South Valley Review
VOL. 1, NO. 13
September 8, 2017
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Symphony Silicon Valley and A-Sharp Chorus present a World Premiere Oratorio Silicon Valley Chorale. Conducted by Rei Zhang with choir conducted by Wenbo Deng, this marvelous new work will feature soloists, Xiuying Li, Weiguang Dang, Kirk Dougherty, Liya Fang, Amanda Kingston, and Gequn Wang. “The local Chinese community has an adventurous and exciting choral tradition” said Symphony General Director Andrew Bales. “Symphony Silicon Valley has performed with them in the past, but this is the first time that the Symphony Patch the Sky image courtesy of A-Sharp Chorus Chorale will meld with Symphony Silicon story of the goddess them to produce a world Valley and A-Sharp Nüwa, who created premiere oratorio, Patch Chorus present “Patch the human beings, how the the Sky. An-lun Huang Sky” : A World Premiere battle between the Spirit has composed Patch the oratorio based on ancient of Water and the Spirit of Sky based on an ancient Chinese mythology Fire plunged the world Chinese myth. It is sung sung in Mandarin. The into darkness, and how in Mandarin which is Performance will be Nüwa patched the sky and a new language for our saved humanity. Saturday, October 14 Chorale to perform. They at 8:00pm and Sunday, Hosted by Northern have sung in Russian, California Chinese Chorus Elvish, Latin, Orkish, October 15 at 2:30pm at Alliance and sponsored the California Theatre, Spanish and many more, 345 South First Street, by the City of San Jose, but Mandarin is the first San Jose, CA 95113. “Patch the Sky” is a for our singers.” This World World Premiere oratorio Premiere oratorio is with A-Sharp Chorus, based on ancient Chinese Symphony Silicon mythology. It tells the Valley, and Symphony
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A Benefit for the Berkeley Food & Housing Project Join us for a spectacular fashion show on Fourth Street! We are so excited to introduce this new event where clothing and accessory shops on Fourth Street get a chance to show you their hottest fall and winter looks. Models will strut a 75-foot catwalk down the middle of Fourth Street beginning at 5PM and 7PM, each show kicking off with fanciful Venetian masks and costumes from Castle in the Air. After each show, one-hour popup sales take place in participating shops. All hair, make-up, and accessories will be created by Fourth Street talent. Donated gift bags will be raffled off prior to show with the proceeds going to the Berkeley Food & Housing Project. Beer and wine, food booths, and a DJ round out this exciting evening event on Fourth Street.
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OUR SEPTEMBER EVENTS September 20, 2017 - Ventrock Ventures: Fireside Chat with Steve Goldberg. Do you have a great idea? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? What it takes to get funded? What investors are looking for? If you are looking for answers to your questions, please come and join us! September 23, 2017 - Integrating With Social ABIs - Slack, Twitter & Facebook. This workshop is for women, trans and nonbinary folks only! Join Bear Douglas for a 3 hour interactive workshop to learn how to incorporate Twitter, Facebook and Slack into your hackathon project. September 29, 2017 - Friday Nights @ ACTIONSPOT. Join us Friday Night for drinks, food, and meet new friends, expand your network, and connect with entrepreneurs and professionals from around Silicon Valley. This open-house event is all about unwinding at the end of your week and making great connections along the way.
Making A Difference Andy Nugyen’s Speech at the Reception of “Three Open Doors” Exhibition Photographer KimLien Dang in this event to fund raise for abused and neglected children in Vietnam. The funds “Welcome to our will directly “Three Open Doors” benefit to the Friends Exhibition. I am Andy of Hue Foundation, Nguyen, a senior at San which houses a Children Jose State University Shelter and supports majoring in Art and many kids and families Photography. facing hardship in Hue It’s an honor for City. They take in kids me to take part in this that face trafficking or exhibition. My passion is serious abuse from the to create photographs that community and transform reflect and communicate them into young leaders. the human spirit by Please sponsors a child capturing the ordinary or a meal and make a moments in the city life or difference. Please connect in nature, both in Vietnam with Jenny if you wish and America. In this to learn more about the exhibition, I share photos organization. showing the beauty of Last but not least, I Vietnam, Nature, and would like to express spirit of people in Santa my deep gratitude Clara County. and appreciation to Beside showcasing those who support our our works, I am proud to exhibitions. Thank you, work with Ms. Jenny Do, Vice Mayor City of San Photographer Duc Le and Jose Magdalena Carrasco, the Office of Cultural Affairs of San Jose City, Ms. Thuy Viviane Phan, Keith Nguyen, Ms. Dan Thanh, Mr. Trong Khoi, Victoria Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and Andy Thuy Vi Nguyen and many
gave us a hand. It is an honor to all of us that the Assemblyman Kansen Chu and Mrs. Daisy Chu, Assemblyman Ash Kalra, Mayor of Cupertino Savita Vaidhyanathan, Councilman Tam Nguyen and Councilman Jones Chappie and other leaders in our community have attend our reception. Also many thanks to those who support my work. Please consider to purchase the photo showcased here. Proceeds will go to benefit the Children Shelter of Friends of Hue. Because of you, I will continue my passion in photography and help others. My goal is to play a small part in further generating resources to help special needs children around the world. All children need our love and support. Thank you in advance for the gift of sharing my work and being part of this humanitarian effort. Please enjoy the reception and support the children through our photography sale today.” The “Three Open Doors” photography exhibition opened its doors at the Trianon Theatre Art Gallery on Friday August 25, 2017. It will run through Friday, September 22, 2017 until 12:30pm. This event will directly benefit children in Vietnam by providing resources for their education
through the Friends of Hue Foundation. Photographers featured are DucTe Le, KimLien Dang, and Andy Nguyen. The Trianon Theater Art
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D2 News Councilmember Jimenez Stands With DACA Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, an immigrant from Mexico who gained lawful status through amnesty, was disheartened by the termination of a program that brought nearly a million immigrant youth out of the shadows. In 2012, President Obama, through his executive authority, created DACA, a program that allowed immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to apply for a work permit, obtain a social security number, and gain protection from deportation. Nearly one million previously undocumented youth applied for the program. For the last five years DACA has given these immigrants job opportunities, access to health care, and most importantly, peace of mind and a sense of security in the United States. Today, Donald Trump took that all away, leaving uncertainty and distrust. “Today’s announcement was no shock. We knew this was coming because we cannot expect more from a President who has called immigrants criminals and rapists, campaigned on building a wall, and attempted to ban Muslims from our Country within his first few days in office. We have been hit hard with this sad news, but we will keep organizing and continue the fight
for comprehensive immigration reforms. Let us not forget that DACA youth are a force to be reckoned with. They have led their fight for justice and equality with fearlessness and resilience. I urge our elected officials in Congress to act immediately to protect all DACA recipients. I want every DACA youth in San Jose to know that we stand beside you, we will fight with you, and we will do whatever we can to protect you.” As a result of DACA, recipients across the country have obtained better paying jobs, bought their first home, began college, and opened a business -all while contributing to our economy and communities. DACA recipients are lawyers, nurses, activists, parents -- human beings deserving of the right to pursue the American Dream. With this announcement, Trump has derailed the American Dream; he has told some of the most productive members of our society that they can no longer work in the US. This action will cost our economy billions of dollars. It is undeniable that DACA youth have contributed tremendously to our nation and the City of San Jose. As a welcoming City, we are compelled to reassure our community that we stand in solidarity with them.
El concejal Sergio Jiménez, un inmigrante de México que ganó el estatus legal a través de la amnistía, esta desanimado por la terminación de un programa que logró sacar a casi un millón de jóvenes inmigrantes de las sombras. En 2012, el presidente Barack Obama, a través de su autoridad ejecutiva, creó DACA, un programa que permitió a los inmigrantes que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos como niños solicitar un permiso de trabajo, obtener un número de seguro social y obtener protección de la deportación. Casi un millón de jóvenes previamente indocumentados solicitaron el programa. Durante los últimos cinco años DACA ha brindado oportunidades de empleo, acceso a cuidado de salud y más importante, tranquilidad y un sentido de seguridad en los Estados Unidos para cienes de miles de jóvenes. Hoy, Donald Trump termino todo eso, dejando incertidumbre y desconfianza. “El anuncio de hoy no fue sorpresa. Sabíamos que esto vendría porque no podemos esperar más de un presidente que ha llamado criminal y violador al inmigrante, inicio su campaña sobre la construcción de un muro, y trató de prohibir a los musulmanes de nuestro país en sus primeros días de en cargo.
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7 DAYS – RAIN OR SHINE! Hemos sido duramente golpeados con esta triste noticia, pero seguiremos organizándonos y continuaremos la lucha por una reforma inmigratoria comprehensiva. No olvidemos que los jóvenes de DACA son una fuerza que no podemos descontar. Han liderado su lucha por la justicia y la igualdad con valentía y resistencia. Le obligo a nuestros elegidos en el Congreso que actúen inmediatamente para proteger a todos los beneficiarios de DACA. Quiero que todos los jóvenes de DACA en San José sepan que estamos a su lado, lucharemos con ustedes y haremos todo lo que podamos para protegerlos.” Beneficiarios de DACA en todo el país han obtenido empleo mejor pagado, comprado su primer hogar, comenzado la universidad, y han abierto negocios - todo esto mientras contribuían a nuestra economía y comunidad. Los beneficiarios de DACA son abogados, enfermeros,
activistas, padres--seres humanos que merecen el derecho de lograr el sueño americano. Con este anuncio, Trump ha descarrilado el sueño americano; les ha dicho a los miembros más productivos de nuestra sociedad que ya no pueden trabajar en los Estados Unidos. Esta acción le costará miles de millones de dólares a nuestra economía. Es indiscutible que los jóvenes de DACA han contribuido tremendamente a nuestra nación y a la Ciudad de San José. Como ciudad, tenemos la obligación de tranquilizar a nuestra comunidad y asegurarles que estamos solidaridad con ellos. Si eres beneficario de DACA, infórmate y busque ayuda! If you are a DACA recipient, get informed and seek help! www.ilrc.org/sites/ default/files/resources/ community_advisory_-_ end_of_dacav2.pdf www.uscis.gov/ daca2017
D9 News Cambrian Festival
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On Saturday, Aug. 26th , the Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley hosted it’s “Fiesta with a Purpose” fundraiser at the Scottish Rite Center, San Jose. The Foundation was celebrating 10th years of giving back to the community and
supporting education programs for underserved youth. The foundation was recognized by local elected officials who presented the Executive Dir. with commendations from the Co. Board of supervisors and a CA State Assembly resolution for their volunteer work in the community on the behalf of law enforcement. Over 400 guests enjoyed, premium tequila tastings,dancing to live salsa music margaritas and a delicious Mexican buffet.The
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foundation recognized their corp. sponsors like Google, Chevron, Knight Foundation, Target and Bank of America. Honoree of the evening and receiving the Community Impact Award was Former SF 49er, Dennis Brown for his involvement with the foundation and youth. Over $40,00 was raised from the silent and live auction and corp. sponsorship. The mission of the Shop with the Cop Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of under-served youth
and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, character development, and rebuilding trust between the community and the police. For more information
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on how you can support the Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley, you may go to their website at , www. shopwithacopsv.org or by calling (669) 2262663. Shop with Cop is a registered 501 C -3.
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Concert Hall Symphony Silicon Valley and A-Sharp Chorus present a World Premiere Oratorio (CON’T) About Silicon Valley A-Sharp Chorus: Established in 2000, A-Sharp Chorus is one of the largest Chinese choral groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 100 regular singers. Mostly from Mainland China, they are comprised of business or technical professionals, many of whom have masters or doctoral degrees. They are passionate for music and choral singing. They work full time during weekdays and meet for rehearsal on weekends. From works with various instrumental accompaniments to large scale masterpieces with
a full orchestra, A-Sharp has steadily developed itself into one of the most beloved choirs in the Bay Area. It has not only contributed to the local community but also enjoyed international exposure at the same time. About Symphony Silicon Valley: Founded in 2002, Symph ony Silicon Valley has progressed from daring idea to exciting reality, rapidly becoming the greater South Bay’s premiere orchestra and a notable community success story. The Symphony’s artists,
nationally recruited, locally resident, with an average performance tenure in San Jose of over 20 years, are recognized as among the best in the greater Bay Area. Led by an exciting roster of distinguished guest conductors on the European model, the Symphony is an anchor tenant of San Jose’s magnificently restored downtown California Theatre, one of Northern California’s most outstanding music halls. There, audiences and critics alike greet its concerts with enthusiasm.
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A friend once said, when Lockheed was in a severe downturn (during an extended period of peace), “What we need is a good old-fashioned enemy”. It surprised me to him say it, but it didn’t surprise me that it was true. I was well aware of Dwight Eisenhower’s warning when he left office: “Beware the military-industrial complex!”. Other leaders of foreign governments have also acknowledged that the United States “needs a war every four years to grow its economy”. And it certainly does appear that way. Since WWII, when the US emerged virtually unscathed by the conflict during the war, with all of its factories still working and the dollar was stable, the economy of the US has thrived during and immediately after wartime. Now we are engaged in several wars. The War in Afghanistan
and Iraq solidified George Bush’s presidential second term as he proclaimed “You don’t change horse’s…”. Now besides fighting those two wars, we are now engaged in fighting terrorism. The war on Terrorism has spawned new efforts in cyber warfare to prevent the spread of misinformation and radicalization of people throughout the world, but especially here in the US. The tech industry has been buoyed by such an infusion of investment. Lastly, we have experienced a significant increase in xenophobia, fear of strangers and immigrants, and racism that has pushed the sales of guns to a new level of ridiculousness, aided by the propaganda by the NRA that has gone far beyond protection of the right to bear arms. In fact, the NRA has even suggested war against the US government. The US has been turned against itself. For instance, our president has
said “why hasn’t any tried to remove confederate monuments before”. Well, Mr. President, I offer the following essay penned by W.E.B. DuBois in 1928 regarding monuments to Robert E. Lee: “Each year on the 19th of January there is renewed effort to canonize Robert E. Lee, the greatest confederate general. His personal comeliness, his aristocratic birth and his military prowess all call for the verdict of greatness and genius. But one thing–one terrible fact–militates against this and that is the inescapable truth that Robert E. Lee led a bloody war to perpetuate slavery. Copperheads like the New York Times may magisterially declare: “of course, he never fought for slavery.” Well, for what did he fight? State rights? Nonsense. The South cared only for State Rights as a weapon to defend slavery. If nationalism had been a stronger defense of the slave system than particularism, the South would have been as nationalistic in 1861 as it had been in 1812. No. People do not go to war for abstract theories of government. They fight
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Scott Taper is a biweekly contributor who consults in the field of commercialization and licensing of patented technologies/consumer products. Send inquiries to email@example.com with subject line ”Our Corner of the Valley” for property and privilege and that was what Virginia fought for in the Civil War. And Lee followed Virginia. He followed Virginia not because he particularly loved slavery (although he certainly did not hate it), but because he did not have the moral courage to stand against his family and his clan. Lee hesitated and hung his head in shame because he was asked to lead armies against human progress and Christian decency and did not dare refuse. He surrendered not to Grant, but to Negro Emancipation. Today we can best perpetuate his memory and his nobler traits not by falsifying his moral debacle, but by explaining it to the young white south. What Lee did in 1861, other Lees are doing in 1928. They lack the moral courage to stand up for justice to the Negro because of the overwhelming public opinion of their social environment. Their fathers in the past have condoned lynching and mob violence, just as today they acquiesce in the disfranchisement of educated and worthy
black citizens, provide wretchedly inadequate public schools for Negro children and endorse a public treatment of sickness, poverty and crime which disgraces civilization. It is the punishment of the South that its Robert Lees and Jefferson Davises will always be tall, handsome and wellborn. That their courage will be physical and not moral. That their leadership will be weak compliance with public opinion and never costly and unswerving revolt for justice and right. it is ridiculous to seek to excuse Robert Lee as the most formidable agency this nation ever raised to make 4 million human beings goods instead of men. Either he knew what slavery meant when he helped maim and murder thousands in its defense, or he did not. If he did not he was a fool. If he did, Robert Lee was a traitor and a rebel–not indeed to his country, but to humanity and humanity’s God.” Let’s stop lining the pockets of corporations with blood money.
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