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hello and welcome to "asian pacific america." i'm robert handa your host for the show on nbc bay area and cozi-tv. a big event that benefits nonprofit programs throughout the bay area. silicon valley gives is coming up. check out this unique online fund-raising effort. then a group that does so much for the community is getting ready to celebrate its achievements and we will, too, as we celebrate onlok and its 45th anniversary. bay area photojournalist kim comanic won a prize for his photographs of the philippine revolution and during this 30th anniversary of the people power
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revolution we talk with komanic about an exhibit you'll be able to see. have you felt the weather changing? it is hot. we'll check in on the ymca summer programs. these are not the usual summer camp activities. they're designed to be fun and make youngsters smarter after summer vacation. we'll see how they do it. well, coming up on tuesday, may 3rd, the day of silicon valley gives which raises much-needed funds for local nonprofits. so far more than $15 million through a single online donation platform. as we have shown on this show before it is a simple way to donate to causes they care about most. joining me right now is the program officer for silicon valley gives, michelle lu president and ceo of asian americans for community involvement, a group we have profiled many times including on our very first show because of all the crucial programs it provides to the community, and
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also with us is patrick no, education network, another group i've worked with many times as it works to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in santa clara county. welcome to all of you. you've been sitting here for a little while. give us an idea, first of all, how, for people who aren't familiar with it, how silicon valley gives works and how it benefits people. >> so for the third year in a row you're 24-hour online giving day. go to svgives.org to find out more information. over 1,000 organizations are re registered and over $4 million waiting to be matched. if you log in on tuesday, may 3rd, you find the organization you really want to support and they're registered, you can donate that day. >> why does it work so well? what is it about the way it's set up that makes it encouraging
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for poem to doueople to donate could donate any day? >> it's 24 hours, and you only do it once a year so it's an event all of us at silicon valley community look forward to all year. >> give us an eidea in terms of what do you do in terms of trying to encourage people to focus in on your needs. >> yeah, aki is thrilled to participate for the third year in a row. last year we raised over $50,000 for our organization and health and wellness programs and we get the word out through our own social media programs. >> what do you want people to understand, to think about when they think about donating to aaqi? >> we want them to know it's helping improve the lives of immigrants that aaqi serves. you can learn about
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organizations you've supported for a long time and find new organizations to support. >> patrick, siren has benefited quite a bit from this or has it participated much before? >> i don't know -- i'm pretty sure they participated in past years. i'm not sure how many years in a row they have. si siren has definitely benefitted from this campaign and similar to aaqi we've gone through social media, through our facebook, our newsletter and folks from the community. >> and what is it you're telling people to make sure they focus on siren on that day? >> for the specific goal of the sv gives, it's brand-new to siren. one of the main components is the community organizing aspect and largely has been working with adults and last year we launched our first youth program. our first leadership for the summer to engage immigrant youth
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and give them different exposure to things in our community. >> that probably helps a lot for people to actually know what the money is going to go towards. michele, is aaqi -- that has so many programs. aaqi has so many different kind of programs. are there any fairly specific needs that you're sort of looking at right now? >> yes. this year the funds we raise through sv gives support human trafficking as well as help our seniors, help the seniors get a hot lunch, have exercise activities and have some opportunities to socialize with each other. >> anything that you want to make sure people understand in terms of they might think it sounds complicated and yet it's pretty simple? >> i want to add i love the organizations. they're here in santa clara county but also we expand ed to help san francisco as well. santa clara and now san francisco. >> thank you for being here and good luck.
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definitely worthy causes. silicon valley gives takes place for 24 hours online tuesday, may 3rd. go to svgives.org, again, to help numerous groups like aaqi and siren. coming up onlok is celebrating with a big gala event. we'll catch up on its work in the community and its celebration next.
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there are not many groups that have done so much for the chinese and chinese american communities than on lok. on lok was founded by a group of vision aries committed to solving the plight of vulnerable, low-income seniors with dedicated long-term care. soon the group will secelebrate their ongoing success with its 45th anniversary gala in san francisco on may 20th hosted by actress amy hill. with us right now are two workers for on lok life waves, a
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program serving frail seniors which enables them to stay home for their care. with us is letty long, a social worker who hoos been with the organization for 17 years, and also here is a registered nurse at on lok livways. both guests have been honored with the on lok above and beyond award before. congratulations on that. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> we hear about on lok, on lok life ways. >> we believe that frail seniors with the right support and care could remain in their homes with dignitiy and live independently and avoiding premature nursing home placement. language and care is vital to our success in providing care to participants. >> it almost seems logical creating that type of environment would help people stay healthier, maybe motivate
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them to stay healthier. for you, what do you do there? what do you try to do for the patients? you won this award so obviously you're going above and beyond, how do you go above and beyond? >> i work in the clinic setting right now. we have participants who come in to the health center and they complain of various signs and symptoms. they need somebody to check them out. am i doing okay? sometimes you just have to give them the encouragement or reinforce certain things so that they can feel better. >> i've done many events and things with on lok before. i've always been impressed it's the attitude that you bring, it's the attitude you bring to work that makes a difference. what is the attitude you try to bring, to convey when you're the there? >> mostly smiling at work. i always carry around a positive
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attitude at work. these people, they're mostly alone at home. they don't have anybody. so it's like a family that we form at on lok lifeways. >> what do you want people to understand in terms of the people you're serving and the people that work with them? >> well, i think it's the care for that population. it's not easy to be ill and be possibly in a country where they don't have the primary language to communicate their needs. i think our staff is very compassionate. they have a good understanding being that many of us are immigrants, how hard it might be. and, also, as care grifrs not only for the seniors but the caregivers are mostly working. the children of the seniors that we serve, they're either working and even if they love their parents, because they're working they can't be as available to take care of their parents. we often feel like at the end of the day we have made a
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difference in helping someone improve their quality of life. so i think it's just that attitude is not easy work. there are a lot of challenges but we enjoy it. we really feel it's reward iing and meaningful. >> i don't think any program evolves without that kind of attitude and success. does it surprise to you hear 45 years or does it -- >> definitely. i started eight years ago at on lok and right now we're going on the 45th anniversary. i just can't believe it. we've expanded over the years so much. we have centers in san francisco. now we have in san jose. we also have two centers now in fremont. in san jose we've expanded quite a lot now. >> what's the mood going to be like at the celebration? what do you and the other workers and your pierce going to be celebrating? >> i'm proud. i'm proud to be part of the organization.
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i think we offer a really specialized service to serve the community. very few places you can find a team of professionals that specialize in geriatric care and we actually serve some younger population. you only have to be 55 to qualify. it's very rare you see a place where you could have a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, rehab therapists, dietician, mental health. >> it's great. you have a lot to celebrate and so congratulations. >> thank you. >> all right. on lok's 45th anniversary gala friday, may 20th, at the intercontinental san francisco. the host is actress amy hill. for more information you can go to nbcbayarea.com. well, the philippine revolution was a unique time in history and one photojournalist captured the images better than anyone. kim komenich joins us next.
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we have been trying to get our next guest on our show for a while and we are happy and proud to have him here with us now, kim komenich is a photojournalist who won a pulitzer prize for chronicling of the revolution during the ferdinand marcos dictatorship, worked as a staff photographer and editor at the san francisco kr kroncal from 2000 to 2009 and is currently an assistant professor for photo journalism at san francisco state university. kim, it is great to see you. thanks for being here. first, let's talk about your book. let's see your book. >> point to the book right up front. >> "revolution revisited." it features the pictures you have on a traveling exhibit. >> right. >> you just came from new york. >> we opened on tuesday an exhibition through the new york consulate, the philippine consulate. it's part of a nationwide exhibition tour that started here in san francisco on the 30th anniversary of the philippine revolution which was february 22nd through 25th. and those four days were some of
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the most pivotal days in the history of the philippines. the embassy has a year long celebration under way and this exhibition was, in fact, san francisco. it's in new york now. it will go to chicago, los angeles, guam, and probably august 21st, which is the anniversary of the assassination of aquino, there will be some photos hanging, again, at the consulate here in san francisco. >> okay. very good. we'll have you back as a guest when that happens. >> great. >> let's take a look at some of the pictures you took as well as some of the things that you want to say. give us an idea in terms of the professional outlook you had while you were taking these pictures. did you know you had something special going? >> these two photos are a good example of my then and now part of the project. this one, also. this is a young girl who lived in a cemetery. the exhibition focuses -- the final part of the exhibition
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focuses on the same people 30 years later and what their lives are like today. imelda marcos. that is the current part of the book. the first part deals with the four chapters having to do with life under marcos, the rise of the opposition, the campaign and the election. this is from the rise of the opposition. this is a demonstration, more than a million people came to the streets of manila on that day to -- on the first anniversary of the death of aquino. this is during the revolution itself, and this is people standing on top of a bust of marcos, a four-story-tall concrete bust of marcos in his home province. so everything from street demonstrations to daily life pictures, a little bit of everythi everything. one of the most -- people like this picture very much of the
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nuns standing off marcos' marines. this is the widow who rose as the presidential candidate on the campaign trail in january of 1986. and it was just these pictures were, you know, the sequence -- i worked with phil braunstein, the great investigative reporter who went on to become executive editor of "the chronicle" and is the executive director for the center of investigative reporting. anyway, phil just had this story nailed from day one. i got to accompany him on some of these great assignments. so from 1984 through '86 culminating in 1986, those four days in february, the philippine revolution. >> when you're trying to capture the images that you did, some of the pictures are just so riveting, are you sort of having to work to try to capture them or are they happening in front of you and you have to make sure you're ready? what's the attitude during a
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revolution during such a volatile time for you? what's your approach to trying to capture images? >> you have to remember there were no cell phones. there was no internet. we communicated -- i mean, the photographs that are in this exhibition were originally developed in a hotel bathroom, about 1,100 rolls of film over the course of three years transmitted one by one on a -- i made a print in the dark room, in the bathroom of the hotel, strapped it on to a rudimentary fax machine and it took 7 1/2 minutes to send one black-and-white picture from manila to san francisco. needless to say, my students look at that and say, are you crazy? how did you sleep? i think for those four days i didn't sleep. >> when you see the pictures, what are some of the thoughts you have about then and now? >> oh, boy, there are so many good memories come up just
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about -- especially about the resilience of the filipino people. that's the one thing that kept coming up as i look at these images. here is a populace that took 21 years under an authoritative -- authoritarian dictatorship and they rose up against it at the right moment. it truly was a country that was willing to lay its life on the line for democracy. democracies just don't come along, you know, by themselves. you have to fight for them. >> right. >> that's something we're seeing currently. the philippine election is coming up on may 9th. and the son of ferdinand and imelda marcos is running for vice president. >> what are your thoughts about that? >> well, you know, there's an old saying, as a photojournalist i don't take sides, i take pictures. i do know that every 30 years or so our country seems to get itself back into trouble.
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after world war ii, we had the vietnam war. after the vietnam war, 30 years later, we had iraq. i know that a generation's memory lasts about 30 years. i don't know that this generation realizes what's at stake. i think now reading press reports i think there is really a surge of support for this democracy and how precious and fragile it is. i think people are going to take to the polls in a big way in the next few weeks. >> i think over the time, your pictures are probably going to bring it back for the next generation. thank you very much for being here. we'll have you back, okay. >> thank you very much. >> all right. again, in honor of the anniversary kim has published 1,000 collector quality fphotos which document the fall of the marcos regime, an exhibit of his photos can be seen and you can find out more about that and purchase his book on nbcbayarea.com. summer's coming and for
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students that means summer vacation. but in fremont and newark, there's a way to make it a time for fun and learning. that's next.
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well, is it too early to think about summer? regardless, it's probably never too early to think about summer programs especially when it comes to the fremont/newark ymca programs that focus on hands-on activities for youth. it offers some of the best field trips youngsters can get including the 49ers' museum, egyptian museum and the hall of science. joining me right now is a y kids parent for the fremont/newark ymca and mckenzie hunt, the program director. welcome to the show. >> thank you. >> give us a quick overview in terms of the summer programs. >> we really focus at the y on closing the achievement gap. we call that the time when they get off in june and over the summer and go back in august or september. our programs try to focus on adding play based learning and
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also lots of fun curriculum for the kids. we sneak in the learning a little bit so they still are having an enjoyable summer. >> and how can people get involved? >> yeah, definitely. you can go on our website or give us a call. we love to talk about our programs, see what programs will definitely suit children and especially specific children. we have all age ranges, kindergarten to eighth grade. very simple. you become a y member and you're there and are a part of our family. >> we were talking about being concerned about the time off the students -- our children have. for you what program is your son involved in and how has it worked? >> my son is going to y care for the last two years and he's really enjoying it. as both working parents it's just the after school where they'll be staying but it's more than that. they're learning english, writing, they're doing science, math. they're doing a lot of fun
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activities and -- >> is it fun for him? >> it's so fun for him. sometimes when i go there to pick him up, he likes to stay there a longer time. >> it's a fun summer vacation for him. >> they're nice out there. they're so friendly and knowledgeable doing their homework and for the sum earp it's a long time for parents. you don't have to worry about them learning while enjoying their time off. >> you like that kind of endorsement, right? >> i love it. it's really the goal. we really try and provide the care for people and know their children are in a safe place. there's working parents. there's times of the summer that's a long time. it's a full day your school is closed and that's my busiest season and i love it. i love being able to provide that for parents and families and letting them know their kids are at a safe place in our program. >> we hope people will think about your program when they think about what to do with their kids. thank you both for being here. and you can get more information on our guests and topics at
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