ECAASU Nov (1) 09 Weeklies

Hi guys-- another Weeklie. Weekly? (Sp?). I think I like weeklie better, op, new word. So guess what? I received an e-mail asking why these things are called weeklies even though we only receive in bi-weekly. WELL, MISTER. I swear, there's a method to my madness. These things are, in fact, published weekly! DID YOU KNOW THAT? It's sent bi-weekly to your inbox, but I kinda don't wanna spam you or make you think damn, ANOTHER one?? already?? time to unsubscribe so weekly these weeklies are published on ECAASU's website, so check them out! There's awesome stuff on the site. Leave comments, introduce yourself. We're all one big happy groupie!

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New Service Offered for Students in Conjunction with NAAAP Philadelphia

Students- Got a job interview coming up? Need practice? Why not try a mock phone interview. Simple, easy, QUICK. Invaluable. 

Don't have the interview yet? Gotta spice up that resume, we'll give you tips! Submit your resume for review, and you'll receive expert opinion from someone in the industry for which you are looking. 

Contact: Kristy Leong, VP of Education for NAAAP Philadelphia,

For more information on the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), click here.

Think Your Work Could Be the Multicultural Agency of the Year?

Ad Age is now welcoming submissions for Multicultural Agency of the Year. Any agency doing primarily U.S. Hispanic, African-American and/or Asian-American work is eligible to enter, and the winner will be profiled in the Jan. 18, 2010, issue of Ad Age along with theAgency A-List

Due: November 30, 2009

Final Deadline: December 4, 2009

Where: Submit entries to

Contact: Laurel Wentz,

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NONE OF Y'ALL have sent me anything quirky. Please do so soon.

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OCA - APIA U Leadership 101 Training

The interactive college leadership training program involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators. The one day training assembles students from each region and focuses on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for change.

When: November 14, 10am to 6pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania, LGBT Center

Cost: FREE


Contact: Camden Lee, or Rohan Grover,

For more information on OCA, click here.

PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival

Join the AAWW for PAGE TURNER, a two-day literary palooza that’ll bring together more than thirty writers, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Ondaatje, David Henry Hwang, Hari Kunzru, Ed Park, and Porochista Khakpour. This quirky but curated festival will also feature a former Chinese rocket factory worker, poets making video art, ukulele-strumming comedian Jen Kwok, Indian crime fiction, panels on internment and immigration, and a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.

When: November 13-14, 2009, for times- refer to website

Where: Locations around New York, NY, see website for details

Cost: Varies by events/ speakers. See website

BASICALLY, just peruse the website. It'll give you all the information you need to know. Sounds like an awesome event!

Contact: (the website). But also, Ken Chen,

For more information on the Asian American Writer's Workshop, click here. <-- this link is different!! =)

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.

Asian Americans in New England Research Initiative

The Asian Americans in New England Research Initiative (AANERI) is a region–wide network to support and generate research about the Asian American communities in the area. AANERI includes a network of scholars and students from local institutions. It's goals are to identify available sources of information and data on Asian Americans in New England, publish research and information guides, and support and encourage researchers in studying local communities.

To request membership into the network: Click here

Contact: Michael Liu,

TURNING POINT 1977 First of 50 Films to Premier at Chinese American Film Festival


UPDATE: An update from the Census Project

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. We are looking for interested organizations to partner with us as well as dedicated Asian and Pacific Islander American student leaders to advocate for Census awareness.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to become active in your community and have a say in how the government affects you!


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

Contact: Derek Mong,


Will New York’s Chinatown get its first Chinese American City Councilperson?

While Asian-Americans make up roughly 4 percent of the nation’s population, they have been slow to win office on the national or state level. They currently hold only 1 percent of the seats in Congress, the Action Fund notes. Chin is one of three AAPIs positioned to win seats on City Council, and John Liu, the Democratic nominee for comptroller, is likely to be elected as the first Asian-American to win a citywide office. Check out this blogger's opinion that "The first crucial step for Asian American Pacific Islanders to get more visibility in the U.S. is to just cast that ballot. Then volunteer for community boards, then run for elected office. Until we fill the pipeline and get comfortable within the workings of Democracy, we’ll never be represented accurately at the top levels."

YES: Chinese-American wins seat in NYC's Chinatown

New York City's Chinatown has elected its first Chinese-American to the City Council in a year when local campaigns have energized Asian voters. Democrat Margaret Chin had 86 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. In Queens, Republican Dan Halloran beat Democrat Kevin Kim, who wanted to become the council's first Korean-American member. Halloran had 52.5 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

About 12 percent of the city's 8.3 million residents are Asian.

Top civil rights attorney promises increased enforcement of discrimination laws

The nation's top civil rights attorney vowed Friday to step up enforcement of laws against housing bias, hate crimes, racially targeted predatory lending and other discriminatory acts in what he called a new era of "transformation and restoration."

Thomas Perez, U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights, also said during a keynote address to an Asian Pacific American civil rights conference in Los Angeles that he would "depoliticize decision-making" and work to restore trust between career attorneys and political appointees in the Justice Department.

Historic Hate Crimes Legislation Signed Into Law By President Obama

Earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. This important legislation deters hate crimes by expanding federal protections and giving state and local law enforcement the tools to prosecute hate crimes based on disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 

The bill will supplement the current federal hate crimes law, in place since 1968, which authorizes federal aid in cases of hate crimes committed because of a person’s race, color, religion, or national origin.

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Kayleigh Huang

Ps. I received fan mail! It made me happy haha.