Thursday, June 21, 2007

National Townhall on Hate Crimes, June 19 - July 14

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress ( presents...
National Townhall on Hate Crimes

June 19th-July 14th
Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston and more.

In June 1982, Chinese American Vincent Chin was killed in Detroit by two unemployed white autoworkers. This hate crime, motivated by anti-Japanese sentiments, served as a rallying cry for the Asian American community and is often considered the beginning of a pan-Asian American movement. Twenty five years later, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress and local partners around the country look back in time and assess where we are now. Each event will include a special screening of the Academy-Award nominated documentary, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" and panels with local community leaders.

Receptions in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles sponsored by
Imaginasian TV. Official media sponsor: Asianweek

June 19, 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas
MOCA (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor)
John Liu (New York City Councilman), Liz Ouyang (Executive Vice President, OCA), Darwin Davis (President and CEO, New York Urban League)

June 19, 6:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Asian Victimes Relief Fund
St. Mary Magdalen Family Center, 1213 52nd St., Kenwood
Dan Levy (Chief Legal Officer, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights) Pravina Ramanathan (Asian American Liaison, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights), Ingrid Scott-Weekly (Director, City of Grand Rapids Equal Opportunity Dept.)

June 20, 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM), Japanese American Citizens League, Organization of Chinese Americans
JAHHM, 800 South Halsted, Chicago
Bill Yoshino (Midwest Director, JACL), Diana Lin (VP, Asian American Institute), Myron Quon (Legal Director, Asian American Institute)

June 23, 9:00 AM
Sponsored by the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Allstate Foundation
Co-sponsored by the American Citizens for Justice, Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs and APAP
Chinese Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
This full-day event is being organized by the Detroit Chapter of OCA as part of their Initiative on Hate Crimes. APAP is proud to be a co-sponsor. In addition to the screening of "Who Killed Vincent Chin?", there will also be a series of panels and a visit to the gravesite at Forest Lawn Cemetary. Panelists include Frank H. Wu (Dean, Wayne State Law School), Roland Hwang (President, ACJ), Stephanie Lily Chang (ACJ) and many more.

June 23, 10:30 AM
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G. Street (Chinatown)
Co-sponsored by South Asian American Leaders for Tomorrow (SAALT), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Sikh American Legal Education and Defense Fund (SALDEF), University of Maryland's Asian American Studies Program, and the DC APA Film Festival.
Moderated by Eric Byler (director, Americanese and Charlotte Sometimes). Keynote by Larry Shinagawa (Professor, Univ. of Maryland)

June 23, 2:00 PM
665 Hancock St., Quincy, MA
Co-sponsored by Asian American Resource Workshop, American Chinese Federation, Chinese Progressive Association

June 24, 2:00 PM
Co-sponsored by National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (NCPD), Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, South Asian Network, Muslim Public Affairs Council
NCPD, 111 Center St.
Hamid Khan (Executive Director, South Asian Network), Stewart Kwoh (Executive Director, APALC), Robin Toma (Executive Director, LA County Human Relations Commission), Renee Tajima (Director, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?")

June 27, 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by Chinese Historical Society
Chinese For Affirmative Action, 17 Walter U Lum Place (across from Portsmouth Sqare; on Clay between Grant Ave and Kearny St.)
Helen Zia (author and activist), Honorable Yvonne Lee (Member of the SF Police Commission and former Commissioner of the President's Commission on Civil Rights), Malcolm Yeung (Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus), Kavneet Singh (Managing Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

July 7, Time TBD
Location TBD
Co-sponsored by Thymos

July 14, 2:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals-North Carolina and North Carolina Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Korman Communities - Theater, 300 Seaforth Drive, Durham, NC 27713

Additional events in other cities to come. Contact if you would like to host your own screening and discussion.  Please distribute.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Happy "Loving Day!" 40th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

Happy Hapa Day!

Asian American Village News: "40 Years after Landmark Ruling, Interracial Marriage Flourishing
June 12 Marks 40th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia"

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that did away with a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying nonwhites, and paving the way for the nullifcation/overturning of similar bans in 15 other states.

It also paved the wave for lots more hapas, like filmmaker and frequent Village contributor, Eric Byler, who's holding a party tonight Virginia to celebrate the Loving decision. It's just one of many such celebrations taking place across the country, so hug your favorite hapa or your other-racial squeeze and hop over to to find the fiesta nearest you!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

AAV Jobs Center Featured Job: Wang Center Coordinator

Opening posted this week to the Asian-American Village Jobs Center - Jobs for US Center:

Coordinator for Wang Center’s Asian/American Programs
SUNY Stony Brook - Stony Brook, NY

Description Summary: Responsible for managing and administering programs planned by the Director of Asian and Asian American Programs; provides support in the management of the budget for the Wang Center; works closely with the Director of Asian and Asian American Programs in the planning of programs and is responsible for the coordination and execution of programs initiated by the Director of Asian and Asian American Programs, in keeping with the Wang Center’s mission of promoting an understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures.

Required: B.A./B.S. degree in any discipline. In lieu of degree, a combination of education or directly related experience totaling four years will be considered. Three full-time years of complex and diverse administrative experience to include supervision and program coordination. Excellent verbal and written communication as well as interpersonal and organizational skills. Strong knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail software programs. Night and weekend work required.

Preferred: Demonstrated experience in diversity, multicultural, or minority affairs programming. Demonstrated experience in Asian and/or Asian American public programs and/or events. Experience working in an academic culture and/or non-profit environment.

Asian Americanists

ryuta said...

Hi! Just came across this blog while trying to spread the word about a new
collective blog written by Asian American graduate students.

Please check us out if you have a chance and help spread the word!!

Ask and ye shall receive --

We checked it out, and this blog by a team of current/former AAS grad students intends to be "like a virtual TA Lounge for Asian Americanists". Good for discussion and news tid bits from around the world.