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Thank you to all those who came to AABANY’s Annual Dinner 2014 held on February 26 at Cipriani Wall Street! 

In case you were wondering about additional photos from the event, here they are. Thanks to Karen Zhou for the great shots!

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In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence in supporting Denim Day 2014Wednesday, April  23rd. Denim Day is a sexual violence prevention and education campaign inspired by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of raising awareness for sexual assault victims worldwide.

This year’s theme is Empowering Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Violence. To that end, OCDV is partnering with the Department of Youth and Community Development to provide an informative workshop on sexual violence at our Manhattan Family Justice Center for Manhattan Fatherhood Program participants. In addition, each of the Family Justice Centers are organizing activities to engage clients, their children, and partner staff.

 I invite you to recognize Denim Day this year in one of the following ways:

  • Wear Denim on Wednesday, April 23rd
  • Attend the press conference on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, April 23rd at 12:00pm (open to the public)
  • Attend one of the many events being held in NYC
  • Follow @Denim_Day_NYC on Twitter and Like Denim Day NYC 2014 on Facebook
  • Share information about Denim Day on your social media page using hashtag #DenimDay

Congratulations to Will Wang, AABANY President-elect, who married Monica Huang on Saturday, April 19. Here is the NY Times article about the wedding: http://bit.ly/wwmhwed

Please join us in wishing Monica and Will love, joy and happiness in their lives together. (Thanks to Francis Chin for the photo.)

NAPABA Annual Lobby Day
and
APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception

NAPABA invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Lobby Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception on May 19-20, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Lobby Day is less than a month away! This is your opportunity to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community and to meet other NAPABA leaders from around the country.

Lobby Day Event Schedule:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Lobby Day Training Webinar (part one of three)

Monday, May 19, 2014
Lobby Day Onsite Training (part two of three)
NAPABA’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception with Honorary Chair and Featured Speaker, Senator Mazie Hirono
Confirmed speakers also include Congresswoman Grace Meng and Congressman Mark Takano
Click here to RSVP for the Reception.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 
NAPABA Lobby Day: Onsite Training Breakfast (part three of three)
Member Visits, Participant Debriefing & Happy Hour
*Breakfast and Happy Hour hosted by Jones Day

Register Online

There is no cost to attend.

Please visit our website for more information or email Melanie Robinson at mrobinson@napaba.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in May!

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There is still time to submit program proposals for the 26th Annual NAPABA Convention, Convergence: Collaborating for a Grand Tomorrow, taking place in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ from November 6-9, 2014. Topics that celebrate the diversity and unity of NAPABA and provide practical solutions and advice for our attendees’ development are encouraged.

Please note the extended deadline. Program proposals must be submitted to this online form by 8:00 pm ET on Friday, April 25. The program proposal submission guidelines can be viewed here. Please email NAPABA Special Events Coordinator Pia Rivera with any questions.

Friday, May 2: The Color of Citizenship: Legacies of Japanese American Internment from WWII to Stop & Frisk, to be held at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Note: Roosevelt House is located at 47-49 East 65th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

RSVP required - this event is free & open to the public; lunch will be served.

Link to conference program & RSVP: http://www.roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/events/internment/

About the Conference:

The mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II is a powerful but often occluded illustration of the fragility of US citizenship and civil liberties. As such, this event demands frequent reexamination in relation to ongoing conversations regarding post-9/11 special registration, detention, and deportation, as well as long-standing formal and informal practices of profiling and surveillance of communities of color. This daylong conference presents a three-part program examining: 1) the history of the Japanese American incarceration and how it is made meaningful to multiple publics in different locations – higher education, museums, and our national landmarks; 2) artists who deploy this history as relevant to their artistic and political practices in the present; 3) the legal significance of the incarceration to contemporary local and national state policies directed against communities of color.

Keynote address by Norman Y. Mineta, 14th United States Secretary of Transportation

Co-sponsored by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, The Hunter College Asian American Studies Program, The Hunter College Human Rights Program, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University

The New York Law Journal is once again pulling together a chart of minority-owned law firms in New York, with 50% or more minority ownership. Last year’s chart can be viewed here for reference.  There is no fee involved.  If you would like to be included, please send the following information to Angela Turturro (aturturro@alm.com):

  • firm name
  • address/telephone #
  • the name of managing partner(s)
  • the number of permanent, full-time attorneys as of Dec. 31, 2013

Please note: NYLJ also has a women-owned law firms chart (50% or more female ownership), so if your firm also qualifies for that, please reach out.   

Please respond by May 1, 2014 for inclusion.

Please join the Asian American / Asian Research Institute for a book talk, A Matter of Rats, by Amitava Kumar, on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 6PM to 8PM, at 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Amitava Kumar will read from his new non-fiction work, A Matter of Rats (Duke University Press, Spring 2013).

It is not only the past that lies in ruins in Patna, it is also the present. But that is not the only truth about the city that Amitava Kumar explores in this vivid, entertaining account of his home town. We accompany him on journeys and memories through many Patnas, the myriad cities locked within the city-the shabby reality of the present-day capital of Bihar; Pataliputra, the storied city of emperors; the dreamlike embodiment of the city in the minds and hearts of those who have escaped contemporary Patna’s confines. Full of fascinating observations and impressions, A Matter of Rats reveals a challenging and enduring city that exerts a lasting pull on all those who drift into its orbit.

Part memoir, part travelogue, Kumar’s ruminations on one of the world’s oldest cities, the capital of India’s poorest province, is also a meditation on how to write about place.

Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, filmmaker, and Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomband Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel, both also published by Duke University Press; Husband of a Fanatic: A Personal Journey through India, Pakistan, Love, and Hate, a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” selection; Bombay-London-New York, a New Statesman (UK) “Book of the Year” selection; and Passport Photos. 

To RSVP for this talk, please visit http://aaari.info/14-04-25Kumar.htm. Please be prepared to present proper identification when entering the building lobby. 

For those unable to attend, watch the live webcast of the talk on our website homepage, beginning at 6:15PM EST, or catch the post-live video and audio podcast online the following week. For updates and to view videos from past events, please visit www.aaari.info.

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This year, the A/PA Heritage Festival (www.capaonline.org) will be helping producing Gen 根, a contemporary dance theater piece exploring the lives of the women who were left behind when their husbands/companions left to work on the Transcontinental Railways in the US. 
This will be done in conjunction with Corky Lee’s 145th Anniversary Transcontinental Railroad Legacy on May 10th, 2014 in Tremonton, Utah. Come join us in Utah—be there to reclaim a part of Asian American’s neglected and forgotten history.
We are $5,000 short and have little time to bring the production to the 440 Studios: 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY. Prepurchase tickets for $39 or support our project here.

Gen 

Friday June 13, 8:00PM
Saturday June 14, 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday June 15, 2014, 2:00PM
440 STUDIOS: 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

"Where are your roots? Here are ours."
Inspired by Stories of Asian Americans.
Conceived & Directed by Wan Zhao

CAPA Presents Gen

The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) is a New York-based advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Our goal is to build partnerships with community organizers as we help social profit organizations reach new audiences. 

For 35 years, CAPA has been at the forefront of creating and sustaining personalized opportunities for nonprofits, businesses, artists, and individuals to explore our shared culture.

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Action Council, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families’ young professionals support group, cordially invites you to a night of fun for a greater cause. 

COMEDY SHOW LINE UP

  • MC for this show:  Ramzi Bautista, host of Redrum Comedy
  • Sachi Ezura, MTV Comedy Showcase, the New York Comedy Festival, Laughter in the Park, and producer of MTV’s Girl Code
  • Joel Kim Booster, writer for the critically acclaimed live news magazine, “The Paper Machete” in Chicago
  • Sheng Wang, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Comedy Central, and the John Oliver NY Stand Up Show
  • Subhah Agarwal, the New York Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival


GET TICKETS NOW

All proceeds benefit the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization.