BIMONTHLY JUL 28 2010

B I M O N T H L Y 28 July 2010

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ECAASU National Says

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Dear ECAASU members,

I am back from South Africa! Thank you Finance Chair, Kayleigh Huang, for helping out!

We are so grateful you are reading the Bi-Monthly! I look forward to sharing more information! If you have any suggestions PLEASE feel free to correspond. If you would like any information featured, contact me at communications@ecaasu.org.

Also, spread the word and tell your friends to SUBCRIBE at www.ecaasu.org (top right!). Looking forward to seeing you at the ECAASU 2011 Conference at UMass Amherst!

Lorenzo Paglinawan, Communications Chair (Virginia '12)

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and ECAASU ADVOCACY
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Advocacy Factsheet — Women’s Issues

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sian-American women have become the most at risk ethnic group to experience suicide and domestic violence. CNN reports “model minority” expectations and family pressures for success as factors in leading Asian-American women to high rates of depression, starting as young as the fifth grade (read the article below). According to studies, family pressure often affects girls more than boys because cultural expectations limit the freedom of Asian women to go out with friends and do the kinds of things most teenagers growing up want to do. The American view on body image and success puts Asian American women at low self-esteem and a high pressure to achieve. Furthermore, one-sided communication from parents to children and fathers to wives create roadblocks for healing. Many Asian American families hold negative views towards counseling and therapy that hinder APIA women from seeking help.

Disparities affecting young women affect future mothers and ultimately future families. The progress of women necessitates contributions from both genders. Too often, men underestimate the importance of their involvement in empowering women, such as in efforts for lowering domestic violence. Educating both genders about the issues that women face will contribute towards breaking the downward trend in gender relations and strengthening a climb towards family relations.

ECAASU hopes to reach out towards more young high school and collegiate APIA women to dispel issues in self-esteem and family pressures, and to bridge role models for inspiration and empowerment. APIA college students of both genders will also become more aware of how to stop depression, verbal and physical violence from affecting our community.

ECAASU hopes to create long-term progress among APIA college students—the future of Asian American families. We strive to break destructive trends towards domestic violence and body image, to give APIAs the resources to be better future adults for leading successful and fulfilling lives.

Read the CNN Article Here: "Push to Achieve"

Issues & Areas of Focus

Some AAPI women’s issues that ECAASU National hopes to tackle this year include, but are not limited to:

A. Outreach to Young Women—empower confidence, leadership, and community.

B. Confronting Domestic Violence—raising awareness of changes that both men and women can take

C. Addressing Health Concerns and Social Pressures—openly discussing mental health, parental conflicts, sex, and body image.

D. Push for Ratification of Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Legislations—such as CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 186 countries have ratified the treaty, leaving seven: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, the United States, Nauru, Palau, and Tonga.

E. Collaborate with National Organizations— such as, but not limited to NAPAWF, APIAHF Institute on Domestic Violence, Sakhi, Aspire, and DVRP to bring expert speakers, create engaging workshops, and empower collegiate students to take greater action.

Additional Resources

National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum  (NAPAWF)—Research Issue Briefs and Factsheets on Reproductive Justice and Leadership Development

Aspire—APIA Women Leadership through: AA Women in Leadership Conference, Youth Leadership Program, and Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

Asian/Pacific-Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)Common Myths on Domestic Violence

APIA Institute on Domestic Violence—Research Factsheets and Statistics on Gender and Sexual Violence

CEDAWFacts about CEDAW and global violence against women and girls

National Asian Women’s Health OrganizationResources for Mental & Reproductive Health and more.

Interesting Feminist Bloggers

News feeds that will keep you up with the latest Asian American media, and links to many more blogs

3 Disgrasian

3 Degenerasian

3 Reappropriate

3 Nikkei View

Want to Get Involved?

If are you interested in getting involved with AAPI women’s issues, please contact ECAASU National’s Advocacy Chair on Women’s Issues Dara Chen at womens.advocacy@ecaasu.org.

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OPPORTUNITIES

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDY

1. I am hoping that my research can later lead to the implementation of specific interventions aimed to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors of sexual coercion which could hopefully lead to reduced rates of sexual coercion within the Asian American population and worldwide hansenk@fit.edu (Survey)

2. In order to participate, you must be Asian or Asian American and be at least 18 years old. If you would like to participate in my study, please click on the link below and you will be directed to my online survey:(Survey)

It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.  You will receive $10 in VISA gift card

INTERNSHIP

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (Link)

Minority Business Development Agency U.S. Department of Commerce Internship

Our agency is currently recruiting interns for the fall of 2010.  Attached please find a listing of our available internships for that time frame.  There are currently (5) offices with internships available and the backgrounds vary depending upon the office.

The process for selection requires that all interested students forward their cover letters, resumes, and writing samples to me at lpurnell@mbda.gov.  I will then forward their applications to the office that they are interested in working for.  If a conditional offer is made, I will contact the student and email them a listing of documents to be completed by either themselves or the school.  Upon receipt of the documents and successful background check, MBDA will extend a firm offer.  Firm offers will NOT be made until completion of a successful background check. We are beginning the recruitment process now to allow enough time for completion of background checks prior to the arrival the student.

Student Eligibility: The prospective student must

  1. Be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited institution and recommended by a school official.
  2. Be at least 16 years old.
  3. Be a United States citizen.
  4. Meet the Department's policy on employment of relatives.
  5. Pass a background check & meet security or fitness requirements. (includes fingerprinting)

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at (202) 482-3102

OCA National Internship Facebook Fundraiser (Link)

OCA National Center Communications/Membership Intern

Description: OCA National Center is seeking current undergraduate students interested in a paid internship for Fall 2010 (August-December). The selected intern will work directly with the Member Engagement and Public Policy Program Associate on communications and membership programming. POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Last day to apply is August 13th.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, two references, 500 word writing sample, and graphic design sample if available to Lan Nguyen at lnguyen@ocanational.org or OCA National Center 1322 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036.

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EVENTS

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SERCAAL

The Univ. of Florida (in Gainesville) is hosting the largest Asian American SE regional conference in the US! Featured workshop facilitators will include Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang (Exec Director of Boat People SOS) and Dr. Ethan Nguyen from University of Pennsylvania.

We're hosting it from Oct22nd-23rd, but early registration ends August 8th for only $35

http://sercaal.net/

Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Link)

NAAAP National Convention August 12 - 15 (Link)

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NEWS & ISSUES

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EDUCATION

Advocates Work To Develop Asian Pacific American-serving Higher Education Sector (Link)

Spreading the Word on Asian American Diversity (Link)

The Model Minority Myth applied to Asian-American Health (Link)

National Asian American, Pacific Islander Advocates and Education Leaders Convene to Address Higher Education Needs of Students (Link)

US High Schools with highest Asian American enrollment (Link)

POLITICS

Kagan: Will she bring diversity to the bench? (Link)

County's HIV/AIDS efforts criticized (Link)

California Congressman Michael Honda Calls for More Asian American-Themed Stamps (Link)

Asian American Civil Rights Groups Announce Co-Branding (Link)

More Asian Americans Recruited in U.S. Army (Link)

Glenn Beck Attacks the Bad Old Unions: The Chinese Must Go! (Link)

First Chinese American Woman Appointed as Chief of Criminal Division in DA’s Office (Link)

Washington deputy mayor a Filipina (Link)

White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders to Hold News Conference (Link)

Obama pushes to diversify federal courts, but it's a slow process (Link)

http://www.raceethnicity.org/

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QUIRKY

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International Acts featuring Hannah Zarate Youtube (Link)

vincent WHO? (Link)

Shyamalan film puts white actors in Asian and Inuit roles (Link)

DramaFever Bringing Hit Filipino Teleseryes to American Viewers (Link)

Jeremy Lin works out with NBA teams (Link)

Steven Low's one-man show tackles Asian American romance (Link)

Unexpected Harmony (Link)

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CONTACT US

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Do you want your information or suggest any news, events, opportunities that would be beneficial to Asian American awareness?

Email me contact information, website, and a few lines detailing your news at communications@ecaasu.org.

Sincerely,

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