Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Asian American Village Jobs Center Restored

Following IMDiversity's recent migration to a new jobs database and job tools format at, the editors have begun to restore a number of previously popular jobs quicksearch features including our jobs by location and jobs by occupation quicksearches, our $100K-Plus Featured Jobs section, Bilingual Jobs quicksearch, and the Asian American Village Featured Jobs Center.

As before, the section spotlights select job opportunities tagged by our staff and by employers as being of special interest to Asian American and Pacific Islander jobseekers. However, the new database format also brings some changes in the custom search and quicksearch format, and we will be rebuilding the section throughout the summer.

Just one one new improvement to our job tools is that jobseekers can now quickly and easily schedule a Saved Search from any search results page to send them a job alert email whenever any new jobs match their custom criteria. Jobseekers can "subscribe" to a Saved Search agent without opening a full job tools account, but they will enjoy improved tools for managing multiple alerts and posting employer-searchable resume by creating a quick Job Tools account first

We've also added a much expanded network job search, greatly extending the range and variety of the job postings searchable from one site.

Stop back for updates about the new jobs center in coming weeks.

Event:: 2009 OCA Annual National Convention, San Francisco, August 6-9, 2009

The 2009 OCA Annual National Convention will be held in San Francisco, California, from August 6-9, 2009.

Registration is online at! Be sure to book your hotel by July 2.

This year’s convention theme, “A Call to Action: Empowering Asian Pacific American Voices,” will focus not only on strengthening our diverse community’s voice, but also solidifying our efforts to be more inclusive so that each APA group within our community is empowered to raise its own voice as well. This theme also reaffirms OCA’s commitment to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment.

This is the third time an OCA convention has been held in San Francisco, where APAs are the fastest growing population and comprise more than 30 percent of the greater Bay Area’s total population. We are anticipating over 1,000 attendees from the local area and across the country at our Gala Awards and other exciting events.

Our Pioneer and Outstanding Citizens Award recipients will be: YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Fashion Designer Anna Sui, Congressman Mike Honda, Groundbreaking Historians Phil Choy and Him Mark Lai (Posthumous).

This year’s highlights include:

Career Fair & Community Health Fair
Reception at City Hall
Angel Island Picnic and Tour
Programs for APA youth & college students
Corporate Employee sessions
OCA Gala Awards Banquet

Early Bird Registration ends June 30, so DON’T DELAY!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

SAALT Webinar: About the Appointments Process in the Obama Administration

Event Location: Online
Date: Thu, 06/11/2009 - 16:00 - 16:45

Learn more about the Appointments Process in the Obama Administration and How the South Asian Community Can Stay Involved

With special guests Mark Perriello, Director-Priority Placement and Candace Chin, Special Assistant to Don Gips, Director of Presidential Personnel

What: A webinar to learn more about the appointments process for jobs, Boards and Commissions in the Obama Administration (a webinar is a conference call with an online segment; anyone can participate)

When: Thursday, June 11th at 4pm EST/3pm CST/1pm PST (the webinar should last 45 minutes)

Why: Learning about how to navigate the Obama Administration's appointments process will ensure that South Asians can stay engaged and represented in the Obama Administration.

We will be joined by special guests Mark Perriello, Director Priority Placement and Candace Chin, iSpecial Assistant to Don Gips, Director of Presidential Personnel, who will provide information about the appointments process for jobs, Boards and Commissions.

To attend, you must register by Wednesday, June 10th at 12pm EST:

1. Please copy this into your browser:

2. You will then be asked to register for the webinar. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from the webinar service which has a link; a call-in number; and a conference call-in code.

3. At the appointed time for the webinar (Thursday, June 11th at 4PM EST/3PM CST/1PM PST), please click the link provided in the confirmation email and call the dial-in number listed. When prompted on the call, enter the call-in code from the email. The computer-based portion may take a few moments to load so we ask you to go through this step at least ten minutes before the start of the webinar.

4. To ask questions during the webinar, simply type them into the "Questions and Answers" box on the right-hand side of the webinar interface on your computer screen.

If you cannot attend the online visual portion of the webinar, you can still listen in to the audio portion by calling in to 213.286.1201and entering 218-248-057 as the code.

Questions? Please contact SAALT at Sign up TODAY to join us on June 11th!

Featured Job: Scholar in Indian Music with a specialization in Sikh Music (Gurmat Sangeet)

Recently posted on our new job bank: An interesting opportunity at Hofstra University in New York calls for a scholar in Indian Music with a specialization in Sikh Music (Gurmat Sangeet):

The position is rank open, depending on qualifications, and Tenure Track. (Salary is also dependent upon experience and qualifications.) Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in Music or Ethnomusicology (preferred) with a specialty in the Sikh musical tradition from both a scholarly and performance perspective. An established record of research, publication and other professional and scholarly activity focusing on the Sikh musical tradition and its performance, and a growing reputation within the scholarly community required. Experience in college-level instruction is required (preference will be given to active performers).

Read the full posting and apply here:
Featured Job: Scholar in Indian Music with a specialization in Sikh Music (Gurmat Sangeet)

STUDY: Midlife Asian Women and Physical Activity

We have been contacted by a research team at the University of Texas at Austin who, under the direction of Dr. Eun-Ok Im, is conducting an Internet study on the physical activity attitudes among diverse ethnic groups of middle-aged women (40-60 Y/O) -- especially Asian American, African American, Hispanic, and non-White Hispanic women.

The survey will begin by asking each participant a series of eligibility questions. We are looking for participants with specific characteristics. If the sampling quota for a specific group is reached, the participant will receive a message that states so. Study participants will be reimbursed with a gift certificate of 10 dollars per Internet survey, and an additional gift certificate of 50 dollars per online forum discussion (6 months).

The survey project is eMAPA, a NIH/NINR funded study (1R01NR010568-01) entitled "Ethnic Specific Midlife Women's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity". Other details from the researchers are below.



The changing racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. will require health professionals to practice with cultural competence in areas such as promotion of physical activity, where cultural beliefs may mediate health promotion behaviors. Although the benefits of physical activity are now widely accepted, midlife women, especially ethnic minority women, have low participation rates in physical activity, and prevalence rates of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, and all-cause mortality among ethnic minority women (that can be effectively reduced by increasing physical activity) have been reported to be much higher than those of White midlife women. A plausible reason for the low participation rate is that the women's ethnic-specific attitudes toward physical activity have rarely been incorporated into relevant interventions.

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin and her colleagues are conducting a study to explore ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. The purpose of this study is to explore attitudes of midlife women from four ethnic groups [Hispanic, Non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African Americans, and N-H Asians] toward physical activity while considering the relationships between their attitudes and their actual participation in physical activity within the ethnic-specific contexts of their daily lives. Data will be gathered via Internet survey and ethnic- specific online forums to allow for a national sample.


You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a midlife women
aged 40 to 60 years old who do not have any mobility problems; who can read
and write English; who are online; and whose self-reported ethnic identity
is Hispanic, non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African American, or N-H Asian.

Data will be collected through the Internet from Feb. 1, 2008 to May 31,
2011. Methods for the data collection include an Internet survey among 500
midlife women in the U.S. on the Internet and four ethnic-specific online
forum discussions among about 30 midlife women per ethnic group recruited
among the Internet survey participants.

Your involvement will consist of the following: (a) about 30 minutes are
usually needed to complete the Internet survey questionnaire; and (b) the
online forums will be conducted for 6 months, should you agree to
participate in the additional online forum discussion. Your participation is
asynchronous (you can visit the online forum site and read and post messages
at your convenience).

You will receive a gift certificate of 10 dollars for filling out the
Internet survey, and an additional gift certificate of 50 dollars for
participating in the additional online forum (only those who participate in
the additional online forum for 6 months will be provided with this
additional gift certificate). To get reimbursed for the online forums, you
have to post at least one message per topic. For more information, please
visit at our website ( and/or contact us.


Wa Cheng Chan,
Research Assistant,
School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, Professor
School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River, Austin, TX, 78701
Phone: (512) 475-6352
Project Website:

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Poll Shows Audience Growth Even as Ethnic Media Struggle

On the eve of its National Ethnic Media Expo & Awards, New America Media, a collaboration of more than 2,500 ethnic media outlets, has released a poll suggesting that "Ethnic Media Outlets Gain in Readers and Viewers" even as the economic downturn is taking a dire toll on small niche publishers of the sort represented among NAM's affiliates.

In its poll analyzing current figures against those taken in 2005, New America Media has marked singificant growth in Hispanic-targeted media in particular: "The penetration of Spanish-language radio stations and newspapers has increased substantially...Moreover, Spanish-language television stations now reach 86 percent of all Hispanic adults in the United States, while access to the Internet among Hispanics has grown from 24 percent in 2005 to 37 percent this year."

It also finds that "Other ethnic communities are also tuning into their media outlets. African-American audiences for television stations, radio stations and newspapers that focus on Black themes has increased about 10 percent since 2005; Chinese-language television stations and newspapers now reach 70 percent of all Chinese adults in the US, up from 55 percent in 2005; and Korean-language newspapers reach 64 percent of all Korean adults in the country, a boost from 46 percent in 2005."

The report makes an argument for the increasing relevance and importance of ethnic media for addressing the unique interests of niche communities, even as many publications are shutting their doors -- at least on the brick-and-mortar, paper publishing operations. Finding industry "strategies for surviving the economic downturn" is the theme of NAM's annual Expo, which takes place this year on June 4-5 at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel.

For more, see Poll Shows Ethnic Media Outlets Gain in Readers and Viewers