Weeklies 11/17/08


Seeking APA Actresses for a Short Film Amerasia and AAPI Nexus to Go Online


APIAVote Applauds Selection of AA Leadership Marketing to AAs with Over $400 Billion Buying Power


Contemporary Issues Facing Hmong Women Moving the Dream Forward


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Seeking APA Actresses for a Short Film!

Seeking male and female actors for Chica Luna Productions F-Word Films. Chica Luna Productions is a non-profit organization that seeks to identify, develop and support young woman of color who want to produce popular media with a social justice framework.

Chica Luna Productions is currently in pre-production for "Where We're From," a narrative short that takes place in an immigrant community where racial and class tensions are coming to a boil. In this context, a mother & daughter reconnect after being confronted with the exasperating question, "Where are you (really) from?" In breaking their silence, they realize that their bond holds the power to heal the aches of alienation.

Characters for casting:

DIANA, late teens- early 20's. Taiwanese/Chinese American. She's artistic, sometimes lost in her thoughts, but compassionate. Just beginning to develop self-awareness and confidence to voice her inner feistiness. A small amount of Mandarin needed, but Taiwanese is a plus.

MRS. LEE, late 40's-'50s. Taiwanese/Chinese American. Resolute, firm, no-nonsense. Usually keeps her thoughts to herself but capable of intimidating others with her words & demeanor. Small amount of Mandarin needed, Taiwanese a plus.

HIPSTER, 20s, Caucasian, thin, male. Talkative, curious, intensely eager to demonstrate his knowledge and to ingratiate himself with members of a community of color.

MRS. CHANG, 30s-'40s, female, Chinese American. A talkative, gossiping, social-climbing housewife. Mandarin needed.

MIGUEL, late '20s-'30s, Latino male. A father who is protective of his child and community. Funny and unafraid to speak his mind but respectful of community members.

JIN, late teens- early '20s. Female. Asian, hip-hop dancer, a recent immigrant with a thick accent who is still struggling to feel at home.

This is an unpaid, non-union student film.  Build your film reel!  Meals will be provided.  Actors must be available December 27 and 28 for shooting and for rehearsals prior to shoot date.

First auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 18th from 5-9 PM at Chica Luna Productions, 1609 Lexington Avenue (Corner of 106th and Lexington). More may be scheduled in the upcoming week. Bring a resume and headshot. Sides will be provided.

By appointment only: please email May Lin at wherewerefrom@gmail.com


Amerasia and AAPI Nexus Journals to Go Online

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center has launched an internet site for its two academic journals, Amerasia and AAPI Nexus. Starting November 2008, subscribers will be able to access Amerasia Journal and AAPI Nexus articles online.

Both journals are recognized core publications in Asian American Studies.

Since its inception in 1971, Amerasia has been the leading interdisciplinary journal in the field. "Amerasia Journal," states Ethnic Studies Professor Yen Le Espiritu (University of California, San Diego), "continues to be an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and the broader community interested in issues affecting Asian Americans."

"Amerasia articles contain information and perspectives difficult or impossible to locate elsewhere," adds Serials Review. "This journal is highly recommended for all academic collections and for large public libraries." The searchable, full-text database enables subscribing institutions and researchers access to over thirty-five years of Amerasia articles.

Amerasia's online database features over 900 articles on topics ranging from diaspora and empire, U.S.-Asia relations, and religion to legal/political/civil rights issues, sexuality and queer studies, and multiracial Asians. Library Journal has thus described Amerasia as "a scholarly journal which considers almost every aspect on the role of the Asian Americans" and "an absolute must for universities."

In 2003, the Center launched AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice & Community, the most cutting-edge journal focusing on applied social science research for and on the diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community. AAPI Nexus draws from professional schools, applied social science scholars, and practitioners, with the explicit goal of reinvigorating Asian American Studies' traditional mission of serving communities and generating practical research. "AAPI Nexus Journal is the nation's trusted voice for Asian American and Pacific Islander public policy debates, community-based research, and action-orientated advocacy," said Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.

The AAPI Nexus database includes articles covering civil rights, health, and art and cultural institutions from an Asian American perspective. In addition to research and resource articles, AAPI Nexus also features practitioner essays, where professionals and community leaders draw from their experiences to offer discussions and strategies regarding policy issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The new online databases for Amerasia Journal and AAPI Nexus are valuable resources for libraries and research institutions. Access to the databases will be included as part of a new or renewed yearly subscription. The subscription prices are as follows:

Amerasia Journal - $445 for institutions; $99.99 for individuals AAPI Nexus - $175 for institutions, $35 for individuals

For more information or to place subscription orders, please contact Ying Ming Tu, Distribution Manager, AASC Press, at (310) 825-2968 or aascpress@aasc.ucla.edu.


APIAVote Applauds Selection of AA Leaders for Obama-Biden Team

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- APIAVote this week congratulates President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and commends the naming of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to the Obama-Biden Transition Team, namely former APIAVote board member Sonal Shah of the Google Foundation.

"We are extremely proud of Sonal and other Asian Americans who have been named thus far on the Transition Team," said APIAVote Executive Director Vida Benavides. "With her background as an economist, Sonal's appointment is indicative of the talent and expertise needed to guide us through these hard economic and financial crises."

"Sonal's appointment should only be just the beginning. We have high hopes for the incoming Obama-Biden Administration and Congress, and intend to work closely with both so that they continue to be more inclusive of Asian AAPIs throughout the transition process and into appointments and hiring of staff," said APIAVote board member Doua Thor.

"Having a diverse staff which includes AAPIs at all levels will help ensure that AAPI issues and concerns are sufficiently addressed in the policy agendas of President-elect Obama and the new Congress," said APIAVote board co-chair EunSook Lee.

"We further encourage the Obama-Biden Transition Team to recruit and seek diverse candidates that also reflect President-elect Obama's experiences," said APIAVote board co-chair Noe Kalipi.

Sonal Shah is among three of Asian American descent who have been named by President-elect Obama to advise and staff his Transition Team. Below is a full list of Asian Americans as of this release.

  • Sonal Shah (Indian American), named to Transition Advisory Board; (Former APIAVote Board Member, Google Foundation director, Global Economic Development)
  • Peter Rouse (of Japanese American descent), named to Co-Chair Transition Team; (President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff (Senate))
  • Chris Lu (Chinese American), named as Transition Executive Director; (President-elect Obama's Legislative Director (Senate))

APIAVote's presence to turn out the vote in key states like Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, and Washington was instrumental in turning out the AAPI vote on November 4. APIAVote worked to get out and protect the AAPI vote with over 30 partner organizations and coalition partners in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. National polling shows that among AAPIs, 62% voted for President-elect Barack Obama, and 35% voted for Senator John McCain. APIAVote awaits further details about the AAPI vote, and will provide updates as they are made available.

"We want to especially thank Obama AAPI Vote Director Charmaine Manansala and AAPI Vote Deputy Director Betsy Kim, as well as McCain AAPI Outreach Directors, Peter Su and Kishan Putta, for their instrumental roles in each of these campaigns," said Benavides. "We encourage national parties and campaigns to continue to strengthen and expand their AAPI outreach. The National Asian American Survey showed that only 27% of undecided AAPI voters were contacted by the campaigns, meaning that campaigns have more work to do to engage AAPI communities."

Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (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 www.apiavote.org.


Marketing to Asian Americans with Over $400 Billion in Buying Power

SAN FRANCISCO—(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)— With the Asian American population currently estimated at over 13.3 million and their buying power estimated at over $450 billion, AsianWeek has contributed as a research partner for the publication of a new comprehensive study looking at this affluent market and how to tap in to it.

Released this fall, the second edition of “Asian American Market Report” by Phoenix Multicultural and Interviewing Service of America (ISA) showcases research by AsianWeek contributor Chong-Suk Han.

The report is a comprehensive resource for marketing to Asian Americans and features a detailed look at the demographics of Asian Americans and highlights their age, education, household size, income, buying power, business ownership, and product usage. There is also a section on key strategies for targeting the Asian American market.

Asian American buying power reached $459 billion in 2007 and is expected to reach $670 billion by 2012. Asian buying power is growing three times faster than the Asian population according to a study conducted by the University of Georgia.

AsianWeek is committed to conducting and gathering research on the Asian American market. This research underlines the $459 billion economic buying power of the Asian American market,” said AsianWeek President James Fang.

As the most widely read and comprehensive news outlet reaching the vibrant and successful Asian Pacific American market, AsianWeek is the leading newspaper company to provide up-to-date research on the current state of Asian America. Research reveals the bilingual characteristics of Asian America with 86% as English literate according to the Department of Education. Although it is commonly understood that Asians in America are immigrants, deeper analysis shows the bicultural nature of Asian Americans as nearly two-thirds having been born or raised in America.

To order copies of the report, call Phoenix Multicultural at (213) 228-0300.


Contemporary Issues Facing Hmong Women in Wisconsin

The Asian American Studies Program presents its 2008-2009 Speakers Series presents

Kabzuag Vaj

Executive Director of Freedom, Inc.

Madison, WI

Friday, November 21, 2008


259 Educational Sciences Building

1025 West Johnson Street (Between Mills and Brooks St)

Kabzuag Vaj's talk will draw on her personal and professional experiences with contemporary issues affecting Hmong women in Wisconsin. She is a Hmong woman who came with her family the US in 1981. She has been advocating for women and children since she was 15 years old. She founded Freedom, Inc., a grassroots organization that advocates and provides services to low and no-income communities of color in Madison, Wisconsin. She has worked on social justice issues such as welfare reform, immigration issues, youth justice, and racial profiling. In the last 8 years, she has worked on ending violence against women and children, including addressing trafficking issues/abusive international marriages and murder suicide within the Hmong community.




Moving the Dream Forward: An APIAVote Briefing on the 2008 Election, Transition, & Policy

Date: Monday, January 19, 2008

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel 1330 Maryland Ave SW Washington, D.C. 20024 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. www.apiavote.org/moving-the-dream

Join APIAVote in Washington, D.C. during Inaugural Week! Held in conjunction with the Pearl Inaugural Ball, "Moving the Dream Forward" will consist of morning briefings that will help our communities coordinate and coalesce, as we again visit the theme of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. On the eve of the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, APIAVote will be hosting a debrief on the 2008 Election; contextualize and explain the transition process; help frame the AAPI policy agenda(s) as we move forward with the new White House, the agencies, and a new Congress; and host a panel and discussion on how we work together to move a progressive AAPI policy agenda forward. Panels (speakers TBD and to be invited): * AAPIs' Roles in the 2008 Election: What were our triumphs, our lessons learned, and our challenges we must address in elections to come. How do we increase and continue civic engagement work beyond elections? What should be our goals and benchmarks moving into the 2010 midterms, the 2012 presidentials, and beyond?

* A History of AAPIs in the Transition Process: What is the transition process exactly, and what does AAPIs being involved in this process entail? What have been the experiences and lessons learned of AAPIs who have worked in a presidential transition before? How can we leverage this knowledge and institutional memory, and have realistic expectations as the incoming Obama administration makes decisions about appointments, staffing, and policymaking?

* Framing the AAPI Policy Agenda: How do we work together for strategic advocacy of AAPI policy priorities? Representatives from our CBOs (community based organizations) to the Hill to the agencies to the White House (the entire community & political spectrum) will discuss specific AAPI policy issues, and multi-layered advocacy and communication strategies.

* Continuing a Progressive AAPI Movement: Consisting of community-based leaders, progressive organizations, and fundraisers, this panel will discuss how different sectors have worked together and can work together as we sustain and build infrastructure around the momentum of 2008.

*** Online registration to be available shortly. A nominal fee will be charged to cover costs for this gathering.


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