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Opinion & Community

The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

Melissa Bailey, a program development associate at the National Japanese American Historical Society, spoke at the Exclusion Exhibit Roundtable on October 5th at the Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco.

Bailey, alongside a multicultural panel, spoke about the importance of understanding the immigrant experience and the value of learning about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.




One California Resort/Casino Nominated for Best U.S. Casino Against Internationally Known Properties; Defends 2015 Title

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 19, 2017) – Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., the largest resort/casino in Calif., was the only Calif. casino nominated to the list of the 10 best casinos in the country, representing Calif. as a whole. By Monday, July 17, four thousand Pechanga team members hope they will continue working for the #1 casino in the nation. Defending its title, Pechanga was voted the Best U.S. Casino in the 2015 USA Today 10Best poll. Since then, Pechanga has broken ground on a $285 million expansion set to be completed by the end of 2017, making the property the largest on the west coast and a massive employer in southern California, hiring nearly one thousand additional team members.

“We are really excited about this poll because it means for the second time, the experts who nominated us as well as our guests, are passionate enough about Pechanga to take a few moments and vote for us,” said General Manager Lee Torres. “Another #1 win would also greatly help brand our region as a premier destination spot with a lot to offer visitors.”

Through initial voting, Pechanga’s rank is No. 2. The tribal-owned casino is running against internationally known, five-star properties across the U.S.

“Visit Temecula Valley is excited to help spread the word to vote for Pechanga Resort & Casino as USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice for Best U.S. Casino,” said Kimberly Adams, Visit Temecula Valley C.E.O./President. “Pechanga is a favorite attraction within our destination that receives millions of visitors each year. This title is well deserved and winning would help market Temecula Valley as a premier destination.”

Pechanga is currently joined on the list of 20 resort/casinos by properties in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the south. Those interested can vote for Pechanga Resort & Casino by clicking HERE.

Casino properties were chosen for the poll by Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic, Editorial Director for Casino Player and Strictly Slots magazine, and by Tony Harrell, a certified destination expert for Las Vegas, New Orleans and Canada.


Lisa’s life in the balance

In a previous issue, Philippine News revealed the plight of  Lisa Marie Evangelista, a 31-year-old Filipina woman who lives in Sacramento, who is in a literal fight for her life.On Dec. 27, 2016, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare and aggressive blood cancer. She needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Lisa’s sister is a 5/10 or half match. However, doctors prefer Lisa find a 10/10-donor match. To find a perfect match, Lisa needs a stranger to step forward and help save her life.Lisa has partnered with the Asian American Donor Program to find a donor similar to her genetic makeup. A bone marrow transplant, which is needed soon, is Lisa’s only hope for her long-term survival. A committed 10/10 marrow-matching donor must be located to have a successful transplant. Since Lisa is of Filipino, a matching donor will also need to be of Filipino or Asian descent.Shortage of Ethnic/Multi-Ethnic DonorsApproximately  every  3  minutes  one person in the  United States  is  diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated combined total of 172,910 people in the US are expected to be  diagnosed  with  leukemia,  lymphoma  or  myeloma  in  2017.  New  cases  of  leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 10.2 percent of the estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2017.Of  the  approximately  816,000  Asians  on  the  Be  the  Match®  registry, .5  percent are Filipinos, while Filipino Americans constitute 19.7 percent of Asian Americans (Source: 2010  Census).  The  Be  The  Match®  registry  recruits  hundreds  of  thousands  of  donors each year through an extensive network of more than 155 local and regional Community Engagement Representatives and organizations. You only need to join the Be The Match® registry once.“Finding a marrow/stem cell match can be like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Gillespie.    “Multi-racial  patients  face  the  worst  odds.    Those  diagnosed  with  a  blood disease need a marrow/stem cell transplant as soon as possible. Building the Registry with committed donors is what patients need. You could potentially match anyone in the world, this is truly a global effort.” How You Can Commit to Help• Findaregistrationdriveinyourarea.Gotohttp://www.aadp.org/drive/• Registeronlinehere:https://join.bethematch.org/lisaYou must be 18 to 44 years old and meet general health requirements• Filloutaconsentformanddoacheekswab• Becommitted.Bereadytodonatetoanypatientinneed• Contactfriends/familyandencouragethemtogotoaregistrationdriveorregisteronline• Setupadriveinyourareaorformoreinformation,callAADPat1-800-593-6667or visit our website http://www.aadp.org• VolunteertohelpatregistrationdrivesPlease take a few minutes of your time to learn more about how you can help save a lifeand register as a marrow donor.Upcoming Registration DriveSoy and Tofu FestivalSaturday, June 17 from 11am to 5 pmOpen to the PublicSaint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109Malayan SF Outdoor FestivalPhilippine Independence DaySunday, June 18 from noon to 8 pmUnion Square, 333 Post St., San Francisco, 941025:30 pm Free ConcertThe Asian American Donor Program (AADP), with its offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, is dedicated to increasing the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a blood stem cell or marrow transplant. AADP  is  a  community-based  nonprofit  for  social  benefit  (501©3)  organization  and specializes  in  conducting  outreach  and  donor  registration  drives  in  and  with  diverse communities. AADP is an official recruitment center of the Be The Match® registry. To  learn  more about  scheduled  upcoming  marrow  drives,  visit  http://www.aadp.org/drive/


Let’s play Alphabet soup to Get a Business Visa

A business visa attorney can let you know all types of visas that you might be able to apply for under U.S. Immigration law. Depending on your situation, the type of visa will differ. For example, a business visa attorney might tell you about the H-1B. For example, the H-1B is for people who have college degrees. The business visa attorney will explain that the H-1B is referred to as the specialty occupation visa. The job itself must reflect the reality of the position requiring the use of the college degree. The business visa attorney would explain that you could not be a cashier with an electrical engineering degree and still expect to get the H-1B. There are only 65,000 H-1B Visas per year. The business visa attorney may elaborate that those are usually gone in the first week that the door opens in which to apply for the H-1B (which is April 3.) It is time to apply right now, so don’t wait.

However, there are many type of business visas that do not require a college degree. For example, there is the O-1 Visa. The business visa attorney explains that the O-1 is for people who are extraordinary in whatever it is that they do. There are several requirements for the O-1 as would be elaborated by the business visa attorney. You must be able to establish that you have extraordinary ability in your field. Essentially, the O-1A visa is for people who are recognized as being at the very top of their field and who are coming to the United States to continue work in that field. To establish eligibility for an O-1A visa you must either have received a major, internationally recognized award, similar to a Nobel Prize, or submit evidence that affirmatively answers at least 3 of the 8 categories as put forth and explained by the business visa attorney. Those areas are as follows: Have you received a lesser nationally or internationally recognized prize or award for excellence in the field of endeavor? Are you a member of any associations which require outstanding achievements of their members as judged by recognized national or international experts?

Is there published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about you which relates to your work in the field? Other questions/categories as explained by a business visa attorney are as follows: Have you participated on a panel or individually as a judge of the work of others in the same or in an allied field of specialization? Have you made original scientific, scholarly or business-related contributions of major significance? Have you authored scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media? Have you been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation? Have you or will you command a high salary or other remuneration for your services?

Yet other types of business visas involve investments. For example, there are the E-2 and the L-1. These are visas for persons who want to either start their own business in the U.S., or in the alternative, to open up a branch office in the U.S. Thus, the business visa attorney will explain that the E-2 will require about $100,000 investment, but you can run your own business and come to the United States to make your dream come true. The L-1 requires much less investment, but would require that you have very good records for the company you are running in your home country. The typical business visa attorney will know that many countries do not keep good records and are running businesses without invoices and contracts and tax records. These types of businesses are not very good businesses for the L-1. Another type of related investment visa is the E-1 and the E-1 deals with trading with your home country. Therefore, if the business does at least 50% of its work trading with the home country, then the E-1 might be the best way to proceed forward.

The B1 can be used if you want to come into the United States to negotiate contracts for your company in your home country, or if you have to do temporary training or attend conferences. These are very short duration visas and can be quickly issued.

Another type of business visa if your from Canada or Mexico is the TN Visa. The TN is somewhat related to the H-1B, except there are no limitations on the amount of TN’s and some TN’s do not require a college degree. In any event, if you want to get a business visa, be sure that you find an experienced business visa attorney.


Statement from Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez on Trump administration's proposed budget

Santa Clara County, CA -- Supervisor Cindy Chavez released the following statement on the Trump Administration?s proposed budget:

"It's alarming and irresponsible that President Trump wants to slash aid to women and children," said Chavez. "We're talking major cuts to women, infants and children nutrition (WIC) assistance, after-school and summer programs for low-income students, and federal work-study aid to college students. These programs have given thousands of Santa Clara County residents the foundation to build productive lives and careers that have contributed substantially to the economy and success of Silicon Valley."


* Approximately 23% of families in Santa Clara County earn less than $50,000 and therefore their children qualify for reduced or free lunch

* In 2015 almost 85,000 children in our county were eligible for subsidized meals

* In 2011 22,056 women, infant and children (WIC) were served per month in Santa Clara County

* California has the highest WIC coverage rate in the nation. California?s average monthly WIC enrollment was nearly 1.4 million women, infants, and children in the 2014 federal fiscal year. Nearly 80% of recipients are children.


UPAAA ready for 19th Grand Reunion and Convention October 26-28, 2017

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America (UPAAA), a duly registered 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization of graduates from the highest institution of learning in the Philippines, will hold its 19th Grand Reunion and Convention on October 26-28, 2017, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, New Jersey, with the theme, “Renew, Reflect, Rejoice”.
UPAAA President, Nelsie Tabudlong Parrado, a successful financial advisor and community leader in New York and New Jersey, has mobilized members of her Executive Board to prepare a three-day program that will renew and strengthen the alumni’s relationship with their Alma Mater. This will be a very good opportunity to meet old friends, classmates and acquaintances, share stories, and reminisce UP experiences.
Dr. Danilo Concepcion, newly elected President of the University of the Philippines System, will deliver the Keynote Address. Dr. Concepcion had an interesting career path. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the De La Salle University-Araneta in 1979, obtained Bachelor of Laws from UP Diliman in 1983 and topped the bar that year. He finished Master of Laws as a Chevening scholar at the University of London, Queen Mary College in 1986. He previously served as president of De La Salle University-Araneta (2002 to 2002), head of the UP Law Center (2002 to 2006), and associate commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1996 to 2000).He was the Dean of the UP College of Law prior to his election as UP President.
Working with passion and commitment to ensure the success of the event are the following Committee Chairs: Dr, Mary Anne Akers and Nelsie Parrado (Program Committee) Zenaida Mendoza Sarmiento (Registration Committee); Daisy M. Rodriguez, (Fellowship Night); Ruby Agnir (Gala Night); Dr. Francis Sy (Awards); Joe Santos (Logistics and Communications); Federico I. Agnir (COMELEC Chair); Dina Barros Ellorin (Souvenir Program); Cristy Colmenar (Finance Committee); and Leonarda Zafra Santos (Jubilarian Committee), Raquel “Kelly” Lalo-Sabas (Social Media) and Luz Micabalo (Historian).
The host chapter, the UP Alumni Association of New Jersey, led by its president, Juan C. Ferrer, have thrown its full support to make this biennial event meaningful and fun for all the guests and participants.
The Sponsorship Committee co-chaired by UPAAA Nelsie T. Parrado and Dr. Aurora S. Cudal-Rivera have sent out sponsorship solicitation letters to national and regional business and funding organizations. The Philippine Airlines (PAL) was the first to respond with a round trip ticket from New York to the Philippines and back, to be raffled off during the Fellowship Night.
For more information about the 19th UPAAA Alumni Grand Reunion and Convention login to their website, www.upaaainamerica.com or e-mail: Nelsie Parrado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Zenaida M. Sarmiento at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Cristy Colmenar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Nardz Santos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Know your rights against pushy ICE Agents

Question: I’m so afraid to open my door now. I’ve heard ICE agents are doing round-ups and just deporting people left and right. What can I do?

Answer: All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, have certain US Constitutional rights. If you are undocumented and immigration (ICE) agents knock on your door, know that you have the following rights:
• You do not have to open the door. You do not have to open the door or let the officers into your home unless they have a valid search warrant signed by a judge.
o An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If this is the only document they have, they cannot legally come inside unless you verbally agree to let them in.
o If the officers say they have a search warrant signed by a judge, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to a window so you can see it.
o If the warrant does not have your correct name and address on it and is not signed by a judge you do not have to open the door or let them inside.
o If at any point you decide to speak with the officers, you do not need to open the door to do so. You can speak to them through the door or step outside and close the door.
• You have the right to remain silent. You do not need to speak to the immigration officers or answer any questions.
o If you are asked where you were born or how you entered the United States, you may refuse to answer or remain silent.
o If you choose to remain silent, say so out loud.

o You may show a know-your-rights card to the officer that explains that you will remain silent and wish to speak to a lawyer.
o You may refuse to show identity documents that say what country you are from.
o Do not show any false documents and do not lie.
• You have the right to speak to a lawyer. If you are detained or taken into custody, you have the right to immediately contact a lawyer.
o Even if you do not have a lawyer, you may tell the immigration officers that you want to speak to one.
o If you have a lawyer, you have the right to talk to them. If you have a signed Form G-28, which shows you have a lawyer, give it to an officer.
o If you do not have a lawyer, ask an immigration officer for a list of pro bono lawyers.
o You also have the right to contact your consulate. The consulate may be able to assist you in locating a lawyer.
o You can refuse to sign any/all paperwork until you have had the opportunity to speak to a lawyer.
o If you choose to sign something without speaking to a lawyer, be sure you understand exactly what the document says and means before you sign it.

In fact, your immigration attorney should give you a ‘know your rights card’ which you can show the officer.

Brian D. Lerner is a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law as approved by the California Bar, Board of Legal Specialization. He has been a certified specialist for over 15 years and has been practicing law for over 25 years. The Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner will give you a free consultation and has offices in Long Beach and Carson, California and Quezon City, Philippines. You can e-mail Brian Lerner directly at blerner@californiaimmigrati on.us or make an appointment by calling 562-495-0554 or self-scheduling an appointment at blerner.checkappointments.c om. Either way, he will try to help you and your family.


3AF Hosts Only National Conference Focusing on Asian American Consumers – June 1-2 in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA. – March 14, 2017 – Registration is now open for the Asian American Advertising Federation’s (3AF) Asian Marketing Summit, the largest national conference focusing on the importance of Asian American advertising, marketing and the Asian consumer. The 3AF Summit will be held in Los Angeles, California on June 1 and 2.
The 3AF Summit is a unique forum for industry leaders, content creators, media
companies, corporate marketers and other partners to converge in an in-depth
discussion of the Asian consumer opportunity. This year, industry experts will discuss
the multiple dimensions of Asian American consumers from civic participation and
entrepreneurship to building a successful case for diversity and inclusion and various
approaches and channels to reaching this consumer. Speakers include executives from

Buzzfeed, McDonald’s Corporation, Nielsen, Tufts University, the National Asian
American Survey, Sparkle Insights, Selffii Intelligence, Inc. and others. Prior to the
Summit, the 3AF will host the 3AF Asian Marketing Boot Camp, designed especially for
those new to Asian marketing or those who want a refresher course on the critical
Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) 6230 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1216 Los Angeles, California 90048 www.3af.org

basics. The 3AF Boot Camp will be held on May 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and requires separate registration.
3AF President, Jay Kim, said, “Asian American is the fastest growing segment, yielding not only economic but also political power. At the same time, due to rising Asian economic powers and technology advances, lessons in Asian American marketing have implications in global marketing. Our Summit not only brings together experts in Asian marketing in the U.S., but also from Asia to share and create new ideas."
Sponsors of the 3AF 2017 Asian Marketing Summit include Nielsen, Comcast, CMPG, Saavn, Inquirer.net and others. To register for the 3AF Summit, visit the 3AF’s event website at: https://www.picatic.com/3AFSummit2017
The Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) is a national trade organization comprised of Asian American advertising agencies, Asian market advertisers, Asian media companies and other industry specialists. Its mission is to grow the Asian American advertising and marketing industry, raise public awareness of the importance of the Asian American community and further professionalism in the industry. The 3AF’s Asian Marketing Summit is held annually. More information about the 3AF is available at www.3af.org.

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