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We are happy to welcome the lovely ladies of Miss Asia Sacramento to LiveWire. Executive Director, Debra Ichimura will be on the show along with her Miss Asia Sacramento friends Ashlyn and Madison. They will tell us all about this wonderful scholarship pageant that, according to their website “celebrates Asian beauty, elegance and style”. The event happens on June 22nd, 2013. Join us on Livewire to find out all the details.
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We will also be having guests from Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. This is a wonderful organization that gives us all the current air quality conditions and much more. Their website features daily changes in the air in your area and the affects it could have on your health, fitness, and neighborhood pollution. They will tell us how to get involved, stay informed, and make a difference.
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Tune in to LiveWire! on Wednesday, June 5th at 5pm on Access Sacramento channel 17. Watch the simulcast from anywhere online at the same time at www.AccessSacramento.organd click ‘watch 17’.
By: Ronald Tran
What causes a Mien parent to make their household be so strict it might be because of their memories. The memories of shooting, killing and running in fear simply can make a person traumatized, feeling that life is survival of the fittest, never ceasing to stop to relax.
“I fought for America in the Secret war against the Vietnam,” says San Chao. “The American’s troops basically left us to die when they pulled out of Vietnam. Once the Americans left I was scared of what the Vietnam’s solders could do, so I took my family to seek refuge in Laos. The lucky ones got to go America and find refuge there; my family was several of them.”
“I know it could be tough at home for my children,” says Chao. “It is only for the best that I put them through such hard work. My family had to survive before we left. Day after day, we were scavenging for food. It felt wrong, I believe in life we should be thriving not trying to survive day after day. However, like they say, America is the land of opportunities. I believe each individual child I have has the ability and potential to be so successful.”
“I put my kids through hell because I don’t want them to become the average American,” says Chao. I don’t want my kids wasting their time on the coach, or the computer. The time that can be saved from not watching T.V. could be turn into time learning an instrument. Each child I have had lessons for different instruments. The computer isn’t generally bad; however the internet you can do so much, stream movies and socialize which can glue my kids to the screen.”
Chao’s child responded that he respects his dad.
“In the beginning I always wanted to rebel,” says oldest child Long Chao, who is now 19. “I didn’t have the normal childhood, playing in the park, shopping, or going to the movies. My schedule was revolved around learning. Every single day of the week there was something that my dad set for me. On Mondays I would learn the piano; Tuesdays practice my cursive; Wednesdays read literature; Thursdays get tutor on math; Fridays I would have piano lessons again.”
“However, now I am well ahead of my peers. Since I am 19 my dad respects me as adult. He knows, and I know that he taught me better. Currently, I live on my own since I am a college student at UC Davis. If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t have accomplished the things I have done, play instruments that are now my passion or be able to get academics to get into UC Davis. I know for a fact that it all due to my dad that I am who I am.”
I guess the saying goes, “Parents show tough love.”
Now that school is back in session, students will be joining clubs and sports to spend their afternoons. During my school years, I was into neither. I joined things like detention and Saturday classes that only allowed me to stay discouraged at school. Then, I entered an after school counseling program. Saving myself from the depths of boredom and my mentality, my idle motivation.
After getting enrolled into APCC (Asian Pacific Community Counseling) , I couldn’t wait for Fridays! It was like an escape. I encouraged most of my friends to attend, making it even more satisfying. We had group conversations in topics of all sorts, ranging from school, home, relationships, drugs and everything else! Afterwards, you may play video games, use the computers or my favorite thing to do at the time; work out. This was the place where I created my very first, real mentor-mentored relationships.
When arriving, I would greet the group and my counselors. It feels weird calling them that because we never did have the stereotypical, television conversations. I talked to them like one of my closest friends. In return, they talked to me like goofy adults. They respected my words and never made me feel inferior or in other terms, like a child.
When they saw through me in times of sorrow or felt an urge to inspire me, they didn’t hesitate to comfort. Now that I’ve become older, I can understand that even during times I didn’t think they were guiding me, they led me like a stubborn lamb, slowly and permanently injecting morals and principles into me. I can say with certainty that my time at APCC has helped form me into who I am today.
Sadly, Chanton, Samedi and Mary don’t work there anymore. They made my high school days tolerable, and I thank them for that.
Find out more about APCC by following this link.