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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...

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Register for the SAJA Convention and Job Fair

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 28 May 2007

The South Asian Journalists Association Convention runs from July 12-July 15, 2007 in New York.

Registration is now open for SAJA's annual Convention and Job Fair which will take place July 12-15, 2007 at CUNY & Columbia in New York. Join 1,000 attendees from around the country and abroad for four days of learning and networking. All the panels, workshops, keynotes + job fair + three receptions + gala dinner for just $110(!).

This year the schedule includes hands-on workshops and salons to pick up useful skills and engage in substantive conversations about journalism. Presenters include Rena Golden, head of CNN International, author Amitava Kumar, IRE executive director Brant Houston, and NYT economics columnist David Leonhardt. There is also a slate of panels on topics that include how the press is (or isn't) setting the agenda for the 2008 presidential elections, the state of the media in South Asia, and the coverage of desi arts and culture.

Steve Shepard of CUNY and Nicholas Lemann of Columbia kick off the convention Thursday evening. Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, will take questions during the Friday morning keynote.

Sign up before the end of May to take advantage of lower advance rates.

The updated schedule is available at http://www.sajaconvention.org

CONVENTION PRICING
Early (April-May)
Students $100
Members $110
Non-members $140
Recruiters $140
Thursday superworkshops: $10, if you buy a convention pass
Gala ticket for a guest: $50, if you buy a convention pass

Late (June-July 7)
Students: $120
Members: $130
Non-members: $160
Recruiters: $160
Thursday's superworkshops: $10, if you buy a convention pass
Gala ticket for guest: $75, if you buy a convention pass

On-site rates:
Thursday workshops: $15
Day passes for Friday and Saturday: $50/day
Sunday awards dinner ticket:...

New Report Illuminates Asian American Priorities for 2008 Elections, Senate Vote in 2006 Battleground States, and Need for Expanded Language Access

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 14 May 2007

AALDEF Exit Poll Surveyed over 4,700 Voters in Nine States and 23 Cities During Decisive Midterm Elections

Washington, DCToday, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 33-year-old national civil rights organization, released detailed findings from its nonpartisan, multilingual exit poll of more than 4,700 Asian American voters in 23 cities and in nine states on Election Day 2006New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, and Washingtonas well as Washington, D.C. Released during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, AALDEFs exit poll was the largest survey of Asian American voters conducted during the midterm elections last November.

Margaret Fung, AALDEF executive director, said "In the 2006 midterm elections, Asian American voters continued a decade-long shift to support Democratic candidates, which played a role in the dramatic leadership changes in Congress. Elected officials and policymakers should pay close attention to the viewpoints of the fast-growing Asian American community in the 2008 elections."

According to Census data, Asian Americans numbered over 14.4 million nationwide. 38.5% of all Asian Americans were born in the U.S., and 33.7% are foreign-born, naturalized citizens. In AALDEFs November 2006 exit poll, respondents were: Chinese American (38%), South Asian American (27%), Korean American (14%), Southeast Asian American (8%), and Filipino American (7%).

Key findings from AALDEFs exit poll, released today in the new report, The Asian American Vote in the 2006 Midterm Elections, include the following:

Asian Americans shared common political interests, even across ethnic lines.
Though Asian Americans are diverse, coming from different countries and speaking different languages and dialects, they exhibit political unity in the electoral arena. In the midterm elections, each Asian ethnic group voted as a bloc for the same top-ballot...

GE’s ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN FORUM HOSTS FIRST-EVER NATIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 02 May 2007

One of General Electrics four Affinity Networks, Asian-Pacific American Forum volunteers, contributed close to 900 hours of volunteer time at APAF CARES An Evening of Giving, a collaborative national community service event. The event was held at Universal Studios Hollywood as part of the 8th Annual GE APAF National Meeting.

Universal City, Calif., May 2, 2007 GE announced today a record community effort hosted by its Asian-Pacific American Forum (APAF). One of General Electrics four Affinity Networks, APAF volunteers, contributed close to 900 hours of volunteer time at APAF CARES An Evening of Giving, a collaborative national community service event. The event was held at Universal Studios Hollywood as part of the 8th Annual GE APAF National Meeting.

APAF CARES is an excellent example of our commitment in helping the communities in which we serve, said Bob Corcoran, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at GE Corporation. In particular, one of the events, a bone marrow match drive, was driven by a local news story of an Asian-American boy suffering from a rare form of leukemia. This effort exemplifies how employee diversity can be a catalyst for significant community outreach efforts across the Company.

APAF CARES An Evening of Giving successfully completed three community service events. During the course of the one-night only event, hundreds of GE employees representing all six GE business units participated in various events. These events included a bone marrow match drive, built Comfort Kits for the American Red Cross and painted colorful murals at PaintFest for Childrens Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

In addition, dozens of bilingual employees registered as volunteer translators for the Asian Pacific Womens Center, a non-profit organization that focuses on the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence survivors one of the first transitional housing facilities in the...

Glass Ceiling and Glass Walls

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Recently, LA Times ran an article on the Return of the Glass Ceiling or as they put it, the female free management zone of corporate business. This article calls attention to a subject many have been lulled into thinking is on the way to be solved: the common belief is that women are assuming more corporate management positions and directorships and that women have free choice in how and where they advance in their careers.

Recently, LA Times ran an article on the Return of the Glass Ceiling or as they put it, the female free management zone of corporate business. This article calls attention to a subject many have been lulled into thinking is on the way to be solved: the common belief is that women are assuming more corporate management positions and directorships and that women have free choice in how and where they advance in their careers.

Statistics show that this is definitely not the case; in fact the situation is at best status quo or getting worse for women in corporations in spite the occasional standout exception like Indra Nooyi, the new CEO of Pepsi. There is a glaring dearth of women in the top executive suites of major corporations in the US in spite the fact that women have been getting over a third of the MBAs since the 1980s and that women comprise of over fifty percent of the managerial and professional workforce. For women of color the glass ceiling is even so much harder to break.

In 64 of the Fortune 500 companies, there are no women at all in the management team house hold names like Owens-Illinois, Saks Inc. Borders, Newell Rubbermaid, Toll Brothers, and Whirlpool. These companies customers are predominantly female and yet they do not seem to recognize that having women on the leading team will add to the productivity and effectiveness of their organizations.

Women are starting businesses at twice the pace of men and their businesses are prospering at twice the growth rate as all firms. Yet in corporations...

Asian American Journalists Association Calls for Newspaper Editors Not to Lose Sight of Diversity Amidst Industry Changes

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 28 March 2007

AAJA Convention to Emphasize Skills Training for Journalists to Succeed in Today's Newsrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2007) - With newspapers across the country experiencing dramatic changes in recent months due to consolidation, convergence and staff downsizing, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) today called for the nation's newspaper editors not to lose sight of the importance of diversity in newsrooms and in the coverage of the country's diverse communities.

"Now more than ever as we navigate tremendous challenges, it is crucial for industry leaders to ensure diversity at all levels. Diversity is fundamental to fair and accurate coverage of communities of color, which are growing exponentially nationwide," said AAJA President Jeanne Mariani-Belding, attending the convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), held March 27-30 in Washington, D.C.

AAJA's call for ensuring diversity came in response to today's release of the ASNE annual newsroom census, showing an overall decrease in minority staffers for only the second time since ASNE began undertaking the survey. Asian Americans now comprise 3.27% of the total newsroom workforce in the U.S., a slight increase of 0.05% from last year. That still falls short of achieving parity with the current Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population of more than 5%.

There also was 1% increase in the number of AAPI newsroom supervisors this year.

"While it's encouraging to see the number of Asian Americans in our newsrooms increase, clearly there's much more work to be done in terms of attaining diversity in our management ranks, particularly at the highest levels. Having journalists of color in key decision-making roles not only enriches our journalism, but also reflects a true commitment from media companies to reflect America's demographics and properly serve our core audiences," said Mariani-Belding, who is also editorial and opinion...