Weeklies 1/26/09


HOPE Director Position is Open $78M Now Available for Health Disparities


Vietnamese Americans Protest Art Exhibit Violence & Foreclosures Define Cambodian Community


AAAS Conference in Hawaii OCA NOVA’s Annual Lunar New Year Banquet


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Happy New Year!

Hi all,

Hope you have enjoyed whatever holidays you may celebrate. I personally don’t celebrate much anymore, but I enjoyed spending time with friends and family this winter break. I love New York City.

If you don’t know already, ECAASU 2009 (February 27th to 28th) at Rutgers is coming up fast! This year’s theme is Distinct Worlds, One Vision. To find out more and register, visit http://ecaasu2009.org/. If you have specific questions, find the respective leader(s) through this page.

Happy Lunar New Year to you and yours tomorrow!

Caroline Hugh, Communications Chair


HOPE Director Position is Open

The Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA is hiring a project director for the Higher Opportunity Program for Education for the 2009-2010 academic year.  As an outreach project seeking to increase access to higher education for at-risk high school students since 2000, HOPE has served the communities of Westminster and Chinatown and has recently expanded its efforts into the San Gabriel Valley.  The project is funded through the UCLA Student Initiated Access Center, which also oversees six other similar outreach projects jointly administered by both students and full time staff.  As a project director, you will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the project as well as for building relationships within the communities being serviced.  The position is a full time job that begins July 1st, 2009 and ends June 30, 2010, with the potential of rehiring pending an annual review.

Applicants are required to have a four year degree by June of 2009.  Please note that applications are due by February 13th, 2009.

Additionally, we will be hosting a mixer for potential applicants at UCLA's Student Activities Center, room 105D on Saturday, January 24th from 4pm to 7pm.

Please see the attached application for more details, or email matthewvan@ucla.edu if you have any questions and to RSVP for the event.

P.S. HOPE's sister project SEA CLEAR (South East Asian Campus Learning Education And Retention) is also hiring a new Project Director for the upcoming 2009-2010 year.  SEA CLEAR is aimed at increasing graduation rates of at-risk as well as non at-risk UCLA students through peer counseling, mentorship, and internship.  If you are interested in working in retention of university undergraduates, you may access the application at www.vsu.bol.ucla.edu or contact the Vietnamese Student Union's retention coordinator, Layhearn Tep at laytep@ucla.edu.


$78M Now Available for Health Disparities

This $78-million new funding opportunity is sponsored jointly by the Nat'l Cancer Institute (NCI), the Nat'l Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences (OBSSR).

It is for promoting research of health inequities with the purpose of contributing directly to improved health outcomes and quality of life for populations with a higher disease burden. Deadline-May 29.

Eligibility: Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status, colleges and universities; state, local and tribal governments; Funding: The NCI has committed up to $10 million in FY 2009 to fund 3-5 center grants, with a total set-aside of $60 million over the course of 5 years, and the NHLBI has set aside $18 million over 5 years to fund 2 centers.

For all the details on this and all of the latest federal and private grant opportunities, register for free access to Community Health Funding Report- or any of our other new reports!

Or call us at 1-800-666-6380 ext. 131.


Vietnamese Americans Protest Santa Ana Art Exhibit

Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans demonstrated Saturday outside a provocative art exhibit in Santa Ana that had featured Communist symbols that protesters claimed mocked their painful experiences as political refugees.

The protest -- joined by people bused in from as far away as San Jose -- came the day after one of the works was defaced with red paint and the owners of the building ordered the exhibit closed, saying the organizers lacked the proper business license.

Curators of the exhibit, which was commissioned by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Assn., said they wanted to launch a discussion about freedom of expression in the Vietnamese community, where talk of communism is a taboo.

For more on this article, click here.


Violence & Foreclosures Define Cambodian Community

Before Columbine or Virginia Tech—indeed before “school shooting” became familiar phraseology in American culture—there was the Stockton schoolyard incident.

Few outside of Northern California recall this tragedy in which 24-year-old gunman Edward Patrick Purdy emptied 105 shots from an AK-47 assault rifle into a schoolyard of approximately 450 schoolchildren. Fewer still recall that at the time of the shooting, Southeast Asian refugee children comprised 70 percent of Cleveland’s student body. Among the five fatalities, four were Cambodian Americans—including Ram Chun—and one was a Vietnamese American. Their ages ranged from 6 to 9 years old. The families of these children had recently resettled in Stockton in the wake of the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia.

Twenty years ago, the tragedy brought forth divergent – if not competing – analyses and lessons. Racial justice advocates demanded that the attorney general consider the incident a hate crime. Others took the occasion to call for stronger gun control laws. But for the mostly Cambodian-American survivors, there was another lesson gleaned: The struggle for peace and survival does not end with resettlement in the United States.

Here is the rest of the article.


AAAS Conference in Hawaii

Volunteer/register for this exciting event!


It's hard to believe that our 2009 conference is only a few months away. Jon and I are accepting a limited number of students to volunteer at the conference, and in return, your registration fee will be waived. Aside from the small monetary incentive, volunteering is a great to meet other students, faculty, and community folks in our field. Moreover, it's a great way to give back to the Association! If you are interested or know of a student you would like to nominate, please email me by February 1, 2009.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Hawaii.

Best, Mary Yu Danico and Jonathan Okamura co-chairs, AAAS conference program committee


OCA NOVA’s Annual Lunar New Year Banquet

Please join the OCA Northern Virginia Chapter for our

27th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet!

Let us all celebrate those born in the Year of the Ox!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chinatown Garden in Washington DC Chinatown

Come socialize and network with new and old friends, while enjoying a 10-course dinner!


6:30 pm Reception 7:00 pm Dinner 9:30 pm Dessert, Drinks & Karaoke

Where: Chinatown Garden

618 H St NW (between 6th and 7th Street NW), Washington, DC 20001 Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

Cost: Organize a Table of Ten for $40/person ~ $400 for ten Tickets: $45 Non-Members, $40 Members, $55 at the door or after deadline of 26 January 2009

Make checks payable to OCA-NOVA and mail to Bill HooFatt to 5911 Edsall Rd. #705 Alexandria, VA 22304 or pay by credit card/paypal by emailing rsvp@ocanova.org.

Instructions will be sent to you.  For more info contact: rsvp@ocanova.org

Special Guests and Program: TBA

Proceeds go toward supporting OCA NOVA's programs.


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