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Event Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL) Awards Banquet

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 05:04 pm

Location: Chutneys Indian Restaurant

The celebratory evening includes a dinner buffet, literature awards presentation and will feature several of our award winning authors. Following the formal presentation and dinner buffet, authors will be available for book signing.

Advance Registration for Members is $35, and non-members is $40. After June 10, 2016, $40 for members and $45 non-members, $50 on site.

Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.apalaweb.org

Location: Chutneys Indian Restaurant

The celebratory evening includes a dinner buffet, literature awards presentation and will feature several of our award winning authors. Following the formal presentation and dinner buffet, authors will be available for book signing.

Advance Registration for Members is $35, and non-members is $40. After June 10, 2016, $40 for members and $45 non-members, $50 on site.

Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.apalaweb.org

For the full list of APALA events at ALA: http://www.apalaweb.org/ala-annual-2016/

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Event Guided Tour of the Orange County Regional History Center

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 05:03 pm

6/18/2916 Update: Tour had been cancelled, but...

6/18/2916 Update: Tour had been cancelled, but...

We decided for a get together luncheon in a restaurant nearby.  For those of you who may have some free time or not sure what to do around lunchtime on Friday, please join us.  Please let me know if you are interested and also your top 2 choices from the restaurants below.  I will keep a tab and let you know by Monday.
Very Near (right outside the Convention Center)
The Capital Grille $$$ Upscale
The Oceanaire Seafood Room $$$ Upscale Seafood and Steak
The Pub Orlando $$ British Style Tavern
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar $$
RA Sushi Bar $$
Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar $$
Less than a mile (10 minute walk)
At Siam Thai $$ (less
 
One mile (20 minute walk)
Café Tu Tu Tango $$
 
Ven for Local Arrangement Committee
 
Buenaventura “Ven” Basco, M.A., MBA
Subject Librarian for Engineering and Computer Science
University of Central Florida
W: 407-823-5048
Email: buenaventura.basco@ucf.edu

 

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Enjoy a private guided tour of the Orange County Regional History Center. The 1 to 1½ hour-long tour will be followed by a casual group lunch (on your own) at nearby Pho Vinh restaurant. Bus/Shuttle Pick-Up will be at the Convention Center (Westwood Lobby Entrance). Please arrive no later than 9:45am. Bus/Shuttle will leave promptly at 10am.

Members $ 30, non-members $35 for early registration, After June 3, 2016 regular registration $35 members and $40 non-members. Day of the event, depends on availability $45 to all.  Limit to 45.

For more information and to register: http://www.apalaweb.org

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Event Now Showing @ ALA 2016

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 05:16 pm

APALA is sponsoring a screening of the film Chinese Couplets as part of Now Showing @ ALA Annual Conference.  The film will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion that includes EMMY winning filmmaker Felicia Lowe, Erika Lee, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota, Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, Reference Librarian, University of California, Riverside, and  moderator Gary Colmenar, Librarian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

APALA is sponsoring a screening of the film Chinese Couplets as part of Now Showing @ ALA Annual Conference.  The film will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion that includes EMMY winning filmmaker Felicia Lowe, Erika Lee, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota, Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, Reference Librarian, University of California, Riverside, and  moderator Gary Colmenar, Librarian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Chinese Couplets is part memoir, part history, part investigation, the filmmaker’s search for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era reveals the often painful price paid by immigrants who abandoned their personal identity, the burden of silence they passed on to their offspring and the intergenerational strife between immigrants and their American born children.

For the full list of APALA events at ALA: http://www.apalaweb.org/ala-annual-2016/

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Event APALA All Committee Meeting

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 05:15 pm

Location: Hyatt Manatee Spring I

For the full list of APALA events at ALA: http://www.apalaweb.org/ala-annual-2016/

 

Event ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 05:12 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Special Events Area

Each year, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Location: Exhibit Hall – Special Events Area

Each year, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; people experiencing poverty and homelessness; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles. Each year’s fair focuses on a special theme based on service to one of these communities. 

For the full list of APALA events at ALA: http://www.apalaweb.org/ala-annual-2016/

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Event President’s Program: From Vietnam to Syria: Refugees, Their Stories, and Needs

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 05:10 pm

Location: Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) W103B

Location: Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) W103B

During the Vietnam War, thousands of refugees fled the fighting and political violence in Southeast Asia and came to the United States. Some of these refugees settled in Orlando, establishing what is today the largest Asian population in the region. At the APALA President's Program, co-sponsored by IRRT and REFORMA, Vietnamese Americans will tell their stories about fleeing the violence for a new life and librarians will share their programs and strategies for helping today's refugees. Many parallels can be drawn between the refugee migration during the Vietnam War and the current crisis in the Middle East. Join us to discuss what roles libraries can play in aiding the millions of refugees and unaccompanied refugee children in their time of need.

For the full list of APALA events at ALA: http://www.apalaweb.org/ala-annual-2016/

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Event Executive Board Meeting

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 05:06 pm

Executive Board Meeting

  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Location:  Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) W240A

Discussion APALA Releases Asian-Pacific American Library Leaders Roster For 35th Anniversary

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 03:30 pm

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2015

Media Contact:
Buenaventura “Ven” Basco, Executive Director of APALA, buenaventure.basco@ucf.edu
Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch, President of APALA, ebosch@bgsu.edu

APALA Releases Asian-Pacific American Library Leaders Roster For 35th Anniversary The Asian/Pacific

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2015

Media Contact:
Buenaventura “Ven” Basco, Executive Director of APALA, buenaventure.basco@ucf.edu
Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch, President of APALA, ebosch@bgsu.edu

APALA Releases Asian-Pacific American Library Leaders Roster For 35th Anniversary The Asian/Pacific

American Librarians Association (APALA) assembled a roster of Asian Pacific American Library Leaders and will be posting it on their website: http://www.apalaweb.org/ to commemorate APALA’s 35th Anniversary. A 35th Anniversary Symposium will be held at the University of San Francisco on June 25, 2015. The Asian Pacific American Library Leaders roster will also be distributed at the Symposium, but is also available to you right now (attached).

The roster showcases “Asian Pacific American (APA) Library Leaders – Current & Retired” in the U.S. as of May 2015. Several librarians listed in the roster served as Presidents of APALA and CALA, the Chinese American Librarians Association. The second section in the roster, “APA Library Leaders – Future Voices” includes the “newer” librarians who have already been recognized for their leadership skills and potential.

“APALA defines library leaders as APA librarians who have attained distinguished positions and roles as deans/directors of academic (university and community college) and public libraries, as well as state librarians and library school deans; American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board members, Division Presidents, Office Directors and Award recipients; and achieved other noteworthy professional accomplishments,” said Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch, APALA President. “Our ‘Future Voices’ are the best and the brightest APA librarians who are guiding and leading the important conversations about the rapidly-evolving transformation of our profession.”

APALA was founded in 1980 and affiliated with the ALA in 1983. APALA’s mission is to provide a forum for discussing concerns, successes and challenges of, and exchanging ideas by, APA librarians; to support and encourage library and information services to APA communities; to recruit and support APA librarians in the LIS professions and to seek funding for scholarships; and to assist, support and cooperate with the Ethnic Librarian Associations and allied organizations on initiatives, programs, resolutions, statements and strategic goals with the mission of diversity.

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Event APALA co-sponsored film in Now Showing @ ALA

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 01:42 pm

Where:
123 (N) Moscone Convention Center

Memory of Forgotten War

Where:
123 (N) Moscone Convention Center

Memory of Forgotten War

MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today.

The film's personal accounts are interwoven with thoughtful analysis and interpretation of events by historians Bruce Cumings and Ji-Yeon Yuh who situate these stories in a broader historical context. Additional visual materials, including newsreels, U.S. military footage, and archival photographs bring to life the political, social and historical forces that set in motion the tumultuous events of the War and its aftermath.

URL: http://www.mufilms.org/films/memory-of-forgotten-war/#.VYGriZNcjVY

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Event Spotlight on Asian international adoption and award-winning filmmaker featured in APALA President's Program: Deann Borshay Liem

by Ngoc-Yen Tran on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 01:18 pm

Where:
236-238 (S) Moscone Convention Center

First Person Plural
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities

Where:
236-238 (S) Moscone Convention Center

First Person Plural
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, this eight-year-old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE is the search to find the answers. It follows acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem as she returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Traversing the landscapes of memory, amnesia and identity, while also uncovering layers of deception in her adoption, this moving and provocative film probes the ethics of international adoptions and reveals the cost of living a lie. Part mystery, part personal odyssey, it raises fundamental questions about who we are…and who we could be but for the hands of fate.

URL: http://www.mufilms.org/

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Founded in 1980, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was incorporated in Illinois in 1981 and formally affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. A predecessor of APALA, the Asian American Librarians Caucus (AALC), was organized in 1975 as a discussion group of the ALA Office for Library Outreach Services reflecting the interest in library services to minority communities and professional support of librarians of minority ancestry that prevailed in the ALA in the 1960s and 70s. APALA and AALC before it, were organized/founded by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities.

 The purpose of APALA is:

  • To provide a forum for discussing problems of APA librarians.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by APA librarians with other librarians.
  • To support and encourage library services to APA communities.
  • To recruit and mentor APA librarians in the library/information science professions.
  • To seek funding for scholarships in library/information science masters programs for APAs.
  • To provide a vehicle whereby APA librarians can cooperate with other associations and organizations having similar or allied interests.

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