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   Volume 15 Number 2                               Serving Arizona home of NBA All-Star 2008                                                               October 2008

                   ASU APAS Hosts 10th Anniversary Event At                                                                             Mekong Plaza
                         Xavier College Preparatory
By: Ted Namba
   Arizona State University’s Asian
                                                                                                                                        Grand Opening
Pacific American Studies (APAS)
hosted a wonderful event on October                                                                                             By: Howard Seftel
7, 2008 at Xavier College Preparato-                                                                                               According to census figures, there are about
ry. The event featured a presentation,                                                                                          120,000 people of Asian descent in Maricopa and
“Justice Reclaimed: Japanese Ameri-                                                                                             Pinal counties.
can Redress and Civil Rights” by                                                                                                   Every single one seemed to be at the grand open-
John Tateishi and the opening of the                                                                                            ing Saturday of Mekong Plaza, the new Asian indoor
exhibit, “Line of Exclusion” by Mona                                                                                            mall in Mesa. Other nationalities were also very well
Higuchi.                                                                                                                        represented.
   ASU APAS Interim Director, Dr.                                                                                                  By 11 a.m., the parking lot was full. By noon, the
Kathy Nakagawa kicked off the                                                                                                   parking lot at the shopping center across the street
evening by welcoming the attendees                                                                                              was full.
and introduced local artist, Mona                                                                                                  Anchoring the complex is giant Mekong Super-
Higuchi who opened her exhibit on                                                                                               market, a gleaming showcase that rivals the Valley’s
Japanese American internment that
                                                                                                                                other premier Asian markets, Lee Lee and Super L
evening at the adjacent Stark Gallery.
                                                                                                                                Ranch Market.
   John Tateishi, former National Back Row: Ted Kaercher, Cynthia Harbottle, Ted Namba
                                                                                                                                   You’ll want to spend some time at the handsome
Executive Director of the Japanese Middle Row: Masako, Claudia Kaercher
                                                                                                                                seafood counter. It’s flanked by tankfuls of live fish,
American Citizens League (JACL) Front Row: Jeri Kishiyama, Madeline Ong-Sakata, Peggy Matsuishi, John
then shared his amazing experience in Tateishi, Dr. Richard Matsuishi, Sophia Swangaroon                                        including spot prawns ($25.99 lb.), geoduck ($16.99
crafting the bill for Japanese Ameri-                                                                                           lb.) and catfish ($3.49 lb.) The produce section is also
cans imprisoned during WW II to gain reparations. award to Angie Bowen, Craig Fujii and Eleanor                                 very well stocked, and prices are substantially lower
Mr. Tateishi was the National Redress Director dur- Terpstra for their outstanding service to the commu-                        than those in your neighborhood American supermar-
ing the 1970’s and 1980’s and offered his unique nity (Craig Kakuda and Jim Park were unable to                                 ket.
insight on how the grassroots lobbying campaign for attend but will receive their awards at a later date).                         Three inexpensive mall restaurants also debuted
redress was achieved against extremely long odds. Ms. Auther then presented a $1,000 check to                                   Saturday. As you might expect, Unphogettable focus-
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Civil AAABA President, Art Lee which will go towards                                es on Vietnamese meal-in-a-bowl soups, more than
Liberties Act of 1988.                                  the AAABA Scholarship Fund.
                                                                                                                                30 varieties, including several regional specialties
   After a lively Q and A discussion with Mr.             This program is one of a series of events that will
                                                                                                                                like a shrimp, crab and pork hock noodle soup from
Tateishi, Dr. Nakagawa shared how generous three        be hosted by ASU APAS as it celebrates its 10th
                                                                                                                                central Vietnam ($8.50). You’ll also find grilled
local Arizona Asian American Bar Association Anniversary. APAS course enrollments have flour-                                   meats and rice dishes. Another Vietnamese restau-
(AAABA) members, one law student and one para- ished in recent years and the community believes                                 rant, Thuan Kieu, spotlights more than 60 “broken
legal were in assisting sixteen local Japanese Ameri- that it’s time for APAS to become a degree program,
                                                                                                                                rice” platters and some 50 rice vermicelli dishes. Tai-
cans. These five individuals did pro bono work and compared to its current status as a certificate pro-
                                                                                                                                wan Food Express, meanwhile, offers Chinese dim
worked closely with the Office of Redress Appeals gram. For information on upcoming 10th Anniver-
                                                                                                                                sum, noodle dishes and stir-frys.
and were successful in gaining reparations on fifteen sary APAS events or to learn about opportunities to
out of the sixteen cases. JACL Arizona Chapter demonstrate community support for APAS, contact                                     Also scheduled to open over the next few months
President, Jeri Auther presented an appreciation Dr. Nakagawa at and the APAS                                  are three other restaurants, Boca Vietnamese Cuisine,
                                                        website,                                             My Lynn Café and Mekong Dim Sum, along with
                                                                                                                                Mekong Bakery. And eventually there will be a fast-
             16th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure                                                                       food row featuring Indian, Korean, Japanese and Fil-
   PHOENIX – (Oct. 12, 2008) – The Phoenix Affiliate of          Survivor Parade that served as an inspiration for partici-     ipino fare.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced today that the            pants prior to the first race event. Governor Napolitano –
16th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® - which            a survivor – also attended, addressing participants of the
took place earlier today, Sunday, Oct. 12 – raised an esti-      Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5K Run prior to its start and par-       Details: Mekong Plaza, 66. S. Dobson Road (at
mated $2 million, which equates to approximately 16,000          ticipating in the 5K Walk.                                     Main St.), Mesa.
mammograms. Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds raised             “On behalf of the Komen Phoenix Affiliate Board of             Mekong Supermarket, 480-833-0095; Unphoget-
will stay in central and northern Arizona to fund educa-         Directors, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to     table, 480-835-2298; Thuan Kieu, 480-668-5959;
tion, screening and treatment projects, and 25 percent will      our race chair – Jessica Schulte – and all the volunteers,     Taiwan Food Express, 480-668-9888.
go directly to the Komen Research Grants and Awards              survivors, race participants, sponsors, and staff who make
program to fund breast cancer research.                          this annual event so successful,” said Denise McClain,
   “We set a very aspirational fundraising goal this year        president of the board for the Phoenix Affiliate. “Race
and are sincerely grateful the community responded with          Day support extends throughout the year in the form of
such incredible support,” said Pat Elder, executive direc-       education, screening and treatment programs – and every
tor of the Komen Phoenix Affiliate. “The theme of this           individual participating today has made a significant
year’s race was ‘Imagine’ because a world without breast         impact.”
cancer is the one vision we all share. With results like this,      Last year, Race participants raised $1.9 million. This is
we are closer to realizing this vision.”                         part of the $13.4 million total granted since the first race
   The Phoenix Race is the largest 5K event in Arizona           in 1993. With more than $1 billion invested to date,
with approximately 33,000 participants in 2008, including        Komen is the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds
2,000 survivors, 556 teams and 1,200 volunteers working          dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage – from the
year-round for the one-day event. Also engaging this year        causes, to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every
was the online community, with more online donations to          moment in between. “We’ve made tremendous strides in
race participants than ever before. The event features           our promise to end breast cancer forever since the first
something for everyone, including a one-mile family fun          race 16 years ago. We look forward to extending today’s
run and walk, Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5K Run, 5K Run            support to the community in the coming year and planning       Dynamic Wushu Lion Dance performing at the Grand
and 5K Walk in the State Capitol District. This year’s race      an even more successful 17th Annual Komen Phoenix              Opening of the Mekong Plaza
featured several new elements, including a Pretty in Pink        Race for the Cure,” added Elder.
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  Hello Everyone,
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     We hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween. Some of you also celebrated Vet-                         ASIArt Design Studio
  eran’s Day. Thank you to all who fought and who are still fighting for our coun-                      BlueCross BlueShield
  try. We honor all of you and pray that you come back home safely.                                          Chase Bank
                                                                                                           City of Glendale
     Asian Chamber of Commerce is trying to keep things going in the community.                             City of Phoenix
  We also set the date for next year’s Lunar New Year Banquet for February 7,                             City of Scottsdale
  2009 at Great Wall. Yes, we are going back to the restaurant tradition and even              Farmers Insurance Larry Panyon Agency
                                                                                                         General Dynamics
  thinking about putting back the dance! It will be exciting and we look forward to             Maricopa County Sports Commission
  seeing all of you there. We will start planning for it after Thanksgiving so if you                Mesa Community College
  would like to be a part of the planning committee, please contact us.                                    Phoenix College
                                                                                                          Salt River Project
     We also want to take the time to welcome our new members this year:                         South Mountain Community College
  Ann Lee from Roni Deutch Tax Center, Otto Furuta, and Dr. Janice Motoike.                              Southwest Airlines
                                                                                                            SUMCO USA
   Thank you for being a part of our community and you will enjoy all that we have                      The Arizona Republic
  to provide.                                                                                          Trilogy at Shea Homes
                                                                                                             US Airways
    Once again, look for more information about the Lunar New Year Banquet as                                Wells Fargo
  we get closer to the date. Have a happy Thanksgiving and be very thankful.
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                                                                       Until then,                         City of Chandler
                                                                     Rocky Tang                      Air National Guard of Arizona
                                                                        President                          Bank of America
                                                                                                      Golden Biddha Restaurant
                                                      Asian Chamber of Commerce                       Dr. William & Michy Woods
                                                                                                             SUMCO USA

                                                                                                   Copper/Small Business
                                                                                              Advanced Cardiac Specialists, Chartered
                                                                                                        Area Agency on Aging
                                                                                                ASU Institutional Advancement Dept.
                                                                                                          Colonial Mortgage
                                                                                                City of Phoenix Aviation Department
                                                                                               City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services
                                                                                             City of Phoenix Small Business Programs
                                                                                                   Eddie Ong Continental Leasing
                                                                                                          Doris Ong Realtor
                                                                                                   Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
                                                                                                         Free Arts of ARizona
                                                                                                         Home Loan Experts
                                                                                                       Mark Tamaron E-Loan 44
                                                                                               Shane Nguyen Community Auto Sales
                                                                                                   Sherry Scott - Russ Lyon Realty
                                                                                                  MCbiz – Maricopa County’s Small
                                                                                                    Business Enterprise Program
                                                                                                       Paul H. Rhee, MD PLLC
                                                                                                     Steve Shiu - Snell & Wilmer
                                                                                             Southwest Business Financing Corporation

                                                                                                   Organization Members
                                                                                                                  4A of AT&T
(Standing l-r): Ted Namba, Madeline Ong-Sakata, Blue Cross Blue Shield                                       Aloha in the Desert
                                                                                                  Arizona Asian American Bar Association
               President Rich Boals, Masako Takiguchi, Rocky Tang                                   Arizona Department of Public Safety
                                                                                                      Arizona Dragon Boat Association
                                                                                                          Arizona Historical Society
                                                                                                                 Arizona OIC
                                                                                         Arizona State University Asian Pacific Students Coalition
  Annual Mayor Gordon’s Chamber Mixer                                                                         Asian Arts Council
                                                                                                            Asian Hispanic Alliance
                                                                                                      Asian Pacific Community in Action
  By: Sophia Swangaroon                      ticipate in this event to market their                   Asian Pacific Islander Association
                                             organization to the community and to                ASU Asian Business Leaders Association
                                                                                              ASU Asian Pacific American Alumni Association
  Every year, City of Phoenix                the other Chambers. There was the                  ASU Asian Pacific American Studies Program
Mayor’s Office puts together a mixer         Korean Chamber of Commerce, Fil-                           ASU Center for Asian Studies
for all the Chamber of Commerces.            ipino Chamber of Commerce, Chinese                    ASU Southeast Asian Studies Program
This year, it is held again at the           Chamber of Commerce, AZ Lottery                     Bergen Community Regional Blood Center
Phoenix Art Museum. Many people              and of course the Asian Chamber of                            Catholic Social Services
come to attend, eat the finger foods         Commerce.                                                Center for Buddhist Development
                                                                                                Chinese American Citizens Alliance National
and mingle with other business people                                                        Chinese American Citizens Alliance Phoenix Lodge
and the community.                              After being in the community for                      Community Information & Referral
                                             awhile, I have developed many rela-                        Flagstaff Convention Bureau
   I was fortunate to attend this event      tionships with people from other busi-                Governor's Office of Equal Opportunity
for the second year in the row. Except       nesses. I invited my cousin to come         Grand Canyon Minority & Suppliers Development Council
this time, I felt that I knew more than I    along with me. She wasn’t normally                            Great Info Organization
                                                                                                         H.T. Chen Dance Company
did last year thanks to Madeline Ong-        able to attend these events with me                   Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
Sakata. I previously worked for the          when she was going to UofA. This                        Japan Business Association Arizona
City of Phoenix in the Parks and             year, she observed the type of audience        Japanese American Citizen League Arizona Chapter
Recreation Department and I was able         that attends this event and realized how                  Korean Chamber of Commerce
to meet a lot of the delegates who keep      many people I have networked with                               Light of the Institute
the City of Phoenix departments              throughout the years. She was amazed                  Mayo Clinic Asian Diversity Leadership
                                                                                        National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
together like City Councilman Mike           to see how friendly people were and                       National Marrow Donor Program
Johnson. Being part of the City of           how many people were interested in                     Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
Phoenix staff really helped me network       involving themselves with the Asian                  Pan Asian Community Alliance in Tucson
with some others.                            community.                                               Phoenix Sister Cities Commission
                                                                                             Planned Parenthood of Central & Northern Arizona
  Like last year, they had great finger        It is always wonderful to come to an                        Pueblo Grande Museum
                                                                                                   Thai American Friendship Organization
foods. One that was a great hit was the      event as an excuse to catch up with                         The Leadership Consortium
chorizo stuffed mushrooms. There             others that you don’t get to see on a              United States Equal Opportunity Commission
were also quesadillas, bruschetta and        daily basis. Unfortunately, Mayor Phil                    United States Tennis Association
potstickers. I always look forward to        Gordon was unable to attend due to an        University of California Asian American Studies Center
the food and trying out the new items.       accident. We hope that he has a safe                      University Physicians, Tucson
                                             and rapid recovery and look forward to                       West Valley Art Museum
  Many Chambers and companies par-           seeing him next year!!!
         4         Asian SUNews October 2008

                                                                                                                Marilyn S. Mitchell, Artist –
China Connection                                                                                              and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
By Father Emery R. Tang                                                                       By Jeri Kishiyama Auther                     fession was, and she told me she
An American-born Chinese braids                   Oh, East is East, and West is West, and
his life and ancestral strands into a
                                                                                                                                           was a psychologist. Bingo! That’s
                                                never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and       I first met Dr. Marilyn Mitchell          the wonderful woman who taught
unique journal.
                                                Sky stand presently at God’s great Judge-
                                                ment Seat. -Rudyard Kipling
                                                                                              at a Maricopa County Bar seminar.            me (and now my children) the
Who Am I?                                                                                     Dr. Mitchell was the featured                relaxing story. She was highly
By Kenneth Guentert.                               Begging your pardon, Sir Mr. Kipling,      speaker on the topic of relaxation           amused that my children love the
                                                but I think you’re wrong. I’m convinced       for attorneys. She announced at              story.
  I was just born at home - as were all         that I and thousands of others like me,
my brothers and sisters - in August,                                                          the beginning of the 1 ½ hour
1927. There wasn’t much I could                                                               course that if anyone wanted to                Fast forward to now, Donn
do about the time and place - or                                                              leave early, to do so because she            Kessler is a judge on the Arizona
anything, for that matter.                                                                    didn’t want any distractions during          Court of Appeals. I stopped by the
  But because I was born in the
Year of the Rabbit, Theodora Lau
                                                                                              her presentation. She advised all            Hon. Kessler’s office one day a
writes in her book, “Chinese Horo-                                                            of us that we would probably fall            few years ago, and his law clerk,
scopes”:                                                                                      asleep during the presentation –             Kristin Story was sitting there. I
                                                                                              not that she intended to bore us,            couldn’t believe what a small
         I am in tune with the                                                                but she wanted to relax us. After            world it is – or how I knew Mari-
         Pulse of the universe.
         In my quiet and solitude
                                                                                              listening to her advice on coping            lyn through Donn, and Donn
         I hear the melodies of the                                                           techniques with difficult attorney,          through Kristin, and on and on.
         soul.                                                                                she asked us to close our eyes and           One of the best things about know-
         I float above commonplace                                                            listen to a tape of a man’s soothing         ing Donn and Marilyn, however, is
         Dissent and decay.                                                                   voice. I listened to the tape, trying        that I get invited to her art shows.
         I subdue by my ability to
                                                                                              not to fall asleep (control freak            I went to one of her shows a cou-
         I color my word                                                                      that I am), I last remember the              ple of years ago, and I was
         In delicate pastel hues.                                                             voice asking me to ride an escala-           impressed by the colors and tex-
         I epitomize harmony and                                                              tor down a few levels and . . . .            tures used in the paintings. I even
         inner peace.                                                                         zzzzzzz. That’s all I can recall             recognized Donn in one of the
   Wow! Do I really believe all that?
                                                                                              until she gently told us to awaken           paintings.
                                                overseas-born Chinese, are the happy and      and go home and continue relax-
Hmmm.                                           lucky meeting of East and West. We have
   And yet, it comes from a civilization        access to and are the product of the best
                                                                                              ing.                                           Marilyn recently received rave
that has been around for 7,000 years and        of two worlds.                                                                             reviews for her art during the First
which has seen a lot of life and living. I         I was born in the frontier town of           The story on the tape was so               Friday Art Walk. She is showing
have no doubt that these traditional con-       Phoenix in 1927, fifteen years after Ari-
siderations and convictions steered my
                                                                                              relaxing and peaceful, that I told           her work “Color, Movement, Feel-
                                                zona’s admission into the Union. Both         the story to my children every               ing” at the Grow House Gallery,
father’s choice of my Chinese name,             my mother and father were Chinese,
which means Peace, with the help of             father from China and mother American-
                                                                                              night to help them fall asleep. It           902 East 6th St. (south of Roo-
soothsayers and relatives back in China.        born. I am No. 4 of nine children who         worked every time! They would                sevelt). Receptions are Friday,
   Besides, it sounds like winners, doesn’t     survived.                                     ask me to “please tell the relaxing          Nov. 21, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. to
it? So, I’ll take it! I’ll take it!                At age fifty-seven, during a sabbatical
                                                                                              story!” I was very thankful for              10:00 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 22,
                                                year, my lifelong hope of setting foot on     that story!                                  2008, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
   The Chinese lunar calendar dates from        the land of my forefathers finally hap-
2637 B.C. Time is measured in full              pened. What I offer here is not a journal
cycles of sixty years, broken again into        of my city by city tour. I leave that kind       A few years later, a friend of              One of her paintings, shown, is a
simple cycles of twelve years each.             of reporting to the colorful skills of The    mine, Donn Kessler, was speaking             mixed media, Asian-inspired. Her
   The Lord Buddha is said to have sum-         National Geographic and the scores of
moned an assembly of animals before he
                                                                                              at an antitrust seminar and asked            most recent works that will be
                                                China books and periodicals flooding the      that I also speak. I agreed to do so.        shown this month reflect her trav-
would depart from the earth. It was to be       market.
race, and legend records the order in              This is a series of reflections on the
                                                                                              As with most seminars, the speak-            els to Hawaii, Tahiti, and Costa
which the animals arrived.                      Chinese people and nation, and how I          ers go to dinner at the end of the           Rica. I look forward to seeing all
   The Rat had hitched a ride aboard the        have a growing awareness of the roots of      conference. I sat next to Donn at            of you there. Oh, and her nice
plodding Ox, only to jump off and dash          my attitudes, believes and values.
across the finish line first. Thus, each
                                                                                              dinner, and he introduced me to his          hubby, the Hon. Donn Kessler will
                                                   No one, of course, chooses his origins.    wife Marilyn. She looked vaguely             be there, too.
year of the twelve-year cycle is presided       We can only accept the reality of our
over by a different animal in this order:       ancestors, be they pirates and criminals or
                                                                                              familiar. I asked her what her pro-
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake,          heroes and saints. An innate curiousity
Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and          and a hint of fear stir deep within: who        Color Movement Feeling
Boar.                                           are my forebears? What were they like?        By Marilyn S. Mitchell - Artist
   In a given year, this is the animal in all   Because to know them is to know myself.
its elaborately delineated traits which            I’m amused and amazed as I recall            With these three elements I do acrylic
hides in your heart and influences your         how we kids in Chinese school took it for     paintings, some with mixed media
behavior.                                       granted that the Chinese did things first       and some collage work.
   You may wonder why the Cat isn’t             and the best way, and that all things grew
among the twelve. Well, true to form, the       beigger, better and more beautiful in            Color: I relate to intense color often
Rat had lied to the Cat as to the correct       China than anywhere else. Such conceit,       using the whole palette. Using abstract
date of the race. So the Cat missed the         I’m convinced, was not so much an atti-           expressionism techniques for me is the
competition. To this day, the revengeful        tude of racial superiority as simple, naive   best way to communicate my experiences
Cat chases and catches the Rat.                 pride in one’s origins.                       and reactions to them in the most power-
                                                                                              ful way.
  In Me the Twain Have Met                           Stay tuned for more...
                                                                                                 Movement: The shapes and lines in
                                                                                              my work move with my thoughts and
                                                      China Connection
                                                                                                                                           world—Hawaii, Tahiti, Costa Rica and
                                                                                                 throughout the canvas. My years as a      others. For me these places are rich in
                                   Having finished printing the last chapter of Food for
                                                                                              dancer have influenced the movements I       color and movement. Hopefully, my

                                    the Journey in our August issue, we are proud to
                                                                                              put on canvas.                               work invites the viewers to have their

                                     bring to our readers China Connection By Father
                                                                                                                                           own personal reactions coming from their
                                                                                                 FEELING: I have always expressed
                                    Emery Tang, wriiten some 20 years ago. Photos in
                                                                                                                                           own life journeys. I have shown my
                                                                                              intense feelings in my work. With my
                                      this book were taken by the author himself and
                                                                                                                                           work in various galleries and juried
                                                                                              own personal experiences and with my
                                    brush paintings by Paul Kuo. Our readers enjoyed
                                                                                              work as a psychologist I have learned to

                                     Food for the Journey so much we hope you will
                                                                                              have a deep respect for the power and           I have masters’ degrees in education
                                       find China Connection just as inspiring and
                                                                                              quirkiness of feelings which , I think,      and counseling and a doctorate in psy-

                                     entertaining.                  Asian SUNews
                                                                                              have a rhythm of their own.                  chology. I have studied with various
                                                                                                 Some of my recent art pieces reflect      artists in California and Arizona.
                                                                                              my travels to tropical places in the
                                                                                             October 2008               Asian SUNews               5

                        La Siena, Resort Living for Seniors
  By: Madeline Ong-Sakata                  Because of all our visits to the   shop, restaurant and very soon they       and we’re talking gourmet food
                                        dining room, we learned that there    will utilize the beauty shop and spa      prepared by a celebrity chef.
  Beautiful, posh, delicious,           was a Grand Opening on Friday,        that has yet to open.                     Sometimes we don’t want to tell
peaceful—all describe the new La        October 17th with great food,            There is a beautiful pool, a movie     everyone because you want to keep
Sienna Resort Living for Seniors. I     wonderful prizes and games for        theater, a computer lab with over         the place for yourself! But this
was fortunately invited to lunch by     everyone. Michy, my daughter and      ten thousand dollars worth of             place is too beautiful and the food
Marilyn Tang and she took me and        I were not certain we could make it   programs, a dance studio and an           is too good to remain a secret. This
Kay Allman (Joe wanted to come          because we promised to babysit my     arts and crafts room. Beautiful           is by no means an article for
along, but he couldn’t). Marilyn        other daughter’s two year old, Sam,   arranged seating is all over the          advertisement for La Siena, located
said that she is taking us to a new     and she is very nervous about         place; in the lobby, upstairs where       at the site of, if you are a
place and I wondered why are we         taking him anywhere, where there      the pool table is, brain fitness room,    Phoenician, the old Bud Brown’s
going to an “old folks” home for        is a pool, without her. But we        theater, etc. There are four              Barn on 12th Street and Northern.
lunch. But wow; when you drive          promised he would never leave our     floors/levels to the building. We ate     So if you want to know the exact
through the long drive way at the       sight and she encouraged us to go     great food, and they had my               particulars, cost and everything,
end, you see this beautiful building.   so we did and at the last minute we   favorite, orange roughy along with        visit La Siena yourself and ask for a
You walk into a lobby that has the      invited Michy’s friend, Janet, her    appetizers and gourmet desserts!          tour. They are friendly and very
look of any luxurious hotel and         sister and Dennis an ASU grad         Yummy! They had a live band,              welcoming.
you’re greeted by a friendly face       from the ASU Student Coalition        juggler, bingo (which I wanted to            By the way, when Michy’s friend
that welcomes you.                      who is one of the many who has        play, but didn’t have time and it         decided to join us at the Grand
  Lunch was in a ballroom setting,      kept in touch with us. Anyway, we     didn’t seem to be anyone’s favorite       Opening, she ended up winning one
table cloths, etc. It was there that    took the two older grandchildren      what with all the good food, even         of the best prizes—a pair of his
we met the Celebrity Chef, Kevin        (ages 5 and 6) to Kids Park (which    Italian Ices and gelato available).       (black) and hers (pink) bicycles
Aiello, who married into the Tanita     was previously investigated,          The psychic reader was the most           worth $1000! It was so funny too, I
clan and moved here because his         interviewed etc.) took Baby Sam,      popular. Poor MJ she stood in line        was with Baby Sam in the Coffee
wife wanted to be near her family       and oldest granddaughter also         forever and just when she became          room near the gift shop when I
(nice guy, we said), thus the           named Sam (short for Samantha)        the last person to be read, a senior      heard them announce Janet Harding
Japanese American community was         and youngest daughter MJ, and         couple cut in line in front of her.       and I ran into the dining room and
encouraged to try out the food.         toured the different sizes of         She wasn’t too happy about that!          asked Janet, “Didn’t they call your
Since Marilyn took me there, I have     apartments available. They are           The dining room is open to the         name?” She jumped up and ran
gone back four times. Once after        beautiful. Of course we saw them      public at least until further notice. I   outside to find out and sure enough
the Governor’s Advisory meeting,        furnished,     but    they    come    don’t know if when the facility is        she was the winner! They were
again for lunch with my daughter,       unfurnished. The lowest price for     full, will they continue to serve the     having such a good time eating and
twice again for dinner with brother     one bedroom is about $3000 a          public. But the prices are so             talking they were oblivious to the
and sister-in-law John and Jeannine     month, but you receive a $400         reasonable, for less than $10 for         drawing. Congrats Janet!
and dinner again with my                credit card to be used for the gift   lunch and less than $20 for dinner

       Janet Harding won the two bikes at the La Siena Grand Opening.
                        And she almost didn’t go!!!

    (Left to Right): Former ASU student Dennis Hom, MJ Sakata, Samantha
                           Quisenberry, Sam Panyon
        6        Asian SUNews                       October 2008

Periscope Potpourri                                                                                         Barack Obama:
                                                                                                        The New President-Elect
   It seems every where we look there       history, Washington Mutual.
                   is death and destruc-      AIG recently received not one, but                                             mother. With Biden, they know
                   tion—of companies        two bailouts followed totaling $150             Dear all,                        the deep challenge that they are
                   and of jobs. Every-      billion dollars.       And after much
                   day a new company        ridicule for jet setting to a California
                                                                                                                             facing. I believe Obama realizes
                   going asunder and        resort, where else did AIG financial             I should be happy that a        the tasks at hand. He said he will
                   jobs going under. In     advisors find themselves, but at Ari-        black bicultural man has been       "have mistakes and false starts".
                   bold, black letters on   zona’s very own Pointe Hilton at             elected by the mandate of the       This is from a man who knows
    Christine      the front cover of       Squaw Peak on what was deemed a              American people. I am not           he has not enough experience
   Anne Ong        every newspaper, in      necessary conference. Necessary con-
                   seemingly     perma-     ference, indeed, full of posh dinners        because I would have been hap-      but wants to make history for
nent graphics on CNN and MSNBC              and cocktail hours; surely AIG CEO           pier if a woman has been. I real-   what it is worth. He said that he
and the like: layoffs galore, the DOW       Edward Libby has his head in the sand        ize now that this country does      may not finish his job for one
plunges and companies close their           to the world around.                         not respect woman and they may      term, hence we have to expect
doors.                                        Fannie and Freddie Mac instigated a
  Usher in the New Deal of 2008. Just       market meltdown that has yet to see          never do so in my lifetime.         him for another four years after.
as four-term President FDR relieved         the gavel slam an ending verdict, the        Barack Obama is not a real
the American people of unrelenting          newly passed market bailout bill is          black American from the slave           For McCain, he truly is a
starvation, rising prices and heighten-     but another aim at fixing this deepen-       trade of Jamaica or Africa.         patriot till defeat and maybe as
ing joblessness, so the new President-      ing problem.        More recently, the
elect Barack Obama will have                largest mortgage finance machines
                                                                                                                             happier for he does not have to
similarly plaguing tasks before him.        will now crank out a new anti-foreclo-           He was raised by a single       prove himself the next four
Obama says he will make the econ-           sure measure that will lower monthly         white woman for two years and       years. Sad that most of us see
omy his top priority and so he will         payments for homeowners; it is an            then in preschool on to high        getting old as a hindrance to
execute what he calls the “We” gener-       effort to bring to halt the steep fore-      school by a white grandmother.      progress.
ation.                                      closures that represent the adjustable-
  Riding on the coattail of what some       rate mortgage catastrophe.           U.S.    The only black in him is the
deem the largest financial fiasco since     foreclosure filings, according to            color of his skin. His black            I do not agree that this is his-
the 1929 Depression, homeowners and         Bloomberg, edged 71% percent higher          Kenyan father abandoned him         tory. Only because he is half
the business-minded alike are scram-        in the third quarter than 2007.              like most black American fathers    white and half black. He is not
bling to make sense of how to solve           The latest quake to rattle the finan-
the onslaught of problems ranging           cial foundation of America: an auto-         do. How he survived after high      truly a black American. But for
from foreclosure to unemployment.           motive mess that has the government          school is worth knowing as he       history, he wants to be. And so
There seems to be a glimmer of hope         lulling the idea over a second bailout       left Hawaii and never came          the rest of those who voted led
in falling gasoline prices, but that        for companies such as the clunking           back.                               by Oprah and want to believe
doesn’t mean the problems are ashore.       General Motors, which says it very
  So, in looking ahead at what New          well may go bust come 2009.
Deal for the American public, let us          Adam Geller, of The Associated                 His speech was interesting.
rewind the past and play it all back,       Press, regardless of what bailout plan       He was subdued, solemn, and of         Luz
every seeping and sorry memory of           Congress conjures up next, suggests          course rhetoric. Michele was also
this meltdown. Following the sordid         Americans and Congress alike turn            not smiling in biggest grins that
tales of Enron and WorldCom came a          back the rustic pages of history to
mess of colossal proportion.                learn from a time similar: The Great         I would see her do in the pri-
  Hoping that relief would ensue, the       Depression.                                  mary. I am in love with their
Bush administration, earlier this year,       As the years go on, the number of          children, angelic faces of inno-
passed a $150 billion economic stimu-       people able to remember the times of         cence and purity, and true
lus plan intended as a flotation device     the Depression dwindle, but the times
to Americans drowning in debt. Fam-         of the past influence the experiences        blacks through their black
ilies received lifesavers in the form of    of the future, Chairman of the Federal
tax rebate checks, totaling as much as      Reserve, Ben Bernanke, told a group
$1,200 per household, $600 for indi-        of students back in 2004.
viduals and $300 per child.                   It is in this light that Geller says the
  Just as the Titanic hit a gargantuan      government must be cognizant of les-
iceberg and continued to sink in the        sons learned past, so that we may pro-
money marshes, the economy has con-         ceed onto the future.
tinued to slip into financial quicksand       Geller mentions such Depression-
unforgiving.                                propelling mistakes as the Fed raising
  Bush, in a statement released in          interest rates when the economy was
April 2008, regarding the economic          sour, little oversight of financial mar-
stimulus rescue plan said, “It’s obvi-      kets, relying on cheap credit, among
ous our economy is in a slowdown.           others.
Fortunately we recognized the signs           But, the government, for much time,
early and took action.”                     did nothing and watched the Great
  But, Americans did not buy into the       Depression take its course. As in
Bushisms of the past, nor are they          present-day conditions, it’s obvious
today. More sorely rated than the           that kind of thinking and inaction can
highly unpopular Richard Nixon, 25          only persist for so long before enough
percent of Americans blame President        is enough. While Congress seems
Bush for the bleeding economy,              focused on bailing out Wall Street,
according to ABC News. Americans            troubles on Main Street continue to
tout the current administration’s han-      persist in the areas of foreclosures,
dling of the economy more than any          unemployment at near-record rates,
other reason. Other reasons Ameri-          and rising living costs. The govern-
cans cite for the aching economy            ment cannot sit by any longer and just
include the federal government over         watch the destruction take away busi-
all (8 percent), Congress (8 percent)       nesses, jobs and our livelihoods.
and financial institutions (18 percent).      As the economy, not just in America,
  Congress then passed its next suc-        but globally is bottoming out, Presi-
cession of band aids to patch up the        dent-elect Obama has some large
economy from the sub-prime mort-            shoes to fill and voids to mend. It is
gage crisis and the fractured financial     with much weight on his shoulders
world—the $700 billion bailout bill         that Obama will step into the White
not for Main Street, but Wall Street.       House and into a mess of problems.
  Just like the Depression, today’s           Despite such pressures, the presi-
financial woes are emblematic of the        dent-elect says he will push for less of
housing boom gone bust, cheap credit        a “Me” generation and more of a “We”
and the choking stock market. Where         generation. He is working with a bot-
financial institutions are concerned,       tom-up strategy in his took kit, begin-
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac precipi-         ning a revolution of sorts for somwe
tated other financial messes involving      love we live in that “Me” mentality
entities such as Wachovia and, of           Obama speaks of.
course the largest bank closure in U.S.       see Periscope page 12
                                                                                                         October 2008                  Asian SUNews                      7
                                                                       BUSINESS NOTES

     Presidential Election Year Investing                                              MetLife Study: Family Structure Shapes Every Aspect of
                    H i s t o r i c a l l y,                                             Mid-Lifer’s Retirement Planning, Income and Security
                 election years have             Keeping an eye on the long term
                 been good to the              will help investors stay the course.
                                                                                                                 Can family struc-     their peers (38% vs. 27% of Blended Fam-
                 stock market, espe-           Investment success has more to do                             ture dictate your level   ilies and 23% of Traditional Families) that
                 cially the months             with the strength and resilience of                           of financial comfort      they will not have a set level of monthly
                 following the elec-           the American economy and less to                              in retirement?            income that lasts throughout their retire-
                 tion. This phe-               do with which candidate or party                                 A great deal of        ment.
                 nomenon is due to             holds office. Although today’s                                attention has been            Many single female respondents, for
                 the       fact        that    challenges seem unique, there have                            paid to the role that     instance, share the sentiment, “Because I
  Patrick Eng    investors are more            always been events and periods                                gender plays in retire-   am a widow, I do not have the buffer of a
                 comfortable with              that are similar to those we face                             ment planning, but        second income; it all falls on me.” A large
the certainty of who our next pres-            today.                                                        family structure is a     number of Single Women respondents
ident will be than with the uncer-                                                         Ken Ihori         critical and often        believe that the retirement savings impera-
tainty of not knowing. This rise in              For example, during the election                            overlooked compo-         tive is higher for them than it is for those
stock prices (as measured by the               of 1976 when Jimmy Carter was          nent. A new study from MetLife’s Mature          who are married. Despite this, Single
S&P 500 index) has occurred in 13              running against Gerald Ford, the       Market Institute shows that family dynam-        Women are actually much less likely to
of the last 14 presidential elections          country was mired in a recession,      ics strongly influence retirement planning       own many common traditional savings or
according to the Stock Trader’s                oil prices were extremely high due     for people in mid-life.                          income products.
Almanac.                                       to an OPEC embargo and New                The Family Matters study was devel-               The study also shows that some retire-
                                                                                      oped to determine the degree to which fam-       ment issues transcend family structure.
                                               York City threatened bankruptcy.       ily structure influences how people plan for     Healthcare is a critical issue for all.
  The one exception in the past 58                                                    retirement. It addressed three specific mid-     Roughly two-thirds (63%) of Traditional
years was in 2000. It was the year       Successful investors know to                 life segments - ‘Traditional Families’ (two      Families do not expect to have enough
that the tech bubble burst and the    keep their cool during these diffi-             parents and children from their current rela-    money to cover healthcare costs in retire-
election results were delayed for     cult times and not to let short-term            tionship), ‘Blended Families’ (two parents       ment, as is the case with 69% of Single
more than a month as the country      dislocations rattle them and make               with at least one child from a previous rela-    Women and 66% of Blended Families.
awaited a re-count of ballots in      emotional decisions (which are                  tionship) and ‘Single Women’ (widowed,               Of the entire group surveyed, almost
Florida to decide between George      often the wrong thing to do). We                divorced or never-married women with or          half (47%) identify a need for more savings
W. Bush and Al Gore. Those were       have seen the benefits that a bal-              without children).                               and assets; 29% would like a better gauge
extraordinary events, and the Unit-   anced investment strategy has pro-                 One of the Study’s central findings is        of both their routine and unpredictable
ed States is facing extraordinary     vided during these volatile times               that Blended Families and Single Women           retirement expenses.
events this year, as well.            and that is the reason all Perspec-             do not consider themselves prepared for              Retirement income and healthcare are
                                      tive Financial Services clients have            what retirement holds. The majority of           two universal concerns for pre-retirees.
   The nation is working its way an Investment Policy Statement                       Traditional Families (55%) have a clear          The challenge for those in middle age is to
through a housing bubble that has (IPS) to help remind them of their                  idea of what they hope to experience and         make the unpredictable elments in their
burst and the subsequent sub-prime strategy.                                          achieve in retirement, compared with only        lives-the current and future needs of their
                                                                                      38% of Single Women and 48% of Blend-            children, the assets or income that go to an
debt mess that was left in the wake                                                   ed Families. Similarly, nearly seven out of      ex-spouse, their own healthcare and other
of the housing debacle. The U.S.         It is also important not to con-             ten (66%) of Traditional Families feel at        costs-more manageable. More security
Treasury and the Federal Reserve fuse long-term investing with trad-                  least somewhat prepared for retirement,          with regard to income and assets would be
have been extremely creative and ing. The media makes it very                         compared to only 56% of Blended Families         of great help to them as they transition into
accommodative in terms of solu- tempting to do “tactical” or “sector                  and 40% of Single Women.                         retirement.
tions to help alleviate the shock to rotation” trades that are more of a                 Blended Families and Single Women                 Complex family structures add an extra
our financial system. The bail out trading mentality than an invest-                  also believe that their families face unique     level of unpredictability to retirement plan-
of AIG, Freddie Mac and Fannie ment strategy. When you make a                         challenges when it comes to retirement           ning, and today’s middle-aged Americans
Mae are essential steps in a painful change in your investment portfo-                planning specifically because of their fam-      are seeking ways to make their income last
process of providing stability to the lio, it should be part of a disci-              ily situation. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of        a lifetime and tools to support their goals.
economy. These extraordinary plined rebalancing strategy, not a                       Single Women and Blended Families                They are looking for professional planning
measures are a reflection of the reaction to news reports. Do not let                 (61%) think that it’s significantly more dif-    and financial products for “families like
extraordinary circumstances that short-term events, such as an elec-                  ficult for them to save for retirement than it   theirs,” not just generioc advice.
we face.                              tion, drive you off course from                 is for their friends who have different fam-         For additional information on the tools
                                      your long-term goals.                           ily situations.                                  MetLife can provide to ensure that retirees
   This year has been a difficult one                                                    Roughly one in five Blended Families          from every kind of family structure can
                                                                                      and Single Women (19% and 18%, respec-           safeguard their retirement savings, or to
for the typical investor and may         Patrick Eng is a fee-only financial con-
                                                                                      tively) are concerned that they don’t have       view more on the MetLife Family Matters
end up being disappointing for sultant for Perspective Financial Servic-              safeguards to ensure that an ex-spouse will      Study, please visit www.maturemarketinsti-
many. However, it is important to es, LLC, in Phoenix and has more than 20            not lay claim to their income or savings or contact Ken Ihori at 60 E Rio
remember that corrections are a years experience in the financial services            meant for themselves or their children.          Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.
natural part of investing and these industry. His practice is focused on help-        This sentiment is even higher among those            “This article appears courtesy of Ken
are the times that it is important to ing individuals and families with their         that have experienced a divorce in the past      Ihori. Ken Ihori is a Registered Represen-
have an investment strategy in financial planning and investment                      five years.       These recently-divorced        tative/Independent       Brokerant      with
place. History has shown us that needs. You can call Patrick at 602-281-              respondents are also more concerned than         MetLife Securities Inc. You can reach
markets move in cycles and it is 4357, email a                       their peers about having sufficient funds        Ken at his office at (480) 638-2113.
normal to see up cycles as well as                                   earmarked for their children’s inheritance.      MetLife Securities Inc., One Madison
downward cycles.                                                                         Single Women are more worried than            Avenue, New York, NY 10010.”

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The Sakatas and The Nambas at the Roloff Farms
                                             October 2008   Asian SUNews   9

City of Phoenix Annual Mayor Chamber Mixer 2008

Thank you for everyone who came to our table. It was a great turnout. Asian
Chamber of Commerce would like to send our blessings to Mayor Phil Gordon
                           for a fast recovery.
                                                                                                           October 2008                    Asian SUNews                 10

                                                            Journey to Death
By Madeline Ong-Sakata                         lance. I was certain that Lee had died in     support from all its members.                 calmed down finally and my daughter
Writers note: This article is written for      that ambulance and when I arrived at the         Lee was admitted to intensive care at      asked for a copy of the patient’s rights
those readers who may want to under-           hospital, I had to ask admittance if he was   the University Medical Center, a large        and my son was livid that the family
stand the Left Ventricular Assist Device       still alive. They could not tell me because   hospital known for its research and the       would be treated so cruelly and cold. The
(LVAD) that Lee lived with for nine            they had already taken him into the exam-     base of the world famous Dr. Jack             next morning every head nurse and the
months and the effect it had in Lee’s and      ining room. So I called Jolie (my daugh-      Copeland. For the second time, all the        director came to see me, apologized and
my life. In no way was this article meant      ter that lives in Phoenix) at 5:30 a.m. to    children flew in from their respective        since then because I was at the hospital
to discourage anyone away from the             come sit with me while still not knowing      homes to be near us. They took turns          for three months the administrator asked
advantages and choices in the advance-         Lee’s condition.                              staying with Lee all day and night in the     my opinion on how they could make
ment in cardiovascular treatment.                 Finally we were called into the exami-     hospital and with me at the motel and         things better for their patients’ families.
                                               nation room and when the nurse said she       then at the condo we had to rent because      Kudos to her, I gave her an earful. But the
   Lee had a stroke on his 60th birthday       would get us a chair before the doctor        they told us his stay would be no less than   bottom line was to respect the families
that left him paralyzed on his left side. He   would talk to us, an alarm went               a month, maybe more. It was there that I      that respect them. I KNOW that some
could still drive a car and could get along       off in Jolie’s mind that told her this     lost my cool and became unglued, maybe        families can be a pain and interfere with
pretty fair with his cane. As time went by     was serious and she excused herself to        because everything was happening so           the nurses, but let them know the rules
his heart which has always been his prob-      call her brother and sisters who live in      quickly, but one evening when the head        and give them respect and compassion
lem became weaker and in early 2007 at         California, Oregon and Mississippi            nurse would not let me and my daughter        instead of yelling at them all the time!!!!
72, he was told his heart would last him       respectively.                                 go back to see him because he she said he        see Journey page 11
about six months. He was given medicine           The doctor did say he was very sick        was asleep, I tried to
(a lot) and was told to go home. His car-      and may not make it through the night.        explain to her that Lee is
diologist told us he had 6 months to live      But Lee surprised everyone, got better,       waiting for me to come
so I counted the months on my fingers          was able to speak, etc. but had to stay at    back and he needed to
and the “due” date would have been Sep-        Scottsdale Medical for tests. It was at       know we were near. She
tember. We got a second opinion who            Scottsdale on Shea that they put in a         said he needs his sleep
happened to be Lisa’s (our daughter)           defibrillator and pacemaker much to the       and should not be dis-
classmate but he agreed nothing could be       concern of William (“my son-in-law, the       turbed. I have to admit I
done. After a few weeks, he was released       doctor,”) who felt that Lee would not         made a scene screaming
from John C. Lincoln Hospital in central       want the complications, etc. of this          that my husband is dying
Phoenix and went home trying to live a         device. But Lee’s doctor asked him if he      in there and will be
normal life while he waited to die.            wanted to live or die and of course, Lee,     “sleeping” for a very
   It so happened one evening we were at       not knowing the consequences of his yes,      long time and you won’t
Fort McDowell playing Bingo when Lee           agreed to the procedure and soon after        let me see him? By then
calmly asked me to please call an ambu-        was taken by ambulance with our son           she moved aside let us
lance because he could not breathe. (I say     who agreed with Lee that it was the           pass and of course, Lee
calmly because he did want to alarm me,        bumpiest two hour ride ever to the Uni-       only half asleep asked me
but it did anyway!) Since the closest hos-     versity Medical Center in Tucson.             what happened and all I
pital was Scottsdale Medical on Shea, the      Because of his age, I was surprised that      could do was tell him I
ambulance took him there after working         Lee would even be considered for a heart      wanted to go home and
on him for 10 minutes in the ambulance. I      transplant but he was. Before they would      did not want to be at this
was waiting in the car behind the ambu-        consider you a candidate for a heart trans-   horrible place anymore,
lance to follow them because there was         plant, the family is interviewed extensive-   etc…Poor Lee, he didn’t
not enough room for me in the ambu-            ly to make certain that the patient has       know what to do. I

          Hope Everyone had a Safe and Enjoyable Halloween!                                                    Salazar Named New Arizona
                    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!                                                                 National Guard Commander
                                                                                               PHOENIX - Governor Janet                    5,600 soldiers, since January 2007.
                                                                                             Napolitano has named Brigadier Gen-           He has served as a full-time member
                                                                                             eral Hugo E. Salazar the new adjutant         of the Arizona Army National Guard
                                                                                             general of the Arizona National               for the past 17 years. Salazar will
                                                                                             Guard, replacing General David P.             begin service as adjutant general on
                                                                                             Rataczak, who is retiring.                    December 16, and his term will last
                                                                                                                                           until April 13, 2012. He will fill the
                                                                                                “General Salazar has done a great          remaining portion of the five-year
                                                                                             job leading the Arizona Army Nation-          term of Rataczak, who is retiring after
                                                                                             al Guard day-to-day during a time             serving as adjutant general since
                                                                                             when there have been more demands             1999.
                                                                                             placed on our National Guard than
                                                                                             ever before,” Governor Napolitano                “Even as we welcome a great new
                                                                                             said. “I look forward to General              leader in General Salazar, it’s impor-
                                                                                             Salazar’s continued leadership as our         tant that we honor General Rataczak
                                                                                             new adjutant general.”                        for his service to the Arizona National
              To Our Companion, Dad, and Grandpa:                                                                                          Guard during a transformative time.
       We Love You, Miss You, and Think About You Everyday!                                     Salazar has served as the assistant        He has been a truly exceptional adju-
           Madeline, Jackie, David, Michy, Lisa, Jolie, MJ                                   adjutant general for the Army Nation-         tant general,” Governor Napolitano
                     and All the Grandchildren                                               al Guard, an operation of more than           said.

                                                                                             General David P. Rataczak                            Brigadier General
                                                                                                                                                   Hugo E. Salazar
                                                                                                  October 2008                  Asian SUNews              11
Journey                                   LVAD) and from the brochure this is        couldn’t eat, didn’t want to drink.        Lee is able to go places, but the
                                          how it is explained: “The LXE LVAD         They fed him through a tube, took it       batteries only last from 2-4 hours
                                          helps your heart pump blood through        out, then tried to force it down his       depending on how active the person
   Lee was shortly moved to a step
                                          your body; The LXE LVAD is made            throat again because he was still not      is. Lee’s batteries lasted sometimes
down intensive care unit and it was
                                          mostly of titanium and weighs three        eating and drinking (you NEED to           for 6 hours because by now, he could
there while the nurses took him for
                                          pounds. A small electric motor inside      drink because the LVAD won’t               no longer walk and was wheelchair
his exercise walk that they felt the
                                          the LVAD drives the pump. The LXE          function). During his recovery, the        bound. He was supplied with 6
electric shock from Lee’s
                                          LVAD is implanted in your abdomen          defibrillator acted up and kept            batteries, which we carried wherever
pacemaker/defibrillator. One of the
                                          and is attached to your heart and          shocking him. He was shocked off           we went. We also had to carry a hand
nurses was a veteran of many years
                                          ascending aorta. Blood from your           and on including a whole week-end          pump in case something went wrong
experience and she was quite shaken,
                                          heart flows into the LXE LVAD and          and in one night he was shocked 17         with the batteries or the power base.
having never felt a shock from this
                                          then is pumped into the ascending          times. This was pure torture for him,      Because I would be taking care of Lee
device in all her years of nursing. She
                                          aorta and through your body. You will      No one called the depilatory techs,        when we went home, I needed to
said it was very painful and not easily
                                          hear the pump motor working, this is       blamed it on the medication, but           learn how the LVAD worked. I stayed
forgotten! The young assistant that
                                          normal.”                                   nothing was really done until the          overnight at the hospital during the
was helping was also shaken by the
                                                                                     beginning Monday morning. Needless         last month he was there and took
experience and could not believe the
                                             A tube from the LVAD passes             to say, the shocks to his heart made       lessons from the LVAD techs, and
intensity of the shock and he was a
                                          through the skin, called a                 him very foggy and his heart weaker.       was given a written test before he
strapping young man of about 23!
                                          Percutaneous Tube and is covered           These shocks were not little ones,         would be released. He was released as
                                          with a special material that will attach   when the depilatory shocks him, his        an outpatient so we had to stay in
   Because of the defibrillator going
                                          and grow onto the skin area, called        body jumps off the bed. He could also      Tucson for at least another month.
off like it did, Lee had to make a
                                          the exit site. This is the site I had to   tell when a shock was coming and
quick decision to give the doctors
                                          learn to clean with peroxide and           told everyone to get away from him. I         This was the first time a patient
permission to implant the LVAD
                                          saline and bandage everyday wearing        asked him how he knew he was going         who has had a stroke and partially
because the doctors felt that his heart
                                          a mask and sterile gloves. I also had      to get shocked and he said he could        paralyzed has ever received an LVAD.
was so weak that he may not survive
                                          to learn how to attach and detach the      hear it revving up! Finally, the torture   So Lee was more or less an
another episode.
                                          wires that connect his LVAD to the         was over and he began his journey to       experiment and was only one of two
                                          Power Base Unit that looks like a          recovery.                                  patients in Phoenix with an LVAD,
   Needless to say I was not prepared
                                          large heavy radio receiver. It plugs                                                  The other person although getting
for the care Lee would need, nor did I
                                          into a regular wall socket and caution        To be clear, and we didn’t know         along excellently with his LVAD was
know what an LVAD was. The
                                          must be taken that it is never             this, Lee is now hooked to a machine       even thinking of forgoing the heart
children saw an episode of Gray’s
                                          unplugged because the pump will stop       that is way too heavy to carry around      transplant and living with the device,
Anatomy and that was their first
                                          and the patient could die.                 and he must adjust to hearing the          his LVAD got wet in the shower and
introduction to an LVAD albeit not
                                                                                     constant beating of his own heart that     unfortunately he died. Now Lee was
accurate. The operation as I recall
                                             After the operation, recovery was       also could be heard by anyone near         the only LVAD patient from Phoenix;
lasted 3-4 hours, the device weighing
                                          touch and go. He should have               him. The only time he can be off the       we saw only one other LVAD patient
about 3 lbs. looks like a round metal
                                          awakened from the anesthetic the next      machine is to wear 2 batteries             in Tucson who was much younger
army issue water canteen without the
                                          morning, but it wasn’t for two or three    weighing about 3 lbs each. They are        than Lee and looked very healthy.
spout and is placed in the abdomen.
                                          days that he became conscious. It was      worn by, what looks like a handgun,
Its official name is the Heart Mate
                                          a very difficult time for Lee, The         holster and in fact were designed by         Stay Tuned Next month: Living
Extended Lead Vented Left
                                          LVAD was so full in his stomach he         Smith & Wesson. With these batteries,      with the LVAD.
Ventricular Assist Device (LXE

Stanley Hayami: Nisei Son
About the Book:
                                                                                        Joanne Oppenheim is
                                                                                     the author of more than
  The “whole mess,” as Stan put it, began on December 7, 1941, when
                                                                                     fifty books for and about
the Japanese government attacked the United States, sinking most of the
                                                                                     children. In addition she
United States Pacific fleet in Hawaii. On the following day, the United
                                                                                     is the president and co-
States declared war on Japan and for those of Japanese descent, life
                                                                                     founder of Oppenheim
would never be the same.
                                                                                     Toy Portfolio, Inc. One
                                                                                     of the country’s most
  Stan’s diary serves as witness to a dark time in our history and is told
                                                                                     highly regarded child
through the eyes of a teenager who will soon be expected to take up the
                                                                                     development experts,
responsibility of a man. As you read his diary, you will discover Stan’s
                                                                                     Oppenheim is seen
creative talents, as well as his idealism, his optimism, an his aspirations.
                                                                                     regularly on NBC’s
He has a quirky sense of humor, along with a more serious side, and
                                                                                     Today show where she is
dreams of a “United Nations of Earth.” He talks to his diary as a
                                                                                     a contributor.
confidant, a safe place to express his opinions and record the everyday
events of his life. No one told him he had to keep a journal. He wrote
because he needed a private place to keep his ideas and think through                   Her latest book, Dear
the contradictions of his life.                                                      Miss Breed: True Stories
                                                                                     of the Japanese American
  Stan and his family were swept up in the largest mass roundup in our               Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a
country’s history. On May 14, 1942 the Hayamis, along with thousands                 Difference, came about when Joanne was planning her high school
of others, were taken to the Pomona Fairgrounds, one of 16 Assembly                  reunion and began seraching for Ellen Yukawa, a Japanese American
Centers where the Nikkei (people of Japanese ancestry) were                          friend.
temporarily imprisoned until more permanent Relocation Centers were
                                                                                       Joanne Oppenheim lives in New York City with her husband and is
built. The Hayamis were moved from Pomona to Heart Mountain in
                                                                                     the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of seven.
                                                                                     AsianSUNews Note:
  In November of 1942, Stan Hayami began keeping a diary that
captures the harsh reality of Wyoming and his personal struggles as a
                                                                                     I started reading this and it is such a great story and I could only
student, son, brother, friend, and citizen of the world, who despite all
                                                                                     imagine what he and his family went through. I don’t know how I would
obstacles, holds onto his dreams of the future. It is his optimism that
                                                                                     react if my identity and my citizenship taken away because of the war.
continues to shine through his diary, and his determination to improve
                                                                                     Many of us may feel that our lives have so much hardship but this book
himself as well as the world. His dreams will continueto inspire those
                                                                                     will put it in a different perspective. I do recommend that everyone tries
who work to build a world where differences are not met with racism
                                                                                     to make the time to read this.
and war, but with respect for others and kindness that allows all people
to live in harmony and with dignity.
                                                                                     Sophia Swangaroon
            12          Asian SUNews                            October 2008

Chef S y’s culina ry choice f or Jun e                                                         2008 JACL National Convention
By Chef Bill Sy
                                                                                                By: Ted Namba                         mentioned that food costs at the
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls                                                                                                                 SLC downtown Marriott was quite
1 green cabbage, about 2 lbs (900 g), cored                                                      Our family returned today from       reasonable, hence the generous
For the filling:                                                                              the JACL 2008 National Conven-          servings of meat. Bryan also was
1 lb (450 g) ground beef
1 egg 1 onion, finely chopped                                                                 tion in SLC. Silvana Watanabe and       fortunate as Soji Kashiwagi, Direc-
1 large carrot, grated                                                                        the convention committee did an         tor of the "Nihonmachi" musical
1-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped                                                             excellent job in providing everyone     selected him and three other female
1/2 cup (125 ml) bread crumbs
1/2 cup (125 ml) uncooked white rice                                                          a fun and productive convention.        teenagers from CA to join in the
1/2 cup (125 ml) white wine or water                                                          Chapter members attending parts or      cast for one number during Friday
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste                                                       all of convention were: Jeri Auther,    night's performance (Stylistics'
For the sauce:
2 Tbs (30 ml) butter or vegetable oil
                                                                                              Will Auther, Marian Furukawa,           "People Make the World Go
1 onion, chopped                                                                              Ron Furukawa, Alex Harbottle,           Round")...he got a real kick out of
1/2 cup (125 ml) white wine                                     Chef Bill Sy MBA, CEC,        Cindi Harbottle, Bryan Namba,           this! Norm Mineta attended this
2 15-oz (425 g each) cans tomatoes with their liquid,               AAC, CMC-China            Lauren Namba, Michele Namba,            great musical on Friday night and
pureed or cut into small pieces                                        Co-Director,
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste                                                       Masako Takiguchi and myself. At-        gave some very meaningful re-
                                                                      Culinary Arts
Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
                                                                     The Art Institute
                                                                                              tending convention brought back         marks after the performance.
1/2 cup (125 ml) raisins (optional)                                                           fond memories of the JACL 2006             Portland Chapter was a repeat
1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar (optional)                                  of Phoenix
8 gingersnaps, crushed (optional)                                       602-331-7612          convention and also gave us greater     winner of the George Inagaki
Sour cream for garnish                                                                        appreciation of all the time put in     Chapter Citizenship Award at Fri-
Boil the cabbage in salted water for 10 minutes and remove the softened outer leaves.         by this year's convention commit-       day's Awards Luncheon. Dick Mat-
Repeat until all the leaves have been softened. (Alternately, the whole cabbage can be
frozen overnight and thawed prior to making the dish.) Trim off and discard the thick         tee.                                    suishi mentioned for us to consider
spines of the leaves and set the leaves aside.                                                    Some highlights from conven-        applying for the Inagaki Award in
To make the filling, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Place a        tion that may be of interest for our    2010 but I may have to put feelers
cabbage leaf flat on a work surface and place about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the filling at the
bottom of the leaf, leaving a margin of about 1 inch on both sides of the leaf. Fold the
                                                                                              chapter members include the fol-        out to see if Portland will apply
sides of the leaves over the filling and roll up like a burrito or spring roll. Repeat with   lowing: Chapter member, Will Au-        again in 2010...they put on an
the remaining leaves and filling until all the filling is used. Chop enough of the remain-    ther won the Min Yasui Oratorical       amazing 139 activities per year so
ing cabbage to make about 1 cup (250 ml).                                                     Competition. Congrats Will! I           would be very difficult to beat if
To make the sauce, heat the butter in a large heavy pot large enough to hold all the cab-
bage rolls. Sauté the onion until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the              don't know this for sure, but I be-     they apply again. They must not
chopped cabbage and the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Place the cabbage          lieve this may be the first time an     have applied in 2002 when our
rolls seam side down in a single layer, adding enough water to completely cover them          Arizona Chapter member has won          Chapter won the award.
if necessary. Reduce the heat and simmer tightly covered for 1 1/2 hours, shaking the
pan occasionally to prevent the rolls from sticking to the pan. Serve garnished with          this competition. Bryan had steak          Sayonara Banquet was very
sour cream. Serves 6 to 8.                                                                    served as a convention meal for         nice...salmon and filet dinner, As-
                                                                                              four consecutive days: Wednes-          tronaut Dan Tani gave a nice pres-
Classic Meatloaf
1 1/2 lbs (675 g) ground beef                                                                 day's Welcome Mixer (held at a          entation which included interesting
3 eggs, lightly beaten                                                                        cool place called "This is the Place"   photos of his latest mission on the
1 medium onion, finely chopped                                                                which is where Brigham Young            space shuttle. Astronaut Dan is a
1 cup (250 ml) bread crumbs
1/2 cup (125 ml) ketchup
                                                                                              crossed the mountains and told his      very personable guy from Chicago
2 Tbs (30 ml) Dijon mustard                                                                   followers where they would settle),     as he chatted with us at the Whing
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped fresh parsley                                                        Youth Luncheon on Thursday, Fri-        Ding on Friday night and with the
1 Tbs (15 ml) fennel seed                                                                     day's Whing Ding dinner (optional       youth on Saturday afternoon.
1 tsp (5 ml) dried thyme, marjoram, or oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste                                                       event for 1000 Club and Millenni-       JACL PSW RD, Craig Ishii did a
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead the mixture with your hands            um Club members...Michele and I         great job in getting the 50 youth at
until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 5 x 3-inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm)          chose the salmon option for this        convention pumped up about
loaf pan or form into a loaf on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven
until the center of the loaf reads 160F (70C) on an instant- read thermometer, about 1        meal) and yesterday's Sayonara          JACL.
to 1 1/4 hours. Drain off the excess fat and let stand for 15 minutes before cutting into     Banquet. Both Floyd and Silvana            see Convention on page 15
slices. Serves 4 to 6.
Chef Bill Sy is member of Asian Chamber and has returned from the Singapore
Culinary Academy and Spicy Garden since being there in April 2004. He will con-
tinue his column with Asian SUNews from The Art Institute. We welcome him back
to Phoenix and look forward to all the new recipes he has in store for us!

  That’s not to say that Amer-                   So Obama will try and prove
ica should turn into a country                 himself in reeling in the New
of free hand outs and govern-                  Deal of this century, quelling
ment-sponsored services, but                   worriment about the economy
at this point in time, the best                and unemployment. Despite
solution for everyone is a so-                 who we voted for in this past
lution impossible without a                    election, may Obama’s politi-
government that erects solu-                   cal capital bring back the cap-
tions people may not want, but                 ital prosperity America has
very much need at this time.                   long been known for. Just as
   It is imperative that Obama                 critics smashed FDR for the
lives up to his words of                       New Deal and strengthening
change. We need change more                    government involvement in
now than perhaps ever before.                  private affairs, Obama will
In our schools, in our health-                 surely face attacks of the same
care system, in the workplace,                 nature. But let the long-term
everywhere we look and most                    effects mirror that of FDR: a
everyone we know is digging                    restrengthening of the econo-
around in the trenches, trying                 my for the “We” generation.
to avoid another bomb from
hitting their lives.
                                                                                                              October 2008                      Asian SUNews                   13

Womenly Speaking
  By Luzviminda Parco-                            In the meanwhile, as the country is at       homes force closed that could not sell.          McCain are trying to protect. We, Asians,
Kendrick,LCSW                                  war outside of our shore another war of         Hence, their capital dried up and started to     respect authority and we all know author-
  A COUNTRY IN TURMOIL                         economic implication began at the same          collapse. The Asian investors wait in            ity is earned through experience, as experi-
   How did we get this far? A country in       time. The war of greed on Wall Street and       agony. Now comes the administration and          ence generates increase wisdom and wit.
the brink of a financial collapse. A country   the credit institutions ruled by untouchable    government take over. The bail out. We the       Wisdom and wit are two prone ingredients
in the throw of an election for a Presidency   CEOs. The housing prosperity spoiled            taxpayers will pay and hope that this            for accurate and effective problem solving.
of four years, after eight years of incredi-   everyone and everyone scampered to get          become our investment that will help oth-        Only a genius can overshadow the need for
ble roller coaster ride of being safe. A       the piece of the pie. While our soldiers        ers and at the same time results in profit. It   experience, but a genius has the capacity
country divided in values and economic         were protecting us against any invasion         is like we become a community of home-           of one-track area of brilliance for creativ-
perspective.                                   and keep us all safe, the tentacles of corpo-   owners lending the debunked corporate to         ity. Rhetoric and professorial eloquence do
   Where anything American abroad is no        rate greed creped in oil and housing. The       buy it from us, with promise of paying and       not translate planning and action to solve.
longer seen as respectable and awed.           promise of eliminating class warfare            hopefully giving us some earnings.               For him to believe that his dedication to
   Now comes the election of enormous          through homeownership attracted lower              So the bottom line, the people win and        serve is far better that the ideological com-
importance. To continue the present or to      middle class earners to bite and grab a pos-    our taxpaying days will try to save this         mitment of McCain is like watching stand-
change after eight years of Republican         sible vision of stepping up including thou-     country. The corruption of Wall Street and       ing water and believing it will not move or
administration. The first four years went      sands of immigrants pending citizenships.       the government. Says McCain, the maver-          be rippled by the wind or other forces of
with ease and harmony until the terrorists     The sub prime mortgage attracted the lure       ick of going after the money hungry con-         nature. Obama does not have other forces
surface to show that we as infidels do not     of an investment with balloon payments in       glomerates and pork barrel fatties. Obama        of nature that will equip him to run this
deserve to rule the world. The safety of our   the hope that in time the equity will pay it    is confident that the taxpayers will give        country in the brink of economic and
shore was assured, as Iraq became the bat-     off. It did not. Millions of homeowners         him the thumbs up to do the same. Except         global disaster. We are safe for now from
tleground for those who hate us. Al Qaeda      saw their monthly mortgage increased            he has not been in service long enough to        other incursions of angry religious fanat-
and his cells went to work and incited the     with their earnings not enough to keep up.      render quick judgment on crisis situations       ics, but will this be not far behind?
Sunni and the Shi’a to kill each other as      Some left their homes and not wait for          such as a war, economic disasters such as
they targeted our soldiers. Lives lost, not    foreclosure. Bank taking over did not help      we have now. He has just recently owned a          VOTE IN NOVEMBER. BUT VOTE
on our shore but spread out and concen-        as the housing outrun the demand. Emp-          piece of a house and a land, not enough to       WITH YOUR CONSCIENCE. SEARCH
trated in Iraq. Spain and England got hit      tied houses all over our country sat unsold.    be faced with the ins and outs of regular        FOR THE TRUTH IN EACH CANDI-
for being our allies.                          The greedy bankers and mortgagors have          middle class home buyers that both he and        DATE

                                   Sears -
                             Christmas shopping
                             has already started

  I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn’t always my first
choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and
they haven’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each
buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

  How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military
duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and avail-
able, but nothing more. Usually people take a big pay cut and lose
benefits as a result of being called up.

  Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintain-
ing all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs,
for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit
that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recog-
nized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be
sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company
gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

  Someone checked on this and sent an email to the Sears Customer
Service Department:

   I just received this email and I would like to know if it is ture. If
it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of
advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of myway
to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item,
even if it’s cheapter at that store.

  This was their response to the email:

  Dear Customer:
  Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We
appreciate your positive feedback.

  Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices
our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part
to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

  Please let others be aware of this. Sears needs to be recognized
for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as
Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!

  You may visit:
       14      Asian SUNews October 2008

                              ASU Asian LEAD Academy 2008
LEA D A c a d e m y, s p o n s o r e d b y Arizona State University, is a hands-on two week summer program for
teen a g e h i g h s c h o o l s t u d e n ts . Students learn about their culture and who they are by finding their
iden t i t y a s A s i a n A m e r i ca n s o r teaching others about Asian Americans and the issues and barriers
they f a c e . A s i a n S U N e w s p r i n ts the essays written by the students hoping to encourage a career in
jour n a l i s m a n d / o r s h o w o t h e r s what they have learned.

                           What exactly is                           beneficial in my future workplace. Many activities, like the Team Chal-
                                                                     lenge, helped me realize what methods will work best in a group, which
                           Asian LEAD?
                                                                     is important for a veterinarian to know. Having the ability to effectively
    LEAD is the acronym for Leadership Enrichment Assertiveness communicate and lead a group are extremely important as well. The
Development. During the duration of the Asian LEAD program, I have workshops concerning leadership, assertiveness, teamwork and other
learned a great deal about myself, the Asian-American community, and skills have allowed me to discover what the definition of a leader is.
Asian culture itself.                                                These skills are valuable to me as a future veterinarian.

    The Asian LEAD Academy has taught me many skills that will be ben-           The Asian LEAD program has taught me skills that will be very use-
eficial in my career as an ASU student as well as my future career as a vet- ful in my career as an ASU student in the fall and as a future veterinarian.
erinarian.                                                                   I am glad I participated in the program and learned so much about the
                                                                             ASU campus. The Asian LEAD program is a program that has helped me
    My first goal and experience is as a student at ASU, starting this com- develop my skills as a leader.
ing fall. In the Asian LEAD program, speakers from the APA Studies
department at ASU spoke to our group, teaching us about Asian and Asian    Megan Yee
American history. This knowledge has allowed me to determine if I have
any interest in studying APA history at ASU and to get to know some of
the staff members. I have become familiar with the services ASU offers
to its students, especially freshmen, including the services available
through the Multicultural Student Center. The Asian LEAD program has For more information about ASU Asian Lead Academy:
helped me get to know ASU’s Tempe campus and the services available at Visit or
ASU.                                                                    Contact Rhea Gomez at

   The Asian LEAD program has taught me skills that will be extremely

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  National Council meeting ran      serve our historic legacies.
approx. an hour and a half late     Finally, the programs will begin
on Thursday so Masako wanted        to address the actual disparities
to have fun on Friday and took      in social justice that exist for
the bus out to Wendover to          Asian Pacific Americans. The
check out their casinos.            JACL recognizes the need to
Masako, Michele and I walked        develop and maintain a sustain-
a few blocks to check out the       able source of effective leader-
awesome Mormon Tabernacle           ship that will act for positive
yesterday afternoon, after the      social change for Asian Pacific
National Council meetings           Americans and for the commu-
ended. The one most significant     nity at large.
Constitution     and      Bylaw
Amendment passed during the           The JACL will commit
meetings was CBA 2 which            resources to programs that
amended the bylaws to change        encourage leadership opportu-
the National JACL Convention        nities especially for our youth
from a Biennial to an Annual        in networking, advocacy, coali-
event. This was a very close        tion building and education
vote, with 88 voting and a 2/3      about community issues. The
majority required (i.e. 59          JACL also recognizes the need
votes), it passed with 59 1/2       to strengthen our current lead-
votes (more specifically had 57     ership by offering internal 2nd Row (left to right): Ron, Furukawa, Marian Furukawa, Will Auther, Lauren
yes votes and 5 split votes         training opportunities that                 Namba, Ted Namba, Masako Takiguchi, Cindi Harbottle
worth 1/2 apiece. The switch to     reach all levels of the JACL so 1st Row (left to right): Alex Harbottle, Jeri Kishiyama-Auther, Michelle Namba,
annual conventions will likely      that we remain a vital and con-                                   Brian Namba
start in 2013 as Chicago will       tributing organization in our
host 2010, Seattle likely in        society.                          Ave shopping (next to the Hyatt ner on September 13 at The hunch is 2013 might                                         Regency where the last conven- Grand in Long Beach. Mickey
be    more    local    as    the      Silent Auction at Sayonara tion in Chicago was held). Ron Yokoi has already given me a
SELANOCO group has been             was nice...I think the top item had Lauren at five stars and box load of nice silent auction
discussing the idea of hosting      was an autographed Chicago when he showed the slide show items for the silent auction that
an upcoming convention.             Cubs jersey signed by Kosuke of the hotel, our family decided will be held that evening. Pro-
                                    Fukudome that went for $700 we will definitely attend. My ceeds from this auction will go
   One more key item during the     (I'll tell you in private the hunch is JACL 2010 will be a to PSW so please contact me if
National Council meeting was        funny story of how Bill Yoshino very memorable convention to you have anything to donate.
the approval of the Program for     got the free jersey). I want to attend so think about putting
Action Statement which is the       thank ASU golf coach, Mickey some $$ aside to make it out to                  I have some stuff put aside, as
key for all of us to follow over    Yokoi for donating many ASU Chicago in 2010.                               well, and therefore will drive
the next biennium. Here it is:      items (e.g. Titleist pro V-1 golf                                          Michele's van to the event so I
During the 2009-2010 bien-          balls, ASU logo shirts, etc).       Attending these events is fun can take any item, even if you
nium, the JACL will continue        Thanks also to Michele, as we are always amazed at who are unable to attend. Our chap-
its role of promoting civil         Masako, and Cindi for donating we the Mixer on Wed ter will purchase a table at this
rights and social justice through   items for our national youth at night, I met Cheryl from the event as Joe Allman and Mas
programs of advocacy and edu-       this event.                       Twin Cities Chapter who I Inoshita will be honored, along
cation. These programs will                                           knew from my days back in with others in PSW that helped
monitor and respond to issues         Speaking of Bill Yoshino, his Carson...her brother and my to achieve redress for JAs as we
that threaten civil and human       brother Ron Yoshino will chair brother were best friends at celebrate the 20th anniversary
rights and the dignity of           the JACL 2010 National Con- Carson High. Cheryl then intro- of the Civil Liberties Act.
affected communities. The pro-      vention in Chicago from June duced me to her fellow delegate
grams will also educate the         30-July 4, 2010. It will be held from Minnesota, Steve Ozone
public about the historical         at the Swissotel, a five star who it turns out is Jim Kubota's
experience of Japanese Ameri-       hotel on the waterfront, walk- nephew...always amazing how
cans and Asian Pacific Ameri-       ing distance from Navy Pier small our world really is. Next
cans, including efforts to pre-     and their outstanding Michigan up for us is the PSW Gala Din-

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