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Happy holidays from the Hyphen staff! I'm visiting my family right now and if you're anything like us, you're trying to figure out what sort of entertainment would be good family fare.
Well, here's something: A new Asian American family drama, My Life... Disoriented premieres on PBS tonight. It's about a Chinese American family who moves from San Francisco to Bakersfield, California. (Bakersfield is an agricultural town).
Seem to be quite a few stories lately in mainstream papers about Vietnamese Americans lately:
From the SF Chronicle, by Vanessa Hua: The Making of a Cyber Dissident: Cong Do had accomplished a lot as an immigrant and father of three. But it was his secret life fighting to bring democracy to Vietnam that made him an international cause celebre.
This is in today's LA Times: A Desperate Mother Ignores the Odds. Twenty years ago, a single mother in Vietnam sent her son to America with little money. He kept in touch through letters, but 4 years ago the letters stopped coming. Now in failing health, she sets out to find him before her visa expires or her cancer returns.
Been getting lots of info about this 2-year-old boy in my inbox lately. Harrison Leonardo has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. He’s spent most of this year fighting cancer, which went into remission in August. The cancer relapsed just before Thanksgiving.
I have seen adults struggle hard in the fight against cancer. I can't imagine what it is like for a child.
Harrison is currently hospitalized and undergoing another round of chemotherapy while his doctors and family search for a donor. Harrison is biracial (Filipino and Caucasian) which makes it hard to find a donor since few minorities are registered as donors. It's believed that a good match would be someone of the same background.
According to the Mavin Foundation approximately 130,000 people are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases like leukemia and other blood cancers and it is estimated that at least 12,000 of these patients will not be cured without a bone marrow transplant. Thousands die every year waiting for a transplant.
His parents and brother are not matches, so the family, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, is looking for help from others and is organizing several donor drives with the help of the Asian American Donor Program (AADP).
A organization calling itself Vietnamese for Fair Immigration was actually co-founded by white guy who espoused his views on Web sites and in letters to the editor while pretending to be Vietnamese, according to the Oakland Tribune.