Southeast Asian Intercollegiate Summit [Applications DUE NOV.25th]

Hey fellow SEA students! The application for this summit is due in a couple of days, so get on it. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow SEAs and network.

WHAT: A gathering of college students and/or young professionals who are community leaders and activists organizing on behalf of advancing Southeast Asian communities in the United States.

WHO: College students and/or young professionals from:
–Various regions of California (but also open to out-of-state participants)
–Various educational institutions: community colleges, state colleges, state universities, private schools, etc.
–Various ethnic communities: Khmer, Hmong, Lao, Mien, Vietnamese, etc.

WHEN: Friday, 13 January 2012 to Sunday, 15 January 2012

WHERE: UC San Diego campus

Some goals we’d like to accomplish are:

–Provide a space to share and update knowledge about Southeast Asians on college campuses and in our respective regions
–Develop a network of college students and organizers in the community
–Discuss issues and “problems” in our community
–Work together on an action plan to tackle some of these issues

Applications are due November 25th. Please go here to apply.

For more information, questions, or opportunities to help/contribute, please email:

West Coast API Student Coalition Town Hall [TOMORROW, 7-9 PM]

Hello Community!

The Students of Color Conference was this past weekend and a lot of us were able to meet up with other campuses with amazing API organizers who are doing a lot of great work in the community.

The highlight of this was an open caucus for the WEST COAST API STUDENT COALITION.

This coalition is meant to be a space where campuses all over the West Coast can share what kind of Asian Pacific Islander organizing work they are doing, how we can support each other, etc. A similar coalition was formed back several decades ago and was attempted to be revived in ’07 (Asian Pacific Student Union).

While we’d like to see this coalition up and running as soon as possible, it’s not going to happen without you! All campuses are starting from scratch in terms of approaching the coalition so we’ll need your help to get a diverse number of opinions from UCLA APIA people and leaders.

Here are some of the questions that we will be bringing up (and of course, we will be debriefing you all about the discussions that took place at SOCC as well as the open caucus regarding the coalition):

Vision Statement
–What do you want this coalition for? Where do you want it to go? How do you want to word this coalition’s vision?

Who to Engage in Coalition
–What does “West Coast” mean? What communities are absent from this space? How do we outreach to them?

–How do you want this space to be organized? What does leadership look like? How will these coalition be institutionalized in our organizations?

Potentiality of API Conference
–What would you want from this conference? How will this conference benefit our campus and organization? What things should be addressed? Where would be the best place to hold this conference?

Come kick it with us at the town hall NEXT MONDAY, November 21, at 7PM at Campbell 3221.

This will be a time to input your ideas for what the coalition would look like, share concerns you have, ask questions, etc. This coalition will not be possible without your help so…

EVERYONE is welcome!


Filipino Americans: The Bridge Generation [11/19]

WHAT: Book Talk and Launching: Vanishing Filipino Americans: The Bridge Generation (by Peter Jamer0)

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2011; 2:30pm – 4:30pm

WHERE: Carson Public Library

151 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-0901

Documentation of Filipino American history is largely limited to the Manong Generation that immigrated to the US in the early 1900s. Their second-generation children — the Bridge Generation — are now in their sixties, seventies, and eighties; however, the literature is silent regarding their life in America. Vanishing Filipino Americans explores the Bridge Generation’s growing up years; their maturation as participants in Filipino youth clubs; their development of a unique subculture; their civic participation; and their triumphs and struggles in America’s workforce. Jamero begins the process of documenting the experiences and contributions of these second-generation Filipino Americans, addressing a significant void in the history of Filipinos in America.

The event is an ongoing community outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop ( and is co-sponsored by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), LA Chapter and by The Friends of Carson Library.

Free and open to the public. RSVP is requested. Tel. (310) 514-9139 or email.

Language Fellowships Information Session [THIS WEDNESDAY, 11/16]

WHAT: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Information Session
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bunche Hall 10383

Free and open to all UCLA students

Light refreshments offered

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program supports graduate and undergraduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies. The academic-year graduate awards provide a $15,000 stipend as well as registration fees and tuition. The undergraduate award provides a stipend of $5,000 and $10,000 in fees and tuition. Summer awards provide a $2500 stipend, up to $5,000 in fees and tuition, and (optional) up to $1,000 for travel expenses.

The National Resource Centers of the UCLA International Institute offer FLAS Fellowships to students interested in studying the following languages and their respective regions:

Quechua, Portuguese, Advanced Spanish (Latin American Institute)
Chinese, Japanese, Korean (Asia Institute)
Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese (Center for Southeast Asian Studies )
All European languages taught at UCLA (Center for European and Eurasian Studies)
Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish (Center for Near Eastern Studies)


To apply for a FLAS fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing graduate students in all disciplines may apply for academic-year and summer awards. Undergraduate students must be studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level. The fellowship requires that students take one language and one area studies course for a letter grade each term during the academic year. Summer fellowships are for intensive language study only. Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards and must submit reports on the courses they pursue and the progress they make. Awards may be used for dissertation research, but this must be approved in advance.

All FLAS applications must be completed online. The application is available through the area studies centers listed above, or at

The deadline for applications for both Summer 2012 and Academic Year 2012-13 is February 15, 2012.

Questions about the Southeast Asian language fellowships should be addressed to

(2012-13 FLAS awards are contingent upon continued funding from the US Department of Education.)

Advocacy 101: Skills-Building Workshop [THIS TUESDAY, 11/15]

WHAT: Advocacy 101: A Skills Building Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 5-7PM
WHERE: UCLA School of Public Health 33-105A (see below for directions)
Led by Julie Elginer Ph.D.

Do you have questions about what advocacy really is and what it entails? Do you want to put advocacy theory into practice?

This workshop is for aspiring change-°©-makers who are looking to build basic and practical skills in advocacy. We will discuss government structure, help identify decision-°©-makers at the local, state, and federal levels, and review other nitty-°©- gritty how-°©-to information on real life advocacy.

Join us and learn how to turn your thoughts into ACTION!

Participants LOVED the workshop last year!

“Incredibly enlightening and highly useful” “I highly recommend it”

“I came away with a renewed passion for helping those around me and more tools to actually affect change”

Stick around for Questions and Global Health Review Advocacy Group meeting after the event!

For more information, please contact Kathy Yi,


To get there from the School of Public Affairs, go down Charles E. Young toward Westwood until you reach Tiverton (the Botanical Gardens are there on your left). Turn Left on Tiverton, and then you will see a bunch of bike racks. Between the bike racks is a path you can turn right on and you will see a sign for David Geffen School of Medicine. Walk through the double doors into the foyer. Turn right to the elevators and stairs; the lecture hall is on the corner on the third floor, 33-105.