Posted in Blogs on April 03, 2013 by Wendy Zheng
During the second CAUSE-Arsalyn Annual Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Forum at Cal Poly Pomona University, images of myself sitting in the audience six years ago, stirred up my memory, as I stood by the podium delivering a presentation on Networking to groups of San Gabriel Valley school students. I thought to myself, just like these high school students and college freshmen, six years ago, I was at Cal Poly Pomona campus for a similar leadership development conference. Reflecting upon my own path, I have learned so much through the exposure granted by consortiums similar to this one. While sharing with this diverse pool of students about networking etiquettes and protocols, I had an opportunity to get to know each and every single one of them, about their aspiration and goals in life. I am inspired by the audacity some of these students embody, as well as the adversity they have to overcome.
Posted in Blogs on March 10, 2013 by Sophia Islas
March 11, 2013
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
Did you know...? that in addition to job training and employment services, significant PACE programs encompass: business development; early childhood education; financial education and asset building; housing and rehabilitation services; weatherization and energy-conservation programs; and affordable housing development.
We want to thank PACE for enriching API communities since 1976!
Posted in Blogs on February 19, 2013 by Sophia Islas
Board Chair Charlie Woo shown with Councimember Carol Chen and her supporters.
On Wednesday, February 20th, CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo and Executive Director Carrie Gan attended a press conference in the City of Cerritos to discuss the recent controversy surrounding City of Cerritos Councilmember Carol K. Chen and her stereotypical portrayal in a political advertisement.
Joined by other API groups, such as the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese American Citizen's Alliance (C.A.C.A.), the Chinese-American Elected Officials Association (CEO), and the OCA-GLA, CAUSE denounced this particular advertisement, as it used racial stereotypes to portray Asian Pacific Islanders (API) in a negative light
The advertisement, which was printed in a Cerritos community newspaper, depicts an illustration of Chen alongside Communist leaders of the likes of Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx.
"Use of images to appeal to racial prejudice, and the use of negative stereotypes to attack an individual are not acceptable in politics and in the media," said Board Chair Woo.
In a comment made after the press conference, Chen stated that she truly viewed the advertisement as an assault on the entire API community and that she appreciated the community's effort in speaking out against racism.
Posted in Blogs on November 11, 2012 by Sophia Islas
(Image courtesy of SCPR/Getty)
Posted in Blogs on November 06, 2012 by Albert Gianatan
(Photo courtesy of 18millionrising.org)
Posted in Blogs on June 22, 2012 by Sophia Islas
According to the Pew Research Center's 'Rise of Asian Americans' demographic report, Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. The report, which was release on Tuesday, June 19th, also indicated that Asian immigrants are now outpacing Hispanics in the U.S.
For more information on these findings, please check out the links below:
Posted in Blogs on June 17, 2012 by Sophia Islas
On Wednesday, June 13th, Congresswoman Judy Chu hosted a press conference in front of the Chinese American Museum announcing the impending Congressional action on Resolution 683.
Posted in Blogs on May 30, 2012 by Sophia Islas
Anne Shen Smith
CAUSE would like to congratulate Anne Shen Smith for being elected president and CEO of the Southern California Gas Company.
Anne was a featured speaker at this year's Women in Power Luncheon
, where she spoke to an audience of future women leaders about her experiences as an Asian American woman who held a variety of executive-level positions at SoCalGas. Her years of hard work and dedication serves as an inspiration to many, especially those in the API community.
According to PennEnergy
, Anne joined SoCalGas in 1977 as an operations research analyst, has served in a broad range of management roles during her 35-year career at the company. She has served as SoCalGas' chief operating officer since 2010. Previously, she was senior vice president of customer services for SoCalGas and SDG&E from 2004 to 2010. From 1991 to 2004, she served in a variety of executive roles at SoCalGas.
Posted in Blogs on May 07, 2012 by Sophia Islas
Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen
Posted in Blogs on February 21, 2012 by Sophia Islas
LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara kicks off Arsalyn's Youth Forum Mini-Conference at UCLA
CAUSE recently partnered up with Arsalyn
for it's SAVE
(Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment) Youth Forum Mini-Conference at UCLA on February 18th. The day long conference invited over 300 students from various San Gabriel Valley High Schools to attend and participate in a variety of panels, presentations and activities geared toward youth civic engagement. CAUSE invited LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara to be the event's opening speaker, in addition CAUSE also organized two panels: the Legislative Staffer Panel and the Young Electeds Panel. The Legislative Staffer Panel featured Mike Fong from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office and Marisol Salguero from Councilmember Ed Reyes' office and the Young Electeds Panel featured Mayor of Diamond Bar Ling-Ling Chang, Councilmember of Campbell Evan Low, City of Rosemead Mayor Steven Ly, and City of Placentia Mayor Jeremy Yamaguchi.
The SAVE program is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that introduces and educates high school students about the democratic process through voter registration, voter education and political involvement programs. SAVE chapters are currently operating at high schools in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. The SAVE program was started by a former CAUSE intern in an effort to expose youth to government and to get them more civically engaged and involved. This program has benefited many, most notably, Steven Ly. Ly was a former participant of the SAVE program and has attributed his interest in politics to the program.
Director of Programs Carrie Gan moderated the Legislative Staffer Panel with Marisol Salguero and Mike Fong
Two of our high school Advocates who attended were asked to guest blog and share their experiences from the event:
I was fortunate enough to attend the Inaugural Civic Engagement Student Conference presented by Arsalyn and CAUSE. It was definitely a fun experience meeting the young mayors and other inspiring guest speakers at the event.
The young elected officials all talked about their road to success and patiently answered every question from the high school students present at the meeting. Humorous and engaging, the panel went on for more than an hour, and students listened carefully with great interest. It was absolutely inspiring to hear the young electeds talk about the pains and joys that they encountered in the process of achieving their goals.
Additionally, this event is a significant experience for me. Helping out at the event, I was able to see how an event was set up and organized. Planning and organizing an event was much more complicated than I thought it would be. This experience enhanced my understanding of event planning and also provided an opportunity to improve my skills in communicating with people.