Chinese New Year at the Baha'i
      It was not only a celebration of the Year of the Dog; it was a continuing celebration of culture, of family, of community, and of young talents. It was one of the best gatherings in the Asian American community held at Baha'i Center on January 28, where families with their young and old members, as well as friends created dumplings for everyone to share. There was a bowl or two of varied food items from each family or guest who came. The parents were teaching their children how to fill and paste dumplings. Each person had a big smile on his/her face; happiness, cooperation, and laughter were the order of the day. --
by Heidi M. Pascual
March 2006 issue preview
Mixing culture, teaching in music
      Anna Maria Manalo still remembers her first piano, a toy keyboard, given to her as a gift when she was three years old. Her mother Monita was her first teacher, who essentially trained her to have an "ear for music," while her dad Felipe exposed her to beautiful melodies of the Philippine
kundiman (serenade songs).
      After earning her bachelor's degree in piano and violin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anna moved to New York to study composition. For 12 years she became an independent musician,  teaching and performing at her best. Teaching was a newfound passion, after mentoring students who joined two orchestras that she herself started. She  became 'Teacher of the Year' and that meant so much to her.  --
by Heidi M. Pascual
Wisconsin Tamil Sangam Association and Madison Area Telugu Association jointly celebrate Pongal/Sankranthi
      On Jan. 14, the Wisconsin Tamil Sangam and the Madison Area Telugu Association jointly celebrated the "Indian American" version of Pongal/Sankranthi festival at the Middleton Performing Arts Center with contemporary and classical dance presentations, Carnatic music, and lots of food.
      Back home in the state of Tamil NaduPongal is celebrated grandly in all villages for four days.   --
by Heidi M. Pascual
Jenny Lee on motherhood, work
Jenny Lee doesn't fit the description of the regular "guest speaker" type of Madison's social hierarchy. She is a regular woman trying to find her best place in one of the most wonderful American cities to live, work, and play -- Madison. This, despite arriving in Madison from Taiwan 20 years ago. Like many non-European immigrants facing many barriers, Jenny had to adapt and adjust. Her training in the English language while in Taiwanhelped her immensely in communicating and in landing her first albeit brief jobs  at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later, as an accounting specialist in a state office. However, after an unsuccessful marriage that left her struggling to get back on her feet career-wise, Jenny had to re-join the work force with an added personal disability...    -- by Heidi M. Pascual
Remembering EDSA: People Power Revolution
      Thinking back 20 years, I can hear my father's weary, but stern words on the morning of February 25, 1986. He spoke to us without removing his eyes from the T.V., tensely absorbing every bit of developments unfolding on Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in the Philippine capital. "Stay home," he warned us nervously, "and wait to see how it will all turn out. Marcos isn't giving up."
by Al Poliarco
Health & Science
UW scientists unravel genetic puzzle for flu virus replication
MADISON -- Like any other organism, an influenza viruss success in life is measured by its genetic track record, its ability to pass on genes from one generation to the next.
      But although much is known about the genes and inner workings of flu viruses, how the microbe organizes its genetic contents to seed future generations of viruses has remained an enduring mystery of biology.
      Now, with the help of a long-studied flu virus, an electron microscope, and a novel idea of how the virus aligns segments of RNA as it prepares to make virions, the particles a virus creates and sends forth to infect cells, that puzzle has been resolved.  --
From UW University Communications

Editor's corner -- The Asian woman in America, by Heidi M. Pascual
Medicare Part D, by Paul Kusuda
Fixing the government, by John S. Pinto
*  A Fund For Women,
by Heidi M. Pascual
On permanent residency, by Carmel Capati
Social Security column, by Karyl Richson
*  Whitewater family celebrates Buryat New Year,
by Suzanne Popke
*  PAGASA medical mission,
by Anna Maria Manalo
Tax Season 2006: What's new in Wisconsin, by Mei-Feng Moe
*  A dog's life,
by Kenny Tanemura
*  Remembering Dr. Victor Jesudason,
by Lakshmi Sridharan
*  The Capital City Hues/
by Jonathan Gramling
            -- Coretta Scott King
Oh China
            -- Our Town
*  Happenings around town,
by Susan Hughes and Heidi M. Pascual
*  News at Home and around US
*  Travel Time: Kanas Lake (Northwest China), by Nancy Pellegrini
Multicultural Section
Madison Repertory's Our Town

      Our Town, the Madison Repertory Theatre's newest offering, isn't just any work that Sandra Marquez would commit four months of her life to. Marquez, associate artistic director of Teatro Vista, the only equity Latino theater in the Midwest based in Chicago, and adjunct theater lecturer at Northwestern University, can pick the projects she becomes involved in. And after reading Our Town again ? the ending brought her to tears -- and learning how Richard Corley, the Madison Rep's artistic director, was going to treat the play, Marquez committed to playing Mrs. Gibbs, wife to the town's doctor and social pillar.
by Jonathan Gramling