Weeklies 10/20/08

Jobs/Opportunities

Call for Papers Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair

Korean Am. Community Position

News

Korean Workers Protest Sirius Radio ”The Princess of Nebraska” on YouTube

APIAs Poised to Impact Swing States

Miscellaneous

Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU


Call for Papers: APA Studies

We seek papers for a ground-breaking collection of interdisciplinary essays that examine the intersections of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Latin@ American Studies from a hemispheric and transnational perspective within and across the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. We seek essays that link Trans-American studies with Asian American and Pacific Islander studies within contemporary debates and social movements especially as these debates impact policy, labor, cultural productions, racialization, identity, land rights, and social and political entities.

We are interested in essays that challenge the geographical conventions of American studies and North-South relations to rethink American interactions with Asia and the Pacific. We also seek essays that explore inter-ethnic and inter-racial relations between/among Latin@s, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary essays that challenge and rethink the separation of area studies and ethnic studies. Essays should engage larger debates in accessible and jargon-free prose.

Some possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Transnational Labor exploitation and organizing Popular culture and racial formation Mixed race identity and belonging Asian migration in the Americas Borders and boundaries in the Americas/American Pacific Transnational and Transpacific social movements Race, ethnicity and food (or culinary mestizaje) The Politics of Immigration U.S. empire and cultural productions Hawaiian sovereignty movement Post-area and post-ethnic studies Asian American and Latino politics/political movements/organizing

Please send paper abstracts, cvs, and a short bio to either Rudy Guevarra-Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University-at rpguevarra@asu.edu or to Camilla Fojas-Latin American and Latino Studies, DePaul University cfojas@depaul.edu.

Send abstracts by October 22nd.

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Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair

Don’t miss your opportunity to find that great job! Join us on Saturday, October 25, at the Asian Fortune 2008 Diversity Job Fair. You’ll have the opportunity to meet recruiters from corporations, federal and local government agencies across the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Current registered exhibitors include: Montgomery County Police Department, Harris Teeter, Montgomery College, SunTrust Bank, Loudoun County Government, and many more!

FREE ADMISSION. Be sure to bring copies of your resume and come meet the recruiters – they are ready to hire people on the spot. Job openings are available in all skills and educational backgrounds.

WHAT: Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2008

TIME: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner

8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

703-448-1234 www.sheraton.com\tysonscorner

Hotel parking is FREE!

For more information regarding Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair, please visit: www.asianfortunenews.com

Tel: (703) 753-8295, or email info@asianfortune.com

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Korean American Community Services Position

The posting below is from Korean American Community Services, a nonprofit organization located in Chicago. This position will be supervising eleven colleagues, including seven social workers. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

Dr. Soo-Lyon Yon Korean American Community Services 4300 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 583-5501 ext. 110 syon@kacschgo.org

Korean American Community Services Director of Wellness

Job Description:

Essential Functions Under general supervision of the executive director, assumes responsibility for day-to-day operation of the wellness department, including planning, program implementation, budget, staff supervision, and public relations.

Duties & Responsibilities Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards; interprets and complies with all applicable projects' standards and regulations.

Monitors and directs or performs day-to-day operations of the assigned programs; takes corrective action as necessary.

Plans, organizes, and administers the department activities and events.

Supervises, trains, and supports all program colleagues as needed.

Provides training, professional development, feedback, and performance evaluation of colleagues, and makes recommendations on hiring, termination, promotion, and discipline as required.

Develops systems and maintains records; prepares a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures, directives and other materials.

Assures compliance with, reporting of, and renewal for all current grants and foundations.

Develops and manages the department's budgets within current projects' budget guidelines.

Engages in research, survey, and data analysis for new program development.

Develops and maintains collaborations and partnerships with community organizations and government agencies in the program area.

Works with the development department and executive director to identify funding sources and formulate funding proposals, and to plan fundraising activities.

Offers clinical supervision to the colleagues in the department, including their license and accreditation requirements.

Provides individual, family, and group counseling to high risk and disadvantaged clients.

Performs other related duties, assigned by the executive director.

Qualifications & Requirements Master's degree in social work or equivalent. Licensed clinical social worker preferred.

Five years of experience in community service with minimum three years of supervisory experiences.

Fluent in written and spoken English with some Korean-speaking ability.

Knowledge of Windows and MS Word, Excel, Access and Internet communications software essential.

Ability to work flexible evening and weekend hours when required.

Reporting Relationship Executive Director Classification Status Exempt

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Korean Workers Protest Sirius Radio Working Conditions

Half Way around the World: Korean Workers Take Grievances to the Doorstep of Sirius Satellite Radio, with Delegation members of the Kiryung workers

200 Korean (primarily women) workers were hired through a contract to produce Sirius Satellite radios and receivers. After pitifully low wages, long work hours and no benefits, they unionized, for which they were imprisoned, beaten and fired. These women have engaged in 1200 days of peaceful protests including mass demonstrations, a 3 month long sit-in at the plant & a 94 day hunger strike. Now, a delegation of workers is taking their protest directly to SIRIUS headquarters in NYC, demanding they take responsibility for the exploitation.

Listen to In Brief, which examines issues of law & social justice produced by Mimi Rosenberg, Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am.

Building Bridges and most WBAI Programs are now being archived for 90 Days. They are also being PodCast. These links will be live ca.15 minutes after the program ends. To listen, download or PodCast archived shows go to http://archive.wbai.org/allshows.php?sort=nameaz.

Visit our new website – http://www.buildingbridgesradio.org.

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Check out the “The Princess of Nebraska

Center for Asian American Media’s production of Wayne Wang’s “THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA" premiered on Friday, October 17th on YouTube’s® new screening room.

http://www.youtube.com/ytscreeningroom

Acclaimed filmmaker Wayne Wang's new film THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA made its world premiere on YouTube® on Friday. The free release will go live on YouTube's recently launched Screening Room, a channel dedicated to premium film content.

In THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, Sasha (Ling Li) is a foreign exchange student who finds herself pregnant. She's the new generation of China, unmoored to traditions and history. As she says, "In America I learned a new phrase, 'moving on.' Tomorrow I can start a new page." She travels from Nebraska to San Francisco to get an abortion, but in her exploration of the city in the next 24 hours she learns that turning a new page doesn't necessarily mean turning your back on the past.

THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA is adapted from a collection of short stories by award winning author Yiyun Li.

To learn more about the film, visit http://mediafund.asianamericanmedia.org/supported-projects/princess-of-nebraska/.

Please use this link to view the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJISq4MyfKg.

To download hi-res images please visit: http://www.magpictures.com/presskits.aspx.

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APIA Voters Poised to Impact Swing States

WASHINGTON, DC-Thirty-four percent (34%) of all likely Asian Americans voters remain undecided between the two presidential candidates, a National Asian American Survey revealed. The survey highlights the potential impact of Asian Americans-numbering 7.2 million eligible voters in 2006-in highly contested and leaning states such as Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio.

"Our voter mobilization work in contested and leaning states and traditional AAPI states show the tremendous growth in our AAPI population, and how our votes could impact these tight races. AAPIs are emerging as the vote to court," said Vida Benavides, APIAVote Executive Director.

"The findings indicate that the rate of contact by parties and candidates to this electorate is very low, and might be why so many Asian American likely voters remain undecided. We acknowledge however, the efforts of both presidential campaigns to incorporate AAPI issues; but with twenty days before November 4, we further encourage candidates to continue and expand their AAPI outreach."

"While we understand that the AAPI constituency is relatively smaller than others, we remind campaigns about the rapid growth of the AAPI population," said EunSook Lee, APIAVote Board Chair, and executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC). "Most AAPIs are still foreign-born, and naturalizing to citizenship at a far higher rate than other immigrant populations. In southern California alone, NAKASEC registered 10,000 first-time voters, many of them at citizenship naturalization ceremonies," said Lee.

APIAVote is a national non-partisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of AAPIs in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. APIAVote does not endorse parties or candidates. For more information, please visit http://www.apiavote.org.

The National Asian American Survey (NAAS), a project of Rutgers, UC-Berkeley, UC-Riverside, and USC, is the first nationwide political opinion poll of Asian Americans, and can be found at: http://www.naasurvey.com.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Voting Statistics in Selected States

Pennsylvania: In 2004, approximately 43,000 Asian Americans voted in Pennsylvania. While this was only 32% of the state's 135,000 eligible Asian American voters, it was almost 1% of all PA voters, showing that AAPIs can make an impact where only a few points separate the candidates. APIAVote Partners: APIAVote-PA/APALA, Cambodian Assn. of Greater Philadelphia.

Ohio: While AAPI eligible voters make up only .6% of Ohio's voting population, Ohio is still a toss-up, with recent polls' spread ranging from a neck-and-neck race to a ten-point difference. In 2004, approximately 25,000 Asian Americans voted in Ohio-- 48% of the state's 52,000 eligible AAPI voters. APIAVote Partners: OCA-Columbus.

Washington: In 2004, approximately 169,000 AAPIs voted in Washington, making up about 5.9% of the state's 2.85 million votes. Washington's 300,000 eligible AAPI voters make up 7% of the state's 4.2 million CVAP (2004). AAPIs could impact the outcome in Washington, with only a few points separating the candidates. APIAVote Partner: APIAVote-WA.

Virginia: In 2004, approximately 45,000 Asian Americans voted, making up about 1.4% of Virginia's 3.1 million voters. Eligible AA voters may make up only 3% of the state's voters, but are still critical to such a tight race. Jim Webb's won his 2006 race by 7,231 votes, an indication that AAPI eligible voters can impact the outcome in Virginia. APIAVote Partner: APIAVote/APALA-VA.

Nevada: In 2004, 32,000 Asian Americans voted in Nevada, making up about 3.7% of the state's 871,000 votes. Nevada has a rapidly growing AAPI population, with a CVAP of 68,000 that could impact the state's 5 electoral votes. APIAVote Partner: APALA/ One APIA Nevada Coalition.

Minnesota: In a state where candidates are separated by about 3 points, AAPIs can affect this state's results. 59,000 Asian American voters made up 2% of Minnesota voters in 2004, and also made up more than half of the Asian American CVAP, a proportion larger than the national AA average. APIAVote Partner: Lao Assistance Center.

*CVAP= Citizen Voting Age Population

Statistics derived from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey 2004 and from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

Washington, D.C. (202) 223-9170 info@apiavote.org

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Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

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