high school days, "Bala," as he is fondly called by his loving wife Lalita and close friends, knew early on that education was important and that his future depended on it.
-- by Heidi M Pascual
Unclaimed rights to education
     First, let me tell you about educational opportunities in Thailand, my native country, where access to rights depends upon your wealth and status in society. Public education in Thailand only goes from 1st to 6th grade. Inorder to access higher education, parents have to pay for their hildren's high school tuition. It is common knowledge in Thailand that private schools are able to provide better college preparation than public schools. In order to enroll in our public university system, where the government subsidizes most of the cost, all high school graduates have to compete by taking national college entrance exams.
-- by Dang Chonwerawong
My physical therapy internship
      The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so people say. This, I believe, is true for me. I have decided to take that road that would bring me to my destination if I am focused enough.
      It is also said that it is better to be late than never. Although I came to a point where I said "It's now or never," when completing school is the issue.
      I graduated with a degree in physical therapy from Our Lady of Fatima University - Fairview Campus in the Philippines.
-- by Dennis Alfred Pascual
Yer Vang: Portrait of a Hmong woman as a lawyer
      One of Yer Vang's earliest memories is of snow. At the tender age of four, she remembers seeing "white stuff" all over the ground as her mother and eight of her siblings stepped off a plane from Thailand into an Iowan winter.
      "My earliest memory is when we first landed in the United States," Vang said. "I remember being enthralled."
      What she doesn't remember is spending the first four years of her life in a Thai refugee camp. They are memories of hardship that were lost to a young mind.
-- by Laura Salinger

* Editor's Corner: Over a cup of tea - "
Things Important"
Long-term care: Should we worry about it or make plans? by Paul Kusuda
Dr. Anjuman Ali's arangetram, by Heidi M. Pascual
Your Master Tax Advisor: ITIN, what is it and who needs it?
   by Mei-Feng Moe
Escape to the new world (Part 1), by Bophia So
Saswati and Abhik Bhattacharya, by Heidi M. Pascual
WWOCN tackles leadership: An interview of Jo-Ann Moore,
   by Heidi M. Pascual
Nirmala Rajasekar: Veena artist performs in Madison, by Heidi M. Pascual
* As you wish, by Duncan Tam
* FAST Program helps Hmong refugee families
* The Capital City Hues insert: Shanghai, Juneteenth in Madison
* Letter to the Editor
* News from Home and around US