8Books Sale Announcement: $1.99 for On Gold Mountain eBook

LisaSeeHey readers! Just to let y’all know, Lisa See’s On Gold Mountain is on sale until June 14 for just $1.99 as a Kindle eBook. Best known for her novels, Shanghai Girls, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, China Dolls, among others, On Gold Mountain recounts See’s own family story, as she worked to unearth the life of her great-grandfather Fong See, his family, and travels between China and America — written in her characteristic engaging style.

MoodThingy: Bored -> Disgusted

We should have done this sooner, but I’ve changed the “Bored” option to “Disgusted.” It is the mood that has been most often requested, but wasn’t quite captured by any of the other options. (This post is basically being made to note that any posts prior to this date had “Bored” as the option.)

JACL Inouye Fellowship Seeking Applications… Deadline August 31, 2014

8A-2014-08-JACL-logoThe Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The fellowship is based in the JACL D.C. office and includes the following programs:

  • Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.
  • Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.
  • Conduct research and study topics assigned.
  • Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.
  • Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.
  • Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, graduating college seniors or students in graduate or professional programs, and a member of the JACL. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.

Time Period & Stipend:
The term of the fellowship will be for a time period of one year and will begin as early as October 2014. A $2,250 monthly stipend will be provided. Air travel is provided by Southwest Airlines.

Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a sample of writing, and names and contact information for two (2) references to the Washington, D.C. office of the JACL at [email protected] with “Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications for the Inouye Fellowship can be found here.

The deadline to apply for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is August 31, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions, please contact the D.C. office at 202-223-1240 or at [email protected]

APIAVote is looking for storytellers… deadline August 31, 2014

8A-2014-08-APIAvote-logoAPIAVote is looking for storytellers… journalism students or individuals who have experience in writing for any form of media (print/audio/video/online/photography).

We are building a national communications team to help write and produce stories about Asian American and Pacific Islander voters and the impact of election laws to the community.

We plan to distribute pieces to various ethnic and mainstream media. A professional working journalist will lead this team and serve as editor and mentor.

Individuals can be based anywhere in the country especially since we will be developing stories nationwide. Please send your resume and work samples to [email protected] by August 31, 2014.

South Koreans Need Dating Parties to Find That Special Someone

From the NY Times: The difficulties in meeting potential spouses have exacerbated an increasing tendency among South Koreans to marry late. As young women have gotten better jobs, analysts say, many are loath to give them up to shepherd children through a hypercompetitive education system and care for aging in-laws. In 2011, the average age of a first marriage for South Korean women hit 29.14, up from 24.8 in 1990; for men it jumped to 31.8 from 27.9 in 1990. The birthrate sunk to 1.15 children per woman, the lowest among the world’s most developed countries. The dating scene is difficult enough but adding pressure from the government for the sake of population growth? Oy the awkwardness at so many levels is painful.

Healthy Engaged Youth (HEY!) Kickoff Webinar

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will host a webinar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, August 8, from 3:00-4:00 PM EDT about Healthy Engaged Youth! (HEY!), a youth-driven initiative to engage and educate fellow youth and community members about the new options for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Join this interactive session to learn how to serve as a HEY! Ambassador and help get fellow youth and community members informed about the Marketplace. This webinar will also provide an overview of the Marketplace and how the Affordable Care Act helps young people and diverse populations.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP by emailing [email protected] with your name and affiliation (i.e. college/university, student group, organization) by Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Asian Americans Had Higher Poverty Rates in 2011

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute shows that Asian Americans had poverty rates significantly higher than the white population in 2011. After adjusting for cost of living differences between regions (since most Asians live in large expensive cities in the west or east coast), Asian Americans had a poverty rate of 16.1% compared with 10.4% of whites. This shouldn’t be a surprise given 8Asians has already reported on Asian Americans being more adversely affected by the housing downturn, Asian Americans being affected most by long term unemployment , and Asian American seniors being hit harder by the recession.

Kindergartners Poisoned by Rival School Director in China

From the Daily Caller: Two chinese girls were killed Thursday after eating poisoned yogurt that had been planted by the owner of a rival kindergarten. The owner confessed to adding rat poison to the yogurt before leaving it on the side of the road along with school notebooks, reports the BBC. 

It doesn’t really need to said or pointed out that this is horrible. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. When reputation or profit becomes more important in education I can’t help but wonder what is the point of it all in the first place.

Participate: Research Study On Chinese Americans’ Experience of Racial Discrimination

G Wei Ng, a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at University of Missouri Kansas-City (UMKC) invites qualifying individuals to participate in an online research study study to better understand Chinese Americans’ experience of racism.

You are eligible to participate in this study ONLY if you are (a) 18 years old or older, (b) proficient in English, and (c) either U.S.-born Chinese or Chinese Americans who moved to the U.S. before the age of 12.

Upon completion of the study, you are eligible to enter a raffle drawing for two Amazon gift cards worth $50 each as compensation for your time. Also, please forward this survey to your friends who meet the above criteria.

Judge Refuses to Block California Shark Fin Ban


U.S. District judge Phyllis Hamilton refused to block the enforcement of California’s ban on the sale of shark fins, rejecting charges that the law is discriminatory against Chinese Americans.  Two organizations, Asian Americans for Political Advancement and the San Francisco Chinatown Neighborhood Association, had asked for enforcement to halt.  Said Judge Hamilton:

“Plaintiffs have provided no evidence that the law was enacted for the purpose of discriminating against Chinese Americans.  Plaintiff’s own evidence shows that only a small percent of Chinese Americans eat shark fin soup regularly, and that approximately half of Chinese Americans actually support the Shark Fin Law.”

Enforcement of the ban is scheduled to begin July 2013.   According to court documents, some restaurants estimate the loss of income in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Last Soldier in Danny Chen Abuse Case to be Removed from the Army

The eighth and last soldier to be tried in the Danny Chen abuse case, Chen’s platoon leader, First Lt. Daniel L. Schwartz, will be removed from the Army.  This punishment was handled outside of the court martial process.  If he had went through a court martial, he would have faced six different dereliction of duty charges.  Schwartz is the only officer to be accused.  The Army Human Resources Command will decide what kind of discharge he will receive, a process that could take weeks.

Journalism Opportunity: 2013 CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship from AAJA

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is proud to announce the 2013 Council for International Cooperation/Anna Chennault Scholarship and encourages rising college sophomores to apply. The winner will receive a $3,900 scholarship and an opportunity to be a Voices student news project participant at the 2013 AAJA convention in New York with all travel, lodging and registration costs covered. Depending on the winner’s area of study, the student will also be paired with a professional print, online or broadcast mentor at the convention to help them network. Applications must be received by May 3, 2013.

This award will help a college student achieve their educational goals. Furthermore, the student will also be part of a larger journalists of color community, where they can find support towards their career.
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