BIMONTHLY SEP 16 2010

BIMONTHLY 16 September 2010

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REMEMBER ECAASU 2011 Conference at UMass Amherst!

FEBRUARY 18-20, 2011!

Dear ECAASU members,

Greetings from Charlottesville, VA!

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I hope the first weeks of classes have not been stressful!

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Lorenzo Paglinawan, Communications Chair (Virginia '12)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS

EVENTS

NEWS AND ISSUES

QUIRKY

JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CONTACT US

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN University programs

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THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR


The Asian Pacific American Studies (APAS) Minor at UVA, founded in 2004, is an interdisciplinary program combining courses from American Studies, English, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Politics, East Asian Studies, and South Asian Studies. It focuses on the experiences, histories, and cultural productions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., as well as their interactions with other racial and ethnic groups, both in the U.S. and transnationally.

Objectives of the Minor The interdisciplinary minor will familiarize students with the following:

  1. Asian Pacific America, encompassing peoples from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands;
  2. Social, historical, political, and economic trends, both transnational and domestic American, that impact Asian Pacific Americans
  3. Community-based and individually-lived Asian Pacific American experiences
  4. Cultural and textual production of and by Asian Pacific Americans, such as literature, film, visual and plastic arts, digital media, music, and performance
  5. A comparative basis for understanding American race relations

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YALE ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER


OUR MISSION

Established in 1981, the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), in cooperation with affiliated student organizations, promotes Asian American culture and explores the social and political experience of Asians in the United States. The Center and affiliated student organizations are committed to the intellectual, cultural, social and political development of the Asian American student community. To best serve these needs, we work closely to bring diverse programming to campus (speakers, conferences, dinners, writers, study breaks, artists, activists, movie nights, etc.) with the goal of enriching student life at Yale for Asian Americans.

For more about our history, please click here.

WHO WE ARE NOW

Over thirty-five undergraduate organizations are affiliated with the AACC. Students of Filipino, Chinese, South Asian (Nepali, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri-Lankan), Taiwanese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian backgrounds work together to address pan-Asian American issues as well as provide programs that focus on specific individual ethnic group issues. The Center also serves as a clearinghouse of information on issues that affect the Asian American community.

We welcome all organizations that are interested in the Asian and Asian American community at Yale, but are not currently affliated with the AACC.   Please contact us if your group has any questions about how to get more involved with the AACC, Asian American Student Alliance (AASA), and Yale at large.


STANFORD UNIVERSITY ASIAN AMERICAN ACTIVITIES CENTER


The Asian American Activities Center, or A³C, is a department under the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and serves as Stanford's primary resource for Asian American student affairs and community development. The A³C contributes to the academic mission of the university through its partnerships and collaborative work with faculty, departments and academic programs. Through programming and advising, the center contributes to the multicultural education of all students and to the development of leaders able to negotiate an increasingly diverse and complex workplace and global environment.

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR


The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race offers three majors and concentrations that are available to students at Columbia College, General Studies and, with special permission, Barnard College. Comparative Ethnic Studies, Latino and Latina Studies, and Asian American Studies are developed in a rich array of courses, and they offer a welcoming environment for political discussion and research to undergraduate students. These academically rigorous interdisciplinary programs share Columbia’s signature concern with the development of skills in social analysis, including critical reading, expository writing, problem definition, and empirical research.

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EVENTS

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BAASIC Conference will be hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 2nd, 2010.

This year's performances will feature Asian American artists Vudoo Soul and Melissa Li and the Barely Theirs, as well as Project D and Giles Li! Our keynote speaker is community activist Aaron Tanaka.

Go to http://www.baasic.org and register for a small fee by September 25th. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, an awesome T-shirt, networking opportunities, performances, workshops, and much more!

Club leaders, take advantage of our GROUP REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Registration is $15 per person for groups over 10. Please email us at info@baasic.org and details of group registration will be emailed with the confirmation.

For more information, please check us out at http://www.baasic.org!

SERCAAL Conference October 22nd-23rd (Link)

The University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) is hosting the largest Asian American SE regional conference in the US! Featured workshop facilitators will include Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang (Exec Director of Boat People SOS) and Dr. Ethan Nguyen from University of Pennsylvania.

NAAAPNY Networking Event (RSVP Link)

Come join us for a great time with wine tasting. This will be a great opportunity to network and socialize in a casual environment. This is a FREE event, compliments of the owner! There will be Bingo and prizes as well.

See you there!

Washington, DC

OCA National Bone Marrow Registration Drive (Link)

OCA Events

Sept 18: APIA U at Iowa State Univ

Oct 2: APIA U at UNLV

Oct 9: MAAP-NJ

Oct 22: Corporate Achievement Awards and Bamboo in DC

Oct 23-24: NB Mtg/EC elections

Oct 30: MAAP-DC

Nov 12: Bamboo in Dallas/Ft.Worth

Nov 17: Chapter Action Call

CAPAL GALA Purchase your seats or tables soon.  Discounts apply for sponsoring a table for 10.  Visit http://www.capal.org/events/gala to make your reservations today!

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NEWS & ISSUES

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POLITICS & LAW

Angel Island no heaven to immigrants (Link)

Asian-American family receives threats after moving into suburban Portland home (Link)

API’s need better model for access to health and human services says AP3CON (Link)

Chinese laborers finally rest in peace (Link)

Extortion targeting Asian business owners mimic 2009 incidents (Link)

Gay Anti-Asian Prejudice Thrives On the Internet (Link)

Glenn Beck Not Even King for a Day (Link)

Home invasions targeted by area law enforcement (Link)

LI prosecutor earns praise for first novel (Link)

Tight California races head into final frenzy (Link)

EDUCATION & CULTURE

Asian American students continue to post gains in SAT scores (Link)

Kimlime Check-Taylor named Assistant Principal at troubled South Philadelphia High School (Link)

New National Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness of Hepatitis B, Leading Cause of Liver Cancer (Link)

Phyllis Wise, first Asian American president of the UW, maintains a passion for science (Link)

Scholar to receive IU's Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award at citizenship conference (Link)

Why Abortion Rate Among Asian-American Women Is So High (Link)

OCA Announces the 2010 OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholars

Washington, D.C. – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce the 12 winners of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to high school seniors who are the first person in their family to attend college in the United States.  Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability, and commitment to community service. (Link)

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QUIRKY

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Asian-Americans Make Their Mark In The Fashion World (Link)

Asian-Americans Climb Fashion Industry Ladder (Link)

'Charlie Chan'  (Link)

Chinese-American Rapper MC Jin Discovers God, Cantonese (Link)

Lin is the NBA's Asian-American inspiration (Link)

Charlie Chan, Reimagined (Link)

Marvel's Runaways Changes Start Date and Casting Requirements (Link)

'The People I've Slept With': Cheung's comeback (Link)

Gathering at Capitol condemns 'demonization' of Islam (Link)

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OPPORTUNITIES

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INTERNSHIPS, VOLUNTEERING, JOBS

1. THE ASIAN AMERICAN FEDERATION IS SEEKING A DEVELOPMENT MANAGER!

THE CHUGH FIRM is HIRING IN FAIRFAX, VA

The Chugh Firm, a Los Angeles County and Silicon Valley Business firm (with offices in other states including NJ and GA and with offices in India) has opened an office in Fairfax, VA and is hiring a 1) CPA for its accounting practice and 2) a paralegal for its legal department.

For all inquiries about the position and submitting materials, please DIRECTLY contact Kat Uy at 562-810-7942 or contact her at kathryn@chugh.com. I

They will be filing these spots ASAP so candidates are encouraged to apply soon!

2. ASIAN AMERICAN FOR EQUALITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP

The Community Development Training Fellowship organized by Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is an opportunity for recent high school graduates and college students interested in urban planning, sustainable development, public policy, community organizing, and related fields to gain in-depth experience with comprehensive community development. The Fellowship focuses on community development issues in Asian American communities in New York City, such as affordable housing, small business development, transportation, civil rights, policy advocacy, and environmental sustainability.

Participants learn about the field of community development in a collaborative environment that focuses on building their capacity, and deepening their knowledge through grassroots participation. The Fellowship will consist of three integral learning components: 1.  Community Development Training Workshops 2.  Internship Placement 3.  Community Project

The Fellowship is unpaid; however AAFE can work with participants enrolled in college to arrange for course credit through their university.

A description of the Fellowship and the application form are available on http://www.aafe.org

3. MULTIPLE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE AT THE MINKWON CENTER

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social and Legal Services, Civic Participation, Youth Empowerment, and Culture. Since its founding, Minkwon Center has made a profound presence in the Korean American community through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and culture awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents. More recently, it has expanded its program areas to work with the Chinese American community as well.

Currently, the following unpaid fall internships are available.  Please click on the link below for more information:

  1. Foreclosure Legal Intern
  2. Chinese Community Intern
  3. Public Benefits Intern
  4. Development & Capacity Building Intern
  5. Civic Participation Intern
  6. Advocacy & Community Organizing Intern
  7. Labor & Housing Legal Intern

4. JOB POSTING: FULL TIME AMERICORPS VISTA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

The Asian American Institute (AAI) was established in 1992 as a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building.  AAI is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, along with its affiliates, Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).

AAI is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Development Associate to assist in developing new sources of funding for AAI’s advocacy work, from individuals, corporations and foundations.  With staff guidance, this VISTA member will research grant opportunities, write grant proposals, and work with staff and Board members to cultivate new donors, documenting this process to create a manual for future staff members and volunteers.  The VISTA member will also help with planning and evaluation of the two annual fundraising events.

Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to social justice and civil rights
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience or interest in working with Asian American community;
  • Experience or interest in fundraising, communications, and networking;
  • Ability to work independently and in teams as well as to multi-task;
  • Flexible working hours including some evenings and weekends.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the internet.
  • Experience with Adobe products, graphic design and web design is a plus.

Application Process:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  By Friday, September 17, 2010, please apply online to AmeriCorps VISTA at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do.

For more information about the VISTA program, please visit http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/overview/index.asp

The Asian American Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

RECOMMENDED LINKS www.america.gov

www.ecaasu.org

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National Board Biographies and E-mails

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