AROUND THE NATI0N
Seattle, Washington–InterIm Community Development Association reported its annual Refresh Gala Dinner and Auction raised over $125,000. Organizers thanked its supporters, corporate sponsors, 2012 Table Captains and its Gala Committee for the “fantastic result.”
Takoma Park, MD–The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), released “Our Communities, Our Priorities, Our Country: 2012 Policy Blueprint for Action” last May 7, as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. As issues of national importance are debated in the U.S. presidential election season, NCAPA introduced priorities for action that are critical to the futures of over 18.5 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AA & NHPIs) and their communities. For more information, contact George C. Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-630-8898. NCAPA is a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country.
Palo Alto, California –The day after his Facebook social media company went public, Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan, his girlfriend of nine years. Washington Examiner reported guests thought they were attending a surprise party for Priscilla. The bride graduated from the University of California with a degree in pediatrics last May 14. CNN reported the couple met when Mark was a sophomore at Harvard.
Silver Spring, Maryland –Korean-American super star Jay Park, who used to be a member of famous Korean idol group 2PM, held a concert to celebrate Asian Pacific Americans Heritage Month. Verizon sponsored Park’s US tour: DC (held in Filmore, MD), May 19; New York, May 20; San Francisco, May 25; and Los Angeles, May 27.
Washington, D.C.–Kendee Yamaguchi, former APAICS intern and current executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, announced on May 8 the launch of the national APAICS Alumni Association. APAICS honored two distinguished alumni. Cerritos City Councilmember Mark Pulido received the Trailblazer Award. Victoria Tung was presented with the Horizon Award.
San Francisco, California–The Center for Lao Studies (CLS) received a three-year grant of $200,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation for core program development and sustainability support for 2012-2014. Founded in 2006, CLS is a nonprofit with the mission “to advance knowledge and engagement in the field of Lao Studies through research, education, and information sharing.”
Washington, D.C.–The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) launched its Executive Agenda quarterly e-newsletter last month. Remarked AAGEN Chairman Tommy Hwang: “Through The Executive Agenda, we hope to inform our current members of the many events AAGEN is involved in, provide insightful perspectives and thought-provoking ideas on issues important to AAPIs in government, and encourage eligible AAPIs to join and support AAGEN in their workplace and communities.”
DC APA Film
Washington, D.C.–The DC APA Film is seeking sponsors for its annual film festival in October. APA Film is a registered nonprofit, tax exempt organization under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Sponsoring its festival includes “buying a multi-channel opportunity to reach out to thousands of moviegoers in the greater D.C. area. Apart from festival souvenir catalogs for all attendees, sponsors benefit from additional year-round web, print and new media outlets before, during, and after the film festival. To receive the sponsorship packet, email email@example.com.
Bethesda, Maryland–The Gandhi Memorial Center’s Author Presentation by Dr. Smita Tewari Jassal, “Unearthing Gender: Folksongs of North India,” had Ambassador Nirupama Rao as a special guest. The Center noted that at the heart of the book is “a library of songs, in their original Bhojpuri and in English translation, framed by Jassal’s analytic insights into the complexities of gender and power. The power of these songs, Jassal argues, lies in hinting and suggesting themes rather than directly addressing them: women sing what they often cannot talk about.”