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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

4-26-05 Assemblymember Carol Liu advocates for funding for..

Arts & Entertainment in Asian Pacific America!

Celebrating Arts & Entertainment in Asian Pacific America was an absolute success! Thank you for those who attended...!

Leslie Ito and Vinay Patel, Chair of CAAPIAN, and Assemblymember Carol Liu, California Asian American /Pacific Islander Arts Network (CAAPIAN), and Visual Communications advocate for community support and state funding in an joint effort to promote arts & entertainment in the APA community.

Assemblymember Carol Liu talks about California's need to fund for the arts.
With the upcoming APA Heritage Month fast approaching, Speak.Asia Americans strongly suggest everyone to attend the community partners’ events and support our people!

Here are the organizations that partnered up with us this past Thursday evening:

Chinese American Museum
Pacific Asia Museum
East West Players
Visual Communications
Japanese American Cultural Community Center

4-26-05 Support SpeakAA's friend... Grace Su!

VC FILMFEST 2005 begins this Thursday!

Grace says: "I'm excited, because this is MY first film festival
where something I've been working on will be screened!"

Aratani/Japan America Theatre

Program 44 (total running time: 45 minutes)
Tickets: $8 general, $6 students/seniors
(purchase them online by tomorrow
OR buy them at the door)

Visual Communications proudly presents the latest
collection of works produced through the
organization's innovative Armed With a Camera
Fellowship. This year's selection of emerging
Asian American media artists all under the age of
30 and as young as 16 complete the challenge of
producing 5-minute masterpieces with a line-up of
works that profile people whose lives are worth
more than we give credit for, and observes the
passing of time in thoughtful and insightful ways.

The screening will also feature three pieces from
UCLA's EthnoComm class.

244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA
(between Second and Third Streets), in Little
Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles

PARKING: Available for $1.75 across the street
from the AJAT; or in Sho Tokyo lot on Second
Street, between South San Pedro and Central Avenue
(Sho Tokyo lot closes at 11:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday)

AFTER PARTY: 410 Boyd (2 blocks from the theatre).
Free Heineken!

Tickets via online:

For program info:

4-26-05 The California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative (CIWC) legislative updates

Wednesday May 4th 2005
at the APALC (Asian Pacific American Legal Center)
1145 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Flr
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Join local and statewide experts to discuss:

The Governor's Proposed Budget and its impact on immigrants;
AB 930-- The Californians Initiative;
CIWV's Legislative Agendar for 2005-2006 (including health, worker's rights, and social service legislation)

4-26-05 Hello AZN TV

I've been watching AZN TV, and it looks like it does have potential!

Here is a Media and Community Leadership lunch, launching AZN Television (bye bye International Channel)

Governmental representatives should note that the event is being held at the Biltmore Hotel, where labor disputes still are not settled.

Thursday, April 28th, 2005
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Emrald Room
506 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90071

RSVP with with David Lang

4-26-05 LEAP introduces Civic Leadership Institute

RSVP with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) and Asian Pacific American Leadership Program (APALP) launches Civic Leadership Institute to raise the profile of APAs in public debates across teh state and to supply specialized training adn mentoring to develop viable APA leaders who could potentially respresent their community in elected office.

Interesting concept!

RSVP with June Berk @ LEAP by phone 818-400-3273/

Thursday, April 28, 2005
@ the City Club, 333 S. Grand Ave, 54th Flr, Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

4-12-05 APA Heritage Month Kickoff (MUST RSVP)

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

4-4 CASIC Internship kicks off!

(this is perhaps the most well-run, most professional, funnest internship program designed for politically/community minded Asian Americans out there. Try out for it!)
California Asian American Student Internship Coalition
Press Conference Kicks Off Application Process

Pasadena, CA — California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC) Leadership Academy will hold a press conference from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2005 to kick off the CASIC Leadership Academy application process. The press conference will be held at the district office of Assemblymember Carol Liu at 215 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 115, Pasadena, CA.

With 14 years of experience in developing young Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders, CASIC has graduated over 100 students, many of whom have successfully continued their careers as elected officials, legislative staff and community advocates. The program provides an opportunity for APA students to work first-hand in the legislative process and be exposed to issues in the APA community. CASIC partners look forward to sharing the elements of this summer’s program and encouraging highly qualified students interested in public service and the legislative process to apply. CASIC partners include Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Los Angeles Lodge(CACA-Los Angeles), CACA-San Gabriel Valley Lodge, Japanese American Citizens’ League (JACL), and the administering organization, Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE).

In addition to the CASIC partners, Assemblymember Carol Liu, who has had several CASIC interns work in her office, will also speak on the importance and benefits of the CASIC Leadership Academy. Liu shared, “CASIC provides a unique and exciting opportunity for talented APA youth. I look forward to expressing my support for the CASIC program.”

This summer’s CASIC Leadership Academy will be from June 27-August 19, 2005 and interns will work four days a week in the office of an elected official. In addition, interns will meet once a week for a Weekly Issues Forum where they will hear from community leaders, policy experts and elected officials on issues pertinent to the community. As part of the experience, interns will also travel to Sacramento, CA, the State Capitol, for a Legislative Leadership Conference. Students will also receive a $500 stipend to cover living expenses. Applications are available at and are currently being accepted.

Anyone wishing to attend the Press Conference should R.S.V.P. with Annie Chang, program director, at (626) 356-9838 or


Annie Chang
Program Director
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment
260 South Los Robles Avenue, Suite 118
Pasadena, CA 91101
T: 626.356.9838 F: 626.356.9878
E: W:

CAUSE 12th Annual Dinner - Friday, April 22, 2005
Downtown LA Marriott
Visit for details!

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), formerly CAUSE-Vision 21, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander American community through voter registration and education, community outreach and leadership development.

Friday, April 01, 2005

4-1-05 WANTED! Are you a screen writer?

= = = = = WANTED AD = = = = = =

Looking for a talented screenwriter to work with me on
a short film project that will be produced sometimes
this year. due to the subject
matter, i'm only looking chinese american* writer at
this time.

he/she should have written at least 3-5 shorts
(preferably comedies). who also can produce witty
dialogue, memorable character, and interesting scene
(in that order). most importantly who are easy-going
and enjoy collaboration process.

this gig is a credit-copy-meal basis, and he/she
should live around Los Angeles, CA.

please send your sample writing (or one of your shorts
scripts) to and tell me a little a
bit about yourself. if your scripts speak for itself,
then we'll set up a time to meet.

looking forward to meet with you!!

*chinese american = knows in/out of chinese culture
and is a chinese descent.

= = = = = BACKGROUND INFO = = = = =
My name is Ivan and recently moved to LA to pursue
filmmaking. I've completed about couple of shorts,
and currently finishing up 3 shorts that are going to
be submitted to various fim festivals this summer.
Also currently working 2 shorts that are in
development phase that will be produced sometimes this

4-1-05 Introducing...

You get it here first:

a community blogsite to support Year of the Yao...!

Look out for upcoming advance screenings, and play the trivia bowl game! Will be launched on Monday, April 4th, 2005. Fun!