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Family is FIRST


Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

Hosts Brigitte Jia and Zahra Hasanian join with reporters Jack Pawlakos, Chelsea Pelchat, and newcomer Jelina Liu to celebrate and honor the importance of family. Jack offers stats on how technology has affected family time negatively. For example, studies indicate that over 75% of families agree they would much rather spend time watching television and 80% would rather play with electronics than engage in a real family activity such as a board game. Chelsea takes us on a history lesson to the 16th century to enlighten about the precarious family ties of the Tudors, especially Bloody Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. Brigitte appreciates the opportunities that her parents presented to her since immigrating to America at a young age. Thanks to her parents’ efforts and sacrifices she’s developed an interest in the humanities as well as a strong mathematics background, New Helping Hands reporter, Jelina Liu reviews the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. The book tells the story about the Lee family, who are Hmong, an ethnic minority, and had to flee Laos during the Vietnam War.

The material things, they come and go, but at the end of the day, it’s a stable family that will keep you grounded, keep you sane, and keep you humble. A stable family life creates a stable society. Appreciate and celebrate your family. Family Matters.

Bio: Jelina Liu is a rising high school senior. She is an aspiring filmmaker who is dedicated to community service and passionate about social issues. She loves keeping up with the news, learning about history, reading, and watching movies. You’ll most likely find her spending time in nature, at the movie theater, or listening to all sorts of music. She would love to be able to travel the world someday to interview and record different people’s stories.

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