Refugee Nation play in LA, June 2 – June 24

Los Angeles Premiere of Refugee Nation!
After touring the country and growing for two years, Refugee Nation makes it’s Los Angeles for debut at the LATC.
Co-Sponsored by the Latino Theater Company, Refugee Nation features Leilani Chan, Ova Saopeng and Lidet Viravong, directed by Armando Molina.

A mother lives alone in the darkness. A father struggles to forget a lost war. A son battles in the streets of urban America.
A daughter searches for answers in her community. “RefugeeNation” is about a young generation struggling to understand their history
and the silence of an elder generation still healing from the traumas of war. Based on the stories of Laotian refugees in the U.S.,
Refugee Nation returns to L.A. to premiere the completed work after touring the country for over 5 years.

Produced by TeAda Productions and The Latino Theater Company
June 2 – June 24, 2012
Previews: May 31, June 1
Thursday-Saturday 8pm | Sunday 3pm
General $30 | Students, Seniors, Veterans $20 | $10 Thursday
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tickets Coming Soon!

Release of the California Dream Act Application

Release of the California Dream Act Application

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the release of the statewide California Dream Act Application (Dream Application). For the first time, under Assembly Bills 130 (AB 130) and AB 131, AB 540 eligible students attending college in California may apply for and receive student financial aid from both publicly and privately funded sources. Students can complete the Dream Act Application online for 2012-13 assistance at

For the most part, the Dream Act Application serves students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA. These include undocumented students, a population that has previously not been allowed to apply for state financial aid assistance. Public college and university campuses will be preparing financial aid packages very soon so students who will be in college for 2012-13 should apply now.

Although students attending private colleges will not be able to receive state assistance for the 2012-13 year, many private colleges have expressed their interest in receiving the Dream Applications to use in consideration for their own college funded aid. If the student lists a college on the Dream Application, that college will be provided the application data. However, since not all colleges have indicated they are ready to accept Dream Application data, students should contact each campus under consideration for specific instructions on applying for aid at that school.

Cal Grant program eligibility will be first determined for the 2013-14 year. Starting January 2013, applicants will use the 2013-14 Dream Act Application to apply for state Cal Grant awards for use at public and private colleges.

The Dream Application instructions and pre-completion worksheet are posted on the Resources section of the Dream Act Application website at We encourage current AB 540 eligible college students, and current AB 540 eligible high school students who plan to attend college for the 2012-13 academic year to use the Dream Application.

During the development of the Dream Act Application, the Commission has enjoyed partnering with CASFAA, CCCSFAAA, AB 540 advocacy and student support groups, colleges, high schools and students during both in-person and teleconference meetings. We appreciate the advice and formulative feedback that has guided us during the development of this application. This is a historic event! We look forward to further collaborations in the future.

Please e-mail us anytime at or call us Monday through Friday 1:00 pm to 4:50 pm at (888) 294-0153 if you have any questions.

$3,000 Lau Scholarship for Chinese American History: Apply by May 30 Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:04 PM


The UCLA Asian American Studies Center is honored to announce the establishment of
the Stanley Kwok Lau and Dora Wong Lau Endowed
Undergraduate Research Scholarship Fund in Chinese American History.

The generosity of the Lau family will enable a current UCLA undergraduate student
to engage in faculty-supervised research in the area of Chinese American history.

The Summer 2012 Research Scholarship will focus on two themes:
1) The depiction of Chinese in Los Angeles-based newspapers,1850-1900,
2) The history of Chinese American Protestant churches in Los Angeles.
Amount: Up to $3, 000 per summer or quarter

Application Deadline: May 30, 2012
Application Form:

(Re)Claim AAPI – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Re(Claim) AAPI – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

It is undeniable that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have played key roles in shaping the institutions, cultures, and histories of the United States. Today, AAPI communities comprise a significant portion of the United States, growing in prominence and power. However, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders still face multiple forms of misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and discrimination which attempt to stifle collective voices and erase self-determined histories. In a tense political climate where the importance of race and ethnicity are continually denied, we must remind ourselves that contentious figures such as Alexandra Wallace, Pete Hoekstra, and the perpetrators of Danny Chen’s suicide occurred only within the last two years alongside the rise of inspirational figures such as Jeremy Lin.

It is in these multi-faceted experiences of being Asian American and Pacific Islander today that we invite you to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) during May. We call upon our community to reflect upon and engage in what it means to (Re)Claim our AAPI identities alongside our multiple intersecting identities. Throughout May, we invite you to join the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA in partnership with our member organizations and the Office of Residential Life to our events to remember and reflect upon our homes, heritage, and histories, both in the United States and elsewhere.

To kick off our month, Office of Residential Life and Asian Pacific Coalition will be hosting Dinner with 12 AAPI Strangers on May 1st in Covel Grand Horizon Room from 6P – 8P. This event is an opportunity to break bread with community leaders and alumni while dialoguing about the state of our communities.

RSVP NOW! Spots are limited!:

Save the Date – Yellow Lounge 2012

WHAT:Khmer Girls in Action presents Yellow Lounge 2012: YOUTH at the CORE, Fighting for Wellness

Hear the untold stories of Khmer youth living in Long Beach and their fight for wellness through arts and performances!

WHEN:Friday, May 11th, 2012; 7:00-9:00 PM (Doors Open at 6:00)

>b>WHERE:Covenant Presbyterian Church
607 E. 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking located on the side entrance off Atlantic Avenue + street parking

Free community event with raffle prizes and food!