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>> hello, for 26 years through our profiles in excellence we have highlighted bay area residents who made important contributions to the community. today we celebrate the cultural
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diversity with the history as a backdrop to our special program. >> it is wonderful, brand new center for history and culture opened this year as part of the hayward area historical society a museum offers a look into the area's past, present, and future celebrating the diverse heritage of the east bay community, four galleries provide space for exhibits that will educate and entertain everyone from kids to adults you will see more of this exciting new museum throughout the show. >> we celebrate the local impact of a teacher margaret gomez. she has been unique on stage and hysterical from the beginning. >> i grew up without internet. there was no interpt.
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>> she makes people laugh if a living and she does it really well. >> all these different parts of me being gay, latino, a woman, all makes me a comic who her father was a new york comic and her marry a dancer she learned the value of laughter. >> in washington heights people are poor, working various hard and they would go to see my father do his comedy shows and they looked up to him and they felt a little relief in their week by having a good laugh. that hasn't changed. it is like breezing. people need to laugh. >> sadly her parents' reaction to her coming out of the cost it did not go well but led her to an epiphany. >> i didn't know i was going to
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be a comedian until i ran away from my parentses and moved to san francisco and i found the comedy scene of the 80's where you could sign up and go on stage and perform. it was really paying your duties. robin williams was just starting, and paula poundstone and whoopi. >> being in san francisco led her to another exciting new opportunity. >> when i started out i was lucky enough to meet the members of "culture clash." i started working in this group of latino comedian performers ping all over california in a variety show. >> her career ever involved over the years. >> i am not satisfied just to do standup comedy because i wanted to tell stories. in standup you can be a storyteller but the style, now,
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is one liners and i love the economy of that but i really want to tell stories. >> basically, i do one person plays. i could take my script and i can put other actors interest it but i would not get all the money. and all attention. i write my scripts as if it is for a cast and then i adapt it so i can actually tell the whole step and be all the characters in it and i have done ten solo shows. >> she performed the most recent show "love birds," around the country to rave reviews. like i told you at club, i do solo performance. it is very simple. no set, in costume, no air conditioning. >> i lay about seven different characters, straight and gay, men and women, different
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ethnicity and set in the 70s, a satire on this terrible angst that many of us go through to try to find a partner, the eternal quest or if we are in a relationship the challenge of keeping it wonderful. >> her personal writing and stage experience make her a perfect teacher for up and coming artists. >> i learned by working with those who are more experienced. i had to believe in myself and i realized how rewarding it is and how magical it is to help someone find their path. >> whether she is leading a class or performing her plays or doing standing, margaret gomez
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is at home or on stage. >> the feeling on stage and i get a laugh is joy. i realize when the audience...when it is a genuine reaction and laugh i have the greatest job in the world. >> thanks for continuing to share humor and stories with audiences around the world. now stay with us, next, we will meet a man dedicated to keeping an artistic and athletic chinese
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>> and now an athletic chinese tradition to educate and inspire others to join in the fun. >> a race like this would not be
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the safe without the sounds of drums, yelling, and excited clearing. this is the chinese that addition of dragon boating. and the race director for the california drag again boat association loves it. >> at the basic level dragon boating is a water sport. it is unique in that it takes place in a dragon boat. a dragon boat has a dragon head and it has modern day dragon boats, brightly colored scales and a tail in the back and it is 45' long. in the dragon boater ten benches so a crew of 22 brings the drag again to life. >> the drag again boating is more than just a team expert. -- team sport. >> it has a cultural origin from china over 2,300 years ago and it is extremely inclusive.
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you will see it in the diversity of the teams we see on the water. >> the large size of its group leads to strong bonding. >> dragon boating is bringing people together for a common purpose with a real positive effect particularly in our high school programs. with many sports even team sports you can be a have star but with dragon boating, that wins. >> for man years he competed with the dragon warriors. >> i was paddled for 18 years. one of the great things about dragon boating is going to all the different festivals around the world and we competeed in china and japan and germany. wherever you can think.
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>> as a long-term active member of the california dragon boat association, he stopped competing and took on the role of race director with the event happening at the san francisco international drag again boat festival. >> we are proud that, of our large festival that takes place each year. it has become a nice destination event for the bay area. you can be culturally entertain ed. >> managing the race with more than 100 teams is a challenge but he keeps coming back. >> it is giving back to the sport economy the community but, actually, but it is also having both the support exposed to the broader community and having the community come together. >> but he is not alone if his efforts. everyone involved makes the festival and race happen. >> a lot of the volunteer
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efforts come from our member teams. we look to the people who love the sport and they recognize having a great event to compete at with all people interested in trying and it promotes the sport they love. >> he has a passion for sharing the ancient sport. >> the area has no shortage of wonderful races to come to and we are glad to bring something unique to the bay area. i still very much enjoy the excite must the races. that keep me quite excited. >> our gratitude to hanz wu for sharing his belief that this can be enjoyed by everyone. >> the man leading the effort to get more children of color interested in science and math. we will introduce you to the local professor at the forefront of disability research,
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education, and community dialogue in the bay
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>> we highlight a man overseeing efforts to get low-incomes of color interested in science and math and bright futures. >> i am most of the time, actually, the only person of color in a last my a.p. classes and honor classes even to my
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neighborhood. i am the only college-bound person so a lot of the times it is self motivation that makes me different. >> the level lay field institute in oakland helps students develop a passion for a very specific area of study and dr. jarvis leads the effort. >> we are going to limit barriers to students of color. the idea is that students, first generation low-income students lack opportunity to realize their dreams to be professionals and we level the playing field. >> jarvis understands the dreams of the teens because he has lived them. >> i am a first generation college student similar to 84 percent of our scholars. i moved to the bay area in 1998 and i was the only african male in the country to get a ph.d in science and engineering.
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>> lessons offer guidance to the students of lpfi. >> i was an honor student and had to work hard and that is what i share about scholars and hopefully they will continue whatever their problems. >> there is a research why there are so many minority students pursuing the education. >> 85 percent lack access to science and computer science and math. also, role models, teacher from hair community making a difference in the community through the vehicle of technology or engineering or science. >> in order to address the problems, lpfi crashed summer math and science honors committee. >> a three year, five week residential program where students come on the campus of berkeley, stanford, living in the dorms, take classes on campus, and get versed in maths,
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public speaks, computer design, they meet 70 or 80 other students from the bay area and rely you are not the only one. >> funding the program is challenging but vital to their success. it costs about $7,000 a student. >> it is room and board and 100 percent free along with their supplies. it is an investment worth making if you want did see the needle move for students from our community that are diverse filed. 100 percent of our students are admitted to a four-year institution and 100 percent graduate from high school. >> they have created level of field for bay area youth. >> students in two days build an app that address as problem if their community and i would say 90 percent who participate had never done anything like this before.
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>> dr. jarvis recognizes the impact the level playing field will have on future. >> we have an untapped talent pool if given the proper perhaps will trance form the community, the national landscape. >> our best goes out to varies and everyone at the level playing field institute as they create exciting opportunities for local students. >> our next profile looks at the san francisco state professor at head of an institution on disability who serves a co-director of an international disability film festival and is a vital leader in the bay area disability community. >> you have the peg leg and the eye-patch. i ask people, what are these figures? what do they represent? people say, pirates, yes, they are pirates. have you thought of this as a
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disability action figure? you can feel the room move. whoa... >> the professor likes to shake upper expectatives on disability and gets to do just this as the director of institute on disability at san francisco state university. >> our main goal is to get people to think differently about disability and to turn it interest this source of ingenuity, excitement, engagement and to walk away from all of the stories about overcoming adversity or pity and just say, look, we are here and let's enjoy it and learn from everything. we have a couple of pictures of the founder. >> the institute was named after a well-known leader in disability rights and the teaching community at sf state. >> paul longmore was an historian, activist, teacher, scholar, mentor, all of these
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things. >> like paul, indicated -- kathy teaches at state. >> so many people say history is boring and it is not. it is all about the life that you bring to something in the classroom. it is fascinating that history gets a bum rap. >> she authored several books including one detailing the personal writings of a young blind french woman from the early 1800s. >> she mays her way to paris by herself and says she will be a writer and she is in paris blindness resonates with kathy who was been blind. >> i was born totally blind with cat laboratories and -- cataracts physical i was nine
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months old. i had surgeries and throughout my life and the end result is i see about 20 percent of what other people do. >> in an effort to build a strong are sense of community around disability, she served as the co-director of the annual super fest international disability film festival. >> good morning, and welcome to super fest 2014. this is fabulous! >> we have a budge of people with a bunch of different disabilities and some have never thought they could go to the movies and there they are, they cannot believe this is happen happening. >> he falls 12' and loops his arm around. >> you bring the people together and you incorporate ought yes description if blind people and captioning for death people.
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>> if the movie theater, classroom and at the longmore institute she opens mind by sharing her thoughtful perspective. >> disability is part of the fabric in so many interesting ways and it touches everywhere. everyone gets affected by what we are going. that is exciting. >> congratulations to katherine for success in raising awareness and knowledge of the disability community. >> when we come back, we will explore the south bay's indian health center and two women [chris]still smoking up a storm? [tom]yeah.pathetic,isn't it? [chris] ever try to... [tom] quit?of course! my best time was six days. the worst was ...uh...23.4 seconds. [chris] so can i ask you... [chris & tom] why are you still smoking? [tom] [sarcastic] "it's so much fun." [chris]why not call the smokers' helpline? the program's free,and... [tom]and they'll tell me..."you oughta quit." [chris] not so. just tell them you're ready to quit. then,they'll tell you how. [tom] really? you wouldn't have that number on you,would you?
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>> our next profile spotlights the indian health officer of santa clara valley providing for 40 years, medical and dental and mental health on the need of the native american community. >> how are you today?
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>> fine. fine. >> clients at the indian health center of santa clara valley can find traditions of native americans independented into the services. >> with the approach we have with indian health, trying to get people to be their own advocate and want to take care of themselves the best way they can and take care of their family. >> what are the assignments? >> two important members of the team are helping to keep the support available. >> we provide services for all age groups from birth to old age whether it is family practice or reliance and we provide psychiatric services, and some specialty services, as well. >> we do a variety of different cultural programing and we have
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hosted a powwow for the community and we have drum and dance classes that happen each tuesday and youth group and talk about culture and our language and different teaching techniques and forms of art. >> her navajo heritage glue her -- influence her work. >> i have a fund job working with the kids and families and elders and talk about what is important to us as natives in our traditional teachings and our traditional values. >> the values guide the methods of treatment and community engagement not all of the staff and clients are native americans. >> i am not native american. i'm asian indian but the concept
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of compassion, treating people with empathy and inclusiveness of native americans touched my heart and i think the entire age works when we provide quality care. >> both have provided great value at the institute. >> my favorite aspect is to see how the agency has grown and how much we have been able to accomplish if the quality care and the change in the people's hicks that we have been able to do not only in our native american life but in humanity in general. >> i enjoy working with our youth. they test me. they keep me young. they keep me on point. >> kudos to everyone at the indian health center, the health and wellness services make a
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difference in the lives of so many. >> we hope you have enjoyed meeting our "profiles of excellence," each making an important contribution from the history of culture in hayward, i amendment -- i am ama daetz. thank you for watching.
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over a million californians have out of reach for far too long. health insurance. how? they enrolled through covered california. it's the health insurance marketplace where you'll find a range of plans from leading health insurance companies that offer you the best combination of quality, rates and benefits. and, through covered california, you may get financial help to pay for coverage. to have health insurance starting january 1st, you need to enroll by december 15th. visit coveredca.com today.
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>> now, before we start this episode of the "kitchen experts" show, we have a special message for you. >> breast cancer awareness is very important to all of us, and it was for the month of october. it means so much to me personally that i want to continue the breast-cancer awareness through the end of the year. >> absolutely. and enjoy the show. >> enjoy the show. >> hi. welcome to the "kitchen experts" show. i'm janelle marie. today we're behind the scenes. we're in the showroom, in pleasanton, of kitchen experts. you can see them in the beautiful granite yard. we're here because we're gonna do a behind-the-scenes show. you know, homeowners always say it's great to go to the showroom. we're gonna find out why. we're also gonna meet the people behind the scenes that make your dream kitchen come true. and the great thing about the showroom is there's tons of options, but we're gonna really show you what makes kitchen experts so unique. and they have a team of certified designers to help you with every question you might have about your new he

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