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New 2022 Grant Programs

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Civic Leadership USA in civic leadership development and coalition building among AAPIs and beyond. With diligent and thoughtful assistance from our Strategic Development Consultant, Julian Munoz, and our committed National Task Force Planning Committee, we have discussed and listened to many #AAPI organization leaders in developing a more relevant and comprehensive #grants guideline. The Request for Proposal (#RFP) of 2022 and appendix are truly a labor of love and teamwork. Together we can turn the tide.

For more details about RFP, check here.

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2021 National Civic Leadership Forum Join us on on this Friday, Sept 24 (5 pm- 7:30 pm EST) and Saturday, Sept 25 (11 am – 6:30 pm EST)

2021 National Civic Leadership Forum (2021 NCLF) Countdown –
1 day to our event on this Friday, Sept 24 (5 pm- 7:30 pm EST) and Saturday, Sept 25 (11 am – 6:30 pm EST).
The purpose & goal of the forum is to create a community platform for all AAPI organizations and leaders to interact, to work together, to learn from each other, and to build trust so that our community will be strong via UNITY.
More AAPI webinars on September 24-25: shorturl.at/xyEFK
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From the Chemistry Lab to the Stand-up Comedy

You are invited to attend this incredible webinar that will be hosted by #comedian/actor Joe Wong during the third week of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2021.

Date: May 16th, 2021 from 8-9 pm (ET)

Speaker: Joe Wong, #standupcomedian

Topic: From the Chemistry Lab to the Stand-up Comedy

Registration: http://bit.ly/AAPIWebinar3Reg

This webinar is organized by:
Association of Chinese Americans For Social Justice (ACASJ)
APAPA HQ – Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)
National Council for Chinese Americans (NCCA)

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For more information about Joe Wong, please visit https://www.comedycontact-joewong.com/

The Evolution of Chinese Americans and the “Model Minority”

May is #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth, APAPA HQ – Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs, Association of Chinese American for Social Justice, and National Council of Chinese Americans invite you to take a part in the series of webinars celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

The detailed information regarding the second webinar of May:
Date & Time: Saturday, May 8th, 2021 from 8:00-9:00pm (ET)
Topic: The Evolution of Chinese Americans and the “Model Minority”
Speaker: Prof. Min Zhou | Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies Director of Asia Pacific Center at UCLA

Register: http://bit.ly/AAPIWebinar2Reg

Detailed information: www.USdandelion.org

Questions & Sponsorship: pcaaschoolji@yahoo.com

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The 2019 Silicon Valley Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit

The 2019 Silicon Valley Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit is a special community event bringing together community-based organizations, public officials, activists, legislative staff, professionals, and students.

With a theme of “Stepping Up to 2020”, anticipated outcomes of the 2019 Civic Leadership Summit will include identification of issues affecting our community, AAPI community involvement for a 2020 Census complete count and voter registration, and increasing civic participation.

Special speakers include Congressman Ro Khanna and Prof. Karthick Ramakrishnan, a leading researcher of API civic participation, immigration policy, and founder of AAPIData.com

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Civic Leadership Retreat 2018 “FLY TOGETHER”

Over 65 Asian American Leaders from all over the US gathered at the Ding Ding TV facilities in Santa Clara for a day and a half of a very intensive retreat.

   

    

 

 

The attendees included leaders and representatives from CLUSA, APAPA, 80-20 United, AAUC, UCA, FAPAC, NCAPA, CAYCLI, Ding Ding TV and many other AAPI organizations.

 

 

 

 

       

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The participants arrived on Sunday December 2, 2018 at around noon for registration and a welcome lunch.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sessions officially began at 1:00 PM, led by Facilitators Ana-Marie Jones and Porcia Chen Silverberg.

    

 

 

The CLUSA Founder and Chairman Sandy Chau declared that the “Theme” of this retreat is “FLY TOGETHER”. He explained that “People have always observed that migrating birds fly in a V formation and now scientists understand why”. An article in Science (1-15-2014) explained that these big-winged birds carefully position their wingtips and sync their flapping to catch the updraft from the bird in front—thus saving energy during flight. It makes the flying more efficient as they follow their leaders to their common destination. Furthermore, when one leader gets tired, other leaders take turns to lead the group effort in a coordinated manner.  Sandy urged all present at the retreat to learn from the migrating birds. “If you want to fly fast for a short distance, fly alone; but if you want to reach your common destiny, you must learn to fly together”.

   

 

Each leader was given 3-5 minutes to introduce themselves and their organizations, explaining why and how they may fit into the theme of flying together. As there were many leaders, this process took all afternoon and well into the next morning.

 

     

   

After a pretty strenuous first day, the team gathered at the conference hotel Mariani’s Inn & Restaurant for some socializing, net-working and a feast of good wine, Surf and Turf (Alaska King Crab legs and Filet Magnon) and desert. The banquet was enjoyed by all and the group energy filled up to the rafters.

 

 

 

      

The participants re-gathered at the Ding Ding facilities on Monday morning and took on the tasks of “morning reflection and thoughts” and discussion of “best practice and common grounds”.

   

      

      

The rest of the afternoon was spent on planning for the next steps. On a massive calendar spanning 2019 and leading up to the 2020 Presidential Elections, each leader wrote down the next steps and plans for their own organizations. The facilitators will compile the information and send it to all the attendees. Thus, everyone will have the opportunity to work and coordinate with each other.

   

 

After a scrumptious dinner of Salmon and Beef Bourguignon, the farewell party began in earnest.

      

 

 

Prize drawing and the inevitable Karaoke session took over the festivities. The retreat came to a crescendo with maestro Sandy Chau leading a resounding chorus of “Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Misérables”.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The retreat was a huge success and we want to thank the Facilitators Ana-Marie Jones and Porcia ChenSilverberg, Diana Ding and the entire staff of Ding Ding TV and Anthony Ng, the CLUSA Executive Director for bringing the event together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article: From Jowel Wang

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Asian USA 2018 Leadership Summit in Washington DC

There is an African proverb that goes “If you want to go fast, fly alone. If you want to go far, fly together.” CLUSA founder and chairman, Mr. Sandy Chau, referenced this quote during his opening speech at this year’s Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. With 6% of American being Asians, he emphasized the importance of being able to unite the Asian communities around the US in order to create a bigger impact. If one Asian community is one bird, then many birds flying far would be the equivalent of multiple Asian communities uniting for a common purpose. ” Asians have a lot of contributions to this country but haven’t gotten recognition. Many Asian people work so hard but haven’t gotten equal opportunities. That’s why we should work together and make some changes.”
Following Mr. Chau with her own opening speech was the CEO, Sue Van, from Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. She also emphasized the importance of representation, especially in office. Over the last few elections, there has been an increasing in the number of AAPI in public office, specifically the House of Representatives and the Senate. By increasing the level of civic engagement within communities, more AAPI will be inclined to run for office and not only add to the current number of AAPI in office, but will maintain that representation when the current members step down from offices.
When people hear the term DNA, they tend to think of the genetic term. To Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside as well as the founder of AAPIData, DNA refers to Data (and technology), Narrative, and Action (ex. advocacy and civic engagement). To be successful in anything, one needs to apply all three into their plan to be successful.
 On September 6th, 2018, Silicon Valley Innovation Channel Ding Ding TV covered the Asian USA 2018: Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. This event was hosted by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) in partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).