Vol. 26, No. 1: Spring/Summer, 2003 Preview

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Center Introduces AAPI NEXUS, New Journal Focusing on Policy, Practice, and Community Research

The Center is pleased to announce the launching of a new journal focused on applied social! science research for and on the diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, called AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community.


Center Publishes New Voices of Vietnamese American Generations

Amerasia Journal 29:1 (2003), edited by Professor Linda Vo of UC Irvine, focuses on "Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora & Dimensions." Over twenty articles by a new generation of Vietnamese and American scholars and writers examine the Vietnamese who live in the U.S. and their complex connections to Vietnam.


Ethnic Studies Centers Hold Town Hall Meeting to Introduce Faculty Diversity Initiative

FEBRUARY 18 — THE ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES CENTER, The Chicano Studies Research Center, the American Indian Studies Center and the Center for African American Studies held a public town hall meeting to discuss a new initiative put forth that would increase the number of UCLA faculty members who conduct research, teaching, and professional service in relation to African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanos.


Center Holds First Annual Conference on Health in AAPI Communities

MAY 24 — The Center sponsored "Myth or Model: Health in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities," a conference organized by Professors Marjorie Kagawa-Singer and Ninez Ponce of UCLA School of Public Health and the Center Faculty Advisory Committee.


Center Co-Hosts 5th Annual National Leadership Academy for Elected Officials

MAY 8-11 — The Center co-sponsored the National Leadership Academy for Elected Officials with the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C.


Professor Mitch Chang Receives Tenure

The Center is very proud to announce that Prof. Mitchell Chang has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. An active member of the Center's Faculty Advisory Committee and former Book Review Editor of Amerasia Journal, Prof. Chang is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues dealing with diversity in higher education.


Center Co-Sponsors Conference on Indian Diaspora

MAY 2-3 — The Center, along with the Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association (AASGSA) and the ASUCLA Waiver Pool, co-sponsored "The Indian Diaspora and Its Cultural Politics," a twoday conference organized by Professor Vinay Lal of the UCLA History Department and the Center Faculty Advisory Committee.


Center Post-Doc Eliza Noh Shares Research on Suicide in AA Communities at Two Events

On April 24, Dr. Eliza Noh, the 2002-2003 Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Post Doctoral Fellow with the Center, presented "Asian American Women and Suicide: Influences of Racism and Sexism in Subjectification." Dr. Noh's research takes a politicized approach to the study of suicide by investigating how racism and sexism within U.S. society and culture intimately influence the ostensibly personal realms of family, school, work and community.


APIG Celebrates 21 Years of Community Achievements

On June 15, 2003, the 21st annual Asian and Pacific Islander Graduation ceremony was held on Dickson Court. Hundreds came out to celebrate the accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as the ceremony's theme was "Deep Roots: Standing United, Growing Together."


Center Welcomes Aboard Two New Smiling Faces

The Center is pleased to introduce two new faces: SHEILA DAVIS and JAYA VASWANI. Sheila and Jaya joined our team only a few months ago.


A Virtual Interview with JENNIFER TSENG, M.A. Class of 1997

Jennifer Tseng, a graduate of the UCLA Asian American Studies M.A. Program, is the recipient of a prestigious $50,000 literary award given by A Room of Her Own Foundation. Ms. Tseng, a Los Angeles-based writer who was selected from a field of 441 women applicants to be the first recipient of this new "Gift of Freedom" award, will use the grant to finish her second book of poetry.


The Makings of the Rose Hum Lee Special Collection

The possibility of writing an honors thesis never occurred to me until I finished my term in UCLA's Student Research Program (SRP). When I enrolled in SRP, I had no idea what I wanted to research; I was just hoping to get some experience conducting research with primary resources. The results exceeded all that I could have ever imagined.

Center Publishes New Research on Education

The Center announces the publication of new research on "Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the State of Asian American Studies" in Amerasia Journal 29:2 (2003). The 275-page volume is divided into two sections: I. "Reconnecting Education to Social Justice," with contributing editor Prof. Warren Furumoto of California State University, Northridge; and II. "Asian American Studies: Origins, Identities and Crises," with contributing editor Prof. Arif Dirlik of the University of Oregon.

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