The theme for the Fall 2007 Jefferson Fellowships is "Mekong on the Move: Asia's New Economic Frontier?".
The East-West Center is accepting applications for the Fall 2007 Jefferson Fellowships open to U.S., Asian and Pacific Island journalists with at least five years of experience. The three-week travel and dialogue program takes place September 30-October 21 and begins at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Journalists will travel to Bangkok, Thailand; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam.
The deadline for submitting applications is June 20, 2007.
Please see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/jefferson for applications and details. Participants' airfare, lodging, per diem and other expenses are funded by The Freeman Foundation.
New York Construction Workers United and AALDEF Launch Campaign to Stop Wage Violations in Trades Jobs
New York, NYFour lawsuits for unpaid wages involving six immigrant construction workers and five contractors were filed today on behalf of the workers by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) in federal and New York State court. The workers, all members of New York Construction Workers United (NYCWU), say that after long hours of work in dangerous conditions, they were sent home without pay. The legal action signifies the growing organizing among South Asian laborers, a relatively new, but fast growing ethnic workforce in New York City s massive construction industry.
NYCWU and AALDEF held a press conference earlier today with the workers.
Kalvinder Samra, a Sikh immigrant from India , performed masonry and construction work at a public school in Queens over the course of nine weeks in 2004. For his work, Mr. Samra was paid only $1,000 by his contractor employer. Our incomes are low. Sometimes we have to work with our bare hands because the contractor wont give us equipment. And there is so much discrimination in who gets hired, so we dont always get steady work, said Mr. Samra. Mr. Samra also says that physical threats and harassment on the job are common. He hopes that other workers will see his coming forward as a sign that they must also. We have to fight together for justice and real change in our industry.
Balvinder Singh, a Sikh immigrant...
Dell Shares Minority Supplier Best Practices During China Visit
ROUND ROCK, Tex.--(U.S. ASIAN WIRE) --June 14, 2007 Dell is a lead sponsor of this week's National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Mission to China. The objective of the Mission is for businesses to share information about how to develop partnerships with historically underutilized Chinese suppliers. As a leader in the Mission's group, Dell shared practices that help promote Chinese economic development and growth for local communities. Read more about Dell's role during the Mission and other recent Dell activities in China at http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archiv e/2007/06/14/18180.aspx (English) http://chinese.direct2dell.com/archive/20 07/06/14/656.aspx (Chinese).
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Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Conference 2007
"Born to Lead: Corporate Asian Women Trailblazers", a panel discussion and networking reception sponsored by the Asian Women In Business (AWIB), takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at One Time Warner Center, 10th Fl. in New York City.
CNN Correspondent Alina Cho moderates the panel of top Asian women executives who will be sharing their insights and strategies on opportunities, challenges and other issues of concern to Asian women in Corporate America. The speakers represent a broad spectrum - from media to finance to consumer products - bringing a wealth of unique experiences to address issues that affect Asian women across the board. The event is the third annual conference organized by Asian Women In Business as it continues a dialogue on issues impacting corporate Asian women.
Yvonne Chan, Partner, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Michelle Kim, VP, Chief Counsel, Time Warner Cable
Punita Kumar-Sinha, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Seong Ohm, Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
Launched in 2005, AWIB's Corporate Initiative has been a forum for corporate women to share their experiences, raise concerns and network. This year's event is being held in partnership with Time Warner.
Attendance is by invitation only. A suggested contribution of $35.00 will go towards the AWIB Scholarship Fund to support female Asian college students. For more...
Democratic Candidates to Appear on ALL AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL FORUMS ON PBS moderated by Tavis Smiley
(U.S. ASIAN WIRE via BLACK PR WIRE)-- June 11, 2007
Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Senator Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, former U.S. Senator John Edwards, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Senator Barack Obama and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will appear on a live broadcast of "All-American Presidential Forums" on PBS, moderated by Tavis Smiley, from the Howard University Cramton Auditorium in Washington DC on JUne 28, 2007 (9pm-10:30pm ET)
The "All-American Presidential Forums" on PBS is an historic broadcast marking the first time that a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color will be represented in primetime. Tavis Smiley, along with journalists Michel Martin of National Public Radio , nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. and USA Today and Gannett News Service columnist DeWayne Wickham, will question candidates on issues ranging from healthcare and housing to Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, among others, as outlined in the #1 The New York Times best-seller, Covenant With Black America .
(A second forum for Republican presidential candidates will be held on September 27, 2007, on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.)