ECAASU October 2009 Weeklies

Hey Everyone!
What did you do this past weekend? I don't know about you, but I know what ECAASU National Board was doing. Attending either the Boston Asian American Student Intercollegiate Conference (BAASIC) at Northeastern University or the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) at the University of Florida. To Boston and Florida we went! October 10, 2009.
Did you guys come? If not, dang you missed out. Sorry. We had these awesome mixers hosted by ECAASU at the end of each conference too! Chatted with some awesome people while eating free food. What can be better than this?! Enlighten me.
OH WAIT. But here's your chance. ECAASU is hosting another mixer!! And it's coming up IN TWO WEEKS! (... at Calvin's apartment-- I guess some people will know of him). Interested in coming? All is welcome, but make sure you RSVP here: THANKSS! =)

-- TO DO --

Call Your Senators: Urge Them to Reject Vitter Amendment

As early as Wednesday, October 14, Congress will vote on the Vitter-Bennett Amendment, an amendment that if enacted would doom the 2010 Census. The Vitter-Bennett amendment would require individuals to answer a question on immigration status. This question would  be added to a broad range of materials used for the 2010 Census count. This would adversely impact the census process by including a delay that would prevent congressional and state legislative districts from being redistricted after 2010.

What: Call your Senator today at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose the Vitter Bennett amendment

Why: The Vitter-Bennett amendment would require individuals to answer a question on immigration status. The question is intrusive and will inflame concerns within both native-born and immigrant communities about the confidentiality and privacy of information provided to the government. This will deter many residents from responding, and likely result in an undercount.

When: NOW

Volunteer Attorneys Needed- Asian American Election Protection and Monitoring

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, and translated voting materials were missing. In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund has monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

Who: AALDEF and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) are collaborating to provide attorneys with CLE credits for a training on voting rights law.  

What: Attorneys will also be trained on inspecting poll sites, observing poll worker conduct, and surveying voters on Election Day. Volunteers are needed to administer a multilingual voter survey in 3-hour shifts and document voting problems on Election Day. 

When: November 3, 2009

Where: New York City


Contact: Glenn D. Magpantay,, 800-966-5946

100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States

The nationwide search for the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. is the ultimate showcase of the Filipino American community’s most inspiring individuals in the private and public sector, which exemplify innovation, mentorship, professionalism, gender empowerment and leadership.

To learn more about the Filipino Women's Network (FWN), click here

Check out LUMINA

A new thriller web series called LUMINA made by and starring Asian Americans, Asian Canadians, Asian Europeans, Asians and Eurasians (well I had some Europeans and European Americans in there as well, plus a bunch of Canadians).  The nine part series is available on our website,  And... we have Tim Be Told on the LUMINA soundtrack!

Contact: Director of Lumina,

For more information on Lumina, click here. 

For more information on Rock Ginger, click here.

-- QUIRKY --

Food Crosses Cultures, by Zoe Gorman

Why have Jews and Asians never persecuted each other? Perhaps because they share a craving for noodles.

Cantonese, or Mandarin: The Sound of the Future

He grew up playing in the narrow, crowded streets of Manhattan’s Chinatown. He has lived and worked there for all his 61 years. But as Wee Wong walks the neighborhood these days, he cannot understand half the Chinese conversations he hears. Cantonese, a dialect from southern China that has dominated the Chinatowns of North America for decades, is being rapidly swept aside by Mandarin, the national language of China and the lingua franca of most of the latest Chinese immigrants.

New Look at History of Chinese-American Filmmakers

Our view of Chinese American contributions to films in the early days of Hollywood is often enforced by the stereotypes enforced by early films such as Charlie Chan and Dr. Fu Manchu. A new exhibit at The Chinese American Museum will introduce visitors to Chinese and Chinese-American film artists through the decades who have triumphed as well as struggled with an industry often ignorant of race.

It's called Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection, based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, "Hollywood Chinese" by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Arthur Dong.

Apparently, October 1 was "China's National Day" in the state of Georgia

-- EVENTS --

22nd Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon

For more than 20 years, Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program has brought together caring and committed individuals to work toward ending homelessness in the Washington , D.C. metropolitan region. In one day you can impact the lives of more than 12,000 people affected by homelessness in our area by joining tens of thousands of walkers taking part in the 22nd Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon on Saturday, November 21. Your efforts can help end homelessness for our most vulnerable citizens.

When: Saturday, November 21, at 8:15AM for T-shirt & registration

Where: Smithsonian Mall, side entrance of the Natural History Museum

Cost: As guests of Fannie Mae employee Ru Fan, no participation fee to OCAW-MD members and friends AND Fannie Mae will donate $50 towards the cause for each guest participant by signing and bringing the Guest Waiver

RSVP: to by November 18


For more information on the Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon, click here.

A Perfomance by YouTube star: Gabe Bondoc!

CAAM and Poleng Lounge collaborate once again to bring you a very special evening with YouTube star  Who: Gabe Bondoc

When: Thursday, October 22, at 9PM

Where: Poleng Lounge, 1751 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA

Cost: $10 General Admission, free for CAAM members

To learn more about the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), click here.

To learn more about Gabe Bondoc, Youtube him here.

ARISE: An Annual Benefit Dinner and Performance

A dinner and performance (including FR3SH and ill-Literacy) by the Tau Chapter of Kappa Phi Lambda at Columbia University. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Becky's Fund-- a non-profit organization devoted to ending domestic violence. Maybe you can go after the NYC ECAASU dinner mixer!

When: Saturday, October 24 at 6:30pm

Where: Columbia University

Cost: $10, including 2 raffle tickets + afterparty ticket

Contact: Corrine Fukayama,

To learn more about Becky's Fund, click here.

To learn more about Columbia University Kappal Phi Lambda, click here.

The Rise of Asia’s Future Elite: China and India

With rapid innovation, a major force in economic growth, experts believe that the “rise” in economic power of China and India will transform the 21st-century global economy. What does it take to be a part of this astounding opportunity? While these answers are not simple, NAAAP Philadelphia is proud to showcase “The Rise of Asia’s Future Elite: China and India” symposium which aims to explore the global stature of China and India, and to provide deep insights from seasoned executives who have worked closely with these markets.

Who: Louis D’Ambrosio - Former President and CEO of Avaya, Sr. IBM Executive, Neeta Bhasin – President and CEO of ASB Communications, Ajay Dhaul – Vice President of Business Strategy, Johnson & Johnson, Sarita Maheshwari – Sr. Manager, Accenture, Shat Lwin – Sr. Vice President, Bank of America, Fred Teng – CEO of NewsChina, and more!

When: Saturday, October 24 from 9am to 3:30pm

Where: Doubletree Hotel, 237 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: $10 by October 16, $20 after; see website for details-- price discount for members of co-sponsoring organizations 

Contact: Steve Suh,

For more information about the National Association of Asian American Professionals, click here.


ECAASU is proud to announce a partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. ECAASU Civil Rights Taskforce Chair Derek Mong, a former intern at APIAVote, has been working extensively with APIAVote over the course of the pass several weeks on organizing efforts to expand the Youth Census Advocacy Project (YCAP), an initiative started during his internship striving to promote Asian American participation in Census 2010 through outreach to the nation's Asian American network of student leaders. ECAASU is pleased to be partnering with APIAVote on this shared endeavor and looks forward to the months to come building up to Census Day, April 1, 2010!


YCAP is currently recruiting application for its national board and regional director positions. Applications will be available shortly.

Contact: Derek Mong,

-- NEWS --

WASHINGTON-- Today, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, an executive order established a decade ago by President Bill Clinton to improve the quality of life in underserved AAPI communities through increased participation in federal programs. the Initiative "will work to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs through increased access to, and participation in, Federal programs in which they may be underserved. In addition, each will work to advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis for AAPI populations and subpopulations."

To view the transcript of President Obama's speech, click here..

For more information on APIA Vote, click here.

Be the Change, SAALT's National Day of Service: Nearly 3,000 volunteers around the country marked Saturday, October 3rd by giving back to their communities . Students, retirees, professionals and community members participated in service activities in Atlanta, Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC, as well as over 50 other cities and campuses. SAALT's Be the Change National Day of Service takes place annually near Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Join them next year!

For more information about South Asian Americans Leading Together, click here.


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