Please DONATE: Re-SEAing SouthEast Asian American Studies ConferenceShare
Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 6:06pm
On behalf of the Re-SEAing SouthEast Asian American Studies’ Community and Art Conference planning committee, I write this letter to ask for your support in funding this community base educational conference that will take place at San Francisco State University on March 10-11, 2011. Of the 1,814,301 Southeast Asian Americans counted in the 2000 Census, 705,382 reside in California. Based on the 2000 Census, California is home to 484,023 Vietnamese Americans; 84,559 Cambodian Americans; 71,741 Hmong Americans; and 65,058 Laotian Americans. Northern California is home to sizable populations of Burmese (Alameda), Cambodian (San Francisco Bayview and Tenderloin districts, and Santa Clara), Filipino (Daly City), Hmong (Richmond and Sacramento), Laotian (Richmond and San Francisco’s Tenderloin), Thai (Berkeley and Mountain View), and Vietnamese Americans (San Francisco’s Tenderloin and San Jose). In total there are roughly 189,813 self-identified Southeast Asians in the greater Bay Area.
The 2000 Census also shows that Hmong, Cambodian, and Laotian Americans have per capita income below $10,000. More importantly, 26.2% of Cambodian Americans, 45% of Hmong Americans, 22.7% of Laotian Americans, and 8% of Vietnamese Americans have “no formal education.” This conference will foreground the large Southeast Asian American communities of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Pacific Northwest. It is a community educational endeavor with a special focus on arts and literature.
The event will be free and open to the public.
We expect 300-400 artists, academics and students to come to this national conference from all around the country. This two-day conference explores memories and visions of and by Southeast Asian Americans and their communities. The focus will be on locating/situating Southeast Asian Americans and their communities for the 21st century. A significant part of this conference will highlight the arts and literature of Southeast Asian Americans through panels with visual and multi-media artists, writers, and filmmakers. There will be an art exhibit at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery featuring the arts of Southeast Asian American artists curated by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and Mark Johnson. In addition, there will be screenings of film related to Southeast Asian American communities and Q & A sessions with the filmmakers: Boonkhun, by Virada Chatikul about preserving Thai culture in America; The Oak Park Story, by Valerie Soe & Russell Jeung about Cambodian and Mexican immigrants fighting a slumlord in Oakland, CA; A Village Called Versailles, by S. Leo Chiang about refugee Vietnamese community in New Orleans fighting environmental racism; and Sounds of A New Hope, by Eric Tandoc about the struggle of Filipino American hip-hop artist that connects Filipino Americans to the Philippines. We are convening this conference to bring attention to the achievements, continued struggles, and future prospects of Southeast Asian American peoples because they have been largely overlooked. Moreover, because of the powerful effects of the “model minority” stereotype that equate all Asian Americans with success, Southeast Asian American youth and communities have not been accorded much needed financial resources and attention, making it hard for Southeast Asian American youth to succeed in school.
As you know, the State of California is experiencing an economic crisis which has impacted public education all at levels. In the past, the University would have been able to fund this type of event, but that is no longer true. However, this does not mean that we forfeit quality education and multicultural educational opportunities for our students and members within the communities. Your generous financial support will assist us in funding honorariums for artists, performers (theatrical and literary: Lao American Refugee Nation theater group from Los Angeles; Cambodian American Muslim multi-media artist Anida Yoeu Ali from Chicago; and Vietnamese American spoken word poet Bao Phi from Philadelphia), and other conference related expenses: food, housing for panelists, travel assistance for graduate student presenters, program printing, announcements, advertisements, and so on.
We hope to inspire Southeast Asian American students at SFSU, in addition to youth from communities in the Bay Area through this conference. Their voices, their dreams, their creativity, and their needs will be promoted and validated.
We have several sponsorship levels for you to select from, all of which are tax deductible.
• Golden Lotus $500-$1000 plus o Recognition of sponsorship on conference banners o Recognition of sponsorship in conference program, conference proceeding, and conference webpage o Invitation to attend the closing dinner
• Silver Orchid $200-499 o Recognition of sponsorship in conference program, conference proceeding, and conference webpage o Invitation to attend the closing dinner
• Bronze Plumeria $5-$199 o Recognition of sponsorship in conference program and conference webpage
Please make check payable to: Asian American Studies, SFSU Memo: Re-SEAing conference
Mail to: Jonathan H. X. Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies San Francisco State University Department of Asian American Studies 1600 Holloway Ave, EP 103 San Francisco, CA 94132
Office: 415-338-2279 Cell: 415-819-4099 Email: email@example.com