Internship with Center For Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment

CAUSE 2012 Internship Applications  
Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy (formerly called CASIC, California Asian American Student Internship Coalition) has prepared elite student leaders to be in the forefront of California’s legislative arena. This program is especially dedicated to developing the leadership skills of college students who are interested in exploring a career in public office, public service or community advocacy.
Previous students have been selected from Ivy League schools, the University of California system, community colleges and local high schools. Graduates of the program have gone on to run for elected office, work as legislative staff or work in the nonprofit sector. Students with an interest in Asian Pacific American (APA) affairs, leadership development, community service or politics are encouraged to apply.
The eight-week leadership academy will develop:
  • Political awareness and civic engagement
  • Understanding of the legislative process
  • Insight on issues related to the APA community
  • Professional and leadership qualities
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Interview and social etiquette
  • Organizational and cooperative working skills
As part of this intensive eight-week leadership academy, CAUSE interns will:
  • Receive internship placement in the offices of elected officials.
  • This opportunity affords interns a unique hands-on experience in the legislative process, policy knowledge and constituent outreach.
  • Gain access to and insight from civic leaders through leadership workshops and seminars.
  • Interns receive leadership training from elected officials and community leaders; meet and learn from assemblymembers and state senators in Sacramento, and get a firsthand, inside perspective of how the government functions.
  • Participate in local APA community events.
  • Interns act as liaisons between community and government, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues that affect their communities and the APA community.
Interested students are encouraged to apply. All application materials must be submitted to the CAUSE office by either:
  • March 16, 2012 for early consideration
  • April 27, 2012 for regular consideration

>>> For the application and more internship information, click here.

CAPAL Internship and Scholarship Early Decision Application Deadline: Feb.1

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is currently accepting Internship and Scholarship applications for 2012.

Scholarship Overview:

CAPAL scholarships allow outstanding APA students to spend the summer interning for a federal government agency, a Capitol Hill legislative office, or a non-profit organization, and gain firsthand knowledge of the workings of American government. Each CAPAL scholar will be awarded $2,000 in scholarships to support their successful completion of an internship of their choice in the Washington D.C. metro area. Each CAPAL scholar will be responsible for obtaining their own placement.

Internship Overview:

In partnership with federal government agencies, CAPAL will award internships with stipends at federal offices to outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) students committed to public service. Past agency placements have included the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, Rural Development, and Food Safety and Inspection Service.

CAPAL is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American community. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.

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Celebrate Fred Korematsu Day in Pasadena: Jan.30

The City of Pasadena was the first city in Southern CA to pass an annual Fred Korematsu Day to be held on the date of his birth, Jan. 30th. This resolution was passed by Pasadena City Council on February 28, 2011. We honor this individual as well as fellow activists Min Yasui and Gordon Hirabayashi and Americans of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II.

WHAT: Fred Korematsu Day, Pasadena
WHEN: Monday – Jan. 30, 2012 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHAT: Donald Wright Auditorium, Main Pasadena Public Library
MORE: 4:30 – 6:00 pm – Meeting – Invite input for Fred Korematsu Day 2013; 6:30 pm – Presentation to Pasadena City Council

INFO: FREE event but seating is limited. For more information & Parking go to or contact Wendy at 626-683-8243

(Note: No parking is allowed in the library parking lot for this event)

> Opening Remarks – Pasadena Mayor BILL BOGAARD

> Pasadena Resident ESTHER TAKEI NISHIO – During WWII, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their West Coast homes and incarcerated in ten desolate American concentration camps, a group of local Quakers came up with an idea to show that Americans of Japanese descent were indeed loyal to the United States and should be allowed to return home. In September 1944, Esther Takei Nishio was 19-years-old when these Quakers-with the approval of the U.S. Military–summoned her from a concentration camp in Colorado to serve as a “test case” to see how the Pasadena community would react to a Japanese American in their midst. If Esther was accepted, they believed, it would open the door for other Japanese Americans to return. But when word of her return made front page news, Esther faced a firestorm of hatred, fear and intolerance as she attended school at Pasadena City College. One man formed a “Ban the Japs” committee. A little old lady saw her at a bus stop and spit on her one day, and slapped her across the face the next. Esther knew that she was representing her community, and her actions could determine whether they returned or not. And so she endured indignity with dignity and violence with non-violence. Hear her compelling story at Fred Korematsu Day in Pasadena!

> SUSIE LING – Associate Professor of History & Asian American Studies and history at Pasadena City College (PCC). She has been teaching Asian American studies continuously since 1971. PCC sponsors buses to Manzanar Pilgrimage each year. In 2010, PCC was proud to give honorary degrees to Nisei alumni who were unjustly incarcerated in 1942.

> ALAN NISHIO – Founding member of the NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress founded in 1980) and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Little Tokyo Service Center, a community development corporation in Los Angeles. He retired after 34 years of service as Associate Vice President of Student Services, California State University.

> PATTY KINAGA – Pasadena resident Patty Kinaga specializes in employment litigation for over 20 years. Inspired by her father’s military service made a documentary film about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In April, her 6-year old daughter Emily sparked a star-studded “Thousand Hearts” Concert to benefit the victims of Japan’s earthquake/tsunami held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

> SOJI KASHIWAGI – Playwright and Executive Producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble, a non-profit theater group. Pasadena resident who serves as a commissioner on the Pasadena Human Relations Commission, District 4. He has written numerous plays, articles, columns and essays on the Japanese American experience, many of which have focused on the WWII imprisonment of the Japanese American community.
> Through these efforts, we hope to encourage the educational system in Pasadena to teach curriculum that the Korematsu Institute has developed. Continue to educate Americans about the history of Americans of Japanese descent during WWII and of their internment experiences before, during and after the war. Spark more City Resolutions throughout Southern CA, in other States as well as develop a strong committee that will continue to advance activities to recognize Fred Korematsu Day

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

> In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a legal team of mostly Japanese American attorneys re-opened Korematsu’s 40 year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

> Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the US named after an Asian American. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire activists of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

Taking some of the words that Yukio Kawaratani said at City Council on Jan 31, 2011 –
“Fred Korematsu challenged the Government all the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision held that military necessity outweighed Korematsu’s individual rights and the rights of all Americans of Japanese descent. Fred Korematsu is a hero and a symbol for all Americans to honor. he alerted us to be vigilant to the continuing legal concept that the government can suspend civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and discriminate and take action against any group or organization of people on the basis of military necessity.”

March with API Equality-LA in the Golden Dragon Parade: Jan.28

You are invited to march with API Equality-LA in the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us as we welcome the Year of the Dragon and provide an LGBT presence at Chinatown’s largest celebration! As the only LGBT contingent in the Golden Dragon Parade, we will march together to show that our movement for equality and the fair treatment for LGBT individuals is stronger than ever!

Assemble at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Meet at the courtyard at 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Records – 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA [Map]. The courtyard is located on Hill St., just south of Temple St. We will provide sandwiches and drinks, though quantities are limited! Come early!

If you arrive after 12:45 p.m. then proceed directly to the staging area on Hill St. between Temple St. and Cesar E. Chavez Bl. and ask for the API Equality-LA unit or look for our red t-shirts.

Public parking is available for a fee at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, located at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles [Map]. Other commercial parking lots are also available near City Hall, Olvera Street, and Little Tokyo. Persons taking the Metro Red Line should exit at the Civic Center station and walk a half block up to the courtyard between the Hall of Administration and Los Angeles Superior Court. DO NOT exit at the Chinatown Station because that is the end of the parade route!

This year’s parade unit will feature two same-sex couples walking in front of a sign of the Chinese character, “double happiness,” which is used in traditional Chinese weddings. Our unit will also feature the six colors of the rainbow flag, representing LGBT pride and diversity. Paraders will be provided with banners, flags, streamers, and handheld drum noisemakers to carry in a colorful display of diversity, inclusion, and equality for all members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Community-based organizations are highly encouraged to bring your own organizational banners to march with in the parade and demonstrate your group’s support for the cause.

API Equality-LA will provide red t-shirts to all that attend. We ask that you wear this shirt for the entire duration of the march for a consistent a presentation.

Post-Parade Annual Lunar New Year Banquet, 5:00 p.m.
Your organization is also more than welcome to dine with us at CBS Seafood Restaurant (700 N Spring St. in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA [Map], just walking distance from the parade route)! Cost is $25/person. For more information and to purchase your ticket, please visit: If you would like to purchase a table or have any questions, regarding the dinner, please contact Alex Fukui at (310) 291-4849 (Note: Time subject to change, based on when our parade end time.).

For general questions, please contact me at (213) 580-1800 or email If you have any questions on THE DAY OF the parade & banquet, please call Ericson Herbas at (323) 217-3267.