AHSC Enewsletter 2011

E-newsletter: Issue 5� Get Classy with Arts, Crafts and Wine � May 17, 2011
In This Issue
SHOP at the AHSC!
Sponsor Profile: California Pacific Medical Center
Wilfred Wong: Wine Authority
SF Pinoy Jazz Revue
Entertainment Highlights
Thai Monks to Bless Festivities
Target Free Day at Asian Art Museum
School Raffle Fundraiser
Volunteer Profile: Gwen Chan

Volunteer for AHSC


Come volunteer, have fun and meet new friends!  


Volunteers are needed for:

Event Monitors

Information Booth


Barricade Monitors

T-Shirt Sales

Raffle Ticket Sales

Garbage/Recycling Monitors

General Setup and Tear-down

Sponsor Concierges


Commemorative t-shirts, snacks, refreshments, and lunch provided. For more info visit:


Walk in Faces of Asia Cultural Procession


Cultural Procession


Dress in traditional Asian cultural attire and walk in the annual Faces of Asia Cultural Procession - a dazzling showcase of the diversity of the Asian community.  

This year, the procession will begin behind the Fulton Street Stage, proceed north on Larkin Street and end in front of the Ellis Street Stage at 11am to kickoff the street celebration. This year the procession is being spearheaded by Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center. To participate contact Hang To: hangleto@yahoo.com.




Throughout the day during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, admission to the Asian Art Museum is free courtesy of Target. Admission to the special exhibit "Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance" is $5.  


Asian Arts and Crafts Alley

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Creative and high end arts and crafts.

Golden Gate and Larkin Streets


Carnival Rides and Kids Area

Visit Po from Kung Fu Panda, get your face painted, and check out reptiles and amphibians.



Healthy Living Pavilion

Get free health screenings at the fair at our healthy living pavilion. Booths will be featuring:

  • Hepatitis B screenings
  • Glucose tests
  • Lupus awareness 
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Health education
  • Doctors on hand to answer all your health related questions
  • Whooping cough vaccinations.
  • Enter your chance to win and IPAD 2, sponsored by SUBARU!


Wine Area

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$10, includes five tastings and special souvenir glass.

Golden Gate and Larkin Streets 

Newman Lasik Center    
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E-Newsletter Team


Editors: Megan KungAngela Pang

Contributors: Lloyd Alaban, Charlene Cervantes, Annie Chan, Carrolyn Kubota, Tiffany Louie, Linda Ong, Natalie Schrik.
Masthead: Concept and Illustration by Minh Tran and Virgilio Leynes, Design by  Al Perez.

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Fuel the Accessory Addiction:


Alissa B. Custom Jewelry

Santa Cruz, California

Unique, handmade gemstone beaded jewelry with many one-of-a-kind pieces including signature gemstone rings, dangle earrings and original intricate bracelets.



Creations by BoutiqueOC

Santa Clara, California

Handmade Asian-themed quilts and bags; crocheted and knitted shawls, cowls and accessories; Polynesian-themed earrings.



Cynthia Sasaki Designs

Saratoga, California

Semi-precious gemstones, crystals, pearls, glass and lamp-worked glass beads jewelry; sterling and fine silver precious metals.



pearl bracelet


Gingko Designs

Foster City, California

Handmade jewelry and textiles inspired by nature; materials include semi-precious gemstones and hand-dipped leaves in gold.



The Head Panda

San Francisco, California

Plush animal hats and paws - pandas, tigers, lions, etc.



HK 88 Gifts & Crafts

Fremont, California

Pictures, woodcarvings, earrings, bracelets, anklets and necklaces.




Daly City, California

Intwined - Handmade bowties, cuff links, headbands, hair clips and headpieces.



Jade Trading Co.

Castro Valley, San Francisco

Hats, sunglasses, toys and parasols.


Jawa Imports

South San Francisco, California

Handcrafted wooden and leather sandals and flip-flops.


Om Sairam Craft

Sunnyvale, California

Hand-knitted hats, scarfs and accessories; T-shirts.


Orange Caterpillar

San Francisco, California

Women's apparel, jewelry and accessories


Ted and Nat Groves

Elverta, California

Beautiful jewelry and accessories.


Tera Tera

Palo Alto, California

Sterling silver jewelry and textiles; wood and brass artifacts.



Yokomono Studio

Berkeley, California

Handmade home accessories including tissue box covers, bags and sachets crafted from Japanese & American-made fabrics in the artist's Berkeley studio.




For the Snazzy Dresser:


Hoodie from fOLDED, Inc.

Hoodie from fOLDED, Inc. 

Boy Choy Apparel

San Francisco, California

T-shirts with Asian-inspired themes, including balut and white rabbit candy.





Five D's Arts/Philippine Fiesta News

Sacramento, California

Filipino T-shirts and prints.



fOLDED, Inc.

San Jose, California

Filipino American and Filipino-inspired T-shirts.



Lao Essential Artistry

Sacramento, California

High-quality, hand-woven silk textile from Laos.




Berkeley, California

Vintage-inspired women's clothing.



Korrupt Label

Oakland, California

Men's deconstructed T-shirts and jackets; punk patches.




Oakland, California

Civic pride oriented merchandise spreading "local love" and awareness of spirited community groups and events; printed by hand in Oakland.



S&C Enterprise

Redwood City, California

Cultural, artistic hats and shirts.


Sumofish Japan Shirt
Japan relief fundraiser t-shirt by Sumofish




Daly City, California

Unique and interesting T-shirts with Asian influences.



Don't Let IKEA Be Your Decorator:


Darby Decorative Arts

Berkeley, California

Original paintings on panels; photography and computer graphic prints, Buddha and trees/flower designs.



Donna Tojo

Torrance, California

Microwave potholders, towel sets, and more.


Emerald Fish


Fat Ninja

Oakland, California

Fat ninja graphic greeting cards and screen printed apparel; hand-folded origami cards, housewares, and accessories.



Halau O Ka Ua Lililehua

Hayward, California

Ribbon and money leis, Asian and Hawaiian greeting cards and photo albums; Christmas ornaments, aprons, and handbags.


Gold Character Plates
Gold plates by In Character

InCharacter Asian Calligraphy

Elk Grove, California

Asian calligraphy on various media including tiles, panels, zodiac magnets, coasters, bamboo holders and crystals.



J.C. Niehaus Pottery

Santa Cruz, California

Decorative and functional stoneware pottery with Asian floral-themed decorations.



Labit's Arts and Crafts 

Daly City, California

Framed 3-D art


Melinda Mae

Fremont, California

Handmade fabric handbags made with Asian and Asian-inspired prints.



Monkey + Seal

San Francisco, California

Fine arts prints and illustrations; hand printed t-shirts and ties. 



San Francisco, California

Asian-inspired illustrations and artwork.



Pigs Fly

Millbrae, California

Hand-carved wood animal mobiles with spinning tails, amigurumi dolls (hand-crocheted animal ornaments, key chains and charms).



 Raq paper scissors

Santa Clara, California

Handmade fabric crafts (origami cranes, coasters, table runners, and place mats); place mats, kitchen aprons; paper crafts including greeting cards.



Computer Mouse - Real Insect

Computer Mouse by The Real Insect Co.

The Real Insect Co.

Redwood City, California

Handcrafted jewelry and paperweights using real insect, flower, and sea life specimens.



Taiko Fujimura and Aoi Yamaguchi

San Francisco, California

Fine art and Japanese calligraphy.




Have Fun and Relax:


Fortune Kookie Fun

San Francisco, California

Children's face painting and balloon decorations.



Herbal Wonders

Sacramento, California

Herbal soaps from the Philippines, aromatherapy, hair massage oils and accessories.




Sponsor Profile: California Pacific Medical Center 


CPMC - With You. For Life. 


California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is proud to once again participate in the Asian Heritage Street Festival, celebrating our valued long history of working with San Francisco's Asian and Pacific Islander populations.  We began life as four very different hospitals more than 150 years ago serving different communities.  Our partnerships with the API community began in an unlikely fashion in the 1880s when Dr. Charlotte Blake Brown, one of the first female physicians in San Francisco, founded the first hospital on the West Coast run by women, for women.  It quickly became popular with Chinese women who traditionally were more comfortable being under the care of a female practitioner.  In the 1880s, Dr. Brown opened up a clinic in Chinatown, to be better able to serve the women and children of the community.  Today Dr. Brown's hospital, our California campus, is part of an integrated, citywide network of care that serves and provides culturally competent care for all communities and neighborhoods in San Francisco.


Through CPMC's long standing community health partnerships, which include Chinese Hospital, North East Medical Services, Wu Yee Children's Services, API Wellness Center, APA Family Support Services and the Hep B Free Campaign, CPMC offers its clinical resources to address the community's pressing health disparities of childhood obesity, senior health, labor and delivery, and communicable diseases.  We provide programmatic, clinical and specialty support, health education initiatives, screenings, financial support to established programs and institutions, and are an active partner in Healthy San Francisco.


With one in 10 Asians affected by hepatitis B in San Francisco, it is the leading cause of liver cancer in this community.  The CPMC team joined the citywide partners in designing and implementing the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign.  We have developed a mobile program that brings community education and free, confidential testing to city locations, workplaces and events with high-density API populations.  We are committed to ending this disease by offering free testing for 10,000 people for the virus.  To that end, we are again providing free hepatitis B screenings at the Asian Heritage Festival.  Be sure to visit our tent at the Healthy Living Pavilion to get tested along with your friends and family!


As we honor our past, we are also planning for the future. We are planning to build two brand new, earthquake-safe hospitals at our St. Luke's Campus and at a new site on Van Ness and Geary. These hospitals will meet the changing needs of our city and our communities. Technology and medicines change with time, but one thing that does not is our commitment to being here for you when you need us.  For more information about CPMC and our future plans, visit www.rebuildcpmc.org


Wilfred Wong: Wine Authority
By Megan Kung
Wilfred Wong

Photo by Megan Kung 

BevMo! cellar master Wilfred Wong is one of the top Asian Americans in the beverage industry.

Browse through the warehouse-sized selection at BevMo!, and you'll see Wilfred Wong's name and rating on almost every beverage description. It's no wonder, as his typical work day consists of tasting 60 to 70 wines. The most he can sample in a day is 300.


As the only cellar master at BevMo!, Wong is a powerful industry figure. If he doesn't like a wine, the chain won't carry it. If he rates a wine highly, however, BevMo! might buy 5,000 to 10,000 cases, says Wong, opening up tremendous business opportunities for the winery.


For wine drinkers at the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration on May 21 in San Francisco's Civic Center to Little Saigon, Wong recommends tasting three wines for research, then drinking any others for fun. Try to keep the label of the wines you do like, and chat with the server or winery representative.


Five tastings and a complimentary souvenir wine glass will be available for $10 at the celebration's wine area, located at Larkin and Golden Gate Streets.


After becoming interested in wine in college, Wong expanded the wine section of his family's grocery store, Ashbury Market, by roughly eight times. Although his parents were wary, this proved to be the right move. Their business growth coincided with the rise of the California wine industry in the 1970s.


From early on, people trusted Wong. Visitors from afar would go to Ashbury Market for the cool, unknown wines that Wong found all over California.


"Whatever I brought in, people bought," says Wong.


But when the '90s came around, demographics shifted and business slowed. Fortunately, he applied to start-up Beverages & More! and has worked there since 1994.


"There are more Asian Americans in the industry now than when I first started," he says, "but not many of them have reached my level." Asian Americans aren't typically thought of as heavy wine drinkers, but "an interest in wine depends on personality and education rather than ethnicity," says Wong.


And no, Wong does not turn red.

SF Pinoy Jazz Revue


Jonathan Bautista
Jonathan Bautista 

The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival in collaboration with the Asian Week Foundation presents the "SF Pinoy Jazz Revue" at the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday May 21st. The Revue includes the music of tenor saxophonist Jonathan Bautista Quintet featuring Winston Raval on piano and the sounds of Kulintronica with guitarist and kulintang player Ron Quesada. Jazz will take place on the Golden Gate and Larkin at 2pm.


Kulintronica with Ron Quesada

features the music on the Kulintang, an indigenous Filipino instrument from Mindanao combined with the sounds of an electric guitar and a digital interface with an Apple laptop to provide programmed loops and background music.  This unique combination is Kulintronica - the creation of Ron Quesada, a Filipino-American Bay Area artist who has performed at numerous venues and cultural events in San Francisco as part of KulArts and SambAsia San Francisco. 



Jonathan Bautista Quintet featuring Winston Raval 

Jonathan Bautista is a Bay Area saxophonist, composer and educator. Born and raised in San Francisco, he attended the SF School of the Arts, San Jose State University and the Manhattan School of Music for graduate work. Bautista has played with James Williams, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, and others, as well as with the Monterey Bay Symphony, the Monterey Wind Symphony and the San Jose Symphony. He has appeared as a member of the SF Pinoy Jazz Revue in performances at the SF Main Public Library at the Jazz Appreciation Month Concerts in April 2010 and 2011, and at the 6th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in May 2010.


Winston Raval started playing piano at age 5.  He is from a musical family. His mother, Porfiria Raval is a music director and opera singer and his father is a lawyer and politician who loves to sing.  His three sisters and two brothers can sing and play piano as well. Raval worked in the movie industry in Manila as a music director, film composer and arranger and made 23 films with the great Filipino film director Ysmael Bernal. Raval is mentioned extensively in Richie Quirino's books Pinoy Jazz and Mabuhay Jazzabout Jazz in the Philippines.  Quirino credits Raval with being one of the pioneers of jazz fusion on the piano and for being an important band leader and musical director.  Raval is considered by many Pinoy jazz aficionados in the Philippines as well as the United States as a very gifted pianist and a jazz pioneer.

Entertainment Highlights: Come See Them at the AHSC!


eskabo daan 

ESKABO Daan's mission is to create a global arena where humble-minded martial artists who are passionate about promoting and perpetuating the Filipino martial arts can gather and have an exchange of knowledge and ideas.  



Gamelan X 


Gamelan X world music ensemble draws musical inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian and American traditions.  





Hopie is returning to the music scene after earning her doctorate from U.C. Hastings with an eclectic body of work, her second full-length album, Raw Gems.





Trackademicks has begun to capture the attention of those who keep their ear to the beat. Effectively articulating himself through sound to others, he brings a tremendous amount of variety to the table.  


Thai Monks to Bless Festivities
By Linda Ong


Thai monks

Photo by Megan Kung


For the first time in the history of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, nine monks from the San Bruno Thai Temple will be performing a traditional blessing for this year's festival. The blessings will kick-start the festivities at 10:30 a.m. on the main stage. Following the blessings, parishioners and fair-goers will have the opportunity to earn merit.


The Buddhist tradition of Tam Boon, or merit-making, dates back thousands of years. According to Buddhist teachings, earning merit is a way for people to gain happiness in this lifetime and to have a better position in the next life.


"There are a few ways of making merit," said Sandra Siharath, Founder of South East Asian Cultural Heritage and Musical Performing Arts (SEACHAMPA) Project in Oakland. "The first is to give alms. Every morning you will see monks walking up and down the streets of Thailand with empty bowls. They are giving the people a chance to gain merit by filling that bowl with food, as monks aren't allowed to store or cook food."


Among many other ways of earning merit, like freeing birds, donating educational books and building facilities for others to use, Siharath mentions one of the most essential forms of Tam Boon.


"Being generous to those less fortunate is also a staple in the merit-making process," she said.


For those who would like to earn merit or are simply curious about this Thai Buddhist tradition, the monks will retreat to their booth after the morning blessings to conduct full blessings and give water.


Target Free Day at Asian Art Museum Celebrates APA Heritage Month


Asian Art Museum Free Day

Target is sponsoring complimentary admission to the Asian Art Museum on May 21st, in conjunction with the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration held in the Civic Center and Little Saigon neighborhoods on the same day.


"We're delighted to welcome fair-goers to our historic neighborhood and to our world renowned museum," said Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. "The Asian Heritage Street Celebration just got a lot more fun with all of the FREE museum activities to commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We thank Target for making this special day possible." 

"The Asian Heritage Street Celebration is about bringing together all the parts of Asian Pacific America," said Ted Fang of the AsianWeek Foundation and founder of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration. "This multi-faceted partnership with Target stores and the Asian Art Museum is a great example of community assemblage in action."

Doors at the museum open at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to participate in free cultural programming. (Please note that a $5 surcharge applies to the Bali exhibition for visitors over 17.) Here is a look at the schedule of events: 

11am-3:30 pm

The public is invited to co-create site specific artwork with Nancy Hom on the front steps.


11am-3:30 pm

AHSC Student Art Display:

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) Student Art Display will feature selected works from San Francisco Unified District Schools. In coordination with the AHSC School Awards, selected art pieces will represent schools being nominated for an award. The art pieces will include paintings, sculpture, and photography. The special one-day only Student Art Display will be open to the public as a program of the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration and Asian Art Museum Free Day, sponsored by Target.

11-11:45 am and 1-1:45 pm 

Art Explorers' Docent Family Tour & Storytelling:

Families with 4, 5, and 6 year olds hunt for lions in the special exhibition, BaliArt, Ritual, Performance. This get to know art tour encourages families to look at art, talk about what they see and listen to stories that bring the exhibition to life.

12-4 pm 

Art Activity: 

Create an original artwork inspired by objects in BaliArt, Ritual, Performance.

12-4 pm 


Composers in Bali have at their command a rich palette of sounds and techniques, from the bronze sonorities of a large gamelan to precise interlocking rhythms and melodies. Composer I Made Arnawa demonstrates and explains a few of his favorite musical strategies.  Composer Wayne Vitale translates.

12-1 pm 

AHSC School Awards Ceremony: 

As part of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC), organized by the AsianWeek Foundation and sponsored by Target, six local administrators, counselors, teachers, and/or staff from Bay Area schools will be honored for their commitment to the future generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

12:30 pm 

Gamelan X Performance at the AHSC Cultural Stage: 

World music ensemble, Gamelan X, presents dynamic, original music on the front steps of the museum. Drawing musical inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian and American traditions, Gamelan X combines complex interlocking rhythms and sinewy melodies into a visceral groove experience that excites and entrances its listeners.

1-3:30 pm 

AHSC Cinema Showcase: 

The AHSC Cinema Showcase celebrates local Asian American media and media makers. From emerging talent to celebrated media pioneers, this exciting collection of short films and music videos reveal the vibrant Asian American media arts scene here in the Bay Area. Many of these films were hits at the SF International Asian American Film Festival. From comedies to sci fi to social justice documentaries, there is something for everyone!


3:30-4 pm Bay Area Flash Mob: 

With Janet Jackson as their current inspiration, the Bay Area Flash Mob is a fun-loving flash mob group who surprises the public with spontaneous performances of choreographed dances all over the S.F. Bay Area.  The flash mob performance will take place in front of the Asian Art Museum steps.  Be sure to join in on the Janet Jackson tribute!


WHAT: APA Heritage Month Celebration, hosted by Asian Art Museum, Target, and the Asian Heritage Street Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10am to 5pm

WHERE: Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin Street San Francisco CA 94102



The nation's largest pan Asian street event has teamed up with one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Raffle Program a Ticket to More School Funds

By Natalie Schrik


ahsc raffle tic 2011 

With the goal of teaching children philanthropy at an early age, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration has created the "Make Some Money for Your School" Raffle Program.


The AHSC provides prizes and administrative support for students and school groups selling raffle tickets, and Louie and Wong LLP provide the accounting services. All proceeds are returned to participating schools.

"With all the donations that we receive, we support our academic programs and use it toward visual and performing arts, field trips, after school enrichment programs, and extracurricular activities," said Sunset Elementary School principal Sophie Lee, who has participated in the program for several years. 


Tickets are sold for $3, of which $2 goes directly back to each school. The extra $1 goes toward the bonus $500 cash prize for the school that sells the most in each division - elementary, middle and high school. Each school that sells at least 20 tickets will also receive a $100 bonus. Since the program's inception, schools have raised over $30,000 while fostering a spirit of philanthropy.


"Last year one of our parents won the $500 grand prize and donated it back to our school," said Lee, whose total earnings from the 2010 raffle were $2,000.


This year's prizes include round trip airline tickets courtesy of Virgin America, a $500 bank account at Sterling Bank and Trust, a $250 cash prize to a Bay Area school of the winner's choice, an autographed Warriors basketball, museum tickets and more.


There will be multiple prize drawings throughout the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and raffle tickets will also be on sale throughout the day. Raffle holders need not be present to win.




Volunteer Profile: Gwen Chan

By Natalie Schrik


Gwen Chan 


Name:Gwen Chan  

Occupation: Superintendent of Schools, SFUSD, Retired

Affiliations: Alpha Delta Kappa Psi, Association of Asian American Administrators, California Retired Teachers Association, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Historical Society of America, Museum of Chinese in America, National Association for Asian and Pacific American Educators, United Educators of San Francisco, Emeritus. 
Ethnicity: Chinese-American

Number of Years With AHSC: 7 years      

Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster


I began volunteering for the AHSC because:  It was first part of my job responsibilities at the school district's central office, but after I became better acquainted with Ted Fang, his staff and the AsianWeek Foundation's goals and activities, I continued as a volunteer member of the AHSC planning committee through the years.  I welcome any opportunity  to support our public schools and showcase the exemplary students, educators, programs and activities.


One thing I am looking most look forward to at this year's celebration is: 

Enjoying the mix of people coming together to share, learn and celebrate Asian heritage.


My favorite Asian cultural tradition is:  

The celebration of the Lunar New Year, which includes the fragrant scents of flowers, oranges, delicious Chinese pudding cakes and the welcoming of a new spring with gatherings of families and friends.   


Favorite Asian food: Homemade Chinese soups


Favorite Asian Pacific American Celebrity:  Michelle Kwan


I am embarrassed to admit that I: Use the closed captioning feature when watching TV.


My Superhero power would be:  To be a time traveler.


If I could vacation with anyone, anywhere, I would go:  Assuming I have the desired super power of being a time traveler, I would like to go back in time to experience what my mother endured in 1931 at Angel Island  (24 hrs.) and her challenges in life living in S.F. Chinatown in the 30's and 40's. (48 hrs. glimpse of those decades).











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