to the 4th issue of Tadias Magazine. We are delighted
by the encouraging responses we have been receiving
from you in support of our publication. Eight months
ago, in our premiere issue, we declared that Tadias
was envisioned in a spirit of collaboration and with
the hope of creating a truly close relationship with
our readers. Many of you have requested that we help
promote the emerging talent in the Ethiopian-American
fashion industry. As a reflection of this growing
bond with our valued readers, we are pleased to introduce
a new section called "Fashion Talk".
The section showcases an impressive array of up-and-coming
fashion designers in the diaspora. In her debut article,
our Fashion Editor, Mahlet Tekelemariam, presents
Bilen Estephanos and her company B'Ware
in a special gloss-page dedicated to this new section.
Bilen, a self-taught Ethiopian-American designer,
has made her mark by mixing Ethiopian culture and
urban American style to produce stunning collections
of elegant clothing and trendy furniture. We hope
you enjoy perusing her work as we have.
This is indeed an exciting time for Tadias. Last month
we held a magazine launch party on the East Coast.
The event held at an exclusive Washington D.C. location
(Club 1223), had high attendance and is further indication
that our vision of fostering a strong link with our
community is bearing fruit. We extend our warm thanks
to everyone who joined us in our celebration and our
deep gratitude goes to our sponsors who made the event
In addition, we are happy to announce that Tadias
was recently selected to be profiled in New California
Media's national directory. NCM is a consortium of
over 600 ethnic media organizations. This selection
affirms the value of our target market. Since our
inaugural issue in January of this year, our subscription
base has quadrupled and we continue to receive new
subscription requests on a daily basis. Our readers,
ranging in age from 18-55, subscribe from Europe,
Africa, Australia, and over 25 states in the U.S.
The rapid growth of our magazine is great news to
our advertisers, who receive unique access to the
nationís largest, most educated and affluent immigrant
population. We encourage business owners to contact
our marketing department to discuss advertising opportunities.
Our friendly customer-service agents are ready to
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In this issue, as always, our team has worked diligently to bring you a variety of articles, which we hope you will find to your liking. In our Speak Out section, Aman Paulos, a longtime student of martial arts, shares a remarkable story of his training in Aikido. We expect his story will encourage young people to take up martial arts not only as a self-defense training, but also as way to lead a self-disciplined life.
In her Opinion piece, Phiven Mekuria Saifu, a 21-year-old
journalism student in Los Angeles, tells her struggle
to claim her Ethiopian identity while continually
living under conflicting cultural pressures from her
parents on one hand and her peers on the other. She
asks, "Why do Ethiopians have children in America,
raise them here, and then criticize them for not being
Ethiopian enough or being too American?" We hope
her view will spark a healthy debate on the subject.
We look forward to receiving your letters.
|Dr. Bogaletch Gebre: Fulbright Scholar & Community Activist Uplifting Women
"What is good for women is good for the community,"
Dr. Gebre declares as she promotes her non-profit
organization, KMG (The Kembatti Mentti Gezzima ‚
Tope). Literally translated it means "Women
of Kembatta pooling their efforts to work together."
Located on a lush 7.4 acre land donated by the township
of Durame in southern Ethiopia, close to where she
grew up as a child, the Kembatta women's self-help
center stands complete with an Administrative Center,Cafeteria,
Skills Training Center, Women's Dialogue House,
Library Resource Center, Heritage Center, and a
Round House. Her dream realized, Dr. Bogaletch Gebre
could now focus on hot issues affecting women's
health, livelihood, education and environment. continued...
ESAi: part II
A Conversation w/ New Generation of Student Leaders
First Ethiopian Delegation in the U.S. in 1919 Made Headlines
Tadias pays tribute to Dr. Dawit (David) Fassil, whose life was much shorter than most but who shared his passion for life and his commitment to improving his community and the world. He is dearly missed.
Beware The Know-It-All Interpreter
Dr. Alice Chen
Note: Ethiopian-Americans who are not proficient in
English have the right to access interpreter services
in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.
The following article discusses problems that arise
when one is faced with a bad interpreter. Although
Dr. Alice narrates her experience with a Korean patient,
the problem is common among all immigrant communities,
Mrs. Chon went to the doctor for the first time, she
was exhausted and her whole body felt swollen. She
had no insurance and had run out of her thyroid and
blood pressure medications. But her biggest problem
was that she didn't speak English and the doctor didn't
speak Korean. Mrs. Chon talked to an interpreter.
Instead of relating what she was saying to the doctor,
the interpreter told her to stop complaining. "Everyone
feels tired," the interpreter said. Mrs. Chon
left her doctor's visit feeling discouraged, with
no diagnosis or treatment. continued...
Keeping my Ethiopian Culture While Growing Up in America
do Ethiopians have children in America, raise them
here, and then criticize them for not being Ethiopian
enough or being too American? I find it difficult
to figure out why I get condemned for not speaking
fluent Amharic. I had no say as a child as to where
I wanted to be raised.continued...
God Who Begat a Jackal By Nega Mezlekia
Deep within the conquering blue sky, far beyond the feathered patrols and their scouts, lives the all-seeing Mawu-Lisa, God of my people. With two faces on one head, Mawu-Lisa is both man and woman. Mawu, the woman, is in charge of the night; Lisa, the male, directs the day. continued...
Dear Tadias Editors,
I read your May/June 2003 issue and I loved it. Also I enjoyed the cover story on Yonie. I actually manage an Ethiopian artist (Gabriele) led neo-soul/rock-soul fusion band based in Philly, Tangible Truth. Your readers can learn about this phenomenal group who have had Abegaz Shiota and Thomas Gobena and other African artist perform with them in the East Coast and are due to perform in Santa Barbara August 2003 at our web site: www.tangibletruth.net
Via the Internet
I was very impressed with your web site presentation and your magazine. Keep up the good work. I am a businessman based in Washington D.C. and after I reviewed your material online, I came to a decision to work with you and I will be in touch soon. Again, congratulations on your contribution to our community. My best wishes from Dukem Restaurant, in D.C.
I find your magazine very interesting. I am married to an Ethiopian
Physician. He graduated from Jimma Health Science Institute. We have one son. My view on the culture is much different than the articles you print. My husband and I split up, when my son was 3 months old. In three and a half years, he has seen my son only a total of eight months. He abandoned his son physically and financially. He is not available to complete the divorce papers. It has now been 3 years. I made several attempts to talk to him. Once, when I took his son to his apartment, he shut the door on his sonís face. Is this Ethiopian Culture?
Cover: Up Close and Personal with Yonie
what a cutie, very smart too. I am 17 and a senior
in High School. I will be entering college next
year and I plan to major in business. My dream is
to run my own company one day. Believe it or not,
Yonie has just become my role model, even though
he is only few years older than me.