2015 NAPABA Convention: Call for Programs – Open Now!

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is now accepting program proposals for the 2015 NAPABA Convention, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, from November 5-8. We welcome program submissions on topics that celebrate the diversity of NAPABA and will provide practical solutions and advice for our attendees’ future development and advancement.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:59 PST

Visit the Call for Programs webpage on the NAPABA website for detailed submission information. Please carefully review the guidelines before beginning your submission.

Chinese Immigration and Poetry at Angel Island and Ellis Island, March 6, 2015

Please join us for a talk on, Chinese Immigration and Poetry at Angel Island and Ellis Island, by Judy Yung, on Friday, March 6, 2015, 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.  

In the early twentieth century, most Chinese immigrants coming to the United States were detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay.  There, they were subject to physical exams, interrogations, and long detentions aimed at upholding the exclusion laws that kept Chinese out of the country. Many detainees recorded their anger and frustrations, hopes and despair in poetry written and carved on the barrack walls.

Island, co-authored by Dr. Judy Yung, tells these immigrants’ stories while underscoring their relevance to contemporary immigration issues. First published in 1980, this book has been updated and expanded to include a new historical introduction, 150 poems in Chinese and English translation (including poems from Ellis Island and Victoria Island), extensive profiles of immigrants gleaned through oral histories, and dozens of new photographs from public archives and family albums.

An important historical document as well as a significant work of literature, Island is a testament to the hardships Chinese immigrants endured on Angel Island, and to their perseverance and determination to make a new life in America.

Judy Yung, Professor Emerita, is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. Dr. Yung worked as a public librarian and journalist before becoming Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Asian American studies, women’s history, oral history, and mixed race.

Her publications include: Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island; Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco; Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present; The Adventures of Eddie Fung: Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War; and Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. Yung has also directed exhibits and written pictorial history books on Chinese American women and San Francisco Chinatown.

To RSVP for this talk, please visit www.aaari.info/15-03-06Yung.htm. Please be prepared to present ID to the security desk upon entering the building.

Can’t make it to the talk? Watch the live webcast on our homepage, beginning at 6:15PM EST, or visit us the following week for the streaming video and audio podcast.

For details on all of AAARI’s upcoming events, please visit www.aaari.info. See you on March 6th!


Antony Wong
Program Coordinator
Asian American / Asian Research Institute
City University of New York

Ascend Educational Fund Second Annual Gala, Mar. 14

The Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) is a New York City non-profit focused on providing college scholarships and mentorship to students of immigrant background, regardless of national origin, ethnicity, and immigration status. In our first two years, we have awarded nearly $100,000 to 16 outstanding students, representing countries including Bangladesh, Mexico, China, India, Guyana, Dominican Republic, South Korea, and Tibet.

We are holding our Second Annual Gala on Saturday, March 14 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. 100% of the profits from the Annual Gala will be awarded as college scholarships. The evening will feature a four-hour open bar, food stations, a keynote by Pulitzer-award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, multi-cultural performances, DJ, and a silent auction!

Please visit AEF’s Annual Gala website for more information: http://gala.ascendfundny.org

2015 KALCA College Internship Program: Applications Due March 27, 2015

The KALCA College Internship Program, now entering its 15th year, is a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates of Korean and Asian American descent with demonstrated leadership potential to gain practical, hands-on exposure to government, politics and non-profit advocacy.

Interns will earn a stipend of $2,000 by participating and successfully completing the program. Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. Visit the program overview and submit an application today! For questions, contact [email protected].

About KALCA:

The Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) is a 501©(3) non-profit, non-partisan, education and community advocacy organization. KALCA is dedicated to promoting the civic participation of Korean Americans and Asian Pacific Americans. KALCA seeks to promote active participation of the Korean and Asian American communities in the civic process; to educate community members about their rights, duties and responsibilities as American citizens; and to encourage community members to contribute to the broader American society. KALCA strives to accomplish its goals through leadership development, education and advocacy programs on behalf of the community.

MOCAFAMILY: Lunar New Year Family Festival, Feb. 28

Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts! Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance, create zodiac themed crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along with Chinatown’sRed Silk Dancers – and much more family fun at MOCA, so herd on over!

Tickets: $10/person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Advance online purchase recommended.

View festival schedule in PDF.

In collaboration with: Bian Dang & Kung Fu Ramen.


Performances & Demonstrations

11:00 am: Lion Dance Performance and Workshop by theColumbia University Lion Dance Troupe
1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: New Year Festival Dances with theChinatown’s Red Silk Dancers*
2:00 pm: Tastes of the New Year: Tasting & Demonstrations

Workshops & Other Activities

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Drop in Arts and Crafts Activities: Fantastic Firecrackers and Zany Zodiac Puppets
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Rest + Play
12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: Legends Story Time

Teaching Artist Demonstrations

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Calligraphy Corner with Tianyi Shan
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Fish for More! with OrigamiTree.com’s Jenny Chan
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Balloon Animal Art with Artist Corinne Robkin
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Zodiac Face Painting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Puppet Making + Puppetry with Chinese Theatre Works

* Denotes a ticketed event. Ticketed events are free with admission, but have limited capacity.

Save the date for more Lunar New Year activities:

MOCACREATE: Museum Makeover!
Dates: Saturday, February 7 and 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission.

Walking Tour Special: Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown

Dates: Offered on Saturdays and Sundays in February from Saturday, February 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015
Time: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

CELEBRASIA: New Year Festivities for Families

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration amongst leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in hands‐on workshops and programs. Follow CelebrASIA on Facebook for the latest updates on events.

Making America Work: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Workforce and Business 2014

Please join the Asian American Federation and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA for the release of our newest report:

Making America Work: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Workforce and Business 2014

Friday, February 27, 2015
10 AM to Noon

114 West 47th Street
New York, NY
Ground Floor Auditorium
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)

This event is generously hosted by Bank of America.

We will present the key findings of Making America Work, our report focusing on how Asian Americans contribute to the economy. The report includes a look at the impact of the Great Recession on the net worth of Asian Americans, the breadth of jobs and industries in which Asian Americans are major contributors, and the job creation and economic activity generated by Asian American-owned businesses. We also examine how Asian immigrants and low-wage workers play an important role in the economy. Lastly, we conclude with a number of recommendations to help Asian Americans overcome barriers to further success.

RSVP:  Please reply with the names of attendees to [email protected] by February 23. Security badges will be pre-printed for attendees to enter the auditorium.

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