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♪ hello and welcome to asia-pacific america. i'm robert handa. here we have had a nice start to the new year, and we're ready to celebrate the lunar new year. we start out with the children's museum and the popular celebration. the friends will be here to talk about the cultural festivities that include art, crafts, as well as music and dance performances. if you like to celebrate with wine, why not find out the best wine around. we'll help with a look at the san francisco wine competition public tasting. celebrating the 16th anniversary
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and one of the judges is here to tell us why it keeps getting better with age. we move on to the march of dimes and the pacific islander program. what the biggest and sometimes the least obvious problems are in the community, and how they're being addressed through march of dimes. finally, we'll wrap up with the calendar efblts and report on the vietnamese celebration with the help of our colleague and friend of the show vicky winn of nbc bay area news. that's coming up on the show today. it's almost time for lunar new year's and the children's discovery museum in san jose is a great place to celebrate and discover more of what the celebration is about. joining us again from children's discovery museum is autumn young. good to see you both. >> thank you for having us. >> i mentioned the fact it's one of the things people know how to celebrate but don't know how to celebrate. give us an idea of the holiday
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but your event addresses it. >> we do work in our presenting cultural experiences for families. so we try to make it fun and a learning experience, as well. so our events usually have performances, a little bit of food tasting, maybe, to celebrate some of the things that families in the tradition may celebrate, and then it's an opportunity for families of all different cultures to come together and get a little bit of flavor through crafts and performances, and for meeting people from that culture. the. >> the community itself how does the new year's celebration differ from the what people think of as a celebration. how important is it to the community? >> in the way that the community can share the tradition with other communities to other cultu cultures. also, the way that the second generation and the younger generation continues keep their
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culture. >> yeah. that's pretty common factor wanting to make sure younger generation joins in. how do you reach out to them and the community? >> we have -- we are very lucky and have an advisory committee that helps us reach out. i go out in the commune toy present children's discovery museum in their community event and talk to people, and then we get the results from them, too. >> in that collaboration, autumn, my guess, obviously, you have a lot of attractions at the event, but also, too. the discovery museum itself is an attraction. >> right 450,000 square foot purple building with over 120 exhibits and programs inside. just the museum itself is fun. in the museum, we try to present culture. even in the regular exhibits we present things trilingually and have cultural celebrations.
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this is one of many we celebrate. it's a great opportunity. through our performers is another way we invite people. when we invite young performers to come in and share their art. that's one of the things that a museum values is the young performer having an opportunity to share their art. and they bring their families in and it's really quite a wonderful spectacle. >> is there much opportunity for the community to celebrate this way and actually year around appreciate and get involved in cultural activities? is there many activities around for the community? >> yes. like autumn said, we have at lot. we have the juvenile dragon to celebrate the vietnamese culture, we celebrate the indian culture, we have the lunar new year we highlight. >> what about you? what do you enjoy most about being a part of it? >> my husband at home, we cannot
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celebrate the lunar new year without the rice cake, and we enjoy that. it's a chance for me to wear the vietnamese traditional dress. so if you go out in communities in san jose during the new yeea you'll see a lotf the wear. >> we're going to hear a little bit more about that later on. give us an idea for people who haven't been there before. what is the best way to approach the festival? >> to come, walk in the door! february 13th and 14th. come to the celebration, and you'll siee an incredibly divere audience sharing in this wonderful culture. they -- there are children sitting side by side. it's an opportunity for children to see a lot of different cultures and to kind of not worry about their differences. but worry about the things that bring them together. >> firsthand, i know it reaches
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out to the generations. thank you very much for being here. good luck. happy new year. >> thank you so much! the lunar new year celebration will run saturday, february 13th, and sunday 14th at the museum on 180 woz way in san jose. coming up we have let the next segment breathe a little and we're ready to bring you the san francisco chronicle public wine competition.
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welcome back. 1983 was a very good year for wine competitions. that was when the clover dale citrus wine event started. it would eventually become the san francisco chronicle wine competition. the largest competition of american wines in the world. joining me now is willfred wong
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and cheryl gilbert. a culinary student from santa rosa college. welcome. >> good to be here. >> we talked about the event. give us an idea of an overview of the history of the competition, and where we are now >>well, it started out very small and local. it was a couple of counties, ten judges. not much going on. and farming community like. now it's a huge event that has major events for all of us. >> what are some of the connections to the asian communities. we were talking about consumption and other factors. >> asian community is getting very, very excited about wine. in a way that we haven't even begun to see. i think going forward it's going to be a large block of fantastic wine drinkers. >> why do you think that's
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happening? >> a lot is timing. and the asian-american community here there are so many great professionals that are food and wine that are there. but they're under the radar screen. when i speak to my colleagues of all nationalities, it's a strong force. >> who benefits from this? >> the public. this is a way for passion and professionalism to come to the public. >> and students as well. >> of course. >> how do they benefit? >> well, they get the chance to understand more about wine for the people. these are judges that are trained professionally they also like wine. when i judge at the krchronicle i'm with colleagues who are genuinely lovrs of wine. it translates to a public
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tasting on saturday, february 13th that the public should come to. they'll get a chance to see the passion. >> cheryl, i guess you probably feel a little bit of passion yourself. >> i do. >> a quick biography of you. what are you doing now? how has the event helped you? >> i'm currently a baker at the pie company. and the event helps me in -- >> as a student, how does it help you? do you learn a lot and benefit? >> i learn a lot of different types of cooking skills and how wine can pair with different types of food. >> it's a pretty important part of it. the culinary experience, right, knowing about wine and that kind of thing. >> yes. there's all different kinds of wines. there's dessert wines and you pair with savories. >> how did it change you as far as the way you do things and plan to present things? >> i think it's changed me in the sense that i would like to try reducing some wines and make
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a wine reduction with the sauce and making it law school elegant and designs on the plate. >> it's interesting to hear a student what they're getting from it. it's a cultural thing. >> very cultural. how hands on is it or how much do students get involved? >> well, i think -- it's a fantastic university. intry candidate teaching, and serious people. they want to perfect their art. and it's an event that ties a lot together. it ties not only wine and food but communities. this is a community event. this is not just some strange wine critic in some god-like place. this is real. >> yeah. and you're celebrating your 16th anniversary. can you believe it? >> i know. it's incredible. i've judged more than anyone at the wine judging.
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>> ihave you become a wine connoisseur? >> not yet. i will. >> thank you both very much for being here. >> thank you. >> good luck. obviously, it's a popular thing. you can tell by the crowds. >> thank you. the san francisco chronicle wine competition public tasting will take place, as you heard, saturday, february 13th from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at fort mais mason, san francisco. and february 21st a related event for culinary students the second annual. you can get information on nbcbayarea.com. coming up the march of dimes and how it benefits the pacific islander community. that's up next.
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and we're back with the march of dimes, an organization that is well known but has evolved over the years. it meant a much-needed expansion into the pacific islander community. joining us know is dr. james of santa clara medical center. and the march of dimes community grant recipient. a pacific islander family health consultant. both of you, welcome. >> james, give me an idea here. we were talking a little bit about how people think they know about march of dimes, just from having grown up and being familiar with it. give us an idea where we are now. >> i think a lot of people are used to the name but don't realize the scope of the march of dimes impacts. not just california but the entire u.s. a very large international impact. a lot is because of our mission.
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our mission is to help women and children. among the key things helping women and the prevention of pre-term birth and problems related to that. >> give us an idea of reaching out to the pacific islander community. did the community reach out to march of dimes for help? >> we have a number of programs where march of dimes resources go to help provide better health for women and children. most people are familiar with our medical research. we're some of the top universities and medical schools in the united states, including here in california, receive large grants to advance health care and research. but people are not aware that on a local level, the state level, we also provide investment and community programs. women and families are benefitted from programs which have a wonderful impact. >> in terms of your program that you're running as well as how march of dimes what kind of partnership that is. >> thank you.
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first of all, we thank march of dimes for the grant that helped us as pacific islanders to work for pregnant women and their families to be able to have prenatal services. so we just really want to give a big thanks to that. just, robert, i would like to tell you about pacific islanders. a lot of people aren't aware of who pacific islanders are. that's what happened we were looking to know who pacific islanders were. we have a high rate of instant mortality. we have a high infant mortality rate. it means that a lot of pacific islander babies are dying at birth. >> it was one of the topics that attracted us to this. >> wow, that's great. yeah. how has this program helped? what needs to be done? >> yes, well, first of all pacific islanders were put under the api rubric. it's very popular here in california. and what happened is that we
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were lost under that. so people didn't know who pacific islanders under api. when the statistics came out, they saw, wow, the group of people and we're from the southern pacific region, pacific ocean region. places like cook island and tahi tahiti. it's a large place in the southern pacific. >> cultural then how did the problem that march of dimes helps you with, how did that happen or how did it become such a problem here? >> well, what happens is that we have a lot of -- we have a big immigrant population. so we aren't able to connect with the health services, and the pregnant women weren't able to go in to do their check ups, which we have a slogan at our job and we say go before you show. so for women to go before their belly shows. also, what is great about our
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program with pacific islanders, it's not just about the pregnant women. it's about families. and also loved ones. >> is the familiarity even to pacific islanders march of dimes is kind of a familiar organization. did that help in terms of the outreach? >> well, it's difficult. it's difficult for a population like pacific islanders who had never been part of the public health system to be part of it. so we're really grateful for the grant because it has connected us through having workers pacific islanders workers who speak the language, know the culture, and go with the woman to see the doctor and sit with her during her visit. and to learn more about the family and their challenges. >> james, how familiar was march of dimes with this? how much have you reached out in the community? >> we do tremendous amount of reaching out through communities throughout california. and this program won a competitive grant through the
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grant-making process through ate ward. there were approximately 24 programs that applied. we ended up selecting seven for funding, a quarter million dollars per year. they range from los angeles, a few in the bay area and the central valley. >> everybody thinks about march of dimes. they know about the walks. >> if any of your viewers are interested for the next several months, a chance to organize, raise teams, and take part in the walks. they take part in march, april, and may marchofdimes.org. >> very good. thank you very much both of youing fyou for being here. when we come back, big events in the community calendar and back to lunar new year.
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to get a better understanding of the vietnamese celebration, we have a report from our colleague vicky winn.
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it will help you appreciate and enjoy the holiday even more. >> reporter: happy lunar new year to you. like all ethnic celebrations in america, it revolves around food. my parents and i came to the united states from vietnam in 1980. my parents packed all they could before emigrating to eugene, oregon. they brought their recipes from the homeland. the food frenzy has just begun. san jose has the largest population of vooemz. my mom and dad have prepared a feast. i would like to share them with you. all preparation is done ahead of time when the new year arrives all you have to do is heat up the food and sit and visit with friends and family. today my parents created a variety of our family's fafrt s favorites.
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we decorate with fruit. my girls love to wear their special outfits. here we have the noodles with chicken. noodles are sign of longevity. my favorite is stewed pork with carp caramelized. this is pickled and soured packed with garlic and pepper. this is another new year's classic. it's made with sweet rice on the outside, pork on the inside, all of it wrapped in banana leaves. you can steam it or slice it up and fry it. just a few of the many delicious and traditional vietnamese new year's food. of course, for desesert dried fruits. >> the year of the monkey started to dominate the community calendar. the 2016 stanford chinese new year gala is taking place on february 6th at me memorial
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auditori auditorium. it will bring many to the santa clara fairgrounds for a two-day celebration on february 13th through the 14th. also, the bridges group is hosting a deluxe charity dinner to celebrate the new year on saturday, february 20th. all proceeds go to help the nonprofit. the event will be at the champagne seafood restaurant in san mateo. nearby the family bridges dinner is the chinese new year parade in san francisco bringing the array of marching bands, floats, and golden dragon on february 20th. last but not least, our friends at the oakland museum of california ring in the new year on february 22nd. they are at 1,000 oak street and the festivities are free with museum admission. you can also get more details on
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nbcbayarea.com and catch us on twitter and facebook. our thanks to our guests today. please join us next week and every week here on asian pacific america. a return visit from the fire bird youth orchestra. thanks for watching. ♪
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