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Presented by Janice S. Wong R.N CDE -2007

I had my daughter a year and a half ago, and I was thinking about how I really wanted her to be connected to Hawaii and to know that part of her culture -- even though we live in L.A. When people who come from Hawaii get married to someone from the mainland, their kids have no concept of how wonderful and beautiful it is. I hope I've been able to capture that on the record -- the feeling of what it's like to be in Hawaii and be from Hawaii.

"Music has always been a part of my family. My maternal grandmother sang harmony with her sisters on Hawaiian radio during WWII. My paternal grandfather, although a lawyer by trade, wrote love songs in his spare time. Every family gathering was like a homegrown talent show. Anyone who could sing or play an instrument would be expected to share their talent with all that were present. So here I am to share some of my favorite songs from the place I was born and raised and long to return to, Hawai'i."

"The best part about recording this album is singing traditional songs to my baby daughter. Her face just lights up at the melodies
and some of the lyrics just make her giggle."

"There's a special feeling you get whenever you visit Hawai'i. Everything slows down just enough so that you can savor each moment.
I hope this music reminds you even a little bit of that feeling. I know I felt it as I sang these beautiful songs."

“I wanted to share my love of Hawaii with the world . . . whether the person who listens to this is in Germany, France, England, if there's one thing they can take away from it, I would want them to hear what its like to be in Hawaii in one album would have heard all the greatest songs of Hawaii.".

Tia Carrere’s CD - “Hawaiina” – is her personal musical lullabies expressing of her love of Hawaii to anybody with the soul of an innocent child.



The Chinese-speaking immigrants who were surveyed . . . were found to have less knowledge of how to manage their diabetes . . compared with Asian American immigrants who preferred to speak English.
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Asians seem to suffer the same problems of obesity without needing to gain as much weight as those in other ethnic groups. When Asians gain weight, they often store fat mainly in the abdomen (visceral). Like other immigrants, Asians who arrive in America often begin eating more and getting less exercise than they did in their native countries. Most start to gain weight and so do their children. They also fall victim to advertising, that junk food is good food…fast food will help feed the family and is cheap, and oversized. High calorie American style foods are rapidly replacing traditional foods on their tables. (3) Studies showed that 14% of Asian children in New York are obese, more than twice the rate among their parents. (2)

In China the number of obese people has tripled since 1992 to 90 million, as Western food has become popular and prosperity has made it possible to eat more. The World Health Organization has warned that Asia faces a “tsunami” of Diabetes within the coming decade, and have condemed the Chinese Government for its slow response to their Diabetes Crisis. (2) In Japan, the Health Message coming over the TV to their country men is to not eat the Western Diet….cut down on the rice…park your car…ride your bike and walk more.

Many Asians have replaced traditional food with processed food, and even Asian companies are selling processed foods that are not nutritionally different from American processed foods, high in calories, starch and fat. The food industry has honed their products to the children, and Asian children are also persuaded to eat these foods, and so they do…and so do we the Asian adults, and where is this leading us (Asians) to…..weight gain….and diabetes.

The AADI was established in 2000 by Joslin Research Director George L. King, M.D., and friends of Joslin Diabetes Center, in recognition of the growing challenge of diabetes in Asian Americans. Diabetes disproportionately affects Asian Americans who are two times more likely to develop the disease than Caucasians.

Our Goals

  • To study diabetes in the Asian American population and disseminate Joslin's research findings to healthcare providers and Asian American communities.
  • To increase diabetes awareness through innovative and culturally appropriate educational materials.
  • To design and implement clinical treatment programs for Asian Americans.
  • We, Asian Americans, are a busy group - hard working, some smoking, some drinking a little alcohol, but not many of us paying attention to what we eat, when we eat, and exercise… using the remote control is not exercise, neither is cruising the internet. One day you noticed you have been really tired, no energy. After eating a meal, you just have to take a nap…and thirsty always needing to drink soda, juice, water, and like a child having to get up to use the toilet several times during the night. Soon you notice that no matter how much sleep you get….it is not enough…your spouse or significant other complains about how you doze off and are no fun anymore. You are exhibiting the classic symptoms of diabetes. Tiredness, lethargy, thirst, increased urination, and if not corrected soon , you may have some weight loss…and maybe a trip to the hospital because you are dehydrated and weak.

    Now that you have been diagnosed with diabetes, how do you feel? Scared, upset, can’t be me, (denial) depressed…probably some or all of these feelings. I felt the same way when I was diagnosed with diabetes 34 years ago. I went into denial for about 2 weeks. No one in my family had diabetes…or so I thought.

    My father was from Tokyo, my mother was born in America, of Japanese immigrants. Hard working, but like many Asians never went to a Doctor unless we had to. So everyone was surprised that I had diabetes…no one spoke of it, nothing to be proud of. I was an R.N so I must know a lot….they thought….not true…but I did learn a lot from that day on. A few years later , my younger sister became a diabetic, next my grandmother, my mother, and now my 2 brothers. When they say you have such a sweet family, it is the truth.

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