E-newsletter: Issue 4 � Honoring Bay Area Educators May 11, 2012
In This Issue
AHSC Honors Educators
Photo Highlight: A Glimpse from 2011 AHSC
Sponsor: CVS Caremark
Fun for All Kids at AHSC Children's Area
Win Money for Your School
Featured Entertainment:Native Elements
Featured Entertainment: Joel Del Rosario
Vendor Highlight: Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale
Entertainment Highlight: Diwa Kulintang Circle
Community Profile: AACO
Volunteer Profiles: Priscilla Kyu, Albert Chan

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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.


Thai Monk Blessing

Monks from the Wat Buddhapradeep in San Bruno, CA will perform a blessing at 10 a.m. to kick off festivities at the Fulton St. Stage


Faces of Asia Cultural Procession

To kick off the fair at 11 a.m. watch over 150 people walk the streets dressed in dazzling ethnic attire. The procession is organized by the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center. Some of the things you can expect to see are traditional Burmese, Cambodian, Korean, Lao, Vietnamese attire. 


AHSC Cinema Showcase

The free two-hour Asian Heritage Street Celebration Showcase organized by the Center for Asian American Media will be held at the Asian Art Museum's Samsung Hall on Saturday May 19th from 2PM to 4PM. For a look at this year's films, visit: http://caamedia.org


Celebrity Cooking Demos

Martin Yan, M.Y. China  

Charles Phan, Slanted Door

Mari Takahashi, Nombe 

Andrea Nguyen

Steve Cortez 

Kayne Raymond, BBC America's "No Kitchen Required"


Healthy Living Pavilion

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

  • Hepatitis B and C screenings
  • Glucose tests
  • Lupus education
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Health education
  • Alternative medicine

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: http://www.asianfairsf.com/fair-info/volunteer    


Walk in Faces of Asia Cultural Procession 

Faces of Asia Cultural Procession 2010


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. For the 4th year in a row, the procession is being spearheaded by Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center. To participate contact Hang To:  


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ENewsletter Team
Editors: Megan KungAngela Pang, Leanna Yip
: Vanessa Cheng, Annabelle Udo, Carrolyn Kubota, Tiffany Louie, Fiona Deng, Christine Padilla, Lloyd Alaban, Jane Nguyen, Justine Bondoc. 
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AHSC Honors Educators Who Promote Diversity
By Fiona Deng
Six outstanding educators will be given the 2012 Asian Heritage Street Celebration School Awards to honor their commitment to promoting cross-cultural diversity in their schools or community. The award ceremony will be held inside the Asian Art Museum's Samsung Hall on the day of the festival at 11 a.m. The public is invited to come and celebrate. Click here and register for the celebration:


Mindy Yip, a first grade teacher at San Francisco's Visitacion Valley Elementary School, is a Chinese American who speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Cambodian. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. For the past five years, Mindy has provided training for teachers in Vietnamese-language programs in the Bay Area. In 2008, Yip was awarded the Milken National Educator Award, presented by Rep. Nancy Pelosi. She donated half of her $25,000 prize to her school.



Read more about the other awardees...


Photo Highlight: A Glimpse from 2011 AHSC

Faces of Asia
Photo by Jennifer Hsu
An AHSC participant wears beautiful Thai clothing while walking in the "Faces of Asia" cultural procession.

Sponsor Profile: Target

Target's Asian Heritage Street Celebration Commerical 

Target is proud to once again sponsor the School Awards Program at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, honoring educators around the Bay Area for their commitment to the education and promotion of cross cultural diversity.  Honorees are presented with plaques and gift cards from Target at an awards ceremony taking place in the Asian Art Museum on the day of the street fair, where the community joins in to celebrate their accomplishments.


Fun for All Kids at AHSC Children's Area

There's something for every kid at the AHSC children's area.

"There will be lots of activities for all age ranges," says Carrolyn Kubota, operations director at the AsianWeek Foundation. "There will be a bouncy house, rock climbing wall, games, face painting, storytelling, planting seeds in milk cartons, live animal encounters and finger printing from the SF Police Activity League."


Win Money for Your School and a Prize for Yourself
By Fiona Deng

2011 Raffle Awards
Spring Valley Elementary School has used their raffle funds to buy new supplies. Photo by Thanh T. Huynh.

The 2012 Make Some Money for Your School raffle program is expected to raise more than last year's proceeds of over $17,000 for San Francisco schools. Twenty-one schools are participating this year, more than last year's 17 schools. Grand prizes provided by the Asian Heritage Street Celebration include round-trip airline tickets by Virgin America, a $500 Sterling Bank and Trust cash bank account, and a $100 Target gift card. In addition, raffle ticket holders have the opportunity for more prizes, such as museum tickets, theater tickets, free hotel accommodations and more. For a complete prize list visit: http://asianfairsf.com/raffle/


There will be multiple prize drawings throughout the day of the festival. Winners need not be present to win.     


The AHSC puts on the school fundraising program with the goal of enhancing children's learning and extracurricular activities and educating them on the significance of community fundraising. All proceeds go directly back to participating schools.    


"This is one of our biggest fundraising events, so we really appreciate your support," said teacher Tetsu Morikawa, who is in charge of George Washington High School's Japanese National Honor Society. "We have several activities to learn Japanese culture, such as cooking workshops. The funds from the raffle programs have been used for purchasing materials and ingredients for cooking."    


Raffle tickets are sold for $3, with $2 going back to each school. The extra $1 goes towards a bonus for the top-selling school in each division (preschool, elementary, middle and high school), which will be awarded a $500 cash prize. Each school that sells at least 20 tickets will also receive a $100 bonus. Prize results will be announced by May 25, 2012.     

Support Bay Area schools and buy your tickets at the festival's raffle sale booth.


Accounting services are provided by Louie and Wong LLP.  

Sponsor Profile: Brown & Toland Physicians

Brown & Toland 


Brown & Toland Physicians proudly supports the eighth annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration.


"Brown & Toland's doctors provide health care for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents, and our doctors come from all over the world to work and live in San Francisco," said Richard Fish, Brown & Toland's chief executive officer. "Diversity is an important part of our company, and we are excited to have an opportunity to participate in an event like the Asian Heritage Street Celebration."


As San Francisco's largest physician organization, Brown & Toland is active in the community and takes pride in promoting health and wellness in the Asian community. Brown & Toland is committed to helping stamp out hepatitis B in our community and will again be offering free screenings at its booth at this year's celebration. 

The hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects one in 10 Asians and may cause liver failure if not diagnosed and treated. Many who have HBV, however, do not know that they carry the disease and do not seek treatment.


Brown & Toland, along with other community groups, civic organizations and healthcare partners, helped launch the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign. The campaign is a first-of-its-kind effort to screen, vaccinate and treat all Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B. The city-wide initiative, the first in the nation, has provided free and low-cost testing and vaccination to thousands and spurred a nationwide movement to eradicate this disease.


"Awareness is very important and is really the first step to beating hepatitis B and creating a healthier community," said John Fisher, marketing manager at Brown & Toland and head of the San Francisco Hep B Free marketing committee.


Be sure stop by and strike your best pose at their Photo Booth! 


Becoming a Brown & Toland Patient

Joining Brown & Toland Physicians means gaining access to a comprehensive network of primary care doctors and specialists in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties. We're consistently ranked near the top in patient satisfaction, and for the fifth year in a row earned an elite ranking from the California Association of Physicians Group.  


In late 2011 Brown & Toland was selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) project, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. Find out how you may benefit from being a Brown & Toland patient at www.brownandtoland.com

Featured Entertainment: Joel Del Rosario

Joel Del Rosario  

Presented by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, native Bay Area guitarist and composer Joel Del Rosario was classically trained on the viola as a child and grew up listening to the soulful sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson and Stan Getz on the family stereo. When Joel's mother died of cancer, he turned to the guitar for solace.  Joel is currently active in his community. He has raised funds for cancer awareness, counseled children and played music for a local church. He plays a beautiful set of melodies in his latest release, Coast to Coast


Sponsor Profile: I Can Afford College

I can afford college 

The "I Can Afford College" campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative that is sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.  The campaign educates current and prospective students that financial aid is available now and year-round at California's 112 community colleges to help pay for fees, books, supplies and sometimes even rent.


To find out more about the year-round availability of financial aid at California's 112 community colleges, and to begin the application process, visit www.icanaffordcollege.com.  By visiting the website, you can also get connected with financial aid experts at your local community college campus to receive one-on-one assistance completing the financial aid application. And, through June 29th you can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship through the Fund Your Future contest, sponsored by ClearChannel.  That's $10,000 to help pay for your community college fees, books, supplies, living expenses and to get you closer to achieving your higher education goals!


Be sure to connect with the "I Can Afford College" campaign on Facebook and Twitter - www.facebook.com/icanaffordcollege and @icanafrdcollege - so you can get important financial aid updates, community college news and more!


Remember, it's not too late to apply for financial aid! Don't let money hold you back from making your higher education dreams a reality.  Come by our booth at this year's Asian Heritage Street Celebration!



Entertainment Highlight: Diwa Kulintang Circle

Diwa Kulintang Circle

Diwa Kulintang Circle was formed in May 2009 by women, mostly members of the San Francisco-based group Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble. The Kulintang is an instrument that resembles a set of gongs and comes from the southern part of the Philippines. 

Each of the core members have between 10 and 20 years experience playing the traditional kulintang music of the Maguindanao and Maranao people of the southern Philippines. They have added to their repertoire the traditional music and dance of the Kalinga people of the Pasil River Valley of northern Luzon in the PhilippinesAll members of the Diwa Kulintang Circle have studied extensively under the award-winning master Kulintang musician Danny "Danongan" Kalanduyan. 

Community Profile: AACO

Asian Americans for Community Outreach (AACO) promotes involvement in community service and organizes Asian American professionals from around the San Francisco Bay Area to make a positive impact on our community.  Volunteer opportunities include food banks, homeless shelters, environmental projects, youth activities, cultural events, non-profit fundraisers, and lots more.  Interested volunteers can find out about these opportunities at http://aaco-sf.org

Volunteer Profiles: Priscilla Kyu and Albert Chan

Here's a look at our volunteer coordinator co-chairs from Asian Americans for Community Outreach: 

Priscilla Kyu

Name: Priscilla Kyu

Occupation: Intake Coordinator and Case Manager

Affiliations (organizations): Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS, Inc.) and Asian Americans for Community Outreach (AACO)

Ethnicity: Chinese, Burmese

Number of Years With AHSC: 3 years

Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rabbit

I began volunteering for the AHSC because: I love the idea of a festival that brings communities together to celebrate the diversity of Asian ethnicities and their cultural customs. 

One thing I am looking most look forward to at this year's celebration is: The "Faces of Asia" procession is by far my favorite part of AHSC and a beautiful display of customary attire from different Asian cultures. 

My favorite Asian cultural tradition is: Chinese New Year at my grandpa's

Favorite Asian food: CURRY of all kinds!!

Favorite Asian Pacific American Celebrity: I am a big fan of B.D. Wong and Michelle Yeoh.

I am embarrassed to admit that: I still don't know how to ride a bike! Somebody teach me!

My Superhero power would be: The golden lasso of truth! Anyone caught in it would have to obey and speak their truth. Wonder woman had the right idea...

If I could vacation with anyone anywhere, it would be: My family and Anthony Bourdain in Burma


 Albert Chan


Name: Albert Chan
 Contracting Officer with the Presidio Trust and Adjunct English Instructor with Chabot College
Affiliations (organizations):
 Asian Americans for Community Outreach 

Ethnicity: Chinese 
Number of Years With AHSC:
Chinese Zodiac Sign:
I began volunteering for the AHSC because:
 It represented a great opportunity to help myself and our volunteer network get more involved with the local community.
One thing I am looking most look forward to at this year's celebration is:
 To once again see hundreds of volunteers helping the community in their own special, unique way.
My favorite Asian cultural tradition is:
  Celebrating Chinese New Year
Favorite Asian food:
 My mom's won ton soup
Favorite Asian Pacific American Celebrity:
  Jeremy Lin and Ming Na-Wen
I am embarrassed to admit that:
 I cried when the San Francisco Giants (my favorite team of all time since my early childhood) won the World Series in 2010
My Superhero power would be:
 to be able to magically spread happiness throughout the world
If I could vacation with anyone anywhere, it would be:
 anywhere with my family 








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