February 2006 Issue Preview
Happy Chinese New Year!!
On the cover:
Chinese American kids dance at UW-Madison Memorial Union theater during last year's Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Chinese Students Association and Chinese community organizations in Madison, Wisconsin
MACCO: celebrating Chinese culture, voicing common issues
      For three years, the Madison Area Chinese Community Organization (MACCO) has been an integral force in the Madison community as an organization that draws together members of Dane County's Chinese population. MACCO estimates that there are approximately 5,000 Chinese currently living in Madison and surrounding areas. Of these, around 80 families are members of MACCO. --
by Laura Salinger
AsiaPop: A look at cultures across the sea
Feng Shui: Science, art, or mystical urban zoning ordinance?

      Feng shui is one of many ancient eastern practices that has enjoyed new popularity in the West, but naturally the form of it we see here is a watered-down and nearly unrecognizable derivation of the original. The part of feng shui's history from its primitive origins to its modern architerctural and domestic applications is nearly seven thousand years long and crosses boundaries between science, art, and religion.      --
by Ben Freund
Postcards from a trip to India
I've lived in the United States for 44 years of my nearly 49 years. Five years in India, 44 years in America. Given this ratio, It's not surprising, I suppose, that I always feel foreign in my country of birth. I left the country when I was just a child. Not enough time, apparently, to develop a feeling of cultural belonging and social comfort. Despite looking and dressing like the "locals," I still get taken the long way around in taxis and pay the "foreigner's" tax in the marektplace and tourist rates at hotels.
by Hemant Shah
A traveler's journal
After Hurricane Wilma at the Yucatan

      My life is a journey, and part of that journey is the experience I get from travelling to distant places, meeting people from diverse backgrounds, and enjoying while sharing their cultures. I'd like to share this wonderful experience with you.
      Last November, I travelled to Mexico's Riviera Maya, a planned trip long ago that didn't expect the coming of Hurricane Wilma which, as you know, devastated Cancun and the island of Cozumel in October.
by Heidi M. Pascual
Thich Nhat Hanh --
A life lived for peace

      When discussing the great human rights activists of the past century, a few names are likely to come up: Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and more. One name more than qualified to join the ranks of these heroes is Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced Tick-Not-Han, Thich being a family name given to all Buddhist monks), a Vietnamese Buddhist... --
by Ben Freund
Kapihan (Coffee gathering)
Filipinos are talking

      KAPIHAN organizers Carmel Capati, Jenette Nelson, Jenny Ybanez, Bill Briggs, Lem Guiao, and Al Poliarco hope to spearhead a dialogue among Filipinos and friends in Wisconsin and help our community talk about serious issues in an informal, interactive, and welcoming atmosphere. --
by Al Poliarco
Agnes Cammer
Advocate for women of color

      Agnes has dedicated her life to helping others. An award-winning community leader, she has sat on countless boards. "I just was to help as many people as possible, and make sure the policy is right and fair," Agnes said.
      Born in San Carlos, Pangasinan, Philippines, she earned her academic degrees from the Far Eastern University, Manila. Her "claim to fame" as a valedictorian scholar was a file clerkship for General Douglas MacArthur (the liberator of the Philippines in World War II). --
by Anna Maria Manalo
Traditional Hmong storytelling helps teach farm safety
      ST. PAUL, MINN -- A unique illustrated storybook designed to teach farm safety to Hmong children in a culturally appropriate manner is the end result of research conducted by the University of Minnesota Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.
      After comparing differences between Hmong and American farming practices, University researchers Michele Schermann and John Shutske concluded that the best way to provide safety and health information to Hmong farming families is to use traditional storytelling methods. --
From the University of Minnesota
Other stories, sections, and columns:
* Editorial/Over a cup of tea-- MLK and race relations, by Heidi M. Pascual
Business Matters: Asian Americans have much to celebrate, by Jo Oyama Miller

* Should you file a tax return? Are you affected by UDC and KETRA? by Mei-Feng Moe

* UPAAW: celebrating Christmas the Filipino way, by Heidi M. Pascual

  * Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma's democratic heroine, by Susan Hughes

  * Social Security column: 2006 brings Social Security benefit changes, by Karyl Ritchson

* How can we afford health care for all? by Paul Kusuda

   * The art of calligraphy, a summary

   * News from Home and around US,  from Global Information Network

* MULTICO: Youth facing discrimination head on via stage, by Laura Salinger

Happenings around town

* Classified Section

Special Insert: The Capital City Hues, featuring
Martin Luther King Jr.: the Man and the Cultural Icon, by Jonathan Gramling    
Martin Luther King Holiday in Madison, Dane County, and the State of Wisconsin,
                                  by Heidi M. Pascual 

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