ECAASU Weeklies 8/25/08


Hate Crime Data Proposal Becomes Law Mr. Hyphen 2008


APIAVote: Internships and Voter Registration

Sundance Institute Documentary Program

AALDEF Fall Internships


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Hate Crime Data Collection Proposal Becomes Law

On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, H.R. 4137. This law revises and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965 which strengthens resources to U.S. colleges and universities and provides financial assistance to students. The law also requires colleges and universities to compile and report data to the U.S. Department of Education regarding campus hate crime incidents. Accurate data on the rates and incidences of hate crimes are needed not only to determine when and where they occur, but also to identify ways to effectively address and prevent them. The need for broader policies addressing crimes and violence against South Asians is crucial given the increase of incidents perpetrated against the community since 9/11.


Mr. Hyphen 2008

Back by popular demand, Hyphen presents the 3rd annual Mr. Hyphen competition. Mr. Hyphen gives us a chance to celebrate the men of the Asian American community who devote their efforts to worthy community organizations -- and to have a lot of fun while we do it. Giving the underrated Asian male his due celebration, Hyphen will invite contestants from Asian American nonprofits all over the country. Contestants will strut their stuff in fashion, talent, and a rousing Q&A -- all in the name of winning a donation to their chosen 501(c)3 organization. Rounds will be decided alternately by an audience vote and by an illustrious panel of judges.

Hyphen is all about the arts community and we want to give our hard-working Asian American designers their due celebration as well with our fashion segment. The event is not only a fundraiser for Hyphen, itself a not-for-profit organization, but also for the organizations our contestants represent.

To check out the official contest rules and to download the 2008 Mr. Hyphen application, visit

Applications are due September 1, 2008.


APIAVote: Voter Registration and Internship Opportunities

Everyone agrees the immigration system is broken, so how do we fix it? Register to vote! Visit


In 2006, the George Washington University host committee for the East Coast Asian American Students Union (ECAASU) Conference donated $15,000 to APIAVote to manage an ECAASU/APIAVote Internship Program for the next five years. As a result, every summer priority will be given to an Asian Pacific American (APA) student with proven leadership skills and commitment to the APA community who is attending any college or university that is an active participant in ECAASU. The intern would work on establishing conference, workshop and training materials for APIAVote to be presented at APA regional conferences. This position will also entail hands on experience in organizing and implementing voter engagement to increase the participation of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the electoral process. In addition, the intern would be expected to serve as a public relations coordinator for the upcoming ECAASU conference while in Washington, DC.


The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young Asian Pacific Islander student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political area. This summer internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the electoral process.

The intern would work under direction of the Executive Director and help develop the infrastructure and tools needed for the upcoming elections. We are specifically interested in students with strong writing skills and interest in the following areas: Communications/PR, Public Policy, Campaigns/Elections, Web Design/Graphic Design, and Development and Fundraising.

This internship program has a rolling deadline for the Winter/Spring/Fall sessions. For more information, visit

Resumes can be delivered to c/o Alvina Yeh - 1666 K Street NW, Suite 440 - Washington, D.C. 20006.


Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

New Deadline: February 5, 2009. Each year, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program awards more than $1.5 million in grants to support documentary films focused on contemporary social issues. Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born into Brothels; Iraq in Fragments; The Inner Tour; The Devil Came on Horseback; and Everything's Cool.

In a world where truth is stranger than fiction, we can help you tell the stories that must be told. If you believe that creative non-fiction filmmaking is vital to society, and you are an artist with passion for the work of storytelling, we want to hear about your project. Tell us what you see.

For the rest of the story or to apply online, visit:


AALDEF Fall Internships

DEFENDING ASIAN AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law Students

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, and community education. Fall internships are available for college, graduate, and law students in AALDEF's Voting Rights Program.

In prior elections, Asian Americans faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote; for example, ballots have been mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans and vice versa, lack of interpreters, denial of language assistance, rude and hostile poll workers. Then, when the news media reported on election returns and the vote by specific groups, Asian Americans were overlooked. AALDEF's Voting Rights Program aims to enhance the political participation of Asian Americans and guard against anti-Asian voter discrimination.

Voting Rights Interns work on the following:

* Election monitoring to ensure Asian Americans are treated fairly at the polls and to document violations of the Voting Right Act and federal Constitution. The Voting Rights Act mandates the availability of Chinese and Korean language assistance and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

* Work with pro bono lawyers at corporate law firms and volunteer law students to inspect poll sites for compliance with the Voting Rights Act and Help American Vote Act.

* Coordinate a survey of Asian American voters to document the use of bilingual ballots and report on Asian American voting patterns. The survey will be taken at poll sites in several poll sites across the nation. Interns will recruit, train, and supervise volunteers, as well as coordinate logistics at three dozen polling sites.

* Register new voters after citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.

* Conduct research and advocacy on local, state and federal election reform proposals.

Description of Fall Internships:

Supervision: Interns are supervised by attorneys through regular meetings and trainings.

Compensation: These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit, college work-study, or a clinical placement can be arranged.

Hours: Interns work anywhere between 12 to 25 hours per week in the office.

Duration: The internship usually follows the semester, commencing with the start of classes or (end of August/ beginning of September) and goes to the first or second week of December.

To Apply:

Bilingual ability is helpful but not required and languages (if any) should be stated in the resume. Applicants should also state the number of hours they are looking to contribute per week and a possible schedule.

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Voting Rights Fall Intern Search; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF); 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor; New York, New York 10013-2815

Fax: 212-966-4303. Email:

For more information, contact Glenn D. Magpantay at 212-966-5932, ext. 206 or


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