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Lets Celebrate Asian History!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month is dedicated to the celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The first 10 days of May were selected to honor Asian/Pacific American history. Nonetheless, Congress expanded the observance to the entire month of May in 1992.

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The Evolution of Asian Art

The historical influences of Asian art incorporate a wide variety of religions, conquerors, and cultural influences. These ancient religions were largely characterized by an introspective way of life, and their followers decorated their temples with intricately carved walls and stone statues.

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Pictured here is the Emerald Buddha made of semi-precious stone and gold.

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Asian Historical Breakthrough

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Building the Transcontinental Railroad

At first railroad companies were unwilling to hire Chinese workers, but the immigrants soon proved to be vital. They worked through back-breaking labor during both bitter winters and blazing summers. Hundreds died from explosions, landslides, accidents and disease. Even though they made major contributions to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, these 15,000 to 20,000 Chinese immigrants have been largely ignored by history. As a result, the month of May was chosen to memorialize the first Japanese immigrating to the U.S. on May 7, 1843. Also, to recognize the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion on May 10, 1869.

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Traditional Asian Values

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Cultural Customs You’ll Find in Asia

1. Different greetings

A handshake, it’s not always the best way to greet someone in Asia. The main way to greet someone is the ‘wai’. You bring your hands together in a prayer gesture and you give a slight bow or nod of the head while saying hello or goodbye.

2. Kick off your shoes

One of the most common Asian traditions is taking off your shoes! It’s a sign of disrespect to enter a temple with your shoes on. From China to Vietnam, you will find yourself removing your shoes before you enter homes and temples throughout Asia.

3. Tipping

While more touristy restaurants and hotels will include gratuity on the bill, leaving a cash tip is not really expected in many Asian countries. In fact, in China and Japan, tipping can be considered offensive and refused.

4. Asian New Year traditions

In most Asian cultures, New Year is a big deal… And they don’t all celebrate it on January 1st. China and Vietnam celebrate the date according to the Lunar calendar (usually at the start of February), while Thailand, Cambodia and Laos celebrate their Buddhist New Year in April.

5. Songkran Festival

Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Events during the festival include water throwing, the ritual bathing of Buddha images, processions and performances. A tempting array of traditional foods are enjoyed throughout the celebrations.

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Lanterns of Celebration

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No Shoes Sign

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FOOD FUN: Top Asian Dishes You Should Try

  • Sri Lankan Curry Feast: This special feast plate comprises of Lamprais (lump of rice) and two special curries. The two special curries include a three-meat curry of beef, pork, and lamb and ash plantain with aubergine.
  • Momos: One of the most popular and loved dishes in Asia, also known as ‘dumplings. Traditionally, goat, lamb, beef, chicken, and yak meat are the fillings used!
  • Noodles: Noodles in China and Indonesia are eaten as a staple food, favorite dish, and a dish for every occasion
  • Sushi:The best Sushi rolls to try are Boston roll, Dragon roll, Tuna roll, King Crab roll, and Alaska roll.
  • Thai Fish Curry: Thai green curry, cooked with coconut and tenderly cooked fish.
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Noodles

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How To Make The Homemade Bubble Tea

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1. Make the boba. Bring 8 cups water to a boil, In a large saucepan, over high heat. Add tapioca pearls and stir gently until the pearls float to the top. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for another 20 minutes. Drain pearls and transfer to a small bowl. Mix in honey and fully coat. Set aside for 5 minutes.

2. Make the bubble tea. Divide the pearls into three tall glasses. Add in remaining ingredients:

  • For plain bubble tea: Add tea (or iced tea), ice, and lemon slice.
  • For milk bubble tea: Add tea, milk, and ice.
  • For fruity bubble tea: Blend fruit, milk, honey, and ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass.

3. Serve. Add a wide straw and enjoy!

Kids’ Corner!!

Over the Moon is a 2020 computer-animated musical fantasy film directed by Glen Keane and co-directed by John Kahrs, from a screenplay by Audrey Wells with additional screenplay material by Alice Wu and Jennifer Yee McDevitt.

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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is a wonderfully written love letter that celebrates Asian eyes. It is an elegy to loving oneself, having confidence, and self-acceptance. Four generations of women are featured in this story.

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Origami is the art of paper-folding. Its name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it.

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Culture Awareness

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Together We Can Make a Change!!

There has been a horrific and painful outpouring of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The recent increase in anti-Asian hate crime has prompted a “Stop Asian Hate” campaign. In recent years Asian hate crimes have increased by double and triple-digit percentages in areas with sizable Asian populations. These cities include New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Together, it is our obligation to condemn hate and make lasting social change.

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WES NEWS!!

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  • Donna Brown– TCM -Office Manager
  • Taliba Thompson– Medical Records – Supervisor
  • Shanika Scott– IBHS Program – Office Manger
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  • CDelois Rivers– Ben Franklin HS -Care Coordinator
  • Jamal Muhammad-OMY -Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Marlene Adderly– AOP5A -Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Kyra Brown– Family Case Management – Case Manager
  • Karen Kenan– OMY – Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Quadira McNear– A& E Center- Program Support Specialist
  • Yolanda Murray– A& E Center – Program Support Specialist
  • Michelle Palmer– TCM – Blended Enhanced TCM
  • Callie Stephens– Admin Support- Receptionist
  • Paula Byll– MTS- Supervised Visitation Monitor
  • Karen Halloway– MTS- Therapeutic Visitation Monitor
  • Marisol Teapila– MTS- Therapeutic Visitation Monitor
  • Cecilia Gomez– Family Case Management – Case Manager
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Lycoming Staff

Your diligence, commitment and dedication has not gone unnoticed. On behalf of Wes Management, we would like to extend our appreciation to the Lycoming staff for being patient and understanding as we continue to work towards the reopening of your location. The willingness and cooperation that has been demonstrated throughout this transition has been a source of inspiration to the company.

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Wes Health System

On behalf of EPIC EBP, would like to congratulate Wes Health System for Prolonged Exposure in Mental Health Outpatient. The EPIC EBP Designation recognizes providers that are meeting a high standard for training, service delivery, and quality assurance for an evidence-based practice.

State Senator Sharif Street

Driving Hunger Away During Ramadan

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Thank you for Serving the community with prepared meals for 30 days!

Lindley Court Community thanks you for your support with driving hunger from our community during this season of Ramadan!

On Wednesday April 28, 2021, they will be at our Lindley Court, 1300 Lindley Avenue at 5:30 pm.


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