AUGUST 2018
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Vol. XIV  No. 8
Preserving our past while building for our future
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This is the only photo my siblings and I ever had
with my father (circa 1968). By this time, my mother
had immigrated to the United States and I was
beginning my first year in college.
Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
*2006 Journalist of the
Year for the State of
Wisconsin (US-SBA)
Editor's Corner
OVER A CUP OF TEA
The "Model
Minority Myth"
truly a myth
Before I immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1990s, I
had this strong belief that I would be economically
self sufficient and successful, just like many
Asians in America. The belief stemmed from
glowing media reports that Asian Americans
usually come already highly educated and focused
on reaching the American Dream (a status mainly
highlighting material achievements earned
through education, business success, political
power, and more).
The excitement I felt once I boarded the plane for
this country probably ranked 12th in my standard
between 1-10. Additionally, I was very excited to
join my mother who left the Philippines in 1968
after I graduated from high school, and my younger
siblings (by then all college graduates from Illinois
universities) who were all focused on their
respective careers. In other words, I was going to
join my family of American Dreamers, and that all I
needed to present were a college degree, proof of
exemplary job performance for many years, and
then when accepted by an employer, prove I work
hard on the job. Many Filipinos in the U.S. have
succeeded, so I was confident I would be, too.

Well, looking back at my 12 years in the U.S.,
indeed I had some measure of success,
particularly in regard to my career path in
journalism, the things I learned and re-learned as
an immigrant of color, and meeting people of other
races that made my stay in the U.S. most
memorable, challenging, and highly productive in
terms of education outside of the school
environment --
READ MORE
2018 OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATES IN MADISON &
NEIGHBORING AREAS (Part 2)
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Editor's Note: Each year, Asian Wisconzine's sister publication, The Capital City
Hues, publishes a Row of Excellence, featuring students of color who graduated
with a GPA of 3 and above. We selected from the batch the Asian American
students featured in this Row of Excellence. We thank  publisher & editor Jonathan
Gramling for this special feature!
Stop the presses! Alena Rader has attained academic
excellence at Memorial High. Alena is a contributor and
editor of Sword & Shield, the school newspaper. She has
competed in forensics and on the cross country team and
performed volunteer work at school. Alena has a flair for
the performing arts and as a member of the Drama Club
was named a significant senior artist at Memorial. Alena
has been a part of a dance group in the community that
uses East Asian dance as its base and blends in ballet and
modern dance. She has participated in the performance of
the Lion Dance and practices Chinese martial arts. Alena
has been involved in Children’s Theater of Madison
shows and is a student critic for the Overture Center.
A National Honor Society member, Sydney Tang has
shown concern for issues and community during her quest
for academic excellence. Sydney competed in forensics —
placing 1st in a local tournament — and on the math and
tennis teams. She was active with the Women’s Club,
Gender-Sexuality Alliance, the Student Activist Club and
the human rights week planning committee and all-school
read planning committee. Sydney also did tutoring and
performed community service through Spartan Youth
Service. As a Chancellor’s Scholar, Sydney will be
studying community & non-profit leadership at UW-
Madison this fall.
Tenzin Tashi has built a strong academic foundation at Memorial High from which he
can propel himself to higher education. Tenzin has been prepping for college through
AVID/TOPS. He’s also been involved in TEEM, Asian Club and the Anime Club
while also volunteering through Spartan Youth Service. On Saturday mornings, Tenzin
helps out with the Wisconsin Tibetan Association’s language and culture school. He
has also held down jobs with Chick-fil-A and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Tenzin
will be studying secondary education and Asian studies at UW-Madison.
An Evening of  Bharatanatyam
by Jonathan Gramling
Paul Kusuda’s
column
(A Repost)