Received news about hep B misinformation that was on a popular Chinese TV drama, Woju or Dwelling Narrowness. The article from Global Times, “Fuss over TV Drama’s Line,” details an account where one of the characters on the show INCORRECTLY reprimands her sister for not washing her hands, warning her that she’ll contract hepatitis B and subsequently won’t get a job. The lack of correct education is frustrating – it is really unfortunate that this popular show’s line perpetuated the misconception about the transmission route for hepatitis B (which is ONLY blood transmission) with that of hepatitis A. However, I will give it that it touches upon the discrimination that is still in effect in China.
But here’s the kicker: The article continues to recount how the show is deleting the phrase before re-airing the episode (small victory!), but also mentions some of the public’s outcry that deleting that line was an overreaction, that the person who complained was being radical, and the deletion was not sensitive to the public’s feelings. I can’t express how incredibly frustrated this makes me. I support the deletion and believe it is not a radical or an overreaction, and in fact is a step in the right direction for human rights and fixing misconceptions. It’s clear that much more education needs to be done to lift misconceptions about hepatitis B’s transmission.
After a week hiatus from social media, I am back. Apologies about the bout of absence, illness and work took me away. So, if you emailed me within the last two weeks, I promise I will get back to you; I’m just slightly overwhelmed at this point.
Updates from the hepatitis B front: SF Treasure Island Dragon Boat Festival was this past weekend, which is always a treat. We had the opportunity to collaborate with SF Hep B Free on holding a booth and providing educational surveys to the festival attendees. Knowledge levels about hepatitis B prevalence in Asian and Pacific Islanders (1 in 10 compared to 1 in 1000 of Caucasians), transmission (only through blood), and risks (liver cancer and liver failure) were very low, indicative of increased awareness and education. Surveys from the Filipino Fil Am Friendship Festival in Daly City also reflected poor knowledge levels and misconceptions within the Filipino population. NT, SC, and I are working on a paper that examines the knowledge levels of the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino populations, so that should be exciting. Side note: everyone loved the Jade Warrior tattoos – I’ll upload one tomorrow. They were such a hit.
On the youth front, the 2009-2010 Jade Ribbon Youth Council has been selected. 16 Bay Area high school students will be joining the ALC family to create innovative outreach ideas for targeting youth and learn how to be leaders in their communities. The application was pretty stiff this year and it was difficult to choose out of roughly fifty highly qualified candidates. Additionally, it is extremely exciting to see all the high school awareness chapters that are starting this year. I think there are ten or more chapters that are starting from this year’s YLC alone. And I also received an email from a YLC 2008 alumni at Vassar who is going to start a collegiate hepatitis B awareness group. This is just one example of how these youth empowerment programs truly impact youth and stay with them. I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to play a role in such an rewarding endeavor.
And one more piece of exciting news: the ALC’s new Outreach Coordinator will be starting on Wednesday! I can now officially start full force on the corporate outreach work. Exciting!
I also saw a mother carrying the Jade Ribbon Campaign reusable shopping bag at the Caltrain Station at Milbrae this past Saturday. I almost took out the camera to snap pictures of her, but stopped myself less I appear inappropriate. However, CL did come up with a neat idea: “Where have you seen the JRC reusable shopping bag” contest. Definitely has merit and will continue ruminating on this idea for the future.
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Brief update on youth action to eradicate hepatitis B. Been a little swampped at work with various projects and trying to finish up secondary applications for medical school.
Youth Hepatitis B Awareness Groups
We have roughly 6 or 7 new high school hepatitis B awareness chapters this year from students who attended the 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health. The students who are creating these groups are all fantastic and are just so incredibly enthusiastic to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer in their communities. The chapters range from Northern California to Southern California to Georgia and to New York. There might also be one in Texas soon. I’m really impressed by all the students’ effort and willingness to improve the health of their communities; I wish I had that drive when I was younger. I’m really looking forward to seeing their groups grow and am trying to think of ways to make sure that these students are recognized for their leadership. This is just a testament to the efficacy of empowering youth to address a health disparity, and how our youth leadership conference is a model program. Youth are so innovative and enthusiastic, and by teaching them the skills to enact their own outreach projects, they can do real good in their communities.
Also reading Jade Ribbon Youth Council applications. I’m a bit behind because I was pushing a grant through and preparing things for my next potential corporate partner – which will be very exciting. More details later.
And good news, our new Outreach Coordinator will be officially starting on September 30th, and I will be transitioning full time to Corporate Outreach and Advocacy. And while I’m looking forward to my new position,where there is great opportunity for innovation and leadership development, I will have to admit that I am going to miss working on the ALC’s outreach programming at large. After spending a year building relationships in the ethnic communities and working to make our youth programming exciting and sustainable, I am relunctant to leave that arena. I will really miss working with the interns and the high school students – it is really all about the people at the end. However, the new Outreach Coordinator DN will be a fantastic addition to our team and will bear the Outreach Coordinator mantle well. Plus, there are new and exciting things ahead!
And to end things today, check out this nifty little article on tracking where your waste – both garbage and recylcing – actually go. I’m interested in seeing what the results are for this project
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Wal-Mart in Fremont, CA donated $1,000 to the Jade Ribbon Campaign (specifically, LIVERight). Thanks to SW for applying for this community grant and thank you to Wal-Mart for their generous contribution to supporting liver cancer and hepatitis B awareness. When I went to accept the check, I had the opportunity to chat with a fantastic Filipina lady by the name of C. She was pretty remarkable in that she worked two jobs, seven days a week and survived the death of her youngest son to liver cancer. Hopefully we can work with her in some capacity on some Filipino hepatitis B outreach.
Jade Ribbon Campaign and the Fight against Hepatitis B
This week was the last week for our summer interns (how sad!), and we’ll be hiring the new team in late September. I’ve seen three teams of interns during my time at the Asian Liver Center, and I’m always sad when they leave. It’s been such a pleasure watching this team grow and learn new skills and gain confidence in their communication or team building techniques. And, in turn, they also teach me a few lessons about how to be a better leader, how to communicate in a more direct and positive manner, and how to manage projects so that they feel an investment, and I can make sure that projects move forward. Of course, I’m still learning, but I am indebted to the past three teams of interns for their great work and their inspriration.
Speaking of inspiration, I met with a trio from Saratoga High this week to discuss their ideas for a Jade Ribbon Campaign awareness club at their school. It is really heartening to hear their enthusiasm and drive to create a club that makes a difference in their community. The meeting was productive in that we identified potential projects they could undertake during the year and ideas for their weekly meetings so that the meetings are geared more toward education and not only volunteer opportunities. We’re beginning to get a lot more high school clubs with each subsequent YLC, and they are all excited about coordinating efforts nationwide as well – letter writing campaigns, and a coordinated Hepatitis B Awareness Week.
I’ve been working with SC to create some sticker and box designs for Sheng Kee Bakery to raise more awareness about the Jade Ribbon Campaign – so that has been very fun. I will post some of the designs up when they’re at a more finalized state. If you have any ideas, feel free to message me!
And in line with pastries, this is a picture of me at the Miss Asian America pageant with Sugar Bowl Bakery CEO and his wife (who are both so incredibly nice!) pinning them with the Jade Ribbon! Thank you again to Miss Asian America for their support of the Jade Ribbon Campaign. Furthermore, there’s the Jade Ribbon dress ST made! That was a pretty exciting night, although I was fairly exhausted since it was right after the last day of Youth Leadership Conference.
Multitasking – a Detriment to our Cognitive Abilities?
I was listening to NPR yesterday, and currently, a study by Professor Clifford Nass is all the rage because it indicates that individuals who engage in multimedia multitasking are often bad at it, AND, they pay a mental price for it. From the study, it appears that those who multitask at high rate have difficulty in differentiating between relevant and irrelevant information; hence, multitasking on a media level (e.g. chatting via IM while writing an email, watching the television, and reading a NYtimes article) can have a detrimental impact on our cognitive abilities. Makes me consider if I should be multitasking (of course, it’s so ingrained into how I operate, that I’m undergain how I can stop). Here’s the article from NPR, and a transcript of an interview with Professor Nass.
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Helped with a perinatal hep B public service announcement filming that SC and CC are heading up for their perinatal hep B project. The extent of my role was dropping off an intern and seeting up the green room for the child actors; however, despite my small role, I did enjoy seeing AD and his crew set up their filming area. I’m excited for the PSA because it will help to encourage mothers to make sure their newborns are vaccinated against hepatitis B and educate them on why their newborn should be vaccinated. I’ve been doing some listening online via Twitter and mommy blogs, and have found that there is a great deal of misinformation (as with many things) about the hepatitis B vaccine and its safety and necessity. If you’d like me to go into more detail, just email me and we chat about it.
I do enjoy getting up early because I feel so accomplished by noon. Was able to get quite a bit done today in terms of errands, and the highlight of my morning was brunching with RN at Stacks. Had the opportunity to catch up with him, and then got a delightful presentation about the perks of the Palm Pre. I really like the multitask capability of the Palm Pre and its ability to synergistically pull together all your data together. One thing that I’m thinking that the iPhone has is that I can take video and pictures on it easily to upload. Does anyone have any thoughts? I’d love to hear them.
After brunch, RN accompanied me to get Mizuno running shoes, and the strangest thing happened: bills of money rolled down the street toward me. Normally, if I see a dime or a penny on the street, I feel a bit of giddiness; however, with these bills, I felt a sense of dread – I couldn’t find the owners of the money, and I felt guilty for having it in my hand. So, I decided to give it to a homeless woman; hopefully, she put it to good use and got herself some food. Hm, I forgot to ask her her name.
Went on a picnic dinner with CT at the Oval. Our plans to hike along Foothills Park’s trails were thwarted today by the lack of evidence that we live in Palo Alto. We will need to return so we can see the scenic sites! On a side note, avacados are a delicious addition to any food, especially sandwiches. And the Stanford campus is just gorgeous. I will definitely miss it when I’m no longer here.
Looking forward to the Korean Church Screening tomorrow,
The Asian Liver Center’s 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health begins in roughly 12 hours! Months of preparation and late nights in the office are going to come to fruition when 105 students from across the nation congregate at Okada Lawn tomorrow afternoon. Very exciting!
We have a STELLAR lineup of speakers this year that range from Michael Chen, President and CEO of Global Communication, Media, and Entertainment at General Electric Capital to Bill Imada, Founder of the IW Group, Inc. We also have Beth Kanter, visting scholar at the Packard Foundation to speak about how non-profits can utilize social media to advance their cause and message, and speakers from the Stanford’s Career Development Center and Center for Teaching and Learning! Vice Dean Stevenson form the Stanford School of Medicine and Michael Elgarico from the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be welcoming our students tomorrow. And last, but certainly not least, ABC7 Anchorman and hepatitis B advocate Alan Wang will be helping us close our conference and pass awards to the winning teams! The staff, interns, and students are INCREDIBLY excited about these speakers, and I’m really looking forward to hearing them share their experiences and insight!
The interns, Jade Ribbon Youth Council, and I had a 4.5 hour marathon training session today. It was good to have everyone there to go over logistics – hopefully it was helpful for Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders to understand the broader picture of logistics AND get in depth explanation about the Team Challenge and Role Play activity. I can’t express how EXCITED I am about this year’s Team Challenge and the Role Play section. I sincerely hope that the students will enjoy the challenge, and really walk away with practical skills and inspiration to do some good out in their communities.
In other non-YLC news, I’m glad to hear that Laura Ling and Euna Lee are on their way home to the U.S. Good job, President Clinton! I’ve yet to read the full NYTimes article on the story, but I’ll save that for a time AFTER youth conference.
Alright, I better go take out my laundry now, and head off to bed. Tomorrow’s going to be a BIG day! 🙂
The ALC staff and interns have been busily preparing for the Jade Ribbon reusable bag launch at 99 Ranch Market (Cupertino) tomorrow! That’s one reason why I have been a little MIA in terms of posting on this blog; however, expect a lot of updates from me soon! But back to the Jade Ribbon bag: This environmentally-friendly bag is a great way to raise awareness about liver cancer and hepatitis B and build a sustainable community. The eco-friendly reusable shopping bag, along with hep B educational materials, will be available with every donation of $2 or more to the Jade Ribbon Campaign. Visit the ALC’s website (http://liver.stanford.edu) for more info!
The Jade Ribbon Campaign reusable bag will be at all ten Northern California 99 Ranch Market Stores. If you are in SoCal or Washington and want one, let me know and I’ll see if 99 Ranch Market will bring them over there!
– Join us! Press Conference Kick-Off Celebration
When: Friday, July 24th @ 3:00 PM
Where: Cupertino 99 Ranch Market on 10983 North Wolfe Rd Cupertino, CA 95014
Who: Everyone is invited to come and support the Jade Ribbon Campaign!
Notables: First 100 people to spend $50 in groceries at 99 Ranch Market Cupertino will get a FREE bag! Come get your picture taken with Miss Asian America!
– Show your support!
Put this image in your EV or FB (wherever you want!) to show your support of tomorrow’s event! 🙂
This project means a lot to me because SC and I have been working really hard on this for over 8 months now, and it’s really exciting to see this all come to fruition. I still remember when one of my interns EY was still calling for reusable bag quotes – and that was before she went to Oxford for a quarter to study abroad! I don’t know how to express how very excited I am – there are just so many stakeholders in this project and to see the community come together tomorrow will be incredibly rewarding. Miss Asian America and Miss Vietnam Northern California Princesses will be out in addition to our fantastic Jade Ribbon Campaign volunteers and supporters. I’ll see some of my old interns and old friends, and it’s just super heartwarming. I’m really glad that I’ve decided to stay on with the ALC for a second year to work because it’s only after a year that I’ve been able to see many of the fruits of my work. Plus, I’ll get to continue to build the relationships that I’ve built over the past year, and once we hire the new Outreach Coordinator, I can work full time on all these exciting corporate ventures. Cisco has really taken a lead on their own, and I really need to get back on track with our hep B corporate working team! Another thing I’m excited is about all the ethnic media coverage that has been made, and all the press that will be at the event tomorrow! World Journal, Sing Tao, Viet Tribune, Korea Times, and Vietnam Daily have just be absolutely fantastic supporters.
The momentum for all this is so energizing, and I hope this momentum will spur people into action to get screened and vaccinated. The bag’s are not only super practical (I can fit all those vegetables and my wafer crackers in these bags), they’re so great at really getting the Jade Ribbon message out.
Alright, now that I’ve finished revamping the ALC main page with a graphic about the event tomorrow, I need to go print the A-frame signs at Kinkos!
And a big thanks to SC and all my FANTASTIC summer 2009 ALC interns. TC is actually still here with me at the office preparing all the photo stuff and all the interns have been instrumental in either creating the banner, packing, creating the press packets, the buttons, coordinating volunteers, and all the incredible things that they do. THANK YOU so much. This really couldn’t have been done without your help!
More updates soon with social marketing workshop in SF, Myer-Briggs personality tests, the love of egg tarts and dim sum!, AND the Jade Ribbon dresses that ST is making me!
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