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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
Love in Quarantine
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the Year
for the State of Wisconsin
With all the various activities that each family member does every day before COVID-19 came about, we must admit that we pay less attention to
each other, as if it is but natural to be with friends or office mates more often rather than with our own family. We spend more time literally with
other people during the day, whether we’re in school or at work, and when we’re back at home, tell me, who’s not using their cellphones to again
connect with people who were with us during the day? It is actually a modern scene at home: all kids are on their cellphones, too busy in their own
world that they become oblivious to others, including their mother’s reminder to do their homework. Even house helpers have their own
cellphones that they continuously connect with their parents, relatives and friends. Thanks to the miracle of technology we don’t need wires
nowadays to connect with the rest of the world. We only need cellphone “load” to make things happen, post- or pre-paid, with as little as fifteen
pesos (about 30 cents) for three-day calls or texts.
With our Extreme Community Quarantine (ECQ) and lockdowns, however, families are forced in a way to stay at home and do things together for
days and nights during this more-than-a-month period (Mid-March to end of April 2020). When every one is confined strictly at home for weeks,
together with family -- spouse and children -- there is only one virtue that stands out, and family members now have realized it is the most
important thing in their lives: LOVE for one another.
Facebook is filled with family activities at home that it is a 360-degree change from what we usually saw in the past. Before COVID-19, we usually
posted our travels, especially abroad or in various tourist spots in the country, and these were journalized almost every day, from the moment we
got to the airport and checked in at our hotel, to our daily tours, food, sceneries and experiences, and our return trip. We saw various posts about
birthday and wedding celebrations, class reunions and parties of all occasions, grand fiestas, eat-outs, and lots of food and music, mostly with
relatives and friends.
I said 360-degree change, because today, Facebook is so much alive with photos of what the family had for breakfast, lunch, merienda, and
dinner. Whoever cooked the meal is praised profusely by family and BFFs who post comments, as if cooking for the family stands out as the most
important and significant activity for the day! Board games and online family games are aplenty, with posts of family members happily competing
for snack prizes. There are also videoke posts where kids sing and dance while parents applaud with so much pride and joy. Simple photos of
togetherness and sweet loving smile truly make this period of confinement a happy occasion for the family.
And love is not complete without the grace of God. We see FB posts of families praying together, saying the rosary, or watching live streaming of
virtual masses on T.V. These sights were never given much attention until now, because it was rare in the past to see families truly connecting to
God together and sharing the same to the world.
If there is one single good thing COVID-19 gave the world, this is it. Love of family. It is love fully expressed while in quarantine.
descent. This injustice did not result in bitterness or desperation,
rather she found a way to pay forward the kindness that some had
shown her while she was a student at the University of Missouri. That
was her nature: strong, resilient, kind and gentle.
Atsuko received her Masters of Library Science degree from UW-
Madison and became a librarian for Glendale Elementary and was the
head librarian at Madison East High School. In retirement, one of her
favorite volunteer activities was to help very young students learning
to read. She encouraged them to discover the enjoyment that she had
found in recreational book reading.
One of Atsuko’s favorite prayers was the “Irish Blessing” and she
lived her life metaphorically keeping the wind at her family’s back and
the rain gently falling on their fields. She held her family close,
especially her five grandchildren who brought her so much joy.
Atsuko stayed physically active with Tai Chi, Balancing Act and an in-
home Tuesday exercise session. After her husband of 65 years
passed, she was able to live independently at home and enjoyed going
to Manhattan Hair, the Pinney Branch Library and her church, Lake
Edge United Church of Christ.
Atsuko was preceded in death by her parents; four of her seven
siblings; and her beloved husband, Paul. She is survived by her three
children, Misao (Dave) Michelfelder, Amy (Vance) Roh and James
(Patricia) Kusuda; five grandchildren, Tony and Tyson Roh, Jenny and
Ryan Michelfelder and Stephanie Kusuda; and her great-granddaughter,
The family has planned a private burial and request that any memorials
be given to one of Atsuko’s favorite charities, the AAUW Monona-
Madison, Wis. (American Association of University Women) giving
scholarships to local high school girls.
|CELEBRATING 2020 ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HISTORY MONTH
The Diversity of Asia America
Fallout of the
People of Color
The United States is in the midst of a major economic disaster. In
recent weeks, public officials have closed schools, shuttered
businesses, and restricted mobility in order to limit the spread of the
coronavirus, which as of April 14 has killed more than 23,500
Americans and infected hundreds of thousands more. These public
health measures are essential, but they come at a cost: Millions of
Americans have now lost their jobs, and countless businesses are
predicting diminished revenues and experiencing profound financial
Nowhere are the effects of this current emergency more acute than in
communities of color, which have long endured occupational
segregation, economic exploitation, and employment discrimination.
These factors put people of color at greater risk of unemployment and
limit their ability to weather economic downturns. The coronavirus
does not discriminate based on race, but without immediate action,
its economic fallout will disproportionately affect communities of
color. -- READ MORE
My hometown has been in Extreme Community Quarantine (ECQ) since middle of March 2020 due to the rising
cases of COVID-19. There is a very strict rule for people not to get out of their homes except in very rare cases,
such as medical emergencies. The simplest political unit, the barangay, has issued one identification card for
every household’s head of family, who is the only one allowed to get or buy food and other needs only at a
particular day and time during the week.
MADISON—Atsuko S. Kusuda, age 97, of
Madison, passed away peacefully from
congestive heart failure, with her loving family
at her side, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She
was born an American citizen on Dec. 21, 1922,
in Lindsay, Calif.
During World War II, Atsuko and her family were
uprooted from their farm in Lindsay, Calif. and
taken to a Relocation Center in Jerome, Ark.
because they were Americans of Japanese
|50th Anniversary of Earth Day
and the UW-Madison Nelson
Making Water Sustainable for
By Jonathan Gramling
One would think that growing up in upstate New York would be filled with
memories of glistening lakes and fresh air until one remembers that the
beginning of America’s industrial revolution had its beginnings there. There
was no such thing as pollution control and natural resources were seen as
something to be used up and disposed of in any manner one pleased to
dispose of it. And that usually meant in a body of water.
“I grew up in Syracuse, New York, which is right next to one of the most
polluted lakes in America, the Onondaga Lake Super Fund site,” said Jess
Turner. “It’s a lot cleaner now than it was in the 1960s. Growing up, I couldn’
t go swim in my neighborhood lake and fish there. People in Syracuse don’t
really think about it. Obviously you don’t go swimming in the lake. If you see
someone swimming in the lake, it’s an unusual sight. People don’t think
about it. We get our water from a couple of towns over. People still ride
their bikes along the lake and nobody really thinks much of it. But there is a
lot of history there.”
Nonetheless, Turner did develop an interest in the environment through
camping trips and visits to Niagara Falls. She went on to study
environmental engineering, particularly water treatment, solid waste
treatment, and soil remediation, as an undergrad at the University of Buffalo.
They didn’t have to go far to find sites to study.
“I learned about Love Canal,” Turner said. “It was the first Super Fund site
ever. It started the U.S. building this fund for remediating sites that were full
of toxic wastes from the industrial era. That was something we definitely
learned a lot about and used examples of like the brownfields and other
sites of Buffalo in our classes as how you would remediate something like
that.” --READ MORE
Like the United States, many countries around the world are trying to
figure out, in real time, how to respond to the novel coronavirus. Different
countries have experienced and responded to the pandemic in different
ways, and some have been more successful than others in managing the
impacts due to a variety of factors—from testing rates to the extent to
which positive cases were isolated. Now, after weeks, if not months, of
lockdowns, some countries are beginning to slowly reopen their
economies, while others continue to struggle with the spread of COVID-
19. As the United States considers how to safely reopen its economy, it
should look to these international experiences and develop policy
responses to ensure a sustained U.S. public health and economic
It is important to understand how and why, for instance, South Korea, New
Zealand, and Taiwan have been so successful, while Italy and Spain
have struggled; and in the case of Singapore, it looked successful at first
but is now experiencing a resurgence in cases. -- READ MORE
By Connor Maxwell and
|by Kelly Magsamen, Maura
Calsyn, Michael Fuchs, Thomas
Waldrop, and Haneul Lee