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WANTED: Asian Bone Marrow Donors

In Health, NEWSPRINT, UCLA Events on November 9, 2009 at 2:43 am

Who has spare time? Heck, go ahead and squeeze this into your schedule: Lambda Phi Epsilon is collaborating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches in holding a bone marrow drive. Minorities, especially Asian Americans, are highly encouraged to sign up because of the lack of registrars. Bone marrow matches greatly depend on ethnicity. Thousands of patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases rely on these bone marrow transplants. All they need is to swap your saliva with a cotton swab, fill out some paperwork there, and you will be registered under their system.

UCLA alumni Matthew Nguyen was able to find a match when cooperating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches last quarter. He is now recovering after the recent transplant.

Now it is Janet Liang’s turn to find her match, who was diagnosed with leukemia this August. She is a fifth-year International Developmental Studies student currently going through chemotherapy that might last only up until May. Her family has been assisting this week’s bone marrow drive in hopes of finding a matching donor soon and to increase possible future donors for other patients.

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UCLA’s Ethnic Studies 40th Anniversary Celebration

In Culture, UCLA Events on October 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Chancellor Gene Block announced a dedication of the academic year to the theme of “Celebrating 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA,” in honor of the anniversary. This acknowledgment calls for a reminiscence of the civil rights movements that paved way for the formation of such studies. The movement consisted of the longest student strike known in the nation’s history, lasting for almost a year from 1968 to 1969. Since then, our golden state has progressively become more ethnically diverse, becoming perhaps the most diverse in the country.

Various universities in the state, such as San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, echo this assortment of different societies and cultures from around the world with the development of corresponding ethnic research centers. However, UCLA is currently the only one in the U.S. to have four of such organizations, one of which includes the Asian American Studies Center. The centers here at UCLA have worked together in many aspects, aspiring to represent the interethnic collaboration that much of our society has yet to apprehend is necessary. They are constantly involved in various issues, such as immigration reforms and health care services, and make a persistent effort looking for solutions through engagement with community organizations and its leaders.

To commemorate the centers’ achievements, as well as the achievements of the university’s promotion of diversity, a wide range of activities will occur both on campus, as well as off throughout the county. Mark your calendars for November 18, as Pacific Ties presents Pacific Ties: Breaking Ground to Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Media, a forum including a panel with Giant Robot Magazine Founders and Current/Past Editors of Pacific Ties Newspaper.

More information of the specific events for this celebration can be found at the centers’ website: http://www.ethnicstudies40th.ucla.edu/index.asp

Written by Huong Pham

WonFu at UCLA

In Culture, UCLA Events on October 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

What were you doing around lunch time last Friday? Anyone hear an underground pop band or see them rocking it out on the Bruin Plaza stage? WonFu (not Wong Fu Productions), a Taiwanese music band of two girls and two guys performed at UCLA while some students were in class, at the gym, or having lunch. Unfortunately I was one of those students that missed the chance to watch their live performance, but some of their songs are available online.

UCLA was one of their first stops to play their music live in their West Coast tour in the United States. I would say that their music is a combination of pop, rock, folk, and even a bit of country; the mixture of these elements make their music sound unique. They do not sing in English, but they still seem to catch a good amount of audience. The song “Lady’s Night” reminds me of a more contemporary-style disco. Their songs overflow with sweetness and upbeat energy but does not convey a teenybopper style. On their Myspace music page under the category “Sounds Like,” they say that their music is “a smiling face” which I absolutely agree.

So if you want to bring some sunshine on your playlist, add them!

Stepfanie Aguilar is a 2nd undeclared student, hoping to major in World Arts and Culture. Someday, she will tour the world and own tons of albums full of postcards and photography.

Hong Kong Culture Night: Mon, May 11 6-10 pm

In UCLA Events on May 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

This year’s story is a fictional account of life in Hong Kong during the 2003 SARS epidemic.   Information provided courtesy of Hong Kong Student Society and the event’s Facebook page.

Hong Kong Culture Night 2009
May 11, 2009, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA

“愛.疫:In Love and In Sickness”

一百日非典型生活…一千七百多人病倒…近三百人失去生命…
2003年春天發生的故事,成為了香港人的集體回憶

小小病毒,曾經令人疏離…互相猜忌…這家人憑著團結精神,渡過難關
但…生命…亦從此不一樣

A hundred days of atypical living, more than 1,700 infected, nearly 300 lives lost…
The unforgettable episode of spring 2003 has become the collective memory of Hong Kong;
The virus tore down relationships, but love held the family together in the face of adversity,
Life, takes on a new meaning ever since……

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Performances: All performances, even choreography, are done by students of all majors and years.

Drama: Originally written script that includes emotional performances, come and see whose in it!

Dance: a Hip Hop performance with 13 dancers, led by our very own Kelly Wong, featuring two guest performers, Patricia Isabela Bernal from CSU Northridge and Tom Nguyen from UCLA. They will be dancing all kinds of dance styles such as R&B, House, Popping, Jazz Funk, Krumping, etc.

Vocal: HKSS’s Internal and External Singing Contest Champion, Kelsey Guo!

Band: Live background music all composed, arranged and performed by Erik Lee!

— posted by Debbie Chong

Indonesian Culture Night: Sat, May 9, 5:00-8:30 pm

In UCLA Events on May 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Information provided courtesy of the UCLA Asia Institute website.

Theme: The Legend of “Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih”

Saturday, May 09, 2009
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ackerman Grand Ballroom
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

It’s free and open to the public.  No tickets required.  I’m going and so should you!  🙂

5:00 PM – Arts and Crafts Showcase

6:00 PM Dance and Drama performances featuring performances by the Indonesian Consulate Traditional Dance Troupe, Mak Inang Dance, Saman Dance, Yapong Dance, UCLA-PERMIAS Drama Troupe.  Dance and gamelan directed by I Nyoman Wenten.

— posted by Debbie Chong

Songs of Consciousness

In UCLA Events on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 am

For all of you in the Los Angeles area – Kappa Psi Epsilon of UCLA are having their 6th annual open mic night on May 12th.  The event is free for all and everyone is invited to perform!  Here’s some more info:

This open mic night is an outlet for performers, artists, and regular people to come out and share their talents. Through these performances, we hope to provoke inspiration, thought, and change in the audience.

This year’s Songs of Consciousness theme is “Change for Change.”

In the past, performers have performed anything about: the influence of women in their lives, the struggles they see within their community, the passion they have for their community, their individual passions (life experiences, emotions, love, etc.) Any and all performances are welcome, as long as it has to do with the theme of “Songs of Consciousness.” Basically if it has significant meaning behind it, a meaning to the artist, to the community at large, or if it means anything to you as an individual (life experience, emotions, etc.) it is welcome!

If you want to perform, you can contact Cristina Santos at santoscristina3@gmail.com, find her on on facebook, or simply talk to another Kappa.

Hong Kong night market comes to UCLA: Monday, April 20, 5-10 pm

In Culture, UCLA Events on April 19, 2009 at 8:48 am
UCLA's Hong Kong Student Society is bringing the lively streets of Hong Kong to Bruin Plaza this Monday evening!

UCLA's Hong Kong Student Society is bringing the lively streets of Hong Kong to Bruin Plaza this Monday evening!

Information below courtesy of the HKSS Night Market page on Facebook.

Date:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Time:

5:00pm – 10:00pm

Location:

Bruin Plaza (by the Bruin Bear)

Street:

UCLA

Here comes the HKSS Night Market 2009! A taste of Hong Kong is going to spread through the UCLA campus as Hong Kong Student Society (HKSS) is dedicated to bringing the vibrant streets of Hong Kong to you all!

We are holding the first Hong Kong Night Market on April 20th at the Bruin Plaza from 5pm-10pm. The Bruin Plaza will be transformed from an empty space into a crowded Hong Kong style marketplace of street food and merchandise. You can definitely experience the Hong Kong’s unique culture by starting your journey at the Bruin Plaza for Hong Kong style snacks and specialty drinks and enjoy everything HKSS is going to prepare for you!

At the HKSS Night Market there willl be traditional and famous Hong Kong street foods including curry fish balls, dim sum, pot stickers, boba drinks, milk tea, red bean soup, sweet sago soup with taro, egg waffle, and marinated chicken wings and eggs. Street food is an important part of Hong Kong culture with both traditional and foreign influences. The food served are the most common local street food found in Hong Kong. They are fast, hot, and tasty. People will just past by a street food stand grab a skewer of fishball and dim sum at any time.

In addition to the street food and beverages, there will also be a fortune telling stall in the Night Market which will predict one’s future and analyze one’s characteristics and personalities with reference to the year of birth. The fortune telling will be FREE if you buy a package of the twelve Chinese Zodiac jades (these are bought from Hong Kong and are LIMITED!!).

Come and spend some of your precious time to have a walk in the night market! We hope that you will enjoy your experience at the HKSS Night Market and we are confident that you will want to travel to Hong Kong to sample the delicacies of Chinese cuisine and experience the Hong Kong culture time and again…
For more information, feel free to talk to us at our booth on Bruin Walk or visit our website at http://www.hkbruins.org

— posted by Debbie Chong

Imagined Futures Conference at UCLA

In UCLA Events on April 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

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The Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA, and the Japanese American National Museum presents “Imagined Futures,” a one day conference for up and coming Asian Pacific American artists, May 2, 2009.
The one day conference takes place at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo from 1-5pm. After a keynote address, participants will learn from established artists in two hour workshops. The workshops will be followed by closing remarks and a reception.

Conference Program
1-2pm Welcome
Special Opening Performance by UCLA’s NSU Modern

Opening Remarks by Prof. Lane Hirabayashi, Koji Sakai, and Emily Morishima

Keynote Speakers:

Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot
George Takei, Actor
2-4pm Workshops:
• Filmmaking with director/writer/producer Quentin Lee
• Anime/Comics with Jeff Yang and Parry Shen, Editors of Secret Identities:the Asian American Superhero Anthology
• Blogs/New Media with Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man
• Spoken Word/Hip Hop with LA hip-hop sensation Shin-B
• Fiction with award winning writer, Naomi Hirahara
• The Art and Business of Clothes with Ryan Suda of Blacklava

4-5pm Closing Light Reception

Workshop Descriptions:

Film Making
The Asian American Independent Feature Filmmaker Quentin Lee will conduct a workshop focusing on issues around making an Asian American independent feature film. Quentin will have workshop participants talk about their ideas for an Asian American feature
and discuss issues of story, development, production, marketability, festivals, and all aspects that will help the participants to make the movies they want to make, to maximize marketability and avoid beginners’ pitfalls.

Fiction

Do Japanese Americans or Asian Americans have shared values, traditions, stories, or experiences that impact how and what we write? We will explore this question through a concrete exercise, a contemporary rift on a Japanese folktale. Through both text and music, we will be introduced or reintroduced to the story and create a contemporary reinterpretation, which will be used to open discussion of the decisions we make as writers. (This workshop will be lead by Naomi Hirahara, author of Mas Arai detective series and the YA book 1001 Cranes, as well as several non-fiction books on Japanese Americans.)

Anime/Comics: Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining America Through the Lens of Graphic Fiction

What if the U.S. were originally colonized by its first explorers—the Chinese? What if Japan had never attacked Pearl Harbor? What if masked marvels and caped crusaders were a matter of fact, not fantasy? Jumping off from the “shadow history” presented in the new graphic novel collection SECRET IDENTITIES: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, editors Jeff Yang (Asian Pop columnist, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE), and Parry Shen (actor, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) will use the conventions of comic book continuity to frame exercises that consider how the world–and our own lives as Asian Americans–might be different if major historical events had taken a different path. In the second half of the workshop, writers and artists will be put into teams to collaborate in creating and presenting outlines of graphic short stories set in these new imagined realities. Participants should bring samples of their artwork or writing (sequential or otherwise).

Check out the event and sign up here.

Posted by Evelina Giang

See you at the conference! Let me know if you’re coming!

To Care is to Advocate for a Cause

In UCLA Events on April 7, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Team MatthewGive a little, save a life.
Bone marrow drives will be taking place from Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM to 3 PM, at Bruin Plaza!
Read the story.

“My name is Matthew Nguyen and I am a UCLA alumni. I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in June of 2007. I went through 5 rounds of chemotherapy after I was diagnosed. Doctors said I had a good prognosis and chemotherapy alone would kill off the leukemia. Unfortunately, after spending many months in the hospital and 6 months of being cancer free, it has returned and everything has to be put on hold again, including graduate school and my wedding.

“While at UCLA, I was the Community Health Director for Vietnamese Reaching out to Aid the Community (now known as Vietnamese Community Health), on the Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) staff, and part of Asian Pacific Health Corps (APHC). One of my biggest projects then and something I was very passionate about was helping out with bone marrow drives with A3M (Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches). We held bone marrow drives at UCLA, churches, temples, and other southern California universities. Ironically, after years of campaigning for other blood cancer patients, I am now campaigning for myself.

“Without a bone marrow transplant, I may not live to see my next birthday. I thought I would turn to where I know our voices would be heard, where Bruins help other Bruins. I am asking everyone to become a registered bone marrow donor.”

THE PROCESS is very easy and pain free. It only consists of filling out a questionnaire and 4 quick swabs of the inside of your cheeks. No needles, no blood, just your saliva. By registering, it doesn’t mean you are donating your marrow right now. You will only be contacted if you are a potential match to a patient. If you are lucky enough to be called upon one day, you could be saving someone’s life.

THE FACTS Since there aren’t many Asians in the national registry, it is often hard to find a matching donor (matches are highly likely if within same ethnic background). Out of the total 7,407,312 people registered in the national registry, there are only 532,006 (7.2%) Asians, and 16,967 (0.2%) Vietnamese people.

http://www.teammatthew.org

Korean Culture Night: tickets available starting April 8th

In A&E, Culture, UCLA Events on April 5, 2009 at 12:50 am
UCLA's Korean Culture Night will be held on Wed, April 15 at 7 pm in UCLA's Royce Hall.  Doors open at 6:15.  Tickets are free for UCLA students and may be picked up at the UCLA Central Ticket Office starting April 8.

UCLA's Korean Culture Night is Wed, April 15 at 7 pm at Royce Hall. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets are free for UCLA students and are available at the Central Ticket Office starting April 8.

Korean Culture Night is one of my favorite Culture Nights at UCLA.  It is well scripted and performed and FREE for UCLA students!  Mark your calendars!

Courtesy of the event’s Facebook page:

Hanoolim at UCLA proudly presents to you – Beloved Upon a Time: a Korean Culture Night 2009 original musical production.

A play integrated with the traditional arts of Korea, this year’s KCN is a musical in which a brother and sister embark on a life-changing quest in a mythological land.

Filled with references to Korean traditional folklore, Korean proverbs, and amazing original music featuring a live orchestra, KCN 2009 will provide one exciting and mythical night of great entertainment and cultural education for the community.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15
TIME: 7 PM; doors open at 6:15 PM
WHERE: UCLA Royce Hall

Tickets are FREE for everyone!

For UCLA students, tickets will be available starting WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009 at the Central Ticket Office (CTO).

For more information, check out http://www.lakcn.com.

— posted by Debbie Chong