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