Weeklies 4/6/09


Paid Summer Internship with OCA-NY Research from UTexas at Austin ($10-$60 Opportunity)


On the Lives Lost in Binghamton Asian/Asian American Poverty in NYC


V-Day Filipina Women's Network Benefit Asian American Career Development Panel


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OCA-NY Paid Summer Internship

OCA-NY seeks a college or graduate student for a full-time summer internship position to work on OCA-NY projects and initiatives, namely the Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project and the Voter Registration and Education Project.


§ Commitment to social justice issues

§ Experience in facilitating youth projects

§ Ability to work independently

§ Flexible schedule; some weekends and nights are required

§ Must work well with diverse student groups (ethnic, economic, social)

§ Must be a self-starter

§ Must have excellent organizational skills

§ Knowledge of issues affecting New York City under-represented communities

§ Must be available week of May 4 for interviews, either by phone or in person

Stipend: $2,000.00 for the period from May 18 to August 15, 2009

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, current resume and an essay, no more than 500 words as to why you should be selected for this position. Include names and contact information of two references: one from someone who is knowledgeable of your character and leadership skills and one from a professor that has taught you within the last year.

Email cover letter, resume and essay to Michele Lam. Please indicate in the subject line: “OCA-NY Summer Internship - [Your Name].” Applications are due Friday, April 24, 2009, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Due to the large number of expected applicants, we will not be able to respond to each application.

OCA-New York is the New York chapter of OCA (formerly known as the Organization of Chinese Americans), a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well being of Asian Pacific Americans. Its goals are to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment, to promote civic participation, education and leadership, to advance coalition building and to foster cultural heritage.


Research from UTexas at Austin ($10-$60 Opportunity)

Dr. Eun-Ok Im is conducting an Internet study on the physical activity attitudes among diverse ethnic groups of middle-aged women (40-60 Y/O). Our study mainly aims at four ethnic groups [Hispanic, Non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African Americans, and N-H Asians], and we believe that participants will benefit from this study. With more participation, we can get more complete and accurate data and results; your opinions and experiences are very important to us.

In this study, each participant will get a $10 Gift Card for Internet survey, and another $50 Gift Card for online forum discussion (6 months).

We invite you to help our internet study. The survey will begin with a series of eligibility questions. If the study has filled our sampling quota for an individual with your characteristics you will receive a message that states so.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Again, thank you so much for considering this study.


e-MAPA Research Team

Hoon Im, Research Assistant

School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin

1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

E-mail: limhun1234@mail.utexas.edu


On the Lives Lost in Binghamton

The following are a press release from the Asian American Justice Center and a look at the victims of the shootings by the Associated Press:

Asian American Justice Center Mourns Tragic Loss of Life at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y.

Washington, D.C.Early reports indicate that the tragic event in Binghamton, N.Y. was carried out by a lone individual with unknown motives. It is reported that the victims were a group of immigrants taking a citizenship exam at the American Civic Association, which provides services to immigrants and refugees seeking to become citizens and reunite with their families. Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, issued the following statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the Binghamton community. This is a time for our nation to band together and rally around those deeply affected by the tragedy. The facts in this incident have not been made clear and we encourage everyone to not rush to judgment.”

A Look at Victims of the Binghamton, NY, Shootings

A look at some of the victims in the shootings April 3 at the American Civic Association, an immigrant aid center, in Binghamton, N.Y.

Marc and Maria Bernard: The Bernards, from Haiti, were the parents of two young children — a boy in middle school and a girl in elementary school — and had been in their apartment in Endicott, N.Y., for maybe a year, according to neighbors in their complex. They took classes at the immigrant center in the morning and worked in the afternoon — always back in time to greet their children from school. Maria, 46, worked at McDonald's and Marc, 44, had a manufacturing job before getting laid off several months ago. "They were the kind of people you want to have in this country," said apartment manager Leroy Jackson. "They worked hard. They talked to everybody." The Bernards were working to become citizens, he said. They walked with their children all the time and played ball with them, Jackson said. Trouble became apparent Friday when no one greeted the children at the apartment. Neighbor Carolyn Strong said an aunt took the children on Friday. "They were home alone. They were never home alone. The father always met them," Strong said.

Parveen Ali: Ali, 26, of Pakistan, came to the United States in 2001 with her mother and two brothers. She worked odd jobs at a gas station and hotel while trying to get her high school equivalency diploma. She eventually wanted to go to college and become a teacher. She was like a mother to her 24-year-old brother, Nadar Ali. "It's an extreme pain," he said. He described his sister as "like the base of our family. How can I describe it to you? She played a significant role in our family." Ali recently gained citizenship, which allowed her to sponsor two younger brothers still in Pakistan to come to the U.S., said Kaniz Fatima, a family friend. Ali hoped for a reunion that would get them safely from the violent border region with Afghanistan. "All her dreams are buried with her," Fatima said. She liked little children and was the one who pushed Nadar to go to college. The two were scheduled to take a trip to Niagara Falls on Saturday. "I guess we didn't make it."

Lan Ho: Ho, 39, came to America from Vietnam two years ago with her husband, Long Huynh. They were seeking a better life in Binghamton for themselves and their two children. They were taking English classes at the immigrant center when she was killed and her husband wounded. Tina Nguyen said her sister-in-law simply wanted to work. "She just try so hard to learn English so she could go to work and get a better life here," Nguyen said. "But I guess it doesn't seem like a better place here, you know?" On Sunday, the couple's friends and relatives returned to the scene and held an impromptu memorial service, burning incense and reading from a Buddhist prayer book.

Layla Khalil: Khalil, 57, came to the U.S. with her husband and three children after surviving car bombings near her house in Baghdad, her family said Sunday. Her children include a son who is doctoral student at Sorbonne University in Paris, a daughter who is a Fulbright Scholar at Binghamton University and a son in high school. Her husband of 31 years, Samir Khalil, is a linguist who speaks three languages but couldn't find words to describe his pain. "Feeling cannot be expressed about this situation because something unbelievable happened," he said. Layla Khalil was a librarian in Iraq and an avid student of English. She loved coming to the immigrant aid center to learn English and about the cultures of other students. The son in high school, 17-year-old Mustafa Alsalihi, said losing his mother was like losing the love in his life. "The situation in Iraq is dangerous but we came here on the hope we'd be in a better place out of danger. It's peaceful."

Roberta King: King, 72, was teaching English to immigrants at the community center when the gunman invaded her class. Dr. Jeffrey King, one of her 10 children, described his mother as brimming with interests ranging from the opera to the preservation society to her doll collection. She and her husband, the late Dr. Abraham King, sent all their children to college, five of them to Cornell University in Ithaca. Her son remembered telling her in a recent conversation to retire and enjoy herself. "I said, 'Mom you're in your 70s,'" King said. "She said, 'What? You don't think I enjoy working?'"

Dolores Yigal: Yigal, 53, lived in the Philippines and had been in the U.S. for about a year. She immigrated after marrying Binghamton resident Omri Yigal, who had been her pen pal. Her husband said she loved children, raising her brother's daughter in the Philippines and dreaming of working with children here. "She was the most happy when I agreed that she could work. She wanted to work very badly," Omri said. Learning English at the center was part of that goal. He still recalls the first time he visited her in the Philippines. In the picture she had sent him, her hair was curly. But it was straight when they met, and Omri said he was disappointed. She began wearing it curly again.

Maria Zobniw: Zobniw, 60, came to the U.S. from Ukraine as a child and worked as a part-time caseworker at the immigrant aid center. Her husband, Lubomyr, said she was supposed to be off on Friday, but went to the center because someone called needing assistance. "She's Ukrainian, and she knew how difficult it is for people to get adjusted and she knew several languages," he said Saturday, before her death was confirmed. "She saw it as her mission to help." Maria Zobniw attended Harpur College (now Binghamton University) and was active teaching children Ukrainian language and traditions. "Within the family, she was able to hold the nucleus of the family together," Zobniw said. "She was very well read, and having that taken away, it's a great loss."


Asian/Asian American Poverty in NYC

Community in Crisis” – Did you know that 2/3 of Chinese New Yorkers and 9/10 of Bangladeshi New Yorkers are in the poor or low-income brackets? Watch this short video on the Asian/Asian American working poor of NYC.


V-Day Filipina Women’s Network Benefit

What: Performances in collaboration with V-Day's global campaign to end violence against women and girls:

      • The Vagina Monologues
      • A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer

When:   Saturday, April 11, 7:30 pm (one performance only)

RSVP:   - Online - Call 415.278.9410 - Tickets - $38-$88 (VIP); $28-$78 (FWN Members) - Pick up pre-paid tickets at FWN's "Will Call" table one hour before the show.

Where: Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington DC 20566

Beneficiaries: Proceeds of V-Day FWN's Filipinas Against Violence Benefit Performances:

      • V-Day 2009 Spotlight: Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power to Women and Girls of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


Asian American Career Development Panel

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), NAAAP-DC, and Sejong Society are proud to present a career development panel on employment opportunities with the U.S. Federal Government related to Asian Affairs and U.S.-Korea relations.

Forming the panel will be guest speakers from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Commerce, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. Members of the panel will discuss their personal career development experiences working within the U.S. Government on economic, foreign policy, diplomatic, intelligence, and security issues related to Asia.

A reception for all panel speakers and guests will be held following the event.

DATE & TIME: Thursday April 9th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

LOCATION: Johns Hopkins University - SAIS Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Bldg. 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036 (Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle) RSVP HERE TODAY!


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