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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

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...


Statement on the Passing of William H. (Mo) Marumoto

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) President and CEO William H. (Mo) Marumoto Dies of Heart Attack.

Washington, D.C. - "On behalf of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Board of Directors and Staff, it is with profound sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely passing of APAICS President and CEO William H. (Mo) Marumoto. Mo's contributions to the Asian American communities across the country span several decades and his compassion to help people find a job, smoke a good cigar and go fishing are but a few of the many kindnesses that came naturally to him. He has enriched the lives of so many people he touched. I am certainly one of them," said APAICS Chair David L. Kim. "Today our community and our country have truly lost a great American, father, husband, and dear friend."

William H. (Mo) Marumoto suddenly passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, of a massive heart attack. He was an icon and a selfless man known to thousands for his big and generous heart.

Upon his retirement as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Interface Group, Ltd., Marumoto accepted the position as President and CEO of the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C., in September 2006.

Marumoto's career expanded more than five decades of giving back to his country, his community, and his friends. He joined the White House staff as Special Assistant to the President Richard M. Nixon and served more than three years recruiting individuals for Cabinet and sub-Cabinet positions. Prior to his stint at the White House, he was Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, responsible for all senior-level recruiting for the U.S. Office of Education.

Marumoto received more than 25 national professional awards for his work in higher education, fundraising, direct mail, events management, and...

Sonal Shah, Peter Rouse and Chris Lu are Asian Americans Named to Advise and Staff Obama-Biden Transition Team

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Sonal Shah, Peter Rouse and Chris Lu are three of the Asian Americans who have been named by President-elect Obama to advise and staff his Transition Team.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) APIAVote this week congratulates President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and commends the naming of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to the Obama-Biden Transition Team, namely former APIAVote board member Sonal Shah of the Google Foundation.

"We are extremely proud of Sonal and other Asian Americans who have been named thus far on the Transition Team," said APIAVote Executive Director Vida Benavides. "With her background as an economist, Sonal's appointment is indicative of the talent and expertise needed to guide us through these hard economic and financial crises."

"Sonal's appointment should only be just the beginning. We have high hopes for the incoming Obama-Biden Administration and Congress, and intend to work closely with both so that they continue to be more inclusive of Asian AAPIs throughout the transition process and into appointments and hiring of staff," said APIAVote board member Doua Thor.

"Having a diverse staff which includes AAPIs at all levels will help ensure that AAPI issues and concerns are sufficiently addressed in the policy agendas of President-elect Obama and the new Congress," said APIAVote board co-chair EunSook Lee.

"We further encourage the Obama-Biden Transition Team to recruit and seek diverse candidates that also reflect President-elect Obama's experiences," said APIAVote board co-chair Noe Kalipi.

Sonal Shah is among three of Asian American descent who have been named by President-elect Obama to advise and staff his Transition Team. Below is a full list of Asian Americans as of this release.

Sonal Shah (Indian American), named to Transition Advisory Board; (Former APIAVote Board Member, Google Foundation director, Global Economic Development)
Peter Rouse (of Japanese...

CACF 10th Annual Caring for Children Awards Gala is November 12

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 11 November 2008

CACF 10th Annual Caring for Children Awards Gala is November 12

On Wednesday, November 12 at 6pm, Saru Jayaraman, Julian Liau and Tara Tran Nyuyen, three visionary leaders, will be honored by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) for their dedication to advocating for the Asian Pacific American community, at the 10th Annual Caring for Children Awards Gala at Bridgewaters in New York.'s Ernabel Demillo and Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka will emcee the evening's festivities. Individual tickets start at $225. All proceeds to benefit CACF's programs to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children, youth, and families in New York City.

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United)
Julian Liau, Executive Director, JP Morgan Securities
Tara Tran Nguyen, Dean , New York Vietnamese School

CACF is also celebrating the 5th anniversary of its youth leadership program, the Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP). Over 50 Asian Pacific American public high school students have created a powerful voice as part of ASAP. They have met with high-ranking officials in New York City's Department of Education, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and City Council Members to present their research findings and recommendations for school reform.

Wayne Ho, CACF Executive Director, states, "This is a landmark year. We celebrate an impressive group of individuals who deserve to be recognized for their dedication to Asian Pacific American children and families. In addition, we celebrate the accomplishments of our youth leaders who, at such young ages, have already impacted New York City's public school system to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed."

City Council Member Alan Gerson will make a special presentation. Current and former members of CACF's youth leadership program (the Asian American Student...

Asian American Voter Turnout High on Election Day, but Many Face Problems at Polls

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Asian American Voter Turnout High on Election Day, but Many Face Problems at Polls

(New York, NY) Asian Americans, especially new citizens and first-time voters, turned out to vote in record numbers today, but many encountered barriers at polling places, ranging from inadequate language assistance, improper requests for identification, and missing names on voter rolls.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) dispatched over 1,400 attorneys, law students and community volunteers to over 130 polling places in 11 states with large Asian American populations, who recorded voter complaints and conducted a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll.

AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung said, "Asian Americans faced the same long lines, delays and poll worker confusion over ID requirements as other voters, but their problems were compounded by the lack of language assistance and occasional hostility toward new citizen voters."

AALDEF received hundreds of complaints from Asian American voters on their telephone hotline, 800-966-5946, and from their volunteer poll monitors in 11 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. The preliminary list of voting incidents:

In NYC, over 200,000 New Yorkers registered in the last two weeks before the Oct. 10 deadline; there were two voter lists at several election districts, but it's unclear whether poll workers checked both voter books,
-At P.S. 250 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, several voters claimed they had voted in previous elections but their names were not on the voter rolls.
-At P.S. 94 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one voter was told to go home to get an ID in order to vote-no interpreters were available to explain why this was needed.
-At P.S. 281, Jefferson High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn,...

Dr. Edmund Kwan Offers Pro Bono Services in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Dr. Edmund Kwan Offers Pro Bono Services in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New York based plastic surgeon Dr. Edmund Kwan is waiving his surgical fees for reconstructive surgery on patients who have been a victim of domestic violence. Patients will be selected with the assistance of New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC), the first domestic violence organization to serve Asian communities in New York City and one of the first in the nation.

"Dr. Kwan is offering domestic violence victims a chance to eradicate the physical and constant reminders of the abuse that once controlled them," said Julie Kim Richards, Director of Client Services, NYAWC. "With this assistance, they are given a better chance to deal with the emotions of shame and embarrassment that are often associated with domestic violence."

"Reconstructive procedures are the most rewarding surgeries I can perform on a patient," said Dr. Kwan. "Breast cancer survivors, burn and abuse victims are reminded daily of a traumatic time in their life. My hope is to continue to partner with organizations like NYAWC to raise awareness on these issues and provide patients with an opportunity to erase the physical scarring they've endured."

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began as the "Day of Unity" in October 1981. Conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. From there it evolved from a day-long event to one week and in October 1987 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

About New York Asian Women's Center
Founded in 1982 as the first domestic violence organization on the East Coast to serve the Asian communities, the New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC) helps battered women overcome violence and govern their own lives, free of abuse....