July 2006 Issue Preview
Nepali New Year 2063 celebrated in Madison
      The tradition of celebrating New Year is passing of the old year, for better or worse, and embracing New Year with fresh promise. Here's our chance to start again, to do it right this time, to have another shot at success and happiness at just accomplishing what we resolve to do. It's time to shed that baggage from the year long gone and celebrate what can be done in the 365 untouched days to come.
      New Year celebration is a tradition of all cultures, societies, and nations. Different countries celebrate New Year in different times of the year with different names. In some countries, ethnic groups celebrate it in different regions. For instance in India, people celebrate at least a dozen New Years. The Chinese celebrated the this year's New Year last February, which is year 4703, the Year of the Dog. In Nepal, while a few New Years are celebrated, the Bikram Sambat is common for all Nepalese people. --
Anil Sharma
WOAA discusses "A Question of Equality"
      For many Asian Americans, it is extremely difficult to discuss the proposed constitutional amendment banning civil unions and marriage rights for same-sex couples, primarily because of religious beliefs and cultural traditions. From Hindus to Buddhists, to Muslims and Christians, Asian Americans who oppose "gay marriage" think it runs counter to their religious beliefs and their culture. To them, it is taboo to even talk about it.
      It was, therefore, a huge step for the Wisconsin Organization for Asian Americans (WOAA) to cross traditional boundaries by facing the issue head on during its Spring Unity Potluck on April 29. --
Heidi M. Pascual
Prak Vireakso: Lying to escape the killing fields
      Prak Vireakso is comfortable stying in a Buddhist temple, even for many years. In fact, he grew up in a Cambodian Buddhist temple where monks took care of him and sent him to school. He was five when his father passed away, and due to poverty, his mother took the seven-year old Vireakso to their local temple for "adoption." He was in high school during the '60s, when Prince Norodom Sihanouk was Cambodia's stong man.
      "Cambodians had a better life then, compared to succeeding governments including today's," Vireakso began his story, with the help of an interpreter, Sarith Ou. "What I mean is, professionals then had enough salary to survive; teachers, for example, could survive even without a spouse to help them."
      This changed, Vireakso said, when Lon Nol took over, as Cambodia was forced into a war between Sihanouk's forces and Lon Nol's supporters.
Heidi M. Pascual
Mai Ya Xiong: "We're here for a purpose."
      "Oh my gosh, I'd probably be married with lots of kids and no education." Twenty-six-year-old Mai Ya Xiong laughed as she talked about how different her life would have been if her family had not come to the United States. Today, Mai Ya is not yet married, has no children, and is quickly climbing up the success ladder. She was recently promoted to assistant manager for Market Solutions at Kohl's. In addition, Mai Ya's face graces the cover of a book titled
Mai Ya's Long Journey, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Ka Bao Lee
Jan Einstein Lim: This brainy youth enjoys the best of east and west
      Jan Einstein Lim knows what his name stands for: "Jan" is "Ian," meaning "son of God," and "Einstein" is simply the genius part of his name. At 17 and a new high school graduate among the cream of the crop at Memorial High School in Madison, Jan believes that Einstein himself was a believer in God more than other scientists of his time and that he wanted to believe that there is order in the universe.
      This order in Jan's universe is apparent, notwitstanding his family's emigration from Southeast Asia to two North American countries. The United States is his "third" home country, the first being the Philippines where he was born, and then Canada where he grew up. --
Heidi M. Pascual
Other stories and columns:

Over a cup of tea: Immigration, by Heidi M. Pascual
Immigration and citizenship, by Paul H. Kusuda
* Tax News for you, by Mei-Feng Moe
Thuha Dang: MATC's pride from Saigon, by Laura Salinger
AIA: Honoring our mothers, by Heidi M. Pascual
Dancing with Celebrities, by Heidi M. Pascual
Asian Slant: On "Memoirs of a Geisha," by Sharyl Kato
The great immigration debate, by John S. Pinto
* Volunteers clean highway, by Krishna Sijapati
Asians in the Jim Crow South, by Ka Bao Lee
* RMMF-Philippine medical mission, by Dr. Alex Vinluan
* Rufino Licos: Outstanding Filipino American, by Heidi M. Pascual
The Tibetan immigrant experience, by Ben Freund
* AsiaPop: Asia bites a Big One, by Ben Freund
Kapihan: Discussing serious Filipino issues, by Heidi M. Pascual
* News from Home and around US
* Happenings