Sunday, June 7, 2009

ICIRR AmeriCorps Position

f you know of any people who'd be interested in an AmeriCorps spot with ICIRR, please pass this along.

As early as June 1 we will have an opening here at ICIRR for an AmeriCorp Member. I’d really like to reach out to young adults who are familiar with immigrant communities, outgoing, and bi-lingual in any language representing a sizeable immigrant community here in Chicago (Arabic, Hindi. Urdu, Russian, Polish, etc). I’m attaching the job description. The person has to be a Legal Permanent Resident or US Citizen. Let me know if you have youth who might be interested. I’d love to get someone who is already familiar with the work of ICIRR’s members.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Title: Immigrant Family Resource Program AmeriCorps Member: Outreach Specialist
Make a difference by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency for diverse immigrant
communities. Work with organizations across the state providing community outreach.
Organization and Program Description: ICIRR is a 23-year-old membership
organization composed of over 100 dues paying organizations whose mission is to
promote the full and equal participation of immigrants and refugees in the political, civic
and economic life of our diverse society.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Immigrant Family
Resource Program is a unique-in-the nation partnership between the Illinois Department
of Human Services (IDHS), ICIRR, and ethnic community-based organizations across
Illinois. Over the past nine years the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) has
excelled in educating and providing access to immigrant families needing safety-net
services like Food Stamps and Medicaid through case management, professional
interpretation and translation, and referral services.
IFRP partners with 40 ethnic organizations across Illinois; operates in 52 languages,
mainly Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese, and
Urdu; and reaches people from 80 countries of origin. IFRP reaches Metro Chicago’s
diverse immigrant communities including Latino, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean,
Arab, South Asian, Eastern European, African, and Refugee groups; Suburban Cook and
Collar County growing immigrant communities; and rural Latinos in Central and
Downstate Illinois. This access has proved vital in integrating immigrant families into
the fabric of our state.
Position Description:
The primary goal of the IFRP AmeriCorps Partner is to increase access to and
participation in specific safety-net programs through improved community outreach. The
specific programs and outreach topics include Health Programs, Food Stamps,
Employment Assistance, and Work Rehabilitation depending on eligibility of individual
community members. The Outreach Specialist will be supervised by the IFRP Program
Associate and Program Director.
The full time Outreach Specialist will be primarily responsible for ensuring Partner
outreach is successful and will do so by:
• providing ICIRR created materials for outreach and education;
• monitoring and evaluating current outreach events conducted by IFRP Partners;
• maintaining bi-weekly record keeping and reporting of partner outreach and
effectiveness (based on new cases, information and referrals);
• assisting with day-to-day project operations including data collection and reporting;
• inter-program planning and coordination, information dissemination to grantees and
between agency partners (including limited work on IFRP page of website);
assisting with in-service training opportunities for project grantees;
participating in bi-weekly ICIRR staff meetings.
The Outreach Specialist will be based out of the ICIRR offices in downtown Chicago but
will travel to outreach events in the Metro Chicago area and sometimes in other parts of
• Demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse constituencies with
differing interests and needs;
• Access to car (mileage will be reimbursed);
• Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Ability to balance time between field work (outreach) and administrative work;
• Experience with Excel and Microsoft word;
• Detail oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and
complete them in a timely manner;
• Some knowledge and awareness of immigration law and policies, and experience
working with immigrants and/or refugees preferred;
• Desire to work in social service or community organizing;
• High school degree or equivalent required; some college preferred;
• Ability to write clearly in English;
• Preferably bi-lingual in English and language of one of the target communities:
Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Polish, Korean, French, Hindi, or Urdu.
Additional Details:
As an AmeriCorps Partner, the Outreach Specialist will receive a modest living
allowance, health insurance, and an education award of $4,725. The one-year position
begins June 1, 2009 with 5 days of training and will be completed on May 31, 2010. This
AmeriCorps position at ICIRR is arranged with the Logan Square Neighborhood
Association (LSNA). The AmeriCorps Partner will receive some training with the other
LSNA AmeriCorps Partners.
Send Questions and Resumes with Cover Letter to:
Jennifer M Kons
55 E Jackson Blvd, #2075
For Information on AmeriCorps visit
Chicago IL 60604
ICIRR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

SAVE THE DATE: Asians with Disabilities Community Forum June 12th


Asian Americans with Disabilities
Community Forum and Dialogue
Friday, June 12, 2009
1pm - 3pm

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654


Last year, DHS launched an effort to understand the gaps in services
and needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities who
require state services. As part of this effort to identify these needs,
DHS is working with Professor Rooshey Hasnain of the University of
Illinois at Chicago to co-host a community forum and dialogue around
issues of disability, access, and cultural awareness in Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities.

Short presentations will be given by UIC Honor's Program students.
Please see the attached flyer and agenda. Some topics that will be
covered include:

* Mental Health in the Asian American community
* Deafness and cultural understanding in the Asian American community
* Family support in the development of adolescents with disabilities

Please mark your calendars!

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Kriti Festival of S. Asian Arts and Literature -- registration / schedule now available

The third Kriti Festival of S. Asian Arts and Literature will take
place this June 11 - 14, at UIC and Roosevelt University. The
festival features Guests of Honor Amitava Kumar, Bapsi Sidhwa, and
Romesh Gunesekera, along with more than fifty other authors, dancers,
actors, and musicians. There'll be two theatre performances
(including a performance of _Yoni Ki Baat_, the S. Asian version of
the vagina monologues), two nights of dance and music performances,
and more! A full schedule is available here:

Registration is free for UIC students, faculty, and staff, but we do
strongly recommend that you register in advance, in order to ensure
your space is reserved. Details are available here:

And please do help us spread the word, to your family, friends, and colleagues!

- Mary Anne Mohanraj

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Executive Director, DesiLit,
Executive Director, SLF,

6/14/09: A Special Qawwali Concert with Faiz Ali Faiz at Old Town School of Folk Music

Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Presents: A Special Qawwali Concert with Faiz Ali Faiz

Sunday, June 14, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL

Contact Info: | 7734344626

On Sunday, June 14th, 2009, IMAN will embark on an exciting endeavor with the Old Town School of Folk Music to host a special concert with the renowned Qawwal, Faiz Ali Faiz and Party from Pakistan!!

Qawwali is a Sufi devotional vocal music with a dynamic musical tradition that stretches back over seven centuries, and Faiz Ali Faiz is one of its current leading voices. Faiz Ali Faiz comes from a family of qawwals from seven generations. Born in 1962 in Sharaqpur, Pakistan, Faiz Ali started his professional singing career in 1978. Faiz Ali learned classical music with Ustad Ghulam Shabbir Khan and Ustad Jafar Khan and received qawwali training with Masters Muhammad Ali Faridi and Abdur Rahim Faridi Qawwal. He practices the doaba style from eastern Pakistan.

Faiz's voice is characterised by its large range and a specially rich tone which reminds us of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who has been his revered inspiration and whose compositions he enjoys singing. Faiz Ali Faiz is considered by many to be the great new voice of Qawwali, winning the BBC's World Music Award in 2006. He has also been highlighted in the media for his collaborations with flamenco musicians and more recently, gospel singers.

Produced in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, a Chicago landmark in outstanding world music, we hope this event will further promote our belief that the arts are a critical tool for cross cultural communication and mutual understanding.

Do not miss this!! Tickets are only $20!! You can either purchase tickets online: or by calling Old Town's box office at: 773.728.6000

Thank you to our sponsors:
East-West University

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UCLA: Professor Valerie Matsumoto Promoted to Full Professor

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Department are very pleased to announce that our invaluable colleague, Professor Valerie Jean Matsumoto, has been promoted to Full Professor, effective July 2009. Professor Matsumoto holds a split appointment in UCLA's History Department and the Asian American Studies Department, and is actively involved as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Asian American Studies Center.

A graduate of Arizona State University (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D. History). Professor Matsumoto has had a distinguished career that has already spanned over 20 years at UCLA and hundreds of undergraduate and graduate mentees. Her book, Farming the Home Place, is widely regarded as a classic in Japanese and Asian American community studies. She also co-edited (with Blake Allmendinger) Over the Edge: Remapping The American West. Her newest book manuscript, which focuses on (second-generation Japanese American) Nisei women's social networks before, during, and after World War II, is a timely, innovative study which promises to be as influential as its predecessor. Dr. Matsumoto also continues her on-going research projects on Asian American History; U.S. 20th Century, Women's History, and Oral History..

Professor Matsumoto is also one of UCLA's stellar instructors. She was the inaugural recipient of the C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2006, as well as the recipient of the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. She has chaired or been a member of hundreds of senior theses, MA theses and doctoral dissertations, and the students she has mentored are faculty members across the nation, award-winning writers, and leaders in the community and society.

During her UCLA career, Professor Matsumoto has also contributed to the Asian American Studies Center by serving as guest editor of several special issues of Amerasia Journal, Associate Director of the Center, organizing conferences and events, and chairing selection committees. She also has been an active leader in the Asian American Studies Department, and was Vice Chair of the department and a member of a number of committees. She is also an active volunteer with many local and national museums, historical societies, and other organizations and institutions.

Take the Kids to the Philippines for a Day - at Navy Pier's Chicago Children's Museum

Take the Kids to the Philippines for a Day - at Navy Pier's Chicago Children's Museum

Thursday, June 11
Saturday, June 13
Sunday, June 14

Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

Bring the family and experience the wonders of the Philippines, as the Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) features the Philippines during its "Passport to the World" series.

The Museum will host displays of Philippine crafts and exhibits, as well as interactive productions by native performers and artists, during the weekend of June 11-14, 2009.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 13, 2009 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Sunday, June 14, 2009 12:00pm - 4:30pm

The CCM's "Passport to the World" series showcases the arts and traditions of Chicago's many ethnic groups to provide opportunities for museum visitors to better understand Chicago's unique multicultural community. Previous "Passport to the World" exhibits showcased Chicago's Korean, Persian and American Indian communities.

This will be the second time that the series celebrates the Philippines. The weekend celebration begins on Thursday evening, June 11, 2009. The exhibits and performances will then continue Saturday and Sunday (June 13-14).

On Thursday evening, both the Children's Museum and the opening reception are free to the public. Although there is no extra charge for the Passport to the World: Philippines event on Saturday and Sunday, attendees must pay the regular CCM entrance fee.
The event will include a variety of fun "hand's on" programs for kids.

"We're very proud and excited to have this opportunity to share our culture with our greater Chicago community," said Ruben Salazar, chairman of the planning committee for the program. "Our local Filipino-American community is the second largest Asian American group in the metropolitan area. It's a great opportunity for uniting the many Filipino-American organizations and individual Pinoys throughout the Chicago area."

Volunteers and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the steering committee for more information on how you can help make this celebration a success.

This event is a collaborative program by FAN, Samahang Kapatid and other Filipino American organizations.

For more information, go to

LGBTQ Immigration

Hello CAPACD members,

Congratulation on the 10th year anniversary and growing stronger!

Since immigration is one of the issues that NCAPACD is supporting/taking, I'm writing in hopes to gain NCAPACD support in one of presssing issue the Filipino Community is being faced with: Immigration rights of LGBTIQ

On Friday, April 3, 2009, Shirley Tan was threatened with deportation and separation from family which included her life partner, Jaylynn “Jay” Mercado, her 12 year old twin sons, and Jay’s 76 year old mother, of whom she was the primary care giver. Tan was unable to be petitioned for U.S. citizenship by her life partner of 23 years, Mercado, because the U.S. federal law does not recognize their union as a family based on their identification as women and their partnership as lesbians. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-D) was able to postpone her deportation until April 22, 2009.

Senator Feinstein introduced a very rare private bill on behalf of Shirley Tan; Shirley will not have to leave the USA for now and hopefully never. The essence of its introduction is that Tan does not have to leave the USA on May 10th, in terms of the voluntary order issued by DHS. This enables her to stay in the USA, legally, until the private bill passes ( a rare occurrence)- and if it does not come up for a vote then she can stay for the duration of this Congress’s session, which has approximately a year and nine months left. However Shirleys ultimate saviour will be UAFA and nothing else!

This is unbelievably miraculous and indeed an extraordinary measure on behalf of the family. This also gives all our wonderful activists, LGBTIQ organizations, and community supporters an opportunity to hit the streets, the phones, the faxes, the e-mails, the blogs etc. and to fight like crazy for the Uniting American families ACT (UAFA) – in truth the only real long term option for Shirley and the 40,000 other couples/families in this dire situation.

A few articles are link below to give you Shirley Tan background/story and what's happening at the White House:

So, when we talk about Immigration, please don't forget the LGBTIQ community and include them in the advocacy efforts. All the help and support NCAPACD can provide is greatly appreciated.

In solidarity,

Angelica Cabande

SoMa Community Action Network (SOMCAN)

Director of Organizing

415.202.5689 direct office

Saturday, June 6, 2009

NAPAWF Applauds Introduction of the Reuniting Families Act; Act Now to Show Your Support

NAPAWF Applauds Introduction of the Reuniting Families Act

Today, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), along with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act. This important piece of legislation contains practical solutions for allocating visas more efficiently, alleviating lengthy wait times that keep families separated for years, and decreasing measures that prevent close family members from obtaining visas. The bill also has provisions for eliminating discrimination in immigration law against same-sex permanent partners and their families who are seeking to reunite.

There are currently 5.8 million people in the family immigration backlog, and nearly half originate from Asian countries. Family members in China, India, and the Philippines face some of the longest waiting periods-sometimes waiting up to 22 years before reuniting with their loved ones. API women and girls apply for family-based visas more than any type of visa. In 2004, 69% of all female immigrants received their permanent residency through the family-based immigration system. Women were 38% more likely to obtain legal permanent resident status through a family-based visa than men.

The Reuniting Families Act contains provisions that will alleviate wait times and decrease obstacles to immigrant family members seeking to obtain a visa by:

· Recapturing family and work visas that have gone unused and unclaimed due to bureaucratic delay;

· Classifying lawful permanent resident spouses and children as "immediate relatives" and exempting them from numerical caps on family immigration;

· Increasing per country limits from 7% to 10% of total admissions to remedy long backlogs;

· Allowing orphans, widows, and widowers to immigrate despite the death of a sponsoring relative;

· Recognizing the sacrifices of Filipino service members by exempting children of World War II Filipino veterans from numerical caps;

· Treating stepchildren and biological children equally under immigration law; and

· Allowing same-sex permanent partners to sponsor their foreign partner for a permanent visa.

NAPAWF praises Congressman Honda for recognizing the importance of family unity. Families that rely on the legal immigration application process should not be punished by excessive wait times or administrative inefficiencies before being reunited. In addition, NAPAWF believes that all families deserve equal treatment, and we commend Congressman Honda for addressing the injustice same-sex transnational families face under current immigration laws. Discrimination against one type of family hurts our entire community.

ACT NOW to Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the Reuniting Families Act!

A system that keeps family members apart hurts everyone. We need your help to remind our elected officials that it is time to reunite family members in a timely and humane manner. Legislation that supports family unity is a critical building block to comprehensive immigration reform that will help repair our badly broken system.

We must ACT NOW to make sure that the Reuniting Families Act gets as much support as possible from Members of Congress! They need to understand family immigration is a key part of immigration reform!

There are three QUICK ACTIONS you can DO TODAY to support family unity:

· Call NOW to urge your Representative to cosponsor the Reuniting Families Act! Contact the Capital Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be directly connected to your Representative. (If you don't know who your representative is you can find out here)

Call your representative:

"Please co-sponsor the Reuniting Families Act and help reform our outdated family immigration system that is keeping 5.8 million family members separated from their loved ones. Currently, the wait for a family immigration visa can span decades, which is a lifetime for the spouse, child, or parent of a hardworking immigrant. As an Asian American/Pacific Islander, I am especially concerned that family members from Asia and immigrant women are disproportionally hurt by inefficiencies in the system. It's time to update the family immigration system to reflect the needs of our society today."

· To endorse this legislation as an organization, contact Parag Mehta at

· Forward this message to 10 friends immediately and urge them to participate.

Together we can repair the broken immigration system and help families be together! Thank you for your support.

Click here for more information about the Reuniting Families Act or contact Priscilla at

AAI Community Organizer job posting: application deadline June 19


Job Posting: June 3, 2009

The Asian American Institute was established in 1992 as a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building. AAI is seeking a full-time organizer to develop leaders to address issues impacting Illinois’ low-income and marginalized Asian American populations.

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs


* Lead and manage AAI’s community organizing program:

· Build and maintain relationships with Asian American community organizations and leaders,

· Work with Asian American community organizations to identify leaders and issues,

· Develop leaders by providing training workshops and conferences, including AAI’s annual Asian American Leadership Forum,

· Work with leaders to develop and implement organizing campaigns, including AAI’s current immigration reform campaign and its August 2009 Asian American Town Hall Meeting,

· Conduct outreach to elected officials and governmental agencies about AAI's campaigns and efforts to create policy change,

· Collaborate with AAI’s affiliate organizations (Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific American Legal Center),

· Prepare program-related written reports, meeting summaries, press releases and other materials,

· Manage and supervise any organizing-related interns and volunteers, and

* Assist with program-related development; work with AAI’s development staff to maintain relationships with current funders and to help identify and build relationships with prospective program funders;
* Assist the Director of Programs with other tasks, as assigned.


* Experience working with Asian American communities,
* Experience in community organizing strongly preferred; experience in developing campaigns and strategic planning is an asset,
* Commitment to social justice and civil rights,
* Excellent written and oral communication skills,
* Ability to work independently, think creatively and prioritize multiple tasks,
* Openness and ability to adapt and respond to changes in the environment,
* Ability to work collaboratively with multi-ethnic, multi-generational or multi-sector communities,
* Bilingual skills in English and an Asian language are an asset,
* Flexible working hours including some evenings and weekends, and
* Reliable transportation required.

START DATE: July 2009 / as soon as possible

SALARY/ BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include health insurance coverage.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as soon as they are received. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by June 19, 2009, to Joanna Su, Director of Programs at the address below, via snail mail, fax, or email (

AAI is an equal opportunity employer.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Register ASAP for the 2009 Congressional Democratic Leadership AAPI Summit - REGISTRATION IS LIMITED

***Please note that we are very close to reaching the full capacity for this event, at which point,
registration will close. ***

Congressional Democratic Leadership and
the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus host the

2009 Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit

Restoring Our Economy:

Recovery and Reinvestment in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Senate Russell Caucus Room

The Democratic Leadership AAPI Summit will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include: an opening session, policy panel, discussions with senior House and Senate staff and a networking reception.

To register, please log on to:

If you have questions, please call:

Eloy Martinez,, Associate Director of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee at (202) 224-7864, or

Gloria Chan,, Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at (202) 225-2631.

We look forward to seeing you on June 3rd at this important event.

*Limited Space Available. Registration May Close Early.*

Brought to you by: The Office of Senator Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Sierra Club Job Opening - Associate Washington Representative, Responsible Trade

Thought I'd share info on a job opening in my program. Though resumes should be sent to the address below, feel free to send along suggestions/good candidates directly to me, or contact me if you have any questions.



Karin Lee
Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program

Phone: +202-548-6587

Associate Washington Representative

Sierra Club, a leading national grassroots environmental organization, seeks an Associate Washington Representative for our Responsible Trade Program. The Associate Washington Representative collaborates with the Associate Director of National Campaigns, the Responsible Trade Senior Representative and volunteer leaders to design and implement campaign strategies for the advancement of clean, green and fair trade policy. Responsibilities include representing the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, and other organizations as well as coordinating and training volunteer leaders, generating outreach materials for use in public policy and education campaigns, and creating demand for action on the part of federal, state and local officials.


- B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies/Science, Political Science, or a closely related field

- 1-2 years experience in the environmental field that includes research, campaign organizing, and media relations

- Knowledge of international trade agreements and global justice issues

- Prior experience and knowledge of the national legislative process

- Familiarity with national environmental and labor coalition partners
- Excellent verbal communication skills including interest and experience in public speaking

- Excellent writing and editing skills including demonstrated aptitude for the production of popular education materials including newsletters, web-content, fact-sheets and reports

- Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in cultivating and working with volunteers

- Ability to travel as needed

- Valid driver's license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required

- Proficiency in Spanish or other foreign language desired.

Please send resume, cover letter and writing sample indicating interest in the position to: To ensure proper routing of your application, please specify job code "Associate Washington Representative, Trade–IDDC" in the subject line.

To view your job description and our other job opportunities, please visit

Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical / dental / vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan

Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

Taiwanese American Summer Camp Season

Hello friends of

Yay! We recently surpassed 3000+ members on our Facebook group!

We've basically doubled our reach in 6 months! So, thanks to all of you for joining our Taiwanese American community network and for continuing to invite your friends and family! My guess is that we can reach 5000 by year's end with your help!

So, in this edition, I'm pleased to talk a little about what got me interested in building community in the first place! Taiwanese American youth summer camps!

Some of you know I grew up in the Midwest in the suburbs of Chicago where Asian Americans were relatively few in numbers (at least back in my day). When I was first introduced to the week-long Taiwanese American Foundation summer camp (originally in Michigan) where fellow 2nd generation youth could meet, have fun, build leadership skills, and develop a strong sense of identity and pride, that experience changed my life forever. During the 1990's, I spent a good part of that decade helping to run grade school and youth programs for TAF and TAC on the east coast. Nowadays, all the kids I worked with back then have grown up, and naturally, I've been drawn to the next level - speaking at collegiate conferences and building the young professional network.

Out of this extension of community, I created to capture and highlight all the wonderful events and organizations that have evolved as community has grown too. The age range of the audience is wide. Many of you are still in high school and college, and others of you have been working professionals for quite some time. I know we also have many parents, both 1st and 2nd generation, tuning in.

All of you, I know, have some connections to younger Taiwanese Americans out there - whether they're family members, relatives, or friends. I hope you might consider inviting them to join in on one of the summer camps taking place all across the country in the coming months. It's an experience they'll probably never forget, and in the end, it makes our community a lot stronger. I should know; I used to hop around from camp to camp, and you'll find me at many of them today still!

To highlight a few:

Taiwanese American Youth Leadership Camp in the SF Bay Area
June 18-21, 2009 @ Headland Institute, Marin County (north of SF)

TAA South Summer Conference
June 26-28, 2009 @ Dallas Fort Worth Airport Marriott South

Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) Summer Camp
July 2-5, 2009 @ Villanova University, outside of Philadelphia, PA

Southeast Taiwanese American Association Summer Camp (SETAA) in Florida
July 3-5, 2009 @ Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center

Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) Summer Conference
July 26 - August 2, 2009 @ Manchester College, North Manchester, IN

Leadership & Identity Development (TACL LID) Camp in Southern California
August 5-9, 2009 @ Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA


If you're a college student or young professional looking to contribute to these camps, either financially or as a staff member, feel free to contact the organizations directly. Or inquire with me, as I know most of the leaders and organizers.

Have a great summer! And I hope to see you around this summer!

Ho Chie Tsai
creator of and Big Kid at heart.

P.S. Check out the latest Spotlight featuring Chris Lin, who also grew up with the Taiwanese American Foundation summer conference. Nowadays, he's building bridges for future generations to learn Mandarin skills through his children's books and preschool TV shows!

Nationwide Conference Call w/ Konrad Ng and Obama Administration Reps on 5/31


On May 31st, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress is hosting a nation-wide conference call with Konrad Ng, the Chinese American brother-in-law of President Obama. It will be a great chance to hear from someone so close to the President and to learn how the President might approach our community. The call will also feature a list of high-profile Asian Americans in the Obama Administration, including Asst. Secretary for Veteran Affairs Tammy Duckworth, Executive Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Tina Tchen and Director of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Sonal Shah.

All the details are on our website (, but basically it would be gathering a few friends, family members and/or co-workers together and then calling in and listening to the speakers. (You can serve light snacks or make it a potluck.) After the call, you can have a group discussion on the issues you think matter, not just on a national level, but also locally. We'll then record these thoughts and share them with the Obama administration. It will be a chance to have our collective voice heard.

Please let us know if you'd be interested in hosting or attending a party. For more information, please email Curtis Chin at

Sunday, May 10, 2009

AAPCHO Seeking Program Assistant (Oakland, CA)

Please see below for information on AAPCHO Program Assistant job qualifications and how to apply:

Position: Program Assistant
Salary: $32-35k (1.0 FTE)
Start Date: Immediate
Deadline to File: Until filled

Application Procedures:
Send resume to: AAPCHO
Hiring Committee
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612
Fax: (510) 272-0817


Email resume to: pa-hiring@aapcho. org

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the AAPCHO Director of Programs, the Program Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to program staff and to the Director. Areas of responsibility include the following:
1. Assisting with event planning (e.g. national conferences, meetings, trainings, teleconferences) ; coordinating logistics for travel, lodging, meals, equipment, and speakers
2. Providing administrative support to the Director and program staff, including drafting correspondence, scheduling meetings, copying, faxing, filing, and phone calls
3. Managing systems for organizing project records, organization files, educational materials, research literature, and contacts
4. Assisting in the compiling of reports, presentations, proposals, and other major documents
5. Assisting in developing fact sheets, policy briefs and other products relevant to AAPCHO programs
6. Assisting with communication with AAPCHO Program Advisory Committee, funders, and partners;
7. Assisting in responding to requests for technical assistance and training, e.g. the dissemination of educational materials or referrals
8. Assist in advocacy activities promoting the mission and vision of the organization.
9. Assist in maintaining and updating website
10. Represent AAPCHO at conferences, coalition meetings and other events.
11. Contributing to the development of a team effort encouraging growth, professionalism, and active participation of all staff
12. Performing other duties as requested by the Director of Programs or Executive Director

Required Qualifications:
1. Bachelor's degree in health related field or commensurate experience
2. Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
3. Knowledge and understanding of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander community health issues
4. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills
5. Strong MS Office skills
6. Ability to work comfortably with non-profit, government and corporate representatives
7. Ability to thrive within a fast-paced, team-based office

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Demonstrated experience in event planning and coordination
2. Demonstrated experience with website management
3. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander community health issues
4. Knowledge of public health and the U.S. community/migrant health center system

Interviews will be granted according to the qualifications of the applicant. AAPCHO is
an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary ranges from $32-35k and includes generous benefits package.

Organizational Description:

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health organizations (AAPCHO) is a national association of community health organizations serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations across the United States and its territories. AAPCHO’s mission is to promote advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improve the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders within the US, its territories and freely Associated states, primarily through our member community health clinics. Our vision is to establish a standard of excellence for community-based health care that is equitable, affordable, accessible and culturally and linguistically appropriate to the people we serve.

Tien Teng :: Communications Specialist
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-272-9536 x112 Fax: 510- 272-0817 Email: tteng@aapcho. org

Our Health is Our Strength


We're the hosts of a new desi radio show based in Chicago called Radiostan. Each month, we feature stories, interviews and music about the South Asian American community. The show broadcasts on the second Sunday of each month at 8pm on 88.7 WLUW Chicago and can also be podcast from our website:

In past months we have covered:

Episode #4: This Ghostbuster Stuff ... black magic and the supernatural.
Episode #3: Brother/Hood ... masculinity and friendship.
Episode #2: Dreams ... on the heels of Obama's inauguration, personal and political dreaming and scheming.
Episode #1: Names & Naming ... the meaning and politics of naming.

Featuring interviews with Leela Gandhi, Vinayak Chaturvedi, C.M. Naim, Priya Jha, Prakash Desai, Manan Ahmed and many more.

We'd like to invite you to listen and subscribe to our podcast online at

Questions, comments and story ideas can be directed to

Radiostan out...

CACF Job Opportunity: Youth and Parent Program Coordinator


The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children in New York City. Founded in 1986, CACF advocates for improved policies, funding, and services for children and families of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander backgrounds. CACF is seeking a full-time Youth and Parent Program Coordinator to oversee our high school youth advocacy program (ASAP) and our parent education and mobilizing program (POWER).

Job Responsibilities

1. ASAP (Asian American Student Advocacy Project): Coordinate leadership and advocacy training program for a diverse group of Asian Pacific American public high school students. Refine curriculum and facilitate sessions during summer institute and school-year program. Recruit and retain students. Train high school students to research community needs, develop policy recommendations, mobilize classmates for school campaigns, and deliver briefings to decision-makers. Mobilize students to attend meetings, hearings, and press conferences with elected and appointed officials. Recruit, support, and communicate with Advisory Board.

2. Project POWER (Parents Organized to Work for Equal Rights): Coordinate parent education and parent mobilizing program for a diverse group of Asian Pacific American parents. Develop easy-to-understand, linguistically appropriate brochures and fact sheets on the school, child welfare, and health care systems. Educate immigrant parents on their rights in these by scheduling and conducting workshops at partner agencies, sites of worship, after school programs, community centers, and ESL sites. Train a diverse group of parents on community organizing, advocacy, public speaking, policymaking, and politics. Prepare and coordinate parents to speak at hearings, events, press conferences, media interviews, legislative visits, and lobby days.

3. Policy Advocacy: Support policy advocacy efforts of CACF, including membership meetings, legislative visits, and budget vigils. Coordinate ASAP youth and POWER parents to participate in policy advocacy efforts implemented by other CACF staff. Develop partnerships with Asian Pacific American community organizations and leaders, immigrant advocates, and children’s agencies. Testify at hearings, speak at press conferences, implement advocacy campaigns, and participate in advisory boards, as needed.


1. Commitment to Asian Pacific American communities, children’s rights, and CACF’s mission.

2. Master’s degree with 2 years experience preferred or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years experience required.

3. Expertise in community organizing, youth development, and/or parent education.

4. Knowledge of education, health, child welfare, youth development, immigration, and racial issues.

5. Excellent speaking, writing, presentation, and critical analysis skills.

6. Capacity to break new ground, to lead, to innovate, to take risks, and to take public stances on issues.

7. Ability to work with a diverse staff and flexibility to work on multiple tasks under pressure.

8. Background in program development, intern supervision, and fundraising preferred.

9. Strong PC, Microsoft Office, and Internet skills.

10. Ability to write and speak an Asian dialect preferred but not required.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits. Four weeks vacation plus 20 holidays, 12 sick days, and 5 personal days per year. Pre-tax deduction for 403(b) plan and Metrocard.

Interested candidates should send a résumé, 4-5 page writing sample, and cover letter with salary history and requirements via fax 212-785-4601 or email No phone calls, please. You will be contacted only if you are invited for an interview. For further information about CACF, please visit our website at CACF is an equal opportunity employer.

UIAAAN Dim Sum Lunch Social

UIAAAN Dim Sum Lunch Social
The University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network invites the Class of 2009 along with Asian American alumni and friends to a Dim Sum lunch in Chicago's Chinatown. Come learn about UIAAAN, meet the new board, learn how to stay involved and connected and network with current members.

The event is at Mountain View Chef in Chinatown Square at 2168 S. Archer Ave at 11:00am on Saturday, June 20. $10 per person, free for kids 12 and under. Open to all University of Illinois Asian American Alumni and Friends. Please RSVP through Facebook or our online reservation.

4/30-5/23: Unveiled, a one woman show at 16th Street Theater

by Rohina
Directed by Ann Filmer
April 30 - May 23, 2009

Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 5:00 PM & 8:30 PM

Preview: Thursday April 30 at 7:30 PM
Press Opening: Friday, May 1 at 7:30 PM
VIP Opening: Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 PM

Tickets: $16 Buy Online Now
Group discount for 8(+) For info on group tickets call (708) 795-6704

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.
Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show.

Rohina is a writer and actress who specializes in solo performance. She was born and raised in London, England, and draws upon her Indo-Pakistani heritage for inspiration for her art. She performed at Live Bait Theater's Fillet of Solo, and workshopped Unveiled with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

For more info go to:

UCLA: Amerasia Journal: Call for Abstracts --"Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire" Publication Date: Spring

Amerasia Journal: Call for Abstracts
"Transoceanic Flows:
Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire"
Publication Date: Spring 2011

Consulting Guest Editor: Keith L. Camacho, Assistant Professor of Pacific Islander Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Department. He is the author of Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory and History in the Mariana Islands (Forthcoming, University of Hawai'i Press) and, with Setsu Shigematsu, co-editor of Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (Forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). Camacho is also a new member of Amerasia Journal's editorial board.

Amerasia Journal Editor: Adjunct Professor Russell C. Leong, English and Asian American Studies, Project Director of U.S./China Media Brief ( Amerasia Journal, published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, has been the core scholarly journal in the field for 40 years (

Review and Publication Deadlines:

Due date for 2-page abstracts: September 1, 2009
Due date for final papers: June 1, 2010
Publication date of issue: Spring 2011

Send copies of abstracts to: Keith L. Camacho and Russell C. Leong Inquiries and abstracts will be reviewed by the editors, and the authors will be notified.

Amerasia Journal invites contributions for a special issue on "Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire." As the majority scholarship reveals, studies about Pacific Islanders and the American Empire often invoke anthropological and area studies notions of culture and identity, theory and history. Hawai'i receives the most attention among these studies, advancing Kanaka Maoli articulations of sovereignty on the one hand and normalizing Hawai'i as the locus of overseas American Empire on the other. For reasons having to do with the perceived boundaries of the "American Pacific," interdisciplinary debates about the "native," and imperial erasures of indigenous memory and history, few scholars have ventured beyond Hawai'i and taken stock of Pacific Islanders engagements with American Empire in Micronesia and in the continental United States. This issue calls attention to these Pacific Islander interventions and to the ways in which they inform and are informed by the politics of ethnic studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, race studies and sexuality studies.

What is at stake, then, in Pacific Islander interventions across the interdisciplinary paradigms of "Asian American Studies," "Native American Studies" and "Pacific Islander American Studies?" How do Pacific Islander epistemologies and methodologies reckon with the qualifiers "American," "Asian," "Native" and "Pacific" in contemporary academic, community and policy discourses? What kinds of intellectual projects and political coalitions might be realized, furthered or diminished by these interdisciplinary trajectories, and why?
The editors seek to feature indigenous and international scholars who examine Pacific Islander classes, cultures, genders, identities, races and sexualities across American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Hawai'i, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. Essays on Pacific Islander settler and mixed-race communities in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington are also welcome, as are commentaries, interviews, original artwork, photography, and poetry.

"Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire" thus solicits 2-page abstracts which address the following questions:

(1) How do Chamorros, Chuukese, Fijians, Kanaka Maoli, Kosraeans, Maori, Marshallese, Palauans, Pohnpeians, Samoans, Tongans and Yapese, among other Pacific Islanders, construe "class," "gender," "indigeneity," "race," and "sexuality" across the United States, and why? In what ways do these "keywords" advance or restrict indigenous vernaculars of self and other, collectivity and nationality, or spirituality and religion?

(2) What kinds of migrant, indigenous, nationalist and sovereignty, redress, and
land-and-water-rights movements are taking place in America's Pacific territories and in
the broader diaspora? How do the transoceanic flows of capital, ideas, labor, law,
militarism, religion and sports sustain, link, challenge or transform these social
movements? Similarly, how do these movements imbricate with civil-rights and
indigenous-rights discourses? And how do Asian Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders--adopt or reject--the transoceanic configuration of these movements?

(3) How has 9/11 reshaped the ways in which Pacific Islanders engage in American federal, immigration and militarist policies across the Pacific Islands and across settler communities in the United States? How have these American policies redefined American "borders" and American "belonging" across Oceania? Further, how do Pacific Islanders racialize otherness in the wake of 9/11 and in the onslaught of America's War in Iraq, especially in light of increasing Pacific Islander military participation in the War?

The editors also welcome other questions and topics which are not addressed in this call for abstracts. Please direct all inquiries to the editors.

White House Appoints Sonal Shah Head of Social Innovation Office

April 16, 2009
White House Appoints Head of Social Innovation Office

It’s now official: Sonal Shah, former head of global development at, the search-engine company’s philanthropic arm, is head of the new White House Office of Social Innovation.

Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman, today confirmed Ms. Shah’s appointment—which has not been formally announced, although it is an open secret in nonprofit circles. (See The Chronicle’s background article about the new office.)

Mr. Inouye said the new office will fall under the Domestic Policy Council, a body that coordinates domestic policymaking in the White House and is headed by Melody Barnes. He said he could not give further details as the office “has not been rolled out yet.”

Members of President Obama’s transition team proposed creating an Office of Social Innovation to promote government efforts to help innovative nonprofit groups and social entrepreneurs expand successful approaches to tackling pressing social problems.

The office will no doubt be involved in the Social Innovation Funds pilot program that was just created by the Serve America Act, a national-service bill that will be signed by the president next week. The funds, which will be administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will provide money for groups that are “developing innovative and effective solutions to national and local challenges.”

Ms. Shah was a member of the Obama transition project’s advisory board and co-chair of a transition group that made recommendations about technology and innovation, including “innovation and civil society.” She is co-founder of Indicorps, a nonprofit group that offers fellowships to Indian-Americans working on development projects in India.

She has also held positions at Goldman, Sachs & Company, the Treasury Department, the Center for Global Development, and the Center for American Progress.

Jane Wales, director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute, praised the new White House office today in a Chronicle online discussion.

“First and foremost it has the opportunity to encourage public-private partnerships aimed at addressing some of the toughest problems we face at home and abroad,” she said. In addition, “the office can take a careful look at U.S. government policies, including tax and regulatory policies, and determine which policies spur innovation, and whether others might needlessly impede innovation.

“This is not an easy task,” she said. “But the office is led by a remarkably talented person, Sonal Shah. If anyone can do it, she can.”

Special event - Asian American Action Fund Reception May 13th

Special event - Asian American Action Fund Reception May 13th

REMINDER... TUESDAY, MAY 5TH --- LAST DAY FOR SPECIAL RATE FOR SPECIAL EVENT... SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!! Please forward to anyone we may have missed...

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual AAA Fund Reception, held on Wednesday, May 13th.

This special event will be held in the Wasserman Room at the Democratic National Committee. Several new Asian restaurants in the DC area will be showcasing their top dishes. A wonderful array of items will be auctioned to raise funds for this year's local and state races, and Clyde Williams, the new DNC Political Director, will be giving a few words to the APA community for the very first time! Additionally, the event will highlight Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon who is running for Mayor. Last year's event brought out DNC Vice Chair Mike Honda, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen, X-Men star Kelly Hu, as well as a bevy of Congressmembers. This year promises a higher level of star power and we anticipate that many high level Obama Administration officials will be in attendance.

The AAA Fund has a special rate of $45 for friends and family by May 5th. I hope you can attend the wonderful event.

Our discount tickets ($45 for friends and partner organizations, $100 afterwards) expires on May 5. Must donate online at

Please send us an email of your RSVP to If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Caroline Fan at 202.255.9906

We hope you can attend!! It's going to be a great event.
Celebrate the first public arts sculpture
by an Indian-American artist in the United States
"Conversations: Here and Now" by Indira Freitas Johnson

Bring your friends and family to enjoy a free program
organized by the Indo-American Heritage Museum
featuring music, dance and introduction to the sculpture.

(Visitors are invited to a post-event reception for the artist

with a $25 tax-deductible donation to IAHM)

Conversations: Here and Now consists of a central space that's empty, yet full of possibility. This space is created by a circular arrangement of seven chairs intricately carved with words and symbols that are the result of community conversations representative of Evanston's rich history, its diverse customs and ethnicities, its creative energy and its collective hopes and dreams as recognized by its residents.

Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 3 PM
Raymond Park
Corner of Chicago Avenue and Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(In case of rain bring an umbrella)

Please consider a $25 or greater donation to the
Indo-American Heritage Museum and
join us at an intimate gathering with the artist from 4 PM - 7 PM at the nearby home of Surendra and Dorothie Shah
921 Isabella Street Evanston 60201.

Donate online or mail a check to:

Indo-American Heritage Museum
c/o Indo-American Center
6328 N. California
Chicago, IL 60659
For more information call 773.209.8797.

Originally from India, Indira Freitas Johnson has lived in the Chicago area for over twenty years. The influences of her mother, a social activist, and her father, an artist and a follower of Gandhi, have helped shape her life and art, where she continues to explore growth towards a spiritual existence as an individual and as part of the human continuum. Inspired by transitory, ritualistic Indian folk art practices, Johnson addresses issues of labor, domestic violence, nonviolence and health education, adapting them to operate within contemporary experiences. Johnson also serves as founder and executive director of the Shanti Foundation for Peace: Teaching Nonviolence through the Arts and founding board member of MarketPlace: Handwork of India.

The Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM), a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in the State of Illinois, promotes understanding of the diversity, history and culture of Indian Americans. For more information:

Friday, May 1, 2009

AALDEF: New Report on Asian American Voter Discrimination in 2008 Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Glenn Magpantay, Staff Att’y, 917.439.3158
Margaret Fung, Exec. Dir., 212.966.5932 x201

Asian American Voters Face Discrimination in the 2008 Election
New Report Presented to Congress
Report is available online at .


Washington, D.C. … The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 35-year old civil rights organization, today presented Congress with a new report detailing obstacles faced by Asian American voters in eleven states and the District of Columbia in the November 2008 Presidential Elections. The report was delivered at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on “Lessons Learned from the 2008 Election.”

AALDEF’s report, Asian American Access to Democracy in the 2008 Elections, documents violations of the Voting Rights Act and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and other incidents of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement from 52 cities across the country. The report is available online at .

On Nov. 4, 2008, AALDEF monitored 229 poll sites in 11 states - New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Nevada, Louisiana, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia - and conducted a multilingual exit poll of 16,665 Asian American voters. AALDEF received more than 800 complaints of voting barriers, which are described in the report.

AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung said, “In the 2008 elections, Asian Americans faced an array of barriers that prevented them from exercising their right to vote.” Some of the problems encountered by Asian American voters include the following:

** Language assistance, such as interpreters or translated voting materials, if any, was far from adequate. Some poll workers were completely unaware of their legal responsibilities or outright refused to make language assistance available to voters.

For example, at a poll site near Chinatown, NY, only one interpreter was available to assist hundreds of Chinese American voters. A poll site in Dorchester, MA was missing legally required Vietnamese provisional ballots. Boston only had partially translated ballots where candidates’ names were not transliterated into Chinese. Chinese voters had difficulty identifying their candidates of choice. Philadelphia voluntarily provided a language line for poll workers to get on-the-spot assistance for voters. However, during the Presidential Primary Election, poll workers did not know it existed, did not know how to access the line, or the line was overwhelmed and constantly busy.

** Some poll workers were rude, hostile, and made racist remarks. For example, poll workers in New York said they didn’t trust Asian American voters and denied them the right to vote and described them as “terrorists.” A Sikh voter was made to vote by provisional ballot because a poll worker said there were too many Sikh voters and she couldn’t figure out which one the voter was.

** Voters’ names were missing from or had other errors in voter roll books, often due to faulty processing or mishandling of voter registration forms. Many were simply turned away.

** Although HAVA requires that these voters be offered provisional ballots, poll workers denied voters this right. In Lowell, MA, voters were told to go to City Hall. In Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA poll workers would not distribute provisional ballots because there were too few. Voters were turned away and unable to vote.

** Poll workers made improper and excessive demands for identification, misapplying HAVA’s ID requirements. These demands often were made only of Asian American voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Some states that required all voters to provide identification only applied identification checks to Asian American voters; white voters were exempted.

AALDEF sent complaint letters to local election officials that detailed these voting obstacles and offered recommendations for improvements. AALDEF staff attorney Glenn D. Magpantay said, “Vigorous enforcement of the Voting Rights Act is still very much needed.” Copies of the complaint letters were sent to the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation.

AALDEF also made other recommendations to the House Subcommittee during the hearing, calling for legislation to allow for universal voter registration and amendments to HAVA to clarify that voting by provisional ballot should also be used to correct errors and omissions in voters’ registrations, as was recommended by the Carter/Ford National Commission on Federal Election Reform.

In addition, AALDEF will call on the United States Supreme Court to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. On April 29, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a challenge to the constitutionality of the enforcement provisions in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District One v. Holder. AALDEF will be submitting an amicus brief to the Court later this month, detailing results from its poll monitoring efforts over the years. AALDEF’s brief will show how Asian Americans continue to face voting discrimination and how Section 5 is necessary and proper to protect the fundamental right to vote.

In the 2004 Presidential Election, AALDEF polled 10,789 Asian American voters in eight states. Detailed results from AALDEF’s 2008 multilingual exit poll will be announced soon. The co-sponsors listed below worked with AALDEF to mobilize 1,500 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to participate in the 2008 election monitoring effort.

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National Co-Sponsors:
Asian Pacific Islander American Vote
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
North American South Asian Bar Association
Organization of Chinese Americans
South Asian Americans Leading Together

Local Chapters:
APIA Vote - Michigan
APIA Vote - Pennsylvania
APIA Vote - Nevada
OCA: Greater Washington DC
OCA: Northern Virginia
OCA: New Jersey
OCA: Greater Houston
OCA: Greater Philadelphia
OCA: Greater Chicago
OCA: Detroit/ACA
OCA: Eastern Virginia

Local Co-Sponsors:
Asian American LEAD – DC
Asian American Society of Central Virginia
Asian Community Development Corporation of Boston
Asian Pacific American Agenda Coalition – MA
Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia – PA
Conference for Asian Pacific American Leadership – DC
Chinatown Voter Education Alliance – NY
Chinese Amer. Planning Council Youth Services – NY
Chinese American Voters Association – NY
Chinese Progressive Association – MA
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia
Committee of 70 – PA
Filipino American Human Services Inc. – NY
Hunter College/CUNY, Asian American Studies Prog.
Korean American Coalition – DC
Korean American Voters’ Council of NY/NJ
Korean American Resource & Cultural Center – IL
Korean Community Service Ctr. of Greater Wash. DC
Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association – MD
Mass VOTE – MA
One Lowell – MA
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation – PA
Providence Youth and Student Movement – RI
Sikh Coalition – NY
South Asian Youth Action! – NY
U. Maryland Asian American Studies Program
Viet-Vote – MA
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development – MA
Vietnamese Amer. Young Leaders Assoc. of New Orleans
YKASEC: Empowering Korean Amer. Communities - NY

Legal Co-Sponsors:
AU Wash. College of Law, Human Rights Clinic - DC
Asian American Bar Assoc. of Greater Chicago – IL
Asian American Bar Association of Houston – TX
Asian American Bar Association of NY
Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Asian Pacific Amer. Bar Assoc. of Greater Wash.DC
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Assoc. of NJ
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center – DC
Greater Boston Legal Services: Asian Outreach Unit
Indian American Bar Association of IL
Korean American Lawyers Assoc. of Greater NY
Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Muslim Bar Association of New York
South Asian Bar Association of DC
South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey
South Asian Bar Association of New York
South Asian Bar Association of Michigan
U. Penn. School of Law, Public Interest Office
Temple U. School of Law, Public Interest Office – PA
and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
chapters across the country.

Law Firms:
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Clifford Chance US LLP
Constantine & Cannon LLP
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Dickenson Wright PLLC
DLA Piper
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Fried Frank LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
K&L Gates LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Kriti Festival 2009 Invitation

DesiLit presents its third biennial literary festival celebrating the
work of South Asian and South Asian Diaspora writers and artists,
Kriti Festival 2009!

Kriti Festival 2009
Jun 11-14, 2009
Roosevelt University & the University of Illinois at Chicago

The weekend-long festival will feature readings, book signings,
panels, writing workshops and entertainment including theater, dance
and open mic performances.

This year's Guests of Honor are authors Romesh Gunesekera, Amitava
Kumar and Bapsi Sidhwa. Other confirmed panelists include Ru Freeman,
Minal Hajratwala, Mary Anne Mohanraj and actress Sonal Shah from
Scrubs. We hope to have 25-30 writers, artists and dancers
participating as panelists in this year's festival.

Kriti Festival 2009 is co-sponsored by and located at the campuses of
Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Pre-registration Rates:
Kriti 2009 All-Weekend Festival Pass, Thurs-Sun (Adult): $40
Kriti 2009 All-Weekend Festival Pass, Thurs-Sun (Student/Senior): $20
Please note: rates will increase on May 1st

To purchase tickets, merchandise or for more info visit us at:
You can also reach us at

Feel free to pass this e-mail on to friends and family!



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rescue Community Care

Where? Thompson Center, plaza in front of building

100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

When? NOON

Why? Urge Legislators to Invest in Mental Health Services

because – Recovery Rocks!

Who? Everyone who supports adequate funding for

mental health services

Co-sponsored by:

The Mental Health Summit

NAMI of Greater Chicago – (312) 563-0445

The Mental Health America of Illinois – (312) 368-9070

Recovery Rocks!

Imagine Devon - Envisioning a multicultural street

Dr. Arijit Sen and his students from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will present Imagine Devon - Envisioning a multicultural street on May 7th. They will be exhibiting their projects at the local public library (just north of Devon on California).

When: Thursday, May 7th, 2:30 - 4:30 PM.
Where: Chicago Public Library - Northtown, 6435 N. California Avenue, 60645, (312) 744-2292

"The project, Imagine Devon, is an initiative launched by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to gather input from local residents on their dreams for the future of Devon Avenue and the larger West Ridge neighborhood." For more information on the project:

OCA-OC co-presents Film - "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" - 5/2

Please Join OCA-OC for a special screening of…

“Who Killed Vincent Chin?”

OCA-OC is partnering with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to present

“Who Killed Vincent Chin.”

The 25th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will take place during Asian Pacific

Heritage Month from April 30th- May 7th at the Directors Guild of America,

Laemmle’s Sunset 5, Aratani/Japan America Theatre, National Center for the

Preservation of Democracy and Downtown Independent.

For more information about the film, please visit:

WHEN: Saturday May 2, 2009

TIME: 4-6pm

WHERE: Directors Guild of America Theater 2

(7920 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles)

GENERAL Admission: $12

STUDENT Admission: $10

SENIOR Admission: $10

*To purchase tickets please contact Lisa Akiyama at

Founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing

the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA aims to

embrace the hopes and aspirations of nearly 12 million Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

For more information about OCA-OC please visit our website at:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Report Shows Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Have Unique Health Concerns


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April 8, 2009 PR#: COPA09-05



SACRAMENTO, Calif – Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) will unveil the “The State of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Health in California” report on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 10AM. The report was commissioned by Assemblymember Eng and the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus to provide a more accurate snapshot of the social context and health status of AANHPI with relation to other racial groups in California.

This report will provide information needed by primary and secondary care providers, for profit and non-profit organizations, school districts, the faith-based community, law enforcement, and state and local governments in order to provide effective health and mental health services to this emerging and diverse population.

Some of key findings detailed in the report are:

* AANHPIs are the only racial group for whom the leading cause of death is cancer.

* Asian American women have nearly double the rate of non-compliance with cervical

cancer screening guidelines as the overall state average.

* AANHPIs account for the largest proportion of all tuberculosis and chronic hepatitis B

cases in California, with the majority of cases among the foreign-born population.

* Samoan children have the largest percentage (54%) of all children in California whose body mass index (BMI) is not within the Healthy Fitness Zone.

* Koreans have the highest uninsured rate (33%) of any racial/ethnic group in the state –

far outpacing the state average of uninsured adults (15%).

WHAT: Release of “The State of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

Health in California” report.

WHO: Participants include: Asm. Mike Eng, University of California Asian

American and Pacific Islander Multi-Campus Research Program,

California Program on Access to Care, Kaiser Permanente, California

Program on Opportunity and Equality, & health care industry representatives

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2009 – 10AM

Online version of report will be available online at 1030AM

WHERE: Chinatown Service Center
767 N. Hill Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
CONTACT: Annie Lam: Office (916) 319-2049, Cell (916) 955-6766


APALRC Job Posting: Maryland DV Attorney

Job Announcement

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Domestic Violence and Family Law Attorney – Maryland

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) advances the legal and civil rights of Asian Americans in the DC metropolitan area through direct services, education, and advocacy. Within its direct legal services program, APALRC concentrates primarily in the areas of employment, housing, immigration, community development, domestic violence and family law.

APALRC seeks to hire a full-time attorney to provide legal representation to immigrant victims of domestic violence in Maryland. The attorney will focus on supporting and strengthening families through direct legal services and advocacy for broad-based systemic change.

Position Description:

· Provide Asian American victims of domestic violence with linguistically and culturally appropriate legal representation on family law matters and immigration issues;

· Ensure holistic services by working closely with local ethnic-based social service agencies;

· Conduct broader outreach to educate the Asian American community on their rights and resources available to them;

· Collaborate with community based organizations, non-profit organizations and government agencies to address the unique challenges faced by Asian American victims of domestic violence;

· Participate in meetings of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; and

· Expand the availability of pro bono attorneys through collaborations with the South Asian Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Associations of D.C. and Maryland.

Preferred Qualifications:

· 2-3 years of experience in the practice of law, with a demonstrated commitment to domestic violence issues and/or public interest law. Consideration may be given to recent law school graduates who demonstrate exceptional initiative and leadership abilities.

· License to practice in Maryland, or eligibility for special authorization to practice under Rule 15 and willingness to seek admission to practice in the State of Maryland.

· Fluency in an Asian language, preferably Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi or Urdu.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary will range from the mid-$30’s to low-$40’s, depending on experience. Health, dental, life insurance and SMART benefits are provided.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, along with a resume, law school transcript, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and three professional references. Materials can be sent to Marita Etcubañez, Director of Legal Services, by mail or by email to

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please.

APALRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Join us to march on Friday, May 1 for immigrant rights (AAI)


May Day March and Rally for Immigrant Rights - May 1st

Asian American Institute will march in solidarity with our immigrant
friends, loved ones and community members, as we call for a moratorium on
immigrant raids and deportations and for the passing of just and humane
immigration policy.

Join us for this historic day as we urge our elected officials to make just
immigration policies a priority.

10:30am: Gather at Union Park (SE corner of Ashland and Lake St., across the
street from the Green line Ashland stop). AAI will be there with our friends
from KRCC and AFIRE.

11:00am: Participate in an Interfaith Prayer Gathering coordinated by the
New Sanctuary Coalition Interfaith and the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs

12:00pm: March Step off from Union Park

1:30pm: Rally at Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Jackson)

To RSVP, contact April Lewton at or call (773)
710-5479 (If you cannot find us, call the number, which is April's cell)

Save A Mother, 2nd Annual Chicago Fundraiser

Save A Mother, 2nd Annual Chicago Fundraiser
May 2nd, 2009

India Development Service (IDS) Save-A-Mother project aims to minimize suffering and death associated with pregnancy and child birth. We have been working -in partnership with local NGOs - in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Uttar Pradesh is not an isolated location. Many other regions in India and rest of the world are in a similar situation where this program can be replicated.

- Radhika Desai guest appearance, featured on the tv show "Top Chef"
- Anita Oak: performing selections from her album "AniO"
- Effusion: performing Indian flavored jazz fusion
- Comedy Showcase featuring some of Chicago's hottest up and coming comics
- Premium Open Bar
- Hors d'oeuvres to fill your fancy

Date: May 2nd, 2009
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Mars Gallery, 1139 W Fulton Market (3 blocks west of Fulton Market Lounge)

Purchase your tickets online:


As you know, this year's Milestone theme is "100 Stories in 100 Days," stories from Asian American immigrants, which highlight the need for comprehensive immigration reform. In addition, we will be recognizing the following outstanding Milestone Makers from our community:

* Nancy Chen, Regional Administrator, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
* Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran and former Director, Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
* Tran Ha, Editor, RedEye

"100 Stories in 100 Days"
Reflecting on the unique stories from
our diverse communities

Thurs., April 30th
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mid America Club
200 E Randolph, 80th Floor
Tickets: $100 each
Raffle tickets: $20 each

Pride & Heritage - Save the Date for May 2nd!

Please Join Us for Pride & Heritage Celebration on May 2nd, 2009!

Come celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with LGBTQ Asian/South Asian/Pacific Islander folks and allies from the metro DC area. The program will include dinner, performances, presentation of community awards, and a special recognition for founders of our coalition's organizations!


Location: Christ Church, Washington Parish; 620 G St. SE, Washington, DC
Date and Time: Saturday, May 2; 6:30-10:00pm
To purchase tickets, please visit
For more info, please contact

April 11 through midnight April 22 - $15 Early Bird Online Special
April 23 through midnight May 1 - $20 Regular Online
May 2, 6:30pm - $25 At the Door
Tables of 8 can be purchased at 15% off applicable ticket prices through April 24. For more information, please contact Hyacinth Alvaran at 650.353.0978 or

Please note, a cash bar will cater beverages at the event at the following prices:

Mixed Drinks $5
Wine $4
Beer $3
Water $2
Soda $1

We welcome ticketed guests to volunteer May 2nd to arrive early and help setup for the event or stay after to help breakdown and cleanup. Please contact if interested.

We look forward to meeting you at Pride and Heritage Celebration 2009!!!

2009 Pride and Heritage Celebration Committee

Pride & Heritage (P&H) is a coalition of local community-based organizations serving the Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.

Q & (s)A: queer & south asian: a sound documentary

q & (s)a : queer & south asian: a documentary in sound

q& (s)a|‘kwir uhnd south ey-shuhn| n, v, adj.

is an oral history and community building project that documents the stories of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (QLGBT) South Asians. q &(s)a shines light on the growing QLGBT South Asian voices around the world by preserving into a sound mosaic the significant contributions, experiences, and insights of queer South Asians that historically have been ignored. By documenting shared identities, individual and collective experiences, struggles, and stories of community & movement building, q &(s)a seeks to create space across and within borders to share, heal, feel rooted in our togetherness, and so, a place to be different too.

[the process: n, v. though the process is guided by what you’d like to share, it is also an exchange of words, with participation on both sides of the conversation. refer to: for more info or to participate.]

AAPCHO Seeks Senior Policy Analyst (Washington DC)

Please see below for more information on AAPCHO’s open Senior Policy Analyst position and forward through your networks as appropriate:

Quick Overview
POSITION: Senior Policy Analyst,
SALARY: DOE (37.5 hours/week)
LOCATION: Washington, DC
Reports to: Executive Director
DEADLINE: Until filled

AAPCHO seeks a Senior Policy Analyst for its Washington, DC office. The Health Policy Analyst will take a leadership role in implementing AAPCHO’s administrative, legislative and political strategies to further AAPCHO’s mission and goals. The Analyst will work with other AAPCHO staff and Board Members to formulate policy priorities, and develop strategies to advance those priorities, including through Federal legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, and media advocacy. The Analyst will also work to increase AAPCHO’s visibility on Capitol Hill.

Working with a diverse group of experts, researchers, and key policymakers at the federal state, and local levels, the ultimate goal of this position will be the implementation of administrative and legislative activities that results in positive outcomes for AAPCHO members and the communities they serve. During the coming year, this position will concentrate on integrating AAPCHO’s agenda into the federal health care reform debate. Core objectives of the Analyst’s work will be to build and nurture relationships with policymakers and expand the base of support for AAPCHO health policy priorities. The Analyst will also be expected to cultivate alliances with a variety of national and state health partners, and participate in forums and coalitions such as National Association of Community Health Centers, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Out of Many One; National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

AAPCHO provides a team-based environment that fosters a culture of ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and methods, understanding both the specific issues and the larger interrelated systems across the field of health and beyond. The Analyst will work closely with other AAPCHO staff with experience in communications, program management, advocacy, media, fundraising, special events, and marketing.

The Analyst will report to the Executive Director and receive secondary supervision from the Director of Programs. The Analyst will also be expected to work collaboratively across all issue areas with staff carrying out other advocacy activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Maintain relationships and communication with federal administrative policymakers and members of Congress, and AAPCHO and membership staff on AAPCHO policy issues and priorities
* Develop legislative and administrative strategies and conduct advocacy on behalf of AAPCHO membership and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander communities they serve
* Monitor and assess the impact of federal and state legislative and regulatory developments and proposals on AAPCHO membership and the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
* Develop and implement strategies to engage AAPCHO members and relevant partner organizations, community leaders, researchers, health professionals and others in health policy advocacy
* Develop and write policy briefs, alerts, reports and publications
* Maintain relationships and communication with national, state, and local health policy partners who advocate for AAPCHO members and the communities they serve
* Act as a resource for and provide technical assistance to government officials, legislative staff, advocacy groups, health care and social service providers, advocates, community organizations and the media
* Conduct media advocacy and monitor media coverage of health policy issues affecting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
* Provide support, assistance, and guidance on key policy issues to AAPCHO leadership as well as appropriate membership staff

Required Qualifications:

* Bachelors degree required, Masters degree or equivalent in health, public policy, law or related field preferred
* Five years experience in public policy and advocacy, especially health policy, immigrant rights, or civil rights
* Demonstrated knowledge of health policies affecting the Asian American and Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander communities, especially related to health coverage systems
* Demonstrated experience and leadership in the development and implementation of policy advocacy campaigns on either a state or national level
* Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to synthesize and process information for multiple audiences
* Strong self-motivation, independence, and adaptability, including ability to work under pressure and multiple deadlines
* Ability to travel as part of work responsibilities
* Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers, Microsoft programs, experience with databases preferred and experience with texting, chats, e-mails, and other electronic forms of communications
* Demonstrated commitment to Asian American and Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander health and community issues

Send resume by email or post to:

SPA-hiring@aapcho. org (subject line: Policy Analyst)

Attn: SPA Hiring Committee
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612

Interviews will be granted according to the qualifications of the applicant. AAPCHO is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health organizations (AAPCHO) is a national association of community health organizations serving Asian and Pacific Islander populations across the United States and its territories. AAPCHO’s mission is to promote advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improve the health status and access of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders (AA & NHOPIs) within the US, its territories and freely Associated states, primarily through our member community health clinics. Our vision is to establish a standard of excellence for community-based health care that is equitable, affordable, accessible and culturally and linguistically appropriate to the people we serve.

Tien Teng :: Communications Specialist
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-272-9536 x112 Fax: 510- 272-0817 Email: tteng@aapcho. org

Our Health is Our Strength

KGA seeks Program Director (Long Beach, CA)

Khmer Girls in Action
Seeks Program Director

Job Title: Program Director
Posting Date: April 2009 (until filled) Hire
Date: Immediately
Terms: Full Time: $33,000-$38,999 plus excellent benefits
Reports to: Executive Director Location: Long
Beach, California

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) works with young Southeast Asian women in
Long Beach organizing for social change and community empowerment. KGA
staff works as a team, promoting mutual respect and equal
participation of youth and adults. Valuing process and consensus
building efforts, KGA staff are highly committed to social justice and
community building both within and outside the organization.

KGA is looking for a dynamic Program Director who has the commitment
and desire to build a grassroots organization working towards the
self-determination of youth, immigrants and refugees, and women. The
Program Director is expected to direct and sometimes coordinate
programs, supervise staff, lead in the Participatory Action Research
project to develop and direct the organization's community organizing
and electoral campaigns.

-Direct KGA's Leadership Development Programs, Cultural Historical
Arts (CHA) Programs, and Learning to Impact for Empowerment (LIFE)
Program activities, including design, planning, implementation, and
-Facilitate, coordinate, and create curriculums for Khmer Justice
Program, one of the Leadership Development Programs
-Supervise, train, and evaluate program staff individually, and
collectively as an effective team
-Lead Participatory Action Research project to develop a community
organizing campaign
-Lead and direct electoral campaigns
-Contribute to the planning and implementation of the strategic plan
-Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures with the
Executive Director
-Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual program reports to the
Executive Director and Board of Directors
-Assist in the development and administration of program budgets
-Establish relationships with youth organizing and social justice
groups and organizations

-College degree or equal work experience
-At least 2 years of supervising experience with knowledge of program
development and management and/or campaign development and
-At least 3 years demonstrated volunteer or professional experience
working in diverse immigrant/refugee communities (preferably Southeast
Asian and/or youth groups)
-Must possess knowledge on curriculum development, training design and
facilitation - specifically around political education and campaign
development and implementation
-Highly organized and punctual with excellent inter-personal and team
building skills
-Strong commitment to social justice, gender justice, and youth
-Willingness to work some weekends and nights
-Valid CA driver's license, access to an insured automobile, and
ability to transport youth to and from activities

Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references through email to:

Suely Ngouy, Executive Director
Khmer Girls in Action
1355 Redondo Avenue, Suite #9
Long Beach, CA 90804

This position is an employee of KGA's fiscal sponsor Little Tokyo
Service Center (LTSC). LTSC is an equal opportunity employer.