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January 21, 2013

Written by C.N.

Update on Recent Website Issues

To regular and new readers of Asian-Nation: I wanted to let you know that back in late November, unfortunately someone hacked into my Asian-Nation web hosting account and inserted malware code into many of my website files. I only learned of this once I began my three-week family vacation to Viet Nam over the winter break, so only after I returned to the U.S. about a week ago was I able to remove all instances of the malware code that I could find.

Unfortunately, in the meantime, Google blacklisted Asian-Nation as an attack site, which means that when you visit the site again, your browser might inform you that it’s an attack site as a result of it being blacklisted by Google. Like I described, I’ve cleaned and removed the malware code from my site and hopefully Google will remove it from being blacklisted soon, but in the meantime, you can trust that Asian-Nation is not an attack site.

Alas, instances like this seem to be an increasing part of the digital age in which we live. Thank you for your patience and look for a post about my visit to Viet Nam soon.

C.N. Le

October 24, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #54

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Position: Director, Pan-Asian American Community House, UPenn

The University of Pennsylvania’s Asian American Pacific Islander student resource center, the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), is looking for a new Director. PAACH is the hub of AAPI activism and student life at Penn so this position is very important to us.

Reference #110931531

Duties: The Director provides collaborative leadership and administrative oversight of the Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH). The director leads the provision of co-curricular, cultural and social programs for students and student organizations with an emphasis on Asian Pacific American diasporic programming. The Director assists in programming to support the recruitment and retention of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Director collaborates with student groups affiliated with the center and other university entities to connect students to all resources relevant to their academic and leadership development and represents the office on University Committees. Position reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access.

Qualifications: Master’s required, Ph.D. preferred; minimum of 3-5 years experience in higher education administrations, program development and management, preferably in student affairs; teaching experience desired. Strong knowledge of Asian/Pacific American community required; excellent interpersonal, organizational, technology and communication skills require


Exhibit: “Asians 2 American,” Smithsonian Institute

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program are collaborating on an exhibition that will be the Smithsonian’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Through the groundbreaking work of seven artists from across the country, Asian American Portraits of Encounter offers provocative artistic responses to the Asian experience in America. The exhibition brings together artists including CYJO, Hye Yeon Nam, Shizu Saldamando, Roger Shimomura, Satomi Shirai, Tam Tran, and Hong Chun Zhang into one exhilarating exhibition. Their portraits of encounter offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.

The exhibit also includes a Portraits After 5: Asian 2 American Mingle at the Museum event on Friday, November 4 – 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in an amazing evening of art, food, and music in the National Portrait Gallery, among works from one of the art world’s most exciting fields. View the exhibition Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter and converse with exhibit curators and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program staff about these provocative works. Then have your own story told by one of the Corcoran College of Art + Design students on hand to draw your portrait and add it to the works from the collections being projected on the walls of the Kogod Courtyard. Then sample the delicious food and drinks as DJs Yellow Fever transform the courtyard with a soundscape of international beats.

Exhibit: “Faces of China,” Miami FL

“Faces of China” – Making Connections in the Simplest Way
Miami Photographer Tom Salyer Showcases 6 Years of Work in China

Miami based professional photographer Tom Salyer will showcase an exhibit of his work documenting his annual visits to China. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and the exhibit will run through January 21, 2012.

The show will also feature an audio accompaniment of natural, field-recorded sound. As well as traditional commercial photography, Salyer specializes in multimedia presentations and ‘talking postcards’ that combine photographs and sound so that audiences gain a fuller, more compelling experience than any one of those elements could achieve by themselves. Images detailing the meditation routine of Tibetan Monks are preserved moments in time when complemented with the sounds of horns, cymbals, chants, conch shells, clanging tea cups, and rice being rhythmically scooped and poured over bowls and rings.

ACND Gallery of Art
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School
4949 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

November 5th – January 21st, 2012
Opening: November 5th 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Position: International/Middle East Studies, NC State

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position in International Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor with research focusing on the Middle East. The position will be a joint appointment with a commitment to teaching in the International Studies program and a commitment to teaching Middle East studies courses within a disciplinary department. Tenure when granted will be held in the disciplinary department. Personnel decisions will originate in the disciplinary department with input from the International Studies program.

Applications are welcomed from scholars in the fields of Anthropology, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, or related fields. The College seeks scholars whose research covers the geographical area of the Middle East. In addition, the College seeks applications from scholars who are prepared to assume major but not singular responsibility for the core and capstone courses in the International Studies major. Preference for candidates with significant time living or working in the Middle East. For more information about the Middle East Studies Program visit

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold the PhD in an appropriate field and have some teaching experience. ABDs who plan on having their PHD completed by August 15, 2012 will be considered but preference will be given to applicants who will have a completed PHD.

To apply please visit and search for position 00101890. Applicants will be asked to submit a letter of application that speaks to their interdisciplinary and comparative/global interests and their research as it pertains to the Middle East, a copy of their current CV, syllabi, and a representative sample of teaching evaluation. In addition, please arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Akram Khater, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, North Carolina State University, CB 8108, Raleigh NC 27695-8108. Review of applications will begin on November 9, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

Two Positions: Asian American Studies, San Francisco State

The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the Asian American Studies Department with specialization in Chinese American Studies, to commence Fall 2012 semester (Search #12.11).

Qualifications: PhD or equivalent terminal degree by August 1, 2012. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in curricular development and student advising, ability to teach general and comparative Asian American Studies courses (both undergraduate and graduate levels), and commitment to scholarly/professional activities and community service. Open fields of specialization in the social sciences and humanities. Consideration will be given to candidates with bilingual/bicultural competency and expertise in the areas of Chinese American history, literature, writing/composition, and/or cultural studies.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with rank and qualifications. Application Deadline: December 15, 2011. Submit application dossier (cover letter, cv, official transcripts, samples of published or other related professional works) and a minimum of three references to:

Asian American Studies Hiring Committee, Search #12.11
College of Ethnic Studies – EP 103
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4100

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Position Two:
The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the Asian American Studies Department, to commence Fall 2012 semester (Search #13.11).

Description and Qualifications: PhD or equivalent terminal degree by August 1, 2012. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in curricular development and student advising, ability to teach general and comparative Asian American Studies courses (both undergraduate and graduate levels), and commitment to scholarly/professional activities and community service. Preference will be given to candidates with specialization in (1) Asian American family, gender, sexuality, and Queer studies, and/or (2) South Asian American Studies. Consideration will be given to candidates with bilingual/bicultural competency.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. Application Deadline: December 15, 2011. Submit application dossier with a cover letter, cv, official transcripts, samples of published or related professional works, and a minimum of three references to:

Asian American Studies Hiring Committee, Search #13.11
Office of the Dean, College of Ethnic Studies, EP 103
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4100

For further information contact, 415/338-2698

Position: Director of Africana Studies, Texas A&M

The Africana Studies Program at Texas A & M University invites applications for the position of Director. This is a faculty position with appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level. PhD required. We seek candidates who have a strong record of research, teaching, and administrative experience in Africana, Diaspora, or related Studies. A joint appointment with a department outside Africana Studies is possible. Duties include teaching Africana Studies classes. The position will begin August 1, 2012.

The program in Africana Studies is housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The interdisciplinary program offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate. The Africana Studies faculty and curriculum are distinctively interdisciplinary and transnational. The program is currently composed of eight core faculty members, who hold joint appointments in our departments of Anthropology, Communication, English, Hispanic Studies, Performance Studies, and Psychology. More than twenty other faculty from an array of academic disciplines teach classes and participate in program activities as affiliated faculty members. All are engaged in exciting research that is advancing knowledge in their fields of specialty and raising the program to national prominence.

Texas A & M is a large and expanding research university located in Bryan/College Station, a growing metropolitan community with a clean environment, attractive amenities, a low cost of living, and close proximity to the large metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. It holds the unusual distinction of being a land, sea, and space grant university.

Applicants should submit a letter describing their research, teaching, and statement of their vision for advancing Africana Studies at Texas A & M; curriculum vitae, one writing sample (article or book chapter), and names of three references. Address correspondence to: Africana Search Committee, 4456 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4456. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

June 30, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #46

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Call for Submissions: Immigrants Stories

The Asian American Justice Center Youth Advisory Council is launching a campaign to highlight the rich, unique family histories within the Asian American Pacific Islander community through the What’s Your Story Campaign. This campaign is a response to this nation’s ongoing debate on immigrant rights and immigration.

Despite this collective recognition that our immigration system is broken, too little attention has been paid to protect and improve the cornerstone of American immigration policy – family reunification. Your stories will help show members of Congress the importance of the family immigration system to Asian Americans community. Please take a a few minutes to fill out this survey and let your story be heard.

Join us in Sharing Your Story.

Behind every person, there is a story. Together our stories will depict America’s rich diversity but we cannot paint this picture without your story. Take a few minutes to fill out our survey and join our movement to celebrate where we come from and where we are going. You can also send your story and content (ie stories, videos, pictures, etc) to Huyen Cao at

The deadline for submissions is July 1. Thank you very much.

Huyen Cao
AAJC Youth Advisory Council

Fellowship: Civil Rights & Social Justice

The Korematsu Institute advances pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education, activism and leadership development. The Institute is founded in the name of American civil rights hero Fred T. Korematsu. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, a group of young lawyers re-opened Korematsu’s case on the basis of government misconduct, leading his conviction to be overturned. Until his death in 2005, Fred Korematsu remained a tireless advocate for civil rights, including the rights of Arab and Muslim Americans after 9/11. In 2011, California commemorated its first Fred Korematsu Day, the first day in US history named after an Asian American.

Korematsu Institute internships offer unique opportunities for students interested in civil rights, education & exhibits, design and technology, documentary film and media, event planning and fundraising, and archival research. The program will also help students develop leadership skills in order to foster understanding among different minority communities whose rights have been threatened by racial and religious profiling. There are many internship projects to work on during this early, exciting period of the Institute. Some project areas include:

  • Education: help design school curriculum about Fred Korematsu’s story and the current relevance of his case. Work with the Institute’s director on introducing curriculum to schools and preparing exhibits for museums
  • Design and Technology: design fliers and marketing materials for events, enhance web site design, work on technology-related curriculum, such as interactive games
  • Documentary Film and Media: help produce short films projects, archive historical footage, work with filmmakers to set up film screenings. Track and analyze media coverage
  • Events and Fundraising: coordinate events, including fundraising and outreach events, museum exhibitions, and collaborations with other civil rights groups across the country. Assist in fundraising research and outreach
  • Research: research historical archives to supplement/organize our Fred Korematsu library

Depending on your background and interest, we may be able to dedicate most of your internship to one or two of these project areas, however interns are expected to be flexible and willing to take on additional tasks, including some administrative work. Compensation: Our internships are unpaid, but very often, undergraduates can receive college credit for fulfilling their intern assignments.

Fall/Winter internships: Because of Fred Korematsu Day every January 30, the fall/winter internships are longer, running from Sept/Oct to mid-February (we understand that students may be out of town during winter holidays). Please note that start/end dates are relatively flexible to accommodate class schedules. You must be available during regular office hours from 9am-5pm.

We need individuals who are passionate about our cause and committed to following through on every task to contribute to our Institute’s mission. We are looking for extremely organized team members who are skilled at multitasking. Multimedia, web or layout design, and leadership skills are a plus.

Application: Please email the following materials to

  1. Completed internship application form (available at )
  2. 1-page resume
  3. Name, title, phone number and email address for two school or work references

Deadlines: Fall/Winter 2011-2012 internship application deadline: Friday, July 8, 2011. You will be contacted for an interview within one month if we have decided to advance your candidacy.

Post Doc: Social Justice, Saint Louis University

Social Justice Post-Doctoral Fellow Position

Saint Louis University, a Catholic Jesuit Institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service seeks a full-time postdoctoral research fellowship position in Social Justice Studies which will begin in August of 2011. This is a two-year position with the second year renewal contingent on a satisfactory annual review. Applicants must be a recent doctoral graduate (degree obtained in 2008 or later) who is highly motivated in developing a research portfolio in immigration, aging, and health care, is able to work effectively with ethnically diverse populations, and possesses strong methodological (quantitative and/or qualitative) and communication skills. Individuals who have completed a doctoral degree in psychology, sociology, anthropology, counseling, health care ethics, social work, or other area in the social sciences are welcome to apply.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team on a series of projects designed to investigate immigrants’ experiences with the health care system. The fellow will receive intensive research training under a faculty mentorship model to develop as an independent investigator. Fellowship training opportunities include, but are not limited to, leading project activities, enhancing research and analytic skills, achieving independent research goals, co-authoring peer-reviewed journals, presenting findings at professional conferences, and writing grants.

The position will include a competitive salary for 12-month contract plus health care benefits. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately and reviewed until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and three references. Letters are not required. The application must be made online at

For more information, contact:

Hisako Matsuo, Ph.D., Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice,, 314-977-2536
Lisa Willoughby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology,, 314-977-2531

Call for Submissions: ‘Armed With a Camera’ Fellowship

Armed With a Camera Fellowship

Fellowship Cultivates New Generation of Asian Pacific American Filmmakers
Applications Due July 29th

Visual Communications is now accepting applications for its10th annual Armed With a Camera Fellowship. The fellowship fosters the education, training and professional development of up-and-coming Asian Pacific American filmmakers. In doing so, it seeks to shed light on the experiences of communities traditionally underrepresented by visual media.

The fellowship is open to filmmakers under 30-years-old of Asian Pacific descent. South Asian, Southeast Asian and women filmmakers are strongly encouraged to apply. From November 2011 to March 2012 Visual Communications will provide the support and resources for ten fellows to each to create a five-minute digital video. These resources will include:

  • $500 cash grant
  • Training, workshops and mentoring from industry professionals
  • Opportunity for collaborative work with other fellows
  • Access to equipment and editing facilities
  • World premiere of completed film in the “VC Digital Posse” showcase of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • All-access pass to films, panels and events of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Opportunity to network with professional filmmakers and Visual Communications staff and supporters

In the past decade, Visual Communications has supported 70 filmmakers through the fellowship. Last year’s portfolio represents a characteristic diversity of topics. One documentary traces the disappearance of a Filipino-American R&B star. Another tells the emigration story of a filmmaker’s Vietnamese father. Several narrative works explore family relationships. In one, a South Asian lesbian woman spends the Hindu New Year with her partner. In another, a Japanese woman questions her marriage to an American. Settings range from a World War II battlefield in France to a sci-fi future.

Applications are available at The Armed with a Camera Fellowship is partially funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Please contact Daina Solomon ( or 213 680-4462 ext. 30) for more information.

Conference: Advancing Justice

The 2011 Advancing Justice Conference will be held in beautiful San Francisco on October 27-28, 2011. This year’s conference will pay tribute to the rich history of activism that makes the Bay Area such a special place for all communities, but especially Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This year, the Asian Law Caucus, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, will be the local host for the conference, with APALC co-hosting.

Registration is now open!

This year’s conference will include exciting and diverse workshops on:

  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Capacity Building
  • Youth Leadership & Community Organizing
  • Immigrant Integration & Civic Participation

There will also be five engaging plenary sessions focusing on veteran Asian American activists, emerging Asian American geographic communities, social entrepreneurship, Pacific Islanders, and cross-racial alliance building. The Advancing Justice Conference will be an exciting opportunity to discuss the pressing immigrant and civil rights issues of today and to network with peers. We hope that you will join us in October in San Francisco.

A limited number of scholarships & travel stipends are available to conference participants. Factors taken into consideration include: financial need, geography, ethnic diversity, and area of expertise. Apply today! Deadline to apply is 5 pm PST on Friday, August 21, 2011. Applicants will be notified by Monday, August 31, 2011.

May 5, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #44

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Speaker Contest: Campus Progress Conference

Hello, I have an exciting opportunity that you or your viewers might be interested in! I am from an organization called Campus Progress in Washington D.C., and in conjunction with, we have opened up a Keynote Speaker Contest for our upcoming National Conference in July.

To enter, contestants are asked to submit a 1-3 minute long video addressing the question: “In your own life, how are you changing the rules of our race conversation, and creating real solutions for racial and social justice?”

We are expecting over 1,000 young progressive in attendance, so this will be a great event for politically minded young people (18-30 yrs) who are specifically passionate about issues of racial justice. If you are interested in applying to the Keynote Speaker Contest, or if you would be interested in making a blog post about it on your site, then please check out this link.

The deadline for submissions is 12am EST May 13, 2011.

Thank you,
Erin Glinowiecki
Intern, Campus Progress

Position: Special Projects Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) is seeking a bright, creative, highly qualified individual to serve as Special Projects Coordinator for our Legal Mobilization Project (LMP). In general, the Legal Mobilization Project works to address civil rights issues beyond a litigation only model, including the involvement of large scale pro bono lawyers, technology, advocacy, education, as well as a variety of enforcement options, while working with other Lawyers’ Committee expert lawyers on particular issues. This includes developing overall organizational plans, protocols, volunteer and client materials, management tools, and volunteer recruitment and training.

In the midst of the recent economic turmoil and associated foreclosure crisis, millions of distressed homeowners have become vulnerable targets for unscrupulous and sometimes criminal third party scams. Minorities and low income people are particularly targeted by bogus companies that seek fees and promise assistance in addressing mortgage arrears, only to refer homeowners to resources they could have accessed for free or, in far too many cases, to provide no services at all. The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network (LMSPN) mobilizes a nationwide network to educate distressed homeowners on how to recognize and avoid mortgage scams and their individual rights, work with federal and state authorities on enforcement, and collect a large amount of data on mortgage fraud to put an end to the mortgage rescue scam problem.

The Special Projects Coordinator will work primarily, but not exclusively, on the Lawyers’ Committee’s Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network and Election Protection program. Additionally, a portion of the Special Projects Coordinator’s time will be spent providing support to the Lawyers’ Committee’s Chief Counsel.

As November 2012 approaches, the Special Projects Coordinator will focus more and more of her or his time on the 2012 Election Protection program, which the Lawyers’ Committee leads. Election Protection – the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition – works throughout the year to break down barriers to the ballot box for traditionally disenfranchised voters. In 2008, Election Protection mobilized over 10,000 legal volunteers, received over 240,000 calls to the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline, and organized Election Protection Legal Committees in 46 jurisdictions that worked on the ground throughout the election cycle and on Election Day to support traditionally disenfranchised voters. It is overseen by the Voting Rights Project.

The Special Projects Coordinator’s duties include:

  • Maintaining the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network database, including: uploading data from our reporting partners, managing the paper intake system, running statistical reports and analysis, and site maintenance
  • Serving as a member of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Online Communication Team and will maintain Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts, and be involved in the organization’s eAdvocacy and fundraising programs
  • Maintaining Legal Mobilization project’s webpage and various campaign micro-sites by drafting and editing content, formatting text and images, and posting content using a Content Management System (CMS). No HTML or other programming experience is required, but applicants should have a strong affinity for this type of technology
  • Working with Project Directors, LMP Manager and vendors on the development, implementation and maintenance of all technological Project solutions
  • Serving as a technical lead for the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and assist the LMP Manager in the development of hotline call centers and legal field programs
  • Working with LMP and other Project staff in the development, tracking and formatting of relevant materials
  • Utilizing computer software such as Excel, databases, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, and Geographic Information System software to support the work of the project
  • Using organizing and logistical expertise to support process aspect of LMP’s, assist with other LMP priorities as identified by the Legal Mobilization and Public Policy Directors and the LMP Manager
  • Assisting with the recruitment, training, and deployment of legal volunteers, particularly for Election Protection
  • Administrative support for the Legal Mobilization Project and Chief Counsel as needed, including: managing project accounting forms with regard to third party vendors and travel vouchers, taking meeting minutes, mail retrieval, photocopying, arranging conference calls, reserving conference rooms, and providing support for work with the Lawyers’ Committee’s Board and Affiliates

The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of related work experience, preferably at a non-profit organization or on a political, issue or candidate campaign. The applicant must be detail oriented, have strong personal organizational skills, be able to manage multiple projects at one time, and prioritize tasks effectively. Familiarity with web-based volunteer management and mass communications software and proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word strongly preferred. Familiarity with desktop publishing and graphic design skills are a plus.

The ideal candidate will be a fast-learner who does not shy away from hard work, has a passion for civil rights issues and progressive causes, and a strong head on his or her shoulders. Applicants must be outgoing, affable, have a good sense of humor and be able to work under the pressure of a campaign environment with tight deadlines. Because the position is critical to Election Protection, a commitment is asked through the 2012 elections (November). The Special Projects Coordinator will report directly to the Manager of Legal Mobilization.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to or Kathy Coates, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1401 New York Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005. If you are applying by email please include REF#SPC51311 in the subject line of the email. The Lawyers’ Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The position will remain open until May 13, 2011, and applications will be reviewed as received.

Eric Marshall
Manager of Legal Mobilization
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-662-8325

Position: Race/Ethnicity, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a visiting faculty scholar position (with the title of Visiting Senior Associate) in Race/Ethnicity and Public Policy. The applicant must be a tenured faculty affiliated with an institute of higher education in the United States other than UIC, and who has made a significant contribution to their field.

IRRPP promotes, coordinates, and conducts innovative research at the intersection of race, ethnicity and public policy. IRRPP represents a major commitment on the part of UIC to better understand racial and ethnic diversity in Chicago, the nation, and the world. One of our central aims is to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of research on racial and ethnic groups facing persistent inequalities and inequities.

The Institute pursues a comprehensive multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural agenda that includes African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and other groups confronted with systematic racial, ethnic, and class barriers, with the primary goal of improving both the understanding and conditions of these groups. In addition to working on broad issues of race and public policy, each year IRRPP organizes its activities around a theme. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the focus will be on issues of criminalization and mass incarceration as racial justice issues.

We are seeking applicants whose work addresses issues of race/ethnicity and injustice in the criminal legal system. The focus might include: the impact of law enforcement, immigration, and incarceration policies on communities of color, the criminalization of disadvantaged youth, the disproportionate impact of criminal sanctions, or state and other forms of structural violence as a means of social control. Work at the intersection of race/ethnicity and other markers of social disadvantage (such as class, sexuality, immigration status, age) is of particular interest to IRRPP. We are specifically seeking applicants whose work has an engaged social justice perspective and who have experience working with communities and in collaboration with community organizations. The applicant must be a tenured faculty affiliated with an institute of higher education in the United States other than UIC, and who has made a significant contribution to their field.

The specific duties of the visiting faculty scholar will include:

  • Completing a policy-oriented research project on a problem related to race/ethnicity, inequality and criminal legal policy as discussed above
  • Writing a policy paper on the results of the research project with policy recommendations
  • Presenting a public lecture .Collaborating with the IRRPP research team on projects related to their proposed research
  • Teaching a graduate seminar or Honors College class on their work
  • Serving as a resource to community groups in Chicago working on similar issues

The position runs from August 16, 2011 to May 15, 2012. The scholar must be in residence in Chicago during the entire length of the position. The salary ranges from $50,000 to $85,000 plus benefits, based on current salary. In addition, the scholar is eligible for $2,000 to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 for allowable relocation expenses.

All application materials must be received by May 20, 2011. For questions about the position please contact Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director for Research at To apply, go to, find job ID number 7263 and submit: 1) a cover letter describing your proposed research project; your work in relation to the field; and your experience with community-engaged research and social justice projects; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a writing sample (either a chapter or an article).

Summer Institute: Redefining Asian Americans in Queens, NYC

Redefining Asian Americans: Youth, Culture, and Community in Multicultural Queens, NYC.

The Asian American Studies Center at Queens College CUNY is delighted to announce its 2011 Summer Institute: “Redefining Asian Americans: Youth, Culture and Community in Multicultural Queens, NYC.” This weeklong institute provides participants a unique opportunity to learn about the social and cultural experiences of Asian American youth in culturally diverse communities of Queens. Being home to immigrants from over 150 countries, Queens offers a fascinating setting to study intersections of individual, ethnic, and global identities, and to re-examine the changing nature of Asian American communities.

The program will include meeting scholars/leaders with expertise on various Asian American topics, discussions on related issues, and field trips to community-based organizations and neighborhoods with large Asian American concentrations.

The registration fee for the Summer Institute is $150. This non-refundable deposit is due upon admission to the program by cashier’s check or money order. Room and Board will be provided at the Queens College dormitory, The Summit, for the duration of the program. Expenses for air or ground travel will be reimbursed on approval of estimated cost with the submission of receipts. Students will receive a stipend of $500, which will be disbursed upon completion of the Summer Institute.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to download the application form, go to and go to “Related Links.”

Application deadline: May 31, 2011.

Position: Policy Analyst, Natl. Korean Am. Service & Education Consortium

The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) seeks a hardworking, highly skilled, talented, and committed individual to serve as the Policy Analyst focusing on economic security and civic engagement of low-income seniors for its Washington D.C. office.

NAKASEC is a dynamic grassroots-based organization founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans within the social justice movement. NAKASEC has offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. NAKASEC has affiliates in Los Angeles (The Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and works in partnership with local community based organizations across the nation. Major program areas: Civic Engagement (Redistricting, Elections and Census), Civil Rights (LGBTQ, Hate Crimes, Language Access, Voting Rights), Financial Empowerment, Immigrant Rights (Immigration Reform, Immigrant Integration, and Enforcement), Youth Organizing, and Technical Assistance.

Major Responsibilities

  • Be a part of a local-national team that implements a multi-pronged education, advocacy and organizing project to strengthen elder civic engagement in economic security issues
  • Develop and implement a policy agenda focused on economic security for low-income communities
  • Advocate for policies and measures to enhance and address the economic security needs of low-income seniors
  • Conduct research and analyze existing data and studies to identify priority concerns and economic status of low-income seniors
  • Produce relevant educational materials
  • Represent NAKASEC at constituent and coalition partner meetings, events, and conferences. Develop and maintain strong relationships with key national and local groups
  • Speak on behalf of NAKASEC at conferences and events. Help coordinate media relevant activities including the development of messaging points and spokespersons
  • Oversee project evaluation activities
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance and program support to NAKASEC affiliates and partners
  • Work with NAKASEC staff as a team to create a strategic plan for developing new programs and building organizational capacity that will advance the organization’s mission and objectives
  • Produce and maintain relevant work & grant reports and other documentation

Bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years experience working on Korean American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, or economic security/empowerment policy initiatives. Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills. Strong research and analytical capacity. Experience in policy and legislative advocacy desired. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, think creatively, and prioritize multiple tasks. Ability to work collaboratively in local-national or multi sectoral/ethnic partnerships. Some experience in working with ethnic and/or mainstream media desirable. Experience in community organizing and electoral campaigns an asset. This position requires occasional travel and ability to work some weekends.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history and requirement to Yeon-Ok Suh, NAKASEC, 1628 16th Street, Suite 306, Washington D.C. 20009 or via email at Put “NAKASEC POLICY ANALYST SEARCH” in the subject line if applying via e-mail.

Competition: 14th Annual Asian American Literary Awards

Since 1998, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop has presented the highest literary honor for writers of Asian American descent. We believe we are the only national organization that actively solicits entries, to ensure that a comprehensive list of the year’s Asian American books are entered into competition. Past winners of the award include Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, National Book Award winner Ha Jin, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Susan Choi, Booker Prize Finalist Amitav Ghosh, American Book Award winner Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, and Guggenheim Fellow Arthur Sze, among many others. As these writers show, Asian American literature is not just a niche genre, but a central chapter in our nation’s literature.

The Annual Asian American Literary Awards honor Asian American writers for excellence in three categories: (1) fiction, (2) poetry, and (3) nonfiction. Literary awards recipients are determined by a national panel of judges who are selected on the basis of expertise in a literary genre and/or experience in academic environments relevant to Asian American literature; residence in the U.S. and ethnic background as to create a diverse committee.

To qualify for our next award, a work must have been written by an individual of Asian descent living in the United States and published originally in English during the calendar year preceding the award year (for example, works published in 2010 are eligible for the 2011 Literary Awards). No self-published works will be considered. Award submissions are accepted in spring, with award recipients announced in Fall, and publicly presented during our Winter awards ceremony and literary festival.

Applications for the upcoming Fourteenth Annual Asian American Literary Awards are due June 28, 2011. Please view the guidelines and fill out the online application to apply.

Call for Authors: Asian American History on the West Coast

Hello! I’m a Commissioning Editor for The History Press, and I’m looking for West Coast authors who have an interest in their community history. I would like to develop book projects on the history of Japanese Americans in West Coast communities — especially during World War II. I came across your website, and I’m writing to ask if you can recommend local authors who might be interested in this type of project.

To tell you a bit about The History Press, we are a traditional publisher that focuses exclusively on local and regional history. We publish a wide range of accessible, text-driven history books, from the story of a town or landmark, to local food and sports culture, to a city’s haunted or criminal past. We handle all stages of the publishing process—financing, editorial, design, production, sales, marketing, and distribution—and compensate in the form of royalties.

Can you recommend any authors who might be a match for our local history approach? I welcome your input. I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,
Aubrie Koenig
Commissioning Editor
The History Press
843.577.5971 ext. 117

April 21, 2011

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #43

Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Position: Program Associate, Natl. Korean Am. Service & Education Consortium

The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) seeks a hard-working, highly-skilled, talented, and committed individual to serve as the Program Associate (Civic Engagement Program) to coordinate projects related to community organizing, civic engagement and voter empowerment in its Washington D.C. office.

NAKASEC is a dynamic grassroots-based organization founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans within the social justice movement. NAKASEC has offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. NAKASEC has affiliates in Los Angeles (The Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and works in partnership with local community based organizations across the nation. Major program areas: Civic Engagement (Redistricting, Elections and Census), Civil Rights (LGBTQ, Hate Crimes, Language Access, Voting Rights), Financial Empowerment, Immigrant Rights (Immigration Reform, Immigrant Integration, and Enforcement), Youth Organizing, and Technical Assistance.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate a national, non-partisan civic engagement campaign including voter education and research as well as supporting local efforts in voter mobilization and assistance
  • Advocate for policies and measures to protect voting rights and increase access and participation of minority, new, minority, and Limited English Proficient voters
  • Represent NAKASEC at constituent and coalition partner meetings, events, and conferences. Develop and maintain strong relationships with key national and local groups
  • Oversee and manage the NAKASEC internship program including recruiting, training and creating a network
  • Develop learning projects to build youth leadership and awareness
  • Develop core curriculum on grassroots organizing, movement building and the Korean American/Asian American & Pacific Islander progressive community for training purposes
  • Work with executive director to develop the NAKASEC organizational membership program. Strengthen and systematize NAKASEC volunteer component
  • Speak on behalf of NAKASEC at conferences and events. Help coordinate relevant media activities
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance and program support to NAKASEC affiliates and partners
  • Work with NAKASEC staff as a team to create a strategic plan for developing new programs and building organizational capacity that will advance the organization’s mission and objectives
  • Produce and maintain relevant work & grant reports and other documentation

Bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years experience working on Korean American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, or immigrant civic engagement initiatives. Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills. Strong research and analytical capacity. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, think creatively, and prioritize multiple tasks. Ability to work collaboratively in local-national partnerships or with multi-ethnic or multi-sector communities. Some experience in working with ethnic and/or mainstream media desirable. Experience in community organizing and electoral campaigns an asset. This position requires occasional travel and ability to work some weekends.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history and requirement to Yeon-Ok Suh, NAKASEC, 1628 16th Street, Suite 306, Washington D.C. 20009 or via email at For more information, please visit our website.

Closing date: April 29, 2011

Scholarship: API LGBT Student in Bay Area

The Tang Scholarship

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

Each applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry); and involved in the GLBT community
  • Graduate from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano
  • Scholarship will be awarded for full-time (minimum 12 units for all semesters/quarters) enrollment in an accredited two, four-year university or graduate school; (college, university, community college or vocational school)
  • United States citizen or legal resident
  • Demonstrated financial hardship
  • Demonstrated academic promise
  • Minimum grade point average 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Be between the age of 17 and 25 on 30 April 2011
  • To apply, visit the scholarship information site to download the online application form, include all supporting materials listed, and submit by April 30, 2001.

    Questions? Contact Edward Tang at

    Scholarship: Asian American Government Executives Network

    Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) Scholarship Program 2011

    Applications Due 15 May 2011

    The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand and support Asian Pacific American (APA) leadership in the Federal, State and Local governments. In accordance with AAGEN’s mission, the scholarship program has been designed for students in their continuing education to better prepare themselves for positions of leadership and trust in the Federal, State and Local governments.

    One (1) award for $1,500.00, one (1) award for $1,000, and two (2) awards for $500.00 each will be made annually. AAGEN scholarships are one-time awards — former AAGEN scholarship winners are not eligible. Scholarship checks will be made out to the college or university the recipient will be attending. These checks will be directly deposited into the student’s account.

    Applications will be evaluated based on five (5) criteria listed below:

    • Relationship of courses to be taken (or field of study) with service at the local/state and/or federal government levels
    • Demonstration of academic achievement and excellence with a copy of either standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE) and/or a 3.3 or better grade point average
    • School, employment or extra-employment activities that demonstrate a seriousness of purpose in serving at leadership positions in the local/state and/or federal government levels
    • Letters of nomination and recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, public official or an AAGEN member, who knows the applicant well and is qualified to recommend the applicant. The letters should convey information about the applicant and his/her ability to serve in leadership positions at the local, state or federal government. These letters should not be written by a family member of the applicant
    • Each applicant is required to respond to at least three of five questions listed below. Each essay must be typed or submitted on a disk or a flash drive or by e-mail; double-spaced, and contain no more than 500 words

    Five Essay Topics
    Please respond to any three of the five questions listed here. Each essay should contain no more than 500 words. Please submit these with your application.

    1. What does public service mean to you and how does it relate to your future goal of serving in leadership positions at the local, state and/or federal level?
    2. What experience from your own life has influenced your development into ethical leadership?
    3. What are the two special attributes or capabilities that set you apart from other applicants in leadership situations?
    4. What would make public service more attractive to the youth of this country? How could that be accomplished?
    5. What leader at the local, state or federal level has inspired you to public service?

    Please send the complete electronic application package to:
    Scholarship Awards Committee
    Chair: Dr. Glenda Nogami

    If you have any questions or for additional information, please leave a message at 717-215-9782.

    Postdoc: Vietnamese American Oral History, U.C. Irvine

    2011-2012 Vietnamese American Oral History Project at University of California, Irvine Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Department of Asian American Studies, in collaboration with the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship to develop, conduct, organize, and publicize a three-year Oral History project that documents the experiences of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. The fellowship includes a stipend of $50,000, research and travel support up to $5000, and health benefits. This is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal up to three years. The position will begin on September 1, 2011.

    The fellow will be expected to teach one 10-week seminar per academic year for the Department of Asian American Studies, based on the Oral History project. The fellow will work closely with a faculty mentor and will consult with an advisory group to the project. It is expected that by the end of the three-year term of the fellowship that the oral histories assembled and recorded will be made available and accessible for public use, and that the postdoctoral fellow will serve as the principal coordinator for the public unveiling of the project.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, identifying and selecting interviewees, conducting oral histories, supervising transcriptions, and producing formats to highlight the oral histories. The fellow will work to create standardized metadata of interviews for inclusion in an online database. Working knowledge of preservation practices and standards for digital video and audio equipment, files and formats, and editing software is preferred. The fellow will also create publicity for the project online, in printed formats, and at community events or exhibits. The fellow will manage the project budget, which includes hiring, training, and supervising research assistants.

    Fellows must have valid U.S. work eligibility and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment. Vietnamese language proficiency is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have subject expertise on Vietnamese Americans, experience conducting Vietnamese American oral histories, and knowledge of principles and practices in oral history methodologies.

    Please include with your application: 1) cover letter with your qualifications 2) curriculum vitae 3) three letters of reference under separate cover and 4) writing sample limited to 30 pages. Email application as .doc or .pdf files by May 15, 2011 to:

    Ms. Roberta Geier
    Manager, Department of Asian American Studies
    University of California, Irvine

    Position: Program Coordinator, U.T. Austin

    Job title: Program Coordinator
    Monthly salary: starts at $1875 but is negotiable depending on qualifications.
    Hiring department Center for Asian American Studies

    Essential functions:
    Work with the Director, Center staff, UT administrators, faculty and students to develop, plan, implement and evaluate a wide range of programs promoting better understanding of Asian American issues and increasing participation and support for these programs. Help to develop and implement fundraising programs and activities and assistance in grant writing for Center. Advise students about the Asian American studies major and career options. Administer course scheduling and registration for the Center. Participate in campus and community outreach programs by representing the Center at meetings with students, faculty, community members, and administrators.

    Coordinate associated programming with community groups and manage co-sponsorship activities. Help to develop, design, and disseminate outreach and publicity materials to students, campus communities, and local and national APA organizations. Update the Center Facebook page and website. Option to teach one course per year in area of expertise, preferably service learning. Possible supervision of student interns, including hiring, evaluation, discipline, discharge, and management of work assignments.

    Required qualifications:
    BA degree and two-years experience staffing a program or project: developing and running community outreach programs; grantwriting and other forms of development work; teaching, advising or counseling students in an academic program setting or in a student personnel program. Ability to take initiative and work independently. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a diplomatic and sustained manner. Experience producing promotional materials. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

    Please apply online at For queries, contact:

    Barbara Jann
    Center for Asian American Studies
    University of Texas at Austin
    1 University Station A2200
    Austin, TX 78712
    Phone: (512) 232-6427
    Fax: (512) 232-7136

    Internship: API Domestic Violence Resource Center

    Spring/Summer 2011 Internship at the Asian/ Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project.

    The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) is seeking a spring/summer intern. Founded in 1995, DVRP is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization that works to prevent domestic violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander (A/PI) communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DVRP is a small, non-hierarchical organization supported by a collaborative style of leadership.

    Recognizing that A/PI survivors of domestic violence have a variety of needs in order to attain safety for themselves and their children, DVRP Advocates Program provides direct assistance on an individual level, with special consideration for cultural and linguistic needs. The intern will provide assistance to DVRP’s Advocates Program, Community Outreach Program, and the Board of Directors.

    Tasks related to the Advocates Program include:

    • Find resources for Advocates Training and Women’s Group
    • Assist in administering evaluation surveys
    • Assist with coordinating Advocates Training
    • Update resource lists for the Advocates Program
    • Perform administrative tasks

    The Community Outreach Program insures that the A/PI communities in DC/MD/VA area, as well as service providers, know about DVRP’s services by circulating our materials to groups and at events, and offering workshops and trainings. Task include:

    • Maintaining organization contact list
    • Identifying opportunities for workshops and training
    • Assisting with curriculum and attending trainings and events (some evenings and/or weekends)
    • Circulating DVRP materials in community, at businesses, schools etc.
    • Assist with recruitment and coordinating Community Outreach Volunteer training

    The Board of Directors focuses on fundraising and identifying funding sources to keep DVRP going strong! Tasks include:

    • Identifying funding resources
    • Assist with small and large scale fundraisers in October
    • Perform administrative tasks

    Rolling interviews. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter describing your interest, and one non-personal
    reference to

    Call for Papers: API Nexus Special Issue on Immigration

    Since the 1990s, incremental changes in U.S. immigration laws and policies have dramatically changed and complicated migration from Asia and the Pacific Islands to the United States. While the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics counted over 6.3 million new permanent residents from Asia and the Pacific Islands, even this staggering figure is a poor indicator of the actual volume of Asian-Pacific immigration, for it leaves out persons who are out of status, or persons who are admitted as non-immigrants.

    Even though people in these two categories are often represented in the opposite ends of the migration spectrum — former as “illegal” and “invisible” immigrants and the latter as the wealthy investors and skilled workers — the two groups are interrelated: they both live in the same communities; the professional Asian immigrants often depend on the labor of unskilled co-ethnics; and sometimes they are in the same family.

    In addition, over the past two decades, we’ve witnessed a significant re-migration to Asia and the Pacific Islands — AAPIs of all generations have “gone back” to continue their education, to pursue a career or to manage investments, or to rejoin their families. Sometimes they stay, sometimes they come back: once exotic terms such as “parachute kids,” “Chinese sea turtles,” and “Korean goose families” are now part of the common lexicon to describe some of the transpacific complexities.

    In all these instances, governments have developed immigration policies to pursue a variety of goals — U.S. policies that seek to attract wealthy investors and skilled workers, admit more workers on a temporary or contingent basis, discourage the poor, and facilitate removal and deportation have been adopted by other countries.

    In this context of dynamic change, we invite new work that contributes to our understanding of contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander migrations in all of their complexity, from scholars, activists, and practitioners. Professor Edward Park, Loyola Marymount University and Professor John Park, University of California, Santa Barbara, will be the consulting Guest Editors working with the editorial staff on this volume. The Special Issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2012.

    We encourage paper submissions that provide perspectives of practitioners, academic researchers, and applied policy analysts. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send or email a letter of intent with the title and a very short descriptive paragraph or abstract of the proposed paper to the editors for review. If you have a prepared paper, you may also submit the paper at the same time. For submission guidelines, please visit and click on STYLE SHEET for Article Submissions (PDF Document) at:

    AAPI Nexus is a peer-reviewed, national journal published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center focusing on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The journal’s mission is to facilitate an exchange of ideas and research findings that strengthens the efforts through policy and practice to tackle the pressing societal problems facing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

    Since the inception of ethnic studies, the goal of “serving and mobilizing the community” has been at the heart of Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies. Previous issues have focused on Community Development, Civil Rights, and Voting. The table of contents and editors’ notes can be found at:

    Deadline for Letter of Intent for Immigration issue: June 15, 2011. Deadline for Manuscript Submissions for LA-NY issue: September 15, 2011. Earlier submission of a Letter or Manuscript is encouraged. Internet communication is preferred.

    Please address to Managing Editor Melany De La Cruz-Viesca and send to AAPI Nexus Journal at:
    Melany De La Cruz -Viesca (

    and send an electronic copy to:

    Senior Editor Marjorie Kagawa-Singer (
    Guest Editor Professor Edward Park (
    Guest Editor Professor John Park (
    Co-Managing Editor Christina Aujean Lee (

    For regular mail, send all correspondence to:
    Christina Aujean Lee, Managing Editor
    AAPI Nexus Journal
    UCLA Asian American Studies Center
    3230 Campbell Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546

    April 14, 2011

    Written by C.N.

    Links, Jobs, & Announcements #42

    Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

    Lecturer Positions: Asian American Studies, UC Irvine

    The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a part-time Non Senate Faculty position with primary responsibility in teaching an upper division interdisciplinary course in Asian American Studies for academic year 2011-12. Minimum base salary per course is $5579. The appointment dates would be as follows: Fall Quarter 2011 (09/19/11 to 12/9/11) or Winter Quarter 2012 (01/04/12 to 03/23/12). We are looking for applicants who can teach the following courses:

    • Asian American Psychology (141)
    • Asian Americans and Race Relations (166)
    • Ethnic and Racial Communities (161)
    • Vietnamese American Experience (151D)

    Please see the General Catalogue for descriptions of these courses.

    Applicants with a Ph.D. preferred. Applicants who are ABD or have a M.A., M.F.A., or equivalent will be considered. UC graduate students must have filed their dissertation or have a degree in hand by mid-August 2011 to be eligible to teach in Fall 2011 and by mid-December 2011 to be eligible to teach in Winter Quarter 2012. Preference will be given to applicants who can teach in the Fall quarter. You may apply for one, some, or all courses, but please note that all course availability is subject to budgetary approval.

    The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine offers a major, minor, a graduate emphasis, and contributes to the Ph.D. Program in Culture and Theory. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. However, to ensure fullest consideration, all applications materials should be submitted by May 6, 2011. Send materials via e-mail attachment to Jim Lee at to include:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Teaching evaluation summaries (no raw data needed)
    • Two letters of recommendations sent directly from the recommender
    • Complete sample syllabi of the course(s) you are proposing
    • Indicate quarters available (Fall/Winter)

    The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and has an ADVANCE Program for Faculty Equity and Diversity.

    James Kyung-Jin Lee
    Chair, Department of Asian American Studies
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA 92697-6900
    o: 949.824.8716
    f: 949.824.7006

    Check us out on Facebook at and Twitter @UCIAsianAm

    Non-Profit Fellowships for Ph.D.s

    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the inaugural competition of its Public Fellows program. The program will place eight recent Ph.D.s in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two years, beginning in some cases as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and at the same level as new professional employees of the hosting agency and will include health insurance.

    This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. ACLS seeks applications from recent Ph.D.s who wish to begin careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

    Fellowship Details:

    • Stipend: $50,000 – $78,000 dependent on position. Health benefits will also be provided
    • Tenure: Two years; start dates will vary but range from September 2011 to as late as February 2012 (if security clearance is necessary)
    • The only way to apply for these positions is through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system. Please do not contact any of the agencies directly
    • Application deadline: May 16, 2011, 3pm (EDT)
    • Notification of application status will occur early July 2011

    For more information, please see

    Position: Project Coordinator in Philadelphia

    Summer Youth Career Exploration Program Project Coordinator

    Boat People SOS, Inc. (BPSOS) is a national Vietnamese-American community-based organization with 30 years of service. Our mission is to empower, equip and organize Vietnamese-American individuals and communities in their pursuit of liberty and dignity. Our local branch provides programs and services are in the areas of community development, immigration and translation services, health programming, youth programming, and workforce readiness programming.

    BPSOS-Delaware Valley seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic and responsible individual for our part-time Project Coordinator position for our Summer Youth Career Exploration Program (SYCEP). This position will be based out of our Philadelphia office in the BPSOS-Delaware Valley Branch. The SYCEP Project Coordinator is part of a seasonal team designed to provide citywide access to Southeast Asian immigrant youth, ages 16-21, who are interested in exploring career opportunities in a broad array of fields over a six week period. This position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to work nights and weekends from May to August.


    • Recruit, interview and support 25 Southeast Asian immigrant youth in SYCEP Program
    • Conduct parent/youth informational sessions for the program as needed
    • Recruit and maintain relationships with employers throughout the program
    • Conduct youth enrollment sessions in accordance with applicable labor laws and practices
    • Assess youth readiness for program referrals
    • Review the quality of youth enrollment files
    • Enter data files into proprietary database
    • Maintain filing system for youth and provider files, including payroll, timesheets, and other HR paperwork as necessary
    • Organize, plan and carry out six professional development for youth on WorkReadiness
    • Embody and integrate excellent customer service into daily work
    • Serve as an example of professionalism
    • Travel to worksites throughout the City of Philadelphia
    • Translation of brochures, flyers and pamphlets of information as needed


    • Must have experience in working with immigrant communities and/or high needs communities
    • Excellent organization skills
    • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
    • Highly-developed interpersonal abilities
    • Flexible work schedule (some nights and weekends required)
    • Bilingual in Vietnamese/English preferred
    • Access to transportation preferred
    • PC computer literacy, proficient in Word, Excel and Internet usage

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications. Seasonal position. To apply: Send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:

    Human Resources
    Fax: 703-538-2191 –

    Asian American Short Story Contest

    Hyphen and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop are very excited to present the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest – the only, national, pan-Asian American writing competition of its kind. Prize: $1,000, publication in Hyphen magazine and the honor of “Short Story of the Year.”

    Now in its fourth year, the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest will name 10 finalists and one grand prize-winner who will win a cash prize of $1000 and have the winning story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen. Judges for the 2011 contests include renowned Asian American writers:

    • Yiyun Li, a 2010 MacArthur Genius Award winner; author of “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” and, “The Vagrants,” winner of the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction
    • Porochista Khakpour, author of “Sons and Other Flammable Objects,” a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and a 2007
      California Book Award winner

    Our first contest winner Preeta Samarasan was discovered based on her contest-winning story. She went on to write the acclaimed novel Evening is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin), which was long-listed for the Orange Prize.

    The deadline for this contest is May 16th. Open to all writers of Asian descent living in the United States and Canada. Please visit or for more information.

    Held in collaboration between San Francisco-based Hyphen, a non-profit news and culture magazine, and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the preeminent literary arts organization devoted to Asian American literature — the 2011 Asian American Short Story contest is a unique competition highlighting the amazing literary talent coming out of our communities. Garnering hundreds of submissions from all parts of the country and representing all peoples of Asian America, this contest has proven itself as a major cultural event.

    Lecturer Position: Hmong American Studies, Wisconsin – Madison

    Visiting Assistant Professor in Hmong American Studies
    Asian American Studies Program
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Application Deadline: June 10, 2011 or until filled. PhD required.

    Disciplines sought: Hmong Studies, Sociology, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Counseling Psychology, Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Community Studies, Public Health, Psychology, Communication Arts, or an interdisciplinary or related discipline.

    The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring a visiting assistant professor for 2011-2012 who will teach courses about Hmong in the United States with a contemporary focus. We are interested in someone who has already completed their PhD and who already has experience teaching at least one college level course. Experience or strong interest with community based research or service learning is desirable but not required.

    A critical race, race relations, or ethnic studies perspective is preferred. This position also includes providing consultation about the future of Hmong Studies as a field and involvement in programming (e.g., speakers, conferences, research institute, etc.) in the Asian American Studies Program. The teaching load will be 2 courses per semester.
    This will be the fourth year that we are hiring a visiting assistant professor in Hmong American Studies. It is part of a longer term strategy to identify and promote the development of new scholars in this area, with the hope that we will have a pool of scholars to select from for a permanent tenure line in the future.

    During the Visiting Assistant Professor’s year at UW, we provide mentoring, professional development support, and opportunities to strengthen one’s academic profile. The visiting assistant professor will have an office in the Asian American Studies Program and have opportunities to meet and work with members of the academic and local Hmong community. Previous visiting assistant professors have gone on to post-docs and tenure track positions.

    We have already put two courses in the timetable for the Fall (generically titled so that they can be tailored to the interests of the instructor).
    Asian Am 240 Hmong Experiences in the U.S.
    Asian Am 540 Hmong American Studies

    This is a 33.33% appointment for the Fall 2011 semester, beginning on August 29, 2011 and ending on January 12, 2012. The salary is $5,700 for the one course (33.33% of the full time academic rate of $34,202.) If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send the following:

    1. Your curriculum vita, including names and phone numbers of teaching references listed
    2. A letter describing:
      • Your teaching perspective
      • A sample syllabi for either of the two courses listed above
      • Discussion of your specific area of expertise in teaching about Hmong Americans and what the course content for a topic specific course in this area might be

    Please apply BY EMAIL by June 10, 2011 to both:
    with the subject line: VAP 2011-2012 YOUR FULL NAME

    If you have any questions about this position, please contact: Lynet Uttal, Director, Asian American Studies Program,

    January 4, 2011

    Written by C.N.

    Links, Jobs, & Announcements #36

    Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

    Call for Participants: Study on Chinese, Korean, & Vietnamese Women

    The Asian-American Women’s Health Initiative Project (AWSHIP) invites you to participate in a confidential, federally-funded research study of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese women. Participants will be asked to complete a 45 minute user-friendly computer survey about family life, relationships, culture, and values. You will be compensated $20 for your time, and will be given the opportunity to participant in a follow-up in-depth interview for another $30. All interviews will take place at a location convenient and comfortable for you. You are eligible to participate if you:

    • Are an unmarried woman
    • Are between 18 to 35 years old
    • Identify as Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese
    • Are a child of an immigrant family (1.5 and 2nd generation)

    For more information, please email the project coordinator, Yut Yang, at or visit:

    Call for Participants: Study on Relationship Satisfaction Among LGBT

    Looking for lesbian, gay, or bisexual individuals of ethnic diversity who would like to participate in a research study on Relationship Satisfaction with a focus on Personal, Relational Resources and Support Systems. The purpose is to add to the limited literature on the subject, and to be of assistance to psychologists, case workers, counselors, and social workers.

    This research study is done as part of my final graduate project under the Social Work Master program at the California State University of Northridge. Those interested in participating can contact me at:; Subject: “MyCSUN Survey”, so I can send them a link to the survey. All information will remain confidential. Thank you for your interest and your participation!

    American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

    The American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) provides a pre-doctoral training program that delivers national coordination for minority students in institutions of higher education throughout the U.S. From recruitment and placement to training, mentoring, and monitoring, MFP offers graduate students support that complements and extends the education and professional development provided by their home departments. MFP takes seriously the need to train and mentor minority graduate students in their area of interest and to mobilize sociologists in graduate departments and research settings to make this ambition a reality. Deadline: January 31, 2011.

    Job Announcement: Race & Science, Emory University

    Emory University seeks nominations and applications for an open-rank faculty position — tenured or tenure-track — with research interests in Race and Science. We recognize the importance of complex and critical examinations of the social, political and ethical challenges raised by the use and misuse of concepts of race in the sciences. We are interested in scholars whose work bridges the sciences and the humanities and investigates socio-political concepts of race as they historically and currently have intersected with, and been constituted by, the biological sciences, medicine, and health more generally.

    This new position will be located in the department(s) appropriate to the successful candidate’s research interests and background. While preference will be given to senior scholars, we will consider applicants at all ranks. In addition to playing a leadership role in his or her home department(s), the successful candidate is expected to work closely with Emory University’s university-wide strategic initiative on Race and Difference. This Initiative seeks to promote understanding of and generate new knowledge about race and other intersecting forms of human difference.

    This new position will work closely with the leadership of the Race and Difference Initiative (RDI) to support the development of new research, campus programs, and undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on all aspects of race and difference. Candidates should have a distinguished academic reputation, demonstrated teaching and mentoring skills and an interest in or record of external funding (PhD or other terminal degree required). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

    Please mail applications or nominations to: Co-Director, Race and Difference Initiative, Professor Dorothy A. Brown, Emory University, Gambrell Hall, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322-2770. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three recommenders. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2011. Preliminary inquiries may be directed to RDI co-director Amanda Lewis (

    Call for Nominations: Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize

    The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize is a new annual awards program to honor individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

    The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.” The Social Justice Action Group works towards peace, justice, and positive social change with efforts that fight hunger, promote volunteerism, and build understanding. The Wall Alumni Service Awards provide financial support for Grinnell alumni to engage in service projects, programs, and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others.

    Under Grinnell’s Expanding Knowledge Initiative, the College has introduced curricular innovations in the areas of environmental challenges, human rights, and human dignity. Now with the creation of the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, the College is extending its educational mission beyond the campus and alumni community to individuals anywhere who believe innovative social justice programs create a better world.

    Up to three individuals will be honored annually. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social justice, for a total of up to $300,000 in prize awards each year.

    The deadline for 2011 nominations is Feb. 1. The first prize recipients will be announced in May 2011. For additional information about the program, please visit the program website at Grinnell College.

    Boren Fellowship for Graduate Language Study

    Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in†areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Deadline: February 1, 2011.

    Minority Graduate Scholarships, Society for the Study of Social Problems

    The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), in keeping with its philosophy of active engagement with social problems, participation in social problem solutions, and advancement of knowledge through study, service and critical analysis, established the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship at its annual meeting in August 1993. The purpose of the scholarship is:

    • To identify and support developing minority scholars who exemplify and give fresh voice to the SSSP history and commitment to scholar activism
    • To give renewed energy and wider lenses to diversity in scholarship
    • To increase the pool of minority social and behavioral scientists
    • To establish a formal commitment to diversity through support of a minority doctoral student in the social and/or behavioral sciences inclusive of course work or dissertation research support who demonstrates a commitment, through his or her scholarly examination, of any aspect of inequality, injustice and oppression

    A $12,000 scholarship will be funded to one student with an additional $500 awarded for attendance at the annual meeting. Payments will be made in equal installments in September 2011 and January 2012. SSSP believes that the support of students will foster the commitment required to enable the student to fund living arrangements as well as academic or research costs. Deadline: February 1, 2011.

    Call for Submissions: 4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

    4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival
    June 11-12, 2011
    Japanese American National Museum
    369 East 1st Street
    Los Angeles, CA

    Now is your chance to submit your film, writing, workshop proposal, or performance act. There is NO submission fee if you submit your work by Feb. 14, 2011! So don’t wait — send us your stories of the Mixed experience NOW! For complete submission information visit the Festival website. You’ll find the submission forms on the left navigation bar.

    The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival is a non-competitive, annual arts festival dedicated to sharing and nurturing storytelling of the Mixed experience. The Mixed experience refers to interracial and intercultural relationships, transracial and transcultural adoptions, and anyone who identifies as having biracial, multiracial, Hapa or Mixed identity.

    Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program

    The program is designed to increase the pool of university faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of individuals who are: current upper division or graduate students in the California State University system, economically and educationally disadvantaged, interested in a university faculty career, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and leaders of tomorrow.

    Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the Pre-Doctoral scholarship is named. These scholars are exposed to unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. CSU and UC faculty members are an integral component of this program as they work closely with scholars to prepare them for graduate studies. Deadline: no later than March 25, 2011.

    December 3, 2010

    Written by C.N.

    Links, Jobs, & Announcements #34

    Here are some more announcements, links, and job postings about academic-related jobs, fellowships, and other related opportunities for those interested in racial/ethnic/diversity issues. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

    Job Announcement: Program Coordinator, Asian American Studies, Univ. of Maryland

    The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland (AAST) is seeking to hire a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will be the principal person in charge of day-to-day operations of the Program Office and the Asian American Studies minor. He or she will assist the Director of Asian American Studies, as well as faculty, other staff, students, and visitors when appropriate.

    The AAST Program Coordinator will be primarily responsible for administrative support and office management. He or she will assist the Program Director on administrative, planning, programming, curricular, and fundraising activities. Duties include maintaining the Director’s calendar and appointments; setting up faculty and staff meetings; working with the Director in planning and organizing annual events; assisting the Director in grant and fund development and management; providing support for AAST curriculum proposals and academic program development; receiving and screening telephone calls and e-mail correspondences; assisting with the distribution of information within the program; making travel arrangements; ordering office supplies; distributing mail; and overseeing and maintaining the physical office environment. In addition, the Coordinator will assist faculty and supervise both Graduate Assistants and Federal Work Study Student Employees.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    A Bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree. Applicants must have 3 years of supervisory and team-building experience, preferably in higher education. Position will entail extensive student, faculty, and staff interaction and requires excellent organization, planning, interpersonal, written, and verbal skills. Knowledge of and/or experience working in higher education and/or with University of Maryland administrative systems are helpful but not required. Experience working with a diverse audience that includes Asian Americans is a must.

    Preference is given to candidates with a graduate or professional degree.

    Salary & Application Directions:
    Starting salary ranges from $45,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience. To apply, please attach resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 professional references through (Posting Number: 0001061). For best consideration please apply by December 6, 2010. Position will remain open until filled.

    Participants Needed: Study on Bicultural Chinese Americans

    My name is Karen Lau, and I am a doctoral student at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco California. I am in the process of recruiting participants in the San Francisco bay area for my Ph.D. dissertation research study looking at problem solving skills, acculturation, and bicultural stress among Chinese American adults.

    My study examines the bicultural experience in 1.5 and 2nd generation Chinese American adults. I am planning on having volunteers complete a set of questionnaires (roughly 20 minutes) about their bicultural identity and experience of bicultural stress as well as a couple problem solving tasks (roughly 20 minutes). The total time of participation is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. As a token of my appreciation, I would reimburse each participant with a $10.00 gift care for their time.

    Participants in the San Francisco bay area should e-mail me at

    Thank you!

    Karen Lau, M.A.
    Ph.D. Doctoral Candidate
    California School of Professional Psychology

    Job Announcement: Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

    The Psychology and Sociology Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Sociology to begin Fall 2011. The successful candidate will have a specialization and/or ability to teach Quantitative Research Methods and teach or specialize in at least one of the following areas: Urban Sociology, Immigration/Migration, and/or Public Policy.

    The Position:
    The position requires excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising, professional and scholarly work, and service to the department, university, and community. The successful applicant will also demonstrate sensitivity to issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, and sexuality. The candidate is also expected to accept committee assignments and to advise students. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. Finalists will be required to appear on campus for two days of interviews that will include a research presentation to faculty and students. The presentation should both introduce the candidate’s research and demonstrate the candidate’s teaching abilities.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • ABD status in Sociology (or related field) from an accredited Ph.D. program (PhD from an accredited university must be received and verified by July 1, 2012)
    • Evidence of teaching ability; please send evaluations if available
    • Evidence of ability to work with and mentor a diverse student population
    • Evidence of scholarly potential (conference presentations, publications, grant development)

    Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in Sociology with demonstrated abilities in teaching quantitative research methods and urban sociology, immigration/migration, and/or public policy
    • At least one year of college teaching experience
    • Knowledge of GIS implementation

    Application Procedure: A completed application will consist of:

    • a cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; this must include a statement of their teaching philosophy within a multicultural environment with examples of past experiences
    • a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position
    • three recent (dated within the past two years) letters of reference
    • a completed application form
    • a transcript showing highest degree earned (from an accredited educational institution)
    • a sample of professional writing; and
    • sample syllabi and teaching evaluations of courses taught (if available)

    Note: If a candidate has ABD status, Registrar’s verification is required if status is not indicated on official transcripts; Ph.D. must be received and verified by July 1, 2012. The position is open until filled, but first consideration will be given to completed applications postmarked by December 20, 2010. Early response is encouraged. Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application forms to:

    Sociology Search Committee
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Psychology & Sociology Department
    3801 West Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91768
    (909) 869-3890

    Or for additional information, contact:
    Dr. Mary Yu Danico, Search Chair
    (909) 869-3895

    job Announcement: Ethnic Studies, Virginia Tech

    The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of sociology of diversity and assessment, beginning
    fall 2011. This position will include teaching and assessing the core course in a newly developing, interdisciplinary, diversity concentration for undergraduates. This core course will be housed in the department of sociology.

    The successful candidate must have a strong record of teaching excellence and show evidence of strong research potential in the area of diversity and assessment. A Ph.D. in sociology is required and must be in hand by the time of appointment. In addition to interest in the sociology of diversity, we are seeking a candidate with interest in one or more of the following areas: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Aging, Hispanic Studies, social identity, and social inequality.

    Please complete an on-line application, including a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests (use candidate statement field), samples of written work (use other doc field), names and email addresses of three references, teaching evaluations (if available) at Send any additional materials that cannot be submitted on-line to Professor Ted Fuller, Diversity Search Chair, C/O Brenda Husser, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 560 McBryde Hall (0137), Blacksburg VA 24061. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

    Seeking Donations: Radio Show on Nail Salons

    When Lam Le first came to this country from Vietnam, working in a nail salon seemed like her only option. Being a manicurist could make her a decent living, she thought, as an older worker with limited English skills. After working for 12 years in the industry, Le found herself with breast cancer, a thyroid condition, skin rashes and asthma.

    She ended her career just as she went into it: not by choice, but by necessity. Now Le is speaking at Congressional hearings, attending Patient Leadership Councils at Asian Health Services in Oakland, and is part of a growing movement to protect workers in the nail salon industry.

    Making Contact would like to produce a half-hour radio documentary about the experiences of nail salon workers like Lam Le. We plan to look into the health impacts of the chemicals put in nail salon products, and government regulation and protection of this predominantly immigrant worker population.

    Once we get funding, we’ll learn why experts, advocates and public officials are not waiting for studies that prove increased health risk to nail salon workers. And, we’ll explore a trend towards greener nail salons, and how workers are making a foray into the environmental justice movement. By broadcasting these stories of organizing and victories in communities across the country, Making Contact programs inspire others to take action on similar issues, whether workplace safety or environmental justice.

    If you would like to make a donation to support this project, please visit the website.

    March 5, 2010

    Written by C.N.

    Links & Announcements #22

    Here are some more announcements and links out that have come my way relating to Asians or Asian Americans. As always, links to other sites are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of their contents.

    Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice

    The Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice at the Chinese Progressive Association. Applications due Monday March 8 , 2010.

    Eva Lowe is a longtime progressive community activist who has committed her life to serving the community, she turns 101 this year. Born in Fort Bragg, California in 1909, she and her family went back and forth to China for education and to support the anti-imperialist movement. She was inspired by China’s movement and the women’s rights movement and got involved in many progressive issues. . . . Eva has dedicated her life to social and economic justice and believes that people should actively work to end imperialism and ‘fight for the underdog,’ the poor and working class community.

    The Eva Lowe Fellowship for Social Justice provides a unique opportunity to a new generation of activists and organizers who want to build the power of and improve the lives of the working class Chinese immigrant community. During eight weeks of intensive training, ground work and reflection, Eva Lowe Fellows will learn about and support Chinese immigrant struggles in San Francisco, work to connect the larger API Movement across the country and build lasting relationships with peers, mentors and community members.

    All placements for the program will be in San Francisco, California. Scholarships ranging from $500 – $2000 are available but students are also encouraged to seek additional and alternative funding sources (include campus work-study programs, scholarships and stipends). All other costs will the responsibility of each Fellow though some assistance may be offered to locate and secure housing. A maximum of four Fellows will be chosen for the 2010 year. Applications are due by Monday, March 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm. Applications can be filled out online at We will announce the Fellowship recipients by March 20, 2010.

    About the Chinese Progressive Association: Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

    Organization of Chinese Americans & Verizon College Scholarship

    The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, is accepting applications from current undergraduate students for the OCA-Verizon College scholarship for fall semester 2010. This is a reminder that applications are due April 1, 2010.

    Given the current recession, it is important to capitalize on all available resources. The OCA-Verizon College scholarship is a $2,000 award that will highlight your scholarly achievements, ease financial obstacles, and add prestige to your resumé. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a student who identifies as Asian Pacific American entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years, demonstrate financial need, be a permanent resident or US citizen, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), and must be pursuing one of the following majors:

    Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Electronics, Computer Programming, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Finance, HR Management, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, or Network Administration.

    The application deadline is April 1, 2010, and must be completed online. If your school has a policy that prevents you from uploading your letter of recommendation, please contact me individually at For more information about the OCA-Verizon College scholarship or to access the application, please visit and click “Verizon College Scholarships” under “Programs.”

    IIMAY HO |Program Manager
    OCA National Center
    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    202-223-5500 tel
    202-296-0540 fax

    White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship

    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) is responsible for the Department’s implementation of the Executive Order of October 14, 2009 which is designed to improve Federal efforts to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in Federal programs. The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education, but represents a collaboration among many Federal agencies.

    Intern Duties:

    • Perform research on and outreach to national and local AAPI organizations, elected officials, and ethnic media outlets
    • Conduct research on WHIAAPI issue areas, including education, commerce, health, housing, labor and employment, community and economic development as they relate to AAPIs

    Intern Qualifications:

    • Currently enrolled undergraduate student (it is a requirement that interns be enrolled in school at least half time)
    • Great research skills
    • Experience working with AAPI community or familiarity with the issues
    • Detail-oriented
    • Team player

    Compensation: interns are eligible for Transit Benefits, which cover the cost of commuting to and from work on public transportation. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Hallie Montoya Tansey at

    Administrative Assistant Job for Asian American Studies Program, Univ. of MD

    The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland (AAST) is hiring an Administrative Assistant. We are looking for someone with good communication and people skills. All are welcome to apply. Starting salary range is $30k to $36k. For more information, visit the University Human Resources website. Deadline is March 12, 2010.

    February 26, 2010

    Written by C.N.

    Links & Announcements #21

    Here are some more announcements and links out that have come my way relating to Asians or Asian Americans. As always, links to other sites are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of their contents.

    Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts: Special Issue Call

    Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts invites submissions for the first issue of its fourth volume that will focus on “Intersections of Race and Gender.” Race/Ethnicity uses a classic piece as a point of departure for treatments of critical issues within the field of race and ethnic studies. While the classic piece establishes the thematic parameters of each issue, authors are under no obligation to actively engage the arguments posed by that work.

    The issue will explore the multiple points where race and gender intersect across the globe, the range of consequences that meets those intersections, and the dynamics that occur at those intersections. Our focus on race and gender recognizes that there are numerous ways in which racialized and gendered identities intersect and that their intersection is often influenced by a variety of other cultural factors. We also welcome the viewpoints of practitioners working in the field. Deadline: February 28, 2010. Contact: Leslie Shortlidge at;

    2010 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition

    The editors of Law & Social Inquiry announce a competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of socio-legal studies written by a graduate or law student. Direct submissions as well as nominations of student work from faculty are invited.

    The winning paper will be published in Law & Social Inquiry and the author(s) will receive a total cash prize of $500 (US). Law & Social Inquiry publishes both empirical and theoretical studies of socio-legal processes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Deadline: March 1, 2010. Contact: (312) 988-6517;;

    American Institute of Indian Studies 2010 Fellowship

    The American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2010 fellowship competition and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to 11 months. Senior fellowships for scholars who hold the PhD degree are awarded for up to nine months of research in India. Deadline: July 1, 2010. Applications can be downloaded at Contact: (773) 702-8638;

    Vietnamese American T-Shirts

    My name is Ky Truong from San Jose, Ca. I recently started a line of Vietnamese inspired t-shirts called 3 Stripes Clothing. We are in the process of launching the line, but we decided to do something unique and let the people dictate what designs get printed by holding a poll on our Facebook fan page.

    The reason why I started this line of t-shirts was because I felt that the Vietnamese community, especially those that are 2nd, 3rd or even 4th generation Vietnamese lack representation on the apparel market. When you look at the Filipino community, there are an abundance of shirts that represent their culture and pride. I would like to achieve that within the Vietnamese community.

    September 24, 2009

    Written by C.N.

    Miscellaneous Links #16

    Here are some more announcements and links out that have come my way relating to Asians or Asian Americans. As always, links to other sites are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of their contents:

    Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders

    After a year interlude, SERCAAL, the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders, returns to the University of Florida for another unforgettable conference!

    SERCAAL was created with the goal of education and spreading Asian Pacific American awareness in mind. The conference is dedicated to addressing issues and topics specific to the APA community in the Southeastern region. We also encourage networking between the next generations of active leaders and hope to attract students from all kinds of backgrounds, hoping to provide an opportunity for students to learn from established leaders and activists who have all initiated change.

    Our conference will be held October 9th-10th and our theme this year is “Collaborate, Challenge, Change.” The theme reflects our mission to initiate a commonality of issues pertaining to our generation and what can be done in our community today through preparation of students to take the initiative.

    Please visit the SERCAAL website for more information.

    Julia Luu
    Public Relations Chair

    Organization of Chinese Americans Citizenship Grant

    The Mentored Path to Citizenship is a $675 naturalization grant to provide assistance to a qualified individual in L.A. County seeking U.S. citizenship. This one-time grant will provide financial assistance towards application fees, while also giving the recipient the opportunity to receive assistance from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center throughout the application process.

    All interested individuals are asked to complete a written application which may be found below or available by calling the office at (213) 250-9888. Applicants must show proof of residency in Los Angeles County and demonstrate eligibility to become a U.S. citizen. Viable candidates will be interviewed in a confidential screening process by OCA-GLA with assistance by APALC.

    For further questions, please contact OCA-GLA’s office at (213) 250-9888. Written inquiries may be sent to 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 and emails may be directed to The deadline to submit applications will be September 25, 2009.

    Advancing Justice Conference

    The Advancing Justice Conference, being held on October 29-30, 2009 at The Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles, CA, is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference, expected to draw several hundred individuals from across the country.

    The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively.

    Taking place over two days, the conference covers a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers, hate crimes, and LGBT rights. It also includes presentations on corporate and foundation fundraising, new media, community organizing, board and commission participation, capacity building, and intergroup collaboration.

    The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles). To learn more and to register, visit

    Call for Papers: Crisis and Opportunity in the Age of Obama

    The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for its second biannual conference, entitled Transforming Race: Crisis and Opportunity in the Age of Obama, to be held March 11-13, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.

    We seek innovative proposals that address any of three thematic tracks: Racial Dynamics and Systems Thinking; Race Talk; and Race, Recession, and Recovery. We invite practitioners, community organizers, scholars, researchers, and others to submit proposals for papers, entire panels, workshops, performances, fishbowls, and more!

    Please visit our web site,, for conference details and updates. To encourage widespread participation, please feel free to share this e-mail and attachment with your networks. Should you have any questions, contact Rebecca Reno at

    Download the Call for Proposals at:

    Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    The Ohio State University
    414 Mendenhall Laboratory
    125 South Oval Mall
    Columbus, OH 43210
    Tel: (614) 688-5429
    Fax: (614) 688-5592
    Web site:

    September 2, 2009

    Written by C.N.

    Miscellaneous Links #15

    Here are some more announcements and links out that have come my way relating to Asians or Asian Americans. As always, links to other sites are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of their contents:

    Alaska Native, American Indian, Native Hawaiian Writing Competition

    The Alaska Federation of Natives, in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, has launched “Native Insight: Thoughts on Recession, Recovery & Opportunity,” a writing competition designed to encourage Native Americans to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the current economic and political landscape.

    The competition is open to Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and American Indians of all ages. Deadline: September 15, 2009. Award Amount: $10,000.

    East-West Magazine Cover Design Contest

    East West Magazine, the premiere lifestyle magazine focusing on celebrating the cultural experiences of Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern Americans, is getting ready to re-launch into a print issue this fall.

    We’re holding a cover design contest, where artists can create a work of art that answers the questions “What is your interpretation of East West today” and “What does the merging of cultures look like to you?” The art can take any form, as long as it’s not black and white, and will be featured as our magazine cover.

    The deadline for submissions is August 31. More information is available at

    Ensuring Voting Rights: Volunteers Needed

    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring and Defending Asian American Voting Rights

    New York City Primary Elections — Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Boston, MA Preliminary Elections – Tuesday September 22, 2009
    General Elections — Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, and translated voting materials were missing. When the media reports on election results by specific groups, Asian American voters are often overlooked.

    In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund has conducted a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document Asian American voting patterns. AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

    On September 15 and 22, 2009 and November 3, 2009, AALDEF along with several other Asian American groups will be monitoring the elections and conducting non-partisan voter surveys at polling sites in Asian American neighborhoods across New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. We need your help.

    Volunteers are needed to administer a multilingual voter survey in 3-hour shifts and document voting problems on Election Day. Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM in New York and 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM in Boston. There will be a one-hour training session for all volunteers (90 minutes for trainings taking place at law firms). All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time they help.

    To sign up as a volunteer and for a training schedule, go to Thank you!

    For more information, contact:
    Glenn D. Magpantay, Bryan Lee, or Julia Yang
    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
    99 Hudson Street, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10013

    Asian American Bar Association of New York
    Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
    Chhaya CDC – NY
    Greater Boston Legal Services: Asian Outreach Unit
    Hunter College/CUNY, Asian American Studies Program
    Korean American Association of Greater New York
    Korean American League for Civic Action – NY
    Korean American Voters’ Council of NY/NJ
    Muslim Bar Association of New York
    The Sikh Coalition – NY
    South Asian Bar Association of New York
    South Asian Youth Action! – NY
    YKASEC: Empowering Korean American Community – NY

    APIAVote Now Hiring Fall Interns

    APIAVote is now accepting applications for interns in the Washington, D.C. office. The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena. This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement civic engagement activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process.

    Download the application form

    General Internship – Year-Round
    The internship program is tailored per organizational needs and intern skills. Interns may work on any of the following areas: Communications/Technology (new media and traditional), Field (working with APIAVote partners in field campaigns), Policy (research and advocate for policy recommendations), Training (Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Training Institute), or Youth (engaging and organizing our youth coalitions.)


    • College or graduate student
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Dedicated to promoting civic participation of AAPIs in the electoral and public policy processes

    Applications must include:

    • Application form
    • Resume including Education, Work Experience, Political Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Awards/Honors
    • Copy of most current academic transcript
    • One page typed essay on your interest in the internship program and describe “What does civic engagement meant to you?”
    • Two letters of reference

    Send your complete application via e-mail or snail mail to:
    APIAVote, Attn: Alvina Yeh
    1666 K St NW, Suite 440
    Washington, DC 20006

    Rolling Deadline – Fall, Winter & Spring Internships