Hey Bostonians! 

If you’re free March 29th, ECAASU will be holding a mental health summit at UMASS-Boston! Registration is free and food will be provided throughout the entire day. Mental health is definitely an overlooked, stigmatized issue that also affects the AAPI community at large. For more information on the schedule, visit the link. If you have any questions, contact Daniel Hoddinott at daniel.hoddinott@ecaasu.org!

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We are currently working with folks in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado to create a regional coordinating organization specifically for the Southwest region of the United States. This organization is inspired by and based on existing organizations such as ECAASU (East Coast Asian American Student Union), MAASU (Midwest Asian American Students Union), and WCAPSU (West Coast Asian Pacific Student Union).

So for anyone who knows people in the Southwest, please point them our way! We’re looking to develop and create something with people of all backgrounds and organizations. It’ll be CAACTUS: Coalition of Asian Americans Collaborating Together to Unite the Southwest! Email us at weareCAACTUS@gmail.com

"Hair" -Kavi Vu
Please “like” on YouTube after you watch this passionate spoken word piece by Kollaboration Atlanta winner Kavi Vu!


As a Vietnamese American spoken word artist, Kavi strongly articulates what it means to be a second generation embracing her own culture, which has been deemed “foreign” by others in the United States.

She is in the running to perform at ECAASU 2014 in Washington, D.C.! Each person counts, so please share the video with your friends: http://youtu.be/lCSVw_KMZYk

Early-bird registration for ECAASU 2014 in Washington DC has opened! Register now for a great price on the largest and oldest Asian American student conference in the U.S.!

ECAASU 2014 Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 21st, 2014 to Feb 23rd, 2014. The theme “Mission IGNITION: Champion Your Cause” is centered on both the atmosphere and passion for change and activism that embodies Washington, D.C. We aim to actively engage collegiate attendees and inspire them to advocate for and bring change to their local communities.

All workshops will be 75 minutes long and held on Saturday, February 22nd. Please fill out this application to be considered to host a workshop at the 2014 conference.

The deadline for the workshop application is Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 P.M. EST.

In addition to filling out this application, please also submit a detailed plan of your proposed workshop to programming2014@ecaasu.org by Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 P.M. EST.

My name is  Juliet Shen and I am the Professional Development Coordinator for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) National Board. As a national, student-leader run organization, ECAASU’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues. 

I wanted to let you know about two of ECAASU’s initiatives to connect with students, the Campus Ambassador Program (for individuals) and the Affiliate Organization Program (for organizations). These programs would be a great start to working with others and other organizations that work on AAPI work across the East Coast. 

The Campus Ambassador Program allows students across the East Coast to network and organize on national and local scale initiatives actively contributing to projects, campaigns, coalition building and grassroots activism through ECAASU National. 

 The deadline to apply is OCTOBER 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Feel free to visit ECAASU online or email Lindsey.lue@ecaasu.org for more information! 

The Affiliate Organization Program aims to connect organizations directly with ECAASU and other student organizations on the East Coast. Additionally, this program will work as a resource on how to successfully organize Asian American and Pacific Islander focused events and programs on both a national and local scale. The deadline for this application is October 27, 2013 11:59 PM EST. Feel free to contact diana.lee@ecaasu.org with any questions or concerns.

Please visit our website at www.ecaasu.org to learn more about our organization and programs and share this opportunity with other student organizations that have an interest in being more involved with the AAPI community.

We are currently accepting applications for these programs, and I didn’t want you to miss the chance to apply! 

Please share this opportunity with other students who may be interested. We hope to see your application.

Sincerely,

Juliet Shen

If any of you are students are SUNY Buffalo, ECAASU representatives (Me and Dan Tran) will be facilitating a presentation as part of ECAASU’s Campus Tour!


Take advantage of this opportunity to be better informed about matters regarding Asian Americans and what you can do to make a difference. 

In collaboration with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), ECAASU goes on an annual road trip, creating a tradition of engaging and organizing the local Asian American student leadership in regions around the country. This will be a great opportunity for emerging Asian American leaders to network and meet one another and establish lifelong friendships that will create a stronger Asian American community.

Our 4th stop is BUFFALO, NY hosted by the Asian American Student Union (AASU)!

Date: OCTOBER 12, 2013
Time: 11AM - 4PM

What to expect at the campus tour mixer:

Come get a taste of what ECAASU is all about and get ready to have fun meeting people from different campuses!

-Located at Student Union Theater
-We will be serving lunch and refreshments.
- Meet members of the ECAASU National Board
- Great networking opportunities
- Get ready to be involved!
-There will also be a raffle towards the end of the Campus Tour for Fright World Tickets!
-Recommended Attire: Business Casual

More info at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/221739881315376/

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The Senate’s bipartisan bill, which passed with nearly 70 votes, demonstrates the overwhelming support of Americans across party lines, demographics, and geography for comprehensive immigration reform. Despite strong protest from many communities against the bill’s elimination of the sibling and adult married category, the Senate bill nevertheless contains key family provisions benefiting immigrant families. These include the elimination of decades-long backlogs and strengthening the ability of some family members to reunite. 

In your own chamber, Representative Mike Honda, along with 67 co-sponsors, has introduced the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) that proposes needed reforms to our family immigration system. H.R. 717 stands in stark contrast to the SKILLS Visas Act (H.R. 2131), which would eliminate sibling sponsorship and invalidate many approved applications in the visa backlog. These changes would have a devastating impact on immigrant communities and our economy. I urge your support to include pro-family measures like those in the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) in comprehensive immigration reform.

I, with many in your district, look forward to your leadership in comprehensive immigration reform that protects family unity and strengthens the ability for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their loved ones in a timely manner.

Here is the ECAASU/AAJC Comprehensive Immigration Reform petition, which when you sign will automatically deliver to your representative. CIR advocates are trying to get this bill out of the house and taking the opportunity to do so during this August recess. 

Comprehensive immigration reform and improvement of our family-based system are crucial to the socioeconomic success of immigrant families—and all American families—here in our state and across the nation. Healthy families build a strong middle class and help grow our economy, making the U.S. more competitive in the global market.

The Senate’s bipartisan bill, which passed with nearly 70 votes, demonstrates the overwhelming support of Americans across party lines, demographics, and geography for comprehensive immigration reform. Despite strong protest from many communities against the bill’s elimination of the sibling and adult married category, the Senate bill nevertheless contains key family provisions benefiting immigrant families. These include the elimination of decades-long backlogs and strengthening the ability of some family members to reunite. 

In your own chamber, Representative Mike Honda, along with 67 co-sponsors, has introduced the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) that proposes needed reforms to our family immigration system. H.R. 717 stands in stark contrast to the SKILLS Visas Act (H.R. 2131), which would eliminate sibling sponsorship and invalidate many approved applications in the visa backlog. These changes would have a devastating impact on immigrant communities and our economy. I urge your support to include pro-family measures like those in the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717) in comprehensive immigration reform.

While the Senate Bill is chock full of flaws and problems and MILITARIZES THE BORDER, it technically does provide a pathway to citizenship now. Technically. Keep families together! Sign the petition, y’all. Takes 10 seconds. I timed it.

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) has partnered with the Who’s Who in the Asian American Community (WWAAC) Alliance Foundation to present the first ever ECAASU Leaders and Legends Award. With this partnership, we will honor one distinguished Asian American student and present the award to him or her at the 8th Annual WWAAC Awards held at Atlanta, GA on September 7th, 2013. 

The purpose of the WWAAC Awards is to recognize the accomplishments of Asians who serve as leaders and role models in their respective communities, publicize their achievements, and promote the Asian American community as an integral part of the American culture and society. It is the only Asian American Awards Show televised in the US.

The WWAAC Alliance Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; created to advance and benefit the lives of Asian American Pacific Islanders. For more information, visit www.wwaac.com

Basic Guidelines/Criteria:
- Undergraduate or graduate student during 2013-2014 academic year
- Leadership and/or involvement that contributed to making an impact in the Asian American community
- Does not have to be a US Citizen
- Must reside in the US

The nominated student will be contacted and asked to submit a resume and unofficial transcript, if not provided in application, to continue with the nomination process.

ECAASU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues. For more information, visit www.ecaasu.org.

If you have any questions, please contact HaeSoo Cheon at haesoo.cheon@ecaasu.org.

It will be the ONLY televised award ceremony for Asian Americans!