Aarti Kohli is the new deputy director at Asian Law Caucus

Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus has a new Deputy Director. Aarti Kohli will fill the position that Chris Punongbayan vacated when he became co-director and then executive director of ALC, the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income AAPI communities. Aarti joins the Caucus just in time to attend the 6th Annual Advancing Justice Conference in her new leadership role with one of the Advancing Justice affiliates. The conference, AAPIs Standing Together for Racial Justice, is from Sept. 25-26 in Washington, DC. Below is text the email scheduled for release on Sept. 3. Dear Friends, On behalf of our staff and … Continue reading Aarti Kohli is the new deputy director at Asian Law Caucus

APIAVote Seeking Storytellers

The fantastic nonprofit APIAVote is looking for storytellers to help write and produce stories about Asian American and Pacific Islander voters and the impact of election laws on AAPI communities. APIAVote is a nonpartisan national nonprofit that mobilizes AAPIs in electoral and civic participation. The organization is building a national communications team led by a professional working journalist who will also serve as the team’s editor and mentor. The team will craft and distribute pieces to various ethnic and mainstream media. Ideal candidates are journalism students or individuals who have experience in writing for any form of media (print/audio/video/online/photography). Individuals can work … Continue reading APIAVote Seeking Storytellers

25th Anniversary of UCLA Granting Tenure to Don Nakanishi

Twenty-five years ago today (May 25, 1989), a widely watched three-year multi-racial struggle involving thousands of supporters came to a successful end with the granting of tenure to Don Nakanishi at UCLA. Prominent civil rights attorney Dale Minami led the legal fight, Dale Shimasaki coordinated the legislative advocacy, and Glenn Omatsu and many others organized student and grassroots support. The fight for Nakanishi’s tenure is widely regarded as a “landmark movement in academia,” and has been taught nationally as an important case study for student-community mobilization. A year after gaining tenure, Nakanishi was appointed Director of the UCLA Asian American … Continue reading 25th Anniversary of UCLA Granting Tenure to Don Nakanishi

Launch of the Wayne Maeda Asian American Studies Archives at CSUS

The following is text from an email sent by Kenji Taguma, President of the Nichi Bei Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of the Nichi Bei Weekly. I hope you are well. I’m writing to let you know about two events related to the launch of the Wayne Maeda Asian American Studies Archives at California State University, Sacramento, put together by Prof. Greg Mark and others. Although I’m not directly involved with these events, I’m happy to help Greg spread the word of anything related to my mentor, longtime Nichi Bei Times/Weekly contributing writer, and founding Nichi Bei Foundation board member. The first … Continue reading Launch of the Wayne Maeda Asian American Studies Archives at CSUS

Cesar Chavez Film Leaves Out Filipino American Leadership Role in Farmworkers Struggle

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March led by Larry Itliong (left) and Cesar Chavez (right), via FANHS. Photographer unknown.

Note: The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) today issued a media release critiquing the new film, Cesar Chavez, saying that the film leaves out Filipino American contributions and misses an opportunity to provide an accurate account of the farmworker struggle. I have not yet seen the film, but am sharing this because the Filipino American farmworker story deserves attention. My posting this is in no way intended to diminish the labor and civil rights legacy of Cesar Chavez or others who led or were involved in that movement. I am thrilled that this movie was made, even while lamenting that the story omits the roles that Larry Itliong and other Filipino Americans served in advancing the cause of labor. I will see this movie and encourage others to see it as well. Thank you to Ron Muriera for sharing this. – Keith

The National Board of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) celebrates the appearance of United Farm Workers (UFW) co-founder Larry Itliong in the Hollywood biopic Cesar Chavez. However, FANHS argues that the film misses an opportunity to offer a nuanced and accurate history of the farmworkers movement that was born of the Filipinos’ 1965 Grape Strike because it does not emphasize the importance of the historic multi-ethnic alliance between Mexicans and Filipinos in the UFW.

FANHS hopes that moviegoers inspired by the film continue to learn about the movement and are spurred towards dialogue and action towards today’s movements for worker justice and such issues as immigration reform.

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Vincent Pan: ‘My 8 Years’

This is text from an email sent by Vincent Pan on Feb. 11, 2014: This month marks the completion of my eighth year as executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. We have accomplished a great deal together, but there remains so much more to be done. I’m excited to be looking forward with eight lucky CAA items to share with you: Our campaign to Move City College of San Francisco Forward is hitting its stride. In addition to recent good news from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit (preventing City College from closing), yesterday morning State Senator Mark Leno announced … Continue reading Vincent Pan: ‘My 8 Years’

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Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin Receives NSF Grant for Cyberwarfare Project

Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin received a grant of nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Safeguarding Cyberspace with Ethical Rules for Cyberwarfare,” a collaborative project with the Naval Postgraduate School and Western Michigan University. Through the … Continue reading Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin Receives NSF Grant for Cyberwarfare Project