Weeklies 3/30/09


2009-2010 UC Irvine Visiting Researcher Award Hope Initiative Scholarship Program


Confirmation of Gary Locke as Secretary of Commerce Ethnic Press Stung by Recession


South Asian Summit – Last Chance to Register Weekend of Celebration of Immigrant Rights


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2009-2010 UC Irvine Visiting Researcher Award

This new award is for those interested in Southeast Asian American research, with a focus on Cambodian, Lao, and Vietnamese American communities. If you have any questions about this award, do feel free to also contact Mariam Beevi Lam (mariam.lam@ucr.edu) or Linda Vo (volt@uci.edu) about this award.


Hope Initiative Scholarship Program

Please pass along this scholarship/internship announcement to anyone you know who may be interested. The scholarship is open to high school, college, or graduate students for the upcoming school term.

This year, we are proud to announce that Hope Initiative, Inc. will award ten scholarships, $1000 each, to ten high school, college, or graduate students. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to apply. Please visit our website for more information regarding instructions for the application process.


Confirmation of Gary Locke as Secretary of Commerce

OCA, a national Asian Pacific American social justice organization, applauds the Senate's unanimous approval of former Washington Governor Gary Locke as this nation's 36th Secretary of Commerce. Secretary Locke becomes the first Asian American Secretary of Commerce and the third Asian American in President Obama's cabinet, joining Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

As the United States responds to the current economic crisis, OCA believes Secretary Locke will foster and promote American economic development at home and abroad. Additionally, OCA is excited Secretary Locke will provide leadership on Census 2010 and looks forward to working with the Census Bureau to ensure that everyone is counted.

Founded in 1973, OCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has over 80 chapters and affiliates around the country. OCA is an official Census 2010 Partner and a Census Information Center.


Ethnic Press Stung by Recession


"Ethnic newspapers are the lifeline for many immigrant communities," said David Lee, a San Francisco State University professor who heads the nonprofit Chinese for Affirmative Action. "The trend of ethnic papers closing or cutting back editorial content or circulation could have very negative effects on voter or civic participation in those communities."

While mainstream newspapers and their readers have migrated online, many ethnic publications have been slow to do so because they lack the financial resources and their readers tend to be older, speak little English and have less access to the Internet. However, a few publications are trying Web-only efforts.

AsianWeek, an English-language weekly that catered to Asian Americans, published its last print edition on Jan. 2. With a circulation of 58,000, it was an influential force in San Francisco culture and politics for nearly 30 years and had subscribers across the country. The publisher laid off the entire editorial staff, but continues to publish online with contributions from freelancers.


South Asian Summit - Last Chance to Register!


April 24th - April 26th (Washington DC)

Friday (4/24) - Advocacy Day & ChangeMaker Awards Reception featuring Sudhir Venkatesh, sociologist & author of Gang Leader for a Day

Saturday & Sunday (4/25 & 4/26) - A full day of workshops, interactive panels, plenary sessions, regional breakouts, and a chance to connect with activists, professionals, students, and community members from around the country. Here are a few sessions that you can look forward to:

  • I Care About the Cause: How Can I Help?
  • Power to the People: Maintaining Civic and Political Participation
  • Community Organizing: Building Mass-Based South Asian Organizations
  • The Faces of Discrimination and Profiling: Emerging Issues and Responses
  • Towards Health Equity: A Blueprint for the South Asian Community
  • Breaking the Silence: Strategies For Community Outreach
  • Educational Equity: Trends Affecting South Asian Students
  • Community-Driven Media for Social Change
  • This is What Immigration Reform Looks Like: Join the Conversation
  • Getting Your Message Out: Tips from Ethnic and Mainstream Media
  • Get Trained To Become a Better Spokesperson For Your Cause
  • Language, Rights, and Community

More information about workshops and speakers will be posted on the SAALT website shortly.

The South Asian Summit is a two and a half day convening with skills-building workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities, hosted by SAALT and the South Asian Law Students Association (American University Washington College of Law).


Weekend of Celebration of Immigrant Rights – Chicago!

Friday April 10: Immigrant Rights Community Action! Join with Good Friday Walk, organized by: 8th Day Center for Justice 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at downtown Chicago Map We'll assemble at Financial Plaza (Clack & Jackson) around 12:30 PM for the Immigration part of the walk.

Friday – Saturday April 10 – 11: National Immigrant Rights Film Festival Over dozen highly acclaimed immigrant rights films! Friday April 10 6:00 - 10:30 PM Film Festival Opening and Meet with Producers! Made in L.A. Children in No Man's Land A Forgotten Injustice Saturday April 11, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM Film Festival Schedule

Friday – Sunday, April 10 - 12: National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference

Saturday April 11, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM: Immigrant Community Town Hall and Cultural Festival and Immigrant Conference Benefit After Party Key Note Speaker: Kim Bobo - Executive Director Interfaith Worker Justice After Party Performer: ReadNex Poetry Squad


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

http://cognac.com/35-interesting-and-fun-alcohol-facts/ - The link says it all. Too bad they don’t cite their facts; I’d like to confirm some of these! The comments are interesting, too.