BIMONTHLY JAN 17 2011

B I M O N T H L Y17 January 2011 17.1.11 ............................................. ECAASU National Says .............................................

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REGISTRATION is OPEN For ECAASU Conference @ UMASS AMHERST Feb 18-20, 2011

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Do you think you have what it takes to plan for the nation's largest Asian American conference? Have you been itching to make your mark on campus in the Asian American community? Applications to bid for the East Coast Asian American Student Union 2012 Conference (ECAASU 2012) are now online at https://quartz.wufoo.com/forms/ecaasu-2012-bid-form-round-1-your-vision. We are looking for candidates who are armed with new ideas and have a vision for the next iteration of the conference.

The ECAASU Conference regularly attracts up to 1500 college students and activists from across the nation to network, strengthen community-building, and explore issues pertaining to the APIA community. Don't forget to visit the current conference website at www.ecaasu2011.org . ............................................. South Asian Advocacy .............................................

1) K Phi G “To stay true to your beliefs and always remember who you are and where you come from is enough to perpetuate a culture. Sharing that love and respect of your culture with other people (not necessarily those with the same culture as you) does help to spread knowledge, customs, and ideas.” -Charter Class of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc., Omicron Colony (Rutgers University) First South Asian Sorority (created at the University of Texas, Austin)

2) Ankit Shah “It’s when I started to grow older that I developed my own perspectives, and many of these perspectives stemmed from my brother and sister’s words.” -Ankit Shah, Pennsylvania Sophomore at University of Pennsylvania, Ankit worked directly with Asha for Education, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children that are under-privileged, and Givology, the rural education nonprofit organization, while in India to create an education system in the village he lived in for 2 months this past summer.

3) Sanjay Tailor “As an Asian, I believe that there is much more that unites than divides people of different ethnic, religious, and/or racial groups.” -Sanjay Tailor, Chicago First South Asian male in Illinois to be appointed as a judge.

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appears on the January cover of Elle magazine, but she's outraged by the image. Her skin appears far more pale than it is in real life. Her dark brown hair is shown to be practically red. Elle claims to celebrate women of color by featuring them on magazine covers, but this is the second time in just six months that Elle has blatantly made women of color more white. (The last controversy surrounded Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe.) Join Change.org members in telling Elle Magazine to ends its practice of racist skin-whitening. India already has a billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Many women burn their skin through the use of unsafe whitening products. And there's a pervasive prejudice against girls who are "too dark" and therefore can't get hired or married. A global publication like Elle has no business reinforcing that racist and damaging stereotype. Elle suffered from some bad press when the magazine cover came out, but there still needs to be a massive public campaign to force them to take real action. This is that campaign. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_elle_magazine_to_apologize_for_skin-bleaching_aishwarya_rai_bachchan?alert_id=SPPuQeEVud_FNSrCtAaOL&me=aa

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OPPORTUNITIES .............................................

2011 SFIAAFF Student Delegate Program

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) is proud to continue its annual Student Delegate Program. Aimed to engage students with Asian and Asian American cinema, the program strives to cultivate the next generation of scholars, artists, administrators and activists invested in the field of Asian American media.

As part of the Student Delegate Program, participants have the opportunity to: * Participate in a structured program of screenings, events, and meetings * Access other festival events, i.e. panels, talks, and parties * Create online content for the SFIAAFF website

HERE. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2011. ............... ..............

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), will partner with State Farm® to host the Spring 2011 series of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) college leadership trainings. In the last 11 years, APIA U: Leadership 101 has reached more than 4500 students at 121 colleges, universities and community colleges. The schedule of the Spring 2011 trainings is as follows:

• University of Florida – January 29, 2011, • St. Louis University – February 19, 2011, • University of Hawaii at Hilo – February 19, 2011, • University of Southern California – March 5, 2011, • University of Illinois at Chicago – March 12, 2011, • Syracuse University – March 26, 2011, • Mount Holyoke – April 2, 2011, • South Seattle Community College – May 7, 2011.

APIA U: Leadership 101 is a one-day training that provides a foundation for students to become more involved on campus and in their community. Two experienced APA facilitators guide 40-60 students through hands-on exercises, presentations, and discussions focused on APIA identity and history, leadership skills, and social justice. Participants are asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for social change. (More Info)

OCA Accepting Scholarship Applications for Fall 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 Jan 2011 CONTACT Mary Kong | Program Assistant 202 223 5500 | mkong@ocanational.org Washington DC – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, is pleased to announce that it is accepting 2011 applications for the OCA-AXA Achievement, OCA-UPS Gold Mountain, and OCA-Verizon College scholarships. Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is nonrenewable. Applications for all scholarships are due by April 4, 2011. “For over 10 years, OCA has been providing scholarship assistance to those with financial need, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend college,” said Ken Lee, OCA National President. “OCA is proud to be able to recognize students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to academic achievement and civil engagement.” In order to be eligible for the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain and OCA-AXA scholarships, students must be a current Asian Pacific American (APA) high school senior entering their first year of college, demonstrate financial need, be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). OCA-UPS Gold Mountain scholarship is intended for APA students who are the first person in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The OCA-AXA scholarship is geared for students who have dedicated time to community service and demonstrated leadership ability. Current undergraduates who are studying technical majors and are entering their third or fourth year in college may apply for the OCA-Verizon College scholarship. Applications for the OCA-Verizon College Scholarships must be submitted online. For more information, or to download the application, please visit www.ocanational.org.

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NEWS & ISSUES .............................................

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appears on the January cover of Elle magazine, but she's outraged by the image. Her skin appears far more pale than it is in real life. Her dark brown hair is shown to be practically red. Elle claims to celebrate women of color by featuring them on magazine covers, but this is the second time in just six months that Elle has blatantly made women of color more white. (The last controversy surrounded Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe.) Join Change.org members in telling Elle Magazine to ends its practice of racist skin-whitening. India already has a billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Many women burn their skin through the use of unsafe whitening products. And there's a pervasive prejudice against girls who are "too dark" and therefore can't get hired or married. A global publication like Elle has no business reinforcing that racist and damaging stereotype. Elle suffered from some bad press when the magazine cover came out, but there still needs to be a massive public campaign to force them to take real action. This is that campaign. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_elle_magazine_to_apologize_for_skin-bleaching_aishwarya_rai_bachchan?alert_id=SPPuQeEVud_FNSrCtAaOL&me=aa

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EVENTS .............................................

The Freer's fifteenth annual festival presents five new Iranian films and a special documentary program. Films are in Persian with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. The Iranian Film Festival runs from January 21 - February 27, 2011.

All films are playing at the Meyer Auditorium in the Freer Gallery. For more information about the schedules and films, visit the website HERE. ...............

Conference on "Technologies of Asian Migration: Media, Mobility, and Virtuality" Apr 21, 2011 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Confirmed speakers: Rhacel Parrenas, Aneesh Aneesh, Cara Wallis, Lisa Nakamura, Josephine Lee

The 21st century has seen a mass migration of workers leaving Asia to live and work in the U.S. and elsewhere. Increasingly, digital media are functioning as essential platforms for Asian and other types of migration. Communication technologies such as mobile phones, online banking and remittance services, video sharing services, digital games, and VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) services such as Skype help workers learn about work and keep in touch with families abroad. And as virtual world games such as World of Warcraft become more globally popular, these digital media become themselves a virtual workplace.

Migration from Asia to the US and return migration from the U.S. to Asia would not occur in the same way were it not for these new platforms and forms of mediation Increasingly, media such as film, television, and literature play an important role in encouraging Asian users to migrate or re-migrate by representing the pleasures, risks, and fears of re-location.

"Technologies of Asian Migration: Media, Mobility, and Virtuality" that will feature experts on the traffic in digital labor, domestic labor, media practices and texts between Asia and America. The technologies that enable this form of traffic and cultural exchange and disapora distributes Asian bodies and representations of Asia all around the world. Many of these technologies such as the Internet, digital games, old and new media, and cellphones are relatively new and understudied. This conference will examine the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's) play in all forms of migration and re-migration between Asia and the Americas.

Conference website: http://www.technologiesofasianmigration2011.illinois.edu/ ...............

The Global Film Initiative's Global Lens program promotes cross-cultural understanding by bringing audiences an annual selection of compelling films from around the world. As part of the 2011 program, the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleriespresents two thoughtful and visually arresting films from Asia: DOOMON RIVER and THE WHITE MEADOWS.

All films are playing at the Meyer Auditorium in the Freer Gallery from January 15 - 23, 2011. For more information about the schedules and films, visit the website HERE. ............... .............................................

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