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VOL. XV NO. 5
MAY 2019
IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
15TH YEAR!!
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                                                   DIRTY POLITICS
I am, almost always, tempted to only write about beautiful things in my native country, the Philippines; not
only to help improve its image to the world but more importantly, to make Filipinos more proud of their
homeland. But in recent months, I have observed an election strategy which I have come to dislike to the
core.

This 2019 is an election year for both national and local officials, except the president and vice president. It
is therefore normal to see roadsides and front yards full of banners urging people to vote for particular candidates, or to hear deafening
sound systems in trucks and other vehicles broadcasting similar advertisements. While I truly do not like littering and creating noise in
public places (with these ad vehicles creating enormous traffic jams on their way), these are minor inconveniences compared to this
particular observation: gatherings distributing goodies (rice, groceries, T-Shirts with printed names of candidates) and cash, when there are
no natural disasters happening around.
The masses of our people are poor. That fact is, and has always been, a candidate’s focus during election. Thus, we’re talking here of
MONEY that should go around for a while to entertain voters, in addition to bringing in beautiful people from show business during rallies.
We’re talking here NOT of what candidates could do or have accomplished during their incumbency, but what voters GET before Election
Day.

I hate this seemingly common strategy among candidates who either are affluent already, or planning to be affluent soon. And I hate the
practice that keeps poor people beholden to candidates who promise more to come if elected. Poor people rely on candidates who give
them something to tide them over for a day or two, not even realizing that they are being taken for a ride. Tell me, how would these
candidates get back their election investments? --
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(L-R) A voter wears a T-Shirt of a candidate running for councilor, which was patterned after a basketball
team's uniform; front of a house by the road, full of candidates' tarpaulins.
To attract more people to come to these
parties, attendees are offered free food,
drinks, and the chance to win big raffle prizes
of more goodies and appliances! The parties
are usually held separately for different
groups of voters: tricycle drivers and
operators, teachers, senior citizens, laborers,
etc. It is therefore a common sight to see
drivers in “uniform” wearing their free T-
Shirts, proud to freely advertise the candidate
who gave them the same, oblivious to the fact
that they are being used as free advertising
agents. It is also common to hear people on
the street say, “It was great to attend the
‘rally’ because I got to eat good food and take
home some groceries!”
NEWS NEWS NEWS
APIAVote Intern Spotlight:
Clifford Jiang
From APIAVote

Ever wonder what it's like to intern
with us? Meet Clifford, a Junior at
the University of California at Irvine!
He is in Washington, DC with the
University of California Washington
Center (UCDC) as our intern for the
Mapping China’s Global
Governance Ambitions
--Democracies Still Have
Leverage to Shape Beijing’s
Reform Agenda

By Melanie Hart and Blaine
Johnson
Paul Kusuda's Column (Repost)
STILL ON NATURALIZATION

More thought needs to be taken by administrators
responsible to carry out naturalization policies
toward making recommendations for changes in
regulations aimed specifically to loosen
requirements
--READ MORE
Former California Treasurer John Chiang
Launches ElectAAPI.Org
Exceptional Mothers I came to know
by Heidi M. Pascual
Los Angeles, CA - Recently, Former California Treasurer John Chiang
launched a new Political Action Committee, ElectAAPI.Org.

ElectAAPI.Org is a federal Political Action Committee that seeks to
support AAPI Democratic candidates. It aims to help AAPI
candidates get elected and take a stand against the discriminatory, right-
wing agenda being propagated by the Trump Administration.

“Polls show that the values of AAPI voters align with the priorities of
the Democratic Party, such as expanding access to health care,
investing in higher education, expanding economic opportunity to
communities of color, and fixing our broken immigration system,” said
Former California Treasurer John Chiang. “We cannot take the AAPI
community for granted. That’s why ElectAAPI.Org will invest early
in AAPI candidates to ensure our communities' voices and concerns
have a seat at the table, fighting to make the American Dream more
accessible to everyone.”

Learn more at
ElectAAPI.Org.
Clifford Jiang (Photo Credit:
Julie Wu)
Winter quarter. Hear what he has to say about his time with us. --
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FEATURE STORY
I am sure thousands upon thousands of stories have been
written about mothers and women who genuinely act as
such, and why they deserve to be loved and put on a
pedestal. Across the world, regardless of race or skin
color, type of government their society has, belief or
religion, and other considerations, mothers are almost
always, the most nurturing and loving individuals,
particularly to their children. In reflecting about Women’s
History Month therefore, I thought of a few mothers I
personally know and highlight some extraordinary
achievements focused not on societal or political efforts
that merited awards or recognition, but on familial acts that
changed lives of people they love. I have purposely
changed the names of these women to protect their identity
and privacy.--
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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE ACROSS WISCONSIN
REVEALED BY NEW MAPS

MADISON - When a patient arrives at a hospital with an
infection, her doctor must decide which antibiotic might have
the best chance of curing her - no easy feat when
disease-causing pathogens are increasingly resistant to
multiple antibiotics.--
READ MORE
Getty/Alex Wong
An immigration activist wears monarch butterfly wings
for a march on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March
2018.
LET'S US CELEBRATE ASIAN
AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH!