Winter 2008

After busting out some snacks and drinks, we began the meeting by first going over our Semester One outreach projects.

Because of a last-minute cancellation, the Peninsula Group was unable to do their outreach at Tanforan Shopping Center. “Team Awesome” (as they have dubbed themselves), however, was not deterred in the slightest way. Instead, the team acted quickly to confirm a different venue: After much emailing back and forth, they were able to set up a table at Westlake Plaza. Here, they dispensed attractive jade stickers, offered free brochures, and — most importantly — confronted busy shoppers about the importance of hepatitis B. Although they saw well over 200 people that day, the Asian American audience was very limited and unreceptive to their message about HBV. Reflecting upon their project, the team feels that picking a more strategic location for their table would have yielded better results.

Like the Peninsula Group, the East Bay Group had its own share of problems and obstacles. In the weeks leading up to the event, the East Bay Group had prepared an amazingly creative project: By collaborating with Tapioca Express, the team was planning to place informative stickers on cups of pearl milk tea. Unfortunately, the owners of Tapioca Express — worrying that the stickers would stigmatize their sales in some weird way — shot down the idea. Quickly carrying out the rest of their project, East Bay Group worked doubly hard to distribute flyers at local parking structures. (Since this portion of the outreach was not yet complete, the team will another update at the next meeting.)

After discussing our outreach projects, we began setting deadlines for the next publication of B-Linked. After getting a draft ready by December 15th, we hope to send out the issue by December 19th. So, for all our lovely readers out there, expect a mass email very soon. 🙂

Having taken care of all the Semester One projects, we had an entire hour left to start preparing for a more exciting Semester Two!

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