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March 18, 1994 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-03-18

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The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
and Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills




Asian Americans
Plan New Ties

March 13, 14, 15,
16, 17, and 20


10:00 - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

* closed Friday
and Saturday

Religious Schools

$2.00 per participant
accompanying adults

no charge


Please call Cheryl Kane
for reservations at 661- 5092


Adat Shalom, Akiva Day School, Bais Yaacov, Beth Abraham Hillel Moses. Beth Jacob. Beth Shalom, Cheder Lubavitch, Friends of Soviet Refugees,

Ganeinu, Hillel Day School. JCC Child Development, Jewish Parents Institute, Jewish Vocational Service, Me and My Grandchild, Me and My Dad.
NCSY-AJE, Sharrey Zedek, West Bloomfield; Sharrey Zedek: Southfield, Shir Tikvah, Temple Emmanuel, Temple Kehillhe Israel; Lansing, Temple
Kol Arni, Watch Group, Workman's Circle.


Wednesday, March 23, 8 pm

Hill Auditorium

An Ann Arbor favorite, pianist Murray Perahia
enjoys an enthusiastic following around the
globe. Known for probing the inner depths of
each piece and infusing it with a combination
of musicality, warmth, and passion, Perahia is
one of the most accomplished and gifted
pianists performing today.

"Perahia is one of the greatest artists before
the public today, or I suspect at any time."

London Dilly Telegraph



Works by Brahms, Chopin, and Beethoven



For tickets, call or visit the

University Musical Society




Burton Memorial Tower
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1270


b"\\ Michigan Council for Arts
and Cultural Affairs

Washington (JTA) -- Mem-
bers of a group of prominent
Asian Americans, just back
from an eventful trip to
Israel, are planning joint
efforts between the Asian
American and the American
Jewish communities.
While Jews and Asian
Americans have long been
involved in coalitions on
various domestic issues, in-
cluding immigration and
hate crimes, the agenda has
expanded to include foreign
policy, said Neil Sandberg,
director of the Los Angeles-
based Pacific Rim Institute
of the American Jewish
"It seemed only natural to
want to extend this (rela-
tionship) to the world
scene," Mr. Sandberg said.
This shift is due in part to
the increasing ties in recent
years between Israel and
Asian countries including
China, Japan and India.
The Feb. 19-28 trip was
believed to be the first in-
volving Asian Americans of
varying backgrounds, in-
cluding Chinese, Korean,
Japanese and Vietnamese.
The 11 participants live in
cities across the United
States, from San Diego to
This was the participants'
first trip to Israel, and it
happened to coincide with
the Feb. 25 murders of Pa-
lestinian worshipers in a
Hebron mosque by a Jewish
Several of the participants,
contacted after their return
home, were still trying to
sort out their emotions and
impressions of the trip,
which was sponsored by Pro-
ject Interchange, an
AJCommittee institute.
"I got so much information
from the trip, it will take me
many days to digest," said
Susan Lew of San Diego, a
businesswoman born in
North Vietnam-born Tony
Lam of Westminster, Calif.,
did not wait to come home
before contacting Viet-
namese Americans to
discuss his trip.
While in Israel, Lam called
a U.S. radio station that he
said reaches 300,000 Viet-
namese Americans and
spent about 35 minutes on
the air.
Mr. Lam, who serves as
mayor pro tempore of
Westminster, an Orange
County community with a

heavy concentration of Viet-
namese Americans, said he
told his listeners about the
Vietnamese community in
Israel and put some mem-
bers of this community on
the radio.
According to Mr. Lam,
there are about 200 Viet-
namese who fled their
homeland and have been liv-
ing in Israel since 1979.
"They were the first boat
people ever accepted by any
country," Mr. Lam said.
"They love Israel so
much," Mr. Lam said. "They
talk about how nice people
are, and their children are in
the army. To them, (Israel) is
their country. That story is
so good to the Vietnamese
"Early on, Israel was very
forthcoming and sensitive to
the plight of the boat people
and took in a number of
refugees," said Mr. Sand-
berg of the Pacific Rim In-
He added that Israel "has
done a very good job in in-
volving the Vietnamese im-

Interchange has
asked business
groups to send
material to

migrant community in the
national life of the society,"
including in schools and in
the army.
"The area of escape from
persecution is an area Jews
know well," Mr. Sandberg
Mr. Lam said that on his
trip he gained an under-
standing of the issues in-
volved in the Middle East
"It is a matter of survival
for Israel to defend itself,"
he said. "I understand the
conflict there now."
He added that television
news only showed rock-
throwing in the Gaza Strip
and the West Bank town of
He plans to talk to a Jew-
ish group in Orange County
about his trip. "I also work
as an ambassador of good
will, as a liaison between the
two communities here," he
Ms. Lew of San Diego,



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