JANUARY 2006 Issue preview
Mahatma Gandhi: Teacher of nonviolent uprising
      Throughout history, leaders have often threatened or used violence to create change. Whether they seek to conquer a country or create change within their own country, leaders and their armies have used swords, guns, and bombs to transform governments.
      Then there are the men and women who have used a different approach, an approach that some would argue takes more perseverance, wisdom, and courage than violence. --
by Laura Salinger
Philippine Ambassador Albert del Rosario
A report to Filipinos in America

The words just flowed very smoothly as the Philippine Ambassador to the United States explained issues on foreign relations to Filipinos from Madison and Milwaukee November 16 at the Madison Doubletree Hotel. Although it was a private visit, Amb. del Rosario spoke of public issues such as defense and security, politics, law enforcement, trade, economic diplomacy, commerce, and tourism, and reported ongoing efforts of the Philippine government to improve or enhance the previous years' performance and relationship with the U.S. He thanked the Filipinos in America who, he said, have promoted and distinguished themselves, and by doing so, have effectively promoted their native country as well. -- by Heidi M. Pascual
Ada Deer: A voice for her people
Ada Deer is not Asian American but a respected leader of the Menominee Nation. We are honoring her, together with Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks ...
      Ada Deer's illustrious career as a civil servant, social worker and community leader began at UW-Madison, where, in 1957, she became the first member of the Menominee tribe to receive an undergraduate degree. Now, as the Director of American Indian Studies at Madison, Deer has returned from fighting in Washington on behalf of American Indians across the nation as she once defended her tribe when it was threatened by cultural termination. --
by Ben Freund
Fighting for identity: The stalled state of the
Hmong Cultural Center

Peng Her is a former physicist, a father of three, and a vocal defender of Hmong rights. Last year, Peng opened the Taste of Asia in Madison, offering cultural delicacies of the Hmong as well as many other Asian cultures. His experience as a Hmong refugee in America, growing up in the country since the age of 5, has been a series of successive hard-earned achievements that have earned him a place as a community leader among the Hmong of Madison.
      Peng Her has become increasingly disillusioned of his efforts to support his fellow Hmong by building a Hmong Cultural Center in Wisconsin.
by Ben Freund
In celebration of Asian Wisconzine's First Anniversary, we are commemorating the Civil Rights Movement and some of the people and events involved in it. We salute India's Mahatma Gandhi, the father of nonviolent uprising, whose principles and actions influenced many of the nonviolent protests that reformed societies all over the world.
Rosa Parks: The ride felt around the world
      Fifty years ago, on a cold December day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress and secretary of the Montgomery, Ala. NAACP branch, refused to give up her seat to a White man in accordance with Alabama law and was arrested. The ensuing 381-day boycott of the bus system began the era of the modern civil rights movement and propelled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to the forefront of the movement. In the tradition of Gandhi, Parks' civil disobedience sparked a freedom movement that was felt around the world.
-- by
Jonathan Gramling (The Capital City Hues Special Insert)
MEOC Annie Weatherby
Happy Deepawali!
One of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals that has a very deep spiritual meaning is Deepawali, traditionally known as "festival of lights." Hindus all over the world celebrate this occasion with tiny flickering lamps called diyas, symblizing life's enlightenment and hope. An event marked with cheerful togethernes of families, relatives, friends, and acquaintances, Deepawali brings out expressions of love from devotees through chants, songs, and prayers to gods and goddesses; exchange of gifts; and sharing of traditional food and sweets.
by Heidi M. Pascual
Other stories/articles/columns:
Editorial: Over a cup of tea, "Surviving the first year"
*  News from Home and around U.S.
*  Guest Column by Gov. Jim Doyle,
"Getting answers from Big Oil"
Wisconsin Health Security Act, by Paul Kusuda
Shanghai Senior Care, by Liu Cheng
Frank Wu on the Chai Vang Case, by Ken Tanemura
The need for political involvement, by John S. Pinto
Happy Dashami! by Heidi M. Pascual
*  Why Hmong students drop out of school early (part 2), by Susan Hughes
Ruby Paredes, by Anna Maria Manalo
Dhavan Shah's study, from UW University Communication
Democracy at risk: Political scientists seek civic participation, by Kerri Meulemans
*  Hate Crime at University of Michigan? by Ken Tanemura
Natasha Pierce, by Laura Salinger
Lucia Nunez: Realigning for civil rights, by Jonathan Gramling (The Capital City Hues)
*  "We're ready to assist you," by Consul General Yutaka Yoshizawa (Japanese Consulate in Chicago)
An interview with Lucia Nunez, by Jonathan Gramling