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President Obama Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Earlier this year, NGEC’s 12 OFP cohort organizations convened in New Orleans and met community leaders from VAYLA-NO,  Father Vien from Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, and S. Leo Chiang (the director of A Village Called Versailles).

Check out the great post below via about Monday’s AAPI Heritage Month celebration at the White House which featured Father Vien.

This past Monday, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Amongst the honored guests was Father Vien of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans, who was profiled in an excellent documentary which I saw earlier this year at a film festival called A Village Called Versailles. The film, which is part of PBS’s Independent Lens series, will be airing this Tuesday, May 25th on PBS and follows the Vietnamese American community awakening politically in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina. Now, Father Vien and others are fighting another crisis in New Orleans. The BP oil spill has hugely impacted the Southeast Asian/Vietnamese American fishermen who make up 35-45% of the fishing industry along the Gulf Coast.

Read more about our OFP Convening in New Orleans.

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Call to Action: California API groups mobilize for Arizona May 28-29

compiled by Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Capacity Building Manager

The passage of Arizona S.B. 1070–a bill that gives authorization to police officers to stop any person they think is undocumented—last month has prompted national outcry.  Many of the organizations in the National Gender & Equity Campaign’s Organization Fellowship Program are actively involved in efforts to repeal SB 1070 and stand in solidarity with targeted communities in Arizona.

This weekend–May 29, 2010, people of conscience from throughout the United States and Phoenix will march in the tens of thousands to the State Capitol to demand justice in the face of legalized discrimination and hate. They will demand that President Obama stand on the right side of history and take immediate and concrete action to stop SB1070.

At least two API delegations are being organized from California—from the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and there are a number of local actions being planned.  Below, please find more information about how you can get involved:

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Asian Pacific Community Fund seeks nominations for 2010 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

Visit the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website for full details:

2nd Annual 2010 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards!

The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) in partnership with Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is seeking nominations for young individuals and organizations that have exemplified outstanding support for the Asian Pacific Islander community through their leadership and philanthropic efforts.

Two individuals and two organizations will receive awards. All nominees will be recognized. The awards will be presented at the 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards to be held in early March. Completed nomination packages must be received by 5:00 P.M., Monday, January 25, 2010.

Apply online, or send all forms by mail to:

ATTN: ELP Recognition Awards, 1145 Wilshire Blvd. 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, or by fax to: (213) 624-6406.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards, contact Kristina Ramos, Marketing Associate of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, at (213) 624-6400 x4

More information available at  Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website

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Aug 14-16th, Seattle – A National Conference of LGBTQ APIs

NQAPIA Conference, August  14 - 16, 2009 - Seattle

NQAPIA Conference, August 14 - 16, 2009 - Seattle

Program Highlights for Transgress, Transform, Transcend
A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians and Pacific Islanders (API)

NQAPIA Release For Release: July 16, 2009
Contact: Norma Timbang, (206) 229-4662,

A diverse and full program has been confirmed for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) 3-day conference, “Transgress, Transform, Transcend,” which will take place August 14th – 16th 2009 in Seattle at the University of Washington. Ben de Guzman, Conference Program committee chair and NQAPIA Co-Director, remarked, “With the conference just about a month away, excitement is mounting. This conference will showcase the leading lights in both Asian American/ Pacific Islander (AAPI) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities. Come to Seattle and be a part of the history we’re making!”

Each day of the conference will be opened by a keynote address, given by keynote speakers Mia Mingus (Co-Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now), Dakota (Seattle Youth Poetry Slam Series Finalist), and Vega Subramaniam and Mala Nagarajan (plaintiffs in a Washington state lawsuit for marriage equality).

A full schedule of plenaries, workshops, caucuses and social activities will follow the keynote speeches. Speakers and presenters include: Miriam Yeung (Executive Director of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum), Darlene Nipper (Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Kris Hayashi (Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project), musical artist Danny Morito Katz, and performance group Good Asian Drivers, and API Equality (Los Angeles and San Francisco-based coalitions promoting marriage equality).

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