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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

Plain English: Trying to put my Ph.D. to good use.

July 17, 2012

Written by C.N.

Links, Jobs, & Announcements #65

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, with a particular focus on Asian Americans. As always, the announcements and links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the organization or college involved.

Dorchester (MA) Organizing and Training Initiative

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Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles Street Boston MA (near Fields Corner T-stop)

Interested in Asian American activism within Dorchester? Want to develop your leadership skills? Want to organize for social justice?

Join Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and the Asian American activist community on July 28, from 11-2:30pm, for the community launch of the exciting and new Dorchester Organizing and Training (DOT) Initiative. We will find free lunch, new friends, and lots of fun!

AARW is launching the “DOT Initiative” to provide a space for young Asian Americans in Fields Corner to build community and organize for social change. After meeting with residents and community leaders, AARW identified and seeks to fill the need for leadership development within young, working-class Asian Americans in Dorchester, in order to increase civic engagement and organize the community to fight against injustices.

Please join us! Don’t miss out on a day that will include:

Food and Socializing – free lunch and good people to talk with.

Activist Training – led by a prominent community organizer, to build your activist skills with a voter registration training Door-knocking session – take action in Fields Corner, putting your training to use right away.

Report on civic engagement within the Asian American community – conducted by the UMass Boston Institute of Asian American Studies.

AARW is a pan-Asian organization that seeks to empower the APA community to work for full participation in US society. Join us for what is shaping up to be an exciting event!

Email for more information.

Fellowship: Intl. Multidisciplinary Research

2012 Abe Fellowship Competition
Deadline: September 1, 2012

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announce the annual Abe Fellowship competition. The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The Abe Fellowship Program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics.

The Abe Fellowship Research Agenda
Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences and related fields relevant to any of the following three themes:

Traditional and Non-Traditional Approaches to Security and Diplomacy
Topic areas include transnational terrorism, internal ethnic and religious strife, infectious diseases, food safety, climate change, and non-proliferation, as well as the role of cultural initiatives in peace building.

Global and Regional Economic Issues
Topic areas include regional and bilateral trade arrangements, international financial stability, globalization and the mitigation of its adverse consequences, sustainable urbanization, and environmental degradation.

Social and Cultural Issues
Topic areas include demographic change, immigration, the role of civil society and media as champions of the public interest, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and revitalization of multicultural urban areas.

Research projects should be policy relevant, contemporary, and comparative or transnational.

Fellowship Terms
Terms of the fellowship are flexible and are designed to meet the needs of Japanese and American researchers at different stages in their careers. The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of three and maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24 month period. Part-time residence abroad in the United States or Japan is required.

This competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate a serious, long-term affiliation with research communities in the United States or Japan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field, or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. Applications from researchers in professions other than academia are encouraged.

Contact Details
For further information and to apply, go to or contact SSRC staff at

Call for Submissions: San Francisco Intl. Asian American Film Festival

Hello Asian-Nation!

My name is Cindy, and I’m writing to let you know that the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has announced that its Call for Entries for the 31st San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, held on March 14-24 2013, is now OPEN!

It is a terrific opportunity for filmmakers to be a part of the largest film festival in North America dedicated to showcasing films by or about Asian Americans and Asians around the world and have the chance to have their film viewed by one of the most sophisticated and enthusiastic audiences in the nation, as well as by many festival programmers, including delegates from nearly every Asian American film festival in North America.

31st SF International Asian American Film Festival
March 14-24, 2013

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival accepts films, videos and digital and interactive projects that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality. All lengths and genres will be considered.

Your signed entry form, entry fee, screener and press kit must be postmarked by one of these two dates:
* Early Deadline – Sept 3, 2012
* Late Deadline – Oct 1, 2012
* Extended deadline –Oct 8, 2012

A presentation of:
Center for Asian American Media
145 Ninth Street, Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94103-2641

Call for Submissions: Race and the Life Course

“Racing through Life: Readings on Race and the Lifespan” is a collection of readings about race and the life course edited by Drs. Diditi Mitra and Joyce Weil. Holding race and aging constant, the book will incorporate readings that reflect how both these concepts intersect with other elements of social differentiation, such as gender, social class, sexual orientation, and immigrant status to name a few.

Additionally, the project will include works that echo the broad range of social methodologies used in studying the intersecting experiences of race and the life course. Thus, on the whole, the collection of works will include varieties of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The book will also provide space for personal histories pertaining to the topics of race and the life course perspective that contextualizes those histories within a social scientific framework.

We welcome works on all race and ethnic groups, including whites. Our goal is not to focus on the “other” races, but to include whites, as well, in order to offer meaningful insights into the topics of race and the aging. The readings will be divided among the book’s three parts: the journey to adulthood (Part I), adulthood and midlife (Part II), and aging and latter years (Part III).

Please let us know of your interest and contact us if you would like to discuss a topic. The recommended length of the manuscript is between20 and 25 pages. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2012. Your expert contribution to this edited collection is greatly valued. Dr. Joyce Weil and Dr. Diditi Mitra can be reached at (970.351.1583) and (732.224.2537), respectively.

March 17, 2010

Written by C.N.

Links & Announcements #23

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.

Video Contest Promoting 2010 Census

I am currently at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. We’re anchoring a statewide network that is outreaching to the AAPI community to inform them about the importance of participation in the upcoming census. We’ve just launched our nationwide APICount PSA contest:

Our Communities Need to be Counted in Census 2010!

Asian and Pacific Islander Communities are underrepresented by Census numbers, but you can help change that! Help get the word out by making a 30 – 60 second video about how the Census is safe, easy and important. Your video could screen at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Fest 2010, be seen nationally, and win you the grand prize of $3000! Fill out an entry form at and get started now!!! Deadline for entries is March 26th, 2010.

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Positions

SAALT’s summer internships allow students to help promote the civic and political engagement of South Asians in the United States. We encourage applications from undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are self-motivated and committed to working toward social change in your community.

Two internships are available for Summer 2010:

Program and Campaigns Intern
The Program and Campaigns Intern will promote the mission of SAALT’s community mobilization, partnerships, and policy work.

Communications Intern
The Communications Intern will provide support for all of SAALT’s online, media, and other communications, including website development, media outreach, social networking outreach, and community outreach.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority consideration to those received by March 26.

SAALT is also seeking a Be The Change National Coordinator. SAALT is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, hard-working individual to spearhead Be the Change efforts in 2010. The Be The Change National Coordinator will coordinate logistics, materials, correspondence, trainings, and implementation of the October 2, 2010 Be the Change National Gandhi Day of Service.

Visit the SAALT website for more details and how to apply.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) Coordinator Position

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) seeks a Community Capacity Program Coordinator.

Full Time (37.5 hours/week)
Salary Range: Competitive, excellent fringe benefits
Reports to: Community Capacity Program Director
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary:
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the various activities of a funded body of work related to capacity development. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for performing grant administration and support activities such as but not limited to: assisting in program documentation and developing products, managing electronic program telecommunications, websites and databases, and conference and meeting planning and coordination. The Program Coordinator, in conjunction with the Community Capacity Program Director, will work towards achieving the mission and aims of the grant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate activities related to all the components of a large capacity development grant program
  • Assist in program documentation and development of products (e.g. program pamphlets, factsheets, presentations, press releases, requests for proposals/reports, monitoring guidelines, scientific articles)
  • Manage and update electronic program telecommunications, databases, and websites (e.g. HTA webpage, HTA Partner’s website)
  • Research via the internet and other sources, on topics related to AA and NHPI health, capacity building, and other issues as assigned
  • Plan and coordinate national, regional, and local conferences and meetings
  • Travel for work-related meetings and events as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • 3+ years experience working in an office environment
  • Intermediate/Advanced user of MS Office
  • Highly proficient in using the internet
  • Experience in conference planning and coordination
  • Project coordination experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Experience with calendaring and scheduling meetings
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Experience and/or interest in working with minority health/health care issues
  • Experience and/or interest working in a diverse and high energy team environment

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to:
Via Email (preferred):, Attn: Community Capacity Program Coordinator Search
Via Fax: 415-954-9999
Via Mail: APIAHF
Attn: HR Manager – Community Capacity Program Coordinator Search
450 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108

Application Deadline: April 15, 2010

Dessert Tasting Fundraiser in Boston

We’re working and baking together again in our fourth year for “A Little Peace: A Dessert Tasting” to help fundraise for social justice organizations. We support each other and build community with nurturing and sweet things so that we can build a stronger effort for a better and more progressive society. Please come join us and taste for yourself the creativity of the community’s best bakers!

The Bake-Off Challenge, sponsored by Ocean Spray, features a flavored Craisin this year. Contestants provide samples for attendees to vote on the best dessert, and winners will be awarded prizes. If you are interested in participating, please email us for more information and to receive the Craisins in advance!

Proceeds Benefit the Asian American Resource Workshop, the API Movement, Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc., and Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth. Community Partners include the National Association of Asian American Professionals – Boston and Viet-AID. Our corporate sponsor is Ocean Spray.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: VIET – AID , 42 Charles St., Dorchester, MA

Tickets: $20 in advance / $27 at the door
Children: $10 (10 and younger)
To purchase, visit:
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