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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Press Release: "Have an 'Unexpected Encounter' With Two Talented APA Musicians"


Contact: Christine Hsu, media@sfhepbfree.org
Steve Liu, 206.972.3560, steven@vivesf.com

Have an "Unexpected Encounter" With Two Talented APA Musicians
-Odessa Chen and Alice Tong headline dinner benefiting the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign-

From left to right: Odessa Chen, photo courtesy of Elena Maria LaCuesta, and Alice Tong

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 11, 2009 - Two beautiful up and coming Asian Pacific American female musicians - Odessa Chen and Alice Tong, have joined the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign to help promote awareness about the impact of the hepatitis b virus (HBV) on Asian Pacific Americans. The two will be performing at "An Unexpected Encounter: A night on the town filled with music, dinner & friends" on Friday Aug. 21, from 6 to 9pm at Jillians, located at 101 4th St., inside the San Francisco Metreon. Attendees will enjoy a scrumptious 3-course meal featuring chicken picatta, spaghetti and sausage, or vegetable skewers, enjoy amazing musical performances, and learn about hepatitis B. Tickets are $45 per person. All proceeds will benefit S.F. Hep B Free - a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first hepatitis B free city in the nation.

"The fact that 1 in 10 Asians is infected, is alarming. As an Asian American, I want to do what I can to help raise awareness of this disease, and am happy to use my music to do so," says Odessa Chen, a guitarist and vocalist whose work has appeared in independent films, compilations, and on radio stations. "This will be fun event, and is not to be missed!"

Guests will be in for a treat, as Chen plans to perform for the first time, "Giving Up the Ghosts," a love song from an upcoming album.

HBV is the greatest health disparity between Asians and non-Asians. One in 10 Asians are chronically infected with hepatitis B and of those who are infected, 25% will die prematurely from liver disease. 80% of liver cancer worldwide is caused by chronic HBV infection. Hepatitis B is not only vaccine preventable, but it also has effective treatments that can slow or prevent liver damage caused by the disease.

"With both my father and grandmother being survivors of hepatitis B, this is an issue that is both personal to me and too widespread to be overlooked in our community as Asian Americans," says Alice Tong, whose music has been in independent films, including "American Fusion" which won the Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival. "I really admire the work SF Hep B Free is doing to educate our community and am looking forward to being able to contribute to this important cause on Aug. 21st."

The event is being organized by vive, a new Asian Pacific American events company.

For sponsorship opportunities email steven@vivesf.com

Tickets can be purchased at www.vivesf.com.

What: An Unexpected Encounter: A night on the town with music, dinner, and friends, a benefit for SF Hep B Free

When: Friday, Aug. 21, 6pm to 9pm

Where: Jillians, 101 4th St., inside the San Francisco Metreon

Cost: $45


About San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign
San Francisco Hep B Free is a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first HBV free city in the nation. This unprecedented 2-year-long campaign will screen, vaccinate and treat all San Francisco Asian and Pacific Islander (API) residents of HBV by providing convenient, free or low-cost testing opportunities at
partnering health facilities and events.

About Odessa Chen
Described as intelligent, subtle, and haunting, Odessa Chen's pure, ethereal voice and finger-picking guitar style has attracted international attention with her debut One Room Palace (2003) and has laid the foundation for her current release The Ballad of Paper Ships, which she wrote, produced, and arranged. Chen has been interviewed on NPR, MTV and KRON4's Pacific Fusion TV.

About Alice Tong
Alice Tong is a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, social worker, 2nd generation Chinese-Taiwanese-American. Tong has a BA in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Social Work. Her musical style ranges from such categories as folk rock, indie rock, soul, and jazz. Alice's album "Small" can be bought on iTunes.

About vive
Wanting to give young Asian Pacific Americans the opportunity on Friday and Saturday nights to do more than just hitting San Francisco's bustling club scene, vive launched in Feb. 2009, to combine people's love for a lively atmosphere with a chance to express and absorb APA heritage and culture. Bringing together all groups of people, Asian Americans and non Asians, to be inspired by the art and community that stem from Asian/Pacific Islander cultures, vive promotes healthy development of Asian Pacific American identity by promoting events, concerts, and activities.

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