December 2005 Issue preview
PAMANA's legacy: Teaching Philippine culture to Fil-Am kids
      Beth Reyes, a Madison, Wis. school teacher, is the new president of the Philippine-American Association of Madison and Neighboring Areas (PAMANA). Reyes has initiated day-long workshops that teach teach Philippine culture to Filipino-American children. She wanted to keep the Filipino culture alive through these youths who have become strangers in their own Filipino community.
by Heidi M. Pascual
New American Dream Makers
Spotlight: Isabel Maria Manalo

      It is with great pride that I debut this column with the spotlight on fine artist Isabel Maria Manalo, Filipino American from Madison, Wis. now living in Washington, D.C. Meet Isabel: fellow artist-teacher, mother to my nieces Bella and Sofia, excellent friend, and beloved sister.
by Anna Maria Manalo
Kanopy and Kalaanjali Fusion
      The modern and the classicall of any art form can be described as two opposite poles in time. Thus, the idea of combining Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance with modern ballet-cum-jazz movements seems out of the ordinary. First of all, Bharatanatyam dance is heavy on footwork, with fast and rigid hand and neck movements, and varied facial expressions.
by Heidi M. Pascual
Wisconsin Ginseng
      Ginseng in the Dairy State? Exactly. Ninety-five percent of the country's ginseng comes from Wisconsin, and Paul Hsu has a big stake in it.
      Hsu Enterprises, which owns over 1,000 acres of prime ginseng farmland in north central Wisconsin, produces over $20 million worth of ginseng annually. Hsu Ginseng Enterprises is the largest ginseng operation in the United States. Most of Hsu's crops are exported to China.
by Kenny Tanemura
2005 India Day
Every year on August 15 and thereabouts, India Day is celebrated throughout the world with a taste of Indian culture, mostly in music and food.
       In Madison, Wis., this special gathering led by the Association of Indians in America-Madison Chapter, was held Sept. 10 at the University of Wisconsin Library Mall on State Street -- an open, public space that allowed spectators to freely share the cultural presentations done mostly by Indian American youths.
      The festive mood was a true expression of why Indians gather on this important social occasion. India Day is all about India's independence from British rule for more than a century. --
by Heidi M. Pascual

Editor's corner: Over a cup of tea -- "When love is truly felt"
*  News from home and around US
Guest column: Am I my brother's keeper? by William Greer
Comprehensive health care for all, by Paul Kusuda
Modern heroes ... heroines, by Al Poliarco
The U.S. Constitution, by John S. Pinto
Your master tax advisor: Tax tips for year-end planning, by Mei-Feng Moe
Business Matters: State of affairs, by Jo Oyama Miller
Gawad Kalinga, by Dr. Carlos Capati
*  Hmong student dropout story (Part 1),
by Susan Hughes
*  Institutes for the Healing of Racism
*  Happenings around town
*  YWCA Racial Justice Conference,
by Laura Salinger
Combat Blindness Foundation, by Susan Hughes
Dr. Guang Fang: Rising tall from a lost generation
      Dr. Guang Fang has made his mark in the Madison community as an accomplished physicist and active member of the Chinese American community
      Fang's youth during the cultural revolution was one of poverty and hopelessness. Like so many of his peers, he was denied the right to an education. "People in my generation didn't have any education or job skills," Fang said. --
by Laura Salinger