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What should Columbia's relationship to the Harlem community be like, before and after the expansion?

What is the role of Columbia students in making positive change on and off campus?

How do issues of power and privilege work into this?

Just a quick reminder, that today, SCEG is hosting a townhall around issues of expansion and gentrification facilitated by ROOTed. We had a tremendously successful event at Floridita advocating for maintaining that restaurant in the community a couple weeks ago, and we want to maintain the energy by keeping people thinking critically about these issues, with an eye to seeing what kind of actions can be taken in the future. Come speak up about your own personal experience and the type of Columbia you would like to see.

So, come take a study break with ROOTed, SCEG, and all your friends this Saturday (that's today) at 4 PM in Lerner 555. Free pizza will be provided for all who come!

If there are any questions, please email SCEG at sceg@lists.riseup.net or call 267-255-0149.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

It's out, everyone:

No Sanjay

Mindy Kaling

Second in my fake series of cool AsAm female comedians. The first was Charlyne Yi (WHO IS DATING MICHAEL CERA, WHO IS ON BOARD FOR ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), if you remember.

Mindy Kaling is gold. I don't watch The Office though. Leave me alone!

Apply for ECAASU National Board
http://applynational.ecaasunational.org (application and position descriptions)
deadline: March 15, 2009
NOTE: if you would like to do something for ECAASU National that does not match any of these positions, let us know. We have crafted positions for strong candidates in the past. We would much rather have strong board with new positions, than weak board just to fit existing positions.
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is seeking interested and dedicated individuals to serve on its National Board. The National Board will provide leadership to ECAASU. This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of a national organization encompassing more than 1,000 college students and alumni. Being on the National Board will require some travel, and attendance during conference call meetings is expected. We welcome you to join us in making significant impacts on the Asian American community in the United States. The following positions are open for application (note: each of these positions can be filled with either a chair or two co-chairs or a chair/vice chair, the composition depends on the applicants--if you prefer a vice-chair, especially the vice-national chair, please indicate your preference): To apply, go online at http://applynational.ecaasunational.org and fill out the application by March 15th, 2009.
Good luck!
ECAASU National

How was ECAASU?

Readers, did any of you attend? What were Calvin Sun's workshops like? How was Phil Yu's "angry" speech? How green was the conference, exactly? Please let us know!

So remember that new committee, Society of Asian American Sisters (SAAS), that started this year and I semi-blogged about? Well, it's holding an event! Yay!

SAAS, Columbia University’s first student organization devoted to the exploration and discussion of issues facing Asian American women is proud to present…


A professional panel of successful Asian American women from all fields sharing their impressive stories and giving tips on how to work it in the workplace! Come for the unique opportunity to learn from women involved in engineering, finance, law, academia, film and publishing!

Panelists include:

ELIZABETH R. OUYANG, Esq. – Civil Rights Attorney/ Professor

Elizabeth R. OuYang has been a civil rights attorney for the past 22 years. Her areas of expertise include voting rights, immigration, and combatting hate crimes and police brutality. Since 2001, Ms. OuYang has taught a comparative constitutional pre-law course with Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. She also is coordinator of the Fund for New Citizens at The New York Community Trust. Under President Clinton's administration, she was appointed a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

KATHERINE LAO – Vice President, JPMorgan; Chair of the Junior Women in Banking networking group

FAY ANN LEE - Screenwriter/ Director/ Filmmaker

Fay Ann Lee, a Broadway actress with both Sondheim and Shakespeare credits to her name, wrote Falling for Grace as a proactive response to the lack of good roles for Asian American actors. Falling for Grace premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was one of that year’s biggest hits, selling out every showing.

MIRAL SATTAR - Product Development Manager, Time Magazine; Editor-in-Chief of Divanee magazine

Please join us on:
Wednesday, March 11th
Satow Room, Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
116th & Broadway
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Light refreshments will be served

Co-sponsored by the Asian American Alliance (AAA) and supported by Kappa Phi Lambda (KPL)

Come join the brothers of the Columbia Pi Delta Psi Fraternity and sisters of the Columbia Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority at our annual Asian American Film Night! We're bringing you 4 hours of non-stop cinematic goodness with dinner included. Brought to you by Asian Cinevision and your favorite Greek organizations. Did we mention this event is free?

Come to Lerner Party Space at 4:00PM THIS SUNDAY 3/8!!!!

We'll be showing:

Gone Shopping, by Wee Li Lin
Light Years, by Richard Martin
Shouting Distance, by Loreni Delgado
Wings of Blue Angels, by Tongpong Chantarangkul
and several other short films.

Afterwards join us for a yummy and FREE dinner in C555!

Check out our fb event! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=59207980937

This program is part of Asian CineVision's 2008/09 AAIFF National Festival Tour

Event alert for TODAY!

From Christina Chen:

Come out, get your drink on in support of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and meet the readers/ writers of the hilarioussss Bicoastal Bitchin Blog! The fundraiser is taking place TODAY (Friday) at the Nightingale Lounge in the East Village, from 6- 8:30 pm during happy hour.


For NYCAASC and AAA PC folks, it would be great if you could come out and support Dennis Chin (! - last year's NYCAASC keynote), who is now working very closely with CAAAV and helped coordinate this fundraiser. I saw him tonight and he asks for our support!!! CAAAV is strapped for monies and we can all help out!

Hit me up if you'd like to go and we'll head down there together as a group.

Oh, and happy midterms, everyone.

Still so good.

Jen and Diana at Disgrasian schools us again via YouTube, this week in the art of not driving women away after a date. "To All the Young Dudes" Much needed non-misogynistic dating advice, especially considering our other Asian American offerings of late. Enjoy.


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