Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) will be celebrating its 26th Anniversary on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071).
Los Angeles, CA – On Wednesday, March 27th, members of the CAUSE Leadership Network were officially introduced to the broader community at the Meet the Network Reception of Los Angeles City Hall’s Tom Bradley Tower.
Long Beach, CA – On February 16, 2019, CAUSE worked with Rubi Martinez, Deputy Press Secretary at NextGen America, to give a presentation on “Reading Social Media Critically" at the Arsalyn Youth Conference. Each year, CAUSE participates by providing a presentation to high school students who are passionate about being involved in civic and political engagement.
Over the past couple months, CAUSE, in partnership with Placeworks and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk’s office, has organized three Vote Center Placement Community Meetings.
Los Angeles, CA – On December 13, 2018, CAUSE held the End-of-the-Year Leadership Network Dinner at Maccheroni Republic. The evening focused on highlighting the successes of CLN and all its members in 2018, as well as introducing plans for 2019.
Los Angeles, CA – Over the past month, CAUSE held two voter education workshops: the first in Chinatown at the Chinese Americans Citizens Alliance (CACA) lodge and the second in Koreatown at the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA).
Los Angeles, CA – On October 25th, 2018, CAUSE held Healthcare in the Immigrant Community: A Town Hall, which is a part of the VOTE Initiatives (Voter Outreach, Training, and Education Initiatives), at the Ground Zero Cafe at the University of Southern California. The event was held in partnership with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy-API Caucus.
Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, October 20th, CAUSE held the Women in Power Annual Leadership Conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, featuring a roster of women leaders as panelists and session facilitators, along with this year’s Changemaker Award Honorees.
Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, October 5th, CAUSE held the second Leadership Network training session on “Elevating Your Community: The Appointments Process” at the Azucar Room at LA Live, featuring Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil.
San Gabriel, CA – On September 21st, 2018, CAUSE held the Energy & Environment Town Hall, which is a part of the VOTE Initiatives (Voter Outreach, Training, and Education Initiatives) at the Grapevine Arbor in San Gabriel.
Los Angeles, CA – On August 9th, 2018, CAUSE hosted the annual Alumni Reception at the CAUSE offices. The event allowed a space for past and current program participants to connect and reconnect with each other over dinner and drinks.
Even though the CAUSE Leadership Academy program is almost at its end, it feels as if I was just getting adjusted to the “intern” life: diligently working at my internship placement and always busy attending CAUSE events.
In my view, professionalism encompasses not only a wide range of mannerisms and habits, but more importantly also includes an overall mindset that is conducive to promoting oneself as both serious and competent within a specific field or position. In this respect, the most important and fundamental aspect of professionalism is having the right mindset, because a person’s mindset ultimately determines their thoughts, actions, and reactions to other people.
The typical phrase that people use when they want to show off that they are knowledgeable about Chinese identity is, “What Chinese do you speak, Mandarin or Cantonese?” Growing up, I hit everyone with a curveball by responding, “Neither, I speak Teochew.” Teochew is a Southern min dialect from South East China, the Eastern part of the Guangdong province. Many people may know it by its Cantonese name, “Chiu Chow.”
For this week’s civic leadership session, we were able to hear from panels of speakers from the healthcare and non-profit fields, both areas that I am greatly interested and passionate about. The healthcare panel revealed to me the intricate difficulties that come with trying to service a community as complex and diverse as the Asian American community.
This week, I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to research the cannabis market this week for State Treasurer John Chiang, who is assisting the establishment of a state bank for the regulated cannabis market. To one of my friends, they would probably say that since its legalization in California, all forms are cannabis are now legal. However, the policy implications are very different and not nearly that simple.
This week at my internship placement through OCAPICA, I attended a “We Can” Leadership Institute facilitated by my supervisor. It took place at CAANAPI, or the Center for Asian Americans Native American Pacific Islanders at Irvine Valley College.
For our workshop this week, we had an assortment of guests in the CAUSE office including Asian-American women serving in the military to those in corporate positions. It was nice being in the office and seeing familiar faces after a small break.
The Office of Assemblymember Santiago is situated very close to Grand Central Market. District 53 represents Boyle Heights, and one of the staffers at the office reminisced that Grand Central Market “was a completely different place fifteen years ago”. Gentrification is a huge issue in Downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
This week, my placement in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proved to be yet another week of learning and understanding. Between working on asset mapping with fellow interns, organizing a civic education workshop for Asian Pacific Islander community leaders, working at the Mayor’s Help Desk, touring the Dodgers Stadium, and picking up whatever day-to-day tasks needed to be completed, I came across a multitude of individuals throughout the city working to better their lives or others’.
When it came time to accept an internship for this summer, I had the fortunate difficulty of choosing between two amazing opportunities. The first was to continue working within the student veteran community, which I had been dabbling in over the last four years, or to accept an internship with the CAUSE Leadership Academy, which I had zero ties to.
For the third week of the Leadership Academy program, I had the opportunity to visit Sacramento for the first time with my cohort. I had a great time taking obligatory tourist photos in front of the Capitol building and bonding with my cohort through our plane ride and strolls in Capitol park. But most importantly, I felt so inspired after seeing so many Asian Americans in elected positions and legislative staff, giving hope that maybe one day I can also work in politics.