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2022 Asian Cultural and Educational Society Global 3rd Annual Charity Concert

--Second Year of COVID-19 Relief

 

 

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The third annual Asian Culture and Education Society charity show was successfully held on February 27th. This performance, which was held virtually due to COVID-19, was supported by caring people from all over the world. This event was hosted by Asian Culture And Education Society and Jians TV. 

First of all, we are very grateful for the support of the painters of this charity Concert. At this concert, the painting "Autumn Forest", which was specially donated by the famous local painter Li Ke for this event. The painting "Autumn Colors of Dongjiang" by the famous brush painter Mr. Deng Weiping and "Cat" by the painter Qiu Mei were displayed during the concert. Everyone who wants to  participate in the auction can click here to see more participating painters as well.

The producer of this Charity Concert is Ms. Jan Xie, President of the Asian American Cultural and Educational Society. She was very grateful for the artistic guidance and assistance given by Mr. Peng Jingquan, the director and all the volunteers. Mr. Li Yugang's "Floating Clouds Disperse" was euphemistic and moving. American singer Manshu liqi has made a special joint opera for the concert featuring: Beijing Opera, Gaozai Opera, Huangmei Opera and HuaFan. The Tenor Bingchuan Wan sang < nessun="" dorma="">>, and the Australian singer Ni Xueping sang "The sound of the hometown is forever", which expressed the wishes of people overseas to miss their hometown. Singer Tan Jing from China sang "Spring, Autumn, Winter and Summer", a moving story of the ordinary world during COVID-19. Tim Mank, a talented singer, gave a performance with his guitar. Australian singer David Kuo's song "Dreaming of Hometown" brought tears to the eyes of overseas wanderers, who missed their loved parents in their dreams. The singer from Taiwan, Zhao Zhuan, who sang "Because of Love”, seemed to be everyone's favorite! The artistic advisor of this performance, American singer Ms. Liu Xiang and Mr. Guo Haoyue's duet of "Plum Snow Love" was like a flower in a dream, and their sweet voices made people feel like they were wrapped around a beam for three days. Mr. Zhang Chen of Dallas American Singers Zhang Chen School of the Arts and his student LEXING WEI sang "Mango", a perfect interpretation of rap in English and Chinese. Singaporean musician LEE YUN HE's piano performance of the selection from the Chinese ballet "Fish and Beauty" was enchanting. The Shenzhou Chorus sang "The Pearl of the Orient" in a majestic manner. The Chinese Rhythm Folk Ensemble's "Welcome to Spring" gave everyone a taste of the lively New Year. There was also "Welcome to Gifu to Enjoy Flowers" from Japan. Cathy Happy Fitness Charity Platform presented the beautiful song La Vie en Rose by Christie Wang. The Baotoumen Horse Head Fiddle Studio presented the beautiful song <"ten thousand="" horses="" galloping"="">. Misty Cheung & Vienna Cheung performed "South of the River in the Smoke and Rain" .  XinYi Li Ribbon Dance was performed by Mogao Caves. Indian dance was introduced by Xima. The singer Vinessa Sun’s “Home" touched everybody’s hearts. "Tangcheng International Cultural Education Dance Sketch" was provided by an artist from Italy, Christine did a violin performance, and three elegant and sensual dances were done by Jane and Ai shang Dance Bar, "Jazz Paris/Love Seed Flower,” “Repayment," and “Wei shan Lake.” Alanna Sun & Elivabeth Sun did Traveling Sister . Katelyn Hu did "The Ordinary People", “Existence" was done by Kaylee Xie of Zhang Chen Art School. Thanks be to Charles Qi Cherubini in Coro and Jennifer Jew and Ashly Bei Jew doing Original Compositions, selected by Bukaopu: Those Past Lunar Festivals. This event was also supported by media outlets BARTV.   

The Asian Cultural and Educational Association's New Year's celebration came to a successful conclusion. This year, we all came together for the holidays to donate PPE to the community, deliver gifts to nursing homes, and write greeting cards. Thank you to Ms. Minning Wu of Highland Park School District for helping to lead the group in putting up the Spring Festival couplets and decorations for the Highland Park High school. The Asian Cultural and Educational Association also provided help to companies and schools to promote Chinese culture. For distributing red envelopes and decorating the community to promote traditional Chinese culture, thank you to all the volunteers and donors. This includes Peng Bin for his providing of red envelopes from a long distance, Irina Li for her hard work on the flyers, Yong Wang and Dan Tian for help on the photography, Xin Junqing, Qiu Mei, Hailong Jin, Guoliang Yu, Angelina Huang, Amber Wang , Ethan Li, Howard Li, Jessica Wu, Samuel Wu, Ming Yu, Zhongping Pan, Amy Xu, Vivian, Ming Yu, XInyi, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Xiao Li, Huiyu Li, ChunYan, Annie Hu, Ye Jia Li, Elise Liang, Ellen Liang , Jun Huang, Jing Xu, Leng Hui, Serene Luo, Chuling Jiang and Di yang... for their enthusiastic help and more.

Once again, the Asian Cultural and Educational Society wishes everyone a happy and healthy Year of the Tiger! www.acaesusa.org 214-4712651

 

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A ceremony was held for the recipients Saturday night in Dallas. Several local teenage leaders were recognized for making a difference in the community.

Members of the nonprofit organization, Asian Culture and Education Society USA, who worked to help seniors citizens, promoted Asian culture, and spread health awareness and COVID-19 PPES, were honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award. The volunteers had to meet a number of requirements to qualify for the presidential award.

“It is really easy to figure out what you like to do” Said SMU Professor Scott Douglas, “But one of the more important things in your life is to decide how to help others”

Come to join us! Our members have helped donate their time and passion to the community in the year of 2021,” said Jian Xie, the founder and President of ACAESUSA. “We will continue to help the community for years to come.”

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November 9th 2021, Asian Culture And Education Society USA distribute the park postcards, masks, toys, cookies and candies at Dallas. November 9th 2021, this year is the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of Iris Chang Park in San Jose, California.


             In order to commemorate this day, this year we finally had the opportunity to visit this park. Jan Xie and Sheila Man of Asian Culture And Education Society USA met Iris Chang’s parent, Shau-Jin Chang & Ying-Ying Chang at the park on November 4th.  Iris Chang’s parent gave a guided tour and described the meaning of several art pieces displayed in the park.


Iris Chiang (1968 - 2004), a San Jose resident, was a writer, investigative journalist,  historian, lecturer and humanitarian. She had a deep reverence for humanity, was concerned about the rights of all humans, and fought tirelessly to bring light to injustice. Iris believed our path to freedom lies in our belief in the power of one person to make a difference.

 

“Please believe in THE POWER OF ONE. One person can make an enormous difference in the world… one discovery can cure a disease of spawn new technology to benefit or annihilate the human race. You as One individual can change millions of lives. Think big. Do not limit your vision and do not ever compromise your dream or ideals.” By Iris Chiang.

Asian Culture And Education Society USA Youth volunteers help to distribute the park postcards, masks, toys, cookies and candies. Thanks go to our youth volunteers: Angelina Huang, Jessica Wu, Samuel Wu, Paulina and Amber Wang.

 

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The Asian Culture and Education Society actively participated in volunteer activities in the (Double Ninth Festival.)


ACAESUSA participated in volunteer activities in the Chongyang  (Double Ninth Festival.)
This includes giving comfort to patients who have COVID-19 and volunteering at the
Dallas  Salvation Army. Among them, the sanitizing and masks we donated were very
popular among people in the shelter. People came to pick it up at the parking lot.
Volunteers from the Asian Cultural and Educational Society visited the elderly
Chinese seniors living in this shelter. If anyone can help for housing for them,
we would be very grateful. Thank you all for participating in this event! 
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 Today, the Asian Culture And Education Society USA#ACAESUSA Youth Council and volunteers donated items to the Plano Police Department (Texas) to help victims of crime. This is our second donation for this event. We donated 4000 masks, 50 Security cameras, clothes, vitamins, cleaning supplies and books. (The books collected by St. Mark's School of TexasGendercide Awareness Project Club) Thanks to Power Seller Products INC., Nagog Innovation Technology INC., Seedwish LLC, Wp Group LLC, JD Wang LLC,Yan,  Jians TV and Ming Place China Bistro Thanks to our Youth Volunteers Maxwell Chiang, Jessica Wu, Elton L, Serene L and Samuel Wu. The clothes donated by FanJiang, Xinli Wang and Sheila Man.

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On June 18th, the second summer camp of the Asian Cultural and Education Society USA ended successfully. The first summer camp was a discussion of parent-child relationships, leadership training, social skills,  and a comparison of career choices, and the second period was the wishes of the first period students. While making friends and learning Chinese history and culture, every child actively participated in activities. They learned how to write calligraphy, cut window grilles, make dumplings, and make zongzi, but they also learned to speak boldly, showcase their talents, cooperate with each other, and improve their leadership.

On that day, Jan Xie, President of the Asian Culture and Education Society USA, and Zhongping Pan, director, led the youth leadership team to donate $300 raised from selling cookies and Zongzi to teenage mothers in Uganda to help them return to school for education. The president of GENDAP, Beverly Hill, accepted the check on behalf of the cooperative group in Uganda. She was touched and said: Your group of ACAESUSA students are so generous and compassionate.  I was inspired and touched that they would bake cookies to fundraise for the girls in Uganda. Please tell them how grateful I am and how this will brighten the future for these girls.  It will really change their lives.The students who participated in this fundraising activity include Shivalika, Serene, Richard, Jessica, Samuel, Emily, Amy, Andrew, and Jeff. They participated in the activities and in making dumplings and zongzi with love. Coupled with baking cookies, fund-raising was our gift to the teenage girls’ who cannot afford to go to school because of poverty.

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ACAESUSFree Virtual Public Health Series: Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

 

 

 

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 The Asian Culture and Education Society USA invited Dr. Zhiyong Li, M.D., Ph.D. to give the Asian community a 1-hour presentation titled “Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention” for its Virtual Public Health Series. 

 

First, Dr. Li talked about cancer’s impact on society: over six hundred thousand deaths in the USA in 2020. On a positive note, 80% of cancer risk factors are avoidable, including tobacco use, alcohol use, lifestyle choices, exercise, and diet habits. Among these risk factors, diet habits have the most serious impact, accounting for 35%, while tobacco use accounts for 30%, and familial factors account for only 3%. Therefore, if we practice healthy eating, we could better avoid health concerns, such as cancer.

 

Furthermore, Dr. Li recommends a few options for the prevention of cancer. First and foremost, due to the serious impact of diet habits, Dr. Li suggests that one should eat a variety of foods and focus on five important points: five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, foods high in fiber and low in fat, using healthy cooking techniques, seeing a registered dietitian for guidance, and being mindful of food choices. Another recommendation involves maintaining a desirable weight, and Dr. Li demonstrated how to calculate BMI. More of the population is overweight rather than underweight due to eating out, as most convenience foods are higher in fat and calories than homemade meals.

 

Additionally, Dr. Li connected the relationship between smoking and lung cancer, as smoking accounts for 87% of lung cancer cases, and one out of every five smokers develops lung cancer. In the United States, there are about 228,820 new cases and 135,720 deaths due to lung cancer annually. Dr. Li warns that there is no safe form of tobacco product; thus, it is important to promote the cessation of smoking and the avoidance of tobacco products. 

 

More than 50 people from the Asian community attended this Virtual Public Health Series, and participants asked questions enthusiastically during the Q&A session. The ACAESUSA community deeply appreciates Dr. Li for his lecture on promoting good health and answering all of the questions patiently. We will remember Dr. Zhiyong Li’s recommendations and remind friends to live a healthier life!

 

“Welcome new members! It is easy to feel powerless in the face of COVID-19, but together we can make a difference! We will continue to help the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA. “Please join and support the ACAESUSA.”

www.acaesusa.org

Writer: Katherine Tang 

Editor: ACAESUSA media team

 

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On December 5th, Asian Culture and Education Society USA invited Dr. Riva L. Rahl MD to give the Asian community a presentation entitled “Your Rx for a Healthy Life: the ABCs” for its 9th Public Health Series.  

 

First, Dr. Rahl prescribed a set of recommendations for a healthy life using the ABCs. “A” was for “avoid tobacco” since tobacco is responsible for more death and medical problems in the United States today than any other substance.  

“B” was for blood pressure. Because blood pressure affects so many organs, it is important to know and monitor one’s blood pressure. In the case of abnormal or unhealthy blood pressure, there are several measures that may be taken. One measure is exercise, which is an effective method to lower blood pressure by 6-10 points as soon as the activity is begun. Another measure is sodium intake since the blood pressure in approximately one out of three people is affected by the amount of sodium consumed. Therefore, to maintain healthy blood pressure, it is imperative to reduce daily salt intake and exercise regularly.  

“C” was for cholesterol. Dr. Rahl discussed three kinds of cholesterol—high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)—as well as triglycerides. Maintaining a healthy diet, performing aerobic activities, and controlling one’s body fat are all effective ways of increasing our good HDL and reducing bad LDL and triglycerides. 

 “D” was for diabetes, a disease that 14.1% of the US population possesses at present, making it a severe national health crisis. Like high blood pressure, blood sugar concentration affects many organs in our body. We learned about five traits that determine one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes: blood sugar, waist size, HDL, triglycerides, and blood pressure. If three out of five of these conditions are outside of their normal ranges, it will greatly increase one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  

“E” was for exercise, which is Dr. Rahl’s favorite thing. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an adult should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (300 minutes is better) alongside 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercise every week, and kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. There are three main objectives of exercise: to increase our oxygen intake through aerobic activity, to enhance our strength, and to improve our flexibility. The frequency, intensity, and duration of our exercise affect its quality. Thus, when we choose the styles of our exercises, we need to consider how it contributes toward these three components. Dr. Rahl emphasizes that exercise only lengthens our life by 1-2 years but may extend the period of our independent quality living by 8-14 years.  

“F” was for fat, and it simply meant to avoid obesity. The more overweight one is the higher one’s risk of diabetes.  

Dr. Rahl highlighted the health risks of regularly overindulging in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a double-edged sword: while an appropriate amount may help to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia, too much alcohol will increase blood triglycerides and cause major health issues such as cirrhosis and pancreatitis. Alcohol also significantly raises the risk for many kinds of cancer, including oral, colon, livers, esophageal, and breast cancers. According to one study, women who drink 3 servings of alcohol each week have a 25% higher risk to contract breast cancer compared to those without drinking alcohol. 

Next, Dr. Rahl talked about stress. According to some sources, 85% of medical problems may be stress-related. Our mind and body exist as an integrated circuit, and our every thought stimulates a hormonal response. When our minds experience stress, our bodies release two hormones: adrenaline and cortisol.  

Dr. Rahl also provided us with some tips to maintain health:  

1) It is critical to eat breakfast and put fuel into our bodies in the morning, to get a solid lunch, and to keep healthy snacks on hand to maintain a stable blood sugar level throughout the day.  

2) Deep breathing, making sure to move around every hour, stretching, and listening to music helps to manage our stress in small ways.  

3) Begin with 10 minutes of exercise a day, and slowly increase duration and intensity. Dr. Rahl also suggested for us to diversify our exercises and perform “flight” and “fight” stimulating exercises. FLIGHT simulators such as walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming, as well as FIGHT simulators such as weightlifting, using resistance bands, and calisthenics can help us to burn off stress.  

4) Balance the amount of love we give with the love we receive and live as if people were of the utmost importance.  

5) Plan for vacations. Vacations can add as many as 8 years to our life.  

6) Respect the power of sleep and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Regular exercise improves sleep quality. 

 The ACAES community deeply appreciated Dr. Rahl for her informative talk. In the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, she has given us tools to maintain our wellbeing and the integrity of our immune systems, which are of first priority for everyone. We will heed Dr. Rahl’s recommendations and make a concerted effort toward a healthier and happier life! 

“It is easy to feel powerless in the face of COVID-19, but together we can make a difference! We will continue to help the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA, “Please join and support the ACAESUSA” 

www.acaesusa.org

Writer: Yun Xi 

Editor: ACAESUSA media team 

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Over the past month, the Asian Culture and Education Society USA (ACAESUSA) has delivered 398 hot Chinese meals, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), swimsuits, sheets, and pillowcases to those in need within our community.

 

They have generously lent their time and services to Parkland Hospital, Medical City in Plano, Family Place in Dallas, Clements University Hospital, The Dallas County Hospital District Police Department, University Park police officers and firefighters, Mexican American workers in the state of Virginia, and outstanding community students. 

 

We are gratified to see more and more members of the Chinese community join the efforts this month, including Coppell Chinese American, Valley Ranch Chinese American, UP Chinese American, HP Chinese American, and US Bank. Furthermore, we are grateful for the cooperation and compassion of the following participating restaurants: Ming Place China Bistro, Panda Express and Taste of Chengdu, Rice Pot Asian Cuisine, and Sichuan Folk.

 

We would like to thank our volunteers: Hongjian Li, Arnold Yan, Courtney Chen, Zhao Hong, Wendy, Xiu Hua, Qiu Mei, Wang Yan, Gao Yang, Luke Wu, Samuel Wu, Jessica Wu, Yan Wang,  Zhang Rong, Jack Sun, Liping, Jayson Ho, Jake Ho,Xixi, Luo Qin, Song Wei, Linda, Sheila, Jing Ye. Special thanks to our honorable volunteers: Gendap President Beverly Hill, Dr. Joseph Hill, Hongjian Li, US Bank Arnold Yan , JunYi & XuYan and Nancy Lin.

 

 

Also, we would like to say thank you to our individual donors for their continued support! Silver donors for those events: Liping & Jay Ho, Bronze donors: Xinlei Wang, Xie Yang, Bingxi Li, LingHua Kong, Rui Xu General support: Nancy Lin,  Wendy Zhao, Chieh Ju Chen, Chengfeng Ling, Chenglie Pan, WenChuang Hu, Hong Zhang, Lin Jing, Fan Xiaomeng. Zhou Hong and Zong Hui.

 

Mr. Hiren Parikh, Jill Hassmann, and Nicholas Hendren write the thank you letters to Jan Xie, the president of the Asian Culture and Education Society. "On behalf of my team and UTSW hospital, I would like to thank Asian Culture and Education Society for the kind donation of meals for our Chemistry Department staff," said Hiren Parikh, "The food was delicious and we enjoyed it very much." 

 

"Thank you for Asian Culture & Education Society’s recent gift-in-kind donation of 120 meals to support our staff at Parkland Health & Hospital System during this public health crisis. Your contribution allows the dedicated members of Parkland’s healthcare delivery teams to take a break and to properly nourish their bodies and minds so they can continue to heal the patients they are serving," said Jill Hassmann.

"Lunch was delicious and a welcomed moral boost in this current COVID-19 climate. We thank you for everything you do in the community and for your support,” said Nicholas Hendren from UTSW Cardiology Team.

 

Since the beginning of the recent COVID outbreak, Asian Culture And Education Society USA has been collecting PPE and donating to the front lines. They have also been supplying food to hospitals and families in need. They will continue the efforts with the Chinese American Community to provide charitable support to the people and institutions impacted most by COVID-19. 

 

"To help dissolve the hate with love, we will continue to deliver meals and PPE to front line health care workers and to the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA, "Please join and support the ACAESUSA!"

 

Editor: Courtney Chen 

Writer: Samuel Wu

Picture: Luke Wu

 

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The Asian Culture and Education Society USA provided 100 meals and PPE to the VA North Texas Health Care System Emergency Department for frontline health workers on the memorial holiday weekend. Panda Express supported this effort.

 This is one of the many events that are being celebrated in a hundred cities across all 50 states during May, as part of the United Chinese Americans “Food of Love Day”. The United Chinese American DFW youth council and Asian Culture and Education Society youth council organized the memorial  “Food of Love Day”.  We would like to say thank you to our youth volunteers: Samuel Wu, Jingying Alice Cao, Renyi Richard Cao, Joan Ye, Jessica Wu, Zack Yang, Maddock Zhang, Tiffany Zhang, Jennifer Hou, Katherine Chang, and Joseph Hou. They have been raising money on gofundme, baking cookies, designing flyers, and working hard to show love to VA hospital frontline health workers. VA hospital worker James Calhoun (Army Veteran) Wood Badge 129 (Beaver) appreciates the youth generosity and support! 

"Panda Express will try hard to support the food of love day" said Panda Express manager Joshua Hou in Allen. He chose to support and prepare food for VA Hospital frontline health workers on the same day as his birthday. 

Samuel Wu, a St. Mark's School of Texas student, led this project. "Youth is our future. I am so proud to see Sam, our youth leadership council founding member, taking the lead helping out with the relief efforts. Job well done!” said the United Chinese American President, Haipei Shue, in Washington DC. 

 This is not the end of the story. The president of the Asian Culture and Education Society USA, Jan Xie, left her two DSLR cameras outside the Panda Express restaurant which made the food for VA hospital frontline health workers. When she arrived at the VA hospital in Dallas and started looking for her cameras in her car, she received a phone call from police officer Mark Smajstria who informed her that the cameras had been found. “I appreciate Mark and Joshua. They really made my day. The price of those cameras was over ten thousand dollars. More valuable were the six thousand pictures on the memory card" said Jan Xie. Police officer Mark said, "The food of love" is a great project!” Gendap President Beverly Hill, Jing Zhang, and Luke Wu were also volunteers who helped out at this event.

 Asian Culture and Education Society USA started collecting PPE and donating to people working on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic. They will continue their efforts with the Chinese American Community to provide relief and charitable support to people and institutions hit hardest by COVID-19.