Weeklies 2/16/09


Hepatitis B Policy Fellowship Submit to AQSAZINE


“Once They Hear My Name” – Desk Copy Available Updates on Miley Cyrus’s Insulting Photos


Register for the South Asian Summit The Good, the Bad, and the B-Boys


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Hepatitis B Policy Fellowship

I truncated this message because the eligibility criteria are probably irrelevant to most of us. But I wanted to show you some information about Hep. B in Asian Pacific American communities. If you want more information about this job posting, email me.

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization’s Hepatitis B Policy Fellowship Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2009

Purpose: The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is establishing a Hepatitis B Policy Fellowship Program in 2009.

In the United States, an estimated 2 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B, with a disproportionate impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It is thought that over 800,000 Asian Americans in total are living with the disease, comprising more than 40 percent of all cases in the United States.

Recent studies have found that 10% of foreign-born Asian Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B.

Approximately 25% of people with chronic hepatitis B develop chronic liver disease, cirrhosis or primary liver cancer – this is unnecessary and unacceptable chronic hepatitis B is a treatable disease. Many are unaware of their condition because hepatitis B can progress without noticeable symptoms. Without awareness, screening and diagnosis, these people are not receiving treatment that could slow the disease, and may unintentionally be exposing others to the hepatitis B virus. The lack of routine screening in Asian American communities in the United States is one of the main reasons why rates of liver cancer are significantly higher in these communities compared to other ethnic groups.

Program Description: The fellowship is a year-long program based in Washington D.C. and will be awarded to a medical, public health, or policy professional who is interested in strengthening the collaboration between key stakeholders and the federal government in order to achieve practical solutions for the disparate impact of hepatitis B on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Key goals of the fellowship will be:

1) To facilitate collaboration among grassroots efforts, health organizations and governmental entities to advance healthcare policy and practices that are designed to support effective screening, treatment and prevention initiatives for hepatitis B in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community; and

2) To inform and support efforts by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) members and other Congressional members to adopt a policy platform and legislative agenda that effectively reduces the prevalence of hepatitis B and increases care and treatment programs in heavily impacted communities.

Eligibility: All applicants are required to meet the following criteria: - Applicants must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States; - Applicants must be at a mid-career level with at least five years of management responsibility; - Applicants must have completed a master's degree or doctorate (or the equivalent thereof) in health services research, clinical services (including providers), health administration, health law, health policy or a related discipline such as economics or political science; - Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in health policy issues, particularly hepatitis B, and track record of informing health policy through research, policy analysis or clinical leadership.

For further questions regarding eligibility or the application process, please contact hepBfellow@aapcho.org or call 510.272.9536 x 103.


Submit to AQSAZINE

Spread the word and submit to AQSAZINE Double Issue on Immigration/Migration and Love/Sex/Marriage. Deadline for submissions April 1st 2009. Submissions open to women and trans people who self identify as Muslim.

Submit if:

*Immigration and Migration: If you feel like a minority wherever you go…if your heart longs for somewhere you’ve never been but that’s burnt into your memory…If all your parents ever talk about is “back home”...If you spend your life trying to find your place… if your physical home is occupied, forgotten, or far away… if your life consists of various checkpoints, “visas in yo’ name”, lawyer consultations, applications, rejections… If you’ve been expelled, deported, refugized, rendered illegal, or erased by your “non-status”… If you’ve found a new "home away from home" that is warm, welcoming and REAL…If you’re searching for “home”—the place and the meaning…If you’ve found home in a person, community, people or state of mind… if you’ve found strength in your displacement…If you were never really given the choice…your expression is welcome here

*Love/Sex/Marriage: If you ever wonder what order the three words should come in, but often have no choice in the matter…If you believe in any or all of them and know Islam gives you the right to enjoy, even savor them… If you feel like you’ve failed your parents...If sex has been scary and filled with guilt for way too long…If you’ve stained your sheets and now you wonder what’s next?... if you have forbidden loves…if your body is someone else’s battleground…if you have (or think you have) been sexually assaulted…if fear, sex, and guilt have been twisted in your heard for far too long… if you risk so much of yourself and your safety to express love…if wherever you turn people try to marry to you off to a “handsome doctor/lawyer/engineer”…If your heart is in the right place, but your mind and body wonder……If you’ve asked many questions to which there were no answers...your expression is welcome here

Types of Submissions: Stories (fiction or non fiction); Poetry; Artwork, Photography, Visuals; media reviews; Articles, profiles, interviews; booklets, tip sheets, flyers and pamphlets; Any other form of personal art or writing

Confidentiality: Submissions will not be reprinted without the author's permission. You can use your first and/or last name, a pen name, or even remain completely anonymous. We want you to feel safe in making a contribution.

Send us your submissions, questions, resources, information aqsazine@gmail.com

Peace, love and hugs, AQSAZINE Team

P.S. The launch for AQSAZINE Issue #1 is happening in Toronto, Ontario on Feb 26th at the Toronto Women's Bookstore.


“Once They Hear My Name” – Desk Copy Available

”Once They Hear My Name” is a step forward in our collective understanding of the cultural hurdles international adoptees tackle every day. In their own words, the nine Korean adoptees of ``Once They Hear My Name’’ talk about how they became the adults they are today, speaking candidly about acceptance and rejection, about life struggles and successes, about experiences unique to each yet connected by common threads. At their core these stories chronicle adoptees’ ongoing, and often difficult, quests to discover who they are. Growing up, they initially viewed themselves as typical American kids at home with baseball, pizza, playing with dolls and the rest. But often their peers - and sometimes members of their own families - saw them as strangers, good targets for ugly stereotypes. Many of the nine adoptees chronicle their trips as adults back to Korea to find their roots and, in some cases, their birth families. These journeys yield mixed emotional results. The narratives illustrate the wide variety o f ways all adoptees, not just those from Korea, and all Americans with cultural roots in Asia, wrestle with identity issues.

By Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert and Mary Anne Hess. ISBN: 978-0-9793756-0-6 (Paper), 978-0-9793756-1-3 (Hardcover) PRCE: $14.95 (Paper), $20.95 (Hardcover) Tamarisk Books P.O. Box 3006 Silver Spring, MD 20918 tamariskbooks@aol.com www.tamariskbooks.com

Authors: Marilyn Lammert (www.drmarilynlammert.com) is a psychotherapist and healer in private practice and a former university professor. She has taught at Washington University, the University of Maryland, and the Catholic University of America. She and her husband, Paul Carlson, adopted their son, Adam, from Korea in 1983. Adam is one of the book’s nine contributors. Ellen Lee is a licensed clinical social worker. Korean-born, Ms. Lee came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 10. Her interest in Korean adoptees began when she met Marilyn Lammert and her adopted son, Adam, and became involved in their search for Adam's birth family in Korea. Thoug h not adopted, Ms. Lee can relate to the adoptees ' sense of disconnect from their birth country, loss of language, culture and identity confusion. Mary Anne Hess is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. During her 35 years of professional experience, she has specialized in education and family issues. Her work has appeared in newspapers and education and parenting publications across the United States.


Updates on Miley Cyrus’s Insulting Photos

OCA National Center has posted what we hope will be a very important blog entry concerning the recent flood of media coverage around the Miley Cyrus slant-eye photo. It is at this juncture where we have decided to fuel this attention around an educational piece. We believe this is an opportunity for OCA and APA youth to express their views on how America can move beyond these offensive actions. We hope this blog/petition will receive many stories we can collect and add to our educational piece that all OCA chapters will be able to use.

This is an excellent way to motivate OCA Chapters to get involved, and we hope you'll be interested in this important stance. This way we can mobilize efforts to not simply make this a single issue, but one where anyone can get involved.

To recap on what has happened at National concerning Miley Cyrus, here is a timeline of events:

  • On February 2, 2009 a personal photograph of celebrity Miley Cyrus making slant eye poses with her friends was leaked onto the Internet.
  • OCA issued a statement on February 3, 2009, where we stated that we wish for Miley to apologize to the APA community
  • On February 5, 2009 Miley released a lukewarm response on her blog stating, "I've also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I'm sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context!" OCA felt that this was not a really apology and media continued to press for an apology.
  • On February 9, 2009 Miley released an official apology on her website where she stated the following, "I have learned a valuable lesson from this and know that sometimes my actions can be unintentionally hurtful. I know everything is a part of God's ultimate plan, and mistakes happen so that eventually I will become the woman he aspires me to be."
  • On February 11, 2009 a Los Angeles woman has filed a $4 billion lawsuit against Miley's slant eye photograph on behalf of the APA community; OCA is not affiliated with this lawsuit. We are continuing to monitor the media stories to ensure we are not associated with the suit.

Again, we strongly encourage you to visit the blog at http://ocanational.org/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=an-america-free-of-racially-insensitive-gestures.html&Itemid=246 and ask for story submissions from the APA community. And feel free to pass this information along.


Register for the South Asian Summit

The 2009 South Asian Summit is a national convening that brings together South Asian organizational leaders, community members, advocates, professionals, non-profit staff members, lawyers, and students from around the country. At the Summit, we will engage with policymakers; learn about issues of concern in the South Asian community; and strategize around best practices and future collaborations.

The Summit is hosted by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) & the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) at the Washington College of Law, American University, as part of the Founders' Day Celebration.

Three Reasons You Should Attend the South Asian Summit:

  • Gain valuable skills through interactive workshops ranging from spokesperson training and organizing to immigration, gender equity, and human rights.
  • Connect with your representatives and hear about the new Administration's priorities on Advocacy Day (Friday, April 24th)
  • Network with activists, professionals, students, and community members from around the country

Register by March 9th to reserve your space.

Contact Summit09@saalt.org for more information.


The Good, the Bad, and the B-Boys

Fri, Mar 6 and Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at Fur Complex and Star Ballroom Sponsored by SCION!!

After what seems like a scheduling nightmare, the number B-Boy group in the world will be coming to the Washington DC Metro area.

NAAAP-DC is proud to be a community sponsor for a rare 2-show performance of World Champion Breakdance group - THE GAMBLERZ

Featured in the documentary "PLANET B-BOY" and starring in the new Paramount Pictures film "HYPE NATION," The Gamblerz are performing for one weekend only at:

MARCH 6, 2009 Friday 7PM - 9PM at FUR COMPLEX 33 Patterson Ave NE Washington DC 20002 http://www.furnightclub.com/ 18 and over show with an Afterparty til CLOSE!!

MARCH 7, 2009 Saturday 2PM - 4PM at STAR BALLROOM 7203 Little River Turnpike Annandale VA 22003 http://www.starloungeandballroom.com/ All ages show! With picture and autograph opportunities!

Tickets are on sale at http://www.myasia411.com

$35 for either show Earlier Ticketholders may use purchase tickets at either show. Contact min_park@hotmail.com for more details

For Facebook account holders look up "THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE B-BOYS" and find the discount code good for $10 off.


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