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CAAS Speaker Series

Friday, November 21, 2008 • 12:00 PM

ACES 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

“I want to see a real nurse!”: Indian Immigrant Nurses in U.S. Urban Safety-net Hospitals and Implications for Health Disparities

Since the U.S. liberalization of immigration policy in 1965, Indian nurses, among other foreign nurses, have been recruited to meet the nursing shortage. Immigrant healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses, have become a critical source of labor for urban, safety net hospitals with largely underserved, racial and ethnic minority patie

- Event Cancelled: Film Screening -

Thursday, November 13, 2008 • 6:00 PM

Calhoun Hall (CAL), 100

The Day I Became A Woman (2000), Directed by Marzieh Makhmalbaf - 78 Minutes

Speaker: Yasmin Diallo Turk, Texas Council on Family Violence

APA Lunch Discussion

Thursday, November 6, 2008 • 12:00 PM

Center for Asian American Studies, GRG 220

Dr. Batra will lead a discussion addresses racism/discrimination, apathy, defining and connecting w/a pan-Asian culture.

CAAS Speaker Series

Friday, October 24, 2008 • 12:00 PM

ACES 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

"Enforcing Dependency: Immigrant Mothers and Health Care Access."

This presentation investigates how recent changes in immigration and welfare policies have affected prenatal care access for low-income immigrant women in California. The politics of health care access serves as an important venue from which to understand the shifting boundaries of belonging, sense of entitlement, and the role of immigrants in U.S. society. More specifically, Dr. Park argues that

Cinema Truth: And Thereafter: A Korean "War Bride" in an Alien Land (2004)

Thursday, October 23, 2008 • 6:00 PM

Calhoun Hall (CAL), 100

And Thereafter: A Korean "War Bride" in an Alien Land (2004), Directed by Hosup Lee.

This multi-festival film is a portrayal of the fortitude of an immigrant "war bride" in America. Seventy-six-year-old Young-Ja Wike is one of the 10,000 Korean women who married American G.I.s. after the war. For them marriage was the only escape from the crushing poverty of post-war Korea.

"Grandma" lives in South Jersey with her uncaring, rather brutish husband in a kind

The Myth of the Model Minority

Monday, October 13, 2008 • 5:30 PM

Follett's Intellectual Properties

The Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) hosts co-author, Rosalind Chou.

She will be reading passages from her book "The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism" which challenges the idea that most Asian Americans are relatively untouched by racism or focused on issues related to equity. Based on field interviews nationwide, the book describes the Asian American experience in schools, colleges, the workplace and public discourse

Austin Asian American Film Festival

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Austin Asian American Film Festival will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse. The opening night film will be screened at the downtown location and the remainder of the festival will take place at the Alamo Village. A special Asian menu will be offered during the screenings!

APA Lunch Discussion

Thursday, October 2, 2008 • 12:00 PM

Center for Asian American Studies, GRG 220

CAAS Speaker Series

Friday, September 26, 2008 • 12:00 PM

ACES 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

"Experiencing Racism, Experiencing Illness: How Racial Bias Is Related to the Health of Asian Americans"

This talk will review some of the ways where Asian Americans encounter racial bias and discuss how these experiences may be related to morbidity. These ideas will be evaluated with empirical findings from the National Latino and Asian American study, a large epidemiological survey of Asian Americans across the United States.

Cinema Truth: The Children We Sacrifice (2000)

Thursday, September 25, 2008 • 6:00 PM


The Children We Sacrifice (2000), Directed by Grace Poore

THE CHILDREN WE SACRIFICE discloses the many layers of a subject traditionally shrouded in secrecy. Insights into the far-reaching psychological, social and cultural consequences of incest are accompanied by thoughtful assessments of strategies that have helped adult women cope with childhood trauma. The video also analyzes social and cultural resistance in South Asia and the Diaspora to d

AAAFSA Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 18, 2008 • 12:00 PM

Santa Rita Room, 3.502- Texas Union

CAAS Fall Open House

Monday, September 15, 2008 • 3:30 PM

ACES 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

Join us in welcoming the new academic year with faculty, students, and staff while viewing a slide show and talk by Eddie Fung, with his editor and wife, Dr. Judy Yung. This event will feature Eddie Fung's life from a Chinatown childhood through World War II POW in Burma, and after.

Eddie Fung has the distinction of being the only Chinese American soldier to be captured by the Japanese during World War II. He was then put to work on the Burma-Siam railroad, m

APA Lunch Discussion

Thursday, September 11, 2008 • 12:00 PM

Center for Asian American Studies, GRG 220

Classes Begin

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CAAS Graduation Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 15, 2008 • 6:00 PM

Clay Pit-Invite Only

Dinner celebration for AAS Graduates and CAAS Scholarship Award recipients. Family of AAS Graduates are welcome.

APA Heritage Month

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Revisiting the Color Line (Re-scheduled)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 • 4:00 PM

GAR 1.102

"Revisiting the Color Line: Toward a Broader Vision of Race and Region in (Asian) American History"

"Never Perfect"

Thursday, April 24, 2008 • 7:00 PM

ACE 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

NEVER PERFECT explores the complex journey of a young Vietnamese-American woman’s struggle with popular perceptions of beauty and body image as she fights the stigma of racial self-hatred in her decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. (64 minutes, including credits)

Regina Park, director and filmmaker, will lead a Question and Answer discussion following the screening of the film.

"Fair and Lovely"

Thursday, April 24, 2008 • 11:30 AM

Center for Asian American Studies, GRG 220

Dr. Batra will lead a discussion regarding topics of Asian/Asian American beauty images. Pizza will be provided!

Academic Advising

Monday, April 7, 2008

Center for Asian American Studies, GRG 220

Wondering what to take next semester? Do you know whether you have satisfied Area D requirements yet? Wanting to take Departmental Honors?

Academic advising for Summer and Fall 2008 semester is scheduled for April 7-14 in GRG 220. Advising hours are M-F 8:30-4pm. Appointments Preferred. Email Kenyatta Y. Dawson to schedule:

Asian Americans in Texas

Thursday, April 3, 2008 • 3:30 PM

GEB 4.200

How is the presence of Asian Americans in Texas measured? Come hear insightful viewpoints of those who are a part of our Asian American community.

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 • 6:30 PM

ACE 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

Incisive writer and performer Kristina Wong mixes sharp humor and psychology in Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a swear-to-god-not-autobiographical, serio- comic portrayal of the high incidence of anxiety, depression and mental illness among Asian American women. Tangling, spinning, and mixing yarns, she asks: Which came first? The sky-high suicides of Asian American women? The maddening world?

Discussion on issues relating to Asian A

Anna May Wong: Frosted Yellow Willows

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 • 7:15 PM

ACE 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

The Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) hosts director Elaine Mae Woo and her film "Anna May Wong: Frosted Yellow Willows". Discussion will follow screening of the film.

For more information about the film and filmmakers please visit:

Classes Begin

Monday, January 14, 2008