Keppel Students Take a Field Trip to the Claremont Colleges

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By Kyle Tsukahira

On February 21st, Mark Keppel students who are involved with Promoting Youth Advocates (PYA) took a field trip to the Claremont Colleges. The day was a mix of leadership/communication workshops led by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), a tour of the 5 campuses of Claremont, culminating with a 3D printer tutorial.

This all came about because APIOPA, Advancing Justice, Pitzer College, and PYA are all working on a spiffy air quality project to understand the environmental impacts of Mark Keppel High School being located directly next to the busy 10 freeway. A field trip to the Claremont Colleges just seemed to make sense.

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Certified Organic Workshop with Hmong Farmers in Fresno Takes Root

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By Scott Chan

Very few Hmong farmers own the land they harvest on in Fresno.

Okay let me take a step back. Over the past few months, APIOPA has worked with Youa Yang (one of our soon-to-be Roots CSA farmers) and CCOF (www.ccof.org) to organize a workshop geared at teaching Hmong farmers in Fresno how to become certified organic. The workshop, which happened on February 23, 2015, was a major success, with over 25 farmers in attendance. From what I was told, it might have been the first workshop on how to become certified organic that was hosted specifically for Hmong farmers, and done in English AND Hmong. Attendees learned about the certification process, how to use organic methods to keep away pests (ladybugs are very awesome), how to lease land, and then we all went for a tour of a local certified organic farm.

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Glen A Wilson Air Quality Update

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By Scott Chan

 

There have been some big and exciting developments on our air quality project with Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights. Similar to our air project at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, we are educating, engaging and empowering local high school youth to do something about the fact that their school sits within 100 feet of a busy freeway (the 60 fwy in this case). Most recently we have solidified partnerships with the Kiwins club on Wilson campus, the Health Science Dept of Cal State Fullerton (CSUF), as well as the Center for Asian Pacific American Studies (CAPAS) at Pitzer College.Our goal over this next semester is to work directly with the Kiwins youth on an air quality/environmental justice curriculum, while also brainstorming and advocating for larger changes that need to happen to have cleaner air at the school. Stay tuned for some major updates soon!

The New and Improved Lennox Park

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By Scott Chan

We are so happy to share the good news about the changes that have been made at Lennox Park. The walking trail, which has been a long-time advocacy project of the Tongan Community Service Center and APIOPA, is now complete along with new workout equipment, which has instructional signs in English, Spanish, and TONGAN! It has taken some time to achieve these goals, but it finally happened.

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Announcing New 2015 Roots CSA Sites!

Roots Community Supported Agriculture (Roots CSA) is excited to announce 4 brand new pick up sites in the San Fernando Valley (Arleta), San Gabriel Valley (Alhambra), South Bay (Gardena), and Orange County (Garden Grove) bringing fresh, sustainably grown, and pesticide free Asian produce to the community!

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Airbeam Sensor Workshop with SGV Youth!

By Kyle Tsukahira

On Saturday, December 6th we had the opportunity to lead a workshop with high school youth from the Promoting Youth Advocates (PYA) club at the new Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA) satellite office in Monterey Park. It was a great opportunity to train the youth on how to use the airbeam sensors made by Habitat Map which were lent to us by the Environmental Protection Agency of Taiwan (EPAT) earlier in October. We had the chance to measure air quality levels both inside the building and outside around the community.

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Third Store in HiFi Now Selling #FRESH Produce!

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By Ailene Ignacio

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, APIOPA held it’s 3rd Grand Re-opening event for its newest corner store partner, Amigo’s Market. Located on the westside of Historic Filipinotown, Amigo’s Market is the most west primarily food retail store along Temple Boulevard in the area.

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Lennox Park Walking Trail Coming Soon!

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By Scott Chan

Sina and Scott recently met with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office and the Dept of Parks and Rec to discuss having Tongan translations at Lennox Park. Yes, you heard us right. The workout equipment and walking trail, both of which APIOPA advocated for with the lead of the Tongan community and the Tongan Community Service Center, will now will have signs translated in to Tongan. The trail and equipment are expected to be finished by December 2014, and the official grand opening of the park will be set for January 2015. Stay tuned!

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FAB Visits El Zorro Market

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One of the goals of F.A.B. is making food more culturally relevant, accessible, and affordable in local markets for the Tongan community. This means creating spaces for Pacific Islander health in a place such as Lennox, where it doesn’t exist. F.A.B. has been in conversation with the owner of a local market called El Zorro in Lennox, to discuss selling Tongan products that the community would purchase. They began to stock up a few items such as corned beef (kapa pulu) and coconut cream (kapa niu), something that is usually paired with nutritious greens and vegetables as apart of Tongan cuisine. As a warm-up exercise before our workout session at Lennox UMC, we mobilized folks and walked over to El Zorro market to meet with the owner. There were about ten of us altogether and one woman who joined us lives a block away from the church and market.  It was very useful to have her there to share the kind of foods she would buy for her family. Everyone seemed excited about the potential and possibility of having a market nearby that would sell affordable Tongan food.

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Second Store in Historic Filipinotown Now Selling Produce!

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By Ailene Ignacio

On October 25, 2014, the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), through their Fresh HiFi – corner store transformation project, held their second grand re-opening event at partner store L.A. San Miguel. With the support of owners, the Ramos family, and APIOPA team members, the event definitely culminated into a huge success.

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