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22 The AACC Welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with a Lunar New Year Business After-Hours 24 Facebook is mobilizing to conquer its last frontier…Japan


05 Yo-Yo Ma Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 05 Consul General Gao Yanping Meets With Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado 06 News from AAHC 06 NANAY Helps Homeowners Avoid Scams and Foreclosures


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07 Chinese New Year Celebrations in South Florida 08 Fun and Food—the Largest Chinese New Year Celebration in Florida 12 Unites and Celebrates Lunar New Year Cultural and Food Festival – 15 2010 Year End Appreciation and Blessing Ceremony 15 Yuan Xiao Festival at Chinese School 26 VASA @ UCF TẾT New Year 27 VSO @ UF TẾT Show 28 Level Up: A Conference of Personal Growth


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Yo-Yo Ma Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian award in the U.S.

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“Recognized as one of the world’s greatest musicians, Yo-Yo Ma’s talents know no boundaries of genre or culture,” said President Barack Obama today as he presented Ma with the Medal of Freedom. A total of 15 individuals were honored at the White House ceremony, including America’s 41st President George H.W. Bush, sports legends Bill Russell and Stan Musial, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and investor Warren Buffett. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Yo-Yo Ma is considered the world’s greatest living cellist, recognized as a prodigy since the age of five whose celebrity transcends the world of classical music. Born in Paris, Ma was a child prodigy who went on to study with Leonard Rose in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age nine. He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978, and, in 1991, Harvard awarded him an honorary doctorate in music. He serves as Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, and has won sixteen Grammy awards. He is known especially for his interpretations of Bach and Beethoven, and for his ability to play many different styles of music, including tango and bluegrass. He serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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Consul General Gao Yanping Meets With Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado

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On February 24, Consul General Gao Yanping, accompanied by Vice Consul Wang Rui, met with and hosted a lunch for Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, City Council members and other government officials in the City of Miami. Consul General Gao extended her spring festival greetings to Mayor Regalado. She made a brief introduction about the latest development of ChinaU.S. relations. Consul General Gao said, the exchanges and cooperation between China and Miami are booming. More and more Chinese trade delegations, entrepreneurs, tourists and students are coming to Miami to do business, travel and study. The local Chinese people have also made great contributions to the economic development of Miami. She hoped that Miami can seize the opportunity to further promote the exchanges and cooperation with China in the areas of trade, culture, education, and etc. Consul General Gao invited Mayor Regalado to visit China. She hoped Mayor Regalado can make efforts to promote the development of long-term healthy and stable China-U.S. relations. Mayor Regalado extended his welcome to Consul General Gao’s visit to Miami. He said, the econo-

Consul General Gao Yanping and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado

my of Miami is recovering. Miami has advantages in locality and investment opportunities. As Mayor, he has created a lot of good opportunities for the Chinese enterprises to make investment here. The local Chinese community has made great contributions to the development of cultural diversity of Miami. He is expecting more Chinese art troupes to visit Miami. He is also expecting to visit China and promote the bilateral exchanges and cooperation, thus bringing more tangible benefits to the people in Miami.


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The election of AAHC Board of Directors 2010 was held on February 27, 2011 at Sonesta Hotel Downtown, Orlando. Welcome the elected AAHC Board of Directors of 2011. Agnes Chau – Chair Babuji Ambikapathy – Vice Chair Alan Ababon - Secretary Leilani Fontanilla - Treasurer Gang Ye – Auditor The organization began in 1980 when the U.S. President proclaimed in May a National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Community leaders of ethnic associations representing various countries of Asia , organized the Asian Pacific American Heritage Council. AACC’s mission includes: ● To preserve the culture and heritage of Asians ● To advance their civic, educational, and social interests in the communities ● To recognize community leadership that enhances the quality of life and image of Asian Americans ● To recognize and reward Asian American students for their academic excellence and exemplary community service and leadership! Visit

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Chinese New Year Celebrations in South Florida  By Linda Lim

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In south Florida, Chinese New Year celebrations were abound for the “Year of the Rabbit” with events taking place in Parkland, Coral Springs, and Kendall. The festivities began on January 29th, with a Gala and Show hosted by CASEC, the Chinese Association of Science, Education and Culture. CASEC, led by Dr. Sifu Zhou, was established in 1994 and has become the largest ChineseAmerican organization in South Florida. One of its principal missions is to promote and preserve the Chinese culture within the United States. This event featured a catered dinner was provided by Dragon Gourmet followed by an impressive ensemble of local and international talent ranging from dance and song to acrobatics and martial arts. Many dignitaries were present including Deputy Consul General Zhang Chuanbing, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and the Mayor of West Miami, Cesar Caracasa. For more information about CASEC, visit www.

On February 5th, the collaborative efforts of the area Chinese Schools brought forth a funfilled day for those who attended. The Coral Springs Cultural Association, Boca Raton Chinese School, Miami Chinese Language School, and Taiwan Business Association of Florida, Inc. sponsored the event which showcased performances by students of the Chinese schools in addition to performances by local groups such as Ronin Taiko and The Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. The event also highlighted the Chinese culture through unique food offerings such as bubble tea and shaved ice as well as many hands-on arts and crafts activities that included origami, paper cutting, and calligraphy. The Chinese schools in Coral Springs, Boca Raton and Miami offer a variety of cultural classes as well as language classes for children and adults. All strive to provide opportunities for those interested in learning more about Chinese culture. If you would like more information, you can visit their respective websites:, www., and Visit for the past issues Mar 2011



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During the CAACF Lunar New Year Festival, REACH of Central Florida has performed Dragon Dance, Music Ensemble, Kung Fu, Butterfly Lovers Ensemble with Dance and Aerial Silk while some REACH members manned the drink and merchandise booth. Dragon dance was our new try and while practicing, we found out that dragon dance requires a great deal of energy and team efforts. The dance team does mimic the supposed movements of this river spirit in a graceful, undulating manner. REACH members who know kung fu contributed their parts in creating and leading the dragon moves. The movements symbolize the historical roles of dragons which demonstrated power and dignity. For music ensemble, some musicians have to watch music videos on You Tube repetitively for an understanding of the melody and started to rearrange the music ensemble parts. It is amazing to see how REACH members came together with all these performances, by contributing our individual talents. We built friendship and encouraged each other in the process. We also had a fun time together during the festival; yes, it was truly a festival with jam pack of people. – Hans Lau, President of REACH - Recognizing, Experiencing Asian Cultural Heritage To advertise in 2011, sign up now and enjoy 20% off. CALL NOW! 646.389.2742 Mar 2011




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Tzu Chi Foundation Orlando Division hosted its 2010 Year End Appreciation and Blessing ceremony event for over 150 members and supporters. Shiow Chih Hwang and Bob Lynch kicked off the event and thanked all the volunteers for their continued supports. To promote the theme of this year - “environmental conservation for a better tomorrow”, members of Dragon Legend Acrobatics featured the recycled products on stage. Tzu Chi has encouraged environmental conservation for many years and successfully produced many recycle products for the public. Vegetarian meals were served after the blessing ceremony. The event was ended with a prayer for world peace. Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen. For over 45 years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism around the world. The foundation has grown to over five million members in 47 countries. For more info about Tzu Chi or further volunteer opportunities, please visit: org or Email:, 5401 Alhanbra Dr., Suite A. Orlando, FL 32808, Tel: 407-292-1146.

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Civilization of the Mind During the Stone Age, when humanity was still uncivilized, people lived in caves, ate raw meat, and covered themselves with leaves or animal skins. Then, they discovered the use of fire and progressed in knowledge over the ages. Now, people use gas and electricity to cook, wear the finest clothes, and live in large houses. This is civilization. However, it is only the civilization of our material lives. We still have to develop our minds.

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The 3 utmost important areas of a house are: 1. Bedroom where one should have a good rest and Yin energy prevail to help you to rest, such area should not be in too bright with Yang energy! Dark black and red should be avoided because they carry excessive Yang energy! Light color should help to cool off your hard day work at office. 2. Kitchen is where the ‘money making machine’ is! Ancient Chinese society placed significant priority on Kitchen, the bigger the family the bigger the kitchen! 3. Living room where your sofa located is also important for your to harness the house energy while your either watching TV or reading newspapers or magazine. Those are the 3 important areas of your and house and get a compass to find out the location and read below to see what will happen in 2011 for you and your family! The Western Sector is unfavorable of all in 2011! Why? Because the ‘Three Devil Spirits’ unkind energy emerge with the ‘9 purple fire’ which

likely to cause uncertainty and turbulent kinetic energy such as ‘fire prone’ and ‘grievances prone setting!’ To counter such ‘rattle’ energy, we must be careful not to obstruct this area such as ‘renovation’, ‘drilling work’, etc. Place a small water fountain or movable water like a fish in a small bowl will do the trick to counter such bad setting! The Easterner Sector is ‘illness’ area that requires heavy metal/ bronze/silver items to drain off such sickness energy! Reminder that this year would be a catalyst year for 2012 mega outbreak of diseases. Do take good care of personal hygiene. The Northwest Sector is wealth sector and might be a good idea for you to place your ‘treasure box’. ‘Piggy bank’ or ‘coins boxes’ a like! Such rational is to harness such kind energy and tap into the potential of such abundances! The Northern Sector is ‘argument’ sector that one should avoid by placing a red carpet or red ornaments. Lao Zi (老子)wisdom: The Greatest skill seems to be clumsy. The greatest eloquence seems to stammer.

Brace for impact While the year of the Golden Tiger was full of natural disasters, the year 2011 - of the Golden Rabbit - will be one of man-made disasters. Read on to find out more and buckle up for a roller coaster of a year, as well as find suggestions to help reduce disastrous impacts.

Main events that will possibly occur: Shortage of food causes hike in food prices, triggering nationwide alarm. (spot on) Arguments, disagreements, animosity and tensions among citizens and nations. Demonstrations. Sabotage. (spot on, Tunisia, Eypt, Libya, Yemen, etc...) Spread in never-before-seen diseases. (spot on on H1N1) “Post 80s” people are more aggressive than ever before. (Donald Tsang/Chief Executive and President of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong got attack!) Brawling at Legislative Council meetings, just like in Taiwan. (wait and see next...) Henry Tang elected Chief Executive. Massive changes in government Cabinet. Spate of resignations by key government personnel. Interest rate hikes everywhere, causing high volatility in the stock and property markets. Economic figures are good both for both the mainland and Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong is an exciting city to visit anytime throughout the year. I particularly like the time during the Chinese New Year as you will have a real treat everywhere. Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebration usually runs for three weeks from the first day of the lunar new year.

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A month before the New Year, all shopping malls, attractions and retail stores are decorated in red for “fortune”. Rabbit characters have overwhelmed me wherever I went. Huge discounts up to 60-70% everywhere made you impossible to resist. Other celebrations include night parades, New Year overnight market, annual fireworks over the Victoria Harbor which all seek the good fortune of the new year. No wonder this joyous holiday always brings Hong Kong the highest number of visitors. I am very grateful to be able to visit Hong Kong in the Spring to experience such a fabulous festival.

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The Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) welcomed the Year of the Rabbit with a Lunar New Year Business AfterHours last Feb. 22 at Dragonfly Robata Grill and Sushi Restaurant at the Dellagio Plaza on Sand Lake Road. Over 100 attendees enjoyed the wide array of sushi specialties prepared by Dragonfly, who sponsored the highly successful event. Owner, Hiro Leung greeted everyone and

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Facebook is mobilizing to conquer its

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fice, says: “Japan is Facebook’s most important priority. Because the number of Facebook users is small despite the large Internet population, there is large room for growth.” Facebook’s global membership is about 30 times the size of Mixi’s, Japan’s largest social network, but the tables are turned if you look at Japan membership alone. Mixi has about 20 million registered users. According to the research company NetRatings Japan Inc., there were an estimated 2.93 million Facebook users in Japan as of last November.

Taro Kodama, Head of Facebook Japan office (Photo by Daisuke Nakai)

The world’s largest social network, Facebook has achieved remarkable global growth from small beginnings in the United States. Facebook announced that membership had surpassed 500 million last July and, with growth still rapid, it is thought to now be around the 585 million mark. If that is an accurate reflection of the number of individual users, one in ten people on the planet is part of the Facebook network.

Kodama, 33, who was appointed to head Facebook’s new office in Tokyo last year after handling social media at Yahoo Japan Corp., said the service’s lowly status in Japan was about to change. Facebook has begun a partnership in Japan with Recruit Co. Interest has been expressed from companies in a wide range of sectors, including travel, food and shopping.

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VASA @ UCF TẾT New Year  By Asia Trend

Vietnamese American Student Association, UCF celebrated Tet new year, the cultural celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with the members and the fellow students at the Pegasus Grand Ballroom on February 26th. Vinh Pham, the president of VASA and Victor Sarkar, the Vice President kicked off the event with the traditional Lion Dance performed by CASA (Chinese American Student Association) at UCF. The event also featured VASA Girls, Vietlimitz, Allure, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Jordan Acevedo, Fresh Off the Beat, saxophone and piano solo by Philip Mahoney, and Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, together with many local Asian Businesses like Pho 88, Tien Hung Thuc Pham, Tasty Wok, Viet Garden, Golden Harvest, and Asia Trend Magazine.

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The Vietnamese Student Organization at the University of Florida was created to teach their community about the Vietnamese culture through education, service, and cultural performances. VSO hosts two major performances during the school year with the TTT (Tết Trung Thu, MidAutumn Festival) show in the fall and the Tết (Lunar New Year) in the spring. Emcees Joe Barron and Mai Nguyen

Their most recent show occurred on February 5th, 2011 at UF’s Reitz Grand Ballroom. Over 600 audience members celebrated the Lunar New Years with VSO through the theme “Tình Yêu Tình Ngươi”. Other students displayed their talents through dancing, singing, martial arts, skits and fashion. Different dance styles were shown off with VSO modern’s hip hop mix, VSO traditional’s spring dance, and aKDPhi’s fan dance. Phil Law performed his last VSO shadow dance entitled “Letters” while Chieu Ho debut her fashion line, Choostyle. External VP, Long Nguyen, voices his passion for VSO by saying “For me, VSO isn’t just a way to have fun and hang out with friends, but it allows me develop leadership skills and give back to the community. I hope to ensure that the future VSO will have more members, bigger shows, and a larger impact on the community.” The charity promoted that night was the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. VSO has also contributed hundreds of dollars to charities supported by UNAVSA.

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This organization has a wide variety of members who come together to appreciate this culture and to create lasting friendships and memories with each other. Learn more about VSO at UF through their official website ( or their facebook group (Vso at UF) and come out to their shows next year!

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Level Up: A Conference of Personal Growth On Saturday, January 29th, 2011, the Asian Pacific American Coalition at the University of Central Florida hosted its Level up Leadership Conference. Level Up is a one day conference geared towards high school and college students that empowers and inspires them to become leaders in their community. The conference was at University of Central Florida’s Business Administration building and offered three workshops, two guest speakers, and entertainment. Level Up had well over 150 attendees. The workshops rotated three times, allowing students to learn from three influential speakers: Michael Freeman, Mike Mitra, and Dennis Ngin. Michael Freeman’s workshop spoke about stereotypes and examined the role they play in impacting leadership expectations of others and their success. Mike Mitra had a very inspirational and interactive workshop about entrepreneurship. Dennis Ngin’s workshop let attendees work together to solve a puzzle and to teach them about A

leadership. The three workshops aimed to benefit attendees to find the leader in themselves. The two guest speakers are youtube sensation Timothy Delaghetto and UCF Alumni Min Sun Kim. Timothy Delaghetto is a rising youtube comedian and spoke to students about the topic of “Asian Sexuality”. This topic is often shied upon but Timothy delivered in a more approachable and comedic manner. His speaking was followed by a question and answer session and a meet and greet for the fans. Min Sun Kim spoke to everyone about helping the world around us. Her presentation, titled “It’s Not About You” , was about how the power of individuals coming together could make differences in the lives of those around the globe. The entertainment portion of the conference featured Lil Crazed and Micah B. Lil Crazed is a rising youtube musician in the genre of HipHop/R&B. He frequently tops the youtube charts of “Most Viewed (Musicians)”. Micah B. is also B

 By Stephanie Nguyen Stephanie Nguyen, Mike Mitra, & Allure

a musician known for fusing flavor, soul, and witty delivery. These artists performed with much enthusiasm and were excited to see fans lining up to meet them afterward. Overall, the conference’s purpose was to impact young leaders to have their voices heard in their community whether it is amongst their friends, in a school organization, or even throughout their campus. Level Up’s purpose of imposing leadership was for the greater cause that initiation was lacking and that students need to see the issues faced by Asian Americans in today’s society. The Asian Pacific American Coalition at the University of Central Florida wanted to create an event that provided insight on how to deal with those issues and to strengthen the community using the establishment of institutionalized resources and programming that addressed community issues and concerns. Level Up Website:

A. level up logo: This year’s level up shirt was designed by Stephen Wong. B. Micah B. passionately performs a couple songs from his album for the attendees. C. Attendees in Mike Mitra’s workshop fold and throw airplanes to represent letting their dreams soar and letting go of their fears. D. Everyone is sitting in the communications auditorium anticipating the performances by Timothy Delaghetto, Micah B., and Lil Crazed. E. Some of the group leader volunteers of the event, Maggie Chan, Katherine Cheng, and Bettina Tran, head to Brooklynn Pizza to listen to Min Sun Kim’s presentation. F. Micah B, Lil Crazed, and Timothy Delaghetto pose during their meet and greet with Kathryn San Agustin and Elisha Kes. During this time they had autographs, pictures, and questions answered for the fans.




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iPhone cookies?!

Wacky news from the Land of the Rising Sun

 By Teri Mitchell

~ Edible iPhone ~ Kumiko Kudo, the 44-year-old owner of the Green Gables bakery has been replicating in cake the iconic smartphone ever since a customer asked her to bake a one-off iPod touch cookie for a birthday in October 2008. Although the client wanted to give her husband a cookie in the shape of an iPod, Kumiko isn’t that tech savvy and by accident she made an iPhone instead, but the client was so pleased with the final result that it didn’t matter. Kudo was invited to meet SoftBank President Masayoshi Son and handed him a cookie. SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp. distributes the iPhone in Japan and Son is one of Japan’s leading entrepreneurs. Son had already commented on his Twitter feed how much he wanted an iPhone cookie, and replied “I’m so happy. I cannot possibly eat this.” She can only make 20 iPhone cookies per day, since she meticulously applies icing to the chocolate base that makes up the cookie. This isn’t your typical factory stamped biscuit. The cookies measure 12 cm long and 6 cm wide, a little larger than the actual iPhone, and they’re selling for 2,730 jp yen (roughly $33).

Pentax NB100

– Functional Camera and Lego in One!  By Asia Trend

What a trendy little piece of technology! And of course its only available in Japan and Asia. Pentax has collaborated with Nano blocks, the Japanese Lego, to use their 8x8x5mm blocks as skins. There are four designs available: The Lion, The Camouflage, The Bicycle, and The Classic Camera. It is equipped with USB, SD card slot, 4x zoom, as well as face recognition. The Pentax Optio NB1000 will retail for about $240.

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Friends of Koto

 By Izumi Sakurada Akihiko Sakurada Yoshiko Carlton

When you listen to a traditional Japanese music, there are always alluring sounds of Koto, a Japanese harp and Shamisen, a Japanese three-stringed lute. At annual Orlando Japan Festival, elegant performance by the Koto and Shamisen performers is a contrast to a powerful Taiko drumming. Together, they demonstrate a richness of Japanese heritage and culture, mesmerizing many audiences. There is a community group, called the Friends of Koto /Yoshi-no-Kai offering a lesson and a performance of Koto, Shamisen in Central and South Florida. The Friends of Koto was founded nine years ago by local Japanese residents who wished to preserve and to pass down cultural heritage to their children who live far away from home country. Despite of increased Asian population in Florida during the last decade, Japanese are still very much minority among local Asian community. It takes extra effort and dedication by parents at the grass-roots level to create cultural opportunities for youth. Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton is the founder and one of the instructors of the Friends of Koto/ Yoshi-no-Kai. TheJapanese group name, Yoshi-no-Kai was named after her first name. She has been committing her life to share her Japanese heritage with local community. She is also one of the original member of Southern Florida’s poplar Taiko group, Fushu Daiko. She described the history of the group as followed; “Nine year ago, a group of Koto enthusiasts got together and formed Friends of Koto/Yoshi-no-Kai. Being far away from Japan, we felt responsible to preserve a Japanese traditional culture in Florida for local Japanese community. Also, we wish to introduce beauty of Japan through the Koto music. In our group, we focus on not only ”skill “to play the Koto instrument, but also “respect” and “civility”. The biggest reward for me throughout the last nine years has been collaboration with many people at each performance. We are grateful for many people supporting us in the backstage while we are preoccupied with performance. Please continue supporting our group. We continue to do our best delivering “beauty of Japan” through our performance. “ Ms. Tomoko Kawahara is another instructor of Friends of Koto in the

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Central Florida area for last three years. Tomoko began playing koto when she was 4, learning from her grandmother and mother, both renowned koto performers. Tomoko received her B.A. in Japanese Music from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. She won the national koto competition in Japan in 1995, and has performed in concert around the world. In 1998, she released a CD, “Tomoko’s Symbient World.” Beside being a successful performing musician, she also has passion for teaching. She has taught koto at many schools in Japan. Sadly, she is moving from Orlando soon, which adds a special meaning for all students of hers at upcoming recital. She talked about her experience with the group as followed; “I moved to Orlando four years ago and knew very few Japanese people. I was fortunate to meet Yoshiko-sensei through the website referred by my Japanese friend one day. I was touched by dedication and enthusiasm of her and her students, so I offered my service to share my experience with her students in Orlando area. Although we have been performing outdoor at local venues, koto sound is appreciated the best at an indoor stage. At the upcoming recital on April 2nd, we will perform both ensembles and solos. Performers from all over Florida will be there. My younger sister from Japan will also perform as a special guest. I hope that we can share the world of koto with many locals. “ The group offers multi-level lessons for Koto and Shamisen to anyone who wants to learn. For more information, please visit the following website. Websites/ contacts: Friends of Koto contacts: Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton Tomoko Kawahara’s homepage: (only in Japanese)


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East Orlando Badminton Open 2011 Event Date & Time: March 26th (8am - 9pm) & 27th (8am - 6pm) Location: South Econ Community Park 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Rd., Orlando, FL 32829, (407) 254-9092 Registration: Please email to Registration form download site: Payment: Local player can pay by handing the check to event managers, payable to Yuan Fang. Non local player will pay through PAYPAL to account name: Entry Fee: $15 for first entry, any additional entries $5 each Event start time: 9:00 am Lunch break: 13:00 – 14:00 Events: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Categories: Beginner, Open and Senior (40+) Event general contact people: Ross Hall 407-913-9580 / Richard Chin 407-4528141 / Erin Fang 407-913-9581 / Email: Visit website: for further details about Orlando Open and Badminton Programs. TOURNAMENT RAFFLE for all registered tournament players AirTran Airways - 2 round trip coach tickets (valid within the continental US)

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10209 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 2100 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________

112 Pauls Dr., Brandon, FL 33511 ________________________________________ 1609 N Tampa St. Tampa ________________________________________ 418 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville ________________________________________


Bento Cafe ________________________________________ Got Tea


Internet Boba House


2202 W. Waters Ave. Tampa ________________________________________

4850 N University Drive, Lauderhill ________________________________________ 2350 N University Drive, Sunrise

2764 University Square Dr. Tampa ________________________________________

Lollicup Coffee & Tea

1212 E Colonial Dr, Orlando 407-897-1377 106 S Semoran Blvd. Winter Park 407-629-BOBA 8098 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando 407-850-BOBA 3550 SW 34th St, Gainesville 352-505-3662‎ ________________________________________

New Saigon Subs


Thuy Cafe


1242 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando FL ________________________________________ 5944 34th St N #37 St. Petersburg

Orchid Thai Cuisine

THAI 407-331-1400

305 N. Park Ave Winter Park ________________________________________

Royal Thai


1202 N. Semoran Blvd. Orlando ________________________________________

SEA Thai Restaurant


Soong Thai


3812 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 9448 W Colonial Dr. Ocoee

7625 W. Newberry Rd. Gainesville


Little Saigon



1106 E Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________

Lạc Việt Bistro


New Saigon Subs


Phở Hòa


Phở 88 Noodle


Phở Vinh Restaurant


Phở Quyen Cuisine


2021 East Colonial Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 1242 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando ________________________________________ 649 N Primrose Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 730 N Mills Ave. Orlando ________________________________________ 657 N Primrose Dr. Orlando ________________________________________ 2740 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa


4465 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL ________________________________________

Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant 954-572-4800 4991 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL 33351 ________________________________________

Hong Kong City


M&H Cafe


Namaste Indian Grocery


New China Buffet


5301 N State Road 7 (US 441) Tamarac, FL ________________________________________ 2875 S University DriveDavie, FL ________________________________________ 4822 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL ________________________________________ 8369 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, FL ________________________________________

Oriental Square Market and Emporium 954-340-8828 2365 University Dr. Coral Springs, FL ________________________________________

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Sushi Restaurant on sale for $118,800! Includes all kitchen equipment to chopsticks, everything except the business name. You can start the Sushi Restaurant with all provided tomorrow! Located in Ocoee near Windermere. Call 321-246-0066 or email to for more information.

Language and cultural lesson by native speaker Private or small group New Skype On-Line course available Contact: Ms. Izumi Sakurada at 321-939-2236 or



- the only Chinatown in Florida! -

* All-In-One Shopping Center, features Asian businesses * Variety of Asian restaurants and cuisines * Largest Oriental Supermarket in Florida * Covenient Location: On W. Colonial Dr. and near Kirkman Rd. * Commercial Condo - Available for Lease/Sale INVESTMENT HOT SPOT-GOOD DEAL TO LEASE OR BUY NOW!!! Please visit or call (407)298-6678


at Colonial Town in Central Florida. 1,600 to 10,000 sq.ft. High traffic areas with competitive rental rate. Please call Eddie Harountanion @ 407-894-7805


Free Standing Building , 3,000 Sq. Ft+, Winter Park . Close to University, High traffic area. Interested, please call 407-718-6972


for $25/month (50 words maximum). Anything over that is charged 20 cents per word. Mail the check payable to Global Media LLC, with your classified ad wordings to the following address: PO Box 5352, Winter Park, FL 32793. Deadline: check and wordings must be received by the 1st of each month.

J.Club ~Your connection to Japan~

Japanese dining, cooking, TV shows & movies, Shodo, Origami, Chanoyu, Bujutsu, Kimono Kitsuke, and more. Meet monthly / Participate in cultural events Share Japanese culture + Form new connections 日本のことをシェアしたい方、ぜひご参加ください。 Feel free to contact Teri Mitchell (日本人 ) at / 407.406.0620 Web:

Taiko Lessons for Beginners!

Are you interested in Japanese Culture? We’re presenting Traditional Japanese Taiko Drum lessons for Beginners. We are accepting New Students. Please call for an appointment. HURRY, space is limited! Instructors: Takemasa Ishikura / Yuko Ishikura, Fee: $10 per person / per class · You’re required to purchase “Bachi” (Taiko Drumsticks). $23 per pair Dates: Every Tuesday, Hours: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Address: Sunbelt Center - 1255 La Quinta Drive, Suite 112, Orlando , FL 32809. Tel: 407.435.9388

Shotokan karate-do │ Tora-ryu Kobudo Rising Sun Martial Arts 407-847-6065 │


Longwood Office urgently seeks a bookkeeper to fill its Accounts Dept. This position would handle accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, bank and general ledger reconciliation. Candidate must have bookkeeping experience working with either Peachtree or Quickbook and good knowledge in using excel. Please send resume to and include date available.


Experience in events and performance videography. Provide videos editing and DVD production 646-389-ASIA(2742) or email:


Every Wed (6 – 9pm) and Sun (1 – 6pm) at College Park Community Center - 2393 Elizabeth Ave , Orlando . Fees: Adults: $5, Under 18: $1, 12 and under: Free. Every Thur (5:30 – 9pm) – Orange County/Orlando Magic Recreation Center – 3850 South Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando . Fees: $4. Please contact Krishna Balwalli at 407.683.9162 or email for more information.


CAACF established The Dancing Troupe in 1980 to promote and preserve the Chinese culture. If your children would like to learn more about Chinese Folk Dance, please contact Angie Chow, director of CAACF Dancing Trope at 407-810-5140 or email her at


Classes available on Mon (for intermediate-Casselberry Senior Center), Thurs (for advanced-Casselberry Senior Center) and Sat (for beginners-Renaissance Senior Center). Contact Ivan and Cecilia Mao at 407.222.8747 or for more details.


Women’s self defense classes are held the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:00am. Please call 407-847-6065 by Thursday to reserve your place. Cost is $5. 2220 E Irlo Bronson Hwy #10, Kissimmee, FL 34744 Mar 2011


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HATSUME Fair Mar 19 & 20 (Sat & Sun) 11am - 6pm at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. In its 32nd year, Hatsume Fair continues to be the Morikami’s largest festival showcasing internationally recognized performing artists and providing activities sure to attract and entertain a wide array of audiences. Asian Food Fair & Cultural Show 2011 Mar 19 & 20 (Sat & Sun) - Asian Food Fair & Cultural Show 2011 Venue : Old School Square, 51 North Swington Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida -33444 The Annual HOLI Festival Mar 20 (Sun) 11am - 5pm. The Orlando Citrus Bowl, Downtown Orlando - 1610 Church St. Free Admission. Contact Harry Singh at 321-814-7501 for more information. AACC Business After Hours Mar 15 (Tue) 6-8pm. Darden Asian American Network welcomes you to a very special Business After Hours Networking Event at the new Darden Headquarters. Space is limited; please RSVP no later than March 15, 2011. This event is FREE to AACC Members. Non-Members, $15.00. UCF ASA Scholarship Pageant Mar 20, 6pm at UCF Grand Pegasus Ballroom . ASA’s 11th Annual Scholarship Pageant will present 8 handsome men and 8 beautiful women and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their culture, grace, talent, and intelligence as they compete to win scholarships totaling $3000 as well as for the title of Mr. and Miss ASA. UCF Block Party Mar 30 (Wed) 4pm - 9pm at UCF Memory Hall. The Korean Student Association and the Chinese Student Association will be co-hosting their 4th Annual Block Party at the University of Central Florida. Free to all UCF students and faculty. This event is for everyone and is a fun-packed day filled with cultural food, performances, games, and entertainment. Japanese Classical MUSIC & DANCE∼Spring Sakura Concert∼ April 2nd (Sat) 5:00pm- at First Presbyterian Church of Maitland / 341 North Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

36 Mar 2011

Performers: Friends of KOTO, Orlando Kodomo Buyokai, Wakafujikai Special Guest: Shoko Kawahara (Instructor, Pro 17-gen Koto Player)


Info: Free Admission The Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival The Rotary Club of Tavares Proudly Presents The 9th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on April 8 & 9, 2011. April 8, 2011 at 6:00pm - Team Party & April 9, 2011 at 9:00am, Races Begin. Visit for a complete detail. The 16th Annual PhilFest 2011 Apr 8, 9 and 10 (Fri, Sat & Sun). PhilFest is an annual three-day event at the Philippine Cultural Foundation’s Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex. Replicating a typical Filipino fiesta, PhilFest showcases various facets of Filipino culture, art, music and food. Please visit for more details. The 8th Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races Apr 30 (Sat) at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, the Marriott Waterside and waters of Garrison Channel. Teams from local corporate and community groups as well as paddlers from across the U.S. and Canada will compete to be Tampa’s #1 Dragon Boat Team! World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Apr 30 (Sat) 9am to 3pm at Barber Park - 3701 Gatlin Ave, Orlando. On last Saturday of every April, people in hundreds of cities and over 60 nations, create a global Taichi and Qigong wave as the Earth turns. An unprecedented global event connecting humanity across religious, racial, ethnic, and geopolitical boundaries, for the sole purpose of health & healing. All interested in Tai Chi and Qigong are welcome. Visit www. or call Sam Winters 407-238-7450 to reserve your spot at this event. The 19th Annual World of Nations Celebration Apr 28 – May 1 at Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville. Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. +and+Community+Services/Special+Events/World+of+Nations/Default.htm

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