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19 Make the Impossible a Possibility 26 “Atsuhime” - NHK Taiga Drama 36 Life in Style


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Vogue Icon Celebration Event in Beijing  Compiled by Asia Trend

BEIJING, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ - Global icons Mickey and Minnie were surprise guests on the red carpet at the Vogue Icon Celebration Event in Beijing today. Arriving with leading Chinese supermodel Du Juan, Mickey and Minnie joined 500 other fashion icons including Kate Moss, Jessica Stam, Maggie Cheung, and Milla Jovovich.

Mickey, Minnie join Du Juan on red carpet at Vogue Icon Event in Beijing

Mickey and Minnie, seasoned performers on the red-carpet, were dressed by internationally renowned fashion designer Vivienne Tam. Their outfits were specially designed to celebrate Disney’s & Year of the Mouse festivities and are a beautiful blend of festive reds and pinks inspired by catwalk trends to capture the festive spirit of this past Chinese New Year. Trendspotters will know that Minnie is a true & fashionista at heart. She spent the evening swapping fashion tips and discussing the hottest Spring trends with fashion’s elite and decided that Mickey and her outfits created for the upcoming CNY celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland will be themed with ethnic style with Chinese influence and detailed embroidery. Minnie enjoys a high profile and is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with Vogue editors and fashion’s taste-makers -- having sat for Vogue Russia she hopes to add Vogue China to that list. About The Walt Disney Company

Fashionable Mickey and Minnie travel in style at the Vogue Icon Event in Beijing

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. Disney is a Dow 30 Company with annual revenues of over $37billion in its most recent financial year. Source The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) December 2008



Recording  By Jayne Alagano


Bill Clinton speaking at UCF

Who would have thought I would witness history and get to record it all in one night?

Barack Obama

As a broadcast journalism student, and a reporter for UCF Knightly News, I did not know that the events I covered in the last couple of months would impact my life and would make me look forward to a future career on television. The more I covered a political event, the more I learned how important and historic the 2008 Presidential Election would be. In less than one semester, I interviewed local and state politicians, and witnessed speeches that moved thousands, by a former president, a former first lady, and our next elected president. I first started interviewing both the Republican and Democratic parties when supporters gathered together to watch the presidential and vice presidential debates. When former President Bill Clinton came to the UCF campus, I could not imagine the turnout would be as big as it was. It would be my first big media coverage of a political event. Just a couple weeks later I would cover another rally that outnumbered the Clinton rally by tens of thousands.

Me at the Obama Rally at the Amway Arena

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When Barack Obama first came to the Amway Arena in downtown Orlando, there were over 50,000 who waited in mile-long lines to see the Illinois Senator. I was sitting in the press box as former rival Hillary Clinton introduces Barack Obama in a sea of thousands of supporters. I’ve lived in Orlando almost my whole life, and never seen so many gather at the arena, not even for a Magic game.

Me with Alicia Silverstone

Later that week, I went to an Obama call center where 90s teen star Alicia Silverstone came to motivate a group of young supporters before they continued to canvas on their last week of early voting.

Interviewing Congressman-elect Alan Grayson

Interviewing Florida Sen. Bill Nelson


Asia Trend Magazine Interviewing Orange County Sheriff-elect Jerry Demings

I interviewed Silverstone who said she has never been so inspired by a political candidate before and she stressed the importance of early voting. Election Night 2008 was a historical night, and one of many I would hope to later cover. I was at the Democratic Election party in Downtown Orlando with all the local TV stations. I interviewed local and state politicians just like all the professionals around me. That night all the Democratic politicians came together and found out they won, as well as see Barack Obama make a historic win. Obama was not the only one to make history that night. I interviewed Jerry Demings who is the first African-American to be Orange County Sheriff. I also interviewed Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Darren Soto. That night, Alan Grayson won a seat in the House as a Florida Congressman. When I interviewed Grayson, we paused on the political questions to chat about my Filipino heritage. Grayson married a Filipina and has five children. Covering the election, as a student reporter, gave me more respect to the media and the journalism industry as well as politics. I hope to continue to cover history-making events like these in years to come. Jayne W. Alagano is a 21 year-old Filipina-American senior and student reporter majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minors in Marketing at the University of Central Florida. Her passion for television and journalism began after she was chosen to anchor her elementary school’s first morning news show in the 5th grade at Wilson Elementary in Sanford, Fl. At the age of 16, she was the youngest reporter of a news team that reported feature stories on a local TV show called Diversity which aired on WRDQ Action TV 27. Jayne looks forward to an internship with Orlando’s WFTV Channel 9 in the spring, and hopes to one day host or anchor on a major TV network.

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Obama Needs To

Rebuild Relationship with China Editor’s note: From the economy to diplomacy, the Obama Administration can benefit from having China as an ally, notes NAM contributing writer Dr. George Koo. Koo is a retired business consultant and a board member of New America Media. The Obama Administration will no doubt confront many daunting and pressing challenges but by immediately rebuilding the bi-lateral relations with China based on mutual respect and shared interests, the new administration could find China not only a willing ally but a crucial one. Unlike the U.S., China never took on the mantle of the superpower and policeman of the world. China’s able to maintain civil, if not downright cordial, diplomatic relations with nations -- Russia, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea to name just a few -- with whom the U.S. has been unfriendly. China is in the position to cajole international cooperation more readily than America. With China’s help, America may be able to lessen world tension without huge expenditures for shuttle diplomacy and military intervention. The Pentagon and the military industrial complex love to position China as the next evil empire in order to justify annual defense budgets north of $500 billion. Very little of the annual budget goes to combat terrorist but most is for advanced weaponry, allegedly to respond to a rising China. However, China is neither the belligerent state nor has the military might to compete with the U.S. By seeing the real China, hundreds of billions could be saved by not spending it on advance military systems. Ironically, we would have to borrow from China to spend money we don’t have. Chinese companies are potentially interested in increasing investment in America. More could come to the U.S. to license, form alliances and joint ventures or take over shuttered plants.

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Haier is one China’s major appliance makers and the first to build a plant in the U.S. Other Chinese investments followed Haier’s investment in South Carolina to the benefit of the local economy. People in South Carolina know the story but most of the people in the U.S., do not. Chinese companies could invest in America and create jobs in America, but the new administration and Congress need to send out a new message that dollars in Chinese hands are as welcome as anyone. There are a number of policy changes that the new administration should undertake in order to signal to Beijing that Washington is no longer home to hostile, knee jerk attitudes towards China. Guidelines on permissible investment need to be transparent and clearly delineated so that Chinese companies know where they stand beforehand. A case-by-case debate in Congress with gratuitous bombs of rancor thrown in, can no longer be an accepted procedure. The U.S. export control policy towards China needs to be revamped and the hostile bias removed so that China can be accorded the same respect as any customer. The outdated notion that goods sold for civilian use could also find military use and therefore must be restricted when exporting to China, is insulting. The U.S. export licensing process has been costly to administer, costly for American manufacturers to comply with and costly for Chinese buyers to follow. The policy has not made America more secure but has impeded export sales and made buying from us less attractive than buying from Western Europe and Japan. China is too important as an American high-tech goods export market for the U.S., to continue a policy that undermines our competitiveness. In fact, our broad, ambiguous export control policy has been used to justify

 By George Koo

racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. The FBI has used suspected violations of export licensing procedure as cause to harass Chinese Americans. All too often it was merely an abuse of FBI authority. The FBI has always espoused the idea that China uses the so-called “grains of sand” practice of espionage. Simply stated, the FBI believes that every ethnic Chinese in America is a potential spy for China. This theory serves to explain their failure in counter-intelligence and justify their random arrests of Chinese Americans. The Obama administration should conduct an anti-ethnic cleansing of the leadership of FBI and get rid of the bigots and the racially biased culture that has resided there since J. Edgar Hoover. Racial profiling under grains of sand or any other pretense is still a show of ignorance and in the case of the FBI, incompetence. The State Department should be instructed to simplify the visa granting process to business travelers from China rather than treating China as another pariah state. Making visas easier to obtain would encourage more commercial exchange and facilitate inbound investment. As Europe and other tourist destinations have discovered, China is rapidly becoming the largest source of international tourists. France and Germany, among others, have found the Chinese tourists to be bigger spenders than Japanese or American. With an enlightened visa policy, we too can be beneficiaries of their tourist shopping. By treating China as a peer, the Obama Administration would not only recognize the reality of China’s position in the new world order but would gain an ally that could reduce America’s military expenditures, provide diplomatic cover in certain parts of the world essential to world stability and help rescue America’s foundering economy. New America Media ( Copyright © New America Media

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Closes Its Successful 2008 Fall Season and Opens a New Website  By Asia Trend

Dr. Caroline Joan (“Kay”) S. Picart

The Dr. Caroline (Kay) Picart [Radio] Show, with WTAL at Tallahassee, FL, closed a successful Fall season with astounding results: over a million listeners, nationally and internationally, listened to the show in excerpted form, after barely more than two months of being on the air. The show combined an NPR current-events focus with the intimacy of a talk show format, ranging across a variety of topics, from the global picture of film and new media studies, to coverage of the national and local campaign trail, to contemporary developments in science and technology across first and third world relations, with special features on connections between law, politics and pragmatism. For its closing month, the show featured diverse topics, such as connections between creativity and spirituality; death, dying and aging, connections between science and art, and the state of civil rights issues today. TO HARNESS ITS GAINS, A NEW WEBSITE WAS CREATED BY CHRIS PEARY OF WONDERWEBZ. THE WEBSITE ALLOWS ONE TO SIGN UP TO BECOME A SUBSCRIBER, THUS GRANTING ACCESS TO THE ARCHIVES OF THE SHOW, AND ALSO TO A 20% DISCOUNT ON ALL ART WORK PRODUCED BY DR. PICART VIA HER ART AND DANCE COMPANY, KINAESTHETICS, LLC (HTTP://WWW.KINAESTHETICSSPORTASART.COM/) LISTENERS WHO WISH TO SUPPORT THE SHOW ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP TO BECOME SUBSCRIBERS. THE NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR THE SHOW IS: HTTP://DR.PICART.COM DR. PICART

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for Cinema and Media Studies “All too often these days ‘interview shows’ put their hosts in the spotlight. And these ‘hosts’ interview themselves... Dr. Kay Picart...stays out of the spotlight... And her respect for her guests, her listening skills, and her distinguished academic credentials allow for insightful follow-up questions and full, fruitful exchanges. Bravo, Dr. Picart! I always look forward to your show!” Richard Behling, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire “Caroline Picart... is pioneering a formula which modern communications technology facilitates by discovering interesting people and engaging them in stimulating conversations to make connections which cross the borders between fields such as the Sciences, Technology, the Arts and the Humanities. The programs are constantly fascinating and time seems to fly by...” Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, FSU.

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“Out&About on Sentosa Island, Singapore”  By A’Marie Chin

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Since many people have traveled to Singapore for business or a world-class education, it hasn’t gotten its due as a worthy vacation destination. While it may have trouble competing with Hong Kong, Koh Samui or Phuket, there is a little slice of Singapore that may surprise you for being a great location for a tropical vacation; it’s called Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island, a tropical escape once known in Malay as Pulau Blakang Mati or “the island after death” is a paradise that is perhaps worthy of being referred to as heaven on Earth. In fact, in 1972 the island’s name was officially changed to Sentosa which means “peace and tranquility.”

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Measuring about a square mile in size and located approximately 20 minutes from Nathan Road, Sentosa Island offers you access to Singapore’s best beaches and solace that can be rarely experienced elsewhere in the city-state. Despite being only 30 - 40% developed (with the rest of the island covered by rainforests), Sentosa Island is a first rate destination in terms of convenience and luxury. To get there you’ll have several options. Locals may suggest bus, taxi, train, or even cable car, but I recommend that you catch one of the soon-to-disappear ferryboats that are available from the South Pier Marina in central Singapore. If it isn’t too late, you’ll take a ride with views worth remembering and an experience that will soon be unavailable to future visitors. Once you arrive, you’ll be able to relax, take in the natural sights, and enjoy the company of your travel companions unmolested by the alltoo-near bustling city.

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Needless to say, there are several tourist offerings on the island including: The Sky Tower; Dolphin Lagoon; Songs of the Sea; and Underwater World. For those who can’t resist, there are also several dining and shopping outlets; however, if you are anything like me, you’d rather bypass these spots and head straight for the beaches. There are three beaches on Sentosa Island: Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach and my favorite, Siloso Beach. Palawan is simple, Tanjong is the quietest, but Siloso has a beautiful promenade with clubs and restaurants. It also happens to be the best place for beach volleyball, a game of Frisbee, wake boarding, rollerblading, a romantic picnic, or other outdoor activities. The scenery rivals the best of Florida’s beaches and the sand will remind you of Miami’s South Beach. An overnight stay at Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa Resort or the Siloso Beach Resort will top-off your vacation and leave you with fond memories of this tropical hideaway.

Chapter 8 —

Ba Gua (Pa Kua) - 1  By Master Kerby Kuek

77th Minute - What is Pa Kua or Eight Trigrams? The book I-Ching, or Book of Changes, was compiled from philosophers during the Chou Dynasty, approximately three thousand years ago. This ancient Oracle is used for divination, to peer inside the energies for deep answers to life’s mysteries. Pa Kua is a reference tool, which enables us to see directions and act like a compass. More to it, it also represents certain qualities like family members, body parts, and status. It is widely use as a sophisticated compass in Flying Star Feng Shui. Understanding the meanings of the trigrams leads to many useful application of Feng Shui. The placement of Trigrams indicates the sectors in a house suitable for each family member. At the same token, it tells us which family member is affected when any of the houses suffers bad Feng Shui or which family member is able to benefit from good Feng Shui. When you understand the attributes of the different corners of any house, you can start to practice trigrams therapy in Feng Shui. Familiarity with the Eight Trigrams enables us to understand the deep significance of orientations to many of the more important tools of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is very family oriented. The eight trigrams also represent the essence of the family unit comprising father, mother, three sons and three daughters. Each of the member has a specific direction that and this serve as the first guide to indicating the designated location in he house most suited for each member of the family. The lowest line in the trigrams is belongs to earth, the middle line one belongs to human and the top line in the trigrams belongs to heaven. A significant feature is that they intermingle when they become hexagrams, thus creating new aspects of relationships and completely new meanings. Every trigram has several sets of meanings, undertones, and associated symbolism. 78th minute - Kin Kua These trigrams comprise three unbroken lines. It is Yang nature and often associated with father, elderly male, masculine, and the figurehead of a country. The direction associated with Kin Kua is the Northwest or 292.5-337.5 degrees. The element associated is Metal, white color, the number 6. It also signifies heaven and its symbolic animal is horse. Bones, head, Gold, Jade, mirror, round objects, lion and elephant also associated with this Kua 79th minute - Kwan Kua These trigrams are made up of three Yin lines. It represent mother, elderly woman, the Southwest direction or 202.5-247.5 degrees, earth element, brown color, the number 2. Its animal is cow, which symbolizes fertility. Books, abdominal, rice, grain, articles and square objects are associated with Kwan Kua. 80th minute - Chan Kua The first Yang line and two yin lines above represent eldest son, an entertainer, East direction or 67.5-112.5 degrees, wood element, green color, the number 3. Dragon, feet, hair, bamboo, tress, plant and snake are associated with Chan Kua.

81st minute - Ham Kua The Yang line in between 2 Yin lines represents middle son, middle-aged male, North direction or 337.5-22.5 degrees, water element, black color, the number 1. Rain, snow, ear, blood, fish, wolf, alcohol related drinks and robbery are associated with Ham Kua. 82nd minute - Kan Kua The Yang line on top and 2 Yin lines below represent youngest son, young male, Northeast direction 22.5 to 67.5 degrees, water element, brown color, the number 8. Dog, hill, hands, fingers, rat, tiger and nose are associated with Kan Kua. 83rd minute - Shun Kua The first Yin line and two Yang lines on top represent eldest daughter, a traveler, Southeast direction 67.5 to 112.5 degrees, wood element, green color, the number 4. Wind, rooster, eye, feather, smell, ropes and fan are associated with Shun Kua. 84th minute - Li Kua The Yin line in between 2 Yang lines represent the middle daughter, middle age female, South direction 157.5 to 202.5 degrees, fire element, red color, the number 9. Daylight, thunder, turtle, snail, flower, dried goods and scholars are associated with Li Kua. (To be continued…)

Master Kerby Kuek has been practicing Feng Shui and life reading for more than 10 years. His areas of expertise include Chinese astrology, name analysis, face reading, as well as I-Ching. Kuek strongly believes that Chinese Metaphysics is nothing superstition: It is a combination of formulae, experiences and common sense, whereby a trained master can skillfully integrate it into your daily life and thus help you to achieve your personal and financial goals. Email: info@misterfengshui.comv

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Managing Your Finances During These Uncertain Times  By Stan Popovich

Many people are getting stressed out in managing their investment portfolios and their finances. Banks are closing, companies are going bankrupt, and people are losing money. The good news is that there are ways that a person can reduce their anxiety and stresses in taking care of their finances. Get sound advice from a good financial professional. There are many financial professionals that can give you good advice on how to manage your finances. Listen to what they have to say and decide for yourself the best route you can take in terms of your investments and finances. Budget your money properly and watch your expenses. It is important that you spend your money wisely so that you will stay afloat. During these tough economic times, buy only those things that you absolutely need. You never know when you will be short on cash so develop a sound budget which will prepare you for the short and long term future. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your business problems. You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. Learn to manage your spending habits. The more you spend on things that you do not need, the less money you will have for the future. There is nothing wrong with buying things that seem nice

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at the time, however it might be best to wait a few months until you get back on your feet. The point is that you need to be careful on your spending until things get back to normal. Try to stay out of debt. Pay off your credit card bills on a regular basis so you do not have to pay a higher interest rate down the road. Make sure you continue to have health insurance. The last thing you need is for something to happen and you have to pay for medical expenses. There also many credit counselors you can talk to that will help you develop a plan to get out of debt. Instead of worrying about what may happen focus on what the professionals have to say and always do your homework. These are some of the ways to manage your anxieties and stresses of dealing with your finances and investments during these uncertain economic times. Even if you do not make a lot of money, there are ways to reduce your expenses and develop a sound budget. The key is to knowing how to manage the money you do have. BIOGRAPHY: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:

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The Resolve of the Virtuous “If we do not commit any deeds in life that others frown upon, no one in the world would gnash their teeth.” The nobleness of a person’s character can be observed over time because time is the best testimony for morals. A virtuous and ethical person has a distinctive attitude toward life and a different sense of morals and integrity from that of others. The following are some definitions of the resolve of the virtuous:

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1. Slander or praise cannot affect the resolve of people with self-confidence. We must have self-confidence because only we can be our own master when we are sure of ourselves. When we have confidence in our conduct, career, country, and society, we will not be moved by the praise, ridicule, honor, or defamation from the outside world. We will not be angry when libeled or buoyed when praised. People with self-confidence can transcend both the insults and laurels from others. Hence, regardless of how others look at them, they will not change their original vow and compromise their resolve. 2. Power cannot alter the integrity of people who are content. Contentment is the greatest possession in life. We can be content with the status of our position or with the amount of money we own, no matter how insignificant these may be. Even the strongest power cannot move people who are happy with what they have in their life. Their integrity will not be affected by the pressure of power or the temptation of profit. Such is the will of people who are content. 3. Gratitude and ill-will cannot move the spirit of people who are tranquil. People cultivated in meditative concentration have a tranquil mind. They will not be easily agitated by what others say or do because of their calmness. Hence, the spirit of people with a calm mind will not be stirred by gratitude, ill-will, kindness or evil. Their spiritual world will not be affected by external circumstances due to their inner cultivation. 4. Gossip cannot disturb the mind of people with virtue. While the world may be filled with gossip or conflict between people, the virtuous will not be affected. Why is this so? They never speak, listen to, or spread gossip. Furthermore, they have no fear for gossip. So even though storms may be brewing in the outside world and life is rife with gossip, they will only look upon them as illusions. Nothing can disturb their mind. Therefore, we should all learn from the resolve of the virtuous.

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Goodbye 2008…

Hello 2009

How will you spend New Year’s Eve?

 By Angela Chiu

It’s December and 2008 is finally drawing to a close. Now is the time to reflect on the last year. You should take some time to appreciate the new friends and acquaintances that you’ve met. Take some time to reminisce on all your goals that you’ve achieved or to contemplate the mistakes that you’ve made. You should consider your future and what you want to do with it. However, it is also a time to look forward to the new and upcoming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes in life that you want (or possibly need). The time to resolve any problems you’ve noticed or yet to conquer. Most people tend to do this on New Year’s Eve and it has always been a traditional time to contemplate one’s lifestyle. A New Year’s Resolution, a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, is usually made around this time of year. In most cases, people choose to make more than one. The lifestyle change is usually interpreted as advantageous in some manner. These commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled (or, usually, abandoned.) It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the New Year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the New Year. Common modern New Year’s Resolutions include:

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• Lose weight/get fit/eat right • Manage debt and/or saving money • Quit smoking • Control drinking • Get a better education/better job • Reduce stress • Spend more time with family and friends • Volunteer to help others The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions originated back in 153 B.C. A mythical king of early Rome, Janus, was placed at the head of the calendar. (A reason why the first month of the year is called January.) With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year. Interestingly enough, the New Year didn’t used to always begin on the first day of January. In the Middle Ages, Christians had changed New Year’s Day to December 25 because it was the day that Jesus was born. Then, it was once again changed to March 25, a holiday called the Annunciation. In the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar, and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1st. Only for cultures that use a 365-day calendar is January 1st the beginning of the New Year. (This occurred when Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C., developed a calendar that would more

accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars.) Although the date for New Year’s Day is not the same in every culture, (for those based on a lunar calendar the new year begins sometime between January 19 and February 21), it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year. A common modern tradition includes noisemakers and fireworks. The loud noises on New Year’s Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City. At 11:59 P.M. thousands of people gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving at midnight. The tradition first began in 1907 and the original ball was made of iron and wood. The current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds, and is six feet in diameter. It is obvious that the end of the 2008 is drawing close and there are many ways to celebrate the upcoming year. However you spend it, I hope that it is in good company with good food and drink. Please remember to be safe and celebrate responsibly. I hope that everyone had a good year and I wish you the best in the new one. See you in 2009!

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Make the Impossible a Possibility CHAU VAN TRUONG has set out to venture on a journey to turn HOLLYWOOD’s negative portrayals of Asians upside down. Throughout its history, HOLLYWOOD has depicted Asians as over achievers, dragon ladies, China dolls, foreigners, nerds, criminals, female exotic sexual delights, and villains. The vague descriptions of these deadly perceptions limit Asians to shy away from other psychological and social dimensions of the community. It does not show mainstream audiences the breath, potential, and depth of Asian Americans. “The portrayals of Asian in the mainstream media are dismal because we are stereotype as one dimensional being and playing up to those descriptions we set up ourselves to be ridicule.” Said CHAU. “Playing nerds and thugs become a staple in the silver screen for most Asian American because nobody is writing anything better for us. We are inferior because we choose to surrender to the status quo the industry placed upon us. If we want quality projects, we must fight and demand it with the tickets we buy at the movie theater.” Said CHAU. CHAU VAN TRUONG is the son of Mr. THANH VAN TRUONG and Mrs. MUONG THI VAN. Counting from top to bottom, he is the forth oldest in a large family of ten children. With the support and love of his family, CHAU started writing and adapted his novellas from the series titled, ‘FOR THE LOVE OF THE KILL’ with titles such as ‘SECRETS KEPT,’ ‘A KILLING STAR,’

‘THE KILLER WHO LOVES ME,’ ‘WAR,’ and ‘COPYCAT’ into movie scripts. CHAU expanded his repertoire and eventually created his greatest book titled ‘THE NAISA MAFIA,’ which he is currently writing into a four part movie scripts. CHAU’s mother, MUONG THI VAN, is the motivation and driving force behind his success. In a society of naysayer, CHAU would have surrender to the status quo and his dream of being an author/filmmaker if his mother did not push him forward. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, and of course, Vegas. He currently has no special woman in his life, but when the right woman comes, he will give her his undivided attention. CHAU vowed never to turn his back on the Vietnamese community once he gets to HOLLYWOOD. “With blood, sweat, and tears I will continue to fight for the Asian community.” Said CHAU. “It is beautiful being Asian. I would not change it for the world.” His history breaking movie, ‘SECRETS KEPT’ will bring mainstream appeal and universal themes of love, hate, revenge, and etc to the big screen. At the same time, ‘SECRETS KEPT’ will serve as a platform for Asian actors/actresses to showcase their talents. The complexities in his characters are reality and experience based like the common citizen we work and play with. Every story, even fictional stories, will have believability in its telling as if the stories are

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told from our very own tongue. ‘SECRETS KEPT’ embraces the theme of everlasting love. CHAU VAN TRUONG hopes audiences would relate it to their own stories of love they once had or still shared with their soul mates. CHAU hope that they tell their children of a love so strong and passionate that death cannot and will not defeat it. ‘SECRETS KEPT’ underlining theme is about unconquerable unquenchable love and want audiences to realize that at this moment each one of us should live for this moment. ‘SECRETS KEPT’ want moviegoers to go straight home after the movie and say to their significant other, “I love you beyond my last breath.” ‘SECRETS KEPT’ will start filming under Pas Media Inc. in December and will be release in 2009.

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daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram fù (復, “Returning”). Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of Tangyuan (湯圓, as pronounced in Cantonese; Mandarin Pinyin: Tāng Yuán) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.

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The Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter (Chinese and Japanese: 冬至; Korean: 동지; Vietnamese: Đông chí) (Pinyin: Dōng zhì), (Rōmaji: Tōji), (Romaja:Dongji) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer

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Divine Performing Art 2009 World Tour Start its 2009 Season from Florida

 By Asia Trend

During this holiday season, Floridian will experience something extraordinary, something divine – Divine Performing Arts will start its 2009 World Tour season from Florida with its first show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on December 19, followed by shows at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on December 22 and 23 in Sarasota and at Time Union Performing Arts Center in Jacksonville. Brilliant. Inspiring. Glorious. That’s been the overwhelming response to Divine Performing Arts’ shows. It’s traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be — a study in grace, fluidity, balance, and inner strength. A program of nearly twenty masterful dances and songs brings China’s celebrated past to life in a lavishly colorful and exhilarating show. The masterful choreography ranges from grand imperial processions to legions of thunderous drums, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Spectacular visuals take you to another world, with blossoming landscapes and celestial palaces appearing on state-of-the-art animated backdrops. Groundbreaking music seamlessly combines the best of the East and West, giving each dance an unmistakable exuberance. Taking inspiration from heroic legends of the past and courageous tales of our day, each DPA performance melds together past and present, ideal and real, in a profoundly moving mix. It is second year New Times Culture and Education Center, a Federal 501(c)3 organization, brings the shows to Florida. The Center’s mission is to preserve and revitalize traditional Asian culture. The Center’s objectives are to enhance cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the East and the West, and to serve as a link between Asian Americans and mainstream society. Here are just of a few samples of what the audiences said about the show:

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“I have been to London, New York—halfway around the world— and this has to be the most beautiful show that I’ve seen… It’s so colorful, so intriguing, and you can hardly wait until the next number. I wish everyone could see this.” – Jimmy Johnson, mayor of Seminole, Florida Jenniffer Hewitt and her husband, both attorneys in St. Petersburg, brought their adopted Chinese daughters, Halle, 6 ½, and Carlie, 4 ½, to see the show. “It was wonderful, it was breathtaking… we just thought it was fabulous,” said Mrs. Hewitt. “It portrayed China’s culture beautifully. Right now I am trying to figure out how to get to New York to see the New Year’s Spectacular,” she added. Here are the schedules for the Divine Performing Arts shows in Florida Broward Center for Performing Arts 201 SW Fifth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Fri, December 19, 2008 8:00 PM Sat, December 20, 2008 2:00 PM Sat, December 20, 2008 8:00 PM Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 Mon, December 22, 2008 7:30 PM Tue, December 23, 2008 7:30 PM Times-Union Center For Performing Arts 300 West Water Street Jacksonville, FL 32202 Fri, December 26, 2008 8:00 PM For more information and special ticket promotion, please visit December 2008



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Dragon boat racing at Downtown Disney® – for the very first time  By Asia Trend

Gary Lau

The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival was held in the epi-center of Downtown Disney®, near Cirque de Soleil at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort on Oct 18, 2008 for its very first time. The organizer GWN Dragon Boat says the “ancient sport” has been gaining popularity in North America over the past 20 years, and that Florida is the sport’s fastest-growing market. “This is an exciting time for the global sport of dragon boating. We believe that having the event at Walt Disney World Resort® will enable us to create an international dragon boat experience second to none” said Mike Kerkmann, President of GWN Dragon Boat and the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Pan Am representative. There were totally 46 teams from all over US and Canada in the Festival. Winning teams are as follows: Premier Mixed Championship Final: Manayunk Mixed I, Premier Women Championship Final: Philadelphia Flying Phoenix, and Premier Men Championship Final: Manayunk Men. There was a special race for Breast Cance Survivor Teams; SOS Miami, Hope Afloat, Dragonheart Sisters, and Pink Dragon Ladies. These ladies proved to the audiences that Dragon Boat Racing is a healthy sport that everyone can do.

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A favorite Chinese greeting is Ni chi fan le ma? - Have you eaten yet? Unlike many in the West, the Chinese see food not as a chore to prepare and source of unwanted calories, but a health-giving pleasure. In 15 short, captivating chapters, Lorraine Clissold explains why the Chinese can eat as much as they want without worrying about their weight. With examples and recipes, Lorraine shows how the Chinese balance their diet by satisfying their taste buds with five flavors, by eating a mixture of staple foods and carefully prepared dishes, and by making sure they eat the right proportions of solids, liquids and hot and cold foods. It seems so contradicting that Chinese Food is claimed as greasing and fattening in today’s Western Media. The answer is simple; those unhealthy fast foods are definitely not part of the traditional Chinese Cuisine the author is referring to. To learn from the real healthy Chinese Diet, Clissold made the following points in her book: 1. Strong cultural and culinary identities. Traditional cuisines pass on the collected food wisdom of a culture from generation to generation, and China is no different. As scientists begin to learn more about nutrition and how nutrients work in tandem with each other, much of what is passed on in Chinese cuisine is backed up by modern nutrition. The Chinese also talk about food as being determinative of a regional identity–like the strereotype of Sichuan people having fiery tempers because of all the spicy food they eat. By way of contrast, in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan makes the point that because Americans do not have a unifying food culture, Americans tend to be particularly vulnerable to savvy food marketers and diet fads (think Atkins, South Beach diet, etc). 2. Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables! Chinese cuisines tend to make vegetables the star of the show, with meat as a flavoring or compliment. Part of this is because of historical patterns of consumption, un-

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til very recently the average Chinese person simply could not afford vast amounts of meat. Contrast this to an American or British diet which relegates vegetables to limp supporting roles for meat. 3. Balance is key. Clissold invokes the Chinese concepts of yin and yang. A properly balanced meal includes both yin foods (cooling foods) like cucumbers and lettuce and yang foods (heating foods) like spicy foods and meats. If you eat too much of either one, then your body will become unbalanced. The Chinese way of eating family-style with shared plates also allow for greater opportunities to balance yin and yang versus a Western-style one-plate meal. 4. Eat with all five flavors in mind. On a related note, the five flavors are bitter, sweet, pungent, salty, and sour. Each of these flavors addresses a specific part of the body. For instance, a bitter food like bitter melon feeds the heart, while a sour food will nourish the liver. Again, balance is important–if you eat too much of one flavor then you are only feeding one part of the body. 5. Eat until you are full, and enjoy your meal. This seems like a no-brainer, but Clissold is specifically addressing the different attitudes that Chinese and Americans and the British have regarding food. While Americans and the British food cultures often incorporate guilt and unhealthy cycles of binging and purging, Chinese people just plain enjoy their food. They talk about food all the time, and a common Chinese greeting is “Have you eaten yet?” Make eating a pleasurable activity, instead of one that induces guilt. Source:

Taste of Asia is a column where you can find different Asian authentic cuisines, cooking ingredients, and specialty drinks. For Asian, eating is part of the culture which connects us. It also serves as a bridge for non-Asian to understand us better. Please email us at if you want to share your favorite AsianDecember dish. 2008




Dream. Believe. Achieve.

 By Judi Lebredo

Gary Lau

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce Business Fair & Gala This was the theme of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Business Fair and Gala Dinner on November 2, 2008. The signature event was held at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. The theme, “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” was inspired by the recent Olympic Games in Beijing. It was a call to motivate and promote success for all those attending the Chamber’s biggest event of the year and the foundation for the evening program.

nizations such as the Orlando Magic, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Property Appraisers Office, and Universal Orlando. This was a great opportunity to network, socialize, and support other Chamber members.

The Business Fair was held at the Mezzanine Level of the Conference Center. Exhibitors displayed their business products, services, and information. Eighteen businesses participated this year, with products and services ranging from insurance, financial services, engineering, media, technology, and chiropractic health to orga-

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2008 Business Fair Exhibitors • 4 Life Research • Abracadabra Mobile Detail • Asian American Chamber of Commerce • Asia Trend Magazine / Global Media • CFE Federal Credit Union • CPH Engineers, Inc. • IntelliEagle Technologies, LLC

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• King Health Center • MetLife • Orange Co. Property Appraisers Office • Orlando/Orange Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau • Orlando Magic – Title Sponsor • Porges Enterprises LLC • State Farm Insurance – Sponsor • Sunrise Lending, Inc. • United First Financial • Universal Orlando Resort – Sponsor After the Business Fair, guests attended the Dinner Gala. Upon arrival, guests were able to pick up their “souvenirs” before the program started. Peter Lau

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provided custom Chinese calligraphy, an ancient and respected art form. Guests were also treated to photos by Global Media. The unique offering consisted of a photo taken of the guest in front of a green screen which would later be enhanced with the backdrop of the Birds’ Nest Stadium, the Great Wall of China, or another China landscape. The photos were emailed to guests after the event as a souvenir and reminder of a unique evening. The souvenirs proved to be a perfect mix of tradition and technology. Joe Panyanouvong of Esquire Legal Group and Bert Dy-Liacco of One Realty Plus oversaw the voting and ballot process. The new 2009-2010 board directors are: Rupert Atienza, Jr., Lucy Fender, Elizabeth McCausland, Sri Rangaswamy, and Nina Yon (Panel A). Victor Alzona was also voted in for Panel B. The

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rest of the board members include Roberto Acevedo, Glenn Leong, Judi Lebredo, Joanne Mei Petreymann, and Becky Szymanski. In addition to the annual election of the Board of Directors, guests participated in an Olympic trivia quiz for the chance to win a Dwight Howard autographed photo and an Orlando Magic team autographed ball. Ms. Deborah Rios-Barnes of the Orlando Magic was the keynote speaker, who shared videos of the Orlando Magic playing in China in 2007 as well as footage of Dwight Howard, an Olympic Gold Medalist, during the Beijing games. The presentation was a perfect addition to the evening’s theme.

Entertainment was provided by Jim Yu of SinoElite Group. Guests enjoyed dinner while listening to live music performed by a traditional Chinese erhu (violin) and zither. During dessert, the sport theme program included a plate spinning act, tai chi sword performance, a unicycle bowl flipping act, and a head balancing finale. Connie Kai was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. The evening was sponsored by State Farm Insurance (Bronze level), Universal Orlando (Silver level), and Orlando Magic (Gold and Title Sponsor). Global Media LLC was media sponsor.

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Traditional Chinese erhu (violin) and zither

Glenn Leong took a photo in front of a green screen and enhanced with the backdrop of the Great Wall of China Rachel Tobillo Peter Lau custom Chinese calligraphy

Acrobatics & Tai Chi Sword performed by SinoElite Group

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What do you get when you combine the Orlando Magic, Panda Express, and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce? You get a winning combination. On November 22 the Orlando Magic and Panda Express held an Asian Night Celebration at the Amway Arena. The Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was there along with thousands of Orlando Magic basketball fans and of course devoted Yao Ming fans. Guests were greeted by UCF Asian student associations and local individuals wearing authentic cultural clothing. In addition, J Club’s Teri

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Mitchell and other members hosted a table on the concourse to share their knowledge about the Japanese culture with the Magic fans. Prior to the ball tip off, the Board of Directors of the AACC, their 2008 Sponsors (Orlando Magic, State Farm Insurance, Universal Orlando, and the Orlando/Orange County Convention Visitors Bureau) and special guests participated in a private reception and dinner. The Asian cuisine was catered by Panda Express. Ms. Deborah Rios-Barnes, Assistant Director of Cause Marketing and Multicultural Insights with the Orlando Magic welcomed guests

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Private reception for AACC Board Officers, Sponsors, and Advisors

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and shared the Magic’s strong commitment to the AACC. The next speaker was Orlando Magic Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Alex Martins. Mr. Martins reiterated the importance of building a strong partnership with the community and the impact of such a project as the Orlando Events Center in the City of Orlando would help the local economy during these though times. Mr. Martins also spoke about the many opportunities for Minority and Women Owned businesses to participate on this project. If you would like more information on this opportunity you can go to this website to learn more

also a special presentation in recognition of a local community hero. Mrs. Thuong “Cuc” Foshee was honored for her experiences which led her to be a model of democracy and freedom. In 2005, Ms. Foshee was wrongly imprisoned while attending her niece’s wedding in Vietnam. She was held without being charged for any crimes and not allowed to see a lawyer for over a year. It was with the help of Senator Mel Martinez, United States Congressman Ric Keller and the local community that Cuc was finally allowed to return home to Orlando in 2006. In addition, Cuc established the first Buddhist temple in the area and helped the local Vietnamese community with voter registration. She has served as President of the Central Florida Vietnamese Association and currently the owner and President of T.N. Grassing, Inc., a commercial landscaping company which has been in business since 1984.

As part of the pre game activities, Glenn Leong and I were selected to be Honorary Co-Captains and Game Ball presenters . This means we were on center court with the officials and got to shake hands with team captains Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets) . There The Magic may have lost the game that was such a rush being on center court with evening to the Houston Rockets, but they AACC High Five Lineup Team these legends and I was completely speechhave certainly won the hearts of the local less when the official had asked Glenn and I to say a few words. All I Asian American community. Congratulations to the Orlando Magic on could get out was “Go Magic!” with a big grin on my face. their 20th Anniversary and thank you, Orlando Magic for your continued strong support of the AACC. For the home team introduction , AACC representatives Becky Szymanski, Nick Lebredo, Kathy Llamas, and Joanne Mei Peytremann along with a select others were able join the High Five line up. Just being on the floor prior to the tip off and wishing the players well was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lucky representatives.

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Doing Business in Taiwan Sponsorships With a land size a quarter the size of Florida and a population of 23 million Taiwan offers a range of trade and investment opportunities. At a luncheon hosted by the World Trade Center Orlando at the Citrus Club in Downtown Orlando, representatives from the Taiwan Trade Center Miami, a non-profit, semi-governmental organization, presented useful information and advice to local businessmen. With a GDP of $383.3 Billion (USD) and trade totaling $459.7 Billion annually, Taiwan is ranked sixteenth in the world for their rate of trade.

“Doing Business in Taiwan ” seminar was hosted by the World Trade Center Orlando on Nov 19. Cindy Chin and Michelly Wei of Taitra/Taiwan Trade Center were invited to be the speakers and more than 30 people attended the seminar.

Since the 1980’s labor costs have steadily been raising. Consumers now see fewer and fewer “Made in Taiwan” labels as the labor markets move to China. However, Taiwan’s economy is dominated by small and medium sized enterprises and is characterized by a high rate of growth. This has opened the doors to the new major industries in Taiwan; science and technology, and innovation products such as hardware and agricultural products and has caused a boom in Taiwan’s sports and leisure industries. With 1,566 kilometers of coastline and abundant sea life, Taiwan has plenty of room to expand its notorious yacht building industry and expand its market for ocean sports. Its mountainous terrain provides an excellent setting for outdoor recreational activities such as mountain climbing, hiking, camping and gorge walking. As the producer of about


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 By Suzy Guttler


‘Tis the Season to Gift Pretty! Stock your beauty chest with these holiday must-haves.

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– a set of Eau de Toilette Spray, Luminous Body Lotion and a Solid Perfume Ring in a gold pouch. $85, Sephora stores.

shampoo, bubble bath, and shower gels. $28, Sephora stores.

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Internationally-acclaimed Makeup Artist , Noreen Young, shares some of her holiday beauty tricks with us!

Colder weather requires TLC from head to toe. Most women don’t think that as the seasons change not only should your skin care routine but so should your makeup. Your tan fades, your skin gets drier, your cuticles dry out and your face cheeks chap. Depending on where you live in the country you will need to adjust and make some dry skin beauty product purchases. Think emollient and hydrating. Here is a beauty shopping grocery list to get you covered for the season: 1. A creamy soap and a creamy face cleanser to remove makeup. 2. A rosewater skin freshener (not a drying alcohol based product) 3. An oil based moisturizer unless your face has acne. 4. Eye cream or eye gel (yes, even your under eyes and lids get dry) 5. Rosebud lip salve is all the rage with celebrities and moisturizes your lips, cuticles, and chapped skin. 6. Use moisturizing facemasks once a week.

I am all about beauty that not only comes from a jar…but ones you can D.I.Y. My recipe for a creamy face or hair mask: ½ AVOCADO ¼ CUP OF HONEY Mash the above together. Scoop up in your hand and place on your face (and even hair too) Leave on 10-15 minutes. Rinse well…you’re marvelously moisturized.

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Life in Style 潮流

Tips for a cost-conscious holiday wardrobe

This is the time of year when families like to look their best and let’s face it, everyone wants something new to wear whether it’s to church, to a holiday event, to a family dinner or to impress an old schoolmate. Outfitting the family beautifully this season doesn’t have to mean experiencing credit-card regret in January.

a cliché because it’s true. There are now fashionable looks that cost less than you think in places you’d least expect.

To start, make a budget rather than making a list of what you need. Next, go online to research and shop. Some sellers offer deals that are only available online.

Finally, shop smart for the holidays by thinking ahead. Clothes that work beyond the season will ultimately be more economical. Instead of reindeer sweaters and Santa ties, incorporate touches like velvet, shine or red into fashion purchases. They’re festive, yet still work in the family’s wardrobe long after the last bit of tinsel is stored away.

Once you get a feel for what’s available on the web, then you’re ready to hit brick-and-mortar stores. Don’t stick to the obvious places and don’t pre-judge what you will find at discount retailers. Cheap and chic is

Christmas across Asia  enon, and, sometimes, as part of retail marketing campaigns.

Christmas tree in Singapore’s Raffles City

In Mainland China, December 25 is not a legal holiday. The small percentage of Chinese citizens who consider themselves Christians observe Christmas. Many other individuals celebrate Christmas-like festivities. Customs, including sending cards, exchanging gifts, and hanging stockings are very similar to Western celebrations. Both Hong Kong and Macau designate Christmas as a public holiday on December 25. Commercial Christmas decorations, signs, and other symbolic items have become increasingly prevalent during the month of December in large urban centers of mainland China, reflecting a cultural interest in this Western phenom-

Christmas is a state holiday in India, where sincere devotees attend the church services and celebrations continue into the New Year. In India, most educational institutions have a mid-academic year vacation, sometimes called Christmas vacation, beginning shortly before Christmas and ending a few days after New Year’s Day. Christmas is also known as bada din (the big day). The concept of Santa Claus is relatively new, and up until the mid ‘90s, Santa Claus was hardly popular. Encouraged by the commercial sector, the secular celebration of Christmas is popular in Japan, though Christmas is not a national holiday. The Japanese have adopted the character of Santa Claus in their celebrations. In contrast to Western customs, Christmas Eve is a day for couples to date and groups to hold parties, while the official New Year’s Day holiday is a day of family celebration. Most Christmas decorations come down on the

25th and are replaced by New Year’s decorations. A unique feature of Christmas in Japan is the Japanese type of Christmas cake, often a white whipped cream cake with strawberries.

South Korea recognizes Christmas as a national holiday. Christian and nonChristian Koreans engage in some holiday customs such as gift-giving, sending Christmas cards, and setting up decorated trees in their homes; children, especially, appear to have embraced Santa Claus, whom they call Santa Haraboji (Grandfather Santa) in Korean, Local radio stations play holiday music on Christmas Day and a few days before, while television stations are known to air Christmas films and cartoon specials popular in the Western countries. The Philippines has earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season. Although faint traces of the holiday arise beginning from early September, it is traditionally ushered in by the nine-day dawn

Masses that start on Dec. 16. Known as the Misas de Aguinaldo (Gift Masses) or Misa de Gallo (Rooster’s Mass) in the traditional Spanish. These Masses are more popularly known in Tagalog as the Simbang Gabi. Christmas Eve on December 24 is the muchanticipated “noche buena” — the traditional Christmas feast after the midnight mass. Family members dine together on traditional noche buena fare.

In Singapore, Christmas is a public holiday celebrated by almost everyone. Typically it is also the boom time for retailers as Christmas season is also the time most people get their year-end bonuses. The entire shopping district like Orchard Road and Marina Centre areas is decorated with colorful lights from mid November till New Year’s Day.

The new Cheonggyecheon river in Seoul, South Korea at Christmas time

A heavily iced Japanese Christmas cake

Hong Kong’s extravagant Christmas decorations

►Christmas lights in Tokyo, Japan December 2008



Community The October J Club meeting was a one of a kind experience. The meeting titled “Tea & Learn”, included a little bit of both and then some. A group of members met at J-Club President Teri Mitchell’s house; and common to Japanese homes, removed our shoes upon entering. Teri started by showing us some books on origami, which we learned, students in Japan don’t take as a school class, but practice it more as a hobby. The group decided to try the familiar crane as our first attempt at this Origami lesson. Teri was very adept at the paper folding and quickly recalled the steps; a few of us, however were not as proficient. We ended up with cranes with crooked wings and bent beaks. They did look pretty, though, with the colorful, printed Origami paper. We moved on to less difficult pieces such as a cup and a neat cute box. The “learning” portion of this month’s meeting included Teri teaching us the correct pronunciation of several Japanese phrases, including how to say “Thank you”, “Thank you very much” and “It is nice to meet you. My name is ____, please be nice to me”. A few of the members struggled with the pronunciation, with one member simply stating in English “Hi my name is Charlie, nice to meet you” as his attempt at Japanese .And some members who are from Japan or have visited Japan were eloquent in their pronunciation.



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Next, for the “tea” portion of the meeting, Teri prepared common Japanese green tea for us as well as vegetarian version of “Tonjiru” moso soup and rice with Wasabi flavored “Furikake”. We all attempted to eat with chopsticks. Some of us realized we would probably starve if we had to only use chopsticks, but continued our attempt, We were also able to talk to the members who are from or who have visited Japan and learn a little about their experiences and question them about the different cultural aspects of Japan. Teri mentioned her plans to take a group to Japan next summer for a week long tour, and we all started to imagine what it would be like. Make my reservation! Tonjiru: literally means pork soup. The common ingredients are thinly sliced pieces of pork, potatoes, carrots, burdocks, Konnyaku (Konjak), Abura-age (fried Tofu), and so on. It’s popular winter food in Japan. Furikake: is dry Japanese condiments meant to be sprinkled on rice. It typically consists of a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed and some seasonings.

J.Club ~ Your connection to Japan ~ The Japan oriented organization in Orlando J.Club meets regularly once a month to enjoy Japanese food, has topical discussions of the Japanese culture, forms new connections and exchanges information, also participates in public cultural events. For inquiries or to enroll, contact Teri Mitchell at or 407.347.7606. Website:

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Health 健康

Tai chi can achieve a state of relaxation of both

body and mind

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The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health.

Developed originally in China as a selfdefense strategy, or martial art, tai chi—the “supreme ultimate fist”—is practiced in modern times primarily as a gentle exercise technique. Described as “meditation in motion,” tai chi consists of a standing person performing a series of postures or bodily movements in a slow and graceful manner, with each movement flowing without pause to the next. According to Chinese legend, the technique was created by a Taoist monk who was inspired as he watched a crane and a snake do battle. Impressed by the snake’s ability to subtly and swiftly avoid the bird’s thrusts, he devised a series of self-defense techniques that do not involve meeting the opponent’s force with force, but rather stress evading the blow; causing the opponent’s own momentum to work against him. Tai chi is an ancient form of exercise, about 2,000 years old, that at one point had over 100 separate movements or postures. In current practice, there are two popular wversions, of 18 and 37 movements respectively. The fact that in China 10 million people practice some type of tai chi daily suggests that it is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world. In the United States, tai chi is learned in classes in which students (or “players,” as they are called in China) wear loose, comfortable clothing and either go barefoot or wear only socks or soft shoes on the feet. In China, tai chi is almost always

Altogether, the five essential qualities of tai chi are: • Slowness. To develop awareness. • Lightness. To make movements flow. • Balance. To prevent body strain. • Calmness. To maintain continuity. • Clarity. To focus the mind.

practiced outdoors at dawn, and ideally near trees. Unlike other martial arts, tai chi is not competitive. Classes usually begin with a few minutes of standing meditation to calm the mind and gather energy. Following warm-up exercises, students are taught the basics of a particular form or posture. Learning forms is not easy, and it takes some time to master what looks like a simple position. Properly done postures are done in a relaxed, artful, and linked way, with the circular and rhythmic movements of one position flowing seamlessly into the next. While strict attention to body position is critical, proper breathing is considered to be equally important. Just as movements are slow and continuous and without strain, breathing should be effortless yet deep. Finally, both mental and physical balance is considered essential to tai chi. The experienced practitioner of tai chi maintains perfect body balance throughout the exercise series.

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Tai chi has both physical and mental benefits. If done regularly, it improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Many older people find that it boosts their energy, stamina, and agility, sharpens their reflexes, and gives an overall sense of wellbeing. The calming and meditative aspects of tai chi allow many to experience its ability to relieve stress. Some claim tai chi to be a healing therapy and it is often used to support other treatments for chronic conditions; arthritis and digestive disorders are just two examples. Like yoga, tai chi has several different styles to suit the individual. Also, it can eventually be done daily by oneself, and ultimately becomes a very personal endeavor. Most Westerners find it best to practice tai chi in the same place and at the same time of day, and those who enjoy it most are those who are not seeking major, dramatic breakthroughs, but rather who can take pleasure in small gains that accumulate over a long period of time. Source: December 2008



Events Hightlight

Cultural Glimpses of India 2008

Organized by India Association of Tallahassee

 By Thayumanasamy Somasundaram 11 th Annual Cultural Glimpses of India Saturday, November 15, 2008; 4-7 PM Lawton Chiles High School Auditorium, Tallahassee, FL 32312

Name: Dhashavatara Type: Classical dance Description: Children portray the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this classical dance. Photo: Megaah Ashok

Name: Ramayana Type: Children’s skit Description: Children enact the Indian epic Ramayana. Good prevails evil. Photo: Thayumana Somasundaram India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH | www. a Florida non-profit organization was formed in 1997 to give opportunities for people from the Indian sub-continent to stay connected with each other and with their culture while living away from home. IATLH is devoted to promoting the cultural, social, and educational activities of people from India. The Association also aims to share the rich cultural heritage of India with the local community. To achieve these goals the Association organizes a premier annual event called Cultural Glimpses of India (CGoI) that attracts people of all walks of life from Leon county and neighboring areas. The 11th Annual Cultural Glimpses of India was held on Saturday, November 15, 2008 between 4 & 7 PM at Lawton Chiles High School Auditorium, Tallahassee, FL 32312. The free program was open to public and well over 1500 people of all ages attended it. The program started at 4 PM sharp with opening remarks by the President of IATLH and introduction of members of the Executive Committee. Then children as young as 2 ½ years and adults dressed in brilliantly colored Indian costumes sang a welcome song. That was followed by among other items a classical dance by children, Dasavathar (10 incarnations of Vishnu), a skit Ramayana (the epic story of Rama and Sita), and a contemporary children’s dance based on Bengali fairy tale. Then the Association’s members and their families performed many dance numbers including a dance

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medley and Punjabi Bhangra. Following a twenty minute intermission for snacks, the program continued with adults of all ages singing melodious songs, performing several dance numbers and staging a social play called Small Acts of Kindness. The styles of the dances ranged from classical Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam to Bollywood (Beedi Jalaayile dance) that reflected the cultural and social fabric of present day India. The themes of items also depicted a wide array of Indian emotions from soldiers defending the country, the bubbling enthusiasms of kids, joys and sorrows of life (Momo Chite dance), to moods of rural and urban Indians. The event concluded with the General Secretary delivering vote of thanks to the participants, sponsors, and audience. Everyone who was present witnessed a performance extravaganza and was thrilled to be part of an exciting evening. For more information about the Association, its activities, and membership please visit: or contact Subhasis Das ( or Thayumanasamy Somasundaram ( Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, a Tallahassee resident since 1993 is the current General Secretary of India Association of Tallahassee.

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WUKO International Referee Licenses  By Teri Mitchell

Darryl Williams recently returned from Jesolo, Italy where he attended the World Union of Karate-Do Organizations (WUKO) World Cadets, Juniors and Children’s Tournament. There were 1800 competitors and 146 candidates attempting to obtain their International Referee Licenses in both Kata and Kumite. Mr. Williams was one of only four successful in doing so. At present he

Name: Beedi- Jalaayile Type: Bollywood dance Description: Contemporary Indian movie dance Photo: Satish Shetty

is the only WUKO certified International Referee for both Kata and for Kumite in the entire English-speaking Caribbean as well as Canada and the USA.

“Hook Kick” to the head by Darryl Williams

Name: Small Acts of Kindness Type: Adult Play Description: Play about how even small acts of kindness result in great dividend Photo: Gayathri Melkote Darryl Williams (left) and the president of the World Union of Karate-Do Organizations (WUKO) Osvaldo Messias (right)

Name: Momo Chitte Type: Classical Dance Description: Elegant dance about good and evil in life. Photo: Deb Sinha

Sensei Williams is a 35 plus years veteran of Karate who resides in Orlando and operates Bassai Karate Dojo, Inc. with locations in Clermont, Ocoee, Orlando and Winter Garden in the state of Florida and branches in New York, and Guyana. He is also the current Chairman of the Trinidad & Tobago Karate Federation (TTKF) a national Karate body in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago whom he represents at the WUKO. He has to his credit certification for coaching, referee and teaching instructor from various organizations throughout the USA, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago. He was recently certified as a referee by the FLMA and is a consultant to many Karate organizations. For further information on Sensei Williams and his affiliations please visit the following websites;,,, or call 407-953-4237.

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Community The Bhangra Knights moved steadily as they danced to a Punjabi Song

▼The Bollywood Knights dancing gracefully to a popular Bollywood Song

Hungama Celebration at UCF  By Sasha Dookhoo

Hungama, which means chaos or craziness, took an opposite meaning on Friday, October 24th when Sangam – The Indian Student Association held their show in the Pegasus Ballroom, SU. Hungama is held annually at UCF, and this year, in the season of the Indian New Year, Hungama celebrated the Festival of Lights. However, in the 27 years of Sangam’s existence, Hungama has never received such an immense turnout. Hungama commenced with an inspirational speech about lessons in life given by Sangam’s Advisor, Dr. Henry Daniell, who is also a Pegasus Professor and University Board of Trustee Chair. As is customary, the show officially began with everyone singing the national anthem. However, since Sangam is an Indian organization, and we are in the United States, Sangam saw it only fit to sing both the National Anthem of the United States, and the National Anthem of India, as a unification of both cultures. The night was filled with spectacular dance, singing, and instrumental performances presented by current Sangam members, Sangam alumni, and performers from the Orlando community. Numerous classical and modern Indian songs were sung, as the tabla – a type of drum – and the harmonium – a type of piano – accompanied the melodious voices of the singers. Sangam’s Bhangra Knights displayed a Punjabi Folk Dance to the song Punjabi

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Boli. The dance consisted of fifteen dancers; ten girls and five boys, all dressed in traditional Punjabi attire. Towards the end of the dance, a drummer played a dhol – a type of Punjabi drum – to the music and the audience loved it. The Masala Ladkis also executed a stunning performance to a Chutney Dance Mix. Chutney is a type of West Indian music which derives some elements from Caribbean music like Soca, and Hindi music from Bollywood films, and the lyrics are written in either Hindi, Bhojpuri or English. Three young ladies wearing vibrant colors of lengha cholis danced to the upbeat rhythms of Chutney, and the audience response was phenomenal. During Intermission, an Indian dinner was served. The food was vegetarian and consisted of naan, channa masala, vegetable makhani, paneer tikka masala, and white rice. For dessert, gulab jamun, a sweet dish soaked in sugar syrup, was served. After the

The Masala Ladkis gave a great performance to a Chutney Dance

delicious cuisine was eaten, it was on with the show once again. The second half of the show was just as marvelous as the first half. The Bollywood Knights gave a lovely performance to the Bollywood song Sajnaji Vari Vari. The dance consisted of six girls wearing multi-colored chaniya cholis – a short top and skirt worn with a scarf – as they danced to the music. The final performance for the evening was a Fashion Show. The Fashion Show began with a short dance performed by three girls to a popular Bollywood song. Sangam members strutted on the stage displaying their beautiful Indian clothing that was sponsored by Vulcal Boutique. The girls modeled in traditional saris, salwar kameezes, lengha cholis and ghagra cholis, while the boys modeled in traditional kurtas and dhotis. Evidently, the night ended with another popular Bollywood song as the models, performers, and organizers came on stage for the grand finale. With over 600 people at Hungama, it is safe to say that the show was a tremendous success, but Sangam still hopes to surpass this turnout at next year’s show. Until then, Sangam will be having Desi Madness a week of Indian related events at the beginning of March, and at The Venue, on March 6th Sangam will end the week with yet another cultural show, Holi Splash, to celebrate the Festival of Colors.

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Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration 2009

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$2.00 each (4”X6” color print) $ 8.00 each (8”X10” color print) *Shipping is extra

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Lunar Lunar New New Year Year Dinner Dinner Celebration Celebration 2009 2009 【瑞 新 【瑞 牛 牛迎 迎喜 喜 一月十八日星期日 新春 春聚 聚 餐】 餐】

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Performance: 4:30pm Dinner : 5:30pm

$25 (Adults) 成人每位

表演時間:四時半 晚餐:五時半

$20 (CAACF members) 中美協會會員優惠

$10 (Children under 60” tall) 兒童身高不超過60吋

VariAsian Crazy Buffet ::

Location 聚餐地點: all-you-can-eat Asian Fusion Buffet 945 West State Road 436, Unit 1179, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Please celebrate with us with Lion Dance, Kung Fu Performance, Acrobatic Performance and Lucky Draw.

醒獅賀歲,精彩表演,新春抽獎,與眾同樂 Hosted by Chinese American Association of Central Florida 中佛州中美協會主辦 For more details and tickets, please contact / 欲知詳情及購票請聯絡: Gary King 金文德 407-672-1115 January 18, 2009 JoannaSunday, Kiang 江昭瑢 407-354-3318

Pauline Ho 劉何美蓮 407-375-7528

一月十八日星期日 Agnes Chau 周曼宜 407-648-0880

Performance: 4:30pm 表演時間:四時半 恭喜發財/Gong Xi Fa Cai/Kung Hei Fat Choi Advance purchase only, no ticket purchase at door / 不設即場售票服務•請預先購票 Dinner : 5:30pm 晚餐:五時半

$25 (Adults) 成人每位

$20 (CAACF members) 中美協會會員優惠 December 2008

$10 (Children under 60” tall) 兒童身高不超過60吋


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is actively seeking new talent to compete in intercollegiate athletic competition. The club has 6 tables, and competes with other universities such as the University of Florida, and Florida Institute of Technology. For more information on joining the club or becoming part of the team, please visit, or contact club secretary Jonathon: GO KNIGHTS!

Every Friday, 6-10pm at Conway United Methodist Church - 3401 S. Conway Rd. Orlando, FL 32812. All levels of players are welcome. We play for fun, and also offer Professional coaching and a Robot for training. Please call Adam at 407-854-6301 or



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6:30pm – 9:30pm at Downey Memorial Church – Life Center, 10201 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32817. Contact Pastor Joseph Wong at 407-929-0409 or visit www. for more information. Come and join us for an evening of fun and games. There will be activities for children, lively discussions on family related topics, and plenty of opportunities to meet others. Dinner is available for purchase.

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Local Events



“Feel Japan” Sunday, Dec. 14th 1pm - 5pm Taiko Drumming Koto Live Music Japanese Dance Tsugaru-Shamisen Raffle Japanese Martial Arts

Candy Art Japanese Calligraphy Tea Ceremony Japanese Food Bazaar

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Health Seminar in Mandarin by Prof. & Dr. Zebo Cen, Puxiao Cen, MD, FACC & Putao Cen, MD Dec 14 (Sun) 3pm – 5pm at the Florida Hospital-Altamonte Springs (Chatlos Conference Center). 601 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Hosted by Florida Hospital•Florida Heart Group. Please visit Evening talk: The Heart of Chan/Zen Buddhism Dec 19 (Fri) 7-9pm. University Inn, 11731 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32817 Register: 408-538-6491 Email: Special 1-Day Chan/Zen Retreat: Methods of Dharma Drum Chan Dec 20 (Sat) 9am - 4:45pm Jean Rhein Central Branch Library, 215 N. Oxford Rd., Casselberry, FL 32707 Register: 408-538-6491 Email: Chan/Zen workshop: Formless Verses of the Platform Sutra Dec 21 (Sun) 9-11:30am University Inn, 11731 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32817 Register: 408-538-6491 Email:

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Orlando Japan Festival 2008 Dec 14 (Sun) 1pm – 5pm at the Village at Hunter’s Creek. Free Admission. Performances include Taiko Drumming, Koto Live Music, Japanese Dance, Tsugaru Shamisen, Japanese Martial Arts, Candy Art, Shodo, and Chanoyu. Food, music, dance, arts, bazaar, raffle, and more. Do not miss to get unique gifts for the Christmas! For more details, please visit

Bayanihan Christmas Celebration-Bayanihan at Wedgefield Dec 20 (Sat) Holiday Inn Select by the Airport 5750 - T.G. Lee Blvd

Organized by: Orlando Hoshuko, Inc.

Orlando, FL 32822 407-851-6400 Cocktails will be served from 5:00 -6:00 pm. Dinner will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and the dance floor will be open 8:00 - 11:00pm. There will be live entertainment and a DJ for the event. Dinner Tickets are $40 for adults and special discount tickets for children are available. Please RSVP to Victor Alzona for Dinner tickets by Dec13. Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration 2009 Jan 18, 2009 (Sun) VariAsian Crazy Buffet, 945 West State Road 436, Unit 1179, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Dinner at 5:30pm – 7pm. Entertainment at 4:30pm. Adults $25, CAACF members $20, Children $10. Lion Dance, Kung Fu Performance, Acrobatic Performance and Lucky Draw. Contact: Gary King 407-672-1115, Pauline Ho 407-375-7528, Joanna Kiang 407-354-3318, Agnes Chau 407-648-0880 for tickets Please visit: for more details

Lunar New Year Day - Jan 26, 2009 (Monday) Year of Ox Check back next month for more Lunar New Year Celebrations in town Single listing is up to 40 words at no charge for non-profit organization

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