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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN ASIAN AMERICAN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

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FOOD AND LOVE TRI-CONFERENCE

May 29, Washington, D.C

For Immediate Release

On Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 1pm EST, United Chinese Americans (UCA) will hold a special conference on COVID-19 relief efforts and hate crimes in the United States. The conference will first spotlight the achievements of its inaugural “Food of Love” program and then feature a panel dialogue between leaders from Chinese, Jewish, and African American communities.

When certain political leaders began inciting anti-Chinese sentiment with their racist and incendiary remarks, Chinese Americans all across the country became victims of hate crimes. Channeling Michelle Obama’s philosophy, “When they go low, we go high,” the Chinese American community decided to take the high road.

Americans, regardless of race or creed, LOVE Chinese food. There are 41,000 Chinese restaurants in America, 3 times the number of McDonad’s and at $17 billion in annual sales, which is on par with the fast food giant. To combat hate, Chinese Americans chose love by launching the Food of Love program. The motto: 50 states, 100 cities, One People United. Since early May, Chinese American communities have served tens of thousands of meals to tens of thousands of frontline workers and fellow Americans in need.

“We have made more friends in our communities,” says Haipei Shue, UCA President. “We have made a difference.”

Despite these efforts and triumphs in our local communities, on the national political stage, even more frightening developments are occurring. Recently, Senator Rick Scott has made inflammatory accusations that every Chinese person is a communist spy. Just this week, Senators Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn introduced divisive and discriminatory legislation, the Secure Campus Act, that would prohibit Chinese students from receiving visas to the United States for graduate or postgraduate studies in STEM fields. The new bill harkens back to the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act. Instead of denouncing this ill-conceived legislation, President Trump issued a proclamation that legitimizes the act.

At this very moment, the City of Minneapolis is engulfed in flames as a result of the murder of George Floyd, another victim of our nation’s seemingly never-ending and ever-increasing list of racial crimes. As we continue with COVID-19 relief efforts side by side with our fellow Americans, we must also fight racism on all fronts. At this time of crisis, history has called upon us to reach across communities to stand up and make America a country that lives up to its ideals.

During the second half of the conference, distinguished leaders from African American, Chinese, and Jewish communities will discuss challenges each community faces and ways to work together to address injustice. The guest speakers include Congresswoman Grace Meng, Congressman Bobby Scott, Derrick Johnson (President and CEO, NAACP), David Harris (CEO, American Jewish Committee), David Bernstein (President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs), and Helen Zia (Journalist and Activist).

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yc8swft4

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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北卡华二代畅谈选举,震惊法官:“你们都可以去读法学院!”

你知道北卡州各级政府部门是如何运作的吗?作为普通法系美国的一个州,北卡的最高法院、上诉法院、地区法院都有哪些职权?法官又是如何秉公执法的?中期选举要修改的北卡宪法条文将从哪些方面影响我们?

这些问题恐怕成年人都要做做功课才答得上来一二,但当一群中学生就这些问题在法官和律师面前侃侃而谈时,特别是其中有几个是年仅11岁的小朋友!你是不是有点瞠目呢?正如评判法官、达勒姆地区法院法官Pat Evans所说:“孩子们,你们完全超出了我的想象!你们都可以去读法学院!”这是10月28日在北卡州达勒姆(Durham)举办的一次别开生面的青少年论坛上的场景。此次“2018选举亚裔青少年论坛”(下图)由北卡华人联合会CAFA发起主办,美国华人联合会UCA、美国公民领导力联盟CLUSA共同协办。

10月20日一早,一条微信引爆北卡华人群:为了迎接11月的中期选举,10月28日,CAFA将组织中学生就北卡州政府职能、北卡宪法修正案、北卡法院构成与法官选举,进行一场演讲,征集50名学

生参加。更重要的是,这次活动将邀请专业律师、法官和竞选嘉宾参加点评。不到两个小时,为这次活动建的微信群就爆满,130多名家长和学生入群讨论细节,参与热情高涨。当天以北卡州政府机构、北卡高等法院与法官选举、上诉法院与地区法院职能、法官补充人选的选举,以及涉及北卡宪法修正案的狩猎与捕鱼修正案、税收修正案、刑事罪案被害人权利修正案、选民登记制度等为主题的10个分项,被来自三角区不同初、高中的同学“认领”。同时,总策划刘广亚也开始了紧张地联系法官,律师等专业人士和选定举办地点的工作。北卡首位华人议员、教堂山市议员顾泓彬更是承担起了“中转站”的角色,每天要刷新每个小组的进度,调整各个小组的人员配比,直至最后把所有小组提交的PPT汇总。

各组中小学生在法官和律师面前侃侃而谈

 

介绍狩猎、捕鱼修正案(Amendment about hunting and fishing) 的少年四人组。 卡布奇诺摄,家长 张德颢供图

 

阐述北卡政府机构(Structrue of NC Government)的小组
阐述税法修正案(Constitution Amendments About Tax)的小组

 

 

“因为是团队作业,所以每个人分担的要少了很多,做好自己的就好,这样既不耽误正常学习,又可以丰富自己的知识。直到活动举行的前一天大家才把各自的任务汇总到一起。”一位来自Cary的9年级高中生对这样的活动非常感兴趣。

阐述公民投票权修正案( Vote Rights)的Angela只有11岁
候场的选手们
 
大厅座无虚席

50位同学,代表亚裔发声

“你们都可以去读法学院!”来自达勒姆地区法院的法官Pat Evans在听了同学们关于最高法院/上诉法院和地区法院的职能和现任法官的分析后,如此感叹道。

Epting and Hackey律师Hathaway Pendergrass和达勒姆达勒姆地区法院法官Pat Evans(右)对学生们介绍的Marcy’s law进行点评。

Evans法官说:“你们逻辑非常清晰,对每个部分的把握也很到位。美国很多人都不知道法院内部是怎么分工的。经常会跑到法院问,我的案子到底是哪管?我很惊讶,你们年纪这么小,就可以这么清楚地说出法院的管辖,法官的职责。太令我惊讶了!”“请你再重复一下,刚才提到的。”来自Epting and Hackney的律师哈撒韦·彭德格拉斯在听了Marcy’s Law Crime rights Amendment小组的阐述后,很认真地问道,“你们的研究很细致,我必须说——很有见地!”

 

NCAAT执行主任Chavi K Koneru,和DemocracyNC培训主任Jenn Frye点评学生们的观点(上图)。而在听到关于选举权和选举权人注册的专题时,Jenn Frye马上拿出一份报纸读起来:“有选举权,不一定可以投票哦。你一定要登记你的名字、地址,还要签署一份文件才可以投票!”

经过统计和分析,讨论用修宪来限制税率的小组得出结论:“用修宪来限制税率,中产阶层仍将是受害者。”这也是唯一一个小组建议反对的。

四位评委一起鼓掌:“我们几乎无话可说,你们的论证很精彩!”

“我非常为你们自豪!你们知道除了公民纸,更重要的是选举权!你们是所有亚裔的骄傲,我建议大家为今天所有参加活动的孩子们再次鼓掌!”美国华人联合会会长薛海培先生到场,把这次活动推向高潮。

“比起场上热闹的讨论,我们更应该关心华裔在我们社区里发出的声音。孩子就是我们的未来,今天的讨论我们希望不仅仅停留在一次活动,而是通过每一次活动把亚裔社区的孩子团结起来,把更多亚裔的声音传播出去!这也正是众多家长极力推动这个活动的重要原因!”活动的组织策划者刘广亚和顾泓彬不约而同地表达了相同的观点。

 

活动总策划刘广亚向到场嘉宾介绍本次活动安排

 

教堂山市议员、亚裔领袖顾泓彬女士致辞

 

 

 

北卡州首位华人市议员顾泓彬(左)邀请美国华人联合会UCA会长薛海培先生(右)致辞并点评。薛海培先生祝贺这一设计新颖的论坛成功举办,并与在场数十名青少年热情互动,讲述有关《排华法案》的历史,激励青少年更多了解华人历史,在社会参与的大课堂实践锻炼、增长能力。

 

他还向参与论坛的青少年们发出热诚邀请(下图):参加2019年夏季在首都华盛顿举办的首届“未来领导者”培训项目,培养和历练亚裔青年一代卓越领导力和公民参与能力。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

参加演讲的学生手持证书和点评律师、特邀嘉宾及组织者合影

來源: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/2RRc_uRiK5YiULV2-9Jfqg

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