Asian Influences

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, ABC 7 Chicago presents ASIAN INFLUENCES, an Emmy Award-winning program that shines the spotlight on Chicago's Pan-Asian American community. Hosted by Linda Yu, with contributions by Judy Hsu, Ravi Baichwal, Eric Horng and Ji Suk Yi, the latest ASIAN INFLUENCES airs Saturday, May 17 at 6:00 pm. An encore performance will air Sunday, May 25 at 4:30 PM.

This latest edition of ASIAN INFLUENCES was taped at the Smart Museum on the University of Chicago's Campus in commemoration of their festival "Envisioning China," which highlights some historic moments in Chinese culture.

When Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla was a fellow at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, he noticed a disturbing trend of young South Asians suffering from heart disease. After discovering that South Asians have a four times greater risk for heart disease than the general public, Dr. Sitafalwalla made the decision to reverse the trend and convinced Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to launch the South Asian Cardiovascular Center. The center is the first of its kind in the country.

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Advocate Lutheran General Hosptial
1775 Dempster St Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 723-2210

Bernie Bernasol was once a child living in a one-room hut, now this successful businessman lives in suburban Plainfield but often goes back to the Philippines to lend a helping hand. He even started a foundation to build a school in his homeland and also has put together significant relief missions after the devastating typhoon Haiyan hit. In one relief effort, he managed to airlift food and supplies to 1,200 families. For more information:

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14912 South Easter Avenue Suite 112
Plainfield, IL 60544

Lucy Moy-Bartosik began her career as a beat cop in Cabrini Green and has risen through the ranks to become commander, one of only two Asian Americans currently on the force to reach that lofty rank. In her position, she works tirelessly to bridge the gap between the police and the community via CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) and the Citizen's Academy.

Successful restaurateur Jason Chan is a man who won't back down to anything. Within the past year, he has survived stage 4 throat cancer and made news headlines when he went after a robber to recover a customer's stolen cell phone . Now, he is in the process of rebuilding his restaurant Juno Sushi, that has a cult like following in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. For more information:

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Juno Sushi
2638 N Lincoln Ave,
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Native Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim has been the President of Columbia College for the past 10 months. Kim's appointment marks the first time in the school's 123-year history an Asian American has held the presidential post. Dr. Kim hopes he can be successful in modeling what leadership looks like. For more information:

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Columbia College
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

The Elephant Rebellion is a group of artists who perform across the city and parts of the country addressing social injustice through their hip hop performances. This collective of visual artists, entertainers, and hip hop artists hopes to inspire the next generation of young people to speak their minds and stand up to issues like immigration, incarceration and lack of education. For more information:

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Elephant Rebellion

Located on the campus of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum currently features the exhibit "Performing Images." This exhibition is in commemoration of their festival "Envisioning China," which highlights some historic moments in Chinese culture. For more information:

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Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Rubye Wilson and Holly Grisham are the producers of ASIAN INFLUENCES.

ASIAN INFLUENCES will be available on-demand on this page 48-hours after it first airs.

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