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First Summit on Asian Stereotypes Urges Empowerment to Make Change

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 24 March 2013

Jeff Yang writer of
Little Tokyo - Los Angeles March 23, 2013 More than 200 people attended a summit yesterday in Los Angeles, provocatively titled "Beyond the Bad and the Ugly." The meeting was appropriately named as it took aim at the continued use of offensive images, ethnic slurs and stereotypical caricatures of Asian Americans in American media, and its impact on just about every aspect of American culture, politics, education and society. AsianConnections.com applauds Jeff Yang, Wall Street Journal...

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National Townhall on Hate Crimes June 19th-24th

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 08 June 2007

A National Townhall on Hate Crimes takes place from June 19th-24th recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Death of Vincent Chin.

In June 1982, Chinese American Vincent Chin was killed in Detroit by two unemployed white autoworkers who had been recently been laid off. This hate crime, motivated by anti-Japanese sentiments, served as a rallying cry for
the Asian American community and is often considered the beginning of a pan-Asian American movement.

Twenty five years later, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress and local partners around the country look back in time and assess where we are now. With recent high-profile attacks on Asian Americans in New York, Michigan and Wisconsin, APAP is organizing a series of events throughout the nation around the anniversary of Vincent's murder. Each event will include a special screening of the Academy-Award nominated documentary, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" and panels with local community leaders.

NEW YORK
June 19, 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas
MOCA (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor)
John Liu (New York City Councilman), Liz Ouyang (Executive Vice President,
OCA), Darwin Davis (President and CEO, New York Urban League)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
June 19, 6:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Asian Victims Relief Fund
St. Mary Magdalen Family Center, 1213 52nd St., Kenwood
Dan Levy (Chief Legal Officer, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights) Pravina
Ramanathan (Asian American Liaison, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights),
Ingrid
Scott-Weekly (Director, City of Grand Rapids Equal Opportunity Dept.)

CHICAGO
June 20, 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM), Japanese American Citizens League, Organization of Chinese Americans
JAHHM, 800 South Halsted, Chicago
Bill Yoshino (Midwest Director, JACL), Diana Lin (VP, Asian American
Institute), Myron Quon (Legal...

Desi Hits! iTunes Store

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 07 June 2007

Find your favorite South Asian Artist at the Desi Hits! iTunes Store

Find your favorite South Asian artists, music and podcasts at the new Desi Hits!-iTunes storefront launched by Desi Hits! (www.desihits.com), in conjunction with Apple's iTunes. The catalogue of digital music includes Bollywood, Bhangra, urban Desi fusion, Desi hip hop and R&B, as well as World beats and popular mainstream hits. The site is a spotlight for emerging talent, featuring select artists and soundtracks through exclusive releases, special promotions, shows and podcasts. Jay Sean, Rishi Rich, Raghav, other performers and labels are leveraging these innovative Web 2.0 tactics to increase their global exposure. The first top 10 Desi billboard chart based on international sales to track the most popular tunes is in development.

Co-founder and CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath explains, "Exposing audiences to Desi artists worldwide, providing a mainstream platform to promote talent and legitimate sales, satisfying our fans' requests for fresh tracks, and creating a sense of community are just some of the reasons we at Desi Hits! love what we do."

The company has evolved rapidly since its humble beginnings as a blog in December 2005. Today, Desi Hits! is one of the fastest growing South Asian websites according to Alexa Ratings, with 3.6 million visitors each month and counting from 67 countries. Desi Hits! is ranked the # 1 most popular Desi podcast on iTunes, and was recently voted one of the "top 100 digital entertainment companies to watch for" by AlwaysOn Hollywood 2007.

Source: --(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)

Health Fair Asserts the Basic Human Right of Filipino Migrant Workers

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 06 June 2007

UPMASA-DAMAYAN Partnership Successfully Met the Needs of Filipinos from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

New York, NY - On Sunday, June 3rd, Filipino doctors of the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) and members of DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association spearheaded a collaboration to bridge community health disparities by linking highly skilled professionals and marginalized domestic workers through Ang Kalusugan ay Karapatang Pang-tao (Health is a Basic Human Right) Health Fair. Over 150 individuals availed of the free services.

"We are excited about this project," stated Dr. Lou Publico, President-elect of the NY-NJ-CT UPMASA Chapter, "We hope to respond to the needs of our kababayans [compatriots] who may have difficulty in basic health screening services."

The health fair included the services of US Wellness - coordinated by Dr. Luchi Fonacier - and spanned three booths along Madison Avenue, between 25th and 26th Street. The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. waived the booth registration fee in the spirit of serving the Filipino American community. Additional services and labor were provided by students from the NYU School of Dentistry, NYU School of Medicine student William Jalbuena Scheerer, Harlem Breast Center and Ugnayan ng mga Anak ng Bayan / Linking the Children of the Motherland. The health screening included: body mass index to determine relative obesity, blood pressure, glucose, oral cancer check, appointments for mammogram and pap smear, on-site breast exam demonstration, and one-on-one doctor consultation. UPMASA, led by National President Dr. Benny Jongco, showed up in full force with 15 doctors who interpreted screening results and advised participants. Drs. Jovienia Celo, Nanette Jongco, Melissa Young and Guillermo and Normie Narvaez solicited giveaways, including glucometers. Health literature from the NYC Department of Health were generously distributed to those who...

Marrow donor needed for Vinay Chakravarthy

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 04 June 2007

Marrow donor needed for Vinay Chakravarthy

(U.S. ASIAN WIRE)-- June 4, 2007-- Vinay Chakravarthy, pictured here with his wife, Rashmi, is 28 years old and has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was diagnosed in November of 2006 and after chemotherapy failed, was informed he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The donor - that could be you - pretty much has to be South Asian as well, as ethnicity largely defines compatibility (with marrow donors, that is). But first, you need to register as a potential donor, and that's quite effortless, and painless. Find out more at the website of SAMAR, the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters.

Ethnicity is the key factor and there is a severe shortage of South Asians (people from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) on the National Registry.

Please visit http://www.helpvina y.org to see how you can help.

Stanford’s New Allergy Clinic Treating Seasonal Sufferers, Complex Cases

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 31 May 2007

The nice weather that makes Northern California so attractive creates ideal conditions for allergies, according to Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD of Stanford Medical Center's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Asthma.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The wonderful weather that makes Northern California so attractive also creates ideal conditions for allergies, according to Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD of Stanford Medical Center's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Asthma.

"Almost one out of every 11 people on the Peninsula has some form of allergy," said Nadeau, who is on the staff of Stanfords new Allergy Clinic. Nadeau says the Bay Area has many pollens, dust and molds that stimulate a lot of common allergies and theres no winter cold season to provide respite from pollen.

Although common, allergies of the eye (allergic conjunctivitis), nose (allergic rhinitis) and lung (allergic asthma) can escalate into serious complications, according to Nadeau. Sinusitis as well as other infections that can spread to other parts of the body, including the brain and lungs; hearing loss and a variety of breathing complications such as sleep apnea and asthma may occur. Allergies also are a contributing factor to many chronic sinus infections.

Over-the-counter medications control symptoms for 10 to 20 percent of allergy sufferers. Prescription medications and nasal sprays help another 30 to 40 percent. But about half of all allergy sufferers fail to find relief with these methods, whose primary aim is to control the allergy symptoms rather than treat the allergy.

"These medicines are 'band aids'," Nadeau said. "It's better to know what you are allergic to and to try to prevent allergies by decreasing exposure. Other therapies, like allergy immunotherapy, can decrease a person's allergies to the allergens they had allergies to.

A part of Stanford's Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Sinus Center, led by Dr. Peter Hwang, the Allergy Clinic includes...