[] ECAASU [] August Digest + 30 Seconds for Immigration Reform!


Hey fantastic young people,

As many of you know, this past week marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the DREAM Act. As such, we want to highlight a major campaign initiative that the Youth Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) is promoting to help support Comprehensive Immigration Reform and immigrant rights. We are asking everyone to take 30 seconds to sign this digital postcard to show members of Congress the importance of the family immigration system to Asian American communities.

In other news, ECAASU has a lot prepared for the upcoming academic year. In addition to the annual conference, we are excited to launch our Fall 2011 Campus Tour, our monthly giving program, and our Trailblazer award (see below for details!).

Enjoy the last few weeks of vacation,

Your ECAASU Family ---


Announcements: 1. ECAASU Trailblazer Award, Nominations Needed 2. ECAASU joins as a Community Supporter of the Advancing Justice Conference 3. ECAASU Monthly Member Program 4. Fact of the Week Clarification

Opportunities: Internships, Jobs, Events, etc.

5. [Boston] 25th Annual NAAAP National Convention 6. [NYC] Suggestion from National Vice Chair: Check Out Marvels & Monsters Exhibit 7. 7. [NYC] Theater Production and Post-performance Discussion: "Ghost Girl" 8. [National] East West Players Playwriting Competition: Face of the Future 9. [DC] Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) Fall 2011 Internship Positions 10. [Baltimore] Calling All Scientists and Engineers!


1) ECAASU Trailblazer Award: Do you know a student who is paving the way for activism and advocacy in the Asian Pacific American community? The ECAASU National Board is soliciting nominations of students who inspire, educate and empower those interested in Asian American & Pacific Islander American issues. As a new initiative to honor those who whose work fits with our mission and goals, ECAASU has created the ECAASU Trailblazer Award to recognize those students who have significantly impacted his or her community. Every two weeks leading up to the ECAASU 2012 Student Conference at Duke University, a Trailblazer Award nominee will be chosen by the ECAASU National Board as a finalist. At the ECAASU 2012 Conference, all the finalists will be recognized at a reception and the winner for ECAASU's Trailblazer Award will be chosen. The winner of the Trailblazer Award will be recognized at the reception and win a scholarship of an amount to be determined to further his or her education or career aspirations. Students must be nominated by their peers, co-workers or supervisors. For more information or to nominate a student, click here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Fink, Advocacy Coordinator at nicole.fink@ecaasu.org.

2) ECAASU is officially a Community Supporter for the Advancing Justice Conference! The Advancing Justice Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA from October 27th-28th, 2011. To find out more about the conference, click here.

3) ECAASU Monthly Members Program ECAASU National is also proud to have a super team of generous donors who participate in our monthly giving program. Our monthly members pledge to give a fixed contribution (anywhere from ten dollars on up) each month in order to help sustain the projects that ECAASU pursues from year-to-year. Projects that the ECAASU Monthly Members Program support include the National Asian American Honor Society, the ECAASU Trailblazer Award, the 7-City Campus Mixer Tour, and the Campus Ambassadors program.

4) Fact of the Week-Clarification This past week, it was brought to ECAASU’s attention that two of ECAASU’s “Facts of the Week” needed clarification and may have been presented in a misleading way. Correspondingly, the ECAASU National Board would like to issue a statement of clarification for the weeks of June 20th to June 26th and July 4th to July 10th.

5) 25th Annual NAAAP National Convention & Diversity Career Fair Date and Location: August 11-13, 2011 - Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston The National Association of Asian American Professionals proudly invites you to attend the 25th Annual National Leadership Convention and Diversity Career Fair in the Boston area as we explore this year's theme, "Road to Revolutionary Leadership". This year, NAAAP focuses on Slope Climbing, Path Finding, and Game Changing topics, set up to propel each individual to reach his or her greatest leadership potential, regardless of what phase each person is at in his or her life. For those currently in leadership roles, the convention is an incredible opportunity to refine and add to the tools you already possess, as well as a chance for you to mentor and share your experiences with others. For our future leaders, it is an opportunity to build your skills, learn from our leaders of today and build a network of support for your future.For more info visit NAAAP’s home website.

6) Suggestion from National Executive Vice Chair: Check Out Marvels & Monsters Exhibit in NYC Date: May 26-August 19, 2011 The A/P/A Institute in collaboration with the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections is proud to present the exhibition Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 — The William F. Wu Collection at The NYU Fales Library & Special Collections. Over four decades that included some of the most turbulent times in our nation's history, science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu painstakingly gathered an archive of comics distinguished not only by its size and reach, but by its scope: It is perhaps the world's only, and certainly the largest, collection of comic books featuring images of Asians and Asian Americans. Marvels and Monsters draws from this important collection, recently donated with the help of A/P/A Institute to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections. Click here for the blog post on June's reflection.

7) FREE EVENT: Theater Production and Post-performance Discussion: "Ghost Girl" Date and Location: August 18th-21st, The Workshop Theater NYC "Ghost Girl", a movie set during Japan’s occupation of Korea, tells the tale of 13-year old Heewon who is sold into sexual slavery. Visit the campaign site for more info and an extended plot summary: www.indiegogo.com/Ghost-Girl-Play A post-performance discussion (August 20th, 2pm) with the audience, playwright, and panel of asian-american community members about the influence of Han in modern day society. It would be great to get people from student associations in the audience that have a real passion for multicultural experiences to facilitate a lively discussion. If interested please contact Erin Gilmore here at: GhostGirlPlay@gmail.com

8) East West Players Playwriting Competition: Face of the Future Deadline: August 31, 2011 This time around they are particularly looking for plays that explore the reality of multicultural America from an Asian American perspective. For instance, subject matter might include (but need not be limited to) biracial or multiracial identity, clashes or collaborations between cultures, or international/transnational storylines. The prizes are as follows: $5000 First Place; $2500 Second Place; $1000 Third Place. For more info, click here.

9) Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC): Fall 2011 Internship Deadline: September 9, 2011 The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is a 501(c) (3) community-based legal organization that works with low income and limited-English proficient Asian immigrant communities across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The APALRC seeks legal interns/externs for Fall 2011, as well as undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates interested in working in local communities.

10) Calling All Scientists and Engineers! Date and City: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2011, Baltimore Be a part of history and join the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) at its FIRST national conference. At the conference, expect to meet corporate recruiters and students and learn how SASE will help you land your dream job/internship. More information and a list of the major sponsors who will be at the career fair (including Procter & Gamble, General Electric) are all at http://saseconnect.org/conference. If you are interested in starting a SASE chapter at your school or want to speak with some current SASE members, send an email to info@saseconnect.org.


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