Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
* 2006 Journalist of the Year for the State
of Wisconsin (U.S.-SBA)
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Looking back while moving on
Asian Wisconzine was launched in 2004 and published its first
issue on January 2005. Looking back, I remember the
supporters who celebrated with me that special day. They truly
believed in my vision, that Asian Wisconzine will provide a
platform for Asian voices in Wisconsin. It was like giving birth
to a child, surrounded by people who cared for the Asian
community in Madison, with lots of hope that the child will grow
to fulfil its mission on earth.  Indeed, my vision was a dream,
and for a few years, I thought the child is growing slowly but
surely on the path towards its mission. Its writers then were
excited to express a lot of ideas and feelings through their
columns.

But just as our community began to experience the hard times
during the recession that started in 2008, I was forced to stop
printing in 2010. But I thank God profusely for He directed me
to learn web designing and online publishing the same year I
had planned my magazine’s launching.  Asian Wisconzine is
still alive online to this day, though on a limited coverage.
Since I went back to the Philippines that year, local writers and
columnists started to leave, with the exception of Paul Kusuda,
my foster father in Madison, and community activist to the core.
Also, an educator, book author and blogger based in Chicago,
Jian Ping, helped me fill up the void by sending columns.

Nowadays, I have to content myself by reprinting relevant
columns, issue briefs, and articles from the Center for
American Progress, a non-political think tank in Washington, D.
C. that really informs Americans in general about a lot of our
concerns especially on immigration, race and ethnicity, health
care, government, education, gun control, justice, and foreign
policy and security. I thank Jon Gramling, my best friend who’s
The Capital City Hues’ editor and publisher, for providing most
of my local coverage about Asians and people of color in
Madison. Doing The Hues’ website allowed me to be
connected to the local issues and people of color whose
interests and concerns are similar to Asians like me.
In my reminiscing the past, I thought of sharing with you some
photos I took and published during the early years of Asian
Wisconzine. Please remember that these memorable photos
were taken with a very happy heart and accompanying stories
that were written with an inspiration. I hope you will continue to
consider Asian Wisconzine as an important publication that
made a difference — no matter how small —in the lives of
many of us in the Asian American community.

My life was completely changed while I was doing my
magazine in Madison. I was truly inspired by its readers and a
few advertisers who supported its growth and vision. I was
inspired, too, by many friends that included members of the
Wisconsin Women of Color Network, Inc., the Wisconsin
Organization of Asian Americans, the PAMANA, and the Filipino
American Association of Wisconsin based in Milwaukee. I pray
for their continued good work, activism, social responsibility,
and happy gatherings.

This is Asian Wisconzine’s 15th year — 2019 — and I wish to
issue a call to my Madison and Milwaukee  friends. Please
consider sending articles and columns to help provide local
information materials to our communities. AWiz is alive and
will continue to do so, with your help. Email them to
heidipascual2016@yahoo.com. Salamat sa lahat!!!!!