Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Colbert Rap w/ Steele

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Conservative Rap Battle - Michael Steele's Response
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest

All I can say is LOL.

Declare INDIEpendence 2 : A showcase of Asian American musicians

Celebrate the diversity of Asian American music. This year host, Dawen Wang, teamed up with FAAIM and the 14th annual Chicago Asian American Film Showcase at the Gene Siskel Center to bring you:

Lanialoha & Kupono
Cynthia Lin
Wallet-Sized Photo
with host: Seeso
DJ Huu T. Ly
and special guest: Dawen

17 and over

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
8:00pm - 11:00pm
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL

RSVP on Facebook here:

Hope to see you there!

George Takei: Infinity Awesome

Quick blurb; George did a phone interview and spoke on some awesome topics. My favorites are listed:

Q. What was it like writing your autobiography?

A. My primary motivation was I wanted to talk about my boyhood behind the barbed-wire fences of American internment camps. People east of the Rockies seem to know little about that dark period of American history (after Pearl Harbor) when American citizens were summarily rounded up and imprisoned with no charges, no trial and no due process. I was 4 years old when we were picked up. I still remember soldiers with bayonets stomping up to our front door in Los Angeles and ordering us out. My mother was crying. We were taken to horse stables to live because the camps weren’t built yet.

Q. In 2005, you came out as a gay man, which many consider a very bold step for an actor.

A. I was living a closeted gay life at the beginning of my career. When you’re going for roles there are so many factors for decision-making — too short, too tall, too fat, too skinny, too young, too old — and I didn’t want to add “too gay” to the list of reasons they could reject me. But you come to a point where you get into a serious relationship and you want to bring your significant other to the party where everyone else is bringing their girlfriend or their wife.

Then in 2005, something important happened in California. Both houses of our Legislature passed the same-sex marriage bill, which was a historic event. All that was required was the signature of our governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who had campaigned by saying “I’m from Hollywood, I’m comfortable with gays and lesbians.” When he reneged, there was outrage. I felt I needed to speak out with my voice. I needed to be authentic.

Read more here

Joe Jonas: Likes to do Miley imitations

Uh, yeah, more slanty eye business. Maybe he's doing it to impress Miley Cyrus. I give up, this is ridiculous.


Asian American Awareness Month - April 2009 Calendar of Events

The kickoff event this year is on Wednesday, April 1st with the editors of
the "Secret Identities - The Asian American Superhero Anthology". If you
want a copy early, they are for sale ($21.95) in the textbook section of the
UIC Bookstore (750 S. Halsted St, 312.413.5500, closed for inventory week of

Also don't miss the pre-April events on March 30th and March 31st in the
calendar below or download a full color PDF poster/calendar at



- A Celebration of Culture and Consciousness -

For more information, including a downloadable version of our full color
calendar poster, visit the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
online at, or call (312) 413-9569.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate
in an event, please call (312) 413-9569 and every effort will be made to
provide an accommodation.

The statements, opinions, and ideas conveyed in this program do not
necessarily express the position of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Monday, March 30th
Slaying the Dragon ­ a film by Deborah Gee
Slaying the Dragon is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and
Asian American women since the silent era. This fascinating film shows how
stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian
American women. Sponsored by the Asian American Resource and Cultural
Center. Contact Karen Su,
3:00 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.
Lecture Center B1

Tuesday, March 31st
Southeast Asian Refugees and the Struggle for a Just Resetttlement
Asian American Studies presents a talk by Eric Tang, Assistant Professor of
Asian American Studies and African American Studies at UIC. His talk will
examine the nearly 30 years since the first wave of Cambodian refugees were
resettled to the United States in the wake of Khmer Rouge atrocities. How
have Cambodian Americans continued to experience a low-intensity warfare
marked by urban poverty, environmental racism, and immigration detention and
deportation? Contact Surbhi Malik,
2:00 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Stevenson Hall, Institute for the Humanities (Lower Level)

Wednesday, April 1st
Asian American Awareness Month Kickoff Featuring: Secret Identities
Asian Americans are comic book artists, writers, and fans, but rarely
represented as heroic characters on the page. Thus the creation of Secret
Identities, an anthology of original stories centered around Asian American
superheroes. Join the editors Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, and Keith Chow as they
share their own experiences as Asian Americans in media and film, and
preview these unique Asian American heroes. Books will be available for
purchase and signing. Organized by the Asian American Awareness Month
Planning Committee. Contact Corinne Kodama, or visit
4:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room BC

Thursday, April 2nd
More Than Serving Tea
Asian American InterVarsity presents the authors of More Than Serving Tea,
Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Kathy Khang, who explore the intersection of gender,
race, and faith for Asian American Christian women. Contact Joshua Lau,
7:30 p.m.
Student Residence and Commons South, Rathskellar

Monday, April 6th
Seoul Train Documentary Screening
A devastating food crisis plagues North Korea and hundreds of thousands of
North Koreans have fled to China. If caught, the refugees will be sent back
to North Korea, where they face torture and execution. N.K. Peace presents
Seoul Train, a gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North
Koreans as they try to escape. Contact Rachel Kim,
4:00 p.m. ­ 5:45 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Room 613

Wednesday, April 8th
Mr. Asian Sensation
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and Chi Sigma Tau Fraternity present Mr.
Asian Sensation which is a male talent show in beauty pageant format. The
purpose of this event is to recognize highly motivated, ambitious, and
talented Asian American men who wish to send a message about breaking
traditional stereotypes. Contact Jennifer Guiang,
6:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room
Admission Fee TBD

Thursday, April 9th
Chinese Cultural Festival
2009 is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between the U.S. and China. This festival will review our mutually
beneficial cooperation in a wide range of areas such as culture, education,
science and technology. Presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars
Association. Contact Wenxuan Gao,
1:00 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room

Tuesday, April 14th
My Sassy Korea
Korean American Student Association will be hosting its first ever fair, My
Sassy Korea! This cultural fair will showcase the life and culture of South
Korea and its people. There will be a number of booths that range from
history to pop culture. Contact Elisa Lim,
5:00 p.m. ­ 7:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Room 302

Friday, April 17th
The Asian American Students in
Alliance presents its annual fashion and variety show, and this year we will
be hosting an award show! Come see the scenes, from Bollywood to Asian Game
Shows and all of the acts in between. Contact Edmar Viloria,
or Jane Shin,
7:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.
UIC Forum
$5 for AASIA Members
$6 for Non-AASIA Members
$8 for Non-UIC Students

Friday, April 17th
Sayawan: FIA Formal
Filipinos in Alliance is having their annual end of the year
formal, where members can let loose and dance the night away! The evening
will be filled with FIA members showcasing their vocal and guitar skills,
and at the end of the night a king and queen will be crowned. Visit
7:00 p.m.
Wyndham O¹Hare Hotel
$35 per person
$55 per couple

Tuesday, April 21st
Like to read poetry or sing in front of a great audience? Come to the Asian
American Coalition Committee¹s open mic. ³Reclamation!² is a safe space to
spit your words, thoughts, and music in order to reclaim voices and break
barriers that have historically left our communities silenced. Free food
will be served. Contact Joyce Yin,
6:00 p.m. ­ 8:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Montgomery Ward Lounge

Wednesday, April 22nd
ASAM Knowledge Bowl & Social
Asian American student organizations compete in an exciting quiz contest.
Cheer on the student teams and increase your knowledge of Asian Americans
with games and food. Contact Surbhi Malik,
4:00 p.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room

Saturday, April 25th
Uproot: A Cultural Showcase of Our Generation
Filipinos in Alliance proudly presents the eighth annual UPROOT, an evening
of performances meant to convey the Filipino American experience. In
addition to traditional folk dances, FIA will present a wide variety of
contemporary acts from modern dance to spoken word. Visit
6:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room
$5 per person

Wednesday, April 29th
What We Know and Don¹t Know About Culturally Competent Interventions
Dr. Stanley Sue is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Asian American
Studies at the University of California, Davis. He is a key figure in the
history and evolution of ethnic minority psychology and his pioneering work
on the mental health of Asian Americans is world-renowned. Sponsored by the
Graduate Educational Opportunities Committee of the Department of
Psychology. Contact Dina Birman,
4:00 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 145

Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 West Harrison Street

Lecture Center B
803 South Morgan Street

Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan Street

Student Residence and Commons South
700 South Halsted Street

UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road

UIC Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street

Wyndham O¹Hare Hotel
6810 North Mannheim Road

alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority
Asian American Coalition Committee
Asian American InterVarsity
Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Asian American Students in Alliance
Asian American Studies
Gender and Sexuality Center
Kappa Pi Beta Fraternity

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center
Asian American Studies
Campus Progress
Chancellor¹s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Graduate College
Honors College
Jane Addams College of Social Work
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Student Activities Funding Committee
University of Illinois Alumni Association

Fri Mar 27 at 10am: Disability in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Healthy Albany Park Coalition, World Relief, Access Living, and the Quetzal Center Present

From: Rene D. Luna []

Disability and Dialogue:

Disability in Immigrant & Refugee Communities

Friday, March 27th, 10:00-12:30 pm
Cost of Admission: Free
Swedish Covenant Hospital

Anderson Pavilion
2751 W. Winona Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Come learn about issues affecting people with mental and physical disabilities in immigrant and refugee communities and effective resources and strategies to address these issues. Network with advocates and service providers.

Ramon Canellada
Resource Coordinator, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital

Mayra Salazar
Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Stella Kim President, Deaf Asian American Association of Chicago & Veramarie McIngvale ASL Staff Interpreter, Access Living

Kriti 2009 Call for Subs (please forward widely!)

Kriti Festival Call for Submissions
June 11 - 14, 2009, Chicago
Guests of Honor: Amitava Kumar and Bapsi Sidhwa

DesiLit is pleased to welcome submissions to its upcoming festival of
arts and literature, to be held in Chicago, June 11 - 14. Submissions
are welcome in the following areas:

- literature (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama)
- film
- music
- dance

We are not currently planning on a visual arts component (although if
you live in Chicago and would be interested in curating such an
exhibition, please do get in touch with us.)

If your work is selected, you'll be invited to serve on panels and/or
give a reading/screen a film/give a performance/etc. At this time, we
do not know what our final budget will be, but panelists will receive
free festival registration, and if there are funds remaining after
expenses, a share of the proceeds towards reimbursing their travel
expenses. We'll also do our best to help you find crash space in
Chicago with local volunteers if needed.

To have your work considered please send an electronic sample to, with the subject line: KRITI SUB [title of work /
your name], following these guidelines:
- a brief bio, PLUS one of the following
- literature sample (up to 20 pages)
- film sample (up to 20 minutes; if you want to send a longer film,
be aware that we may only view the first 20 minutes)
- music sample (up to 20 minutes)
- dance sample (up to 20 minutes)

For large sound/graphic files, we STRONGLY prefer that you host the
work on your own site and send us a pointer to the URL. If you wish
to submit in multiple genres, please submit each sample separately.

For a sample of our 2005 panelists, please visit our website
( If you have any questions,
please send those as well to

DEADLINE: May 1, 2009 (but sooner is better)

More Festival Info

If you live in Chicago, we can definitely use your help in planning
and running the festival! We need both folks who can come to monthly
planning meetings in the next few months, and people who are available
to help out at the festival weekend itself. No experience needed!
Volunteers will receive complimentary registration -- our planning
meetings are also a lot of fun. :-) We usually meet at my home in
Bucktown (near North Ave. and Damen, convenient both to the Blue line
and 90/94), and figure things out over a yummy meal. And even if you
can't make every meeting, we welcome your input on our planning
mailing list!

If interested in helping us out, please join our planning list here:

And if you're just interested in attending and want to get occasional
festival updates as planning progresses, be sure you're on our general
DesiLit mailing list -- stop by our website and enter your e-mail
address in the box provided:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write to me. Thanks!

- Mary Anne Mohanraj

NOTE: Kriti is co-sponsored by Roosevelt University and the University
of Illinois at Chicago, and will be held at their two campuses, in the
Loop and West Loop, Chicago.

Save the Date - OCAPICA Ovarian Cancer Forum

Please save the date for two upcoming OCAPICA community events:

Vietnamese Ovarian Cancer Forum presented by Lucy Huynh from 10am-1:00pm at Seafood World, 15351 Brookhurst Street, Suites 101-106, Westminster, CA 92683 on Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thai Ovarian Cancer Forum presented by Nid Tiaprasith from 11:00am-2pm at Meesap Restaurant, 11020 Van Owen Street, North Hollywood, CA, 91605 on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

Please come and support our health team as they share important information on ovarian cancer and provide newly translated materials for outreach and education. These events are sponsored generously by the California Dialogue on Cancer - California Ovarian Cancer Program.

Hope to see you there, if you are able to attend please RSVP to me!


Jacqueline H. Tran, MPH
Director, Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparities (CEED) in Breast and Cervical Cancer among Asian and Pacific Islander Women
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
12900 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite 214A
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Telephone: 714-636-9095
Facsimile: 714-636-8828

April 8 2009 Breaking Barriers presented by CFW Asian American Leadership Council

We are proud to present this year’s honorees and hope that you will join us in celebrating these amazing women!! It will be a fantastic evening. See information about the event and ticket sales below and online at

Please forward widely and post in your publications, websites, calendards, etc.! Thank you for your support.

Flatwater is wheelchair accessible. If you have other accessibilty questions or requests, please contact Chicago Foundation for Women by Friday, April 3 at (312) 577-2801, TTY (312) 577-2803.

ONE VOICE feat. Kelly Tsai & YAWP! // Thurs. 4/2

Join Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai [] in a spoken word
performance that explores Asian American identity, activism,
womanhood, hip hop, and global urban realities.

featuring Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Loyola Breakers
KAPWA Modern
YAWP! (Young Asians With Power!)
Live Art by REVISE CMW

Thursday, April 2nd
7-10 pm
Crown Center Lobby
Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus
[Loyola Red Line stop]

Save $200 on the National CAPACD Convention

National CAPACD has lowered the Annual Convention rates this year to ensure that everyone who is interested can participate in the 10th Annual Convention!

For as little as $10* membership, you can save up to $200 on Convention registration before April 17. If you are not yet a National CAPACD member, now is a great time to join and receive the member's discounted Convention registration rate.

Our Membership benefits include:

* Discounts to National CAPACD's annual convention
* Technical assistance, scholarships for trainings plus other opportunities and resources
* Access to the Asian Pacific American Community Development Data Center
* Fellowship and internship opportunities
* Free copies of National CAPACD's reports and publications
* Policy advocacy on issues affecting AAPIs in your community

What are you waiting for? Become a member!

*Membership rates vary

2009 Conversity Awards Reception @ Luminarias in Monterey Park

Friends of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center:

Our 20th annual Conversity Reception is just around the corner in less than a month. We are very excited to celebrate our service to the various communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Mark your calendar for April 22nd, 2009 at Luminarias in Monterey Park @ 6:30 pm. This year, we have changed our format from dinner to reception style. Cocktail attire is preferred and business attired is accepted. About 300 people are expected to attend in the community from all sectors of the workforce.

Our 2009 Conversity Award Honorees are:
• Dr. A. Marco Turk, Professor and Director of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Negotiation Conflict Resolution and Peace building (NCRP) Program
• Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Los Angeles County, 2nd District
• California Teachers Association.

Once again, these are our 2009 scholarship recipients who have demonstrated peace building in their communities. They will be acknowledged during our reception:

• Velvet Johnson, King /Drew Magnet High School
• Marissa McCoy, King /Drew Magnet High School
• Gabriel Sandoval, University High School
• Joakim Sahar, University High School

We are still recruiting volunteers for the day of the event. Please contact me at for more information as well as for sponsorship levels and for advertisement prospects.

We look forward to a highly successful event given the current economic situation we are facing. If it isn't for people like you who support community based organizations like APADRC, we would not be able to thrive and continue to do the work that we do for the community. It is during these times where all nonprofits expect a 30% cut across the board that we need your help the most whether in terms of your financial support or volunteerism.

Thank you for your support throughout the years, and we would like to advance for yet another 20 years of history making. Donations are welcome at our website

Lisa S. Chong
213-250-8190 ex. 23

FAA (Filipinos for Affirmative Action) Annual Event -- Pinay Jazz Concert, April 16th

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. I would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, April 16th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for a night of Pinay Jazz. This is FAA's annual event and we thought we would change it up this year. Pinay Jazz will spotlight the contributions of Filipina jazz vocalists to this uniquely American genre. A cross-generational cast of talented women will perform classic and Latin jazz standards in their uniquely Pinay styles.

We will also be honoring Tessie Guillermo, CEO of ZeroDivide for her inspirational leadership and accomplishments. She has been a tireless advocate for reducing the digital divide in her role as CEO of Zero Divide, an expert in the health policy field as former CEO of APIA Health Forum and as a co-founder of The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and an inspiration and role model for aspiring leaders among Filipinas in particular.

These days whenever we turn on the TV or listen to the radio, we hear about the uncertain economic climate, the increasing job loss and the continuing wave of foreclosures. The Filipino community, especially low-income immigrants and low-wage workers have been directly affected. Many more people are seeking help from FAA regardless of the issue they face. This event will help us raise funds for FAA and it will allow the organization to serve the various needs of the Filipino community in the East Bay.

I hope you will join us. Spend the evening listening to the talented jazz musicians and support an organization who has been serving the Filipino community since 1973.

For more information on FAA or would like to donate online, please go to:

To order tickets online, please go to:

Chair, FAA Board

Slaying the Dragon film: 3/30, 3pm, LC B-1

Monday, March 30th

Slaying the Dragon ­ a film by Deborah Gee

Slaying the Dragon is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and
Asian American women since the silent era. This fascinating film shows how
stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian
American women.

3:00 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.
Lecture Center B1

Sponsored by the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center for Women's
History Month and Asian American Awareness Month

For more information, contact Karen Su,

AAI: Expanding the Circle: Asian Americans and Boards and Commissions

Dear Friends,

Just a quick reminder to RSVP for our Expanding the Circle panel discussion by March 25th -- we look forward to seeing you at the event!

The Asian American Institute cordially invites you to a panel discussion:

Expanding the Circle:
Asian Americans and Boards and Commissions
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by McDermott Will & Emery
227 W. Monroe Street, 44th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Asian Americans are underrepresented among the board members of
leading Chicago-area nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and the majority of leading governmental commissions have no Asian American members.

What can we do to close the gap?

Tariq Butt, M.D., Chicago Board of Education
Lisa Yun Lee, UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Unmi Song, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Jennifer Chen, Hewitt Associates and AAI Board Member

Panelists will discuss their experience in serving on civic boards and commissions, the benefits and importance of board service, the board recruitment process, and typical responsibilities of board members. Light refreshments will be served.

We thank the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery for generously hosting this event, which is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area, NAAAP-Chicago, and the South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI). This panel discussion is part of AAI's Catalyst for a Responsive Civic Leadership (CRCL) program, which is supported by The Chicago Community Trust.

This event is free of charge, and RSVPs and photo IDs are required for building security purposes. Guests are welcome; please RSVP to Joanna Su at or (773) 271-0899 or via facebook by Wednesday, March 25.

South Asian Community Empowerment Project - Focus Groups

Are you a South Asian student or young professional living or working in DC?

Join SAALT and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) for two focus groups in Washington DC. The focus groups are a component of the South Asian Community Empowerment Project which seeks to better understand the needs and concerns of South Asians living and/or working in DC. We hope you will participate!

Professionals Focus Group - Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30PM

Students Focus Group - Sunday, March 29, 7-8:30PM

If you are interested in participating, please email with your name, email address, and the focus group you are available to attend. Food and beverages will be provided.

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

D.C. Office:
1600 K Street, NW, Mezzanine Level, Washington, D.C. 20006
Helpline: 202.393.3572
Fax: 202.393.0995
Main: Ext. 22
Chinese: Ext. 18
Hindi/Urdu: Ext. 19
Vietnamese: Ext. 20
Korean: Ext. 21

Maryland Office: 11141 Georgia Avenue, Suite 515 , Silver Spring, MD 20902
♦ Phone: 301.942.2223/2263 Fax: 301.942.9222

APALRC: Ensuring Access to Justice for Asian Pacific Americans Since 1998

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chicago Filipino WWII Veterans to Give Thanks and Receive Thanks" 3/28, 11am @ Rizal Center


Community celebrates benefits authorized by President Obama for elderly veterans.

Contact: Sam del Rosario (773)727-8520

CHICAGO--In gratitude for President Obama's signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which included the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund, Filipino WWII veterans and community supporters are holding a celebration of thanks and appreciation not only for the sacrifices of the veterans but also for the many citizen and civic leaders who have helped on behalf of the veterans. Many local, state, and federal politicians who have supported the veterans in their decades long fight are invited to attend. The event will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 11am to 4pm at the Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL.

A local Filipino Veteran, Commander Arcadio "Itay" Calabas said of the compensation fund, "We are so very happy, especially that our marching and fighting and dying alongside American soldiers are being recognized, even though it is 63 years later".

"Correcting injustice is a long and arduous task. However, advocates must trust the wisdom of the people and the inherent value of the cause so they can keep their eyes on the prize of the struggle," said Jerry Clarito, Executive Director of the Illinois Veterans Equity Center.

The Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund (P.L. 111-5 Title X, Sec. 1002), authorizes the release of a one-time benefit of $15,000 to surviving eligible veterans who are American citizens, $9,000 for veterans who are Filipino citizens, in recognition for their US military active service. Families of veterans who have passed away are not eligible for the benefit. An estimated 250,000 Filipinos fought along side American forces to defend the Philippines during WWII. Today, fewer than 18,000 are still alive, according to US estimates. Approximately 30 veterans remain in the Chicago area.

While the Filipino veterans of American Legion FilAm Post 509 themselves are instrumental in organizing the event, they are receiving initial support from community organizations such as Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), the Illinois Veterans Equity Center (IVEC), the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, FACC's Seniors and Veterans Program under Carmen Estacio, and the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC).

APIAVote: Executive Director (Washington, DC)

APIAVote is resuming the search for a permanent Executive Director. Please pass the announcement to your colleagues, networks and coalitions. If you have any questions, please email apiavotejobs@

For additional information about the organization, please visit: www.apiavote. org
____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ____
POSITION: Executive Director
INSTITUTION: Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
LOCATION: Washington, DC
DEADLINE: April 15, 2009

ABOUT APIAVote: Founded in 1996, APIAVote is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. APIAVote envisions a society in which all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans fully participate in and have access to the democratic process.
The Executive Director of APIAVote will report to the board of directors and manage a team of professionals and staff appropriate to the scope and scale of the organization’s work.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: The Executive Director of APIAVote will have the primary responsibility of leading the organization through:
Fundraising and Financial Management
· Develop, manage and monitor organization’s fundraising plan, including building and maintaining relationships with funders. Develop, manage and monitor organization’s financial management system.
· Develop and oversee all programs of APIA Vote, including field and leadership programs.
· Assist local partners to implement their civic participation campaigns.
· Develop and oversee APIAVote’s communications program, to promote awareness of API civic engagement issues and highlight the work of local partners.
Coalition building and collaboration
· Promote strategic alliances and collaborations with organizational and institutional partners.
· Establish APIA Vote as a leader in convening diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to project a unified voice.
Personnel Management
· Hire, manage and evaluate staff and contractors, and provide supervision to senior and administrative staff, ensuring that staff have adequate resources, training and support.
Board Development
· Maintain strong and effective relations with the Board of Directors by providing thoughtful and timely information.
· Provide support to Board committees and assist with Board cultivation and development.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a motivated individual with experience in financial management and oversight, strategic planning, civic engagement, community/electoral organizing and fundraising at the national level. Excellent communication and presentation skills are required. Ability to manage staff and resources efficiently is critical.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience. Full health and dental insurance provided.
SEND RESUMES TO: APIAVote Executive Director Search Committee - apiavotejobs@

Please visit www.apiavote .org or send an inquiry to apiavotejobs@

Project MotiVATe Benefit Gala: Mentoring Today to Empower our Tomorrow


Julie Vo
Program Director, External
Project MotiVATe
(310) 467-9008



(Garden Grove , CA, March 9th, 2009) - In the spirit of service, Project MotiVATe (Mentoring Vietnamese American Teens) will host its 3rd Benefit Gala: Mentoring Today to Empower Our Tomorrow on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 7pm. The event will be held at Paracel Seafood Restaurant and is a night of community-building and connection. Bringing together community leaders, parents and educators, the event will feature live performances by popular Vietnamese American artists, a keynote speaker, an opportunity drawing and 5-course dinner. The event will also recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that have served Vietnamese youth and advanced the mission of Project MotiVATe. All funds raised will go directly to the mentoring program.

“Project MotiVATe is a safe place where youth lean on their mentors and on one another for support and encouragement—just like family,” says Internal Program Director, Scott Iseri, “In these times, it is more important than ever to recognize the importance of youth development and provide support and leadership to this next generation.”

Located in the heart of Garden Grove, CA and with a Board comprised of community leaders, Project MotiVATe serves as a culturally relevant resource to underserved Vietnamese youth and their families while aiming to eradicate the sweeping presumption of Asian American youth as a “model minority”. Through its annual summer camp, one-on-one mentoring, weekly study halls, monthly events and an all-volunteer staff, Project MotiVATe ensures that all mentees graduate high school and pursue higher education while creating opportunities for personal growth, cultural connectedness and social responsibility. Paracel Seafood Restaurant is located at 15583 Brookhurst Street, Westminster, CA 92683.


In 1996, Project MotiVATe (formerly known as Camp for Youth) was developed to meet the needs of Vietnamese American youth in Orange County. The mission of Project MotiVATe is to mentor Vietnamese American teens by developing their academic, cultural, and social skills to achieve educational goals and personal success. Despite the large number of Vietnamese-Americans living in Orange County, there are currently no mentoring programs available free of charge to academically and socially at-risk Vietnamese youth. To fulfill this need, Project MotiVATe offers a culturally relevant mentorship program at no financial cost to families. For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact or

Monday, March 23, 2009

Better BoA "Eat You Up" MV

A hella better version of BoA's 1st US American music video, "Eat You Up."