Celebrate Professor Camacho’s Tenure!

Professor Keith Camacho in the Asian American Studies was granted tenure at UCLA’s Asian American Studies Program! For the Pacific Islander community, this is huge!!

In honor of Professor Camacho’s tenure, we are celebrating with a party on Thursday, from 6-8pm in Student Activities Basement Room 4. Please come join us, and sign up to bring food here at the Google Doc: 


You can check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/273596189440050/?ref=2 !

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Chinatown Comunity for Equitable Development: Friday, March 15 from 2-5pm, Campbell 1112

CCED Carnival

Come de-stress before finals week and join us for fun carnival games as you learn about Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) and their campaign against Wal Mart being built in LA Chinatown. Event put on by Asian Pacific Coalition and Asian American Studies students.

When: Friday, March 15, 2pm-5pm
Where: Campbell 1112 and Campbell patio.

Invite and bring your friends!!!

18 Million Hearts: AAPIs for Immigration Reform

Sign the petition link for immigration reform!

There are approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, representing nearly 6% of the total population and growing faster than any other racial group (!) Despite that, Asian Americans remain one of the most politically under–organized, under–engaged, and under–represented constituencies: only 55% of Asian American citizens of voting age are registered to vote — the lowest rate of all races.

18MillionRising.org was founded by Jee Kim and Ian Inaba (Citizen Engagement Lab) to promote APIA civic engagement by leveraging the power of technology and social media. 18MillionRising.org (18MR) is a campaign composed of a broad coalition of partners, ranging from community based organizations and print magazines to Asian American blogs and YouTube channels. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, 18MR will promote online voter registration tools, run social media-fueled civic engagement campaigns and contests, and provide up–to–date information and analysis on all things political that Asian (and all!) Americans should know about.

Ultimately, 18MR is about you, your friends, your cousins, your aunties, your whole community. It’s about making our voices heard…on Election Day, when a Sikh gurdwara is attacked, when an Asian American soldier or student is viciously bullied, when we’re misrepresented in the media or mainstream culture, when Jeremy Lin is called a “chink” (and when he registers his first triple double!), and when one of our APIA elected officials does us proud. 18MR is about us, all 18 million of us.

The petition link is here!

Asian American Studies 142C EthnoCommunications III: Advanced Creating Community Media

In Spring, the Asian American Studies center is offering AAS 142C Ethnocommunications III: Advanced Creating Community Media! Check out the description below!

Instructors: Prof. Renee Tajima-Peña
Gena Hamamoto, Tadashi Nakamura

Spring, 2013 – Seminar, 3 hours and optional lab
Wednesdays, 2-4:50 pm, Powell CLICC Classroom 307A

Prof. Renee Tajima-Peña will teach a production-oriented, advanced seminar in EthnoCommunications and social documentary theory and methodology.  Students will learn to use digital video to create fresh, new approaches to telling stories, reclaiming history, and examining social issues related to diverse peoples, cultures and communities. The launching point for the course is the idea that “the documentary” is no longer a fixed artifact, but rather, “documentary content” that is mashable and reversionable for a variety of digital platforms and screening environments.  In addition, the course encourages students to move beyond boundaries of documentary genre, and explore non-traditional and innovative styles and aesthetic strategies in EthnoCommunications.  Students will be provided instruction in the use of digital video technology to produce group and individual projects. Examples of community-based and social documentary media, such as films, online sites, and video games, will be presented for critique and discussion.  Enrollment by instructor’s consent.  Students who have previously taken 142A, 142B, or who have prior production and editing skills are invited to enroll.  P/NP or letter grading.

For more information or for a PTE number, please contact Gena at ghamamoto@ucla.edu

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Asian American Studies Center and Department!


Earlier last quarter, VSU’s office was vandalized with a message disparaging Asian womyn. This quarter, help celebrate AAPI womyn with the Asian American Studies Center and the Asian American Studies Department. Recount your favorite womyn and womyn-related events to staff, faculty, and fellow students.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm. 

Light refreshments will be served.