Campaign Demonization of China Means Chinese Americans Will Face Hostility

It’s been building in the U.S. for a while – antagonism toward China. Now, in the mid-term elections, that sentiment has found expression in dozens of Congressional and Senatorial campaigns which making China a target to gain political leverage. This includes both major parties’ electoral vehicles – the Democratic and Republican Senatorial and Congressional campaigns, not to speak of each individual campaign.

Korean American Film Festival New York and Big Screen Project Launch KAFFNY Urban Program in Midtown

I got this press release for a Korean American Film Festival in New York City. Check it out:

Korean American Film Festival New York and Big Screen Project Launch KAFFNY Urban Program in Midtown, Nov. 3-7, 2010

The Korean American Film Festival New York or KAFFNY today announced five days of film programming to kick off Eventi Hotel's Big Screen Project launch in New York CIty.

Minneapolis : Justice for Fong Lee

 The Hmong community and police reform activists organized a rally last Saturday, October 2, for a teenager killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Jason Anderson. The rally was held at Cityview Performing Arts Magnet school, Anderson chased Fong Lee and shot him eight times in the back in 2006. Officer Jason Andersen claimed Lee raised an arm as if to shoot.

Asian Americans United Begin Posting Oral Histories

Asian Americans United, which began in the 1985 in Philadelphia, has begun posting oral histories of its members. They included histories from founders Debbie Wei, Paul Uyehara and Mary Yee. The organization has been involved in significant redevelopment issues around Chinatown as well as educational and youth issues. AAU succeeded Yellow Seeds whose history and archives are posted on this site.

The oral histories can be accessed here.

SEARAC Denounces Deportations of Cambodian Americans, Calls for Fairness in Immigration Policies

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) based in D.C. has noted a significant rise in the detention and removal of Cambodian Americans from Lowell, MA; Long Beach, CA; and Philadelphia, PA. Communities have organized prayer vigils in Lowell and Philadelphia in mid-August and a rally in Philadelphia last week to protest the deportations of community members. They have also demanded changes to immigration policies.

Momentum builds for Sept. 11 march to support NYC Muslims

A number of New York Asian American groups including Nodutdol For Korean Community Development, BAYAN-USA, DRum and CAAAV are joining in a Sept. 11 March to support Muslims in their effort to build a Muslim Community Center in that city. 

The march is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m. The rally begins on the east side of City Hall. There has been strong support from the Islamic community, including from the the Islamic Leadership Council, representing 50+ mosques and community centers around the city. Publicity has been widespread so a large march is expected.