We have a new look, not only to reflect our magazine's warm focus on issues we care about, but also to highlight that season
in Wisconsin where beautiful colors of nature change to signify a future rebirth.
On our 14th year, we're rebooting, hoping to continue our work with greater enthusiasm and lots of inspiration.
Take this new journey with us and together, let us explore news and ideas that would help us get more informed and our
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We are dedicating this new rebirth to our beloved supporters and readers in Wisconsin and beyond!
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the year
for the State of Wisconsin
|VOL. XV NO. 2
IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
Looking back while moving on
Asian Wisconzine was launched in 2004 and published its first issue on January 2005. Looking back, I
remember the supporters who celebrated with me that special day. They truly believed in my vision, that Asian
Wisconzine will provide a platform for Asian voices in Wisconsin. It was like giving birth to a child, surrounded by
people who cared for the Asian community in Madison, with lots of hope that the child will grow to fulfil its
mission on earth. Indeed, my vision was a dream, and for a few years, I thought the child is growing slowly but
surely on the path towards its mission. Its writers then were excited to express a lot of ideas and feelings
through their columns.
But just as our community began to experience the hard times during the recession that started in 2008, I was forced to stop printing in 2010. But I
thank God profusely for He directed me to learn web designing and online publishing the same year I had planned my magazine’s launching.
Asian Wisconzine is still alive online to this day, though on a limited coverage. Since I went back to the Philippines that year, local writers and
columnists started to leave, with the exception of Paul Kusuda, my foster father in Madison, and community activist to the core. Also, an educator,
book author and blogger based in Chicago, Jian Ping, helped me fill up the void by sending columns. Nowadays, I have to content myself by
reprinting relevant columns, issue briefs, and articles from the Center for American Progress, a non-political think tank in Washington, D.C. that
really informs Americans in general about a lot of our concerns especially on immigration, race and ethnicity, health care, government, education,
gun control, justice, and foreign policy and security. I thank Jon Gramling, my best friend who’s The Capital City Hues’ editor and publisher, for
providing most of my local coverage about Asians and people of color in Madison. Doing The Hues’ website allowed me to be connected to the
local issues and people of color whose interests and concerns are similar to Asians like me. --READ MORE
Asian Wisconzine's photos of yesteryears
Medicare Recipients Can Be Denied
Supplemental Medigap Coverage Due to
|“Guaranteed Issue” Rules for Medigap Need to Be
Strengthened, Says The Senior Citizens League
(Washington, DC)-- Older adults who are considering
dropping their Medicare Advantage plan to return to
“traditional” Medicare and a supplemental Medigap
policy are urged to get counseling before canceling
their health plan, warns The Senior Citizens League.
“There are no federal pre-existing condition
protections for retirees who want to leave their
Medicare Advantage plan, which allows individuals to
buy a Medigap policy. This is also the case for people
who already have a Medigap policy, and who just want
to switch to a different one,” says Mary Johnson, a
Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens
League. “Older adults can be denied coverage by
Medigap insurers due to pre-existing medical
conditions, because of the lack of ‘guaranteed issue’
protections,” Johnson says. --READ MORE
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) has
launched free access to Aira, an innovative service that helps blind and low
vision travelers get instant access to the eyes of a trained professional by
using smart glasses that help travelers "see" their way through MKE.
|A groundbreaking U-M study examines sexual
violence and aggression among middle school
and high school students. Adolescent sexual
violence is a huge problem in the United States,
affecting approximately 1 out of every 10 youth
ages 17 and younger.
Paul Kusuda's Column (Repost)
February is remembered by members of the
Japanese American Citizens League and others
because on February 19, 1942, Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed a Presidential Proclamation,
Executive Order 9066--MORE