Daily Dose & Announcements: 04/02/09

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»Cuts Will Unfairly Affect Asian Americans, Advocates Say
»Fifth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Set for May 16
»HepB Screening and Vaccinations This Saturday
»Six Candidates Seek Title of Cherry Blossom Queen
»Intergenerational and Interdisciplinary Writers Lab
»Xoom.com Partners with the China Post Office
»China Launches Martyrs Web Link

Compiled by Lian Qiu
Nation

Cuts Will Unfairly Affect Asian Americans, Advocates Say

SEATTLE – Community advocates say the proposed budget cuts to health and social services will have a disproportionate effect on Asian American and Pacific Islander refugees and immigrants.

In addition to cuts to the state’s Basic Health plan and the General Assistance Unmployable program, the House and Senate have proposed a 9 percent reduction to non-Medicaid mental-health programs.

Advocates say that would have a huge impact on Seattle’s Asian Counseling and Referral Service, which helps more than 22,000 people a year. They also say that a $3 million proposed cut from the state’s Limited English Proficiency Pathway program – which gives language and job-training skills to non-English speakers on public assistance – would affect thousands of people.

“Those cuts are really going to hurt the Asian and Pacific Islander community,” said Tony Lee, advocacy director for the social-service agency, Solid Ground.

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Bay/California

Fifth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Set for May 16

Event: Fifth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
Description: It is the largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in nation, featuring Asian American artists, DJs, martial arts, today’s Asian pop culture, j-cars, a Muay Thai kickboxing ring, scrumptious food, a karaoke contest, children’s area, cultural procession, arts and crafts, anime, free hepatitis B screenings and more.
Details: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Civic Center/Little Saigon District, San Francisco
Contact: www.asianfairsf.com; To be a vendor at the celebration, download a booth application at www.asianfairsf.com or contact Tamiko Wong at 415-321-5865, twong@awfoundation.com.

HepB Screening and Vaccinations This Saturday

Event: Free Screening to Check out for HepB
Description: People risk having been exposed to and infected by the virus even when their family has never been check out for HepB. The free screening helps to avoid getting liver cirrhosis or cancer.
Details: No appointments or fasting are necessary. Just drop in the coming Saturday between 9:00 a.m. to noon to the UCSF campus at 2330 Post Street (at Divisadero), ground level. Signs can be seen on the street. For those who can’t make this Saturday, the Chinatown Public Health Center also has a screening next Saturday between 9:00 a.m. to noon at 1490 Mason Street at Broadway.
Contact: Diana Lau at 415-885-3898

Six Candidates Seek Title of Cherry Blossom Queen

Six candidates for 2009 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen were introduced in San Francisco Japantown. It was noted that this year, for budgetary reasons, there will be no talent segment. Organizers hope to bring it back next year.

The six candidates are Margaret Cheney, 24, of Los Gatos, Stephanie Masako Hata, 24, of El Cerrito, Sarah Naomi Kasuga, 24, of Burlingame, Mari Masuko, 23, of San Francisco, Eri Tagaya, 24, of Mill Valley and Yurika Vu, 25, of Fremont.

The Queen Program will be held Saturday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post St. (at Fillmore) in San Francisco. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Open seating. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door or by contacting Tosh Mitsuda at 650- 871-9287 or tocamit@lanset.com.

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Arts/Entertainments

Intergenerational and Interdisciplinary Writers Lab

Event: Literary Workshop for Emerging Writers
Description: The workshop provide a chance for emerging writers with two of San Francisco’s interdisciplinary arts organizations. 12 selected students will participate in workshops led by accomplished writers and artists Jewelle Gomez and Truong Tran, attend special exhibitions and performances, have the opportunity to perform/read work at a public event, and be published in online anthology.
Details: Saturdays April 11 – June 6, 2009 (no class May 23), 10a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact: www.kearnystreet.org

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Commerce

Xoom.com Partners with the China Post Office

Xoom.com, the fastest growing online money transfer company announced a partnership with the China Post, China’s national postal system. Xoom.com and China Post, now offers cash pickup at over 46,000 China Post Office locations. Consumers can send money in just minutes using the Xoom.com website and recipients will be able to pick up cash immediately.

“This partnership with Xoom.com lets consumers safely send money to China, and the China Post Office is delighted to endorse the Xoom.com money transfer system as a fast, convenient way for Chinese immigrants to send funds back home,” said Mr. Zhou, Head of Marketing, and China Post Office.”

Xoom.com is the first money transfer company to offer cash pickup in just minutes to these locations, so money is available within moments of sending. Picking up money at the China Post Office is convenient because most locations are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and are also open weekends and holidays.

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Globe

China Launches Martyrs Web Link

China has launched a Web site to encourage people to pay their respects to fallen revolutionary heroes online. The link is to encourage people to show respect to those who died in the communist revolution.

The new web link comes ahead of the annual Qingming Festival when Chinese traditionally honour their ancestors.

The online memorial was initiated by the Central Civilisation Office of the Communist Party of China on 26 March and will remain “live” until 14 April.

The government only recently made tomb-sweeping day a national holiday, as it was once among many folk customs condemned by the Communists as old-fashioned and feudalistic.
It has been enthusiastically marked in Hong Kong and Taiwan regardless.

On the mainland, the communist party has begun reviving some old practices as a way to inject traditional values into a rapidly changing social order.

-BBC

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