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Volume 11 Number 1 Serving Arizona the Grand Canyon State May 17, 2004
Scholarship recipients left to right: Terry
Teraji, M.J. Sakata, Phoenix Mayor Phil
Gordon, Brad Okuma, Lauren Ogino
The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of
Phoenix entertained guests at the 43rd Annual
Sara Hutchings Clardy Scholarship Awards
(l-r): Congressman JD Hayworth, Dr. Michael (seated l-r): Ronnie Sebastian, Tram Chu, Rano Singh Sidhu, Madeline
M. Tsai, Dr. Wu-lien Wei. luncheon with his candid remarks regarding
Ong-Sakata, JoAnn Garcia. (standing l-r): Martin Samaniego, Ted Namba,
his goals as Mayor of Phoenix, the Japanese
Archie Tescon Leonardo Loo, Manny Wong, John Underwood, Alex Reynoso and Marv
American community in Phoenix and how we
The Taiwanese Association of Arizona Freeman at the Inaugural Asian American Building Business Success
should all learn from the Japanese American
culminated the 4th Annual Taiwanese-American Breakfast held at the Maricopa Skill Center on May 7, 2004.
experiences and empathize with the current
Heritage Week Celebration with a gala dinner that experiences of other innocent Americans
was held at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort. As Marv Freeman their participation on an on-going
Congratulations to everyone for a basis while many other leaders and based on their ethnic background.
an intern of Madeline for the Asian SUNews, I
job well-done. The Inaugural Asian business owners were eager to become This year’s recipients of the Sara
was at the midst of this celebration to observe and
American Building Business Success partners in progress to build their Hutchings Clardy Scholarship Awards were
learn about the local Asian American community
here in the Phoenix area. Although they ran out of Breakfast was an outstanding success businesses and their community Lauren Ogino from Centennial High School
my chosen food for dinner and had to eat some of thanks to all of you. through Maricopa Skill Center: The and M.J. Sakata from Central High School.
Madeline’s food while waiting for mine, I was MSC Executive Director John Road to the American Dream. This year’s Dr. Herbert Jensen Scholarship
ready to listen, observe and learn. And on that Underwood, as host, along with Everyone who took the MSC tours Award went to Brad Okuma from Pinnacle
evening, I learned a little about the Taiwanese- moderators JoAnn P. Garcia and did, in fact, say “wow” as predicted by High School. This year’s Joe Allman
American culture and its diversity. But most Madeline Ong-Sakata, guided the John Underwood. Nationally- Scholarship Award was awarded to Terry
importantly, I learned about their current concerns program superbly and allowed the respected, MSC has graduated over Teraji from Greenway High School. All of
and support for Taiwan’s plight for freedom and panelists Tram Chu, Leonardo Loo, 80,000 taxpayers in over 100 job this year’s Scholarship recipients shared their
democracy which was the subject of several guest Dr. Ted Namba, Ronnie Sebastian, descriptions. Wow! future academic goals with the group and
speakers. Rano Singh Sidu and Manny Wong to The event has encouraged several expressed their gratitude to family and friends
The evening’s festivity was started with brief shine and impart words of wisdom to major media outlets to plan “special for helping them to achieve a successful high
remarks by Dr. Calvin Chen who is the current the nearly one hundred small business coverage” of MSC and the Asian school experience.
president of the Taiwanese Association of College graduates attending the May 2nd
people who packed the room. American business community in the
Arizona. Dr. Chen thanked everyone by luncheon were Cathy Corella who is a
Our fine sponsors were so near future. I will have a more detailed
impressed that they offered to enhance report for you next month! Summa cum Laude graduate of A.S.U. West
see Taiwan page 4 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and
Nancy Moriuchi who is receiving a B.S. in
Ac a d e m y and Marketing from A.S.U. Elementary School
Master of graduates who attended the luncheon were
Ceremony for the Alyssa Hinchman, Ryan Fuse and Ryan
Barry Wong, FBI CA Class XII Graduate evening. Guests in Ishikawa.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to become a attendance were This year’s guests raved about the
member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations? Would you graduates, alumni fabulous food and service at Culinary Cafe.
believe a select few community and business leaders recently and their guests One hundred fifty-six guests enjoyed a
became the newest members of the FBI after just eight weeks of i n c l u d i n g delicious three course meal which consisted
study and one day of fire arms training? Now you are wondering Madeline Ong of a salad of sliced tomatoes and mozzarella
how did that come about; is the FBI now catching on to Sakata, Tom Tam cheese on a field of greens, filet mignon AND
accelerated methods of teaching? and Ted Namba. salmon with potatoes and asparagus!
Okay, I am referring to the FBI Citizens’ Academy and its As is part of Many guests elected to make a
newest Class XII. tradition each class contribution to the Phoenix College Culinary
This year’s class of thirty-five students was ethnically, e l e c t s a 2004 FBI Citizens Academy graduates (l- Studies Scholarship Fund and a total of $450
r): Barry Wong, Bernard Wu, Arif was given to Chef Scott Robinson, Director
culturally, socially and gender diverse. There were a record spokesperson. The Kazmi , Leonardo Loo receive their cer-
number of Asian Americans accepted and graduated from the 2004 Class XII’s tificates at the May 17th celebration. of Culinary Studies at Phoenix College who
class. Asian Americans in the class were Leonardo Loo, Esq., spokesperson coordinated the food served at this year’s
Arif Kazmi, P.E., Bernard Wu, Esq., Balbir Grewal and Barry Sammy Glassman delivered remarks reminding classmates about luncheon (food was prepared and served by
Wong, Esq. the eight weeks spent together and the importance of continuing to Phoenix College Culinary Studies students
The Academy was comprised of once a night classes for eight support the FBI long after graduation. under Scott’s supervision).
weeks and a one weekend day of firearms use. The classes were Following dinner was the graduation ceremony where FBI CA Thank you to our JACL Arizona Chapter
insightful, timely and interesting. Class subjects included President King presided and SAC Thornton and Chief Bollinger Scholarship Committee for organizing
international terrorism, domestic terrorism/weapons of mass presented the special plaques of certificates to each graduate. another superb luncheon: Marilyn Inoshita
destruction, legal/civil rights, cyber crime/computer forensics, The FBI CA was a worthwhile program providing special Tang, Chairperson, Michele Namba,
white collar crime/drugs and public corruption, deadly force and insight on how the FBI operates, what areas of crime it focuses on Secretary, Nancy Haranaka, Kathy Inoshita,
violent crimes/gangs/polygraphs. and how the agency is organized. Equally important is seeing Jo Ann Kimura, Seiko Watkins and Jill Yano.
The graduation ceremony was the finale of the Academy. It and hearing from FBI agents helped “humanize” their often-tough Also, a giant thank you goes out to Dr.
was held as part of a formal dinner at the Royal Palms Resort & image. It was also noteworthy to see and hear from an increasing Herbert Jensen for sponsoring the Dr. Herbert
Spa on April 22, 2004. ethnically, racially, culturally and gender diverse FBI agent base. Jensen Scholarship and to George and Betty
Among the honored guests at the dinner were Charlene B. Asian Chamber FBI Citizens Academy graduates also include: Kishiyama for again donating the gorgeous
Thornton-Special Agent in Charge, Keynote Speaker Virginia L. Madeline Ong-Sakata, Craig Fujii, Tom Tam, Tram Chu, flowers for the luncheon.
Bollinger-Chief of Counterintelligence Analysis Section at FBI Michael Wong, Luz Kendrick, Ted Namba, Scott Weisbly. Tom Congratulations to all of this year’s
Headquarters, and Larry King, President of the FBI Citizens’ Tam serves on the FBI Citizens Academy Board of Directors. graduates!
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We are beginning our 11th year! It doesn’t seem possible! Eleven years ago we had
our inaugural issue of our Asian American Sun now known as Asian SUNews and a
big party to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Asian Chamber of Commerce at Allen
Dong’s Real Estate Offices at 626 W. Indian School Rd. Places have changed, but our
goal is the same: to publish a newspaper that represents the Asian and Asian American
community in Phoenix and Arizona and to bring services to our community whether
they are social or business. (left to right) President Bernard Wu, award recipients
Because our founder, Allen Dong had a dream about getting the Asian community to Javed A. Kaif, Lydia (Jung) Choi, Angela Yin Cesal,
work together, he talked his close friends into donating seed money to launch Asian Jaswant S. Sachdev, M.D., Martin Vito for Reynaldo L.
Chamber. “Enough for us to at least get a phone number,” he said. “We will use one of Vito, M.D. and dinner committee co-chair Bea Chaves
my extra offices just for the Chamber.” We did just that, until Allen’s death seven years
ago. His good friend Tom Tam took over with the same goals, strengthening our
services and then Tom turned over the job to me. Here I am today, doing my best to
continue our tradition. I want to wish everyone who made Asian Chamber a success a
very Happy Birthday and ask that you continue to help me serve our community and
bring you news that everyone can enjoy and find interesting.
And now I want to welcome our newest members: AFLAC the insurance wonder
and A-1 Restaurant Cleaning & Services, we welcome you as our newest Copper
Sponsors and Andrew Hunter Kim, Ray/Sharon Maeda and Paul Brouchoud as our
newest individual members, and last but not least, ASU W.P. Carey School of Business
MBA program as our community organization member. A big thank you to all of you
for joining. Please let us hear from you. You will be receiving our Asian SUNews. Our
next big event is July 23rd when we will host Asian Pacific Night at Bank One
Ballpark. Diamondbacks will play the Rockies. Please try and attend and if you want to (l-r): Dr. Juan Gonzalez, Dr. James Rund, Bob Soza, Adelaida
be in on the planning, call Madeline at 602-371-8452 or e-mail email@example.com. See Velasco Severson, Lin Sue Cooney, Dr. Christine Kajikawa
you next month! Rocky Tang Wilkinson at ASU APA Convocation. (more next month).
Profile: Leonardo Loo, Esquire P l a t i num Sp ons ors
Ar izo na P ublic S er vice
P ho enix S uns
Ar izo na D ia mo nd ba c ks
Sakata Insurance Agency
Lawyer’s lineage has a varied cachet Co x Co mmunicat io ns
H o neywe l l
Gol d S p ons ors
Attorney of mixed heritage brings a “It’s sort of the least you could do after Ame r ic a Wes t Air line s
T he Ar izo na Republic
variety of cultures to law firm they up and moved,” Loo said. “You don’t AS I Ar t D es ign S t ud io
waste the opportunity they gave you.” Bank o f Amer ica
partnership B ank O ne
Erica Sagon Arizona Business Gazette He was born in Venezuela and moved to B ud we is e r
Far me r s I ns ur an c e S akat a Age n c y
Apr. 29, 2004 12:00 AM California with his parents when he was 7. M esa Co mmunit y C o llege
Leonardo Loo can list He spoke only Spanish M ar ico pa Co unt y S po rt s Co mmis s ion
C it y o f P ho enix
loads of cultural affiliations until then, adding Chinese P ho e nix Co lle ge
P r is mso ft
on his resume: the Arizona and English when he S UMC O U S A
Asian American Bar arrived in the United States. Wells Far go
C it y o f S cot tsd ale
Association, the National As a child, Loo was used to V a lley C o mmer c e B a nk
S alt R iver P roj ect
Asian-Pacific American Bar taunts from Hispanics who Chase
Associatio n and the never expected him to Gener al D ynamics
C it y o f Glendale
National Hispanic Bar respond in their language. S i l v er Sp ons or
“There’s an initial level C it y o f C ha nd le r
Association, to name a few. Air N at io nal Guard of Ar izo na
They’re not fillers, and of acceptance in a C op p er/ S ma ll B us i nes s
C it y o f P ho enix Aviat io n D epar t ment
he doesn’t belong to them community, especially C it y o f P ho enix S mall B us ines s Progr ams
for their cachet. Loo’s when you don’t look the Ar ea Agency o n Aging
Ar izo na D epa rt ment o f Co mmer ce
Asian and Hispanic heritage part,” Loo said. AS U I nst it ut io nal Ad vancement Dept .
C it y o f P ho enix E qual O ppo rt unit y D ept .
is the thread that runs More often, he finds it B N U Co r por at io n
through all aspects of his opens up doors, such as So ut hwes t B us ines s Financing Co r po rat io n
C it y o f P ho e nix Neighbor hood Ser vices
life. when he landed a summer C it iB ank Financial S er vices
S t. Paul O ut pat ient S ur ger y
“Who I am is the intersection of those job in college with the Procter & Gamble Co ld well B anker E xito R ealt y
two cultures,” Loo said. He picked up on Co. in Latin American. AF LAC
A-1 R e s ta u r a nt C le a n in g & S er vic e s
values and diligence at a young age when his “Clearly, that was a direct result of my Org a ni za t i on M emb ers
background and language skills,” Loo said. Ar izo na As ian Amer ican Bar As so ciat io n
family immigrated from Venezuela to Ko r ean Chamber o f Co mmer ce
California. His wife, Taj Rahi-Loo, razzes him for Ar izo na S t at e Univer sit y As ian P acif ic Co alit io n
Japan Amer ica So ciet y
Last month, Loo became partner at being an English as a second language J apan B us iness As so ciat io n
Gallagher and Kennedy in Phoenix, and one student when an obscure word trips him up. J a p a n e s e Ame r ic a n C it iz e n Le a g u e Ar izo na C ha p t er
Ko r ean Cult ural Cent er
of only a handful of Asian-American But Rahi-Loo, a lawyer with the U.S. P acif ic R im Ad vis o r y Co uncil ( PR AC )
P ho enix S ist er C it ies Co mmis s io n
partners in major law firms in Arizona. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, can appreciate Gr eat er P ho enix Co nvent io n and V is it or s B ur eau
“We had a number of accomplishments her husband’s double heritage: she’s African P an As ian Co mmunit y Al liance in T ucs o n
As ian H is panic Al liance
this past year, and Leonard making partner is American and Afghani. C hines e Amer ican C it izens Alliance N at io nal
C hines e Amer ican C it izens Alliance P ho enix Lo d ge
definitely one of them,” said Teresita When Loo says their kids are mixed up, Ko r ean Amer ican Business As so ciatio n
Mercado, past president of the Arizona he means it half-jokingly. At home, he AS U As ia n P acif ic Amer ican Alumn i Asso ciat io n
AS U As ian P acif ic Amer ican St ud ies Pro gr am
Asian American Bar Association. speaks to Justin Antonio, 3, and Ryan AS U C ent er for As ian St ud ies
Esteban, 1, in Spanish, while his wife uses P ueblo Gr and e M useum
Loo returns the sentiment. Joining Co mmunit y I nf or mat io n & R ef err al
Gallagher and Kennedy is the highlight of English. They expose their kids to ethnicities As ian P acif ic I s land er As so ciat io n
Gr and C anyo n M inor it y & S upplie r s D e velo pment Co uncil
his career, he said. through cultural events and books Rahi-Loo H.T . Chen Dance Co mpany
Joseph Parker has worked with Loo at finds. N a Leo ‘O Ke Kai
E ntr epr eneur s Pro gr am/So ut h M t .Communit y C o llege
Snell and Wilmer and Gallagher and Outside of the office, family is the No. 1 U niver s it y of C alifo r nia As ia n Ame r ic a n St ud ie s C e nt er
M ar ic o pa Co unt y As s es s or s O f f ice
Kennedy. He recalls when Loo was the lead priority. There are many like-minded N at io nal As s ociat io n o f Wo men B usines s O wner s ( N AWB O)
lawyer on business transactions that turned associates at Gallagher and Kennedy, Loo M esa Co mmunit y Libr ar y
Ar izo na H isto r ic a l So c ie t y
into all-nighters around the boardroom table. said. There, people work hard but understand C ent er for B udd his t De velo pment
there’s life beyond the walls of the firm, OIC
“Cooler heads prevail, and he was As ian S t ud ent s As so ciat io n of M ar co s de N iza H igh S choo l
usually the cooler head,” Parker said. reinforcing one of his favorite adages, “work N or t h P ho enix H igh S choo l As ian St ud ies C lub
AS U I nt er gro up Relat io ns Cent er
“It’s not very often in this business that to live, don’t live to work.” AS U As ian B us ines s Le a de r s As socia t io n
you find someone that’s down to earth.” This year, he hopes to take a more active I ndo -Amer ican Chamber o f Co mmer ce
As ian A mer ican B us ines s R o undt able
Being a hard worker is the classic Asian role in community organizations and non- Go ver no r ’s O ff ice o f E qual O ppor t unit y
P lanned P a r e nt hood o f C ent r al & No rt her n Ar izo na
stereotype, Loo said, but his grandfather and profits, and the Hispanic community. He and 4 A o f AT &T
father began a legacy of diligence by a group of associates hope to launch a N at io nal Ma rro w D o nor P ro gr am
Ar izo na H isto r ic a l So c ie t y
immigrating and seeking out a better life for Hispanic-Asian alliance organization. AS U So ut heas t As ia n S t ud ie s Pro gra m
Ar izo na Fa ir Ho us ing C e nt e r
their families. He approaches challenges He will also continue as co-chairman of Lead er s hip Co nsor t ium
with more appreciation and motivation the Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council, U nit ed S t at es E qual O ppor t unit y C ommis s io n
AS U W.P . Ca r e y S choo l o f B us iness MB A
because of that. which addresses cultural business issues.
4 Asian SUNews May 17, 2004
Barry Wong, Esq.
T h e T e n t h
Anniversary Gala of the
Asian Pacific American
(APAICS) was held in
Washington, D.C. at the
Capitol Hilton on May 6,
Over 500 people
attended this anniversary
gala where Labor
Secretary Elaine Chao, (left to right) John Yang, Barry Wong, Ben Wu-Asst
Transportation Secretary Secretary, U.S. Commerce Dept. (pending Senate
Norman Mineta and confirmation), Mrs. Wu, Curtis Hom and Cong. David Wu
Governor Gary Locke were honored for Washington State House of Representatives
their high level political achievements. and before becoming governor served as
Secretary Chao was honored for being chief executive of King County.
the first Asian American woman appointed Among those in attendance were
to a President’s cabinet in U.S. history. Her Congressman Mike Honda (Calif),
previous accomplishments include serving Congressman David Wu (Oregon), Clayton
as Director of the Peace Corps and then as Fong-Chairman APAICS, Dr. John Tsu-
President and CEO of the United Way of advisor to presidents, Ed Moy-Presidential
America. Personnel, Sam Mok-Labor Dept. CFO,
Secretary Mineta was honored as having Paul Igasaki-former head of EEOC,
the distinction of being the first Asian Raymond Wong-OCA National President,
American to be appointed to a President’s John Yang-NAPABA President, Barry Left to Right: Elizabeth Lee and Umair Khan, Anheuser-Busch Frank Horton
cabinet as well as having served in two Wong-former Arizona legislator, Van Thai Fellows, Clayton Fong, APAICS Chairman, David L. Kim, director of sales
different President’s cabinets. Under Tran-Garden Grove, Calif. Councilman, development and community relations, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Secretary of
President William J. Clinton, Secretary Ted Lieu-Torrance, Calif. Councilman, Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman Ed
Mineta served as Secretary of the Alicia Ping-Saline, Michigan Council Case of HI, Congressman Bobby Scott of VA, Congressman David Wu Oregon,
Department of Commerce, then was Member, Thomas Lee-Coca Cola, Chantri Congressman Lane Evans of IL
appointed by President George W. Bush to B e c k -T h a i A me r i c a n F r i e n d s h i p WASHINGTON, DC – On behalf of extremely pleased to be able to offer the
be Transportation Secretary. Secretary Organization President, Curtis Hom- Anheuser-Busch, Inc., David L. Kim, Fellowship through a generous donation
Mineta was the lead founder of APAICS Microsoft and David Kim-Anheuser Busch. director of sales development and from Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch
and has been its longtime leader and APAICS, a Washington, D.C.-based community relations, presented a check for continues to lead the way in corporate
supporter. non-profit and non-partisan organization, $25,000 to Clayton S. Fong, chairman of support to Asian Pacific American
Governor Gary Locke was honored as educates, trains and promotes Asian Pacific the Asian Pacific American Institute for communities and the Washington, DC
the first Chinese American to be elected as Americans to seek elected political office Congressional Studies (APAICS), for the community-at-large,” said Board Chair
a governor in U.S. history. Previously, on the federal, state and local levels. Anheuser-Busch Frank Horton Fellowship. Fong.
Governor Locke was elected to the The presentation took place at the VIP “We are proud to continue our
reception prior to the APAICS “In commitment to APAICS through our
(l-r) Li Celebration: A Decade of Firsts” 10th support of the Anheuser-Busch Frank
Hwang, Dr. Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 6th at the Horton Fellow,” said Kim. “One of the
Calvin Capital Hilton Hotel. APAICS celebrated many successes of this program is Scott
their 10th year by recognizing and honoring Nishimoto, the first Anheuser-Busch Frank
Chen, Dr. milestones at the top of the political ladder Horton Fellow. In 2002, at the age of 29,
Michael M. attained by members of the Asian Pacific he won election to the Hawaii House of
Tsai, Islander American community during the Representatives.” Since 1996, Anheuser-
Director past 10 years. The evening’s honorees Busch has funded more than 100 fellows at
General included Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of various Asian Pacific American
Labor; Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary of organizations nationwide.
Transportation and Gary Locke, Governor For nearly 15 years, Anheuser-Busch
Wei, Ching of Washington. has contributed to Asian Pacific Islander
Ling Chang The A-B Frank Horton Fellowship is American communities through the
named in honor of former Congressman development and support of a variety of
Frank Horton (R-NY) who played a leading programs that help meet the needs of the
role in the passage of H.R. 5572 in 1992 diverse Asian Pacific Islander American
that designated May as Asian Pacific communities.
American Heritage Month. The fellowship Anheuser-Busch’s programs are
Culture Representative Office in the United is designed to provide a unique opportunity designed to provide immediate and long-
Taiwan continued from page 1 States. Dr. Tsai echoed Congressman to an outstanding university graduate who term benefits through joint efforts with
welcoming them that evening in multiple Hayworth’s concern about Taiwan and has a proven track record of commitment to national, regional and local organizations
Chinese dialects which I thought was very thanked him for his work and support. Dr. the Asian American and Pacific Islander that help develop the next generation of
nice. Although I did not understand any of Tsai reminded everyone that freedom is not communities, and who plans to pursue a leadership. For further information about
the words, I still felt very welcome and only the United States’ dream but also that public policy career. The fellow spends nine the Anheuser-Busch Fellows, visit
honored to be at the dinner event. of Taiwan. He mentioned that the months in an office of a member of the www.asianbud.com. Applications for the
Dr. Chen was then followed by the Taiwanese people are fighting for their Congressional Asian Pacific American 2004-2005 Anheuser-Busch Frank Horton
evening’s keynote speaker Congressman JD freedom and he welcomed everyone’s Caucus (CAPAC). Fellow will be available on www.apaics.org
Hayworth. In his speech, the congressman support and recognition. The support for “One of APAICS’ hallmark programs is this fall.
thanked everyone for their gracious the Taiwanese people and to the thousands the A-B Frank Horton Fellowship. We are
invitation and congratulated the event of Taiwanese Americans who lives in
organizers for a successful Taiwanese Arizona was in the minds of Arizona’s
American Heritage week celebration. Most political leaders and was visible thru the Asian Chamber of Commerce
importantly, the congressman had Presents
attendance of several state political leaders.
everyone’s attention when he talked about After the speeches, Nicole’s Dance Asian Pacific Night at Bank One Ballpark
Taiwan’s plight for freedom and democracy School provided several performances of Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies
and of Taiwan’s great contribution to the
United States and to the world’s economy.
traditional Taiwanese dancing. At the end July 23, 2004 7:05 p.m.
of the evening’s gala dinner, Dr. Chen
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“spiritual card reader”, Old Auntie Viet, One of our most popular Chapter activities,
whose Vietnamese-Lao, whom I’d never the JACL Summer Bowling League begins
met, happened to be in town. At the on May 27. We are fortunate to have Joyce
witchdoctor’s house, we awaited revelation Shiota coordinate the league for us again as
KhamsonE Sirimanivong from the cards (no, my husband wasn’t she always looks for innovative ways to
I am to apprise present, he was working up in Flag). attract new bowlers into the league (last
readers that I Among the things revealed were; that we year she attracted 22 teams). The primary
propose to write would buy a house in three months; my
goal of Joyce’s bowling league is for
on Asian husband worries about money; I have many
A m e ri c a n strong admirers and irrefutably, there was pi JACL Board everyone to have a good time (if bowling
issues, however nok, a restless foreign spirit provoking my talent was the top priority, I would be one
specificity will daughter. It was a woman in my past, who of the first bowlers she kicked out)! Call
be on Lao had died just before my daughter was born. President’s Message Joyce at (623) 556-9077 if you’re looking
Americans and Did I know of such a woman? Yes. What My family recently attended a rally held in
for a nice way to have some cool fun during
multi-cultu ral was her name? (silence...hesitation, gulp). Patriot's Square which focused on “Muslim
our hot summer nights!
challenges of It’s the same as my daughters. Americans Against Terrorism.” Dr. Zudhi S e e y o u o n b o wl i n g n i g h t s !
“raising Asian Exclamations in Lao fly through the air. Jasser, our newest Chapter Scholarship Ted
American children”. Medicine man howls, “Lao people never judge, did a tremendous job in organizingJACL SUMMER BOWLING LEAGUE
“Spooks and Spirits or Lao Superstition” name children after dead people or this “first of it's kind” event which educated
It’s time to dust off your bowling ball and
I face infinite challenges raising my relatives!” I knew this. Everyone was communities that Muslim Americans are bag and sign up for the JACL Summer
children in two cultures - I will elaborate aghast. The pi desired possession of its opposed to terrorism and killing of any Bowling League. We will be bowling on
beginning with cultural superstition - by name – why it took this long is another nature. Several speakers explained to the
Thursday nights at 7:00 pm at AMF Chris-
sharing the account behind my children’s story, but I knew what needed to be done. gathering of 250 people that it has beenTown (19th Ave. & Bethany Home
names. It relates to cultural taboo, So we changed her name. It didn’t difficult for many Muslim Americans to go
Rd.). We will start on May 27th and bowl
superstition and ultimately - raising children belong to her. We changed her brother’s
through their daily activities without having
through August 12th. The bowling fee each
in diversity. Their current names, too, to prevent another possible misfortune.
d e r o g a t o r y c o m me n t s ma d e t o
week is $10.00. We had 22 teams last year
Soudarametta and Soumettachit (Soudara Using their birth dates, time and day of
and Somchit - for short), aren’t their birth and three days of meditation, a them. Japanese Americans recall vividly (88 bowlers) and expect more this
original names – regrettably, they weren’t Buddhist Monk attained new first names for how hysteria during World War II caused year. Call Joyce Shiota by Thursday, May
given proper Lao names at birth. My them - beautiful Lao names. Elation some people to act negatively towards 13th to sign up......evenings 623-556-9077
daughter was actually named after followed, especially Soudara who seemed them. It's a shame that nearly sixty years
(new phone number) or work 623-587-2002
something quite unfortunate, which recently relieved and to comprehend these events. after the end of World War II, there are still
(also new number). I hear Mark & Brian
obligated her to endure particular distress The spirit is gone now (no one calls her certain Americans that choose to act Ishikawa had such a good time last year that
that altered her behavior and rendered her name mistakenly anymore). After graceful foolishly by making hateful remarks they are coming back this
frightened and speechless for several explanation, we received support from towards other Americans based solely on summer......hopefully they have been
months. Of course being Lao, I knew a school, teachers, friends, family and best of their perceived ethnicity. practicing so they can beat their wives and
spirit, a pi, was responsible (believe me, I all, my husband. Being an attorney, his Speaking of perceptions, the feedback for
tried to reject this and hid my theory from rational sense requires an alternative this year’s Sara Hutchings Clardy
my husband). I tried practical “American” explanation – indeed, he still thinks I’m Scholarship Luncheon was
alternatives to resolve this, probing her crazy – I’m not crazy, I say, I am Lao. tremendous! Everyone seemed to enjoy the
teacher for problems in class, even meeting This is just the beginning of the epic atmosphere of the Culinary
with the school Counselor – he’s trained for saga of raising Asian American children in
Cafe at Phoenix College
things like this right? I hadn’t actually multiple cultures, beliefs and histories. It’s
asked her if she saw a spirit, hoping to challenging and thrice as demanding, and loved the fantastic
discourage any superstition or complicating especially if our Asian culture is so strong food and great service that
things - after all, I am an educated, rational, within. How can we manage a multi- the Culinary Arts students
professional Lao woman, (besides, my cultural family? With possibly non-Asian offered to our luncheon
husband already thinks I’m insane, spouses, family members and community? guests. Thank you to Jim
habitually lighting incense and chanting Yet be proud Asian Americans – mother, Shee for recommending
stuff around the house, warning him every wife, and working woman? I intend to this new location and for
time I have bad dreams - need I continue?) explore this – until then, ponder away: no negotiating such a great
Counselor ruled out third grade peer foreign spirits in my daughter’s room; we deal considering the
pressure, unstable home life, everything. just closed on a new house; my husband got quality of food everyone
Results: average, normal and well adjusted a raise…and admirers? Well – a Lao enjoyed. Our Scholarship
– a youth of America. However, she did woman has to keep some mystery to herself Committee did another (l-r): Doris Asano, Nancie Haranaka, Masako Takiguchi,
tell him, cautiously, that she thought she – I guess it was all in the cards. fabulous job in making Richard & Peggy Matsuishi, John Tatieshi at a meeting
had seen a spirit in her room, standing and Khamsone Sirimanivong is a member sure our graduates are to discuss the 2006 Japanese American Citizens League
looking straight at her (this is the short of Asian Chamber and the Marketing and honored in a special way.
version). She said it looked mad or upset Public Relations Associate for the Convention to be held in Phoenix.
and it scared her. To make this short - I Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau.
called my mother immediately, who
instructed me to light incense and give
She moved to Flagstaff three years ago but
continues to support the Lao Community Inoshita awarded DAR Medal of Honor
offerings to the pi. It didn’t work. I in the Phoenix area and is active in her Joe Allman
concluded that it wasn’t a pi Lao –a Lao local community and organizations in On April 24, 2004, Jean Jasper Oracheff of the Arizona
spirit. Finally, I solicited aid with the Flagstaff. She can be reached at Anasazi Chapter of the Daughters of the American
family “witchdoctor” and her son, who is a firstname.lastname@example.org Revolution (DAR) at their 102nd State Conference,
“medicine man”, and I was in luck, a or the FCVB at 928/779-7627. presented the DAR Medal of Honor to Mr. Masaji
Inoshita, World War II Military Intelligence Service
Veteran. Mr. Inoshita was sponsored by the Anasazi
Chapter DAR for this award after their becoming aware
of his military background and internment experience in
Lee Kauftheil things he sees wrong with America, the Gila River Relocation Center during World War II.
Mesa Legend Inoshita said he still loves his country and DAR was quite impressed on learning of the regular
Mas Inoshita, tells his story to set the record straight. lectures given by Mr. Inoshita at Arizona elementary and
high schools, universities, government agencies, etc. about the Japanese American
an 84-year-old, Joan Martinez, during a short question
internment during WWII. Masaji is a long time member of the AZ Chapter Japanese
first-generation and answer session after Inoshita had American Citizens League (JACL).
J a p a n e s e - finished speaking, said she had grown up in
American, who is a town that was the site of one of the camps
a WWII veteran where Japanese-Americans had been held.
and spent time in a She said during her childhood, the subject
Japanese interment was not discussed in schools even though
camp, was invited there was a rumor that those in the camp
to talk to MCC Mas Inoshita spent had built the school’s gymnasium during
students a n d time in a Japanese the time of their internment.
faculty b y internment camp. Inoshita spoke about his anger and
Wendera Phung Photo Mesa Legend feelings of betrayal toward white men
and the Asian during the time. He said he was given six
Pacific Islander’s Club for Asian days to sell all of his possessions, which at
Awareness Week. that time was a very large farm with
Inoshita has been sharing his story with livestock and about 200 acres of land. He
students from fifth grade and above for over also spoke about being forced to sell a team
20 years. of horses for $25 and throwing in hay for
When speaking about the experiences of free just to make the deal. Inoshita spoke of
his family and other Japanese-American his friends in the white community who had
citizens at the time, he compared it to the redeemed some of his hope.
wrongs he sees that the American He spoke of his father’s friend, who he
government has done to African-Americans knew as Filbric, a man who insisted that
and Native Americans. Inoshita said he sees Inoshita stop selling all of his expensive
the treatment of these three groups of equipment at a substantial loss, and instead
people as the great injustices and unfulfilled put it up in Filbric’s barn till he could come
promises made by America. back and start his life again. He spoke of his
Inoshita has come to raise awareness of Polish barber who had farmland in
an event that he said is often not taught or is
see Prisoner page 6
barely covered in classrooms. For all the
6 Asian SUNews May 17, 2004
Asian American Festival 2004 The Teaching of Traditions
Archie Tescon I also had a chance to catch a couple of Master Lu passed since the beginning
If there was an event that I have shows at the main stage. The performances Hello everyone. My and war among ourselves has
attended this year that symbolizes Arizona’s of Hula, Maori, and Tahitian Dances by topic pertaining to martial been an integral part of life
diverse Asian American community, it was Kaimikahu Hale O Hula were very arts begins with the word and survival.
the 10th Annual Asian Festival. The entertaining as they dance traditional hula Foundation. At least that is, If the masters, sages and
Festival was held at Patriot’s Square in dances for the ancient Hawaiian fire deity with the concept of what I teachers were motivated by
downtown Phoenix and it was a showcase Pele. The food demonstrations were also a thought the teachers were ancestors to meditate upon
of different Asian ethnic culture, activities, success. Event organizers had scheduled a saying. But as a teacher one’s actions and deeds for
music, dances, and cuisines. “how to” of Chinese, Indian, Thai, and myself, plus a full time self-development, higher
The festival was a success and Pakistani cooking. They even had fruit and student of the arts and learning, and enlightenment,
thousands of people came to celebrate. I vegetable carving lessons that can pretty up sciences all my life, I’m then the teachings truly
know this because I was in the middle of it any of the events attendees’ parties and finding our there’s much encourage us by love and
all as one of the volunteers selling water at future celebrations. Master Lu
more that the elders, grace to diligently find
the event. During my break, I got a chance This type of festival promoted sharing masters, monks, priests and teachers were answers to improve on our own actions
to walk around the park and visit with and understanding of the different Asian
attempting to convey. toward one another. The greatest masters
several booths and try out several authentic American cultures and celebrated the
It is a way of life; translated from the accomplish this and never find a need to
Asian cuisines from Hawaii, India, cultural diversity of the Valley.
word dao (way), but before I continue, let’s resort to combat. Of course, practitioners
Thailand, and Pakistan. I believe events like this encouraged
go back to foundation and see through my will always have to contend with the
I also had a chance to visit the “avenue community participation and developed
eyes what that meant as I trained in the exception to this theory, the cowards who
of culture” which was made up of several better understanding and relationship
booths showcasing different Asian culture. between the Arizona’s Asian American martial arts, even to this present day. I hide under the umbrella called evil, which is
The “avenue of culture” consists of booths communities and other communities, but thought it encompassed first having a strong a motivation from another source.
representing Pakistan, India, Philippines, also as a way to bring the Valley’s growing center, proper alignment, and good But the mastery is the acknowledgment
Thailand, Burma, Laos, Korea, Indonesia, Asian American communities together. footwork, along with understanding breath of love in the preservation of life. Start by
and China. Although it was probably a big challenge to control and the flow of movement through giving appreciation to those you admire and
At each booth very helpful and very get all the different Asian American each transition of posture (which should love so the youth of today will see us as
patient representatives of each culture communities schedules to work together for always be maintained at the highest degree). examples that bring them to a brighter
patiently and happily explained and this type of event, I believe it was worth the Add the rigors of formula carefully tomorrow.
answered all of the questions regarding effort and sweat. accomplished with sensitivity to find just Now I can say, I am just starting to see
Asian culture and their rich heritage with I was glad that I had a chance to attend the proper equation, which requires what the masters were trying to convey;
warm smiles and kind hearts. They took me this event and had a positive and joyful developing the senses in respect to the control the conscious emotions and master
in like any good neighbor would and gladly experience because probably to some, it elements of nature and the laws of physics. the self by giving acknowledgment to
answered any of my own questions will be their only exposure to the Asian But I found out that there really is much, experience and appreciation of life with
regarding topics from the shadow and American culture. Bravo! To everyone that much more. The basic of which is respect love to our Creator. Till next time, peace.
wooden puppets of Thailand to the abacus was part of the Asian Festival and thank and appreciation for and of life, as many of (Master Lu can be reached at his
and a brief explanation on the meaning you for your efforts and hard work. us are here without even a clue as to why or school, Lu’s Martial Arts at 1139 E.
Feng Shui. Photos page 8 what purpose we are to serve. As one who Glendale Avenue, the SW corner of
teaches self-defense, believe me, I am not Glendale and 12th St. You can call him at
opposed to defending what’s right! But it 602-277-5200 or e-mail him at
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humanities existence upon earth have
Gavin Li, Class of 2003
and a half years and experienced covert
I sit and listen to the speaker talk about people that have come before me,
As if I should be able to live up to their glory,
Prisoner continued from page 5 racism while serving his country.
I don’t know if I am like those people, Wisconsin and offered Inoshita and his Since 1946, Inoshita has been living in
They lived in a time of trial and tribulation, family safe haven there away from Glendale and has spoken to raise awareness
Coming to a country unlike their nation, California. since he was first asked to speak by a
Leaving home with almost nothing at all, Inoshita spoke with a calm and level teacher at a local school. Jose Gonzolez said
Knowing their trip might be in vain, tone and even made a few jokes about an he was invited by APIC and said he
They struggled hard enough through all the pain, experience that embittered thousands of connected to the parts in Inoshita’s speech
To make a life that is grand, Americans. He remembered the number regarding segregation. He was glad to have
Some have tried and failed, 17249 - the number he was given by the the chance to see the diversity on campus.
But some of them prevailed, American government. He said he was not Yudith Rahardjc and Winson Yu are both
They worked to live in a country that didn’t want them, tattooed with it but every correspondence members of APIC and said they felt that
Yet, they still worked hard and didn’t find acceptance, that left his home had to bear that number. Inoshita’s talk really brought history alive.
But there was no need for repentance, He remembered his stay in assembly camps Clayton Retuolack heard about the speech
They did their best and that’s all they could wish for, that served as temporary lodgings until the from his history teacher and came because
That was all they could do and no one could ask for more. interment camps were built, his cramped of his interest in history.
quarters in row seven, stable 12 that he Inoshita is an American. He was a
shared with the rest of his family and eating farmer and community leader, a cook in the
Lu’s Martial Arts liver and tongue for lunch. camps, then a soldier and now he serves as
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FBI Citizens Academy 2004 Graduation See story page 1
Asian American Festival Photos by Jane Tang See Story page 6
May 17, 2004 Asian SUNews 9
Taiwanese American Heritage Week Banquet See story page 1
Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship Awards See story page 1
Asian American Building Business Success Breakfast See story page 1
10 Asian SUNews May 17, 2004
Luke AFB: Barry Wong Rides F-16
Barry Wong, Luke AFB Honorary lowered my helmet sun shade and hooked
Commander up my mask. Now, I felt like Tom Cruise.
I had an incredible experience riding in After the canopy was lowered, we taxied to Esther Tang along with Joel D.
an F-16 fighter jet out of Luke AFB during the runway and before I knew it we were Valdez was honored at the Catholic
a ninety minute flight. taking off and gaining altitude rapidly until Foundation Cornerstone Gala on May
As a Luke AFB Honorary Commander reaching 15,000 feet. 7th.
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Friday morning on April 30, 2004, a small traveled over the red rocks of Sedona, over local Church and community.
group of family and friends accompanied Flagstaff and then made a “U-turn” over the Tang, a business leader, community
me to witness this historic moment. I eastern end of the Grand Canyon where I activist and Catholic volunteer, is a
arrived at the base with my flight suit on could clearly see the meandering turquoise second generation Tucsonan. She raised
Barry Wong, Honorary Commander, four children, has six grandchildren and
ready to go. waters of the Colorado River. It was not with Col. Walter Wright, Commander
This flight was to allow me to until we entered the training air space when two great-grandchildren.
of 56th Ops Group, Luke AFB When she wasn’t caring for her
experience what the 1,000 new pilots a year the jet’s performance was demonstrated.
at Luke go through when they learn to fly While in flight, I had the chance to fly the traditional dousing of water on my head family, Tang worked alongside her
this high performance jet. (Luke also trains the jet to get a feel of its capabilities and that is done after a pilot’s first flight. husband, David, who died in 2002, at
800 flight crew chiefs a year.) As part of handling performance. I performed couple After this experience, I have even their family-owned grocery store and
my own pre-flight preparation, I learned “aileron rolls” and a vertical 360 degree greater respect for the pilots who train at other businesses. That experience, as
that for every one hour flying time pilots loop. The pilot, Col. Walter Wright, III-- Luke AFB. They go through this grueling well as growing up in a neighborhood
must spend up to eight hours preparing and Commander of the 56th Ops Group, in-flight training three to four times a week. mixed with Anglo, Chinese and
debriefing. This is what you did not see in demonstrated a 8.5 G-force turn, which When they graduate they go directly to an Hispanic children, gave Tang a true
the movie “Top Gun.” immediately activated my “G-suit” causing active base in the U.S. or around the world sense of Tucson’s diverse community
After a pre-flight briefing with Col. my legs, abdomen and chest muscles to or are sent directly to Iraq or other areas of and its needs.
Wright on the flight plan, we proceeded to contract to keep the blood in my head from conflict. Hats off to the men and women She earned a degree in nutrition, with
suit up. I first put on my G-suit, technically draining and potentially causing a blackout. pilots at Luke AFB! a minor in sociology, from the
called an anti-gravity suit, to help protect It felt like a powerful vacuum cleaner hose After the flight, Col. Wright coined my University of Arizona in 1942. It wasn’t
me from the extreme forces on the body was sucking-in my flight suit towards the official pilot call-sign as “G-Man.” long before she began reaching out to
her community, serving on the boards of
from multiple forces of gravity exerted ejection seat, but in fact the G-suit was The Honorary Commander program at
the YMCA, YWCA, Community Chest
during certain jet maneuvers. The G-suit, inflating as the G-forces were pinning me Luke AFB is a group of civilian leaders
and to the Chinese American
along with the ejection seat harness, helmet down. who support and promote the base to their
community. In Catholic circles, she is
and oxygen mask was adjusted to fit me After the maneuvers and G-forces I was respective communities and businesses.
perhaps best known as the founder and
during my base visit the day prior. thoroughly exhausted and breathing The mission of Luke AFB is vital to the
first executive director of the Pio
Also, during my prior day’s pre-flight heavily. I felt as if I had just ran a one national security of the U.S. and to that end
Decimo Neighborhood Center, a vital
check I underwent “egress training.” I was hundred yard dash. Without much pause must be protected from potential closure
community resource that for almost 40
taught how to eject from the jet, how to after pulling the Gs, Col. Wright next year in the next round of base closures.
years later still serves the families of
“steer” the parachute and land and how to accelerated the jet to Mach 1, the speed of The single greatest threat to Luke AFB
South Tucson and Head Start classes.
evacuate the jet if the emergency is while sound, to show me the speed capability of closure is the advancing housing
“You don’t have to look any further
the jet is on the runway or tarmac. There the jet. I could feel the incredible speed. development surrounding the base. If you
than the Pio Decimo Center to
was a lot to remember, but I did not mind Eventually the “fun” had to come to an desire to help support and protect Luke
understand Esther Tang’s impact on this
since my life depended on my memory of end. Col. Wright flew the jet to a feather AFB consider joining Fighter Country
community.” said Bishop G. Kicanas.
this training. touch landing. It felt good to plant my feet Partnership, a non-profit support group, by
From Catholic Vision-Kate Harrison
I was ready. I put on my helmet, back on solid ground. Col. Wright gave me calling Jody Roberts at 623-882-2191.
12 Asian SUNews May 17, 2004
planning out where you’re going and by
Chef Sy’s Culinary choice for May Straight Talk… what time you’ll be there. It leads to
needless travel (being lost) and expense, not
to mention exhaustion (burnout).
Bill Sy Lloyd Calderon
We all have an idea of what success is. Once you’ve identified your goals you
Risotto Arancini To many it involves financial security. To should make sure that they meet three
200g Vialano nano ferron rice others it means that a goal was met. To criteria. That they are achievable, realistic
1 Onion, finely diced others it will mean being a great family and measurable. If your goals don’t meet
150g ligurian Olive paste provider (father, mother, spouse etc). these characteristics you’ll soon be
200ml Vegetable stock We live in a world where tomorrow traveling down the road to misery. Last, but
200ml Milk isn’t early enough. Where yesterday is not least make an effort to be flexible.
Oil/Salt/Pepper/Cheese/Butter/Flour/Egg wash/ “ancient” history and our best is not our There will come times when you’re goals
Breadcrumbs best until we’ve compared ourselves to may become unattainable. When these
others. This leaves us tired, disillusioned, times come you should be able to recognize
Sautee the onion and garlic in a little oil, then toast off the situation and re-adjust your goals. For
frustrated or in many cases just plain
the rice for about 2 minutes. Add the hot stock, milk and unhappy! We feel unsuccessful and lost. example: If you realize that you won’t be
50g of the Olive paste. Allow to cook pilaf style in the But, are we? the first person on the moon, perhaps you
oven for 15 minutes. Whilst still hot work in the butter, Chef Bill Sy Success is in its basic terms a should change your goal to be the first
cheese, remaining olive paste and seasonings. Allow to *Asian American 2000 measurement of accomplishing what you’ve person on Mars. This is a simple
cool then mix through egg if required for binding. Roll Lifetime Achievement set out to accomplish. Being that it is a illustration but the point is glaringly clear.
into balls and then dust in flour, roll through the egg wash Award winner “measurement” we would be remiss if we Don’t waste your time attempting to
and toss through fine breadcrumbs. Deep fry until golden *Honor Society of didn’t find some way to measure our accomplish something that is not achievable
and crispy on the outside. American Academy of success. Exactly how we do that is going to or realistic. You’ll save yourself a lot of
Chefs vary from person to person but to start heartache and energy.
*Master Chef of Chinese things out lets identify a one great way to Mr. Calderon is the new business
Risotto Vino Rosso e Radicchio Cuisine measure success. development officer for
per 4 people *Honorary Professor of Success can be measured, in part, by www.LilBearShoppe.com. Mr. Calderon
Ingredients Culinary Arts - Oriental accomplishing goals! There are two types also specializes in human resource issues
400 grams of Ferron vialone nano rice Gourmet College, China of goals. Short-term goals and long-term involving recruiting and retaining
sea salt goals. Short-term goals involve a relatively employees, managing diversity and
ground black pepper short timeframe of about a year or less. increasing productivity. Mr. Calderon
325 mls Amarone-venetian red wine or suitable Long-term goals involve a 3 to 5 year holds a Master of Arts degree in
300 mls of vegetable stock timeframe. These goals are, in essence, Organizational Management and a Bachelor
80 grams of unsalted butter your “measuring cups” to success and will of Science degree in Justice Studies and
help you succeed. Without goals you’ll find may be contacted at:
100 grams of grated parmigiano reggiano
that you can’t get to where you want to be. firstname.lastname@example.org
4 finely diced shallots
It’s like starting your vacation without
2 cloves of crushed garlic
20 mls dandaragan chefs choice extra virgin olive oil
4 coarsely shredded leaves of radicchio
In a heavy based saucepan lightly fry of the diced shallot and crushed garlic in a
little extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice and stirring over a low flame toast the grains We are holding a professional development seminar for educators on
for 2 minutes. add the red wine and cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes very slowly until July 13, 14, 15 at ASU main campus in Tempe. The topic is Asian
all the wine has absorbed then add the 325mls of the vegetable stock , cover again Studies for Educators. All teachers are welcome to attend. The
continue to simmer slowly for a further 5-6 minutes until all the liquid has absorbed.
TIP: test the cooking of the rice by pressing a grain on the back of a wooded spoon.
program will cover the history, religions, culture and literatures of China
When its has 3 little dots through the centre the rice is a perfect al’dente. If not add a and Japan. Teachers who complete the seminar will earn a certificate
little more stock and continue to simmer. Once the rice is cooked add the butter, for 20 clock-hours, seminar materials, and curriculum development
parmigiano and pecorino and stir well for 2 minutes. Adjust the consistency of the materials. The seminar is free of charge. Please contact me for an
risotto by adding a little more stock if needed then season well and stir through the application.
radicchio just before serving so its stays a little crunchy. Season and serve!!
Chef Bill Sy is member of Asian Chamber and will assume a position as the Marie Guarino Osterman, Ph.D. Center for Asian Studies ASU
Executive Vice President and Dean of Education at the Singapore Culinary P.O. Box 871702 Tempe, AZ 85287-1702 Tel: 480-965-7179
Academy and Spicy Garden in April 2004. He will continue his column with Asian Fax: 480-965-8317 email@example.com
SUNews from Singapore and Phoenix will remain his home. We wish him the best!
May 17, 2004 Asian SUNews 13
Tryout’s over as S.F. confirms police chief
By Mary Anne Ostrom
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
When Heather Fong became acting chief
MINDY LUZON of San Francisco’s controversy-plagued police
department in January, she was asked about
her temporary assignment. “My whole career
WHAT FAILS LEADERSHIP? has been a tryout,” Fong replied.
I was in the process of collating my thoughts on my next article about a little A minority woman in a profession
town called Waianae after having a chat with Poka, when I heard on my way to dominated by white men, Fong has had to
work that a young American was beheaded in Iraq and the image distributed on the prove herself every step of the way. That is
website. Now, this one is really hard to take. It is so mind boggling to hear what is until Monday, when she was formally named
happening now among the Muslim countries and our troops as they battle to put an chief, making her the first Asian American
end to this controversial war. I have written about three articles about the war, and woman to lead a major U.S. police force.
in all of them, I may have been one among the few isolated voices who thought that A street-tested, straight-forward veteran
this war should not have happened. And now that this is out of control, I become who is hard to ruffle, Fong, 47, also becomes
more helpless to fathom how this will end, and what future waits the coming the first woman to lead the SFPD, one of the
West Coast’s largest and most tradition-bound
generations, our children’s children. Let’s face it. This war has been a big mistake in
departments. She was named to the position chief Earl Sanders. It stemmed from
judgment and planning. Who else to blame. Certainly, without a doubt, the
just days after an undercover officer was slain allegations of a cover-up after a 2002 brawl,
leadership and the management of a few.
in the troubled Bayview area of the city. instigated by three off-duty officers, over a
War is an enormous business enterprise. When I was a child I did not understand
The Chinese-American policewoman’s bag of fajitas. Indictments of the top brass
how war begins and ends, except to note that people were fighting one another and
rise through the ranks, from a teenage cadet to were dropped, but the scandal led to the exit
blood spilling everywhere. Now, it has become clearer why war has to be a part of
the boss of 2,300 fractious cops, underscores of Sanders and Fong’s immediate
human life. War generates income, power, and status. It is the big machinery of
a lot about San Francisco’s changing face -- predecessor, former chief Alex Fagan, whose
products and the people that have to use the products. These products are the means
and more immediately its evolving politics -- son still faces charges related to the fight. In
to an end. The end begins with a mission statement, some policies and goals to
under new, reform-minded Mayor Gavin late March, Fagan Sr. announced he would
achieve. To achieve the goals, there has to be a system and a leadership at the helm
Newsom. And yet, the appointment of the San leave city employment after a drunken brawl
of this system. Leadership is a system of governance. A home fails without
Francisco native was an obvious pick, say with his son in Arizona.
appropriate governance. Witness many children taken away from home because of
insiders and political observers. Her serious Fong’s rise also is testimony to how hard-
failed parenting. So, how is our government rating in the business of running a war?
demeanor exudes stability, and she has stayed fought legal battles to open up police forces to
It is without a doubt that President Bush is the leader of this war. He called upon clean, crucial factors in the wake of last year’s women and minorities a generation ago are
Congress, another system that coordinates with him to run the business of the “Fajita-gate” scandal. paying off. Several major cities, including
country, and told the leaders of Congress that this war has to be preempted. His After 27 years on the force, the neatly Detroit, Boston and Milwaukee, have named
mission? Let us try to review them. To give groups of people the much-needed pressed Fong, who holds a master’s degree in female chiefs in the past few months. In San
freedom from the atrocities of a cruel leader. He also wanted to promote the safety social work, is considered a clean face -- if Francisco, Fong’s elevation forms an
of the world populace led by the United Stated against the WMD that he thought not a fresh one -- to lead the nearly 148-year- unprecedented pairing of women in the city’s
Sadam Hussein was hiding ready to be used anytime. He succeeded in convincing old department. top public safety jobs. Newsom named Joanne
Congress for billions of dollars for the use of the weapons and soldiers of war. Fong’s appointment has drawn little Hayes-White fire chief in January. And with
Once our country became convinced of the mission of this war, the leaders led by public opposition from the city’s myriad the December election of Kamala Harris as
President Bush set his leadership in motion. He called upon the core of executives special interest groups. She was the police district attorney, a trio of Asians holds the
under him led by Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld. And the dye is cast. Troops were union’s pick over two outsider finalists. By city’s key law enforcement posts. Harris is
sent civilians were hired, military arms mobilized, and the Pentagon strategies selecting her, Newsom also placates the city’s part Asian-Indian, and the city’s elected
mapped out. Then something went wrong. The system has been working well, largest ethnic political constituency. One of public defender is Japanese- American.
achieving its identified goals. However, the goal to show WMD failed. There were three residents is of Asian descent, with those “It’s mind-boggling,” said Ling-chi Wang,
no weapons of mass destruction. The people of Iraqis were liberated, but the goals of Chinese heritage accounting for 22 percent founder of Chinese for Affirmative Action,
for their self-governance was not studied carefully and included in the original goals of the city’s population. which led the legal fight against height and
of his mission for this war. He forgot to study the system of the people that he “It’s a slam dunk,” said Rich DeLeon, a other discriminatory requirements beginning
wanted to save from oppression. From here, President’s Bush leadership started to professor of political science at San Francisco in the late 1960s, of Fong’s appointment.
collapse. The last minute efforts to prove that his goals were correct became even State. Thirty years ago, “we were battling to get
more disastrous. He let his military intelligence “soften up” the thousands of Fong is almost never spotted out of Fred Lau on the force. He would go to the
prisoners and civilian detainees at the Abu Ghraib camp in Baghdad by whatever uniform or without her hat. Despite the gym and try to stretch himself” in a bid to
means, no holds barred. Again this failed; no information obtained that the formality, most people know her as Heather. gain a quarter-inch to reach 5’8”. The
leadership wanted so badly to prove the justification for this war. Lack of oversight Her supporters describe her as mild-mannered department’s height requirement was
and training resulted in human values desecrated. Human lives lost for the sake of and even-tempered, but she’s no pushover. abolished in 1980.
freedom. In the end, like any other war, there is no winner, only losers. She’s walked beats, taught at the police Lau and Fong grew up in the alleys of
President Bush’s leadership failed because of greed for continuing status and academy and overseen the department’s North Beach on the edge of Chinatown. “We
power, misidentified goals, extreme lack of planning and preparation, lack of S.W.A.T team. With Newsom’s blessing, she were known as alley cats,” recalled Lau, who
coordination with other parts of the system of governance such as the international has demoted a couple of problem cops. And now heads federal security for Oakland
community led by the United Nations. It shows the lack of foresight, a grandiose she’s had powerful backers, among them the International Airport. Fong’s father, now
belief of being right bordering godlike arrogance. There is a serious lack of humility city’s first Asian-American police chief, Fred dead, owned a deli in Oakland’s Chinatown.
and acknowledgment of mistakes. There is an extreme absence of listening to others Lau, who left the force in 2002. Her mother, who appears at Chinese
that may know, too. A cowboy mentality of I am right so do it now at whatever “She walks softly and carries several big community events with Fong, worked as a
costs. A lack of ownership that a person can make mistakes. These are the sticks,” Lau said. “She has a lot of inner paralegal. Though not friends, Lau knew of
characteristics of failed leadership. What price failed leadership? Plenty. confidence and that lets people know she is Fong, and actively recruited the University of
So now, the world waits. We suffer. The gas price is soaring. Thousands of the boss.” San Francisco student. After earning a
families are experiencing the grief that occurred after 9/11. There is no peace in for Fong was one of the few top police government degree, she joined the force in
travel. More tax monies are to be allocated. $25 billion next. The debt of our officials not tainted in the department’s Fajita- 1977 and, at 22, was walking the Clement
country rises. Brotherhood and universal peace has been compromised. Co- gate scandal, which a year ago resulted in the Street beat.
existence is being put to a test. The man at the helm is failing. There is nothing we indictment of 10 top officers, including then- see Fong page 14
can do. We remain helpless to a leadership that knows no bounds.
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Barry Wong, Esq.
Jason Wong Amid the colorful lion
By now you have probably heard the dancers and children
tragic yet courageous life of Pat Tillman. performing Chinese
I would like to give my own personal dances the Tucson
perspective as an Asian Pacific American Chinese Association
(APA) living in Arizona on how Pat held its groundbreaking
Tillman’s valor has affected me. ceremony on April 18,
I can still vividly remember seeing 2004 for construction of
number 42 crush opposing football the Chinese Cultural
players every Saturday afternoon during Center of the Southwest.
my freshman year of college. I can still The Chinese Cultural
hear the PA announcer at the games Center of the Southwest
constantly say Pat Tillman’s name for is a dream come true for (left to right) Steve Lew, Les Gin, John Kai, Jason Wong,
another tackle or sack as my cousin and I the elder Chinese Garry Ong, Larry Leung, Barry Wong, Peter Chan, Judge
cheered for the Sun Devils. His “no Pat Tillman is shown in this 2003 file photo. immigrants as well as Paul Tang and John Fung
holds barred” type of play and Thor like AP photo the successive
hair made him one our favorites. I generations of Chinese in Tucson and Pima in attendance and giving remarks included
remember passing by Pat Tillman one day cares. To bring it closer to the local APA County. Congressman Jim Kolbe and Pima County
on my way to class and I said myself, “wow community, I will boldly say that it pains These decades of dreams has finally Supervisors Ann Day and Ray Carroll.
he’s not as big as I thought he was, but me to know that this shallow mentality runs become reality thanks to many current Others in attendance included Esther Tang,
damn that guy can play.” My admiration deep within our community and will destroy leaders in the Tucson Chinese Association, Frank Chan, Paul Lim, Judge Paul Tang,
for this man grew even more when I learned our energy and cultural identification that lead by its president Larry Leung. Judge Ken Lee, Herb Kai-Marana
from one of my classmates that this soft has allowed us to conquer so many barriers This facility will provide a place for elders, Councilman, John Kai, Peter Chan, Susan
spoken college football superstar was a (JA Internment and the Chinese Exclusion youth and everyone in between to Chan, John Fung, Dorothy Lew, Les Gin,
walk on at ASU and maintained a very high Act to name a few). congregate and learn about the Chinese Jason Wong, Steve Lew, Theresa Nguyen-
GPA in the business school. My cousin and Too many times I hear APA parents culture. It will also be a place to socialize, Miss Asia Arizona, Garry Ong and Barry
I followed his career into the NFL and compare their children to other children play sports and learn from each other. Wong.
watched as he proved all his critics wrong based on their grades, what colleges they The actual building site was marked off in The Tucson Chinese Association continues
by showing that he was not too slow or attend, and what jobs they have. I white chalk to show the location of rooms to raise funds for the building construction
small to play professional football. This constantly see APAs my age admiring rap with signs posted describing each room. fund as well as for its building operating
underdog constantly showed the world that stars and athletes without any true respect Guests were able to take a self-guided tour fund. For more information or to donate
nothing could keep him down but that he for courageous people like those of the 442 of this “virtual building” to “see” the layout contact Susan Chan at 520-620-5350.
believed in something bigger than himself or the local school teacher who takes less and room uses. Barry Wong is a former member of the AZ
as he always gave credit to his teammates pay to stay in the inner city to teach the kids This historic groundbreaking ceremony was Legislature. Write him c/o Asian SUNews.
and stayed loyal to the dreadfully Arizona she loves. It seems like the only thing well attended by the Tucson Metropolitan
Cardinals when other more successful and people care about these days is the shimmer Chinese American community. Dignitaries
high profile teams trying to lure him. He of the dollar, the size of the house, and the
then solidified this selfless image by giving “pleasures” of life. Though there is nothing
Already, she has been working with the
up his dream to play in the NFL, so he wrong with trying to make it big in Fong continued from page 13 ACLU to develop a system to flag troubled
could join the elite Army Rangers and fight America, for I too am ambitious and strive Fluent Cantonese speakers, Lau and Fong cops in the wake of Fajita-gate. In
against those individuals who hate our for success. However, too many of us have worked on the 1979 Golden Dragon December, voters approved new powers for
nation and wish nothing more than to see become lost in all this confusion to make massacre, a shooting rampage at a the city’s citizen complaint board and police
our demise and deaths. Then the tragic day ourselves feel better and more secure, and Chinatown restaurant that left five dead. commission. A violent-crime wave in
came when I learned that the person who I we no longer put priority on values like This seminal event exposed Chinatown predominantly African-American
had admired and inspired me since I started loyalty, sacrifice, and courage. Now I am gang warfare and lead to the creation of San neighborhoods has led to calls from the
college was shot dead while serving his not stating that all of us should drop what Francisco’s anti-gang task force. mayor and others for more effective
country in Afghanistan. we are doing and join the military to unite In 1994, after a spate of sexual harassment policing there. And as the city grapples with
Pat. Tillman’s death still brings sadness against evil. However, I think we all need suits, the police department named three an astounding $300 million budget gap, at
to my heart and a tear to my eye because he to take a good look at ourselves and our women, including Fong, the first female least one supervisor has declared he wants
had so much to live for and so much to give APA community and realize that things captains. Two years later, newly named to end the department’s “sacred cow”
to our society. However, along with all this need to change. We need to stop saying, Chief Lau made Fong and two African- status.
sadness comes an immense feeling of “Mr. X is so great because he has a good American women the first female station “I think her toughest job is to make the
patriotism and pride in who Pat Tillman paying job, is so nice, and gets to travel.” commanders. Fong oversaw the tourist- and department run efficiently,” said Lillian
was. Pat Tillman’s life and values inspired Rather, it would be a breath of fresh air to business-heavy areas of the city, including Sing, the first Asian woman to hold a
me to take a close look at myself, my hear APA parents brag to their children Chinatown, the Financial District and her judgeship in Northern California. “Every
country, and my APA community. First, let about someone who volunteers for the old North Beach neighborhood. Today, she day people are going to test her. Every
me strongly state that I wish nothing more needy or stands up for a social issue bigger lives in the residential Potrero Hill move will be microscopically examined.
than to pay homage to this fallen hero and than themselves. I would love to stop neighborhood. When you are first, you have the honor and
encourage all people to embrace his spirit hearing those of my generation say, “Wow Fong takes the reins at a crucial time for the the responsibility of having to prove
by writing this article. With that said, I feel that guys got it together - look at his car and force. yourself.”
a sense of anger and frustration to the how many girls he has around him.” It
general status of our nation mentality today would be refreshing to hear someone my
and the ideals of the APA community. age say, “That girl’s cool cause she stood Arizona State University
Sadly, our society today lacks true heroes up for her friend when others were
(like Pat Tillman) who people can look up destroying her reputation and she has invites
to or our society is so blind that we no struggled through so many hardships.”
longer know how to recognize a true hero. When was the last time you heard someone Asian American & Pacific Islander high school
Unfortunately, too many people today think else give compliments like that? When was students and graduating seniors
highly of only themselves or those the last time you brought people’s attention
individuals who simply make a lot of to valiant actions like that?
money, say crude comments, or portray a If you do not fall into the category of to participate in the
superficial and shallow image that they are artificial people I am talking about – I
paid to “drug” us with. As a result, many commend you and I hope that your actions
people in our society have lost touch with are inspiring those around you. However, 2004 Asian LEAD Academy
reality and no longer understand what is I’d like to ask those in the APA community,
really valuable and important in life. To “Where is our Martin Luther King Jr.?”
illustrate, there are even some people who Who is our Caesar Chavez of the twenty June 14 to 25, 2004
are so demented, that after Pat Tillman’s first century?” Who is the one within our
death, wrote articles degrading his life and community who will shatter glass ceilings,
9:00am - 3:00pm
persecuting the soldiers currently fighting destroy racial profiling, and give us a much
for our country. They were exercising their needed voice? Luckily I have worked with
ASU Main Campus
right to free speech without considering that and been mentored by many wonderful
their right was not free and was given to APA individuals who have taught me Students will engage in leadership and public speaking
them by the blood that was shed by many through their actions that there are things so workshops; mock trial exercises; meetings with community
soldiers. These manic individuals are much more important than worldly leaders & professionals; learn the history of APAs; visit the Gila
extremist and do not reflect the general possessions, prominence, and yourself. I
superficial mentality I am talking about. I admire those people, but it will take all of River Internment camp; prepare for college; and interact with
do not mean to preach for I am probably as us to throw away our delusions of greed and other Asian Pacific American youth. Info and applications can be
guilty as the next person for saying, “Wow, selfishness to advance our community and
look at how much money that woman future out of status quo and onto the level of
found at http://www.asu.edu/studentlife/msc/asian.html or call
makes, or damn that guys cool because he’ll respect and honor. Though Pat Tillman was the Multicultural Student Center at ASU, (480) 965-6060.
shoot his mouth off to anybody.” But the not APA, his legacy and courage should
passing away of Pat Tillman has really ring loudly through our ears and inspire us
made me aware of the death of the to do all the big or little things we can do to
American hero and how nobody really uplift our community.
N OMINATIONS OPEN FAIR
FOR A BILITY C OUNTS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
D o you have some fair housing concerns or questions?
I f you know outstanding students with disabilities or community
members who have contributed significantly to the advancement
of people with disabilities, nominate them for the Ability Counts
The Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department is available to help.
The office assists residents by providing them with fair housing education
services and investigating housing discrimination complaints.
Student and Community Awards. Phoenix has an ordinance that prohibits housing discrimination and makes it
The student awards recognize five outstanding young people who illegal for a housing provider or landlord to discriminate against anyone on the
have successfully overcome barriers to accomplish their personal basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status.
and academic goals and reside or attend a school in Phoenix. The Housing providers include landlords, leasing agents, property managers,
community awards recognize those who have made life better for realtors, loan providers and other individuals who provide housing or who
people with disabilities. assist with the many transactions associated with housing, such as renting an
The program is sponsored by the apartment, applying for a mortgage or buying mortgage insurance.
Phoenix Mayor's Commission on For more information, contact the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity
Disability Issues in cooperation with the Department at 602-262-7486/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY.
city's Equal Opportunity Department.
Nominations must be received by 5
p.m. Wednesday, June 30. To obtain a nomination form, call EOD
at 602-262-7486/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY or visit
Y OUTH W EST A FRICA S TEELE I NDIAN
SUMMER CULTURE FEATURED S CHOOL PARK
BUS PASSES AT LUNCH TALK OFFERS FREE
ON SALE CONCERTS
M AY 17
.......................... E rika Amoako-Agyei will share the traditions and
culture of the Ghanaian people of West Africa and
display her art collection from various African countries
S teele Indian School Park at Third Street
and Indian School Road is again hosting a
T he annual three-month summer
transit pass for bus riders age 18
and younger goes on sale May 17.
at the city of Phoenix Faces of Diversity
Brown Bag lunch series noon to
1 p.m. Friday, June 25, at
Summer Concert Series with monthly
performances through September.
The free concerts will be 8 p.m. at
The Summer Youth Passport gives the Phoenix City Council Chambers,
the park’s outdoor
holder unlimited access to any local 200 W. Jefferson St.
route in the Valley Metro system from The free series is sponsored by the
The lineup includes:
June 1 to Aug. 31 for a discounted price Phoenix Human Relations Commission the Big Pete Pearson
of $46. and the city's Equal Opportunity Blues Band, June 5;
To find a participating sales outlet or Department. Clan/destine, July 10;
for additional information, visit For more information, call Barrio Latino, Aug. 7;
ValleyMetro.org or call 602-253-5000 602-261-8242 or and Alice Tatum, Sept. 11.
or TTY 602-261-8208. 602-534-1557/TTY. For more information, call 602-495-0739.
J OIN IN SUMMER S QUAW P EAK R ECREATION A REA
READING GETS NEW NAME
T he city Parks and Recreation Board has changed the name of the Squaw Peak Recreation
Area in north central Phoenix to the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area.
“ xtra! Extra! Read Your
Way to the Ballpark,” the
free countywide reading
The name change was in response to the Arizona Board of Geographic and Historic Names
changing the name of Squaw Peak to Piestewa Peak.
The Phoenix Mountains are the range of peaks in north central Phoenix that include Piestewa
program cosponsored by the Peak, North Mountain and Shaw Butte.
Arizona Diamondbacks and The In addition to renaming the recreation area, the board also changed the name of
Arizona Republic, gets under Circumference Trail around the base of Piestewa Peak to Freedom Trail.
way Monday, June 7.
Phoenix’s 13 public libraries
are among 48 libraries throughout Maricopa
County that are participating in the special
J OB FAIR
summer program. VARIETY OF SERVICES
The program runs through July 31 and is ...................................................
open to all youths from infants to teens. Children
who are not old enough to read can participate
by having someone read to them.
By reading 20 minutes, 50 pages or one book,
I f you’re looking for a job, be sure to check out the free Valley Employment Partnership Job
Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Mesa Centennial Hall at Mesa Centennial
Center, 201 N. Center St. at University Drive.
participants advance on a colorful game board About 55 employers will be on hand seeking to fill entry- to professional-level jobs in retail,
and earn prizes along the way. Reach the finish health care, finance, hospitality, customer service, law enforcement and city and state
line and get a chance to win a ticket to a government.
Diamondbacks baseball game and other cool The fair, which is sponsored by Phoenix Workforce Connection, Maricopa Workforce
prizes. Connections and the Arizona Workforce Connection, in cooperation with the Maricopa Skill
For more information, call 602-262-4636 or Center, will offer computer résumé assistance.
visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org. For more information, call 602-262-6776 or visit www.hsd.maricopa.gov/mwc/jobfairs1.htm.
For more information, alternative format/reasonable accommodations, contact the specific departments. The city of Phoenix TT/TDD is 602-534-5500.
* Paid by the City of Phoenix
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