AHSC Enewsletter 2011

E-newsletter: Issue 6� Celebrate Asian Heritage This Saturday!  May 19, 2011

In This Issue
Welcome to Little Saigon
Sponsor Profile: Subaru
Healthy Living Pavilion
2011 Booths
Plan Out Your Day of Entertainment
Entertainment Highlights
Sponsor Profile: CBS 5
APA Heritage Month/AHSC Kick off Party
Public Allies Heads AHSC Kids' Section
Play Mah Jong
Volunteer Profile: Bill Picture

Free Admission to Asian Art Museum Courtesy of Target  


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.  


Thai Monk Blessing

10 a.m.

Monks from the San Bruno Thai Temple will perform a blessing to kick off festivities.

Civic Center Stage



Wine Area

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$10, includes five tastings and special souvenir glass.

Golden Gate and Larkin Streets




CAAM Presents AHSC Cinema Showcase





The AHSC Cinema Showcase, presented by Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), 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 will be something for everyone!  


Date: May 21, 2011

Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall




1-2 p.m.  


A Series of Seriesed Events by Secret Sidewalk, Dir. Aireen Almario, 9 min.

Drop You by Golda & the Guns, Dir. Wernher Von Goff, 3 min.  


Virtues of Corned Beef Hash, Dir. Kerwin Berk, 22 min.  Shot almost entirely in SF Japantown, this touching film stars Asian American theater legend, Hiroshi Kashiwagi as an 87-year-old Nisei war veteran who is interviewed by a young reporter researching a story about WWII.


Wahid's Mobile Bookstore, Dir. Anjoo Khosla, 10 min.  Film shows the young boy's struggles and hopes through his own candid voice and resilient attitude.  

Hip Star, Dir. Jason Nou, 4 min.  

Hip Star by Jason Nou

When some jeans don't dry before a big date, a young man accidentally stumbles onto, and embraces, hipsterdom in the Mission district. 


Everything is Fine by Digital Crafts Night, Dir. H.P. Mendoza, 4 min.  A music video by H.P. Mendoza featuring a sweet and melancholic song for the displaced by Digital Crafts Night.   



2-3 p.m.  


Be My Baby, Dir. Kevin Wong, 17 min.  When Angela returns from the Philippines to help care for her younger sister, she is forced to deal with a past she thought she escaped.  


Boys and Girls, Dir. Chris Tipton-King, 4 min.  In this whimsical short, a boy and girl prepare for a big date and go about their grooming rituals with a warm and familiar anxiety.  


The Oak Park Story, Co-Dir. Valerie Soe & Russell Jeung, 22 min.  Valerie Soe's newest film documents a contemporary tenant community's struggle to improve their living conditions in a slumlord-managed apartment complex in East Oakland.


Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said), Dir. Jessica Sison, 5 min. Elena Bautista, 100 years old, reflects on the years of her life.  


The Bus Pass, Dir. Narissa Lee, 3 min. A young woman anxiously tries to plot her first move when the person of her dreams gets on the bus in this amusing San Francisco-based short. 


Surrogate Valentine by Goh Nakamura, Dir. Rich Wong, 3 min. A music video featuring Bay Area Indie rocker Goh Nakamura. The song is his newest hit from his latest album, "Daylight Savings."  



3-3:30 p.m. 


PIA, Dir. Tanuj Chopra, 18 min.  Can an android have feelings? Can true love be resurrected through technology after death? Both ethereal and frighteningly cold, the future of Chopra's PIA combines the sterility of science with the persistence of human emotion.  


A Series of Seriesed Events by Secret Sidewalk, Dir. Aireen Almario, 9 min.

Drop You by Golda & the Guns, Dir. Wernher Von Goff, 3 min.    


Kung Fu Panda


kung fu panda


DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda will have a booth in the AHSC Children's Area. Po will also be marching in the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession. Come share a bao with Po!



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
  • Enter your chance to win and IPAD 2, sponsored by SUBARU!









Newman Lasik Center    
If you'd like to advertise in our Enewsletter, contact Charlene Cervantes at
ccervantes@awfoundation.com or
(415) 373-4006  

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.


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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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Welcome to Little Saigon
by Philip Nguyen


Little Saigon

Pass the Asian Art Museum on Larkin and McAllister Streets and a green and yellow banner that reads, "Welcome to Little Saigon," greets you warmly. You are now in the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District of the Tenderloin where approximately 3,000 Vietnamese and 2,000 other Southeast Asians are residing!


Little Saigon is the preferred name given to any of several overseas Vietnamese immigrant and descendent communities outside Vietnam. Saigon is the former name of the capital of the former South Vietnam, where a large number of first-generation Vietnamese immigrants originate.


The Vietnamese came to San Francisco three decades ago, mainly settling in the Tenderloin as the last affordable housing area in a neighborhood that wasn't already claimed by an immigrant or ethnic group. It also practically adjoins Chinatown, which made many Vietnamese comfortable because the Chinese and Vietnamese share the same cultural roots. Cambodians and Laotians then followed the Vietnamese to the central part of the city.


San Francisco's Little Saigon vividly exemplifies the efforts of the Vietnamese community to gain recognition from San Francisco's city government. They lobbied for the official designation of Little Saigon as far back as the days of Mayor Art Agnos in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


In 2003, then-Supervisor Chris Daly of District 6, which includes the Tenderloin, worked with a number of the city's Vietnamese community-based organizations, including the Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC), to sponsor a resolution designating the area along the Larkin Street corridor from McAllister Street to Geary Boulevard as Little Saigon. The Board of Supervisors passed this resolution unanimously on September 23, 2003.


In 2008, the City approved funding to erect two pillars at the corner of Larkin and Eddy Streets and a sign saying, "The Gateway to Little Saigon."


To us, Little Saigon is not only a cultural and commercial area of the city's Vietnamese American community but more importantly, it serves as a reminder of our roots and why we are here.


The number of Vietnamese American businesses in the Tenderloin is estimated to be 300, with 20 percent of them in Little Saigon. Most of these businesses are retailers or service providers, such as restaurants, travel agencies, acupuncturists' and doctors' offices, nail salons, barber shops and immigration services. City officials, community leaders, developers and Vietnamese American merchants hope that the Little Saigon name will bring in more visitors to the area and help develop the Tenderloin.


In fact, the annual  Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival in Little Saigon and the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, the nation's largest pan-Asian street fair, Thave been held in this neighborhood with this objective in mind.


The Vietnamese American community in San Francisco will make every concerted effort to seek support and funding to develop Little Saigon to be on par with San Francisco's Japantown and Chinatown.


Philip Nguyen is one of the founders of Little Saigon in Westminster City, Orange County, the first and the biggest Little Saigon. He became the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Community Center in San Francisco in 1997 and helped establish San Francisco's Little Saigon, where he resides. 


Sponsor Profile: Subaru


AHSC 2010 Subaru
Photo by Frank Jang

Subaru of America, Inc. is proud to continue its sponsorship of the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration and its campaign to raise awareness about hepatitis B, a disease that affects one in 10 Asian Pacific Islanders.


"We've supported this event from the beginning," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.  "We are proud to help it grow not only in terms of attendance, but also in outreach and health advocacy for the Asian community."


In conjunction with the street celebration, which has expanded to include new vendors and exhibits, Subaru has donated the use of a wrapped Subaru Legacy sedan to help raise awareness in local communities.  This vehicle has traveled thousands of miles and has been staged at hundreds of events since the San Francisco Hepatitis B Free partnership began with the AsianWeek Foundation almost three years ago.


At this year's Street Celebration, Subaru will assist the San Francisco Hep B Free initiative with on-site surveys and will distribute a special gift (while supplies last) to those who participate in the on-site survey at their booth.


"Asians have the fastest growing population rate in America and Subaru ownership levels are reaching all-time highs in the U.S. as well," said Ted Fang, director of the AsianWeek Foundation and co-founder of Hep B Free.  "It is wonderful that we can grow and partner with each other now and into the future."


Asian Heritage Street Celebration visitors can find the Subaru display, including the Subaru "Hep B Mobile" Legacy sedan and a Subaru Forester, in front of the Asian Art Museum.  Subaru will also showcase its WRX near the J-cars section for performance vehicle buffs. 



About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of
Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States.  All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit  www.subaru.com.




Healthy Living Pavilion to Provide Free Services and Consultations

By Linda Ong


For the second year in a row, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration will feature a health section entitled Healthy Living Pavilion. This area of the street fair will comprise of many community health groups and sponsor booths that will collectively promote health and wellness. The Healthy Living Pavilion, which will be located on
Larkin Street between Fulton and McAllister, will include a variety of free and low-cost health services, professional medical advice and health-related educational material for the community. 


Hepatitis B Screenings and Education 

To spread awareness of hepatitis B education among the community, many community sponsors and partners will host booths featuring free educational brochures, hepatitis B screenings and MD consultations. This section is a collective effort by California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Subaru, Brown & Toland Physicians, Gilead, Onyx Pharmaceutical, Genentech, and Bristol Myers Squibb.  


Other Health Screenings & Tests 

Blood Pressure Screenings, hosted by Kaiser Permanente

Lupus Education, hosted by the San Francisco Lupus Support Group

Eye Screenings, hosted by Newman Lasik

Rapid HIV Tests, hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Glucose Tests, hosted by North East Medical Services 

Whooping Cough Vaccinations, hosted by CVS


Family Support Services 

Educational material on disaster preparedness, hosted by the Red Cross, in addition to a variety of other family support services will be available to the public at the fair. 


Health Education 

In addition to hepatitis B education, the community will have access to free educational material and advice about various health concerns. 


Survey Passport 

A wide array of prizes is in store for those interested in a fun, interactive way to learn about health education. In order to collect prizes, fair-goers must use a Survey Passport to record their answers to questions located at several booths. Upon completion of this Survey Passport, individuals will have the opportunity to fill out a raffle card to win an Apple IPAD sponsored by Subaru! More information can be found at the Healthy Living Pavilion Information Booth.   


Ask Your Chinese Hospital Doctor 

One of the newest features of this year's health section will be the "Ask Your Chinese Hospital Doctor." From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., fair-goers will be able to ask health-related questions to a panel of certified medical doctors, most of whom are general practitioners.  


The "Ask Your Chinese Hospital Doctor" program is essentially a public forum for community members to speak privately with doctors at the street fair," said Peter Swing, communications consultant for the Asian American Justice Center


"We hope that in bringing together healthcare providers, business leaders, corporate representatives and the Asian American community, we can engender not only healthy conversation between diverse groups, but practical solutions and services to those who need it the most," said Swing. 



2011 Booths


Many non-profit organizations and community groups from all around the Bay Area will be present to inform fair-goers about local events, fundraisers, and ways to contribute to the San Francisco community at large. Corporate organizations and government agencies will also be present.


Non-profit Organizations


American Red Cross - Bay Area Chapter

San Francisco, California

Educational materials related to disaster preparedness will be distributed.



Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, California

San Francisco, California

Informational booth with materials and flyers about the non-profit private school.



Friends of the Urban Forest

San Francisco, California

Community outreach, education, and volunteer involvement; tree planting demonstration.



San Francisco Republican County Central Committee

San Francisco, California

People will get the chance to register to vote (all parties).




San Francisco, California

Informational materials and brochures will be available to promote the organization.



Asian American Recovery Services

San Francisco, California

Substance misuse outreach, intervention, and treatment.



California Telephone Access Program

Berkeley, California

Information on the CTAP program, which provides adaptive telephones at no cost to California residents who need assistance.



North East Medical Services (NEMS)

San Francisco, California

Free blood glucose screening offered; results available on the spot. Brochures and informational materials on diabetes.



California Writers Club (Sacramento, San Francisco Peninsula, and Berkeley branches)

El Dorado Hills, California

Asian American authors will be promoting books; information and materials about the club. They include Margie Yee Webb (Cat Mulan's Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life), Teresa LeYung Ryan (Love Made of HeartBuild Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days), Patricia Tsang, M.D. (Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Lloyd Lofthouse (My Splendid Concubine).



Lupus Foundation of Northern California

San Jose, California

Informational materials about lupus.



Project by Project

San Francisco, California

Informational materials to promote the organization.



APA Family Support Services

San Francisco, California

Face painting for children and educational materials/program flyers for parents.



Korean Center, Inc.

San Francisco, California

Informational materials about its programs; traditional costumes and face painting.



Joanne Pang Foundation

San Francisco, California

Informational materials about cord blood donation.



SF Crisis Care

San Francisco, California

On-site recruitment of community crisis volunteers to offer on-scene practical and emotional support to survivors after infant deaths, disasters, and other tragedies.



3rd i South Asian Independent Film

San Francisco, California

Short films made by South Asian filmmakers, and trailers from previous editions of its film festival will be showcased.



The National Association of Asian American Professionals

San Francisco, California

Promoting the organization through flyers and materials, and recruit new members.



Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

Promoting the businesses and communities of the Big Island.



East West Academy of Healing Arts

San Francisco, California

Informational flyers and materials, demonstrations will be presented to the public.



Presidio Knolls School

San Francisco, California

Information and materials on the Chinese Immersion Program.



Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)

Hayward, California

Literature and brochures will be handed out.



City Carshare

San Francisco, California

Information about the benefits of carsharing will be given out; people can also join the organization and apply for membership.



Community Organizations:


Que Hong Charity Center

San Jose, California

Charity information; charity activities and small fundraising by selling small glass animals.



Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Asian-American literature; authors will sign books and talk to public from table.



Tree Frog Treks LLC

San Francisco, California

Introducing the public to its perseverance in maintaining and saving the planet's biodiversity with fun activities and programs.



South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Musical Performing Arts (SEACHAMPA)

San Francisco, California

Promoting Southeast Asian culture through music, arts and crafts; crafts will be sold to fundraise for the community center.



West Coast Lion Dance Troupe

Daly City, California

The West Coast Lion Dance Troupe from Daly City was formed in 1988, the troupe's leader and founder was Tony Shiu, who first started lion dancing in 1976.  The main goal of the West Coast Lion Dance Troupe is to pass on the traditional art of Chinese lion dancing, along with the culture and customs that makes up lion dancing. They will be leading the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession at 11am.



Kuk Sool Won

San Francisco, California

Informational materials about traditional Korean martial arts in the form of posters, flyers, and postcards; demonstrators in uniform will also be present.



Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center

San Francisco, California

On-site HIV testing, agency brochures and information.



Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center

San Francisco, California

Promotional materials and brochures about the organization will be provided.



Cypress Lawn Memorial Park

Colma, California

Informational materials will be given out.



San Francisco Police Activities League (PAL)

San Francisco, California

Interaction with children, fingerprinting, and information on activities PAL offer.



Wat Buddhapradeep of San Francisco

San Bruno, California

Buddhist monks will be giving blessings to people; donations will be accepted.



Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA)

San Francisco, California

Informational materials and brochures will be presented.



The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association

San Francisco, California

Informational booth with flyers and recipe booklets promoting veganism.




Richmond, California

Information about traditional Japanese music.



San Francisco Vegetarian Society

San Francisco, California

Information and brochures will be provided.



Latch, So, & Hipp Chiropractic

San Francisco, CA

Chiropractic and massage services.



Radical Women

San Francisco, CA

Information about their activities and organization will be present.  Soda and books will also be sold.



On Lok Lifeways

San Francisco, CA

Informational flyers and brochures about the services that On Lok provides will be present.



Asian American Donor Program

Alameda, California

On-site marrow registration drive.



Chinese Historical Society of America

San Francisco, California

Brochures and flyers about the organization will be presented to the public.



API Equality - Northern California

San Francisco, California

Flyers and informational materials will be presented to the public.



The Salvation Army

San Francisco, California

Brochures and flyers about this local chapter of the organization will be presented to the public.



City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Information about programs, services, and educational opportunities at the college.



Public Allies

San Francisco, California

Children's activities including button and flag-making, tinikling dance, and games.



Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC)

San Francisco, California

Brochures and flyers on the services that are provided to the public by the organization.



Taiwanese American Professional Society (TAP)

San Francisco, California

Flyers, games, and performances with a Taiwanese flair.



Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

San Francisco, California

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund information & donation acceptance.




San Francisco, California

Live music and dancing in front of the boot.



Asian Business Connectors thru Partners 4 Leads

San Francisco, California

Information on helping local business professionals grow their business & skills focusing on the Asian community.



Green Mary

Windsor, California

Information about sustainability and recycling.



SF Samoa

Daly City, California

Flower leis and tapa designed crafts & henna tattoos.



Corporate Booths:

Newman Lasik Centers

Hercules, California

Information about lasik eye surgery.



Golden State Warriors

Oakland, California

Prize wheel, balloons, ticket information, autographs signed by Warrior Girls, & Warriors official merchandise.



Arceo Graphix

South San Francisco, California

Informational flyers will be presented and available.





Government Agencies:

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

San Francisco, California

Water conservation & water pollution outreach and education with an interactive prize wheel.



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

San Francisco, California

Medicare publications & other giveaways.



Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Oakland, California

General transit information, system schedules, giveaways, and info on local projects.



San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco, California

Information about library programs, collections and services.  Giveaways of bookmarks, flyers and treats.



San Francisco Superior Court

San Francisco, California

Informational flyers and brochures about the City's Superior Court system.



California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Sacramento, California

Informational flyers and brochures about the state's public utilities commission.



Indonesian Consulate

San Francisco, California

The rich and diverse culture of Indonesia will be showcased through food, travel information, crafts, and other informational activities.



Japan Consulate

San Francisco, California

Informational booth showcasing Japanese culture, tourism and the recent earthquake.



San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)

San Francisco, California

The sergeant will be on-site to answer questions & to recruit potential officers for the SFPD.














Plan Out Your Day of Entertainment

Here is the schedule for the full day of performances at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, with more surprise guests to be announced!


Civic Center Stage

Located at Fulton and Larkin Street 

11:00 AM       

        Faces of Asia

        Chloe Yu

       My Peoples

12:00 PM  

        Greetings from Elected Officials

        Gamelon X

        Cynthia Lin

        Case in Theory

1:00 PM

        The Like Me's


2:00 PM     

3:00 PM      

        Marlon Dane


        Rel and JBillion

5:00 PM    


        Golda and the Guns   

6:00 PM

  • Closing Remarks

Resident DJs: JayPlus, Mike Nice, ToneDef


Hosts:  Alan Wang (ABC7), Franco Finn (Golden State Warriors), JayPlus (WiLD949)


Cultural and Jazz Stage

Located at Golden Gate and Larkin Streets


11:00 AM    

        American Center of Philippine Arts

        Liping Zhu 

12:00 PM    

        Faces of Asia 

        Traditional performing ensemble from Thailand

        Francis Wong Unit

        GenRyu Arts  


        The SF Pinoy Jazz Revue presented by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival

4:00 PM     

        ESKABO Daan

        Balut Eating Contest  

5:00 PM   

       KUK SOOL WON of San Francisco

        Poisoned Cupcakes

6:00 PM     

  • Closing Remarks


Hosted  in part by DJ Keith O



Entertainment Highlights: Come See Them at the AHSC!



American Center of Philippine Arts was founded in 2009 with the vision to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about Filipino history and culture by using dance, music and the arts as a tool. 



Marlon Dane


Marlon Dane, a San Diego singer, songwriter and producer has been garnering a lot of attention with his hard work and talent. Thanks to his musical and social ingenuity he is able to capture the relevant issues that people everywhere face in a way that they can all easily relate to.



 Liping Zhu


 Liping Zhu founder of Qi Dragon Healing Center, is a certified Qigong/Taichi instructor from China and a disciple of Taoist Master Yu Anren. She was a gold medalist in the 1996 International Martial Arts Tournament.





Vinroc - Founder of ThatsThatlabel.com, a former two-time world champion DJ and arguably one of the most versatile DJ/Producers in the U.S., Vinroc a.k.a. Vincent Punsalan started his career in music at the age of 10.



Sponsor Profile: CBS 5


CBS 5/The CW 44 Cable 12 are honored to sponsor the 7th Annual Asian Street Heritage Celebration on May 21, 2011 and have been sponsors since the inception.  For the third consecutive year we joined in partnership with AsianWeek Foundation for the combined kick-off for the Asian Heritage Street Celebration and APA Heritage Month Reception.  It's a great opportunity to network with community members and let them know how to pitch to our station for news, public service announcements, Eye on the Bay, Jefferson Awards, Bay Sunday, Bay Area Focus and more programming.  The kick-off/reception was attended by more than 400 people and emceed by CBS 5 reporter Grace Lee.  The Asian American Women Artists Association provided a beautiful backdrop with their art for the event held at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in SOMarts Cultural Center.  We are also running public service announcements about ASHC on both stations.  We are expecting 100,000 plus people at the street fair and CBS 5 reporter Grace Lee will emcee from one of the stages.  May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but CBS 5/The CW 44 Cable 12 value the diversity 24/7/365.


Thanks to CBS 5 for having us on their May 8, 2011 episode of Bay Sunday!

AsianWeek Foundation's Angela Pang on the May 8 edition of CBS 5's Bay Sunday to promote the upcoming street fair.

AsianWeek Foundation's Angela Pang on the May 8 edition of CBS 5's Bay Sunday.


APA Heritage Month/AHSC Kick Off Party

AHSC Kickoff

photo by Frank Jang

Approximately 500 people came to celebrate APA heritage month and kick off the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration at the API Cultural Center located inside SOMArts Center at 934 Brannan St. The event was co-hosted by CBS5/CW44 and AsianWeek Foundation. Guests were treated to an art exhibit by the Asian American Women Artists Association.


Check out CBS 5's coverage of the event:



View more photos from the event here:


Public Allies Heads AHSC Kids' Section
By Lloyd Alaban

Public Allies


You know an organization has a strong mandate when it's supported by the President of the United States. With such strong support, Public Allies is doing some equally strong work for the community in return. 


The San Francisco and Silicon Valley chapter will be a community partner of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration for the second straight year and will be managing the kids' section for the celebration. Public Allies will be showcasing three booths this year, including an arts and crafts booth and a food booth. A few members will also perform tinikling, a traditional Filipino dance where participants rhythmically step over large bamboo poles. 


The kids' section will also feature the San Francisco Public Library Book Mobile, finger painting by the S.F. Police Activities League, face painting by Fortune Kookie Fun and Kung Fu Panda. Danis Sugita, the program manager and director of ally recruitment at the local chapter, oversees more than forty members ages 17 to 30 who do a myriad of organizing and community projects for the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area.


"We develop leadership and get to help build the community," says Danis Sugita. Public Allies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating leadership among its members through hands-on work with fellow nonprofits. The San Francisco and Silicon Valley chapter is just one of many such Public Allies chapters across the nation.   

The Asian Law Caucus and the Community Youth Center in San Francisco are just some of the few organizations Public Allies partners with. 


Play Mah Jong with the San Francisco Chinese Club

By Lloyd Alaban


Mah Jong 

The center of the San Francisco mah jong community won't be in Chinatown on May 21.  It'll be in Little Saigon.


The San Francisco Chinese Club (SFCC) along with members of American Legion Cathay Post #384 will be managing the mah jong tables at the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Each table will have its own variation on mahjong rules. Mahjong veterans will be present to instruct any nervous beginners. There will be no cost to play, and people are encouraged to stop by to play a hand for fun.


Mah jong, deriving from the Chinese word for "sparrow," is a domino game in which players must form a legal hand consisting of 14 tiles. This is done by drawing and discarding tiles from the communal pile, called the "wall," until a player forms a series of 12 identical tiles - a "meld" - and two extra tiles - the "eyes." The first person with such a hand is declared the winner. Mah jong is a test of memory, strategy and brainpower.


"It's a very challenging game," says SFCC member Richard Ow. "You have to use your head."


It is only fitting for one of San Francisco's premier Chinese community organizations to bring the game to the nation's largest pan-Asian street fair. The San Francisco Chinese Club provides social services to the Chinese community in San Francisco, the largest overseas Chinese community in the world. Citizenship classes, voter registration workshops, candidate forums, and hepatitis B screenings are just some of the many programs offered by the SFCC.


"We allow people here to live the American dream," says Richard Ow, a member of the SFCC.


But most of all, the SFCC hopes their contribution to the AHSC will bring more than just the sound of clacking tiles.


"Mah jong brings all cultures together," says Ow. "It's going to make a friendlier and happier city."


For more information on the SFCC, please visit their website at www.sfchineseclub.org.



Volunteer Profile: Bill Picture

By Natalie Schrik


Bill Picture 


Occupation: Event Producer

Affiliations: None

Ethnicity: Mexican

Number of Years With AHSC: 5 

Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat/Pig cusp


I  began volunteering for the AHSC because: I strongly support AsianWeek Foundation's mission of celebrating diversity and giving a strong voice to communities of color.


One thing I am looking most look forward to at this year's celebration is: Our expanded children's area, where kids can participate in some really fun and unique cultural activities.


My favorite Asian cultural tradition is: removing your shoes before entering a home.  Street grime...ick!


Favorite Asian food: Burmese samusa soup


Favorite Asian Pacific American Celebrity: Margaret Cho


I am embarrassed to admit that I: enjoy ice cream most after 10 p.m.


My Superhero power would be: to stop time.


If I could vacation with anyone, anywhere, I would go: on the beach on Koh Samui, Thailand, sun on my face, cocktail in hand and boyfriend by my side.












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