Please join the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) for a talk on, Chinese and Native American Connections, on Friday, March 23, 2012, 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.
Dr. Wen Jin will provide an analysis of Chinese/American poet-scholars Alex Kuo and Aku Wuwu, with a focus on their poetry, fiction, and critical writings that bring together Native American culture and the cultures of ethnic minorities in contemporary China. Dr. Jin shows the broader implications of the two authors by discussing the ways in which ideas of “ethnicity” and “indigineity” function in Chinese and American contexts and sketching a short history of Chinese-Native American contact in recent decades.
To RSVP for this talk, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, e-mail and zip code, or call our office at 212-869-0182. Please be prepared to show proper ID when entering the building for security purposes.
Grace Meng to Run for Congress
Following the re-drawing of Congressional lines by a Federal court earlier this month, Congressman Gary Ackerman announced his retirement last week. Assemblywoman Grace Meng was then tapped by Queens Democratic leaders to run in the newly-created CD6. If elected, Meng will be the first Asian American member of the House of Representatives from New York. With primaries coming up in June, she would need to start campaigning immediately. Congratulations and best wishes to Grace Meng!
Senate Leaders Agree to Move Forward on the Confirmation of Three Asian Pacific American Judicial Nominees
On March 15 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement to allow votes on all three Asian Pacific American nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Asian Pacific American nominees include Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Miranda Du, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and John Z. Lee, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Nguyen, Ms. Du, and Mr. Lee have all been nominated to fill vacancies that are classified as “judicial emergencies.” Eleven other judicial nominees were also included in the Senate deal, and it is expected that all 14 judicial nominees will receive a floor vote by May 7th.
Read the full press release here.
THE Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) will hold its 5th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at ESPACE, 635 West 42nd Street (between 11th & 12th Avenues). Cocktails are at 6:00 PM, Dinner and Awards start at 7:30 PM.
Purchase tickets here. Download a printable version of CUP’s 5th Anniversary Leadership Gala Invite here.
There will also be an After Party at Lucky Strike, 42nd Street & 12th Avenue from 9:00 PM – Midnight. Ticket prices are as follows:
VIP Tickets: $300, (CUP Members $250), Exclusive Access to LuXe Lounge Featuring 4 Private State-of-the-Art Bowling Lanes, Billiards, and Open Bar from 9:00pm – Midnight.
General Admission Tickets: $150 (CUP Members $125) Access to Main Lounge Featuring Open Bar from 9:00pm – 10:30pm.
To Purchase Tickets Visit: www.eventfarm.com/afterparty
March 22, 2012 6:30PM – 8:30PM | 42 Broadway, 20th Floor | New York, NY 10004
Since September 11th, policies and practices instituted in the name of national security have violated civil rights of South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh community members. Whether it is the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslim communities, airport officials subjecting Sikh and Muslim travelers to additional security screenings, or immigration enforcement programs targeting our community, the lives of everyday South Asian New Yorkers have been profoundly altered.
Join us on March 22 for a community briefing to mark the release of the upcoming report In Our Own Words: Narratives of South Asian New Yorkers Affected by Racial and Religious Profiling. Through surveys, focus groups, and interviews with over 600 South Asian community members in Brooklyn and Queens, the report reveals how profiling has affected individuals’ personal lives and the community’s collective identity.The report is the result of a joint documentation project by seven New York-based and national organizations: Coney Island Avenue Project; Council of Peoples Organization; DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving; The Sikh Coalition; South Asian Americans Leading Together; South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!); and UNITED SIKHS.
The community briefing will feature community members sharing their personal experiences and advocates providing recommendations to address profiling.
Light refreshments will be served
To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com with “Profiling Briefing” in the subject line by no later than March 19
Attendees must RSVP due to security protocol at the venue.