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M A Y 2 0 1 0 Contents ASIA NEWS

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Shares Coffee and Ideas with The Asian American Chamber of Commerce Presidential Proclamation— Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month News from Asian American Heritage Council (AAHC)

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Mayor Buddy Dyer presents the Proclamation to Asian American 61st NBA All-Star Game to be played at Amway Center Orlando First Dragon Boat is finally here!!

HEALTH

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34 Tale of Forbidden Fruit

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Central Florida Earth Day Matsuriza: Outreach to a local deaf children Tamil Puthandu (New Year) Celebration Celebrate Thai New Year in Kissimmee Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival

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27 14 The Peking Acrobats Perform in Orlando 33 Japanese Animation - “The Rebirth of Buddha” 44 ASIA Trend 43 36 Korea’s Hottest Girl Group - Wonder Girls

AACC Business After Hours @ Orlando City Hall Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2010 The Buddha’s Birthday

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Shares Coffee and Ideas with The Asian American Chamber of Commerce  By Glenn Leong

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted an introductory “Coffee & Chat” session with the Board of Directors of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce as well as corporate representatives and senior advisers of the Chamber. The early-morning session was held in the Mayor’s Cabinet Room at Orlando City Hall on May 4, 2010. Mayor Dyer provided an update on key Orlando developments: ● SunRail commuter rail will begin construction by early 2011, and Phase One will be operational by 2013; Phase Two and high-speed rail should be completed by 2015. ● The new AmWay Arena Center will be completed by October, 2010, and an exhibition game is scheduled for October 10, 2010. ● The Orlando Performing Arts Center will break ground and begin construction in Sept. 2010. ● The Lake Eola fountain will have interim repairs done by July 4, 2010. ● Public safety: Most crime categories are substantially down in the Metro Orlando area. Juvenile crime is down 87%.

Top photo - Board of Directors, Past Presents, Legal Advisors and Sponsors of AACC: Victor Alzona, Bert DyLiacco, C.T. Hsu, Judi Lebredo, Glenn R. Leong, Kathryn Llamas, Greg Maaswinkel, Joanne Mei Peytremann, Deborah Rios-Barnes, Gail Rayos, Becky Szymanski, Trudie Tan, Victor Tan, , Shally Wong, Nina Yon

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The Asian American Chamber advised the Mayor of several initiatives, including the Chamber’s 25th Anniversary in 2011 and its mutual affiliation agreement with the Hispanic and African-American Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber presented Mayor Dyer with framed calligraphy artwork (in English and Mandarin) made by Master Calligrapher Mr. Peter Lau. The calligraphy reads: “Orlando the City Beautiful”.

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Presidential Proclamation— Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month For centuries, America’s story has been tied to the Pacific. Generations of brave men and women have crossed this vast ocean, seeking better lives and opportunities, and weaving their rich heritage into our cultural tapestry. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate the immeasurable contributions these diverse peoples have made to our Nation.

Today, many Asian American and Pacific Islander families experience unemployment and poverty, as well as significant education and health disparities. They are at high risk for diabetes and hepatitis, and the number of diagnoses for HIV/AIDS has increased in recent years.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have shared common struggles throughout their histories in America -- including efforts to overcome racial, social, and religious discrimination. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay, a milestone that reminds us of an unjust time in our history. For three decades, immigrants from across the Pacific arrived at Angel Island, where they were subject to harsh interrogations and exams, and confined in crowded, unsanitary barracks. Many who were not turned back by racially prejudiced immigration laws endured hardship, injustice, and deplorable conditions as miners, railroad builders, and farm workers.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a vast and diverse community, some native to the United States, hailing from Hawaii and our Pacific Island territories. Others trace their heritage to dozens of countries. All are treasured citizens who enrich our Nation in countless ways, and help fulfill the promise of the American dream which has drawn so many to our shores.

Despite these obstacles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered and flourished, achieving success in every sector of American life. They stood shoulder to shoulder with their fellow citizens during the civil rights movement; they have served proudly in our Armed Forces; and they have prospered as leaders in business, academia, and public service. This month, as we honor all Americans who trace their ancestry to Asia and the Pacific Islands, we must acknowledge the challenges they still face.

We must recognize and properly address these critical concerns so all Americans can reach their full potential. That is why my Administration reestablished both the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). These partnerships include leaders from across our Government and the AAPI community, dedicated to improving the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2010, as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. BARACK OBAMA

News from Asian American Heritage Council (AAHC)

Gary Lau

The election of AAHC Board of Directors 2010 was held on March 20, 2010 at China Garden Restaurant, Winter Park. Welcome the elected AAHC Board of Directors of 2010. Mario Ordona – Chair Agnes Chau – Vice Chair Becky Szymanski - Secretary Gary Chen - Treasurer Pauline Ho – 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

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60 individuals & 21 organizations: Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF), Asian American Heritage Council (AAHC), Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation (BCMF), Bayanihan International Ladies Association (BILA), Buddha’s Light International Association, Florida chapter (BLIA), Chinese American Association of Central Florida (CAACF), The Chinese American Scholars & Professionals Association (CASPAF), Council for Filipino-American Organizations of Central Florida (CFAO), Central Florida Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce (CFTACC), Fil-Am Osceola (FAO), Gawad Kalinga Orlando (GKO), Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA), Ilonggo Assocation, Central Florida (IACF), Order of the Knights of Rizal (KOR), Ladies for Rizal (LFR), Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (PACC), Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Orlando (TCCGO), VisMindaLuz Association (VML), Universal Orlando’s Asian Pacific Resource Group

Mayor Buddy Dyer presents the Proclamation to Asian American Gary Lau

Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office invited the local Asian organizations to attend a City of Orlando City Commission meeting on May 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Orlando City Hall. A proclamation designating May as “Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month” was presented.

61st NBA All-Star Game to be played at Amway Center The most magical week in sports is returning to Orlando for the second time, as the city has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2012, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced at a press conference today at the Amway Center. Orlando Magic President Bob Vander Weide, Magic Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Stern at the announcement. Orlando also hosted the 1992 All-Star Game. The 61st NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Amway Center, which will also host the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam and NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the hugely successful interactive basketball celebration, will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.

(left to right): Orlando Magic COO Alex Martins, Orlando Magic President/CEO Bob Vander Weide, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal, NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale at the new Amway Center to announce Orlando as the host city for NBA All-Star 2012.

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Central Florida Earth Day

Raises Awareness and Appreciation Gary Lau for the Earth’s Environment The 5th annual Central Florida Earth Day took place on Saturday, April 24 at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Event sponsors, local businesses, restaurants, government agencies and non-profit organizations showcased their green ideas in the Earth Day including a completely green program leaflet distributing throughout the event. The Earth Day also featured speakers discussing eco-friendly topics and local musicians and artists. It was a fun and educational day for all attendees to spend a day so close to the nature. For more information about Central Florida Earth Day, please visit www. CFEarthDay.org.

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Orlando First Dragon Boat is finally here!! Thanks to Women Playing for T.I.M.E.

 By Shally Wong Gary Lau & John Chung

Dragon Boat racing is a Chinese tradition which originated in China over 2000 years ago and spread to the whole world and became a very popular team-building sport. Asia Trend has media sponsored and reported Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival in City of Tavares and South Florida Dragon Boat Festival in Miami for many years. When I heard about a new Dragon Boat coming to my hometown Orlando, I was so excited and anxious to know more about it. After joining them in the Dragon Boat Launch Party at Orlando Rowing Club on April 8th, I sat down with Andrea Eliscu who spearheaded to bring in the dream boat and it is pink. S: Tell me little bit about Women Playing For T.I.M.E. and how you related to them A: Women Playing for TIME (Technology, Immediate Diagnosis, Mammography and Education) is a group of women volunteers whose sole goal is to raise money to defeat cancer as it affects women their family and friends. We want the money raised to stay totally in Orlando for use by Orlandoans. All money WPFT raises goes to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando for the purpose of defeating cancer. We have raised $8 million to this cause in 17 years. S: What does Dragon Boat mean to you all at Women Playing For T.I.M.E. A: WPFT wanted to broaden its base of volunteers, events and projects so we could engage more donors, raise more money and have a more diverse story to tell. The dragon boat is rich in history, is all about community, is fun, can be diverse and is new to Orlando as a team sport. We know that pink dragon boaters, who are all breast cancer survivors, are very engaged in pink dragon boating around the world. Creating a team we would sponsor and buying a boat branded for WPFT seemed a logical step for us. WPFT is totally supported by the Orlando Health Foundation and included in their vision of fund raising for breast cancer is also the mission of supporting health and wellness wherever possible. Dragon boating meets all those criterias. S: Share with me any miracle moment during the

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process of launching this first dragon boat A: When we learned at the 2009 WDW Festival that GWN, event planners from Toronto, would leave us a leased boat and we had to find a lake to store it within 16 hours, the Orlando Rowing Club held a conference call and told us we could put the boat there. When we learned to get the dragon boat off the 18 wheeler truck and into Lake Fairview in Orlando, we would need an extended arm tow truck - within 45 minutes one of our breast cancer survivor pink paddlers’s brother had that arranged for early the next morning. When Keith Johnson of Hughes towing met us at the dragon boat and heard the story of why we were getting the dragon boat, he donated his towing services. When our new pink boat arrived in mid-April, Keith was there to get it off the truck and onto the trailer, again at no fee. $600 in towing fees donated to our dragon boat initiative is a lot when you work so hard for every penny you raise to fight women’s cancer. Meeting you, Shally, and having you help us in finding a way to get involved with our Asian community who are so much a part of the history and story of dragon boating is another treasure S: I know you all need more paddlers. If anyone wants to try, what should they do? A: Our vision is to create an active dragon boat club which is managed by the Orlando Rowing Club. We hope to have recreational teams who sign

up on the online calendar and fill the 20-seat boat. We also hope to build a 45+yo team, a 35+yo team, a mixed team and another survivor team who will come together, practice and enter regional festivals to race and have fun. Everyone is welcome no matter what size, shape, age. Just go online to orlandorowingclub.org, go to dragon boat, go to calendar, and then email from there what practices you’d like to join. We hope to have many corporate teams who may work all year to be competitive and also corporate teams who will come together to race only in the WDW International Festival which is open to all S: Any special people or organization would you like to thank in this project? A: We are very grateful for Orlando Health Foundation, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, the Orlando Rowing Club and our pink team, Warriors on Water. Everyone has played a role in our evolution so far. We especially want to thank philanthropist, Harriett Lake whose generous gift allowed us to buy a dragon boat. We also want to thank the Asia Trend Magazine for showing an interest in our efforts and joining us at the welcoming of Orlando’s first dragon boat. I am moved by their spirit, courage and friendship. I highly recommend anyone to try this water sport which is fun, healthy and good for all ages. To know more about Women Playing For T.I.M.E’s future activities, please visit www.wpft.org. Want to schedule a practice, please visit www.orlandorowingclub.com


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The best thing I enjoy whenever I visit home in Japan is FOOD. We have all kinds of food that makes me hungry and its even difficult to choose just some. There are two fast-food places I can’t miss -- Mister Donut and MOS Burger. Once an American icon, Mister Donut started in the US in 1956. The franchise now operates mainly in Japan (since 1983), Philippines and other Asian markets and El Salvador. MOS is a fast-food restaurant chain that originated in Japan in 1972 and owns numerous overseas outlets over East Asia, including Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia (and Hawaii until 2005). MOS’s specialty is Rice Burger which uses a bun made of rice mixed with barley and millet…..I will share more later. Check their menus. All look delicious. http://www.misterdonut.jp/ (in Japanese) http://www.mos.co.jp/english/

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The eking Acrobats Perform in Orlando  By Lani Yu

April 6th, Plaza Theater, Orlando - “Higher!” urged the young man in a high-pitched, accented voice. His stout companion frowned, sweat beading on his forehead and hoisted the basket of eggs higher towards the ceiling. Now it loomed twenty feet over the audience, a heavy shape balanced on top of a perilously thin iron rod. “Higher!” shouted the first clown again, a goofy smile spread across his face. The audience laughed, chanting the word, as the disgruntled man struggled to keep his grip on the goods. Suddenly, the rod tilted forward, and the two jesters exclaimed in surprise, frantically trying to level it before it fell on the audience. The spectators ducked and yelped in horror. But there was no sound of eggs splattering on their heads. The performers doubled over laughing, pointing at the eggs dangling LANI YU, is a junior at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida and a contributing writer for Asia Trend magazine. She can be reached at pseudoname.girl@gmail.com

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from their basket like a bunch of grapes on a vine. It was a prop! They’d played us! As you may have guessed, the Peking Acrobats specialize in what can only be described as circus acts. However this show actually focuses more on aesthetic presentation, like an art showcase, than boisterous humor and trained animals. This hilarious piece was the only one of its kind. They are more renowned for other routines, nothing short of “big top” fantastical, demonstrations that barely exist within the realms of possibility. For while there are no tightropes or flying trapezes, no dancing elephants, the Peking Acrobats feature roller-skating gymnasts, men disguised as giant ceremonial lions, chairs stacked on champagne bottles and large-scale contortion acts that are not to be believed, regardless of how many times you see them with your own eyes. Furthermore, they incorporate something that I’ve never before seen in any Chinese acrobatics troupe, although why that is escapes me: a live traditional instruments band, set at the foot of the stage, with musicians providing a continuous soundtrack to the

90-minute show. Like the piano player in a silent film theater, these steadfast musicians are an essential part of the performance, their harmonizing mandolins, drums, and erhu creating atmosphere where stage action cannot.

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a massive, glistening pyramid of crystal glasses, each filled with blue water and floating tea lights, with her mouth. She then climbs onto a rolling platform, up two silver ladders, and unfurls pink sash ribbons, all without looking down or tumbling to the ground. All the while soft, romantic Chinese flutes linger through the hall, with dim lighting casting a nighttime glow on the sight.

But boy is there stage action. The night we went to see the show was a weekday, so the lobby was not quite as crowded as it could have been. Or should have been, as we soon found out: the Peking Acrobats were astounding. Watching them perform was like watching a fever-dream or a fairytale unfold in bursts of motion and color, ensnaring us spectators in a child-like sense of wonderment. For 40 minutes we sat there relatively immobile, until intermission, when everyone flowed in a stream of excited chatters back out into the lobby. Several enthusiasts shared their opinions: “Fantastic!” declared Deborah Freeland, a local resident and former gymnast. She conversed avidly with her husband, Morgan Freeland, who shook his head, saying, “I don’t know how it’s even possible.” (About the woman who lifted two people see-sawing on opposite ends of a pole with her feet, and swerved them around like a helicopter propeller.) “I liked the girls in the trees,” offered Chris Wright, a friend to the couple. (A ridiculous feat of strength, coordination, and flexibility, that was.) We swarmed back inside the theater, eager for the next part of the evening.

Another act that caught my attention was the bicycle finale, in which all 20 performers in bright yellow outfits pile onto the bike driver, creating a literal mountain of people and obscuring his vision completely. This upbeat picture is completed when, at the fifth turn around the stage, they all snap open green fans, waving at the audience. This triggered an outpouring of appreciation, with the audience chuckling and clapping hard in astonishment. It was at the curtain call that we all surged to our feet, applauding the entertainers as they bowed one last time. The drapes drew swiftly shut, but the murmurs did not die down; it’s a pity that they didn’t leave the stage open a little longer, so that we could take pictures with the performers in their gorgeous costumes, and perhaps ask for some details concerning their unusual talents. But then again, it is hard to answer questions and maintain conversation after a workout like that; they must have been exhausted. That also means the mysteries behind their capabilities remain, a good thing for showbiz, but: how on earth will I ever figure out how to do a back flip through a hoop suspended eight-feet in the air? It’s possible with a springing board, but without? I want to know. More information at: www.sroartists.com/artists/pekingacrobats/

Every person remembered at least one piece that especially interested, impressed, and maybe terrified him or her after the show. For instance, the young Luke Movian recalled that he “really liked the guy on the spears,” and a quick interview with Recky Deleca, visiting from the Caribbeans, revealed that it was the precarious balancing chairs act that made his heart pound. I also selected particular scenes from this overwhelming panorama of entertainment. In the second part of the show, for example, there is an act in which a young woman manages to balance To advertise in 2010, sign up now and enjoy 20% off. CALL NOW! 407-273-9913

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As part of the ceremont, offerings are made to deceased ancestors

Tony Coolidge

Tomb Sweeping Day

Families reunited to clear and clean traditional tombs around Taiwan

- A Disappearing Chinese Tradition  By Tony Coolidge

A public cemetery in Sigang Township, Taiwan

A mausoleum for the Kuo families in an area of Tainan County

Living in Southern Taiwan, I am able to witness many traditions of Chinese culture that are disappearing in most other areas of Taiwan. One set of disappearing traditions are those that occur on the holiday known as Tomb Sweeping Day, or the Chinese equivalent of Memorial Day. It is the annual ceremony to honor the deceased ancestors, and to take care of their grave sites. This year, Tomb Sweeping Day (Qing Ming Jie) occurred on Monday, April 5th. The event is significant enough to be a national holiday in Taiwan, with schools and most businesses being closed. One reason the traditional customs of Tomb Sweeping Day are disappearing is because the traditional Chinese outdoor tombs are becoming harder to find. The traditional outdoor tombs range from the simple to ornate, but they typically take up quite a bit of space. The tombs are also usually placed facing the homes of the deceased, so in Southern Taiwan, you can find many tombs facing West towards mainland China. It is surprising how ornate some of the tombs can be. Around the countryside in Tainan County, I witnessed caravans of families gathered around the traditional burial plots that typically belonged to parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents. The first job was clearing the overgrown grass and weeds from the tombs. This is only done once a year, so it is usually a time-consuming process started in the morning. Some people used machetes, while others burned the overgrowth.

Traditional outdoor tombs in Tainan City

Offerings were made to the ancestors. Food was laid out on the tomb pavilion, presented with smoking incense. Ghost money was burned in piles next to the tomb to offer to the ancestors. Ghost money was also “planted” in the large dirt mound of the tomb to complete the ceremony. The Tomb Sweeping ceremony is not only significant for honoring the ancestors, but it is also an important occasion for families to reunite. It is

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one of the few times a year where people from all over come together to join their families. The ceremony becomes and important social event for families, strengthening family bonds and reasserting the importance of ancestry. As development takes over areas of traditional family burial plots, the remains of the deceased are either moved to mausoleums designated to specific families or they are moved to public cemeteries. You will rarely find the traditional outdoor tombs in the developed cities of Taiwan. In large cities, modern, multi-story buildings housing the ashes of the deceased are more commonplace. These public cemeteries hold ceremonies during Tomb Sweeping Day as the community gathers to offer food, ghost money and to pray. In smaller towns, the family mausoleums are commonplace. You will see ornate buildings resembling small temples housing the ashes of specific families, such as the “Kuo,” “Hsu” or “Liu” families. Different families congregate and work together to maintain the facilities and hold ceremonies throughout the year. Perhaps in a few generations, the traditional Chinese tombs will be a distant memory. Already, I saw many tombs that were overgrown by tall grass and trees, as they were forgotten by relatives. More importantly, on an island that is densely populated by people who are increasingly busy, it is becoming less practical to maintain the traditional Chinese tombs. The time and effort to show respect and love for the deceased is diminishing. In a society driven by practicality and convenience, many aspects of traditional culture are sacrificed. Tomb Sweeping Day is no different. Those who can still see the efforts of entire families that gather once a year to honor their ancestors will appreciate what the ceremony means to families who place an importance on their ancestry. http://livingintaiwan.wordpress.com/

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Kokoro no Oto - Sound of heart “Don!” Taiko - Japanese drum, makes one powerful sound. I can hear it through my ears as many people can, but what about feeling it? I had a chance to first-handedly learn what it means to “feel” taiko sound recently. My name is Yuni Sakurada,12-years-old homeschooler. I have been playing taiko as a member of the Orlando Taiko Dojo for six years. The Orlando Taiko Dojo is run by Mr. Takemasa and Mrs. Yuko Ishikura. You might have seen them performing at Epcot’s Japan pavilion as the Matsuriza drummers. Mr. Ishikura believes that taiko is not a sound to be heard only by ears; it is a sound to be felt by the heart. At practice, he always tells us to communicate with audiences through drumming. I always thought that taiko music can be enjoyed only because of the powerful sound, but recent taiko workshop at the Blossom Montessori School For the Deaf made me to truly understand Mr. Ishikura’s words. When I was three years old, I had a teacher named Ms. Linda Williams at Montessori School of Celebration. Since deaf education is her passion, she taught us sign languages in classroom. As a preschooler, I thought she was just teaching us how to move your hands in fun ways. What I

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didn’t realize was, she was teaching us a whole new way of communication. After she left for another school, I didn’t get to see too much of her. However, at Orlando Japan Festival in 2009, my mother and I were reunited with her. Since then, they have been corresponding through Facebook. Ms. Williams has been teaching at Blossom Montessori School For the Deaf in Clearwater since last year. She loved taiko performances at the festival so much that she approached my mother about having taiko performance and workshop for her deaf students. My mother agreed coordinating a visit. At first, Mr. and Mrs. Ishikura was little hesitant because they have never done taiko workshop for the deaf children. However, eventually, they agreed. My mother and I came up with a short presentation about Taiko history between three songs. Then, she gave me a responsibility to make speech. I was getting nervous, so I decided to study some sign language. At least learn to sign some simple phrases. Three Matsuriza players: Mr. and Mrs. Ishikura and Ms. Tomoko Yoshikawa, my mother and I visited the school on April 23rd. The school locates in Clearwater. We met three Taiko performers at a restaurant called Chris’ Kitchen near

by school. We had a quick meeting over lunch about the workshop. Mr. Ishikura told us that he had never been so nervous about a performance in his life. He wanted to deliver his taiko motto to the deaf children clearly through his performance, but he was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to do so. Near the end of the meal, I got my sign language book out, and decided to teach everyone how to introduce themselves. One of teachers from the school was having her lunch at the restaurant and she saw five Japanese practicing sign language awkwardly. She approached us saying, “You, guys are doing good job! You are coming to show us Japanese drumming, right? We are all so excited!” We were happy to be welcomed, but at the same time, were all feeling more nervous. Blossom Montessori For the Deaf is a very small and cozy school. We were greeted by Ms. William and Ms. Carol Downing. Ms. Downing was going to be translating my speech into sign. I immediately started thinking that I had to talk slowly, but then, I realized how fast she could sign. Not all the students were deaf. Some were partially deaf and some were not at all. For the children who were deaf, they received blown up

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Middle school students made this super cool map of Japan for the backdrop for us!

balloons to hold. Balloons transfer sound wave from taikos. Mr. Ishikura set up drums extra carefully by making sure the pitch and the resonance of each drum. Ms. Downing’s students brought in a large map of Japan they created for the back-drop. All students, teachers, and parents came into the room. We, all introduced ourselves in sign language. To make sure the children could feel taiko sound, Mr. Ishikura hit Oodaiko, the big drum first. “Dooon!” When the bachi (drum stick) made a contact with taiko, the look of wonder spreaded around the room. When he saw assurance on children’s faces that they could feel taiko sound, he started the first song. One little deaf girl started crying because of the powerful sound of taikos. It was “the first taiko sound” she has ever experienced in her life. Tears were beginning to well in couple other students’ eyes. One older deaf girl was so amazed with Taiko sound through a balloon in her hands that she started sharing with younger children. “Feel this! Feel this!” She was asking everyone around her to touch her balloon. Children were so excited toward the end of the song that some were crapping hands, bumping up and down on their seats. When the first song, Matsuri

daiko ended, everyone raised hands above their heads to clap and shake for applause. The second song, Mitsu-uchi or Song Of Three Drums, made everyone more exciting. They were jumping up and down with energy. It was as if the Taiko had leapt right into their hearts keeping perfect sync with the beat. The applause at the end was booming. Now, children were more than eager to try out the drums themselves. We handed out bachi-sticks to children, and let them bang the drum as much as they wished. The sound was unbearably loud, but somewhere in the loud sound, there was the beat, very loud beat of their hearts. Once every child got a chance to hit the drum, Mr. Ishikura asked everyone to line up. He put all drums in a row, and ask everyone to copy his movements and rhythms. Surprisingly, all deaf students followed so well. By the end of the workshop, the drummers had gathered so much energy off children that they decided to do one more song for them. This song was called ” Oo Daiko: Big Drum”. Again, everyone loved the powerful sound from the big drum.

to invite us, she responded, “I wanted our children to experience different cultures as well as to learn how to feel different types of music.” She said, “I discovered two very important things today: one was that I love Taiko, and the other was how difficult to make strong beat that drummers made look effortless when I tried. ” “Taiko is not a sound to be heard only by ear; it is a sound to be felt by the heart.” The message of Mr. Ishikura was delivered through soulful sound of taiko clearly on that day, and it has been proved that whether you are able to hear or not, you can enjoy taiko sound. Children and teachers of Blossom Montessori For the Deaf were touched by Matsuriza drummers in very special way. They have “heard” the ultimate taiko sound with their hearts. Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf 14088 Icot Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33760 Phone (Voice & TTY): (727) 539-7879 Fax: (727) 539-7627 All photos are taken by Izumi Sakurada, copy right reserved

After the workshop, I had a chance to interview Ms. Williams. When I asked why she wanted

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Tamil Stand-up Comedy

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TALLAHASSEE TAMIL SANGAM

Tamil Puthandu (New Year) Celebration 2010

 By Thayumanasamy Somasundaram

For the eleventh year in a row, the Tallahassee Tamil Sangam (TTS) celebrated the Tamil Puthandu (New Year) on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Recreation Hall, Alumni Village, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Around April 14th of every year in the Gregorian calendar (when Sun moves into the Aries constellation) Tamil people celebrate the Puthandu with reverence and importance. Tamil, one of the ancient languages of India belongs to the Dravidian language family and is spoken by 66 million people worldwide in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, UK, Canada, USA, and other countries. Tamil is recognized as an official language in India, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. The antiquity and relevance of Tamil can be seen by noting that Tolkappiyam, a grammar book was believed to have been written around third BCE and that the language has been in continuous usage since then to the present time. Tamil speaking people are proud of their language and have created great literary works both during ancient times and modern times. Tamils are also

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pioneers in incorporating its usage in electronic media such as computers, Internet and electronic mail by noting that as early as in 1988 when Unicode88 standard was proposed, Tamil characters were made available, as one of first South Asian language standards to be added. In mid to late twentieth century the Tamil people spread to various parts of the globe and took their passion for the language with them. So it is only natural for Tamils in the United States to keep using the language at home and with friends and family. One of the obstacles for maintaining proficient usage comes when children are born and raised entirely in the US with very little exposure to the Tamil language outside the home. So Tallahassee Tamil Sangam was established in the year 2000 in order to promote the usage of the native tongue among youngsters. The Sangam (Association) has been able to find volunteers to teach the language to kids. We have been organizing festivals and programs where children and adults sing songs, narrate

stories and poetry in Tamil, dance to music, and act in dramas written entirely in Tamil language. This year’s celebration included staging of children’s Tamil drama, songs and prayers in Tamil, stand-up comedy routines in Tamil and a dance program. The celebration was attended by many families and everyone was happy to be part of this great experience. We plan to continue this endeavor to inspire the children to learn their mother tongue. Once they do they will hopefully recognize the connection between the native tongue, and their habits, heritage, and culture. More information about can be found at http:// tamil.somasundaram.us.

Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, a resident of Tallahassee since 1993 is one of the founding members of Tallahassee Tamil Sangam.

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After Tax Party As the economy slowly starts to rebound, most consumers have been learning how to live with less. For Asian American Chamber of Commerce members and Sam’s Club members, we know that it’s a better value when you can get more for less money. Sam’s Club hosted the Asian American Chamber of Commerce “After Tax Party” on April 15th at the 7701 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando location. AACC members were treated to BBQ meat balls, spicy chicken, cocktail shrimp, international cheese and crackers, sandwich wraps, fresh cut fruits, and an assortment of cheese cakes and cream puffs for dessert, all of which come prepared and ready “to go” for your next party or just to surprise the family, friends, or co-workers. Sam’s Club Market 7 Event Coordinator, Mary Ann Kruger introduced Market Manager, Michael

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Peel who spoke about the many benefits of Sam’s Club membership; warehouse pricing on business and home products, Health & Wellness, Auto Buying, Travel services and food products. Michael also spoke about how Business members can use “eValues” which provides additional saving on products and services and the online “Click ‘n’ Pull” ordering system where members can have ordered items ready and waiting for pickup and payment at the Club of their choice. This is a great way of saving members valuable time and money. AACC members didn’t just learn about how to save time and money at this After Tax Party, we were able to get instant discounts to Sam’s Club membership and compete in a fun game called “Sam’s Club Bingo” were winners received a $40 Sam’s Club gift card.

If you would like to know more about how you could be saving time and money with a Sam’s Club membership, you can contact Mary Ann Kruger via email at krugersamsclub@aol.com or go online at krugersamsclub@aol.com or go online at www.samsclub.com. For more information on the events or how to join the AACC, visit the AACC Web site at www. asianchamberofcommercecfl.org.

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Market Diversity Faire Speakers: Justine Assal, Alfonso Parodi and Kathy Llamas

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The Asian American Chamber of Commerce Participates in the Market Diversity Faire at the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association In an effort to reach out to various sectors of the community, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce accepted an invitation to participate in the Market Diversity Faire held last April 16 at the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) building on Lee Road. The event featured speakers representing Britain, Peru and the Asian region. They were Justine Assal of ACM Home Loans and President of the British American Chamber of Commerce, Alfonso Parodi of Century 21 Carioti and Kathy Llamas, of Connect Realty. com and Vice President of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Justine Assal and Alfonso Parodi both spoke about their specific areas namely, Britain and Peru. Because the Asian region is diverse in itself, several members of the Asian American

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Chamber of Commerce were on hand at the event. Kathy Llamas, AACC Vice President of Media Relations & Governmental Affairs presented a power point on Asia and the economic impact of Asians in the United States – their buying power and affinity to real estate. She also talked about the business opportunities available to REALTORS®, the cultural nuances of doing business with Asians as well as offered some feng shui tips for REALTORS®. Glenn Leong, AACC President gave a brief overview of the AACC while AACC ambassadors Joanne Mei and Becky Szymanski contributed during the Question and Answer portion. Coco Johnston, of 2-10 Home Warranty and AACC Secretary assisted in the table setup and Gary Lau of Asia Trend & AACC media sponsor handed out Asia Trend magazines and took photos at the event. Asian and Latin

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snacks were served after the presentations. The ORRA Market Diversity Committee, is an initiative of the National Association of REALTORS®. The purpose of the committee is to develop policies promoting diversity within the real estate industry. As today’s REALTORS® become more diverse, understanding the different cultures and ethnic groups allows REALTORS® opportunities to learn how to deal with these various groups in order to help these individuals achieve the American dream of home ownership. Kathy Llamas, CEO & Founder of KL Communications is also a REALTOR® & Director of Business Development for ConnectRealty.com and is a Board Director of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. She is AACC’s 2010 Vice President of Media and Governmental Affairs. She can be reached at kllamas@gmail.com

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Planning For Succession In Your Business Family businesses comprise approximately 90% of the businesses in the United States. Among that number are many Asian Americans who own and operate successful family businesses that they wish to pass on to their children and grandchildren. In order to ensure continuity of the business for the benefit of future generations, the family should create and implement a strategic business succession plan. This plan should integrate business, tax and liquidity considerations with the emotional and financial needs of the family and the needs of the business to achieve continuity and growth for the future. The goals of a business succession plan for each family are unique to that family, but center around several core determinations. Usually, and in general terms, the family must decide who the future owners will be, how control will be transferred from one generation to the next, how the family will work together to meet the business and family needs, and how the family will integrate their personal goals into the future success of the business.

a shareholders agreement, a written agreement is needed to govern the rights and responsibilities of the owners. A properly drafted governing document for a business entity is almost as important as the choice of entity itself. Every business succession plan should contain a strategic plan for the future management of the company. The plan should identify the key employees, whether or not family members, who will contribute to the successful growth of the company as future leaders. The business may need obtain their participation in the formulation of the business succession plan and should attempt to secure the continued employment of these key leaders through employment agreements and through incentive compensation vehicles, such as stock options, bonuses, deferred compensation and partial ownership of the business entity.

The foremost planning area involves the structure of the business itself. The business should be structured to facilitate succession planning and to minimize liquidity concerns and potential income and transfer taxes. There are many forms a business may take, ranging from corporations to partnerships to limited liability companies. A business must consider which form will best suit its long term needs.

At some point, liquidity issues arise both for the business itself and for the family members who are involved in the business. Liquidity is necessary for the business to meet future contingencies and to create reserves for ongoing capital needs. It may be necessary for either the business or the business partners to meet obligations under a buy/sell agreement. It may also be necessary for the family of the owner at his or her death to meet estate tax obligations and after his or her death to provide additional security and liquidity for other needs. The strategic business succession plan will incorporate planning to meet each of these objectives.

No matter what type of structure the business adopts, every business should have an agreement that governs the relationship between the owners. Whether it is an operating agreement or

In deciding upon the level of additional liquidity necessary for the family, the owner should estimate the liquidity that will be available after his or her death. This liquidity may arise from

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 By Tae Shin Attorney at Law

the sale of assets other than the family business or from other income-producing assets. This liquidity may also arise from life insurance. The family should also consider implementing an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”) as the vehicle to hold the life insurance policies for the benefit of the family. With an ILIT, the family can shield the life insurance itself from estate taxes (and avoid paying potentially half of the insurance to Uncle Sam) to further increase the liquidity needs arising when they are needed most - the death of a loved one. The ILIT should be an integral consideration in formulating every business succession plan. Taxes are an important area of discussion for every business succession plan. The family business owner must consider the federal and state income and transfer taxes applicable to the business and the family in creating and implementing the plan. There are several vehicles available to reduce or potentially eliminate estate taxes. As a final stage of its business succession planning, the family should revisit its estate plan. The estate plan should serve to complement the objectives of the business succession plan. The estate plan should carry through with the business objectives of transferring ownership during life or at death in a manner that causes minimal disruption in the operation of the business as well as the minimization of costly estate taxes. Tae Shin is a corporate, tax, estate planning and business attorney at the law firm of Shuffield, Lowman and Wilson. P.A., a full service commercial law firm.

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Would you like to brighten your smile? Dental Bleaching could be the answer for you. Dental bleaching is a safe and effective method that over the years has become an easy way to brighten your smile. Some of the concerns and questions that patients traditionally have about bleaching are; will it work, is it safe for the teeth, what is involved, and are they a candidate? Fortunately, these questions are easily answered and in most cases the results of dental bleaching are something to smile about. One of the first questions that patients have concerning bleaching is “Does It Work? We as dental providers are pleased to say that it does work and has become quite popular over the last ten years. It was about 20 years ago that it was discovered that a 10% solution of carbamide peroxide solution could be applied to the teeth to safely lighten them without damaging the teeth, burning the oral tissues or poisoning the patient. It was found that the longer the solution contacted with the teeth, the lighter the teeth becomeup to a point. Since then, most dentist now offer bleaching and the American Dental Association has published this statement concerning bleaching: “Dentist-prescribed, home-applied bleaching made by a reputable manufacturer and used under the supervision of a dentist in a relatively short-term treatment duration, is safe and recognized as most effective in lightening the color of

teeth. Bleaching materials that have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance are recommended. Mild Thermal sensitivity (sensitivity to cold) is a common side effect associated with most in-office and dentist –prescribed home bleaching methods. However, no long term irreversible tissue effects have been demonstrated in relevant clinical studies.” Another common question that patients have is, “ What steps are involved in the process with bleaching?” Fortunately, the process is a fairly easy one that takes a couple of short appointments at your dentist. The first appointment involves taking a shade or determining the current color of the teeth. This is later used to compare to the new shade of the teeth after bleaching. Next, impressions are taken so that models of the teeth can be made and then custom trays formed specifically for the patient. Once the trays have been made, the patients can return to the office for a second quick appointment to make sure the trays fit properly and to be shown how to load the bleaching material into the trays. After a couple of weeks of bleaching, the patient can return to the office to evaluate how effective the bleaching has been and to compare the current shade of the teeth to the original shade.

bleaching?” This is an important question. Most patients are candidates for bleaching. However, a full examination should be preformed for the patient first to make sure that the teeth and gums are in good health. Teeth that have darkened with age or are stained with coffee, tea or smoking are traditionally ideal candidates for bleaching. These stains come from the outside (extrinsic) rather than from the inside (intrinsic) such as those from tetracycline and fluorosis. These stains are much more difficult to bleach. Unfortunately, teeth with crowns and other restorations made in a dental lab are not able to have their color changed with bleaching. However if the natural teeth adjacent to these restorations have darkened over time, they can be lightened to match. No one can really predict exactly how much lighter your teeth will become with bleaching. However, it is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile and create a younger more vibrant appearance.

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At the Thai New Year there are rites and rituals that people participate in as part of the New Year blessings and Buddhist merit-making, One of these is the splashing of water. Water runs deep in the Thai New Year traditions, both as a symbol of cleansing and as a symbol of renewal. These days we tend to recognize the throwing of large amounts of water as the epitome of the Songkran festivities but is has always been the more delicate water splashing that represents the gentle nature of Songkran and the Thai New Year.

A typically water-filled Songkran scene as tourists and Thais celebrate the new year festival in the Wat Florida Dhammaram Theravada Buddhist Temple, Kissimmee

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Japanese animated movie “The Rebirth of Buddha” Happy Science is an organization of people who aim to achieve true happiness by deepening and widening their love, and reaching a higher level of enlightenment, based on the teachings (the Truth) taught by Ryuho Okawa. Master Okawa’s teachings are based on leading a life according to the Fourfold Path of Love, Wisdom, Self-Reflection, and Progress. His teachings combine Eastern and Western philosophies with a universal outlook that transcends religious, cultural, ethnic and traditional boundaries.

Mr. Tetsuya Sato (center), minister of Happy Science and the audiences

Happy Science has created a series of motion pictures to introduce the “Truth” in a visual form. “The Rebirth of Buddha”, one of the new releases, was shown at Orange County South Creek Public Library on April 24. In Japan it was held in 400 major theaters across the country. Over several millions people have seen it. To know more about the organization or the upcoming movie, please visit www.happyscience-usa.org or contact Mr. Tetsuya Sato at 813-914-7771.

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A Tale of Forbidden Fruit

 By Wayne Chan

Asian markets here that I haven’t seen for sale over there. Still, I can imagine the initial shock of anyone walking through the produce section of an Asian supermarket for the first time. Let’s take the pomelo, for example. A pomelo is the largest fruit in the citrus family. The term “large” is an understatement.

How big is it?

A typical pomelo is roughly the same size as a full-grown golden retriever. I once saw a pomelo fall off a fruit stand and roll down a grocery aisle forcing women and children to flee in horror from the marauding citrus boulder rolling towards them. A family of four could live off of one pomelo for a week and a half. In some countries when you file your taxes you can claim your pomelo as a dependent.

It’s that BIG.

As a service to our readers, I have taken it upon myself, in a never-ending quest to unravel the secrets of Asian culture, to seek out and uncover, at some personal risk to myself, the mysteries of Asia’s forbidden fruits. That’s right – I’m here to tell you about all the weird fruit they have on sale at my local Asian supermarket. Now, it’s fortunate that I’ve been able to travel to Asia frequently and I’ve seen the variety of fruit available over there. There’s nothing in the

Rambutan is a fruit from Southeast Asia that has a very pleasant taste and is shaped similarly to lychee, except that the outside shell is round and covered with soft, crimson red tentacles. I don’t know how else to describe the look of rambutan except to say that it seems oddly perverted. When holding rambutan in your hand at a local Asian supermarket, I have a tendency to look over my shoulder to see if anyone’s looking in my direction as if I’m doing something seedy. The few times I’ve purchased rambutan at the market I’ve discreetly asked the bagger to stuff them into a plain, brown paper bag. Then there’s the durian. A durian is about the size and shape of a football covered with sharp,

spiny, green thorns on the outside, looking a lot like a grenade on steroids. Cutting a durian in half, you see two sacs, each filled with a grayish yellow gelatinous mass that looks a lot like the forensics scene from the movie Aliens. Let’s not forget about the famous durian smell. Encyclopedia Britannica describes the durian smell as a “pungent foul odor.” How would I describe it? Take one pair of dirty gym socks, stuff them with some moldy cheese, drive them to your nearest dairy farm during the warmest time of the day, and voilà! Pungent foul odor. Despite the fact that the actual taste of a durian is sweet and creamy, what puzzles me is that some point at the beginning of time, one of our ancestors came upon this ominous looking fruit for the first time with all it’s spiny thorns, alien-like innards, and locker room smell, and was still curious enough (or desperate enough) to wonder, “Sure - it’s scary looking and smells like my feet, but I wonder what it tastes like?” Maybe he was so famished and exhausted from lugging around the pomelo he found that he was ready to eat anything. Wayne Chan, is a humor writer whose syndicated columns appear in a number of newspapers around the country. His website can be found at www.trooce.com. His most fervent wish is to see the San Diego Chargers win the Super Bowl and to be the best dad and husband he can be to his triplet kids and wife Maya. Of course, if he could be a great parent while watching the Chargers win the Superbowl - even better.

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Korea’s Hottest Girl Group  By Winfield Huang

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What’s so “wonderful” about these Wonder Girls? If you didn’t know, Wonder Girls have become one of the most successful Asian groups to crossover into the US. Forming in South Korea, they have gotten extremely popular all over Asia, not just in their home country. Now they are looking to spread their fame and fanbase into America. Will you become one of the “Wonderfuls” (the name of the fanclub of Wonder Girls) too?

The group formed in early 2007 through a company called JYP Entertainment. The group consists of five members: leader SunYe, vocals SoHee, YeEun & SunMi, and rapper Yubin. They debuted with the single, Irony and piqued the interest of several listeners. Although, it was through their first album, The Wonder Years, that they rose to fame. The catchy, retro tune of Tell Me became a mega hit and they quickly became stars. It also sparked a retro trend in the Korean pop scene along with a dance craze. Literally everyone was trying to learn the dance, myself included! Just Youtube “Wonder Girls Tell Me dance”

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and you’ll see for yourself! In early 2008, they release a single called So Hot to tide the fans over until the release of their first mini album, The Wonder Years Trilogy, in the autumn of that year. The title track, Nobody, sparked another dance craze throughout Korea. The album went on to win several awards that year. In the summer of 2009, it was announced that Wonder Girls would be joining with Disney records’ Jonas Brothers for their US tour. This was the start of Wonder Girls’ push into the US market. On June 26, 2009 they released the English version of Nobody. Several Asian artists have attempted to enter the US market. BoA, Utada Hikaru, Coco Lee, etc. have tried with varying degrees of success. With the help of their producer Jin Young Park (JYP), Wonder Girls rose to a high degree of popularity amongst the young music audience. They even made it to the Billboard Top 100 in October 2009, becoming the first Korean group to enter the chart. Currently, they are currently in the works to release their first English album. It was supposed to be released in February, but has been pushed back to March or April. On Jan 22, 2010, member Sun Mi announced that she would be leaving Wonder Girls to pursue her academic career. Soon after, it was announced that trainee Hae Lim would be Sun Mi’s replacement. The label is reworking their schedule in order to accommodate Sun Mi’s sudden departure and replacement.

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Reflexology, more than a foot message Part I What is reflexology anyways? Perhaps you’ll ask. If you are old enough to remember that acupuncture wasn’t popular at all about forty years ago. I was in Michigan at that time and an American friend was looking for an acupuncturist and searched for the whole Michigan . Finally, he found only one in Detroit . At that time, acupuncture wasn’t recognized in the American society and by law it was illegal to practice as it was very little known in the modern society. Now, the Reflexology, how popular is it? The answer is very little. When I mention it to a new client, most of them will ask you “what is it?” Reflexology is a “holistic” healing technique which doesn’t utilize any artificial tools or prescriptions to treat the client but only apply pressure on the reflex point or area from the sole of foot. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the deviated organs thru the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. Chinese has practiced Reflexology as preventive medicine and healing modality more than three thousands years ago. The developing of modern western medications has made reflexol-

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In modern society, people are more and more looking into nature and alternative treatment for their health needs, thus, reflexology has become one of the important and accurate modality to their health healing. According to the the Reflexology Association of Canada, it defines reflexology as “A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”

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 By Master Kerby Kuek

I have been asked countless times about rising property prices: “When are they going to drop?” Last year, I forecasted the rise in property prices, but I never indicated when would be the best time to enter the market - because I did not know. All things move cyclically. Life moves in cycles and when you understand this, you will be able to enjoy the process and not merely endure it. A simple yet sophisticated concept of yin and yang demonstrates the core context here. The good and bad, alpha and omega, black and white - and finally the up and down. Often, my clients complain about fung shui remedies that at times do not work and the desired outcomes remain unfulfilled. But such remedies are not a solution for mental stagnation problems and psychological motivation will be important for you in the search for action or solutions. A high confidence level will win you the relationship you seek and an increase in confidence itself can cure sickness. If you’re in a bad life cycle right now, be patient because all good things come to those who wait. But do not get me wrong and do nothing about it. You ought to exhaust all means to get to where you are heading and have faith in it. Support Asia Trend Magazine, Support our Advertisers

What we need in order to thrive in today’s world is a massive shift in consciousness, a change in our awareness, a renewed respect for all living beings and a deeper understanding of the interrelatedness of everything. What we need on this planet is not only material things but also the process of shifting consciousness, increasing spiritual awareness about our lives, planets and the very Mother Nature that gave us birth and feeds us. We need to shift from selfishness and cynicism to love and care. Choose to be happy because happiness is a state of mind and, like all states of mind, it manifests itself in physical form. Looking at the current trend and basing my prediction on the metaphysical techniques, property prices are likely to dip in the summer but the real drop will be in 2012. 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: kuek@netvigator.com asiatrendmagazine.com May 2010

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The 8th Annual

Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival at Wooton Park , Tavares  By Asia Trend

“The beauty of the Dragon Boat Festival is that it fits right in to the vision of the citizen of Tavares. The city really welcomes Dragon Boat as it certainly brings everybody together in a form that is funny, relaxing but competitive, all at the same time,”says John Drury, the city administrator. This year, the festival has the first breast cancer survivor division in the race. Approximately 7,000 people attended the two days event and enjoyed performances such as Dragon/Lion Dances, The Dragon Legend’s Acrobats, Orlando Taiko Dojo and Belly Dancing. “Our festival is unique in that it combines a serious race venue within a festival type atmosphere. Our goal is to provide a cultural experience to our teams and spectators with the focus on Asian entertainment and custom. Our local community is developing a character and a history that now includes dragon boating and a strengthening relationship with Taiwan through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami . We truly look forward to a splendid 2011 festival as we help celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Republic of China,” says Becky Claffy, President of the Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival.

Gary Lau

Sifu Sam Winters (Lt) and Sifu Bill Warden (Rt) demonstrate Tai Chi

Dragon Dance

Lion Dance

Imperial Martial Arts

Visit www.cfdragonboat.org for more details.

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Robert Wolfe, City of Tavares Mayor and Event Sponsors – Florida Chinese Culture Center , Florida Chinese Evergreen Club Florida and Chinese Business Association

Chinese American Association of Central Florida Joseph Chin from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami

Dragon Legend Acrobats

Matsuriza Taiko Performing Team

Egg Roll Eating Contest

Taiko Master Takemasa Ishikura

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Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2010

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Jun 6 (Sun) 11am - 5pm Sonesta Orlando Downtown 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando.

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» What is happening in Florida?

Adult: $4 child(5-10): $2. Chindern under 5 yrs FREE * Garage Self-Parking: $2.00 Proceeds to benifit the Student Scholastic Program

Asian-Pacific American Festival May 15 (Sat) at F. Burton Smith Regional Park, S.R. 520, Cocoa . Delicious variety of Asian cuisine, music, and entertainment. Sponsored and coordinated by SFACEF, and provided by your Asian-Pacific friends in Brevard County . www.faabco. org or call 321-205-3528 for more info. Chinese School of CAACF 30th Anniversary Ceremony May 15 (Sat) 3pm - 528 Huntington Ave., Winter Park 32789. Visit www.orlandochineseschool.org 3rd Annual Asian Pacific Rim Festival May 15 & 16 (Sat & Sun) at England Brothers Bandshell - 5121 80th Street North in Pinellas Park , St. Petersburg . FREE ADMISSION !! • Ethnic Cuisines • Cultural Avenues • Ethnic Displays • Arts & Crafts • Fashion Shows • Martial Arts Demos • Asian & Pacific Rim Cultural Entertainment • Asian Beer Garden • Live Music • Visit www.spiffs.org or call 727-552-1896 St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) May 15 (Sat) at The Globe - FSU Center for Global Engagement - 110 South Woodward Ave 11 am - 3 pm. Please contact Aurora Hansen at (850) 321- 1114 or auroratorreshansen@gmail.com. Our success depends upon your support and participation. For more information, www.asiantlh.org. Buddha’s Birthday May 16 (Sun) at Guang Ming Temple - 6555 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, FL 32822. Email: ibpsfl@yahoo.com or visit www.orlandobuddhism.org for more details 18th Annual Celebration of International Heritages May 18 (Tue), 5-8pm Orlando City Hall Come and experience the diversity of cultures in Central Florida, indulge in ethnic foods, and enjoy entertainment, represented from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Central America, and South America FREE to the Public to Attend! No RSVP Needed! For information contact: World Trade Center Orlando at 407-649-1899 www.worldtradecenterorlando.org/eventlist.html Mayor’s Job Fair May 19 (Wed) at Central Florida Fair Exposition Park Noon - 4:00pm. Central Florida Fair Exposition Park ♦ 4603 W Colonial Drive , Orlando , (located on W. Colonial Dr. (SR 50) between Kirkman Rd. & John Young Parkway). Free Admission and Free Parking. Open to all Job Seekers. www.cfec.org/images/jobfairnext.pdf AACC Business-After-Hours May 20 (Thur), 6 pm - 8 pm (Registration starts at 5:30pm) at Orlando City Hall Rotunda, 400 S. Orange Avenue , Orlando , FL 32801 . Join us for this great net-

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working opportunity as we celebrate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Hobnob with city leaders, government officials and business owners. RSVP to Kathy Llamas at kathyllamas@gmail.com. www.asianamericanchambercfl.org Qi Revolution” Seminar May 22 – 25 at Orlando Convention Center (map) - Contact QiRevolution.com or (800)298-8970 for more information. Duanwu Festival – organized by Chinese American Association of Central Florida May 22, 9am – 2pm Kelly Park - 400 East Kelly Park Road , Apopka, Fl 32712 Details, please check www.orlandochinese.org Buddha’s Birthday May 23 (Sun), starts 11am at Phap Vu Buddhist Cultural Centre, 716 N. Dean Road, Orlando , Fl. 32825. Free event. There will be a lot of foods, local and famous singers coming that day. Everyone is welcome. Contact Carolyn Nguyen at carolyndmd@bellsouth.net for more details. Asian Health Fair May 30 (Sun), 11am – 5pm at Phap Vu Buddhist Cultural Centre - 716 N. Dean Road , Orlando , Fl. 32825. Free event. Meet doctors, dentists, orthodontist, periodontist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, optometrist, pharmacists, and blood donation and screening from the Blood Bank Center of Florida. There will be dragon dance, raffle prizes, fun games for the kids, and healthy vegetarian food. Everyone is welcome. Contact Carolyn Nguyen at carolyndmd@bellsouth.net for more details. Connecting the World Through the Teaching of Chinese Jun 5 (Sat) 8:30am – 3:30pm at Embassy Suites Hotel - 225 Shorecrest Drive , Altamonte Springs , FL. Guest Speakers: Henny Chen and Lisa Podbilski Sponsored by: Seminole County Public Schools , Chinese American Association of Central Florida, and The Chinese School of CAACF. Chinese Language educators are welcome. Contact Mei-En Marler at meien_marler@scps.k12.fl.us or cell - 407-4057232 for more information. Fiesta Filipina 2010 Jun 6 (Sun) 11am - 5pm at Sonesta Orlando Downtown - 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd. , Orlando . Philippine Independence Day Celebration. Adult: $4 child(5-10): $2. Contact Mario Ordona at 407-295-3381 for more information. .

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