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FALL 2012 The Year of the Asian & Pacific Islander Voter in BATTLE GROUND Nevada By Bert Eljera

API Challengers on the Ballot OPINION former Hawaii Residents Speak Out on Island Born President

From the Editor’s Desk

The premiere issue of Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE launched today, October 9, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first issue is a mini version of the standard issues yet to come. Highlighting the important role of the AAPI voter in the upcoming election in Nevada, the premiere issue features “The Year of the Asian and Pacific Islander Voter in Battleground Nevada” as its cover story, Asian American and Pacific Islander

candidates in the upcoming election and opposing opinions on both presidential candidates. We were going to launch the first issue in January 2013, but AAPI community leaders here really encouraged us to go forward with an issue about the election. This election is too important to our community, and we hope this issue will whet readers’ appetites for what our community truly has to offer. “We are passionate about assisting our communities achieve full participation and equality, socially, economically and especially in the political arena,” said Tieri Pa’ahana Bissen, managing editor and Partner along with Ramos of BissenRamos

Multi-cultural, which publishes API Chronicle. API Chronicle is a quarterly publication featuring the stories and cultures of Nevada’s fastest growing racial group at about 196,000, or 7.2 percent of the state’s 2.7 million population. Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE magazine aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities and cultures in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas. Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE also publishes a weekly online calendar of events and news in the Multi-cultural and diverse communities in Las Vegas. Submissions for nonprofit organizations are free.


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist Yogi Ji is a founding board member of Bamboo Bridges, a non-profit organization that seeks to address violence against women in the Asian Pacific American community. She is a community activist, therapist (LCSW), and an attorney. Her “day job” is as an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at UNLV. She researches issues that impact Asian/Asian American communities to include inter-country adoption, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Kathleen has been in Las Vegas since 2004, prior to coming to Nevada she taught at Illinois State University for four years, and completed her graduate and post-graduate studies in Virginia - MSW at Norfolk State University and PhD in counselor education at the College of William and Mary. She also completed her JD at UNLV's Boyd School of Law. API CHRONICLE.COM FALL 2012

was born in Los Angeles, California. It was there that her mother brought her to Kundalini Yoga classes where Yogi Ji met and studied under the Kundalini Yoga Master and Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan (Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji). At the age of ten years old Yogi Bhajan had Yogi Ji teaching Kundalini Yoga classes in his absence, at the Melrose, West Los Angeles Ashram. It was his wish that Yogi Ji be sent to study in India, but because she was so young her mother declined. This allowed for Yogi Ji to study directly under Yogi Bhajan throughout her teenage years. During this time, Yogi Ji was sent to live and assist in various ashrams (communal retreats for the practice of yogic and Sikh disciplines) in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona; Española, New Mexico; Toronto,


Canada; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas, NV. Yogi Ji took her Sikh vows at the age of eleven, at a week-long Kundalini Yoga intensive retreat held in Las Vegas, Nevada. She took her Sikh Minister vows, baptized into the Khalsa at the age of fourteen at Summer Solstice on Native American land in Northern New Mexico, and was given the spiritual name Yogi Ji, by Yogi Bhajan, at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Española, New Mexico. Yogi Ji has a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature, and an M.S.Ed in Bi-Lingual Education. She was on the Adjunct Faculty of UNLV and CSN for thirteen years, where she taught courses in Kundalini Yoga, Yogic Philosophy, Food for Health & Healing, Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, and Teacher’s Training.


Published by BissenRamos Multi-cultural

10 BATTLE GROUND Nevada Feature Writer Bert Eljera


Challengers 7

Jerry Tao Kalani Hoo Phung Jefferson Soon Hee“Sunny” Bailey Mari Nakashima St. Martin Vincent C Ginn Chris Lee

About the cover model: Shyla W. is a first-time voter in the upcoming election. A biracial (Filipino and Caucasian) college sophomore, with family living in Las Vegas, Shyla remains an undecided voter: “I’m preparing myself mentally and physically for the bombardment of slanderous commercials, pushy campaign ringers, and the occasional cold calls. After a while even the word “elections” makes me cringe. I’m not interested in how terrible the other guy is. It’s too easy to tell me that President Obama is going to spend too much or that Governor Romney doesn’t care about the middle class. Don’t tell me how I should not vote for the other guy. Tell me reasons why I should vote for a certain candidate. I want to know what they each stand for. Give me the facts. What are their platforms? I don’t want to vote for one side in fear of what the other man one will implement. As of now, I am undecided. Until I hear the facts, I will remain that way.”



and the violence continues

15 OPINION is it because he’s from Hawaii?

healing FOOD 18 recipies for the Solstice Soul

MARKETING & ADVERTISING 19 money to burn

What Cha Reading? 4 in private

We welcome comments and articles. Submissions may be edited for legnth and/or clarity. All submissions become the property of the API Chronicle.



IN THE PRIVACY OF OUR PRIVACY Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin –

I’m addicted to the books and HBO series. It’s the perfect mental escape/fantasy for me. Corin Ramos, Editor

Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sis –

I am an avid collector of children books. I look for quality illustrations, lessons learned and culture. I am enjoying this picturesque journey into the Himalayas. An unbelievable find at Savers for 69¢!

It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us by Hillary Rodham Clinton – I’ve been quoting the phrase for so long and finally, took the time to read it thoroughly. I am not disappointed. Having being raised in Hawaii, it was a village of caring cultures that gave me a foundation for my values today. Tieri Pa’ahana Bissen, Publisher

Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo – a Norwegian detective

novel. I heard the author interviewed on NPR as part of its crime in the city series. Ever since law school I have been interested in how crimes are investigated and prosecuted.

Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist, Contributing Writer

Ravi Shankar’s Festival from India – I listen to Ravi Shankar, burn incense, and make yogic recipes in the ambrosial hours of the morning. It reminds me of growing up in my mother’s house. I had the occasion to meet Ravi Shankar after one of his concerts.

Feng Shui for Dummies by David Daniel Kennedy – It made the complex art of Feng Shui easy to understand and fun to use, in changing the energy around me by changing the arrangement of my space. Yogi Ji, Contributing Writer




EARLY VOTING: OCT. 20, 2012 - NOV. 2, 2012 ABSENT VOTER BALLOT: OCT. 30, 2012 - Last day to request Ballots must be received by Registrar Nov. 6, 2012 before close of polls (7:00pm) GENERAL ELECTION: NOV. 6, 2012 - Polls open: 7:00am and close at 7:00pm

APIs In The Running The Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE is nonpartisan, and as part of our election coverage and our ongoing mission to highlight and promote full participation and equality—socially, economically and politically—of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we include all the Asian & Pacific Islander candidates in Nevada, running for office in the November election. We aim to feature all AAPI candidates, regardless of party affiliation. The views and opinions of Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE magazine contributing writers are not necessarily the views of Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE magazine. We welcome unsolicited materials, and it will be considered intended for publication and the property of Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE. No material may be reproduced or used without written approval of Asian & Pacific Islander CHRONICLE. Letters to the editor may be sent to:



District Court, Department 20 (All of Clark County) Party affiliation: Democrat Race/Ethnicity: Chinese-American Current occupation: District Judge since 2011. I was appointed by the Governor to become the first AsianAmerican District Judge (civil-criminal) in Nevada history. Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada Former legal counsel and director of public relations to AAG (AsianAmerican Group (2005-2008)), active in many other groups including Asian

Chamber of Commerce. When I was under consideration for the appointment, those groups lobbied the Governor on my behalf, and I am forever grateful for their support. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada? Asian-Americans are underrepresented in politics at all levels, and that needs to change but won’t unless we start voting regularly and becoming more actively involved. Hopefully you’ll vote for me this November, but whether you support me or not, vote for somebody!


AAPI Fun Facts: What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? Beijing Duck, but there aren’t enough restaurants in Vegas that do it well! How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? Growing up, I attended Chinese language school throughout my childhood. My daughter is only two, so she’s too young to attend school formally, but we are teaching her to be multilingual and Multicultural at home.




North Las Vegas Justice Court, Dept. 1 RACE/ETHNICITY: 3/4 Chinese, 1/4 Japanese

Thai. I can’t think of any Asian food that I do not like.

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Current occupation: Attorney, Pro Tem Judge, Pro Bono Legal Advocate for US Vets, Inc.

How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? My family came to Hawai’i over 100 years ago, so I was raised with the Aloha spirit. My wife also grew up in Hawai’i. My mother gave us a wide variety of foods and recipes to celebrate the food and culture. From a very young age I learned about the importance of family and community. We take our children to many of the cultural celebrations around town, like luaus, Obon, and the Chinese New Year celebration, to expose them to different cultures, especially those relevant to their heritage.

Describe your involvement with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada: Previously vice president and board of director, Japanese American Citizen’s League; member, Asian Chamber of Commerce. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada? All elections are important to API’s. While API numbers continue to grow, our total population compared to the rest of the United States is relatively small. Voting allows API voices to be heard. Participation in politics also allows APIs to have a more positive, visible voice not only Nevada, but the United States as well. Fun facts: I’m a lefty converted to right handed by my father; I like camping, off-roading, hiking, and outdoor activities. I play no musical instruments and am not good at math. What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? We tend to eat Asian food more than non Asian foods: Hawaiian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian, and


BIO As a youth, Kalani spent most of his childhood between the San Francisco Bay Area and Pearl City, Hawai’i. Kalani’s father instilled in him the values of hard work and discipline. Kalani’s close knit, yet extended family, gave him a strong sense of family, community, and helping others. In 1995, he graduated from the University of California at Davis, double majoring in English and Sociology. In 1998, he graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, and was admitted to the practice of law in Nevada that same year. In 2002, he was admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Kalani is in his 14th year of practice, handling felony and misdemeanor cases daily in both state and


federal court. Kalani also practices civil law. In 1998, he married Catherine Quiroz in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have two daughters, who attend their neighborhood public school in North Las Vegas. After graduating with her Masters in Education from UNLV, Catherine helped open Watson Elementary School in North Las Vegas. “Mrs. Hoo” continues to teach first grade there. Both Kalani and Catherine are members of the local Parent Teach Organization (PTO), participate in Career Day, and are active in their local church. While attending school, Kalani worked for numerous legal organizations dedicated to helping the public. Kalani worked for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, serving subpoenas and interviewing witnesses. He also worked at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, Legal Aid of San Diego, and the Utility Consumers Action Network, providing assistance to indigents and other special needs clients. In 2009, he became a legal advocate for the United States Veterans Initiative (“U.S. Vets”), assisting veterans with various legal issues, and helping them get back on their feet and back into the workforce. In 2010, Kalani was appointed by the Clark County Commissioners to serve as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem in the North Las Vegas Justice Court. These various experiences built a strong drive in Kalani to help people in the community. This same devotion to the community is what motivated him to run for Justice of the Peace.



Clark County District Court Judge Dept. 5 RACE/ETHNICITY: Vietnamese/African American CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada: I have provided pro bono assistance with immigration matters as well as other area of law. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada?

Because the Asia & Pacific Islanders have been under-represented with public offices. The current election 2012 cycle, which has an increased number of Asian/Pacific Islander candidates, allow this community to have a voice in the political arena, by voting for individuals that can empathize with its concerns. AAPI Fun Facts: What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? Vietnamese Spring rolls and egg rolls

with shrimp paste sauce How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? I have frequent family gatherings with my Vietnamese mother. This allows my 2 daughters to understand the Asian culture through my mother’s recollection of her youth. They also learn the values that my mother taught me and how important family isin our culture.



Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 4 RACE/ETHNICITY: Korean/ German CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am a practicing attorney at the Law Offices of Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux. My 16 years as an attorney include 10 years in criminal law as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and six years in civil litigation. I preside over both criminal and civil matters as a Pro Tempore Judge for the Las Vegas Justice Court. I am also the author of the Courtroom Handbook on Nevada Evidence, currently in its 7th edition. Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada:

I attend functions and events for numerous Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada? All elections are important to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Nevada. The importance of each vote must be emphasized to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. During my campaign, I became aware of the number of Asian and Pacific Islanders who were not registered to vote, and I have volunteered with numerous groups to encourage Asian and Pacific


Islanders to register to vote. AAPI Fun Facts: What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? I love all Asian and Pacific Islander food but my favorites include kimchi and spam. How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? We encourage our children to take part in the many opportunities available in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We also remind our children of our rich history through stories of our ancestors and culture. FALL 2012 API CHRONICLE.COM


The Year of the Asian & Pacific Islander Voter in Battleground Nevada Amie Belmonte has been through the boom and the bust of the Las Vegas economy. A resident of Sin City for the past 33 years, she has seen the city explode in wealth and seeming extravagance, and sag under the weight of “underwater” homes and doubledigit unemployment. As a provider of elderly care and services, she has had a front-row seat to the trials and hardships of ordinary folks and the role government play in people’s lives. Now, she’s also witnessing the emergence of what one astute Asian and Pacific Islander politician calls as a “marginalized community becoming the margin of victory.”

“We can’t take anything for granted,” said Mason Harrison, communications director of the Romney campaign in Las Vegas. “We wont be outworked.”

With Nevada becoming a key swing state in a close presidential election, the community, the fastest-growing racial group in the whole country and in the state, could determine who wins and who loses. “If we translate our numbers into votes, it’s not idle to say we could decide this election,” Belmonte said.

Indeed, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are paying close attention to the Asian and Pacific Islander community, recognizing its value as a key demographic. On the national level, the two campaigns have created centralized organizations to coordinate their work within the community, designating well-known Asian and Pacific Islander leaders to head those efforts. On the local level, the Romney campaign has the Nevada Coalition led by Asian Indian Swati Singh, and on the Obama said is the local chapter of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama. The competing campaigns battle on ethnic media on issues that matter to the community, mainly jobs and the economy, which like the general population, are the most important to Asian and Pacific Islanders.

According to the 2010 Census, there are about 196,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders in Nevada, about 7.2 percent of the state’s 2.7 million population. At first glance, it may not seem much, but in the 2008 election, President Obama won over Republican contender John McCain by just a little over 10,000 votes to capture Nevada’s six Electoral College votes.

“Like everyone else, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are concerned with the economy,” Harrison, the Romney campaign communications director said. “They are very entrepreneurial and they like Gov. Romney’s emphasis on small business.” But in a recent survey by the nonprofit group Asian Pacific Islander Vote, more than half, 54 percent, say



they will vote for Obama in November, while 29 percent say they would support Romney. The poll by Lake Research Partners for APIA Vote was conducted April 5-15, and released recently. A total of 713 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were interviewed by phone, with 100 more from Florida, Illinois and Virginia. The sampling margin of error was +/-3.7 percent. In Nevada, 112 more were interviewed, and the sampling margin of error was +/- 9.3 percent. But also in Nevada, Obama has the softest support among Asian and Pacific Islanders in the whole country, and nearly three in 10 said they have no opinion of Romney, leaving a lot of room to define him, according to pollster Celinda Lake. “Candidates for office and political parties ignore Asian American voters at their own peril,” Lake said. “Many Asian Americans don’t really know the differences between the two leading political parties, because they haven’t been engaged by either Democrats or Republicans. There’s a real opportunity there to define the debate.” Democrats outnumber Republicans among Nevada’s registered voters. As of the latest count, there are 332,618 Democrats to 241,143 Republicans. Independents total 126,712 and 40,143 list themselves as other. Both parties have been losing voters since 2010,

community is not deep enough. It’s a sentiment shared by Rozita Lee, also a leader in the Filipino-American community involved in non-partisan voter registration.

with Democrats losing more as the Nevada economy worsened and people left the state, and the Department of Elections purged the voter rolls. A voter who fails to vote in two successive elections with federal candidates is taken off the list and must register again to be able to vote. Among APIs in Nevada, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a significant margin – 53 percent to 16 percent. Independents comprise another large number – 21 percent. This advantage may lull Democrats into a false sense of security, according to Belmonte and other community leaders. “Somebody must have guaranteed them a victory because they’re not doing much,” said Belmonte, who is conducting a non-partisan voterregistration drive with a group called Filipino-American Political Organization With Equal Representation (POWER). Although she said she knows the issues intimately and had already decided who to vote for president, it bothers her that the engagement with the

“The (Obama) campaign was so slow in reaching out to the community,” Lee said. “It should do more to get people engaged.” A meeting with Sen. Harry Reid, DNevada, Thursday, Aug. 23, may change the dynamics, she said as a more concerted effort will now be focused on Asian and Pacific islanders. Lee, a member of the White House Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders, however, said she does not doubt President Obama will get the support of the community.

the Asian and Pacific Islanders vote. As California Representative Mike Honda puts it: “A once marginalized community is now the margin of victory.”

About the Author: Bert B. Eljera lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and writes about local and national politics as they impact the Asian American community, particularly Filipino Americans. A veteran journalist for more than 25 years, he has written for newspapers in the Philippines, California and Florida, including the Manila Bulletin, Los Angeles Times, Stockton Record, Asian Week, The Florida Times-Union and the Vero Beach Press-Journal Photos by Bert B Eljera

“He’s not one from the outside looking in, he’s one of us,” she said, noting that the President was born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia, an Asian country. “He’s easier to talk to and he listens to us and our concerns.” But as recent polls suggest, the election will be very close. Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 45 percent in a Survey USA poll released Aug. 22, although some have cast doubt on its accuracy because of seeming contradictions in some of its findings. One thing is clear though: Winning Nevada would hinge in a big way how





State Senate, District 9 Party affiliation: Republican Race/Ethnicity: Japanese / Caucasian Current occupation: Sales and Community Representative for Small Business Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada? Through my job for Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Joe Heck I was able to meet so many leaders in the Asian American community in our state. I have also been so blessed to be introduced to so many more in the Asian American community since declaring for the Senate. So many in the Asian American community are small business people and I want to be elected so that I might represent not just their interests as Americans, as Asian Americans, but as a driving force in our nation’s and state’s economy. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada? The race in Senate District 9 is important to the API community for two reasons. First Senate District 9 has an API population of 25% making it the district with the highest Asian population in the state of Nevada. Whoever represents this seat must represent the API community robustly and aggressively. The Second reason this is such an important legislative contest for our community is that I would be the first Asian American in the Nevada State Senate. So we have an opportunity to elect the first Asian American to the most Asian American seat in the state. That is why I ask for your support in Senate District 9. What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? Sushi


How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? I have often discussed with my father the challenges my family faced coming to America and Nevada in the 1920?s, starting a small business, living through Pearl Harbor and World War Two as a Japanese American and all of the challenges that entailed. I will never let my daughter Darla forget the sacrifices and struggles that her grandparents and great grandparents went through and what a great nation that gives her the opportunity to pursue her dreams. That is the Nakashima family story and that is the great American story that has brought so many people from so many nations to pursue the American dream.

sales and community representative and I run a small family consulting business with my husband Jack. I know our city, our state and many of the residents of the ninth district have seen some hard times in the last few years but I believe our best days are ahead of us. I’m running because I want my daughter Darla to see the Nevada that I knew growing up, the Nevada of opportunity and growth. That is the most important thing you should know about me. I am, more than anything, a mother. My daughter is the most important thing in my life and I will work hard so that she will continue to realize the dreams that her great grandparents Hideko and Takichi Nakashima had close to a century ago


Our state has been a beacon to so many who came here for a better life, a sense of community and a good job. I am running to help bring back a Nevada that is growing, vibrant and where folks can find a good job. A place where, if my daughter works hard and plays by the rules, there are literally no limits to what she can accomplish, to what dreams she can realize. I want that dream for all Nevadans, whether they are fourth generation like my daughter or new Nevadans like my husband Jack. I want to represent the people of the ninth district and Southwest Las Vegas in the State Senateto advocate for policies that will create jobs, encourage entrepreneurs and the creation of small businesses and to ensure the growth of our economy. I know our best days are ahead of us and I will work hard for the your vote and work hard for you in Carson City. I ask for your support and your vote for Mari Nakashima St.Martin in Senate District 9.

I am Mari Nakashima St. Martin a candidate for Senate District 9. I am a third generation and native Nevadan. I am a graduate of UNLV. My grandparents came to the United States and Nevada in the 1920?s. They started a small business and a family. My father Nobuo Nakashima is a combat veteran and served as a marine in Korea. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Democratic party. My mother is a civil servant and works at the United State Postal Service. My sister is a retired firefighter, one of my brothers is an assistant High School principle, and another brother is a prison guard. We have been blessed as a family with so much. I have been blessed to work for Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Joe Heck, Congressman Jon Porter and as the spokesperson for Nevada GOP. I currently work in a small business as a




Justice of the Peace Department 1 Party affiliation: Nonpartisan Race/Ethnicity: Chinese-American Current occupation: Attorney Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada: I have been involved with the Asian community here in Las Vegas my entire life. As a child, I attended the Chinese Benevolent Society meetings that my father Pat Ginn conducted, to today s Asian Food festivals. I have worked closely with many Asian groups throughout my career and as a citizen. I look forward to the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month every year, it s a month long celebration of my family. We proudly support all of the festivals/carnivals! These wonderful food vendors are only second to my family s home cooking. We are grateful and blessed that our community has spent the last 60 years sharing our family meals when they dined at Pat s Chinese Kitchen. Today, you can still share a meal with us when you visit Pat s Chinese Food on Martin Luther King Drive and Owens Avenue. My law practice keeps me very busy representing my cultural brothers and sisters, defending our innocence, integrity, and hard work. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada: This election is important for all nationalities; this is a big year for Judges, Congress, Senate, and Presidential elections. This election year is of special importance to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Nevada because of the strong cultural values

woven into this diverse community. The Asian and Pacific Islander population has a unique bond in Las Vegas because of the rising growth of the demographic. In fact, the last consensus shows that the Asian and Pacific Islander population has increased to 180,000 from 80,000 in 2010. The Justice of the Peace position impacts this community as we continue to grow in numbers and boast a larger segment of the Las Vegas demographic. The common ideologies that all Asian and Pacific Islanders share are key principles that would make this a much stronger nation. Fun facts My grandfather, on my mother s side, was a movie producer in Hong Kong. I was once hired as a precision stunt driver. I appeared in an Ekin Cheng movie called Second Time Around. What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? I must say that growing up AsianAmerican, I have had the delight of trying all of the different foods. I can t say what my ONE favorite is. Filipino: Beefsteak and Onions Chinese: Salted Fish and Duck Fried Rice Korean: Bulgogi Vietnamese: Pho Japanese: Sushi Hawaiian: local plate and spam musubi Thai: Pad Kee Mow How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? My family still pays homage to our ancestors in a traditional ceremonious


way. I find myself keeping the Chinese traditions and practices even in my law practice. My Grandfather worked on the transcontinental railroad. My father came over from China at a very young age. He had the American Dream for his family, and provided it because he lived the way of the Chinese, through dedication, hard work, dirty, blistered and bloodied hands, and gave his family everything. He gave me the love a boy needs to grow into a man. Grandpa instilled in my Dad the honesty, integrity, dedication, hard work ethic, and love for his family to provide the American Dream. Mom and Dad owned and operated a successful family business my whole life. Mom and Dad instilled in me honesty, integrity, dedication, hard work ethic and love for my family to enable me to live my American Dream as Justice of the Peace for the Las Vegas Township, Department 1. BIO: Vincent Ginn was born and raised in Las Vegas. Vincent s family owned and operated Pat s Chinese Kitchen in the Commercial Center. Vincent grew up in the family business, adopting key principles of hard work, respect, and discipline. Vincent and his family were very involved in many local organizations including Meals on Wheels, City of Hope, Shade Tree and Children s Miracle Network. Vincent graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, and attended college at UNLV, where he graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. (cont. page 15)


Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist


October is DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth It is difficult to get Latina and Asian women to speak out. We must make it clear it's not their problem, it's our problem. - Rep. Juanita MillenderMcDonald, California Nevada ranks first in the nation for domestic violence homicides of women by men for the third year in a row Violence Police Center In a season of political rhetoric and partisan bickering it is important to note that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence against women has been brought out of the bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms into the public domain. The personal has become political as evidenced by the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) which was passed with bipartisan support in 1994. The passage of VAWA provided for the creation of the Violence Against Women Grants Office (today known as the Office of Violence Against Women) which funds many of the providers and shelters that serve victims of domestic violence. However, the 2012 reauthorization of VAWA has not been passed yet and has not been a visible issue in the Presidential election. Nonetheless the White House issued a statement this month: “Despite considerable progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of these


least four times less likely to use mental health services than whites, blacks or Latinos.” This glaring gap between what we know about the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the official underreporting echoes with the silenced voices of our daughters, mothers, sisters, aunties, and Dr. Qingfang Zhang (lead advocate for Project grandmothers. Resilience), Bergquist, and Marlene Richter (Executive Director for Shade Tree)

unconscionable acts. And while women between the ages of 16 and 24 are among the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or religion.” For most Americans domestic violence is no longer something one can claim they are not aware of or do not believe happens, yet in the Asian Pacific American community we still whisper, deny, and look the other way. We tell ourselves it is a private matter. This is despite research that suggests that Asian American women are more likely to experience violence from an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Institute on Domestic Violence reported in 2009 that 41-60% of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women surveyed reported being the victim of violence. This is in sharp contrast to API women having the lowest reporting rates (to law enforcement, service providers, or mental health professionals). Professor Hyunkag Cho of Michigan State University found that Asian victims of domestic violence are “at


October is a time to honor and advocate for women trapped in violence who cannot speak for themselves. As our legislators are seeking your votes, please ask them to support the reauthorization of VAWA and get involved in raising awareness and breaking the silence. Bamboo Bridges is the only non-profit in Nevada that seeks to address violence against women in the Asian Pacific American community. Through Project Resilience we are training multilingual and/or Multicultural advocates who wish to support women in becoming survivors, rather than victims of domestic violence. If you would like to share your time and passion please visit our website or email us at


CANDIDATE District Court, Department 4 RACE/ETHNICITY: Korean CURRENT OCCUPATION: Judge – Clark County Justice Court, North Las Vegas Department 3 Describe your involvement with the Asian & Pacific Islander communities and groups in Nevada: Asian Chamber of Commerce, Korean American Association of Las Vegas, Asian Bar Association, Asian American Group events. Why do you think this election is important to the Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Nevada? The Asian & Pacific Islander community is at a very important time in our American growth. There has

been significant research showing the Asian & Pacific Islander community is one of the fastest growing voting groups in the country. Often times our diversity has been our strength, but sometimes our diversity has diluted our voting power during election time. As our voting numbers increase to a critical mass, this election will show the power and influence the Asian and Pacific Islander community can and will have on local and national campaigns. The more influence we have as a voting group, the more attention candidates and elected officials will give to Asian & Pacific Islander issues and concerns. The Asian & Pacific Islander community will continue to flourish as we become increasingly engaged in the political process.

AAPI Fun facts: What is your favorite Asian & Pacific Islander food? Korean BBQ, Pho, and Thai curry How do you retain the Asian & Pacific Islander culture in your home and family? My wife speaks almost exclusively in Korean to our children at home. We take frequent trips to S. Korea so the children can have a total language and cultural immersion experience. Our children have constant contact with their grandparents who instill traditional cultural values and special calendar days (e.g. Lunar New Year, harvest festival, etc).

Vincent C. Ginn (cont. page 13)

After which, Vincent attended Creighton University School of Law. There, he clerked for both the United States Attorney s Office as well as the Omaha s City Prosecutors Office. Vincent was a member of Habitat for Humanity, the Open Door Mission, and worked at the Creighton Legal Clinic.

Two of the FBI s application process. However, after further review and a special medical examination, Vincent was dismissed due to his physical disability.

Shortly after graduation, he tested and successfully passed Phase One of the FBI s Special Agent s application process. Unfortunately, his progress to Phase Two was postponed by 9/11. Vincent successfully completed Phase

He left private practice to work for the Criminal Division Office of The Las Vegas City Attorney, and was responsible for prosecuting crimes committed within the City’s jurisdiction.

In 2005, Vincent was admitted to practice law in the state of Nevada.


As of May 2010, Vincent returned to private practice. In 2012, he opened his own law practice, Ginn Law, PLLC. Vincent s life experiences and education have shaped him into the honest, compassionate and just person necessary to serve on the bench today. These attributes are what will make him an excellent judge and are what inspired him to seek election of Las Vegas Justice of the Peace. He is committed in his goal of helping others and determined to make a difference.




Why I Support Romney for President As a poor boy born in Hawaii, my parents only taught me to focus on issues that affected us daily like bills, food the basic necessities, and if it was politically related, it doesn’t concern us. Now as a husband and father, I learned to teach related principles affecting my home, city, state & federal outcomes indeed affect my necessities. Today I can honestly say if anything mom and dad leaned towards Democrats, but never voted. More than ever there are many in the Pacific Islander & Asian communities who traditional think the same way as my parents’ first generation Americans. This year for the first time ever I have chosen to advocate the need of growth and positive economy progression that will not sacrifice and stump my kids’ uncertain future. As one who wanted change from President Bush from unacceptable calls and the longevity of covered up lies (i.e.) waging war on

Hussein soundly stating he had weapons of mass destruction. Then came Obama into the elections and I said if Obama becomes a new president it would represent so much progression for America and for us as minorities ideally showing American dreams are alive and well. Fortunately, I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat or Independent. If you lie, blow smoke and the facts indicate otherwise, then I will vote for needed change for one more truthful, which brings me to Romney/Ryan. I believe if they say they can breathe life back into our struggling America then I will look at their plans, policies and resolve and if it matches up, I believe America deserves to give them a chance. Romney’s credit as a business man is astounding. As a man of faith, though not very popular with the any mainstream, he has not wavered in his

About the Author Sid is an actor who worked 20 plus years as a professional Polynesian producer, entertainer, dancer, singer, musician for renown world theme parks & private corporate events world wide. Visit his website at He is a resident of Las Vegas, NV. API CHRONICLE COMMENDS LOCAL BUSINESS

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faith and principles under the critics which I respect. Lastly, I believe in any person who sincerely treats their family in the best and worst conditions, and if Romney treats his family with respect and all support, then to me that is an indication how he will treat the American people with respect and truth. His policies and outlines affect us all if we want to get (us) Americans back to being a thriving and strong economy through entrepreneurship and respected nation of those countries who have questioned our support for allies and questioned our resolve as a strong military nation to react when threatened.




Why We Should Re-Elect President Obama Meeting President Obama personally each time at meetings in Washington, D.C. is always heartwarming. I can feel the “Aloha Spirit” that we who are born in Hawaii share with one another. The first time I greeted him with “Aloha” he smiled ever so broadly and returned the greeting jubilantly. And the next time we saw each other at the White House he greeted me with the “shaka” or “hang loose” sign which is so Hawaii and just made me feel immensely proud that our President openly shares his love for the Islands and embraces others who do. He is most certainly a “likeable guy” and brilliant too. The statement below from the Asian Voices AAPI Democratic Network clearly expresses my thoughts on our President: The first presidential debate revealed two men with two very different visions for our country: one who invests in our children’s future and fights to protect our nation’s retirees, and another who wants to slash education investments and embraces a plan to end traditional Medicare for our seniors.

We in the AAPI community know that education is essential to the American Dream. So many of our parents and ancestors immigrated to this great country because of the American promise of a quality education for all. Education is an investment that can open new opportunities for our children and provide a better future for us all. President Obama believes in making that important investment in our next generation and our economy. Equally as important to our community is honoring our elders. We are a community that respects and takes care of our elders—for their wisdom, for their sacrifice for their families, and for their lifetime of hard work. President Obama understands our values. He believes in education and in investing in our children’s future. He believes a good education is an economic necessity for everyone and a key part of creating an economy built to last. And he believes in honoring our seniors and in ensuring that they have a safe and healthy retirement. He does not believe in casting them aside.

While President Obama shares the values and beliefs of the AAPI community, Mitt Romney’s views are deeply troubling for our community. Though he claims to value education, he supports a plan that would slash education investments and end tuition assistance. And while he says he would protect seniors, he embraces a plan to end traditional Medicare and leave seniors on their own to negotiate with insurance companies. What Romney tells us and what he supports are simply worlds apart. What we need is a leader who is direct and honest with us. A leader who believes in what we hold important. A leader who stands with us. That leader for our community is Barack Obama.


About the Author: Rozita Lee is a Commissioner with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and National Vice Chair Emerita and Advisor to the Board of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. She is a resident of Las Vegas, NV.


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Solstice Menu The Western diet is based on high amounts of protein, which can put the body’s digestive and glandular systems, and liver and other organs under stress while assimilating it. The average American consumes about three times as much protein as is recommended by the World Health Organization. The traditional Indian diet includes a moderate amount of protein from wheat, dairy products and rice-bean combinations. Well cooked beans and rice form a complete protein, and as a pre-digested food aid a weak digestive system, as does a mono-diet of eating one kind of food. When we are young

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we don’t worry about our health, but as we age, recipes for healthy diets become invaluable. Spices including onions, garlic, and chile, aid in cleansing and energizing, and turmeric lubricates the joints. Also, Food made at home has the highest energy frequency, an ingredient that is palpable. Summer Solstice falls during the longest day of the year when the sun is at its zenith of energy, and Winter Solstice falls during the longest night of the year when the moon is at its zenith of energy. In the 3HO

Solstice Breakfast – Healing Soup 6 quarts of water 1 tablespoon ground cumin 8 potatoes, peeled and sliced thin 1 tablespoon dried sweet basil 1 cup extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 2 tablespoons dried oregano 4 medium yellow onions, chopped 1 tablespoon tumeric 2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons salt, or to taste 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or Tamari soy sauce or Dr. Braggs’s Liquid Aminos) 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons caraway seed 1 whole orange and 1 whole banana per person, unpealed Boil potatoes in water. Saute onions in oil, adding garlic when onions are soft. When onions begin to brown, add spices, cook a few minutes more, continually stirring. Then add to the potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are soft. Serve with oranges and bananas.

Solstice Supper - Mung Beans and Rice 12 cups purified water 2 cups mung beans 2 cups basmanti rice 1 head cauliflower, grated 2 onions, chopped

2 tablespoons salt, or to taste 1 cup virgin cold pressed olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 3 large cloves garlic, minced 1 head of lettuce

Cook beans in water until they begin to break open. Add rice, cauliflower onions and salt. Bring back to boil and cook until soft. Add oil, cumin seeds, and garlic. Bring to boil again, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat until it has the


Tradition (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) it is a time when Kundalini Yoga practitioners, Sikhs, and people of all walks of life, ages, and traditions, join together for a week of camping, Kundalini and White Tantric Yoga intensives, lectures on living, a bazaar of food and clothing, music and dance, silence observed or not, coming together of old friends, and eating the Solstice Menu. I hope this Solstice Menu brings the Solstice experience to you. “The most intimate relationship within you is between the body and the soul.” – Yogi Bhajan

consistency of thick oatmeal. Continue stirring constantly while it cooks. Serve with a wedge of lettuce and Solstice Hot Sauce.

Solstice Hot Sauce 3 onions, chopped 1 cup extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil 1 handful crushed red chilies 1cup raw, organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar 1 cup hot water 1 handful whole small dry red chilies 1 cup tamarind concentrate 1-2 tablespoons tumeric Combine the onions and crushed red chilies. Dissolve the tamarind concentrate in the hot water. Add to onion mixture along with the oil, vinegar, and dry red chilies. Add 1 tablespoon tumeric . Mix all ingredients together. Place in a pint size jar or container. Sprinkle more tumeric on top of mixture. Best when allowed to sit overnight. Keep refrigerated.

Golden Milk – for bedtime 1 teaspoon clarified butter, or almond oil 1 cup of milk, or rice milk 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon honey, or to taste Melt the butter in a small pot (skim fat off the top). Stir in turmeric. Add milk, and stir again. Let cook for a minute on medium heat, add honey or other natural sweetener and serve. Recipes adapted from – The Golden Temple Vegetarian Cookbook, by Yogi Bhajan, and A Taste of India, by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur.


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Fifty Percent of All Advertising is Wasted Here are some pitfalls When a company prepares to go into business, the first reasonable question asked, “How are you going to market and advertise your service or product?” Marketing and advertising are components that are always joined at the hip yet never truly understood independently one from the other. Marketing is the research and strategy element used to identify a company’s primary customers and satisfy these customers by building a solid and sustainable relationship of value to both. The goal of advertising is to successfully launch campaigns that promote the products or services of the company to the identified target market. Simply put, marketing locates the potential buyers and advertising tells them what you have that they may want. Together, continuous marketing and advertising intend to build long term customer relationships .

When self-launching a marketing and advertising plan small businesses, nonprofit organizations and yes, large corporations, have stumbled into expensive pitfalls. Here are the 3 most common: NOT IDENTIFYING AND TARGETING THE RIGHT MARKET

Trying to appeal to everyone typically does not work very well and can be costly. Placing an expensive ad in the newspaper promoting custom tied-dyed t-shirts for dogs would be less effective as perhaps to negotiate placing a table top flyer holder on pet store counters. NOT HAVING A CLEAR MESSAGE

Marketing messages that are contrived, confusing, too subtle or too long can easily miss the target market entirely. How often have we seen event flyers without clear dates, times, missing address and contact.


A well designed logo gives a company that unique look. There are on-line printers with attractive yet generic business cards. At a business expo, I received 5 business cards using the same generic design. I couldn’t remember which card was the contact I needed to call. What kind of impression does that make about these companies? Professional marketing and advertising agencies help to target the right market, brand the company, promote the business’ products and services and capture repeat business. BissenRamos Multi-Cultural is an agency geared to market and advertise in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We have 20 years of local and national experience. We welcome businesses and organizations to use our services and offer free consultation

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