MAY 2006 Issue Preview
Cambodian New Year 2006: "Honoring our elders." (Part 1 of 2)
by Heidi M. Pascual
      Theravada Buddhism is the religion ofthe ethnic Khmer wo constitute about 90 percent of the Cambodian population. The Khmer carry this beleif wherever they end up settling down. To them, suffering exists because of desire, and stopping desire can release one from suffering; and enlightenment can be attained following the "right eight-fold" path in everything they do (belief, intent, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and meditation).                              --
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A Day without Asians
by Al Poliarco
      The timing of the Latino community's National Day of action rally for imigrant rights could not have been better as the Asian American community celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage History Month. What a great opportunity this could have been for our communities to march together for an issue we both face. A Day Without Latinos was actually a day of Latino visibility and respect. The rally for immigrant rights could have been called A day Without Asians, for we were certainly invisible.                    --
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Silver Flower is the Hmong Idol USA
by Nancy Xiong
      Standing at 5 feet 3. Almost 21. Will always have some kind of lip moisturizer with her. Attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in elementary education. Born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Has four sisters and two borthers. Her friends would tell you that she is outgoing and modest. Her mother would tell you that she is the one who makes her laugh. her sisters would tell you that she is the star of the family. Her cousins would tell you that she is an amazing and inspirational person.                 ---
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My hometown, my province
by Heidi M. Pascual
            It was a hot and steamy Friday afternoon in March, but the woman selling candles at the gate of the church called Iglesia Filipina Independiente along Mabini Street seemed not at all affected by it. After all, this climate is what we have always had in the Philippines, whether it's rainiy or dry season. "Bili na kayo ng kandila," (Please cuy some candles) she smiles as she offered he candles to me.    ---
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Ravi Kalla
by Laura Salinger
      Ravi Kalla grew up in the heart of India in a city that is known for both its high-tech economy and ancient cultures. Born in Hyderbad, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Kalla is a little like the city he grew up in.   ---
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Chinese Fine Art Assn.
Home-grown artists enjoy camaraderie, world recognition

by Heidi M. Pascual
      When viewing a Chinese brush painting, one may be intrigued by its beautiful lines, or its monochrome yet rich tones, or its simple, yet powerful visuals msotly inspired by nature. It is amazing to feel how it expresses a culture through the romantic movement of Chinese brush on rice paper. ---
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AsiaPop feature: Acupuncture
by Ben Freund
      Everybody is familiar with acupuncture, the arcane healing art from the east which seeks to alleviate ills by stabbing patients with pointy sticks. It is one of the best known examples of Chinese traditional medicines. --
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Other stories/columns:
Melting pot or diversity (2), by Paul Kusuda
80-20 Call to Action
F.I.R.E., by Ka Bao Lee
Wisconsin Women of Color and politics, by Heidi M. Pascual
Yao reinvents his game, by Kenny Tanemura
Civic workshop discusses selection process, by Harry B. Stein
Upanayanam, by Krishna Sijapati
Kennedy Heights celebrates 20th anniversary, by Jody Schmitz
Community Shares of Wisconsin tackles cultural competence, by Heidi M. Pascual
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Pone Vanphravong: A Laotian's journey to freedom
by Heidi M. Pascual
      The Pathet Lao is the equivalent of the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia; but unlike the KhmerRouge, the Pathet Lao was an extension of the Vietnamese Communist movement and a major actor in the "Secret War" against North Vietnam (1962-1975). While the United States pulled out of Laos in 1973 in accordance with the overall disengagement plan, North Vietnamese retained its forces and in 1975, the Pathet Lao rose to power, cutting its economic ties to neighboring countries except Vietnam.
      It was this period of economic hardship and political instability that Pone Vanphravong grew up in. One of eight children of the Chinese father and a Laotian mother, Pone saw early on that there was no future for her in Laos. ---
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