IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
17TH YEAR!!
VOL. XVII NO. 1
JANUARY 2021
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
.
We have rebooted and on our 17th year, we're 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 minds
more active.
We are dedicating this new rebirth to our beloved supporters and readers in Wisconsin and beyond!
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea              
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the Year
for the State of Wisconsin
(US-SBA)
A New Paradigm for Humane and Effective
Immigration Enforcemen
t
Centering Racial Equity in a New Administration
By Danyelle Solomon and Lily Roberts
A Communications Strategy to End the
COVID-19 Pandemic
5 Priorities for the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2021
By Michael Fuchs and Haneul Lee

With 2021
here, the U.S.-Japan alliance remains a key pillar of America’
s strategy in Asia. But the alliance faces a number of Trump’s policies
undermined the alliance at exactly the wrong time. China’s destabilizing
behavior in Asia, North Korea’s growing stockpile of weapons of mass
destruction, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the challenges
that underscore the need for a robust U.S.-Japan alliance. With new
leadership in both countries—U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and new
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga—below are five priorities that
can help make the U.S.-Japan alliance as effective as possible in
advancing shared interests in 2021 and beyond.

Global health and pandemic preparedness and response
As the global number of coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket and
now exceeds 50 million, the United States and Japan should work
together to bolster global health and the pandemic response. The United
States must first return to the World Health Organization (WHO) and, with
Japan, work to strengthen the organization. The two allies then should
find ways to work together with other partners—including South Korea
and Taiwan—to build public health capacity, ensure vaccine distribution,
provide assistance to developing countries, enhance pandemic
preparedness, and share ways on how best to facilitate strong economic
recoveries. --
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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened the health and well-being of
hundreds of millions of people around the globe but has also triggered a
national recession in the United States and worsened the racial wealth gap.
Prior to the pandemic, the average net worth of a white family was 10 times
greater than that of a Black family and seven times greater than that of a Latinx
family. Black families and families of color were also less likely to have health
care coverage or access to comprehensive high-quality health care and more
likely to be occupationally segregated in low-wage jobs that lack quality
benefits. --
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By Emily Gee, Wesley Thompson, and Thomas Tsai

The United States is now facing the greatest surge in COVID-19 cases
yet. Although the COVID-19 vaccination is now underway—a momentous
step toward ending the pandemic—the United States is not expected to
reach herd immunity until at least mid-2021. Until that point, sustained
public health messaging about the importance of social distancing and
other coronavirus mitigation measures is crucial to controlling the
spread of the virus and preventing complacency. --
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A Tribute to Asian Wisconzine columnist
Paul Kusuda
Tri-Caucus Leaders Urge President-Elect Joe Biden to Nominate an AAPI Cabinet Secretary
APIAVote Celebrates Historic AAPI Voter Turnout
"2020 has solidified AAPI voters as the margin of victory," Executive Director Christine Chen said in a
statement.
We did it. As the final vote counts come in, there is already incredible early vote turnout in several key states from
AAPI voters. Not only that, but our communities have proved that they can come out in record numbers.
GUEST EDITORIAL FROM APIAVOTE
In a statement from last week, Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote noted that "This election saw a record-breaking number of Asian
American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters turn out to vote for the next President of the United States. As the vote counts are finalized,
recent data from Catalist revealed a 310% increase in AAPI early voters from 4 million in 2020 compared to 1.25 million in 2016."

Among the topline reasons for the surge in AAPI voters this year:
Early grassroots engagement: Community groups and leaders organized not only around the election but also the 2020 census to spark
interest leading up to the election. APIAVote worked with local groups to host over 50 trainings for thousands of community members on the
importance of civic engagement and voter education.

Increased partisan outreach: Both Republicans and Democrats built larger community engagement programs this cycle, but there is still a
massive need for earlier investments and ongoing engagement from the parties and campaigns.

Targeted (and translated) voter outreach: APIAVote reached over 700,000 households leading up to the election through non-partisan and in-
language phonebanking, textbanking and a comprehensive mail program that covered 20 states and 13 different languages.

Election protection: In conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, APIAVote received thousands of calls from voters to the 888-
API-VOTE hotline in the weeks leading up to the election.

We'd like to thank our staff, our national and local partners, student ambassadors, and supporters for showing the power of the AAPI vote!
Together, we will continue to make sure that every voter understands their power and has an equal opportunity to vote in every election. --
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By Peter Markowitz
Introduction and summary
In recent decades, detention and deportation have become the entirety of
America’s immigration enforcement strategy. This will strike many, perhaps
even most, Americans as both intuitive and inevitable. How else is the nation
to enforce its immigration laws? But U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s (ICE) mass detention and deportation strategy is, in fact, both a
sharp break from historic norms and neither the only, nor the most effective,
way to enforce immigration law. As a result of ICE’s unprecedented mass
deportation agenda, the United States now spends more on federal immigration
enforcement than on all federal criminal law enforcement combined, and has
removed more than twice as many people in the first two decades of the 21st
century as in the entire previous history of the United States. The brutality and
enormous investment in immigration enforcement have created a well-
documented humanitarian disaster that has increasingly driven the American
public to reject ICE’s heavy-handed tactics. However, less well-recognized
are the ways in which that agency’s enforcement-only approach has utterly
failed as a law enforcement strategy. --
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Dec. 19, WASHINGTON, DC – Today, leaders of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American
Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
– urged President-elect Joe Biden to
nominate an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cabinet Secretary. If an AAPI is not nominated to fill one of the remaining Cabinet
Secretary roles, it will be the first time in over 20 years that AAPIs are not represented amongst the 15 Cabinet heads who run executive
departments. CAPAC Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), CBC Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), CHC Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), CBC Chair-elect Joyce
Beatty (OH-03), and CHC Chair-elect Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following joint statement: --
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A tribute to my late foster parents: Paul & Atsuko Kusuda
By Heidi M. Pascual


Below is a piece written by Paul Kusuda in January 2010, about 11 years ago. Paul is gone…as well as Atsuko…but their
memories linger on. Paul was Asian Wisconzine’s top supporter since its beginning (as columnist and financial backer), a
well-known community activist whose ideas on various issues are still very relevant today, and a loving “father” to me
regardless of where I was. Atsuko never tired of serving the Madison area community as volunteer even after her
retirement. Both truly deserve my love and admiration.

This piece is followed by a Christmas letter and wedding photo I received from their daughter, Missy Kusuda. I found them
very touching and worth sharing to our community which the Kusudas loved and served.
Naturalization: A privilege needing extension to would-be
Americans


By Paul H. Kusuda

     It’s year 2010, a decade past Y2K — the year computer programmers
dreaded because of inadequate pre-planning. It’s 2010, five years since
the first issue of Asian Wisconzine. What a long. long difficult trail for
Editor/Publisher Heidi Pascual! Her valiant efforts to keep the
publication going, including  improvements over initial issues, deserve
commendation. I hope readers will let her know of their
appreciation. Positive feedback gives heart to editors, especially
someone like Heidi who works so hard to see that Asians are not lost in
the news shuffle. I understand that her website gets many, many hits. My
friend in North Carolina is among those who read Asian Wisconzine on
Paul and Atsuko Kusuda on their wedding day
the web.

The New Year is a time to look backward for inspiration and forward to plan for the future. So, that explains my backward
look for five years. Hopes for the future are not as easy to see. Fruitions depend on others. My efforts to effect change have
not always been successful. One hope I’ve had is that naturalization procedures be extended to many of those who are on
the outside looking in on an unattainable prize: American citizenship. --
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