uc irvine's apaac and other conferences

Some info on upcoming conferences... this Saturday, March 1 at UC Irvine, APSA presents the 23rd Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference. The event's theme is "Building Bridges: A Unified Community Begins with You," aimed at educating students about issues, encouraging activism, and celebrating the achievements of our pan-ethnic community. The schedule features keynote speaker Hamid Khan, Executive Director of the South Asian Network; numerous community/movement-building workshops and a performance by Seriously. I'll actually be speaking at one of the workshops in the afternoon. For more information about the conference, go here. Hope to see you there!

Also this weekend, the 5 College Pan Asian Network presents its Spring Leadership Conference at Smith College. 5PAN, a group comprised of students from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the University of Massachussetts Amherst, aims to inspire and spread awareness of APIA issues relevant to the 5 college community. This year's conference theme will focus on building attendees' leadership skills, with a number of workshops dealing with themes such as grassroots organizing, revitalizing the student APIA community, coalition-building with other multicultural organizations, networking, and more. For more information about the conference, and to register, go here.

Next month, the Midwest Asian American Student Union presents its Spring Conference, March 28-30 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The event is designed to provide opportunity to discuss and share issues, strategies and programs that support Asian American student organizations. Like every good student conference, there will be a multitude of workshops, speakers and entertainment, with appearances from folks like actor Parry Shen, the Ken Oak Band, comedian Danny Cho and Rich Kiamco. Midwest, represent! For more information about the conference, go here.

And looking ahead, ASPIRE presents the 2008 Asian American Women in Leadership Conference, celebrating the theme of Balanced Leadership: Maintaining Perspective. It's happening April 26 at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Lots of great stuff there for everyone, ranging from high school students, college students and professionals. Speakers include MTV News corespondent SuChin Pak, blogger Lena Chen, Survivor: Cook Islands contestant Becky Lee, writer Jennifer 8 Lee, singer/songwriter Cynthia Lin, and more. To learn more, go here.

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