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the Plaza Theatre @ Orlando THUNDER DRUMS of CHINA  By Lani Yu

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to sit anywhere left unoccupied once the theater darkened. At 8:00 those doors closed and the acts began. Me, my Dad, and my brother moved to the center row. About an hour later (although it felt much shorter than that), the audience filed out of the theater for intermission. A murmur of excited chattering rose as people lined up at the bar, with animated expressions of interest and compliments for the performances. We streamed back inside after about fifteen minutes, and resumed as spectators. It’s true that there are many ways to bang a drum. But unless you’re a musical disciple or waist-deep and still overflowing with enthusiasm for Chinese folk music, almost two hours of traditional percussions is not your cup of tea. Unless, of course, it’s JiGu! Thunder Drums of China. This theatrical show celebrates the role of the drum in China’s rich culture and extensive history, drawing specifically from the traditions of Shanxi province, central China. The most incredible thing, however, is how this traveling group of young performers from China subtly merges specific contemporary elements (special effects, flashiness) in a way that complements the theme of the show, while also managing to rivet modern American audiences without background electronica or dialogue. I experienced it myself, and it was anything but boring. This is what went down on Saturday night, October 28: We drove to the Plaza Theatre in Orlando in our dinner-party clothes, joining a small crowd roaming around the lobby. A few minutes later everyone was ushered into the theater with assigned seat numbers, although you could choose

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Another hour later, a rush of people with hands prickling from too much clapping create a din of voices, happy and tired and still kind of astonished. That was after the curtain dropped, after a bit more than a dozen sweaty and exhilarated performers took their last bows in front of so many red-painted drums and percussion sets. I looked over my notes on the production as we drove home. That was the end. Now, here is a summary of the highlights of the show. A Warm Introduction. Curtains opened to men and women dressed in traditional peasant costumes and their wooden drums, metallic sets with pink flower designs, and large basses high up on vertical stands. They welcomed us with a snappy beat and pleasant smiles.

was captured by the intensity of the rhythm, the flexing of the performer’s muscles as he quickened. A Quirky Wedding. Next we are serenaded by the silliest wedding band ever, complete with squeaky hand cymbals, bamboo clappers, and ridiculous stoop-shouldered musicians dressed in red silk, black fedoras and glasses, who would stop ever so often to duck behind their instruments and peek at us like mice. • Face-Off Number One. Then the lights lowered again, and in the bluish spotlight of the stage we saw two men in white vests standing over humongous twin drums with mist curling at the tops. I am clueless about the type of special smoke effects they used, since I’d never seen something like that before, but the result was very dramatic and visually pleasing. The performers proceeded to beat their solos through the mist, dissipating it under their hands, and by the time the act ended (with no clear victor of the competition), the smell of incense had spread to the first few rows. • Female General Leads Warriors into Battle. This last performance before intermission, fea-

Show of Force. A single man with his back to the audience faced a massive circle raised vertically and splashed with two black Chinese characters: ji gu, beat drum. Nearly as tall as the performer and definitely wider, it was pounded it in the dusky lighting with a drumstick thicker around than my wrist. The sound echoed slowly around the hall at a deep, throbbing pitch. My attention To advertise in 2010, sign up now and enjoy 20% off. CALL NOW! 407-273-9913

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tured women dressed in gorgeous, authenticlooking Peking Opera costumes. Their long brown headdress feathers danced as they drummed, unpainted faces fierce and concentrated at the imaginary enemy they prepared to fight nobly until death. The woman general leading the line was especially expressive. Halfway through, a masked man in a dark cape sauntered from the wings, weaving between the warriors in time to the tempo. He teased the audience by transforming his face without seeming to touch it, changing masks with a turn of the head, or a flick of the cape. • Huang He. My favorite piece of all is this one. It’s a rousing ballad orchestrated with the massive bass drum, a huge gong, and smaller accompanying sets. Villagers chanted, moved their arms in rowing motions, and one guy even began singing verses from a traditional folk song. It is at this point that Dad whispered to me that they were honoring the Yellow River, singing the mother source of China praises. Clashes of the cymbal against a steady, forceful pulse of heavy bass gave me the impression of rolling waves and crashing thunder, and that image really got to me in the end. The air vibrated with this powerful and passionate demonstration. • Laughter Without Words. A portly man serenaded us with two different Chinese horns (“suona” in Chinese) and even whistled as the tune for a third! He made bizarre laughing sounds, which cracked up the audience, and then parted by blowing a high-pitch, extended note that could’ve surely shattered glass. My ears rang for some time afterwards, which is why as a side-note: those with delicate

eardrums, sit more than four rows back. Second-string musicians accompanied the horn player with peculiar looking wind instruments with multiple reeds. It is called “sheng” in Chinese.

color distinguishes them from Japanese and other East Asian drums, which were adopted from the ancient original. In China drums are traditionally significant in weddings, festivals, ceremonies, funerals, and times of war.

• Face-Off Number 2. Another humorous piece executed near the end, with four guys acting out a scene where they try to outdo each other with tiny drums. Organized by height, with the tallest person sitting before the tallest stand with the highest pitch drum, everyone laughed uproariously at their funny facial expressions and exaggerated ego-bashings.

I firmly recommend JiGu! Thunder Drums Of China for everyone, except maybe fidgety children younger than eight and some teenagers (although I know I’m not the only one who thinks JiGu! is more entertaining than a dance party). If you are a human with even a pinch of interest in China, drums, or good music, consider the production. By attending you also acquire the right to brag to your friends about having sophisticated and internationally-oriented taste in entertainment. Or, share the word and drag them with you to the next show.

• Finale. It was a noisy, cheerful chorus of an affair, with red and yellow sashes on colorful costumes indicating a festival. Each person wore a small hand drum around the neck to free their limbs for dancing, to the massive drum calling to celebration, and the brassy cacophony of smashing cymbals. The zenith point of this act, however, occurred when one very talented performer came out with hand drums strapped around his thighs, waist, and his neck, tapping at them quickly as he turned on the stage. The way he never missed and hit himself was extraordinary, and enthusiastic cheers increased. Then the performers took their bows, and the evening dissolved into appreciative sighs and applause from a dazzled crowd.

JiGu! Thunder Drums of China continues to tour the U.S. next year, but dates and places are still coming out. Keep an eye out, and visit the website for updates.

That is the highly abridged overview, barely half of all the performances in the show. This production carries out a long tradition in China. Chinese drums have been found and dated to as early as the legendary Xia dynasty (21th - 16th century BC), and despite differences in size and type they are all symbolically painted red. The

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President Obama tours China’s iconic Great Wall  Compiled by Asia Trend

President Barack Obama absorbed history’s expanse from atop the Great Wall of China, a manmade wonder of such enormity that Obama found himself putting daily life in perspective. “It’s magical. It reminds you of the sweep of history,” Obama talked to the press after his walk.

“It gives you a good perspective that a lot of day-to-day things we worry about don’t matter so much our time here on Earth is not that long. We better make the best of it,” Obama said. Obama took about 20 minutes to quickly tour the Badaling Great Wall, the most well-preserved section of the wall built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). After a 50-minute visit to the Forbidden City on Nov 17, the historic former home of China’s emperors, Obama visited the Great Wall, his second sightseeing tour during his visit to China. Due to his limited time, Obama skipped the plan to climb to Badaling’s Tower Four and instead stopped at Tower Three. If Obama reaches Tower Four, he will become the first US president to scale that high.

Regarded as the one of the world’s greatest wonders, almost all the visiting foreign leaders to Beijing have climbed the Great Wall to experience the historic Chinese civilization, including former US president Richard Nixon who visited the same spot in 1972 during his historic trip to China. Nixon said at the same steep: “My hope is that in the future, perhaps as a result of the beginning that we have made on this journey, that many, many Americans ... will have an opportunity to come here.” Nixon said he hoped “That they will think back as I think back to the history of this great people, and that they will have an opportunity, as we have had an opportunity, to know the Chinese people better.” After 37 years, a “positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship” is developing between the first and the third largest economies in the world, Obama said at the recent G20 summit.

Satisfied with the first China trip, Obama said that he wished he could have stayed longer at the Great Wall. “I am inspired by the majesty of the Great Wall, and am grateful for the warmth

of the Chinese people,” Obama wrote on the official guestbook at the site before leaving for the Republic of Korea, the last stop for his eight-day Asia tour. Source:

Shanghai Disneyland’s project unveiled  Compiled by Asia Trend have officially confirmed the location of Shanghai Disneyland, even though previous media reports have pinpointed the area. The news has pushed Chuansha’s home prices to $1,760 per sq meter from $388 three years ago.

Shanghai Disneyland unveiled two weeks after Shao Qiwei -Chairman of China National Tourism Administration met Jay Rasulo-Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando

The Shanghai Magic Kingdom theme park will be located at the Chuansha town of Pudong New Area, covering 116 hectares, according to the theme park’s final plans announced on the National Development and Reform Commission website. The park is expected to be in operation in 2014. The Disneyland project, which will be jointly developed by Chinese and United States companies, will include an amusement park, a logistics support area, a public utilities area and a parking lot, the commission said. The announcement is the first time authorities

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The Shanghai government received the green light from authorities late last month to build Shanghai Disneyland Park in partnership with Walt Disney Co. Many business-savvy people are making the Disney theme park a profit-driven project, seeking opportunities to make every penny of it. When the proposal to build a Disneyland park was approved earlier November, people in Shanghai embraced the prospect of the world’s biggest Mickey Mouse playground. Instead, the latest plan would make it the world’s smallest Disneyland Park. In a brief note, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) mandated an area of 116 hectares in Pudong New Area in eastern Shanghai for the project. It is a far cry from the 400 hectares widely reported by the media.

Unsurprisingly, Shanghai people are disappointed. It’s almost one-tenth the size of the Disney World in Orlando in America. It’s even going to be smaller than the one in Hong Kong after the expansion. To be precise, Tokyo’s Disney Resort covers 201 hectares, nearly twice the proposed site in Shanghai. Hong Kong’s park, the smallest in the world, takes up 126 hectares. While city folks lament the loss of bragging rights, the villagers in the vicinity of the proposed site are also upset. The smaller-than-expected site could mean that many will lose out on claiming relocation compensation. “It is too early to comment based on current information,” Tiffany Huang, communications officer of the Shanghai-based Walt Disney Co of China. The area of 116 hectares is just the core part, and just like Hong Kong, which has been expanding its Disneyland since December, there will also be an expansion around the core area to accompany the growing number of visitors. Source:

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Winter Wonderland Sapporo is a fascinating city where various cultures exist together. Even on the buildings, you will see Western, old-fashioned Japanese, and modern styles all over the town.

 By Teri Mitchell

People who visit the city say, “The sweets in Sapporo are delicious”. In Hokkaido, they produce high quality dairy which is the main ingredient of cream for cakes and pastries. Hens lay good eggs. Hokkaido is the No.1 flour producing district in Japan, and produces plenty of fruits in Fall. It is also known as the best seafood place in Japan. The cold water of the ocean around Hokkaido is the source of amazingly tasty fish, shrimp, crabs, and scallops in Winter. In the late 19th century, European culture was adopted in Sapporo, and European cakes and ice cream were already popular there. In this season, the confectioners spend the busiest time of the year with Christmas just around the corner.

Sapporo White Illuminations 11/27, 2009 - 2/11, 2010 In December, it snows in Sapporo almost every day. Downtown area is illuminated with thousands of lights. “White Christmas,” which is almost certain every year, is a very appropriate description for the city in this time of year.

Onsen—Hot Springs This is something you must not miss when you visit Japan. Onsen is a Japanese hot spring that is basically a Japanese public bath of natural hot spring water with a unique history and etiquette. Onsen plays an important role in Japanese culture, providing socially institutionalized relief from the pressures of the contemporary Japanese twelve-hour work ethic, and a chance for Japanese to break down the hierarchal nature of society through the mutual nakedness of skinship. There are quite a few Onsen places all over Japan. In Sapporo, Jozankei Onsen is probably the best idea.

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The most important features of Onsen are the water and the bathing facilities, which is why many bathers simply come for an hour or so to soak in the waters even if they do not stay. The next most important issue for Japanese guests is the food; a good Onsen inn will offer something special as an evening meal. Enjoy the seasonal gourmet food after relaxing and soothing your body in the Onsen tub! Support Asia Trend Magazine, Support our Advertisers Dec 2009


















rlando Japan Festival 2009


 By Jason Seymore

The 2009 Orlando Japan festival could be summoned up one phrase. Nothing short of amazing! More than 3,000 guests showed up for this years festival, which is nearly double the amount of guests at last years festival. Beautiful weather, scrumptous food, great activities for the whole family and wonderful performances by a myriad of talanted performers.

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Chris Bhulai, Ricky Ly, Izumi Sakurada, Peter Lau, and Gary Lau A/ Matsuriza, B/ Bon-Odori, C/ Kamishibai, Japanese story telling by JL 34747 students, D/ Orlando Taiko Dojo, E/ J-Club, F/ Greetings from Consul General of Japan (Yoshiharu Namiki) at the opening, G/ Candy artist Miyuki, H/ Chezy Cosplay with Shadow X, Tsoky, Sakura, I/ Koto performance by Yoshino-Kai, J/ Orlando Taiko Dojo, L/Japanese Dance by Kodomo Buyoukai, M/ Cosplay by Ketchup Cosplay & Baka Rose Makeup, N & O/ Octopus balls & Yakisoba with Chicken from Ran-Getsu, P/ Oden and Hardboiled eggs in sauce from Sushiology, Q/ Cotton Candy by IACE Travel, R/ The color printed event’s flyer

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Located at the beautiful “Village at Hunter’s Creek” center infield, it was indeed the ideal location for a wonderful festival. Not a hint of rain and not too hot either. It was a perfect day for a perfect festival. This year was my 2nd festival. It was by far the best one to date. I heard nothing but great compliments from many of the guests. It was so nice to see new faces, old friends and many young people enjoying the culture of Japan. The festival could not have been a success without the mulitple volunteers, sponsors and vendors. We had more than enough help this year from Mid Florida Tech, Dr. Phillips & Ocoee High Schools, and UCF and it allowed the festival to run without a hitch. vIn many ways it could not have been done without the much needed sup-

port. For that, we must give you thanks. Some of the outstanding groups who performed at this year’s festival included, Orlando Taiko Dojo, Matsuriza Jr. and Matsuriza. The Taiko performances are always a crowd favorite and an exciting addition to the festival. On top of that we had Mukushin-ryu Bujutsu Iaido Demonstraton, traditional dance by many of the Japanese school children, Koto, Shamisen and even cosplay! Experiencing the festival is just like taking a trip to Japan. It doesn’t get much better than actually going there. Along with the many performances we had, we also were lucky to have so many vendors! This allowed people at the festival to experience traditional Japanese cuisine, games and memorabilia. My personal favorite is the Japanese

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Akihiko Sakurada selling “Hashiirebue” -Japanese bamboo flute/chopstick holder.

story-telling and of course Sushi! But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the festival had to offer at the festival. There is so much to experience! All in all, this year’s festival was many things. It proved to be an integral part, and special way to support the Japanese community here in Orlando. I hope to be a part of an even more successful festival next year, and the many years to come. To all the sponsors, guests, volunteers, performers and vendors...Thank you so much for all your help! We could not have done it with out you! Dec 2009




Shally Wong & Asia Trend  By Shally Wong

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I have been asked the same question over and over again. How much time do I spend to publish the Asia Trend Magazine every month with such extensive information and wide coverage of different events? I remember when I first published the magazine four years ago; my goal is to create a platform for the Asian American community with a voice. I strongly believe the benefits of diversity and inclusion. The challenge is how we can seek the common ground while respecting the differences. It requires understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Hong Kong , the place I was born, is a multicultural city in where I learn how to respect and to accept. We decided to media sponsor local Asian events two years ago. When I witnessed more than 3,000 people attend the Orlando Japan

Festival last month, I believe my effort isn’t in vain. Recently, Asia Trend Magazine is recognized by both Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Asia American Heritage Council for the support of the community awareness and dedication to promote diversity. The honor is an encouragement not only to me, but also to all the contributing writers who have been volunteering their tireless hours to bring the magazine alive. Without them, this would be no Asia Trend Magazine. Again, thank you to the contributing writers, the supportive advertisers and the royal readers like you. The answer to the first question is “Never enough” Asia Trend Magazine is proudly marching into the 5th Year!

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Between Ignorance And Enlightenment

Adversity To be human means to suffer in some way or another; no one escapes adversity. Whether it is a country, an organization, a family, or an individual, such as a politician, teacher, or entrepreneur, all face problems in life. In addition, people also have trouble with aging, sickness, domestic disputes, unemployment, and medical care. We all face adversities on a daily basis anywhere we go. Today we face many adversities, including the economy, unemployment, the fight for environmental protection, political and global power struggles, and an aging population, not to mention the war against terror-ism. In order to resolve all adversity we need the strength of wisdom to guide us. The following are some suggestions to overcome different kinds of adversity:

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1. Be selfless. Adversity sometimes arises out of selfishness. When personal interest is involved and the principles of righteousness, openness, and justice are sacrificed, problems will be difficult to resolve. Therefore, to be selfless and just is the first step to success. 2. Be equal and fair. Many interpersonal problems will inevitably surface in the face of adversity. If they are not dealt with fairly and equally, the conflicts between one another will worsen and the obstacles will not be resolved. 3. Look for the root of problems. Just examining the result of a problem will not solve it. We must find out its cause and then cure the malady with the right prescription. 4. Confer with others. Adversity is not something one person can handle alone. We should be humble and discuss problems with people who are knowledgeable in order to overcome difficulty. 5. Practice humility. Adversity is often the result of self-attachment and arrogance, which often make it difficult to contain a situation. If we practice humility and do not make comparisons or bicker with others, adversity can easily be resolved. 6. Advocate and exercise free speech. Adversity is frequently the result of a buildup of problems that eventually leads to a dead-end. Problems within a country or an organization could be better solved if everyone spoke their minds freely and open-ly, for the collective wisdom of many is certainly more effective than any individual’s. 7. Benefit everyone mutually. Adversity arises when a minority of the people benefit and the rest are left with nothing. As a result, the majority boycotts the minority, and a deadlock is created. If an enterprise is faced with setbacks, sharing the benefits with everyone will help break the gridlock. 8. Learn from every field. Whether the problems are with education, transportation, the economy, or foreign relations, we can always learn from someone else. Through observing how others operate, we can always find a solution to our own problems. Some people are good at overcoming adversity, and others lose their focus and fret at the slightest difficulty. In resolving problems, it is easy for those who are always open and selfless to find solutions. Those who are democratic and tolerant can also work their way out of adversity. As for those who are willing to share joy with everyone, they also have no fear of overcoming difficulties. Are you experiencing adversity in your life? Perhaps you can consider the suggestions above to overcome them.  By Venerable Master Hsing Yun © Buddha’s Light Publishing

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A Season of Giving - Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund-Raising Concert

 By Victor Alzona


local Artists that performed at the event.

The Philippines has been hit hard by major Typhoons this year; Ondoy and Pepeng resulting in the loss of many lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Throughout the world, Filipinos have sent money and balikbayan boxes (care packages) to help the many in need of food, clothing, and other supplies back home in the Philippines. Many Organizations have held bowling tournaments and concerts as relief fundraisers, others have offered a collection drive for food and clothing and have already shipped them to the Philippines.


On November 20th, the Vista Community Church and University Congregational Church of Orlando held its Philippines Typhoon Relief FundRaising Concert. With local artist and groups; Susan Dixon, Edith Cleto, Kit Cleto, Deejay Sta. Ana, Vista Praise Team, Remedy, Philip Mahoney, Heidi Santos, Sincere, Rebekkah Joy, SNL Praise Team, Deejay Sta. Ana, Tito Mendoza, Rubox, Brownstudy, and R4pture performing at the fundraiser. The concert music ranged from Christian Pop / Rock / Rap to Contemporary Pop and Hip Hop which made for a very entertaining concert. For most of the performances, the people were up on their feet clapping, dancing, singing, and grooving to the music.

Boboy Doromal - Philip Mahoney - www. Rebekkah Joy of ONE31 – Rubox - Brownstudy - http://www. B The event was a huge success and the proceeds were donated to the Philippine Medical Association and D United Church of Christ and Church World Service Typhoon Ketsena Emergency Fund to help the Philippines. The Typhoon Season may be over, but it will take a long time for the people in the Philippines affected to recover. It’s never too late to give; you can donate to the Philippine National Red Cross http://www. and make this a Season of Giving.



Special guest; Boboy Doromal performed an impromptu instrumental duet with Philip Mahoney. Boboy Doromal is a Filipino Folk & Rock musician who performed a number of songs with Filipino Rock Group ASIN (translate to salt of the earth) during the 80s.

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Riding the tiger 虎年預測

 By Master Kerby Kuek

Cosmic changes alter the flow of energy to living beings at all times. The energy can be favorable or unfavorable depending on your date of birth and the year you are in. The coming Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 4th 2010, seems to have an auspicious ring, it being, according to the traditional Chinese cyclic calendrical system, the Kang or Golden Tiger. Do not be deceived. It will be an abnormal year, especially in terms of the weather. The melting of icebergs in the North Pole will escalate. There is a danger of drought and food shortages. A devastating earthquake in the West is indicated and road accidents are likely to increase dramatically everywhere. Group One: The most fortunate are those born between August 8 and November 9. They can expect positive energy and be secure, happy and content. Group Two: For people born between November 10 and February 3, positive energy will provide warmth and security. Group Three: Those born between February 4 and March 3 are likely to feel lethargic all the time but have to be constantly on their guard against negative energy. Be patient: things will get better in the autumn. Group Four: The effect on people born between March 4 and May 3 will not be negative. Those who worked hard last year stand to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Group Five: Those born between May 5 and August 7 are the worst affected because strong fire energies fueled by wood will drain off energy and dull your performance at work. So take a break, slow down, spend more time with the family or go back to school or take some short courses.

What in Store for 2010? 2010 is the year of Golden Tiger in accordance of Chinese calendar, but this Golden Tiger is not shining at all! To help readers understand I will try to use less jargon to make things simple. We first must understand that everything on Earth and beneath Sky, the ancient Chinese would relate or associate with 5Elements (Wu Xing) such as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. There are creation and Destruction cycles of 5-Elements. Every year, we have two words, one is the Heavenly Stem and the other is the Earthly Branch to represent the year. The Earthy Branches represent the 12 Chinese Zodiacs and is represented by 5-Elements respectively. The Heavenly Stems are basically Chinese numbers from 1-10 with 5Elements ascribed to them as well. The Year of Tiger is represented by Wood (Earthly Branch) while the Heavenly Stem for year 2010 is Metal. Stem on top (Metal) with Branch underneath (Wood) would result in Metal Destructing Wood. Metal Destructing Wood is a ‘picture’ for the whole year of 2010. Such picture is not good at all that, the increase in road accidents in a big way that would signal alarm to the authorities. Abnormal

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accidents associated with limps, eyes and livers are obvious throughout the year. Also, Major Earthquake would strike the West sector derived from the Sound Adoption Theory of the Stem and Branch (a complicated advance metaphysic theory in which I will explain in greater length in future). For those who live in the earthquake belt on the West, get the hell out of the place!! The most critical damage for year 2010 is the Weather; the weather is causing drought and food shortages around the world especially China, Africa and USA. Store enough foods for your own needs but do not panic, and if you do, that will only benefit the big speculators to take advantage of short term pitfall. See below the Summary for the 2010 predictions and sad to say most are bad events. The Weather in the year 2010 is in trouble! Year 2010 will experience abnormal and unusual changes in weather and could lead to: 1. Drought 2. Food shortages Another focal point for year 2010 is the major Earthquake in the west. The increasing road accidents should be a concern of all. Returning to Dao (歸道) will help you re-organize your thoughts and thus your life destiny. Daoism preach that one must lead by example and take care of his people. That eluded to a point of filial pate a value teaching of Confucius and Daoism. As for the economy in particular the stocks and property markets would be stable on the rise for the first 6 months till August, the 2nd half of the year would see some drastic corrections! Good luck and get back to Dao (the way)! 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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Known as a style of Japanese cuisine Teppan-yaki (鉄板焼き) uses an iron griddle to cook food and is derived from “Teppan” (鉄板) which is an iron plate and “yaki” (焼き) which means grill, broil or pan-fry. There is a form of Teppan-yaki in which gasheated hotplates are integrated into tables around which many people (often multiple parties) can sit and eat at once. The chef performs the cooking in front of the diners, typically with theatrical flair—such as lighting a volcano-shaped stack of raw onion hoops on fire is most familiar to North Americans consists of steak, chicken, or seafood along with vegetable accompaniments, and is often known by the name of Hibachi, with the establishments often referred to as Japanese steak houses. In North America, the term “Hibachi” is used to refer to a small cooking stove heated by charcoal (actually called “Shichirin” in Japanese), or to an iron hot plate “Teppan” used in Teppan-yaki

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 By Teri Mitchell

restaurants. However, Hibachi (火鉢 fire bowl) is a traditional Japanese heating device and not usually used for cooking. It consists of a round, cylindrical or a box-shaped open-topped container, made from (or lined with) a heatproof material and designed to hold burning charcoal. They resemble traditional Japanese charcoal-heated cooking utensils called “Shichirin”. It has been suggested that these grills were confusingly marketed as “Hibachi” when they were introduced to North America because that word was easier than “Shichirin” for English speakers to pronounce. The word “Hibachi” is also misused in some parts of the U.S. to refer to Japanese steak houses or Teppan-yaki restaurants. Now that you understand this distinction, you are better able to know which Teppan-yaki restaurants are presenting the Japanese culture authentically.

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Thuy Café  By LC

What do you think makes a good and satisfying lunch? A hamburger? A slice of pizza? A burrito? For me, almost nothing is better than a good ol’ Vietnamese banh mi (ben mee). Especially one from Thuy Café. Thuy Le (Twee Lay) started her business venture Thuy Café in St. Petersburg, Florida when she was only 21 years old. About five months ago, Le moved to a new location – just a few shops down from the old location in the same plaza strip. This new location is more spacious than the old location. Influenced by Le, the new location is very much contemporary and trendy. With Thuy Café’s fun and cool atmosphere, you can lounge on the modern furniture and hang out or surf the net there with free Wi-Fi. So…what exactly is a Vietnamese banh mi? Some call it a Vietnamese baguette sandwich…others call it a Vietnamese hoagie. A more common Vietnamese banh mi consists of a baguette smeared with mayonnaise, pate, and sprinkles of soy sauce topped with cold cut meats, slices of cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon radish, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. This common Vietnamese banh mi is called ‘Vietnamese Specialty’ at Thuy Café. Though nowadays, ‘you can have it your way’ and choose from chicken banh mi, grilled pork banh mi, tofu banh mi, among many other alternatives. At Thuy Café, you definitely can choose from a variety of banh mis, which includes the aforementioned, and have what-

ever toppings you like. What I really love about Thuy Café is that all of the meat, pate spread, and secret butter spread are prepared fresh there. Thuy Le makes sure all of the vegetables are fresh for the customers because she knows that people are health conscious. During my last visit to Thuy Café, my friends and I enjoyed a ‘Vietnamese Specialty’ banh mi, chicken banh mi, grilled pork banh mi, Vietnamese egg rolls, fresh rolls with its yummy peanut sauce, Thai tea boba, taro boba tea, and milk boba tea. Although Thuy Café caters to Vietnamese banh mi lovers, it does offer, as mentioned, fresh rolls, egg rolls as well as beef stew, chicken curry, different types of sweet Vietnamese dessert puddings (more assortment on the weekends), Vietnamese iced coffee, fresh sugar cane juice, and a wide range of boba teas. To view Thuy Café’s menu, visit

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So what are you having for lunch? If you are in the St. Petersburg area or wanting to go to the St. Petersburg area, I say Thuy Café. Thuy Le and her staff will welcome you with their warm smiles and make sure you have a marvelous lunch. Bon appétit! Thuy Le and LC

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meeting and election on November 19, 2009. Over 65 members and guests dined at Fresco Italian Restaurant on Turkey Lake Road in Orlando to honor and thank the AACC’s corporate and media sponsors. In addition, two longtime

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Located just a minute off Sand Lake Rd. , this Japanese American fusion restaurant is dedicated to the true art of dining. WA also provides full service lounge, sake bar, and sushi bar. Happy hour specials feature drink and appetizer. Welcome another Japanese owned sushi restaurant in town. Visit for the Grand Opening Ceremony performed by Matsuriza Taiko Drumming.

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OCSO Volunteer Appreciation Dinner  By Victor Alzona

On Saturday, October 24, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office held its first annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. With over 300 in attendance, volunteers from various organizations (Chaplaincy, Citizens on Patrol, Explorers, In House Volunteers, Mounted Posse, Parking Enforcement, Police Athletic League, Reserve Deputy, Senior Volunteers, and Task Force) and their guests were treated to a wonderful dinner. The dinner started with garden fresh salad followed by stuffed herb chicken with risotto rice and fresh mixed vegetables. Topping off dinner was Rich Double Chocolate Cream Cake with fresh slivers of chocolate for desert. OCSO Sheriff Jerry L. Demings was the keynote speaker for the evening. Sheriff Demings spoke of the important role Volunteers have in the OCSO and the positive impact volunteers have on reducing crime and saving money. He values the service, commitment, and dedication of the volunteers and thanked them for their service this past year. “I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all agency volunteers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the community for your devotion and support of our initiatives. I would also like to acknowledge the family and friends who support and encourage you daily as you perform your volunteer services.” – Sheriff Demings. The Sheriff with the assistance of the Captain Miguel Pagan, Koreen Liburd, and Brooke Eckenrod then called the names of the volunteers with 100 service hours and greater the past year to the stage to receive the Presidential Service Award.

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Volunteers were also honored for their years of service. I was then surprised and honored to be called by the Sheriff to the stage to receive my second award that evening, the OCSO Certificate of Commendation for “Going above and beyond the call of duty”. Why do I volunteer? I volunteer because I want to make a positive impact within the community while preventing and reducing crime. Who pays for crime? We all pay when a crime is committed with increased insurance premiums, higher cost for security, higher incidents of personal injury, and property loss. I have been an OCSO Citizens on Patrol volunteer since 2005 and serve as the COP Team Leader. My primary duty is to patrol my community in a marked patrol vehicle and report incidents. In addition to my primary duties, I write a monthly article for my homeowners’ association newsletter with information on how to deter, prevent, and report crime. I also attend community events to recruit volunteers for the Sheriff’s office and hand out information on crime prevention. During the peak convention season, I also work special assignments at the Orange County Convention Center and during the peak shopping season from Thanksgiving through New Years, patrol the local malls. Citizens on Patrol volunteers must pass a background check and physical exam and must complete training in law enforcement vehicle operations, first aid and CPR, communications, hazardous materials, and sheriff’s office policy and procedures.

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Gainesville gets a dose of Asian fusion

 By Linda Li Gary Lau

Gainesville, FLA. – Tasty scents from Thai chicken shish kebobs and Korean bugolgi beef to Indian curry potatoes and Vietnamese spring rolls travel through the air as hundreds of people gathered on the lawn in front of the historic Thomas Center for the Heart of Florida Asian Festival. The Asian culture is fully showcased through the elegant acrobats and bright neon colors of the lion dancers. This is the region’s only AsianAmerican festival. It has been the anticipated event for many Gainesville residents, as well as out-of-county guests. The festival, produced by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks,

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Recreation and Cultural Affairs, was a part of Kaleidoscope Month, the month-long Asian-American Awareness Celebration at the University of Florida campus. Events were held throughout the day at various locations around the Thomas Center . The opening address was given by Bill Hutchinson,

the festival emcee. Mr. Hutchinson read a letter of welcome from Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He stated how proud he was that Gainesville had such an abundant mix of Asian culture and rejoices in the celebrations. Then, there was a parade around the Thomas Center where each cultural organization participating in the festival

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still remembers the pain of practicing. “When I first started the exercises were indescribable. For 3 months, I trained everyday beginning at 5:30 a.m.,” Long said.

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had a chance to showcase their flag or banner. As the day went by, each performance drew a large group of curious visitors wondering what splendors the Asian culture holds. Inside the Spanish Couth, the incredibly flexible acrobatic, Liang, shows off her skills with riding a unicycle and balancing eight spinning plates at once. She was known to many viewers as one of the “ America ’s Got Talent” contestants. Liang is a returning performer from last year’s festival. Another amazing act Liang brought to the stage was spinning 25 hula hoops while being blindfolded. Along with Liang in the Spanish Court , there was a medley of Asian dances representing various backgrounds and traditions. The medley included an Indian sitar concert, a Filipino tanikiling dance, a beautiful Mongolian symphony with bells, a Korean traditional dance, and a mix of Filipino-Chinese-Vietnamese dances by the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda. On the Live Oak Stage, there was the Sino Elite Acrobatics Group from Orlando. Along with Liang in the Spanish Court, there was a medley of Asian dances representing various backgrounds and traditions. The medley included an Indian sitar concert, a Filipino tanikiling dance, a beautiful Mongolian symphony with bells, a Korean traditional dance, and a mix of Filipino-Chinese-Vietnamese dances by the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda. In the Long Gallery, there was the Sino Elite Acrobatics Group from Orlando. Amongst the group of performers was Yang Jing Long, the face-changing master. Long began when he was eight years old. He said he

Long’s most eye-opening experience was when he fell off a high board and completely blacked out, but he said the injuries were worth the success. Performing with Long was Lee Chao, a performer in the art of the Drunken Monk. Chao perfects the martial arts of fighting with blades and swords while giving the crowd an impression of being drunk. Chao, like Long, works hard to show his moves with precision. “When I was younger, I didn’t have time to play or go out with friends. I would go to school and head straight to practice,” Chao said. Both performers say they are happy with their life and the skills they obtained through hard work and dedication. Leader of the group, Jim Yu, says the group united because of everyone’s diverse set of skills. From their northern dragon dance, acrobatics, vase juggling and unicycle bowlcatching act, the Sino Elite group travels around the nation dazzling audiences with their amazing stunts. Thai Elvis Pol Parsley, a local legend, belted out the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest hits, while attired in his special red Vegas-style costume. The crowds awed at his similarity to the real Elvis. “It was like hearing the King in person years after he earned his title,” says Michael Borton, a local Gainesville resident. Along with traveling acts, local student organizations participated in the festival as well. The University of Florida’s Vietnamese Student Organization, Chinese American Student Association, HE.A.L., Ink Magazine, and Kappa Phi Lambda all hosted booths promoting the Asian culture as well as their own organizations. Eva Mok, Presi-

dent of Kappa Phi Lambda said they wanted to do a booth to show off the Asian culture in a unique way. “We chose to do origami cranes because its original to the Asian culture and an elegant way of showcasing our skills,” Mok said. The event started in 2008 with the China Fest, which was funded by a grant from the Smithsonian for a traveling photography exhibition. It went from a new unknown curiosity to a festival that local residents looked forward to. The Heart of Florida Asian Arts Festival had a 5,000 people turnout through the course of the day. This year the event was funded by a generous grant from the Alachua County Tourist Product Development Board. The festival production coordinator, Suzanna Mars, worked on board with this event because she saw the potential and growth from the 1st Heart of Florida festival. “I was thrilled to be able to provide a platform for the fundraising activities for the A Nan Temple and the Korean Baptist Church Youth Group. This was truly a successful event, two years in a row,” Mars said. With all the food and performances, all the guests were in for an amazing learning experience. Many left the Thomas Center with smiles and laughter, others left with a new understanding of the Asian culture, but all guests are looking forward to next year’s Heart of Florida Asian Arts Festival. Linda Li, born and raised in Florida , is currently a senior at the University of Florida. She plans to graduate in spring and hopes to move to Orlando to find a job with a PR agency. Her family is from Shanghai , China and her dream is to be able to see the Aurora Borealis and go on a trip across Europe . Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, video games, watching Asian dramas, meeting new people and going shopping.

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William Earl Hutchison at his exhibit.

A Journey Through Eastern Civilizations:

The Good That Men Do

Like many young American men who returned from service in Vietnam, William Earl (Bill) Hutchinson was disillusioned. Unlike so many others of his generation, he was not disenfranchised. It was 1970, the midway point between U. S. combat deployment and the end of the war. At the age of 24, Mr. Hutchinson had borne witness to atrocity and, as he says, “to the worst, and far worse than I had been capable of imagining.” He began to look inside himself for answers. The search for an answer to the unanswerable was common enough among the youth of this era; that there may never be an answer did not limit the search itself from becoming a journey into the profoundly personal and epiphanic. Mr. Hutchinson’s journey is silently yet powerfully narrated in the exhibit “A Journey Through Eastern Civilizations: From the Collection of William Earl Hutchinson’s Theatre of Memory” at the Thomas Center for the Arts in Gainesville through January 10, 2010. Although the exhibit showcases Asian artifacts, Mr. Hutchinson’s collecting began in America, in beach towns where he purchased seashells in shell shops. The shells resonated with boundlessness and infinity, something to which Mr. Hutchinson responded. He collected not for possession or luxury, but for a far more spiritual reason: He had seen the worst, and now he would look for the best. He was looking for signs of human empathy.

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He branched out from seashells to fossils, and then to historical documents and artifacts. The journey led him eastward, to the sacred and literary in Asian cultures. “They are often the same,” he noted, “since the best of literature often deals in revelation and epiphany.” “A Journey Through Eastern Civilizations” is not an art exhibit. Rather, it is about how items from everyday life—whether sacred or secular— become the art of a culture, reflecting a culture in the same way traditional art forms do. The collection comprises the prosaic (teapots, a sign from a Chinese library) and the liturgical (Buddhist scrolls). They are important, Mr. Hutchinson feels, because they have accumulated and retained life forces; one can imagine the hand of the writer incising the palm leaf with such care that it appears calligraphic. Even given Western unfamiliarity with the Asian languages, the manuscripts seem accessible through the person who made them; we see what he saw, we can sense his hand moving across the document with surety and precision. The collection begins with the weightier objects. Gongs, large brushes, the library sign, and a stunning Tibetan repository for sacred books ring the entryway. Inside, a vitrine with bronze heads of Buddha and Bodhisattva stands near one full of texts and the implements with which they were written. Another displays an assortment of bells; on a low shelf are examples of scholars’ stones (gongshi). One of these is abstract and is curved in such a way that it seems

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skull-like, while another is clearly a range of granite mountains down one side of which runs a cool, silvery stream. Mr. Hutchinson points out that some of the objects are not as old as they look; the oldest piece in the exhibit is around 1,000 years old, but there are also pieces from the early 20th century. All of them are selected for evocativeness, rather than for period, genre, or stylistic premise. The selection is edited in such a way that the scope—which is rather large—is not disintegrative. Instead, it is meditative and peacefully dynamic. The eye is drawn again and again to the books and documents, many of which feature a traction of penmanship not normally seen in written English, and appear even more extraordinary when Mr. Hutchinson points out a document inked in gold on a polished black paper. Another, from Nepal, was consecrated with buffalo blood and chicken feathers. The exhibit is propelled by wisdom and tradition. Even something as quotidian as a teapot addresses a soothingly meditative repetition that is mirrored in the cylindrical script of the Burmese written word. Abell used on an elephant is further signal of the vernacular civilization, and as the artifacts range from those used by millions to those understood by few, they seem to suggest that a sentient inner life comes from a steady outer life. What you will not find are representations of destruction, violence, or animosity. Erin Friedberg, the Thomas Center visual arts coordinator, emphasizes the “eclectic” nature of

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the exhibit. When the eclectic becomes allegorical, as it does here, it is not a matter of selecting the best representations of an individual category but of choosing those objects that best affirm the triumphal elements of the human condition. The artifacts do not carry with them a sense of admonition; they are not illustrative of Santayana’s Law of Repetitive Consequences. Rather, they leave the person who experiences them with a need to rethink the relationship between the past and the present and the long journey we must take to get from one point to another. Mr. Hutchinson translates the sign that came from a library in China. It is two hundred years old, yet its sentiment transcends time: “Quiet and Peaceful not rushed here in the middle Discover yourself here in the moment People are easy happy and honest with the soft smell of beauty on the breeze in this lazy place Educated, Cultivated and Lovely” The Thomas Center for the Arts houses two galleries. The Main Gallery on the ground floor is a showcase for the traditional and the contemporary, as well as for the regional and the international. Upcoming exhibits include HAIRPOLITIC: Pomade in America (January 16-March 14) and Mind, Body, Soul (March 20-May 9). The Mezzanine Gallery is more local in scope; through January 3rd the Gainesville Handweavers’ Guild displays its textile craftsmanship. Although an important venue for the arts in North Central Florida, the center, in a historic hotel that once counted Robert Frost and Helen Keller among its visitors, is worlds away from being an industrial arts complex. The center is preserved much as it was at the turn of the 20th century it and has recently undergone an extensive and periodappropriate renovation. It is an oasis and a destination for art lovers who appreciate the importance of setting to overall experience. The Thomas Center for the Arts is located at 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. For more information on “A Journey Through Eastern Civilizations” or on the future exhibits, please call 352-334ARTS. Admission to both galleries is free.


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