Daily Dose & Announcements: 12/01/2009

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>>”The Future of Japan Studies in the U.S. Canada”
>> A&PI Wellness Center Convenes Expert Panel in Recognition of World AIDS Day
>>Annual Asian Lunch and Dinner to Feed Needy and Homeless for Holidays
>>”The Hurrican” Fights for Typhoon Relief This Friday at HP Pavilion

Compiled by Melissa He

BAY/CAL

A&PI Wellness Center Convenes Expert Panel in Recognition of World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, annually observed on December 1st, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center is hosting a community event to raise awareness about HIV and its impact on the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In response to the continuous rise in new HIV infections, the event will include a panel discussion on emerging at-risk populations, including immigrants and refugees, women, and young men who have sex with men (MSM)

The panel discussion, entitled “Right to Access: Emerging Challenges for Emerging Populations”, will focus on the cultural and institutional barriers these groups encounter when discussing sexual health in their communities or navigating the health care system, particularly if widely-held beliefs and assumptions assure them they are at low risk for HIV infection.

In the US, new HIV infections continue to occur, particularly among perceived “low risk” communities like Asians and Pacific Islanders. In fact, the number of new HIV infections for young A&PI MSM more than doubled from 2001 to 2006, the highest percentage increase for any ethnic group. Shame and silence surrounding sexual health lead to low HIV testing rates among A&PIs-it is estimated that a third of A&PIs living with HIV are unaware of their status. In San Francisco, where A&PIs comprise over a third of the population, the A&PI HIV incidence rate is over 6 times the national average.

The event will be held on Tuesday, December 1 from 12-2pm at A&PI Wellness Center’s Polk Street office (730 Polk Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA). Lunch and gift bags will be provided, in addition to free, confidential and anonymous Rapid HIV and Hep B testing (results in 20 minutes). The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the day’s activities, please visit http://www.apiwellness.org/world_AIDS_day_2009.html.

Annual Asian Lunch and Dinner to Feed Needy and Homeless for Holidays

The Asian Chefs Association (ACA), a collection of the Bay Area’s most renowned Asian chefs, will host the annual Chefs Without Borders Holiday Dinner for the Homeless, a free Asian fusion Christmas lunch and dinner to feed 2,500 needy and homeless clients of Glide Memorial Church on Monday, December 14. And, in a special Asian-fused celebration for the Reverend Cecil Williams 80th birthday earlier this year, the renowned Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance School will perform a lively traditional Lion Dance featuring fighting lions.

“In the Chinese culture, the 80th birthday is ‘Da Shou’ – meaning grand longevity,” said (Chau Lam, Asian Chefs Association Executive Director)  “Cecil’s grand 45-year commitment to our poorest neighbors – the longevity of his commitment – has inspired all of us to give the best of ourselves to help the people most in need.  We are honored and privileged to provide this service today.”

This is the 6th year, the Asian Chefs Association, in partnership with the California Culinary Academy, prepares and serves a delicious Asian lunch and dinner for Glide’s clients.  This year’s menu features Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple and Green Pepper, Chinese Egg Rolls, Stirred Fried Chicken with Vegetables, Steamed Rice, Asian Cold Slaw with Sesame and Vinaigrette and dessert with a variety of cookies.  The food will be prepped and cooked all day at the California Culinary Academy the previous day, and delivered to Glide on Monday, December 14.

Lawrence Chu (Chef Chu’s in Los Altos), participants this year include Straits & Sino Restaurant, Sushi Ran, Nikko Hotel, Three Seasons, Hilton San Francisco, California Culinary Academy, Ana Mandara, Chef Chu’s, Roy’s, Poleng Lounge, South Sea Seafood Village, Three Seasons and many other well known Asian restaurants.  Corporate sponsors include Kikkoman International, VE Wong, China Airlines, Dong Vinh Restaurant Supplies, Donsuemor Madeleines, Hilton Hotel, Fresh Green Produce, California Culinary Academy (partner sponsor) and Parnassus Invest.

The White Crane Lion Dance will be performed (from the side walk to the entrance and lobby of Glide?) by students from Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance School in San Francisco.  Two colorful, lively lions will spar in the traditional White Crane dance style, influenced by centuries of martial arts, accompanied by drums and music.

Event: The Future of Japan Studies in the U.S. Canada”
Description: Join leading Japanologists from around the country and current and former Center for Japan Studies chairs for panels and discussions on the future of academic Japan scholarship.  Experts from UC Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, and Japan–related foundations will give an overview of the future of Japan studies in North America and in the global market.
DETAILS: Sun. 12/6. Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
CONTACT: Visit http://ieas.berkeley.edu/events/2009.12.06.html for more info.

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SPORTS

The Hurrican” Fights for Typhoon Relief This Friday at HP Pavilion

Celebrate Filipino Heritage Night at the Tank and support Ana “The Hurrican” Julaton, the Fil-Am fighting pride of the Philippines, as she goes for her 2nd consecutive Main Event fight title.

Ana “The Hurrican” Julaton will be fighting 10 rounds for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Bantamweight World Championship Title.

Partial proceeds of tickets purchased through the Ana Julaton web site will be donated to the Philippine Typhoon Relief Efforts and other local non profit organizations.

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