Weeklies 3/23/09

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Apply to the Dream Scholarship Fund Get Involved with NAAAP-NY

News

ECAASU’s Response to Recent Cases of Racism Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Events

Yale’s Youth Forum on China Africa Relations Hyphen Magazine Turns Six – Party on 3/27

Misc

Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU


Apply to the Dream Scholarship Fund

Founded by Korean American youth who have tirelessly campaigned for the passage of the DREAM Act - tailored legislation that would provide a path to legalization for eligible immigrant students who grew up in the United States - the Dream Scholarship Fund will award $1,000 scholarships to students with financial need and who face undue hardships.

Applicants should identify as Asian Pacific Islander American, currently be a senior at a U.S. high school or up to a junior in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student, demonstrate financial need, and show achievement in the arts, community service, sports, or other activities.

Applications must be submitted by mail, email or fax and postmarked by May 15, 2009 to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Click here to download application and other information.

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Get Involved with NAAAP-NY

Interested in getting involved with NAAAP-NY?  We offer opportunities for professional development, community experience to develop the Asian American Community from promising high school leaders to young professionals, and leadership experience.

Many of our prior and current volunteers have achieved professional success through their experience with NAAAP-NY.

We are currently offering various positions from marketing, finance, strategy, operations, and technology.  Many leadership positions are available!

Why not offer a few hours of your time a month to help out the Asian American Professional Community?

There are also many benefits from joining NAAAP-NY.  Some include community service development for the New York based Asian Americans Community, free expense paid leadership retreats and national conventions, insider track to corporate recruiters from prominent New York based companies, and an opportunity to network.

If interested, please email Stephen at Stephen@naaapny.org

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ECAASU’s Response to Recent Cases of Racism

As the premier Asian American student conference and a longstanding national advocacy organization for the past 30 years, the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) has been responsible for highlighting the relevant issues and providing a voice to Asian Americans across the country.

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Recently in early March of 2009, the daily satirical digest Generic Good Morning Message (GGMM), disseminated an e-mail to over one thousand members of the Dartmouth student body and alumni upon news of Dr. Jim Yong Kim being named as the new president of Dartmouth College. Instead of heralding the first Asian American president of an Ivy League institution, the e-mail instead decried the "Asianification" of their campus with blatant use of ethnic stereotypes and racially offensive language. Although GGMM have issued the tired excuse of a "bad attempt at satire" for an apology, the members of ECAASU understand how satire is an indicator of ideals that people refuse to state outright because they fear judgment. Thus, the concept of hyperbolic satire does not justify their actions and we as members of ECAASU will not let this underlying mentality go unaddressed.

Thus, the problem lies in what the e-mail represents. The speech used in the e-mail and the decision to send it to so many highlights how many of our peers still believe in the legitimacy of racist humor targeted against Asian Americans. We have been reminded how the speech used in the e-mail recalls a long history of oppression against minorities, and that there exists a mentality among our peers that would be too dangerous to leave unchecked. ECAASU intends to address this larger issue, denouncing the subconscious attitudes that allows for incidents like this to occur.

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In the early morning of March 2nd, Thanh Hong, a Vietnamese American student at the University of California at St. Barbara and his friend were reportedly attacked by four men who emerged from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. The four men initiated the assault without provocation by yelling racial epithets that included "Chink," "Chinamen" and "Gook" at Thanh. Thanh and his friend eventually escaped after a brutal attack, with Thanh being treated for a facial laceration while his friend suffered from a concussion with partial memory loss. Current investigation is underway and so far the members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity have denied any involvement or incident of such an attack, even though evidence of Thanh's blood remained on the sidewalk in front of their house.

Thus far, the details of this event have recalled a legacy of violent racial oppression against minorities throughout history. We stand together with all Asian Americans and minority groups across the country in condemning this latest act of violence against one of our own. An attack on one is an attack on all of us, and we stand by Thanh, his friend, and his family in ensuring that justice is realized. ECAASU will take action by reaching out to the UCSB campus and its Police Department in resolving this hate crime throughly and appropriately. By keeping up our awareness and efforts, we can be rest assured that this incident will not be swept under the rug and that our voices are properly heard.

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ECAASU is committed to combating all elements of racism, stereotypes, and discrimination. Thus, ECAASU will continue to raise awareness on denouncing whatever thinking that inspires these recent hate crimes, advocating on behalf of its constituents and all Asian Americans; we hope to empower anyone who have been hurt or offended to stand up and speak out against racism. Whenever appropriate, ECAASU will open the lines of communication and work through the correct avenues to support the Asian American students at Dartmouth, UCSB and beyond in addressing these latest series of concerning events.

Please contact ECAASU if you have any concerns or suggestions about our position on this issue and if you would like to support us in the next steps towards action.

Signed,

ECAASU National

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Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

This book came out in February. Check out a review by The Houston Chronicle below!

It’s always fun to read about the rich. But to tell stories about the poor, the desperately poor, without making us feel we are turning the pages dutifully takes talent.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a debut collection by a Pakistani-American writer named Daniyal Mueenuddin, examines Pakistani society from the bottom to the top, and though the eight long stories are equally beautiful, the ones about the poverty-stricken are the most startling, because the lives they open a window onto are so far outside our ken.

The aged groundskeeper at the center of A Spoiled Man, for instance, lives on milk-soaked bread and makes his home in a wooden crate. But he doesn’t feel sorry for himself or ask us to:

“Run off an electric connection drawn from the poultry sheds, tiny red lights strung all over the ceiling warmed the room ... A funnel and pipe served as a handy spittoon, a mirror and shelf allowed him to shave without getting out of bed, an electric fan cooled him.”

In a society as feudal as Pakistan’s, it’s useless to question one’s place; the only real issue is survival. The survivors flourish.

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Yale’s Youth Forum on China Africa Relations

My name is Gabriel Monteros and I am a senior at Yale University.  I am writing to tell you about the Youth Forum on China Africa Relations (YFOCAR) which will take place this year from April 24th to 26th at Yale University.  We are inviting students and scholars from all across the globe to contribute and participate in learning and discussing the growing ties between the African continent and China.  Attached is an official invitation letter with more details about the conference and how to register.  Please take a look and forward the letter to members of your organization or anyone else that you think will be interested in attending YFOCAR.  If you have any questions you can visit our website at www.yale.edu/yfocar or email me at Gabriel.Monteros@yale.edu.  Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

-Gabriel Monteros YFOCAR Housing & Recruitment Coordinator

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Hyphen Magazine Turns 6 – Party on 3/27

Please join us a week from today for our birthday party at Club Six in San Francisco. We've got a great lineup of entertainment. The Invisible Cities and Denizen Kane are performing their music. Vintage Joy will have a fashion show. We'll have a free photobooth for you and your friends to snap photos in. Plus great DJs. Plus prizes. Plus cake, of course.

Mark your calendars: Friday, March 27. As with all Hyphen events, this is a fundraiser to help us keep publishing. All proceeds go toward running the mag. $10 at the door. $20 gets you entry, plus a 4-issue subscription. And, if you're one of the first 50 guests, you get a FREE subscription, courtesy of the IW Group.

All the details here.

Invite your friends on going.com and facebook too.

Hope to see you there!

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Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

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