IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
15TH YEAR!!
VOL. XV NO. 9
SEPTEMBER 2019
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
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On our 15th 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 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
                                        Gun Freedom Uncontrollable
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the year
for the State of Wisconsin
(US-SBA)
National CAPACD stands in solidarity with Native Hawaiians
to protect Mauna Kea
Restoring the Rule of Law
Through a Fair, Humane, and
Workable Immigration System
Tom Jawetz
Introduction and summary
The immigration debate in America today is nearly as broken as the
country’s immigration system itself. For too many years, the
conversation has been predicated on a false dichotomy that says
America can either honor its history and traditions as a nation of
immigrants1 or live up to its ideals as a nation of laws by enforcing
the current immigration system. Presented with this choice,
supporters of immigration—people who recognize the value that
immigrants bring to American society, its culture, and its economy, as
well as the important role that immigrants play in the nation’s
continued prosperity—have traditionally seized the mantle of
defending America as a nation of immigrants.  
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OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATES IN THE MADISON AREA
By Jonathan Gramling
Part 2
La Follette High School
* A National Honor Society member, Elli Hosokawa has had a brilliant academic
career at La Follette High. Elli competed in the Science Olympiad and mathletes as
well as in cross-country — which elected her most valuable teammate — and track
& field. Ellie took AP classes. She performed math tutoring and was active with
Critical MASS and Green Club. Elli performed in the school orchestra as well as the
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also held down a cashier job at Metro
Market. Elli sat on the high honor roll and was a Questbridge College Match
finalist. Elli will use a Powers-Knapp scholarship to study biomedical engineering
at UW-Madison.
* A National Honor Society member,
Erika Hosokawa has left an incredible
academic legacy at La Follette High. Erika has been a top-rate competitor in Science
Olympiad and mathletes as well as cross-country — named a Scholar Athlete —
and track & field, which named her most improved player. Erika performed with
the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and qualified twice for state solo &
ensemble with cello solos. Erika stayed STEM strong through Critical MASS and
squeezed in being a math tutor. Erika volunteered through NHS and held down a
part-time cashier job at Metro Market. Erika’s excellence kept her on the high
honor roll and she received an AP Scholar recognition. She was a Questbridge
College Match finalist. Erika will be studying chemical engineering at UW-Madison
this fall.
* On her way to academic excellence at La Follette High,
Sarah Lee was active
with the United Asian Club and the La Follette Student Support Foundation. --
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Overview:
Policymakers must break free of the false
dichotomy of America as either a nation of
immigrants or a nation of laws, and advance an
immigration system that is fair, humane, and
actually works.
From APIAVote
Systematic Inequality
and American
Democracy
By Danyelle Solomon, Connor
Maxwell, and Abril Castro

This report is part of a series on
structural racism in the United
States.
Introduction and summary
The United States is a contradiction. Its founding principles embrace the ideals of
freedom and equality, but it is a nation built on the systematic exclusion and
suppression of communities of color. From the start, so many of this country’s laws
and public policies, which should serve as the scaffolding that guides progress, were
instead designed explicitly to prevent people of color from fully participating.
Moreover, these legal constructs are not some relic of antebellum or Jim Crow past
but rather remain part of the fabric of American policymaking.

Over the centuries, even as the nation struggled to prohibit the most repugnant forms
of exclusion and suppression, it neglected to uproot entrenched structural racism.
The inevitable result is an American democracy that is distorted in ways that
concentrate power and influence. For example, according to a new Center for
American Progress analysis, in 2016, 9.5 million American adults—most of whom
were people of color—lacked full voting rights. --
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NEWS NEWS NEWS
Let’s face it. The United States is a country of weapons. We hate weapons of mass destruction, yet we
have the freedom to own smaller versions of them. Why is that?

I know that guns used to be mass produced as the means to conquer, to rule the world, to win wars, to
boost our dwindling economy, to “protect lives and property,” and in peace times, to kill game as a form of
recreation. Wars have continued beyond our shores for different reasons, and America has actively been
involved not only with our superior weaponry but with lives of our military men and women willing to “defend” what our country has
always stood for. The US of A is like a “law enforcer” of the world, though following only the law originating from our books. I am an
American by choice, so there’s no question I prefer our view of governance and law that defines our freedoms versus nations that do and
believe differently.

But in recent decades, in the domestic front, guns have become weapons to sow fear and terror in our communities. Mass shootings in
schools and many other public places have become too many to ignore and regard as isolated cases stemming from hate or mental health
problems. The truth is, because real war action against the USA mainland hasn’t happened since the start of World War II, weapons
produced have to be sold not only to friendly nations at war with others, but also at home, for reasons of personal protection and safety,
community peace and order in general, as well as for enjoyment of game hunters and “others.”

Companies manufacturing weapons have to continue to “serve the country” for various reasons, though primarily to continue amassing
wealth and “provide jobs” for thousands of people. They are so wealthy and influential that they actually hold some power in D.C. and
many local governments, especially where they operate their firms. They contribute big time to campaign funds of friendly politicians, as
we all know.

Personally, I am in favor of the USA being the greatest country in the world, in the military sense, but only to keep peace; but I am not in
favor of the country topping the charts for gun-toting citizens who kill their own countrymen senselessly.

Violence in the home front, threatening our families instead of protecting them, is never right and must be addressed with extraordinary
focus and political will. --
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Preparing for the 2020 Census
Recently, we visited Tennessee and conducted our Utah training with
the Japanese American Citizens League's convention in Salt Lake City,
Utah. This was a great opportunity to support and focus on smaller but
growing communities in states that traditionally face more challenges in
representation.
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FALL IN LOVE WITH FALL AT THESE WISCONSIN EVENTS
Travel Wisconsin lists events from late
August through mid-November 2019
MADISON, Wis.  – With more than 70 fall events across the state, there’s
something for everyone to celebrate in Wisconsin this season. Whether you choose
inside or outside or both, you can always find the fun you’re looking for.
If it’s the fall color and crisp air you seek, go wild at Wo-Zha-Wa Days in the
Dells, Maple Fall Fest in Marshfield or Medford Area Harvest Days, then cozy up
with a bowl of chili at Chilimania in Edgerton. Have fun indoors at Kohler Food &
Wine Experience, the World Dairy Expo in Madison and celebrate the written word
at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Wave goodbye to summer and hello to these
upcoming bucket list events.

Please note that event changes may occur. Travelers can visit
TravelWisconsin.com
on their desktop, tablet or mobile device. Plan your fall getaway around the
season's color using the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report. --
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Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines
Must Be Banned
Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines have repeatedly been
used to commit some of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S.
history, and they contribute to the daily toll of gun violence in
communities around the country. They are weapons of war that have
no place in civilian society. Congress must enact a federal ban on
assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to keep these dangerous
weapons out of U.S. communities. --
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The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is
disappointed that a judge in Hawaii denied a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the
construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea. Located on the Big Island, Mauna Kea
is a dormant volcano of significant cultural and natural value to Native Hawaiians. The mountain is an
origin of Hawaiian cosmology and the center of the Hawaiian universe – it is where Earth Mother,
Papahānaumoku, and Sky Father, Wākea are said to have met. In addition to housing numerous religiously
significant sites, Mauna Kea is also home to precious natural resources.

Mauna Kea is on ceded Hawaiian land – land that belonged to the Hawaiian monarchy until Queen Lili’
oukalani was overthrown by the US leaders who ceded the land to the federal government. The land was
returned after Hawaii became a state; Hawaii is required to hold this land for specific purposes based on
the 1959 Statehood Act, including improving conditions of Native Hawaiians. --
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JUSTICE FOR EILEEN AND ALLAN!
By Heidi M. Pascual

Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez were students at the University of the
Philippines in Los Banos. Laguna, where I also studied my freshman
year. Unlike them, however, I graduated and went on to experience life –
building a career and a family, raising kids, seeing the world and meeting
a lot of people in a journey that was sometimes bumpy, yet exciting,
challenging, and truly full of memories.

Eileen and Allan were very young when they lost their lives in 1993 in a
rape-slay case that a judge called a plot “hatched in hell.” Eileen was
abducted in the campus by a group of men working for a wealthy town
mayor of Calauan in the province of Laguna, and presented as a “gift”
by these men to the mayor. Allan was with her that fateful day, so he
was taken as well. Both were taken to the mayor’s farmhouse, where
Eileen was repeatedly raped, first by the mayor (named Antonio
Sanchez), followed by six of his men, later gunned down, and left naked
and dead in the back of a stolen van. Allan was tortured while Eileen was
being raped, and was later shot in the head and thrown from the vehicle
on the way back to the town of Calauan.
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