Daily Dose & Announcements: 06/24/09

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>> To Overcome Fear of Alzheimer’s, Asian Families Learn Loving Touch
>> A Reading with Minal Hajratwala
>> East West Players’ honored twice by James Irvine Foundation
>>”Taste Korea” on CBS 5
>> Tibetan Guide’s Incitement Case Surfaces: 3-Year Sentence for Emails, Text Messages

Compiled by Beleza Chan


To Overcome Fear of Alzheimer’s, Asian Families Learn Loving Touch

Chicago – Think of five things you most enjoy doing in the morning – answers might include indulging in a cup of coffee, reading the newspaper, or going for a walk – and then imagine being told “you can’t do it because it’s inconvenient,” said Michael Cheang, an assistant professor of family and consumer services at the University of Hawai’i.

The startling example is in fact the reality for many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease who are being cared for by their family members. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease accounts for 50 to 70 percent of dementia cases.

As the Japanese American community comes to terms with its rapidly aging population, caregivers are encouraged to reassess their approach to their relationship with their older loved ones.

Rather than focusing on the caregiver-receiver relationship, Cheang advocates perceiving the relationships younger adults have with their older loved ones as a partnership.

Facing a prognosis of the lengthy disease for which there is no cure – individuals may live anywhere from three to 20 years with Alzheimer’s, the Association reports – can be both heartbreaking and overwhelming.

It is however, important not to assume that someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can’t be engaged.

“When verbal and visual communication no longer works, touch is very important,” Cheang said. Acknowledging that this might go against instinct for some Asian Americans, Cheang suggests crawling into bed with a loved one.

It’s a “basic human element. We all love to be touched, hugged, to feel secure.”

-NichiBei Times



A Reading with Minal Hajratwala

Event: Leaving India: A Reading with Minal Hajratwala
Description: Join us as author Minal Hajratwala reads from her book “Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents.” Minal weaves the story of her family’s migration into the larger fabric of international economic and immigration policies and practices. The result is a unique portrait of the Indian Diaspora making connections between personal choice and the forces of history.
Details: Free, July 21, 12:30 p.m. -2 p.m., Women of Color Resource Center, 1611 Telegraph Ave. #303, Oakland, CA, 94612
Contact: 510-444-2700 Ext. 304, ssimpson@coloredgirls.org

East West Players’ honored twice by James Irvine Foundation

Early June, Tim Dang, producing artistic director of East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, was honored with a 2009 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for increasing understanding of and appreciation for California’s diversity and creating new opportunities for Asian American artists. Stewart Kwoh, of the Asian Pacific American Legal Council, nominated and on June 9th California State Controller John Chiang presented Tim with the award on behalf of the James Irvine Foundation program in Sacramento.

Tim is the second arts recipient to receive this honor from the Irvine Foundation since the inception of the Leadership Awards in 2006.

”I am very thrilled that the Irvine Foundation has chosen to honor Tim Dang and East West Players with the Leadership Award this year,” said Epps. “In addition to knowing that Tim and his company richly deserve this honor, I am greatly moved by the fact that the Foundation has once again wisely bestowed this coveted award on the leader of an arts organization.” On June 16th, East West Players learned that it received another honor from the James Irvine Foundation. The foundation confirmed a renewed grant in its continuing support of East West Players’ literary programs to develop and nurture new artistic works. This grant, approved through a different process with different guidelines, provides EWP with $300,000 over the next three years.

“Taste Korea” on CBS 5

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose – CBS 5 and cbs5.com in partnership with the Republic of Korea have created an advertising campaign featuring 15 spots that highlight the food and culture of Korea.
”We are very excited about this ‘Taste Korea’ campaign and proud to share the Korean culture and our food with mainstream America to build stronger relationships, especially during these tough times,” said Moon Kyu Bang, Ph.D., Director General, Food Industry Policy Bureau, Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Republic of Korea.
The videos are on air and can also be seen on http://cbs5.com/advtastekoreavideo with the following businesses



Tibetan Guide’s Incitement Case Surfaces: 3-Year Sentence for Emails, Text Messages

Dui Hua has obtained and produced English translations of the indictment and verdict for a previously unknown case of a Tibetan sentenced to three years in prison for “inciting splittism” after the March 14 riots in Lhasa. The case against Gonpo Tserang, a well-respected expedition guide who has trekked with foreign celebrities and participated in high-profile mountain rescue efforts, involved a series of emails and text messages sent over three days to acquaintances outside of China. These messages, which prosecutors claim “distorted the facts and true situation regarding social stability in the Tibetan area following the ‘March 14 incident” were considered by the court to be deserving of severe punishment.

This case is significant in a number of respects. First, it is the only case Dui Hua is aware of in which a Tibetan in Yunnan Province has been convicted of a state security crime following the Tibetan protests of 2008. Second, it is not at all apparent that the charge of “inciting splittism” was properly applied. The content of the messages is never specified, and it is questionable whether individuals who are not located in China are even capable of carrying out acts that would “split the nation or undermine national unity.” Unfortunately, it appears that, at least for his appeal, Gonpo Tserang was not represented by counsel-very likely a result of the reluctance of most lawyers to take on criminal defense work in political cases and the threats made warning of serious consequences for lawyers who volunteered to defend Tibetans.

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