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: