News Roundup: John Liu, Campus Cinema, Gayasian Heroes, and more…

Some news from around the way:

10 questions for Councilman John Liu

City Councilman John Liu (D-Queens) represents District 20, which includes Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale and part of Whitestone. He chairs the Transportation Committee. Born in Taiwan, Liu moved to Flushing at age 5 and entered the City Council in January 2002. […] What does it mean to be the first Asian-American elected city official? […]

Asian American Association Film Festival and Campus Cinema team up

Asian American Association Film Festival and Campus Cinema team up for a free screening of ‘Finishing the Game’.

Gaysian Heroes

Although I’ve been somewhat visible in both the Asian Pacific American (APA) community and the gay community, I’ve never considered myself to be an activist or voice for either group. I mean, I’m much too busy trying to beat my own Ms. Pac-Man high score to do much of anything else. But growing up a double minority, having to work through two different layers of self-hate, and desperately seeking Asian-American role models and subsequently gay role models, I’ve become particularly sensitive to issues surrounding gay Asian Americans.

Asian American organizations file legal brief supporting equal marriage rights

A coalition of Asian American organizations will be filing a legal brief supporting equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in California. This was announced by a group of Asian American attorneys and advocates in Los Angeles and San Francisco last Wednesday, September 26, at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) in downtown L.A. Among the more than 60 local, state, and national organizations filing the amicus brief are the Philippine American Bar Association and Filipinos for Affirmative Action.

Senate May Back Campaign to Change UC’s Ethnic Categories

The ASUC Senate will consider a resolution this week that aims to further break down the Asian/Asian-American category into more specific classifications for the UC admissions process.
The resolution, authored by CalSERVE Senator Maurice Seaty, supports the goals of the Count Me In Campaign, a university-wide group hoping to add 10 new ethnic categories to the UC application, among other plans.

ImaginAsian TV launches weekend South Asian block

ImaginAsian TV, America’s first 24-hour Asian American network, is launching a new 3 ½ -hour South Asian block called “Simply Desi” beginning October 20. The block will feature Pulse-The Desi Beat, Koffee with Karan, ICC Cricket World, Newsweek South Asia, and My India. Announcing the launch at a press meet in Manhattan, Oct 20, J. Edward Lee, President and COO, ImaginAsian said, “It is four years now since ImaginAsian has been working diligently to provide an effective platform for the Asian American community.”

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