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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                          Reflections: A personal spiritual journey
As a Lagunense, I am very proud and honored to be part of the larger faith community that hosts the
recently designated National Shrine (
Pambansang Dambana) of San Antonio de Padua in the town of Pila,
province of Laguna. This town and its Roman Catholic Church have so much history that just a first look at
them would bring one back to the Filipino Spanish ancestry.
Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator who worked for the Spanish crown when he “discovered” my country in March 16, 1521
and named it “Philippines” after King Philip of Spain, brought with him friars who quickly converted the natives to Christianity. And the
rest was history. The Philippines became the only Christian nation in Southeast Asia.

According to historical records, the first missionaries in Pila were Augustinians, but later replaced by Franciscans who established “Villa de
Pila” and built a church made of cane and dedicated it to St. Anthony of Padua as early as 1578. The Franciscans also established the
second printing press in the country which published
Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala, a dictionary that facilitated the evangelization of
the Tagalog region. Thus, the role played by the Franciscan fathers of that period was strategic and significant in converting our ancestors
in Laguna and neighboring provinces into Christianity.

To this day, the town of Pila still boasts of a number of homes built during the Spanish time, repaired and restored to their original
architectural beauty. --
Women of Color: A
Collective Powerhouse
in the U.S. Electorate
'Patriot Act' Tackles the Importance of the
Asian American Vote
Over One Hundred
Attendees at Taste
of Democracy
From APIAVote
An OCA Intern's Story
Today, I have the privilege of working to fight against this through my daily work.
Not only have I been able to contribute to OCA’s mission by working here, but I’ve
been granted opportunities made possible only by being affiliated with OCA.

I am a lovechild of engineering. No, really, my parents fell in love through long
distance phone calls and faxes about homework. They were Vietnamese
immigrants in the ‘80s working full time blue-collar jobs to put themselves
through college. I was born the year before my mother graduated with honors in
electrical engineering from UT El Paso. Their American dream felt within their
grasp… until my mother could not find a job and my father kept getting passed
over for promotions at work even though he was leading all the projects. --
2016 OCA-Greater Houston Local Intern
and Senior Development Manager Thu
Nguyen, who spoke at the 2019 OCA
Corporate Achievement Awards.
Dec. 12--Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Taste of
Democracy Benefit this past Wednesday. This year, we had over 120
attendees attend and enjoy an evening of food and wine as we
honored Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (AAAJ-AAJC) as
our Beacon of Democracy awardee. Chair of the Congressional Asian
Pacific American Caucus, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) noted
the importance of the Asian American vote saying that "we are the
swing vote in swing states" and highlighted the need for the
community to participate in Census 2020 in her remarks saying that
the Census "is so critical to our futures...the Census provides us with
the largest collection of data on the Asian American Pacific Islander
population. It is critical to understanding our unique needs."

Over the years, AAAJ-AAJC has been a huge player and partner in
working towards protecting the voting rights of Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with initiatives such as our joint voter
hotline in seven Asian languages, our Asian American Voter Survey,
and more recently their work towards a full count in the 2020 Census
with the launch of their website CountUsin2020.org that has
translated factsheets and state-specific resources. This work has
been critical for elected officials, public policymakers, and
community organizers in ensuring Get-Out-The-Vote and
Get-Out-The-Count efforts in the past, present, and future.--
Last Dec. 8, Patriot Act covered the topic of the Asian American vote.
Titled "Don't ignore the Asian Vote In 2020," host Hasan Minhaj
discussed how Asian Americans are the fastest-growing population
in the country and why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders cannot
be ignored as a voting bloc.

The half-hour episode covered several topics such as the power of
the AAPI electorate, barriers to voting, the model minority myth, and
voter outreach. One key point the show makes is the lack of outreach
towards Asian Americans from politicians as supported by our Voter
Survey which shows a majority of Asian Americans reporting little to
no contact from either party.  --
By Thu Nguyen

I started at Rice University thinking that the
only way to pay it forward was through
medicine. By the time I graduated, and with
the knowledge, training, and support of my
OCA family, I realized that I could give back
to the world in other ways that I’m much
better at. My parents fled a war-torn country
looking for freedom and opportunity, only to
find it hindered here by discrimination
against their skin color and accents.
The popular Netflix Series with Hasan Minhaj discusses an important
topic in this December week's episode.
Critically Acclaimed Winner of
25 Awards at International
Film Festivals, Quezon’s Game
in U.S./Canadian Theaters
Jan. 24th
Largely Forgotten, True Story of Holocaust
Heroism Saved 1,200+ Jewish Refugees;
Film’s Release Marks 75th Anniversary of the
Liberation of Auschwitz (Jan. 27)
acclaimed during its multi-award-winning festival run and successful May 2019
theatrical release in the Philippines, Quezon’s Game will begin its U.S./Canadian
theatrical rollout Jan. 24.

A true story of Holocaust heroism during World War II in the Philippines by Filipino
President Manuel L. Quezon—who rescued as many persecuted Jews as Oskar
Schindler at a time when most countries were turning their backs—the release of
Quezon’s Game also marks the landmark 75th anniversary on Jan. 27 of the
liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi’s most-notorious concentration camp. Once
forgotten to history, the incredible tale of what just one man can accomplish when
defeat isn’t an option … a miraculous feat of human triumph.

A Star Cinema/ABS-CBN Film Productions production in association with iWant
and Kinetek, Quezon’s Game is the feature film directorial debut of Matthew
Rosen (also serving as cinematographer) who has directed television, music
videos and more than 700 commercials over 25 years, winning more than 50
international awards. Rosen—a British national residing in the Philippines since
1986—and his Filipino wife, Lorena “Lori” Rosen, who co-produced the film,
heard the little-known story of the film from members of the Jewish Association of
the Philippines in 2009 and instantly realized they needed to retell this
extraordinary and moving story on the big screen.--
By Danyelle Solomon and
Connor Maxwell
Introduction and summary
Five years ago, the Center for American Progress wrote about the growing force
that women of color voters bring to the U.S. electorate.1 Each year since, women
of color have constituted a greater and greater share of eligible voters. Today, they
are emerging as a potential electoral powerhouse—and they fully deserve elected
officials’ attention and respect.

Since 2000, the citizen voting-age population (CVAP) of women of color has
increased by 59 percent—a gain of more than 13.5 million potential votes. --
Advancing Racial
Equity in Career and
Technical Education
By Ryan Smith
On July 31, 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education
for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law, giving state
leaders a new opportunity to improve career and technical education
(CTE) programs. High-quality CTE programs offer rigorous academic
content alongside technical courses in specific occupations as well
as hands-on learning experiences. However, these programs cannot
only be available in the best-resourced schools. They must be
available in schools that serve primarily historically disadvantaged
students, designed so that these students have the skills and
experience to participate in the high-wage jobs that comprise the
future of the workforce. In doing so, they help prepare students for the
future, allowing them greater flexibility to pursue career opportunities
after high school. --
Madison Region Economic Partnership
Deadline: February 7
Sector Highlight: Bioscience

Earlier in 2019, MadREP unveiled reports on the Madison Region's five key
industry sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture, Food & Beverage;
Bioscience; Healthcare; and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The full reports can be found at madisonregion.org/research.

Medical Device & Equipment Manufacturing Employment
Employment within the medical device and equipment manufacturing
component of the bioscience cluster has largely declined over the past
decade. In 2017, employment in analytical laboratory instrument
manufacturing in the Madison Region was down 41% from 2001 employment
levels. Similarly, 2017 employment in medical equipment and supplies
manufacturing was 10% below 2001 employment levels in the industry.
Employment data suppression precludes an analysis of employment change
over the same period since 2001, but 2017 employment in electromedical
and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing was 17% below 2005
levels. Furthermore, 2017 employment in irradiation apparatus
manufacturing was 66% below 2008 employment values. --
MadREP President Paul Jadin with
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and
Destination Madison CEO Deb Archer at
Garver Feed Mill Grand Opening