Weeklies 11/25/2009

Attention all you ECAASU people. Please send me your events, news, to-do's, quirk articles you read, and jobs/ opportunities so I can add it to the weeklies! We want to provide the best information out there, and this is an awesome way to publicize your findings!

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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 lwentz@adage..com

Contact: Laurel Wentz, lwentz@adage.com

2010 SFIAAFF Student Delegate Program

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is proud to continue its annual STUDENT DELEGATE PROGRAM. Aimed to engage students with Asian and Asian American cinema, the program strives to cultivate the next generation of scholars, artists, administrators and activists invested in the field of Asian American media.

Deadline: December 31, 2009

How: Download application here

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My First Protest: Asian Americans and Activism, Part 1

Bao Phi: "I reached out to several local and national Asian American activists and asked them to write about their first protest.  Protest could be broadly defined as an action to stand up for what you believe in, and did not necessarily mean picketing or marching."

Museum of Chinese in America opens in New York

The exhibits, which narrate 200 years of struggle for the Chinese in the United States, puncture old stereotypes and some that still lurk.

“Hookin’ Up” with Mariko Izumi

Interested in hooking up with Mariko Izumi? So are a lot of people. Which leads to this, here.

A Fast Chat with John Cho of 'FlashForward'

John Cho is on a career roll. Best known as Harold, half of the horny, dope-smoking, White Castle-seeking duo in the "Harold and Kumar" films, the 37-year-old Korean-American actor landed two plum parts this year.

The LUMINA Series Continues!

UCLA: Dr. Tritia Toyota's new book, Envisioning America: New Chinese Americans and the Politics of Belonging

Envisioning America is a groundbreaking and richly detailed study of how naturalized Chinese living in Southern California become highly involved civic and political actors. Like other immigrants to the United States, their individual life stories are of survival, becoming, and belonging. But unlike any other Asian immigrant group before them, they have the resources—Western-based educations, entrepreneurial strengths, and widely based social networks in Asia—to become fully accepted in their new homes.

Nevertheless, Chinese Americans are finding that their social credentials can be a double-edged sword. 

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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, michael.liu@umb.edu

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, derek@apiavote.org


Chinese Author Describes Horrors of Cultural Revolution

Chinese-American author Nien Cheng, whose best-selling book "Life and Death in Shanghai" described her imprisonment and torture during China's Cultural Revolution, has died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 94.  Her book, published in 1987, chronicled life in China when Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong tried to purge his rivals and reassert power. "It is a powerful story about the dignity of the individual and the power of the individual even in the face of totalitarianism, even in the face of terrible persecution, which included in her case being jailed for six and a half years and having her daughter killed as a result of not admitting to something that she never did."

Was President Obama’s visit to China productive for the United States?

An editorial in the Christian Science Monitor explores the two sides of this issue. Do you have any opinions?

API Community Least Affected by Recession

While the entire American population has felt the effects of the recession, the Asian American community has escaped with the lowest unemployment rates of any group. Check out the graph with information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information on East West Magazine, click here.

The Persistence Of Racial Achievement Gaps

Inside Higher Ed has an article today by Prof. Thomas Espenshade of Princeton and Alexandra Radford, a research associate in postsecondary education with MPR Associates Inc. in Washington, calling for “a new Marshall Plan” to study and address the persistence of large racial achievement gaps.