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Why I Support Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States

Born in a UN refugee camp, Bao Nguyen and his parents emigrated to the United States to escape oppression in communist Vietnam. Bao was elected Mayor of Garden Grove, California in 2014, making history as the first directly-elected Vietnamese American Democratic Mayor in the United States. This February, Bao endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President. A recent Gallup poll showed that...

A Glimpse Inside the World of Adoptee Activism in Korea

Korean adoptees
One day while browsing through the English language section of a bookstore in Seoul, a young Korean woman randomly engaged me in casual conversation. Seconds into our discussion, it became clear to me that she had been raised overseas. When I asked her what brought her to Korea, she told me she had returned to search for her birth...

Iowa, China and Ethiopia: How One Couple Built Their Family through Birth, Adoption and Love

When I first set out to interview Jane and Dave Jensen of Decorah, Iowa, I envisioned walking away from our interview with a story about how the international adoption process has changed over the years for adoptive parents like the Jensens. I thought I would hear how adoptive parents now travel to the birth country of their child to...

YouTube personality shares life adventures in Hong Kong

Markian Benhamou
What is it like to live in Hong Kong? Perhaps this unique YouTuber can show you. Markian Benhamou is a 17-year-old YouTube personality currently living in Hong Kong with his family. His channel, Markian, is where he broadcasts his adventures. Since moving to Hong Kong from Spain in 2014, he has started capturing moments of what daily life is like in the South...

Serve. Inspire. Change.

"Serve, Inspire, Change!" Those were the words I defaulted to when asked to explain my summer experience as a Bank of America Student Leader in three words or less. However, what was supposed to just be the theme for a week’s summit in Washington DC ended up becoming my reality. I was one of five to be chosen for...

Bharatanatyam: Classical Dance Styles of India!

Sweta and Divya Srinivasan - Twin daughters of Kannan Srinivasan and Dr. Anita Ekambaram had their arangetram (Indian Classical Dance Debut) with live Orchestra from India on Aug 14th, 2016 at Lyman High School Auditorium.  Bharatanatyam is an ancient classical dance that originated in Southern India, over two thousand years ago and is a dance that combines aesthetics and...

Nissin CUP NOODLE 日清 カップヌードル – World famous popular instant noodles from Japan

Nissin Cup Noodle
You may have seen in grocery stores, may have tasted, or may even be regularly eating the Japan’s famous noodles that can be ready to eat in three minutes after pouring hot water; CUP NOODLE. Today, there are so many different flavors in Japan, yet my most favorite is still Seafood Noodle. In 1958, Momofuku Ando 安藤百福 invented instant noodles “Chikin Ramen” (chicken noodle soup) as...

My Life in China

Independent film director, Kenneth Eng, recently graced our Central Florida for the East Coast Premiere of his documentary film, “My Life in China,” at the 2015 Florida Film Festival. During the festival, we received an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with him at the Asia Trend / YESS Center on April 14, 2015. Eng was officially selected for...

Asia Trend Magazine Goes Green

Shally Wong
Asia Trend Magazine is putting the past behind it. Starting September, you won’t see its magazine rack beside Asian language newspapers and local newspapers at Asian restaurants and stores in Florida. “We started the magazine 10 years ago. Can’t believe it was like yesterday. In 2005, we started a new magazine called Asia Trend Magazine, reporting on Asian-related news, lifestyles,...

How China and Adoption Changed One Family’s Life — and Business

When people think of adoption, they sometimes think of doors that have been closed. For adoptees, these closed doors can be abandonment, a disablility or health issue, birth family poverty and unknown pasts. There are sometimes closed doors for adoptive parents as well such as the desire to build a family, but the inability (or sometimes choice) not to...
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