NSU Culture Night TONIGHT @ Royce Hall, 7 PM

The Nikkei Student Union at UCLA proudly presents our 26th Annual Cultural Night, Our [I]dentity: It’s More Than Blood. Join us on Monday, February 20th at Royce Hall at 7pm for this student-run production showcasing our talents and collaborations as well as our passion and commitment to Japanese American culture and heritage. Featured groups will be Kyodo Taiko (Japanese drumming), NSU Modern (hip-hop), NSU Odori (traditional Japanese dancing), and our first ever UCLA NSU vocal group, V-TONE. These performances are tied together with a student-written drama aimed to deliver its cultural message in paying tribute to the past as well as looking to the present and future.

Cultural Night originated from the 1986 Week of Remembrance, an event that commemorated President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps.

This year, the theme of Cultual Night is identity, particularly that of the Shin-Nisei generation: the new second generation of Japanese American immigrants who came to America after World War II. This generation faces the conflict of fitting into a continually more American community versus sticking to their Japanese roots. We believe that identity struggles are faced by people of all backgrounds and hope that this production will serve as a basis for further conversation on the issue.

Our drama will feature the story of Mark and Maki, two Shin-Nisei UCLA students struggling to find their place in the Japanese American community as they go through new experiences in college.

Scholarships in February and March


Scholarship from Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community – due February 12th

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community is a non-profit consortium of more than fifteen organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area providing support and community for nearly 500 queer Asian and Pacific Islander individuals. The APIQWTC scholarship supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourage future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $500 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.

Award Criteria

Current students in a certificate or degree-granting program as well as high school seniors pursuing further education or training in summer 2012 or fall 2012 are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate academic commitment as well as community involvement.

Application Requirements
Please submit:
· A cover letter
· A resume or c.v.
· A two-page double-spaced personal statement.

The personal statement should address community involvement and future goals. How has your cultural heritage, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity influenced your life and any activities in which you have been involved? Discuss any relevant experiences up to the present and how you see yourself involved in the community in the future, either through your career or otherwise.
· An official transcript
· At least one but no more than two letters of recommendation.
Letter(s) of reference should come from an instructor, employer, academic counselor, coach, community leader, or any other individual not related to you who is familiar with your personal, academic, or leadership qualities.

Submit statements and resumes/c.v.’s electronically no later than 7pm February 12, 2012. Letters and transcripts must be postmarked by February 12, 2012.

Send statement and resume/CV as electronic attachments to sueyoshi@sfsu.edu

Send letter(s) and transcripts to:
Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Professor
College of Ethnic Studies/San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

Constance Coiner Award – due February 16 @ 5:30 PM

This award honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, PhD (1987), who died along with her daughter, Ana Duarte-Coiner, on TWA Flight 800, in June of 1996. The applicant must demonstrate an active commitment to both working-class and feminist issues and involvement in community activities for social change.


Scholarships from UCLA Asian American Studies Center” – Due March 9th

21st Century Undergraduate Internship 1 award at $2,000 each NEW!
Angie Kwon Memorial Scholarship 2 awards at $2,000 each
21st Century Undergraduate Scholarship 1 award at $3,500 each
Toshio & Chiyoko Hoshide Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
Reiko Uyeshima & Family Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
Chidori Aiso Memorial Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
George & Sakaye Aratani Community Internship 3 awards at $3,000 each
John Kubota Grant in Japanese American Studies 1 award at $4,500
Morgan & Helen Chu Outstanding Scholar Award 1 award at $4,500

Scholarships are awarded for community oriented research, creative projects,
campus or community service experience, internship with specified community organizations.

Awards from UCLA Asian American Studies Center” – Due March 9th

Hiram Wheeler Edwards Prize for the Study of WWII Internment Camps and Japanese Americans 1 award at $500
Eun Ju Koo Undergraduate Prize 1 award at $499.50
Professor Harry H.L. Kitano Undergraduate Prize 1 award at $500
Benjamin Cayetano Public Policy and Politics Prize 1 award at $500
Ben & Alice Hirano Academic Prize 1 award at $400
Tsugio & Miyoko Nakanishi Prize in Asian American Literature & Culture 1 award at $500
Rose Eng Chin & Helen Wong Eng Prize 1 award at $500
Royal Morales Prize in Pilipino American Studies 1 award at $500

Academic Prizes are awarded to the most outstanding papers, or thesis and dissertations.

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship for Children of Restaurant Workers” – Due March 15

Two $1,000 scholarships for restaurant workers and children of restaurant workers are available from the Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship, a program of the Asian Pacific Fund. The scholarship, founded in 2005, honors the values of Detroit restaurant owners Shui Kuen and Allen Chin through supporting the education aspirations of children of workers in the Asian/Pacific Islander food service industry in the U.S.