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A Message from Charleston C. K. Wang
Member of Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE,
WITH CHARITY FOR ALL ...
With fewer than six weeks before his untimely death,
President Abraham Lincoln said these words:
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the
right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who
shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and
cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Now nearly a century and a half later, these enduring words carry the same wisdom for us. While
not facing the aftermath of four years of bloody civil war, we, nonetheless, are a people in need of
healing among ourselves and with all nations. Four years after invading Iraq and expenditure of
lives and treasure, we are faced with a stalemate and quite possibly withdrawal in the midst of
sectarian civil war in that country. At home the Senate just voted, once again, to set aside much
needed comprehensive immigration reform because some see an invasion of illegal aliens who
do not deserve amnesty.
President Bush who prematurely declared “Mission Accomplished” vis-à-vis Iraq, and “See you are
the signing,” respecting legislation on immigration reform is burdened with record low approval
ratings The Congress too has similar or even lower ratings by the people who elected them. The
American people, facing the humiliation of the lack of progress in the war in Iraq and the looming
specter of an ignominious retreat is understandably divided, frustrated, and angry. In my opinion, it
is this division, coupled with the inability of the President to rally the national will, that are the
reasons for the failure to complete long overdue reform of our federal immigration law.
I fear worse. Given the inability of America to succeed in Iraq, our national psyche will pressure
some of us to turn our frustration inward against those who are politically most vulnerable amongst
ourselves, the undocumented immigrant. If we cannot impose our will in Iraq, we can surely get
our way against those who break our immigration laws. But before we raise the hue and cry once
again to round up and deport all those who do not have proper immigration papers, let all of us
pacify our spirits, calm our hearts, and focus our reason by reflecting on the immortal words of our
great martyr for freedom: "With malice towards none, with charity for all …"
HARRY WU AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
On 05/13/08 Harry Wu spoke at the Tangeman Center of the
University CIty of Cincinnati about human rights in China and
the Bodies Exhibition. Mr. Wu is a Nobel Peace Prize
Nominee and the author of Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My
Years in China's Gulag and Laogai: The Chinese Gulag.
Mr. Wu gave a moving account of his own life spent as a
political prisoner in laogai (reform through labor) camps for
19 years and of his rebirth as an American citizen speaking
out on human rights. He presented photographic documentation of executions in
China and discussed the transplantation of organs from executed prisoners. Mr. Wu
explained the reasons for suspecting that Bodies specimens could be that of executed
prisoners. Shown in photo above is Harry Wu with Carl Westmoreland, host of
Freedom Radio. To listen to the interview of Harry Wu by Mr. Westmoreland on
Freedom Radio (a note on this 2 hour digital audio file - 1st hour is an interview with
Charleston C. K.. Wang, immigration attorney and 2nd hour is Harry Wu), click here.
To read a summary of Mr. Wu's lecture in the Cincinnati Enquirer, click here.
The Museum Center’s Bodies Exhibit has raised issues of ethical concern due to its
display of all Chinese bodies WITHOUT consent of the individual. Do we as a city not
care about the ethical concerns, or do we not know about them? Are these concerns
easily dismissed because these bodies are not US, but rather bodies from half way
around the world? Or are we simply enamored with the opportunity to see inside the
human body, regardless of their questionable origins? These are important questions
to ask, as we as a city think about this exhibit.
A RECAP ON THE DIALOGUE CONCERNING
THE BODIES EXHIBITIONContributed by Janice Tsai Jezek
The following lecture and community forums have occurred:
1) Harry Wu lecture (5/13/2008) - Mr. Wu travelled from Washington D.C. and started
his day in Cincinnati by touring the Museum Center, which included a visit to the
Bodies Exhibit. This was followed with a tour and luncheon at the Holocaust Center.
After lunch, Mr. Wu gave a radio interview with Mr. Carl Westmoreland on Freedom
Radio. His visit concluded with the lecture that evening at the University of Cincinnati.
.... To read the rest of the recap, click here.
Photo above: On 4/3/08, a Community
Intergroup Seder was conducted at the
Plum Street Temple in downtown
Cincinnati. This Seder, presented by the
American Jewish Committee, retells the
Passover story of the Hebrew people and
their freedom from bondage in Egypt.
Shown in the photo above is Barbara
Glueck lighting the festival candles at the
behest of Rabbi Gary Zola of the Hebrew
Union College who presided over the
reading of haggadah - the words that tell
the Passover story. The Seder concluded
with everyone reading an excerpt from the
Diary of Anne Frank:
That's the difficulty of these times:
ideals, dreams and cherished hopes
rise within us, only to meet the
horrible truth and be shattered.
It's really a wonder that I haven't
dropped all my ideals, because they
seem so absurd and impossible to
carry out. Yet I keep them, because, in
spite of everything I still believe that
people are really good at heart. I
simply can't build up my hopes on a
foundation consisting of confusion,
misery, and death. I see the world
gradually being turned into a
wilderness. I hear the
ever-approaching thunder, which will
destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings
of million yet, if I look into the
heavens, I think it will all come right,
that this cruelty too will end, and that
peace and tranquility will return again.
In the meantime, I must uphold my
ideals, perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
Today, as the Festival of Freedom is
celebrated, we also remember Anne
Frank as one of the 6 million who
perished in the Holocaust.
|LIGHTING THE UNITY CANDLE AGAINST
GENOCIDE IN DARFUR
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|NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY & JUSTICE Releases Largest Ever
Survey of Intergroup Relations in America. On 07/18/2006, the NCCJ released
Taking America’s Pulse III (TAP III), the third in its series of large-scale nationwide
surveys of American attitudes about intergroup relations. As one of most
comprehensive surveys of intergroup relations in terms of the number of groups
examined (racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation and other social-class groups),
TAP III measures behaviors (e.g., contact with, episodes of discrimination) and
attitudes (e.g., beliefs about other groups, perceived discrimination), presenting a
more complete view of intergroup relations today. For some sample results and
more information click here.
FLOWER ARRAY FOR THE WEEK
Flowers are the Fascination of Life
Flowers presented by the Flower Guild of Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati.
|Copyright 2006-2008 All Rights Reserved Charleston C. K. Wang, Esq., Publisher
|COMING TO WANGNEWS - FOOD
& WINE REVIEW. BON APPETIT!
|NCCJ SPEAKS BEFORE CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL
|The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus (1883)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she
With silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
|On 06/27/2006, Tony Simms, Commissioner for the
Ohio Commission on Hispanic/ Latino Affairs met at
the Chinese Restaurant Szechuan Wok for a working
lunch with Baisong Zhao and Charleston Wang,
representing the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber
of Commerce. A constructive discussion on mutual
interests, new ideas, and plans for future joint
projects was completed while enjoying great Chinese
food. Chopsticks were optional.
|PHOTO BELOW: ON 8/26/2006, THREE ZHANG
SISTERS CHINESE ACROBATS PERFORMED
AT THE ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL AT THE
LIBRARY PARK. MIAMISBURG, OHIO
|TRYING OUT THE M1928 THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN AT
THE FBI-CITIZEN ACADEMY IN CINCINNATI, OHIO - SUMMER OF 2006
|Those who would give up
Essential Liberty to
purchase a little Temporary
Safety, deserve neither
Liberty nor Safety -
Benjamin Franklin (1759).
|State Representative Courtney Combs (with
the urging of Butler County Sheriff Richard
Click here to read draft of statute
|A Show of Donna Salyers' Fabulous Furs -
The World's Finest Faux Furs
Wrapped up an exciting 18th Annual
Kentucky International Trade Conference
|ONE DAY IN THE
LIFE OF CHINA
BOAR'S HEAD & YULE LOG FESTIVAL 2007
|PRAYER VIGIL AT ST.
|GOOD-BYE, JAMES BROWN - GODFATHER OF SOUL
James Joseph Brown, Jr, was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. James Brown
died on Christmas Day, 2006. He lived a full life, and having experienced the best and worst that
America had to offer, rose to the pinnacle of the music scene. Shown in the photograph below
was the 1997 visit by James Brown to the old recording studios of King Records located on
Brewster Avenue in Evanston. It was there in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1956 that James Brown made
his first recording, Please, Please, Please. In this picture, the legendary Godfather is
accompanied by former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery. They are flanked by Charleston C. K.
Wang and members of local media - at that time in the summer of 1997, Cincinnati City Council
was deliberating whether to help convert the former King's studios into a R & B museum.
A JOB WELL DONE
|On April 17 & 18, 2007, the Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky of a distinguished
delegation from the China Institute of Interior
Designers. This national delegation of leading
Chinese designers and architects visited the
College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning of
guided tour of the latest additions to the university
campus and of select landmarks in downtown
Cincinnati, including the halls and French art-deco
interiors of the Netherland Plaza Hotel (see
photograph above). Professor Walter Langsam,
noted lecturer and historian of the architecture of
our region served as tour leader and Professor
Wenyi Wu of Miami University ably translated the
tour into Chinese. Dinner was at the Oriental Wok
where the delegation was welcomed by Marcia
Brandstadt, Director of Commercial Services, U. S.
Department of Commerce and Quinten L. Harris,
Director of the Governor's Southwest Ohio
Economic Development Office. During their stay in
the USA, this Chinese delegation also visited New
York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
|COMMUNITY DELIVERS UNITY STATEMENT
|NATIONAL DELEGATION FROM
CHINA INSTITUTE OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS
VISITS CINCINNATI & NORTHERN KENTUCKY
|TAFT MUSEUM OF ART HOSTS CHINESE CULTURE FEST:
A delightful afternoon of art, music, food, and fun activities for all.
|A TASTE OF CINCINNATI May 26-27, 2007
Attorneys & Counselors at Law
|CHILDREN'S RALLY FOR
IMMIGRATION REFORM - Click on photo
|Photo below: On 6/21/2007, Bridges for a Just
Community together with the Cincinnati USA
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and League of
United Latin American Citizens presented a Press
& Media Forum at the Banker's Club in downtown
Cincinnati. The purpose of the forum was to
enhance media coverage and community
understanding of Latinos. The forum was funded
by Fifth Third Bank. For more information
including the Bridges Indicator Report, click here.
|Photo below: On 6/14/07, the Cincinnati Human
Relations Commission held a UNITY in the
Community Meeting to discuss the continuing
issues raised by the Neo-Nazi attempt to march in
the streets of Over-the-Rhine. The focus of the
group is to expand understanding of the reasons
hate groups target the Cincinnati neighborhood
and then to gather input towards developing
contingency plans for a well-prepared and broad
based community response should another hate
march be attempted. UNITY in the Community
provides an opportunity for citizens to brainstorm
new ways to bridge communities and to improve
cooperation between citizens and city agencies.
The next meeting is on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at
2:00 P.M, Room 115 Cincinnati City Hall. For
more information or to get involved, call Cheryl
Meadows or Vanetta Kyle at 513/352-2461.
|Pastor Will Thomas and Cheryl Meadows
co-chair the UNITY in the Community Meeting
|Father William Jansen speaks about
social issues facing the Latino community
|LONDON POLICEMAN IN FRONT OF 10 DOWNING
STREET HOLDING IMAGINARY
SUBMACHINEGUN (THE SMILING
POLICEWOMAN HAS THE REAL H & K MP-5.)
|Federal Judge strikes down
City of Hazelton Immigration
Ordinance as Unconstitutional.
Click Here to see decision
|Photo below: On Sunday 8/12/2007, the 1st Annual
Youth Football "Peace Bowl" Tournament was
held at the Avondale Playfield, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Neighborhood Footballs Teams playing were Little
Red Machines, Walnut Hills War Hawks, Evanston
Bulldogs, Avondale Warriors, Hill Top Hawks,
Tri-County Eagles & Madisonville Tigers. Shown in
photo below declaring the games open is Cheryl
Meadows, Director of the CINCINNATI HUMAN
RELATIONS COMMISSION which sponsored the
event with other neighborhood groups. A Cincinnati
Police Color Guard was on hand for the Opening
Ceremony For details, click oh photo.
|CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE BELLY DANCERS
TAKE OVER FOUNTAIN SQUARE
|Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati to mark the 60th
anniversary of the independence of India (August 15th
1947). Shown in photo above is a presentation of the
costumes of India through the ages. Today, India is the
largest democracy in the world. Shown in photo on
right is Cincinnati Councilmember Cecil Thomas who was
on hand to celebrate the event. Mr. Thomas noted that
an important legacy of the struggle of modern India for
her independence is the lesson of non-violent resistance taught by Mahatma Gandhi
and followed by Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Movement of the United States.
|The 3 photos above show some of the dozens of people outside the Montgomery Road Office of
Congresswoman Schmidt since 8/27/2007 who have come out both to protest and to support the
war in Iraq, a conflict which has been dividing the Nation. Click on each photo for larger view. Date
of photos: 8/28/2007
|OHIO GOVERNOR TED STRICKLAND GETS READY TO DELIVER OPENING
REMARKS FOR THE BOLD FUSION-AGENDA 360 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES AT
THE DUKE ENERGY CONVENTION CENTER. WITH HIM IS CINCINNATI MAYOR
MARK MALLORY WHO WELCOMED THE GOVERNOR TO THE QUEEN CITY.
Click on photo to see more photonews of Bold Fusion-Agenda 360 9/6/2007.
|U. S. REPRESENTATIVE JEAN SCHMIDT DRAWS
PROTESTERS AGAINST & SUPPORTERS FOR IRAQ WAR
|Click on photo to see all
the Beerfest Frauleins
|Students from Miami University Rally for
Immigrants in Butler County, Ohio
|FIRST PAGE ARCHIVES
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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
EXHIBITS AT ART IN BLOOM
THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
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|BRIDGES WALK FOR A JUST COMMUNITY
& FREEDOM RUN - OCTOBER 13, 2007
|On 5/4/2006, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission held its Annual Dinner with the
theme of "Connecting Cultures and Community." Delightful dance entertainment was
provided by the Medasi African Dance Theater and Danta Contigo Peru. Shown in photo below
is a colorful dance of Spanish heritage. The honorees for the evening were Wayne "Box"
Miller and Erie "ET" Thomas of WBDZ, Melody Sawyer Richardson, and Tony Maas. Master of
Ceremony was Curtis Fuller.
|Immigration Panel At
HUMAN RELATIONS SUMMIT,
11/19/2007, City of Cincinnati
Human Relations Commission
|For photonews of the Olympic Torch Relay for Darfur
at the University of Cincinnati on 10/11/2007, click on photo
|Celebrating Another Year of
5000 Club at Christ Church
Cathedral in the City of
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|Shown in above photograph standing on the left is Michael Snowden, Executive Director
of the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) explaining the capability
of the Hamilton County Regional Operations Center to respond to a large scale
emergency. Since 2001 the US Department of Homeland Security has invested nearly
$50 million to improve the capabilities of Hamilton County EMA
|2/23/08: The Asian
American Hour at Noon
featured live talk with
Ms. Janice Tsai Jezek
and Mr. Lee Wong,
Trustee of West Chester
Township. Mary Joan
Reutter co-hosted an
exploration of issues
surrounding the Bodies
Exhibition. For more
the statement of the
Center, click here.
|04/27/2008: Picketers turned out at the
Cincinnati their concerns about the Bodies
Exhibition. The primary objection is that the
04/27/2008: Picketers turned out at the
Cincinnati Museum Center to present their
concerns about the Bodies Exhibition. The
primary objection is that the bodies placed on
exhibition are unclaimed, unidentified
cadavers that do not have the consent of the
deceased or their next-of-kin to be exhibited.
|Let There Be Light by Beverly Jones
Reflections On Life In the Turn Lane & Beyond August 16, 2008
The East-West divide begs for attention this Olympian week and David Brooks* goes way
beyond sports to look at how differences in worldviews have created different societies. His
conclusions:Americans usually see individuals and categories; Chinese and other Asians
see contexts and relationships.“...The individualistic countries tend to put rights and privacy
first. ...People in collective societies tend to value harmony and duty.”...Relationships are
the key to happiness. People who live in the densest social networks tend to flourish, while
people who live with few social bonds are much more prone to depression and suicide.
“Harmony and the Dream”, NYTimes, 8-11-08. Brooks goes on to equate the Chinese
emphasis on conformity and context with authoritarianism. I wonder. Does it have to be that
way? What if these worldviews could co-exist; if ‘rights and privacy’ could flourish within a
context of relationships and social networks? Could ‘harmony’ become a choice, not a duty?
..... To read rest of Life in the Turn Lane, click here.
|2008 COMMUNITY INTERGROUP
AT THE PLUM STREET TEMPLE
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|Ever since the adepts handed on
The secret of the sword,
The true imperative has been upheld
Completely, truly adamant.
The subtle function of spiritual work
Is truly hard to measure;
I now give an explanation for you.
In telling you about it
I divulge the celestial mechanism.
The precious sword fundamentally has no form;
The name is set up because it has spiritual effect.
Learning the Tao and practicing reality
Depend on this sword:
Without this sword,
The Tao cannot be achieved.
Excerpt from The Book of Balance and Harmony, 13th century Taoist Handbook
translated by Thomas Cleary, 1989, p. 115-117
Charleston Wang has been practicing Tai Chi sword forms for 10 years
and seeking meaning of Tao for 40.
To book a conversation and demonstration on Tao and the Tai Chi sword, click here.
|TAMARA SCANTLAND ADAMS
Professional Portrait Artist & Illustrator 513-233-0709 Tamarasadams@fuse.net
SILVERTON HOLDS ANNUAL ART & WINE FEST
AT HISTORIC MEIER'S WINERY 6/21/2008
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|OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI 2008
September 20-21, 2008
HAVING A BLAST
|A LETTER FROM DR. STEVE SUNDERLAND CONCERNING THE
LAKOTA SCHOOL PLAY
Click on Photo to read Letter