[] ECAASU [] April Digest

Hey all, Thank you for your applications for ECAASU National. We are all very excited to review the applications and look forward to speaking to you all! Feel free to reach out to us if there are any other questions.

Also, if you had missed the application deadline, you have other ways to get involved with ECAASU National Board. Be on the look out for updates on 2012-2013 Internships and ECAASU Campus Ambassador Program.

Your ECAASU Family

-------------------------------------------- DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS:

Announcements: 1. APIAVote: ECAASU Summer Internship

Opportunities: 2. OCA-NY: Paid Summer Internship 3. Comedy Smack-Down at Queens College: Negin Farsad, Jen Kwok & Sheng Wang 4. NYCAASC 2012: INK: Imagine and Rethink 5. SEARAC: Leadership & Advocacy Training 6. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Fall 2012 Internships 7. Asian Americans for Equality: Seeking Community Organizing Intern 8. Book a Performer for Your School Event: Paul PK Kim


1) APIAVote: ECAASU Summer Internship Deadline: April 19, 2012 Looking for an internship with APIAVote in Washington DC?  Are you located elsewhere but have some time to lend a few hours as a volunteer for APIAVote?  Apply today for APIAVote's ECAASU Internship Program or Volunteer Program!  Learn how you can make a difference in ensuring that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a voice in this election. For more information, click here.

2) OCA-NY: Paid Summer Internship Deadline: April 15, 2012 OCA-NY is a chapter of the OCA, a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization. For more information about OCA-NY, please click here. OCA-NY seeks a college student or recent graduate to work full-time as a summer intern on its hate crimes prevention art project and its ongoing campaign for justice for Private Danny Chen. OCA-NY is a civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the political, economic, and cultural rights of Asian Americans in the five boroughs of New York City. For more info: contact oca-ny@oca-ny.org. Check attachment for more information.

3) Comedy Smack-Down at Queens College: Negin Farsad, Jen Kwok & Sheng Wang Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:30PM Location: Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. Queens College. 65-30 Kissena Boulevard Flushing, NY 11367-1597 Come join the Asian American all-star comedy festival! AAWW favorite  Jen Kwok, the velvety voice that brought Date an Asian and Ballad of the Tiger Mom, will bring her ukulele and extraordinary talent. Relish the sharp stylings of Sheng Wang, who won top honors at NBC Universal's Stand Up For Diversity. Enjoy the brains and beauty behind Nerdcore Rising, producer

Negin Farsad, who has been named one of the top 50 funniest women by The Huffington Post. You'll be treated to three rousing belly-aching sets followed by a moderated discussion. $ 5 suggested donation. Open to the public. More information here.

4) NYCAASC 2012: INK: Imagine and Rethink Date: April 21, 2012 This year the New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC) would like to invite you to ask yourselves "Who are we as Asian Americans?" While often glossed over in history books and lumped together as a group, we are extremely diverse and have been an integral part in shaping American history. Free admission. Register here to attend and/or volunteer and start INKing your own story right now.

5) SEARAC: South East Asia Research Action Center: Leadership & Advocacy Training Deadline: April 29, 2012 SEARAC is now accepting applications for our 14th annual Leadership & Advocacy Training. This training is open to any applicants who are Southeast Asian American or who work with Southeast Asian American communities across the country. The training will be held from July 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The application is available here.For more information visit the SEARAC Leadership & Advocacy Training page. Direct questions to Riamsalio (Kao) at riamsalio@searac.org or by phone at (202) 667-4690.

6) AALDEF: Fall 2012 Voting Rights Internships The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, and community education.  Fall internships are available for college, graduate, and law students in AALDEF’s Voting Rights Program.


Bilingual ability is helpful but not required and languages (if any) should be stated in the resume.  Applicants should also state the number of hours they are looking to contribute per week and a possible schedule.  Send a resume and cover letter to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor New York, New York 10013-2815 fax: 212-966-4303 Email: votingrights@aaldef.org

For more information, please see the attachment. Any questions please contact Chi-Ser Tran at 212-966-5932 orctran@aaldef.org.

7) Asian Americans for Equality: Seeking Community Organizing Intern Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is seeking a Community Organizing Intern to begin immediately and stay on until the end of June 2012. The intern will play a critical role in strengthening tenants’ rights and housing organizing programs in the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, and Elmhurst, Queens.

The intern must commit to 6-10 hours per week (not on Monday or Friday). S/he must be comfortable interacting closely with residents of various communities in Sunnyside, Woodside, and Elmhurst. S/he must have capacity in one or more Asian languages, preferably Chinese or Korean.

The intern should expect to be in the field most of the time. Responsibilities will include: doorknocking and surveying building residents, translating tenants’ rights material into language(s) in which intern has capacity, helping to set up and run housing workshops, assisting in research on neighborhood issues, government programs, city codes, etc. S/he may also be needed at occasional evening or weekend events (about 2 per month). If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter, or direct any questions you might have, to:esther_choi@aafe.org.

7) Book a Performer/Speaker for Your School Event: Paul PK Kim Paul PK Kim is the founder and Exec. Director of a non profit organization and annual Asian talent show calledKollaboration, which now in its tenth year, draws over 20,000 people annually in fourteen cities. He is also the co-founder of LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, a non profit organization dedicated to bring awareness to the needs of North Korean refugees.

PK is the host of All Star Fridays at The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood.  He was the original host of Asian Nights at The Laugh Factory and has hosted the show for eight years. He has brought over 10,000 people to the club, many of them seeing stand up comedy live for the first time.   He has performed stand up comedy at over 70 universities across the United States.

PK stands for Paul Kim and Preacher's Kid. (Preacher's Kids = Problem Kids) He was born and raised in the rough streets of south central Burbank, California. Burbank is Johnny Carson's hood, his earliest inspiration in comedy.

Please contact June at june.kao@ecaasu.org for more information.


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