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March 1, 2011 > Entertainment and Education - Team HBV

Entertainment and Education - Team HBV

Local high school students teach young students about Hepatitis B Virus

By Rajeswari Ramanathan
Photos By Bama Ramanathan

Almost every week, parents take their young children and toddlers to the Fremont Main Library for story time. However, on February 22, the Jade Ribbon Youth Council (JRYC), a part of Stanford University's Asian Liver Center, performed a Hepatitis B version of the classic childhood story, Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH). According to their website, the JRYC are a group of high school student leaders whose "mission is to mobilize and educate API [Asian Pacific Islander] youth to become active leaders in the prevention and eradication of hepatitis B for themselves and future generations."

The group re-enacted the story of Little Red Riding Hood, with their own 'twist' so that children can be entertained and educated. The cast included junior Pearl Chang (Irvington High School) as the narrator, senior Stefanie Kong (St. Francis High School) as Riding Hood, junior Hansaa Gopal (Lynbrook High School) as the mother, senior Tiffany Lee (Mission San Jose High School) as the wolf, senior Raji Ramanathan (Irvington High School) as the grandmother, and senior Jay Wang (Archbishop Mitty High School) as the woodsman. The students organized the event and wrote the script for the entire skit. The skit informed the children about the 'three shots for life' and how the virus was a silent killer.

"The kids loved the Red Riding Hood outfit and the wolf's roar," said Stefanie. "You could tell they were very engaged while I was being chased around by the wolf. They especially loved to draw their own embellished livers!"

After the skit, kids played a game to win stress balls and candy. They also participated in a craft activity to learn about the size of their liver. Simultaneously, JRYC members and intern, Matthew Hoang, and their coordinator, Diana Ngo communicated facts of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), its method of transmission, precautions and prevention to the parents. They explained how the infection is prevalent in the Asian American community and encouraged parents to get themselves and their children tested for HBV.

The group will be performing next at various libraries in the Bay Area, but locally they will be at the Milpitas Library on March 12 at 2 p.m. According to the Asian Liver Center, Hepatitis B is a disease caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Chronic (lifelong) infection with HBV can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. About 60-80 percent of primary liver cancer worldwide is caused by chronic HBV infection; it is found in one in ten Asian Americans.

JRYC - Hepatitis B/Red Riding Hood skit
Saturday, March 12
2 p.m.
Milpitas Library
160 North Main, Milpitas
Free event
(408) 262-1171 (library)

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