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Attracting Good Luck and Good Health in the Year of the Dog


By Jennie L. Ilustre Welcome to the Lunar New Year!  Although it is also known as the Chinese New Year, it is actually celebrated with great joy all over the world. In the national capital region, D.C., as well as Virginia and Maryland counties, have joined the Asian American communities in festivities galore during the weekend of February 16, the …

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National Philharmonic Kicks Off the 2017-2018 Season with Star-Studded Opening Featuring Sarah Chang, Zuill Bailey, and Santiago Rodriguez Performing Classical Masterpieces


Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Featuring Instrument Petting Zoo Sunday, from 2-2:30 p.m. The National Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 season at The Music Center at Strathmore commences with star-studded performances by some of today’s most famous classical musicians. The concert on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m., will feature the famous former child prodigy …

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Book Review – Explore some graphic novels this summer!

By Amanda Andrei   Touch upon the history, folklore, and tenets of Buddhism and Zen with Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s Dharma Delight, or take a tour of Japan, either through the eyes of Christine Mari Inzer’s Diary of a Tokyo Teen or Florent Chavouet’s Tokyo on Foot.   Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhism and Zen …

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Jogger’s Heal treated by Chinese Traditional Medicine


Sponsored Content   Plantar fasciitis is also known as jogger’s heel and pretty common among the mid-aged people. It also occurs in younger people like athletes who run more specially jumper and runners. The clinical symptoms include pain in the heel and bottom of the foot brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin. The pain …

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Celebrate Asian art with your kids this season with Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum, calligraphy, and origami!

By Amanda Andrei     Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum by Sue DiCicco (with Deborah Clearwaters and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco) follows three young children and their mother as they explore over fifty artworks and artifacts from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Each page is a fabulous spread with a photograph of an …

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Sponsored Post: Notice of Settlement Agreement

As part of its ongoing commitment to its customers and its obligation under the D.C. Language Access Act, the D.C. Department of Human Services (“DHS”) Economic Security Administration (“ESA”) announces language access improvements in its city-wide ESA Service Centers.  If you are an ESA customer with limited or no English proficiency, you should expect to receive: Assistance from an in-person …

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Tips for Family Budgeting 


If your family is growing, you’re probably thinking about ways to save money. It’s estimated that the cost of raising children has grown 40% in the last decade. A statistic like that can be intimidating, but luckily, there are plenty of ways for families to save money. Here are some helpful budgeting tips for families.   Buy In Bulk Several …

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Book Reviews: Children Books with an Asian Twist

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By Amanda Andrei The All About Asia series is the children’s version of a folklore handbook, a user-friendly encyclopedia, a DIY manual for experiencing an Asian country’s culture from a youth’s point of view. We explored All About China by Allison “Aixin” Branscombe and illustrated by Lin Wang, All About Japan by Willamarie Moore and illustrated by Kazumi Wilds, and …

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Second International Day of Yoga Celebrated on US Capitol Grounds


‘Asanas’, Dance, Music, Meditation, Mark Yoga Day in Nation’s Capital By Geeta Goindi Washington, DC, June 18, 2016 – The UN-designated International Day of Yoga was celebrated for the second consecutive year in the nation’s capital beginning with an event on the scenic grounds of the US Capitol. Titled ‘Classical on the Capitol’, it featured Indian classical dances, together with …

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Op-Ed: Data ignores health care challenges for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

By Jeffrey B. Caballero Six years later, more than 20 million people have gained health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this is an achievement worth celebrating, millions continue to go without health insurance and finding them can be difficult due to lacking data from previous enrollment periods. Are all communities and groups being counted in enrollment …

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5 Tips for Switching to a Vegan Diet 


Less than a few decades ago, vegetarianism was rare in the United States and veganism was almost unheard of. Now, studies show that over five percent of the population of the country practices vegetarianism, and half of that number are dedicated vegans. There are a number of reasons that people are choosing the vegan lifestyle, and if you are ready …

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Embracing the Asian Stereotype

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By Joanna (Tianchang) Zhang   I can’t count the number of times someone has commented on my resemblance to an Asian peer who is completely unrelated to me, or asked about my mathematics skills. As an Asian American, I am constantly judged based on the Asian stereotype of intelligence and hard work. It doesn’t help that I want to be a …

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Zika Virus Alert – Fight the Bite: Fairfax Residents Urged to “Tip and Toss” Containers


Eliminating breeding areas for disease-carrying mosquitoes now can prevent illness this summer   With the recent spring rains and warmer weather right around the corner, the Fairfax County Health Department is encouraging residents to “tip and toss” any water-holding containers and take other steps to prevent and protect against mosquitoes that can carry diseases, including the Zika virus. Zika is …

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Book Review: Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook – 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen


By Amanda Andrei Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen hits the sweet spot for Chinese American cookbooks. Between the bright, gorgeous photography of succulent dishes and the easy-to-follow recipes and cooking tips, Chin’s cookbook delightfully shares the legacy of the Chin family with personal anecdotes of her friends, neighbors, children, and late mother, the …

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Predictions: 2016, Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey in oriental style. The inscription 2016 in oriental style on textured paper and a symbol the Monkey painted dry brush

By Jennie L. Ilustre The Asian lunar year of 2016 begins on February 8 and ends on January 27, 2017. Known as The Year of the Fire Monkey, it is supposed to be filled with mischief, clashes and success in the workplace and at home. “The monkey always finds its way out of tight situations,” international feng shui master Marites …

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Young Woman Battling Blood Cancer Inspires Global Search for Mixed-Race Marrow Donor


By Tamara Treichel Only several months ago, Lara Casalotti was a vivacious 24-year-old Yoga aficionado dedicated to social causes such as at-risk youth and marginalized groups. That changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December 2015. Now, the young half-Chinese-Thai, half-Italian woman with warm brown eyes and a winning smile is using all her energy in …

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Antonio Taguba, Influential Asian American

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By Jennie L. Ilustre U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba retired on December 31, 2006, after 34 years of distinguished service to the nation. Since then, instead of one, he has been wearing many hats. He has dedicated his retirement to projects that honor veterans, guide seniors and their families, and inspire professionals and students alike to develop as …

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Pope and Trump Boost National Debate on Immigration Issue–Migrant Leader

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By Jennie L. Ilustre   An Asian American advocacy leader said the much-needed national debate on the urgent issue of immigration reform has received a boost from Pope Francis, who made a historic visit to the U.S. last month, and from Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the race for the 2016 presidential elections. Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) Executive …

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Rubbing Shoulders with Jackie Chan in China


By Barbara Stillwater This September, I had the good fortune to see Jackie Chan while visiting the set (actually, it was one of many sets, with filming also to take place in India and China’s Xinjiang region) of his upcoming action movie, Kung Fu Yoga, which is set to be released next year. As an American expat living in China, …

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Award-Winning Chee-Yun Plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore

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North Bethesda, MD, October 28, 2015 –The National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings on Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm and on Sunday, November 29 at 3 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert will also feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, performed by the award-winning instrumentalist Chee-Yun, …

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The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University presents the Asian in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection: Cambodian Arts & Culture with an exhibition, Family Art Day, dance and music performances and a costume-making workshop. The events take place at the Center for the Arts located on the campus of Towson University at the corner of Osler and Cross Campus …

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Cross-Country Cycling For Comfort Women Cause

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By Corih Kim On August 26, Deok-Yeol Baek, and Yong-Seok Sim arrived in DC, after two months of cross-country cycling. They left Los Angeles on June 27 with the intent to end their trip in New York, to spread awareness of the comfort woman issue, and to show their opposition of the way Abe administration continues to meander around the …

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Hongtao Li Continues Conquest of the Art World


By Lily Chen   Hongtao Li, an exceptionally gifted artist born in Dalian, China who has made America his second home, continues to gain both critical and commercial acclaim from experts and art lovers all over the world.   More and more, these have resulted in international art collectors – individuals, museums and other prestigious institutions – placing great value …

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