Getting in Touch with the Netroots (pt.1)

So I am at the Net­roots Nation con­fer­ence in gor­geous Pitts­burgh (where its an incred­i­bly pleas­ant 81 degrees which is a nice change from the swamp that DC has been for the last few days) . The con­fer­ence brings togeth­er pro­gres­sive activists and advo­cates, many of whom are par­tic­u­lar­ly tech­no­log­i­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed. I thought since the con­fer­ence is all about blog­ging and SAALT has a blog, what a nat­ur­al fit!

After a short flight and a very long bus ride into the city, I bare­ly made the Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Cau­cus ses­sion. There were about 10 peo­ple in the ses­sion and we spent most of the time iden­ti­fy­ing how we could work in issues like health­care and Cen­sus 2010 in the Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty. I heard a lot of great ideas, from bring­ing Asian Amer­i­can caus­es to main­stream online spaces to crit­i­cal­ly ana­lyz­ing how to use tech­nol­o­gy to reach audi­ences like school kids to get to non-tech­no­log­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed old­er Asians.

While it was great to be able to share the space with fel­low Asian Amer­i­can activists and blog­gers, I some­times won­der whether these sep­a­rate con­ver­sa­tions some­times hold us back from cast­ing these actu­al­ly main­stream, impor­tant issues as broad­ly as they could be. Any­ways, I’ll keep post­ing as much as pos­si­ble from beau­ti­ful Pitts­burgh!

Daily Buzz 6.22.2009

1.) Pak­istani-Amer­i­cans in Mis­souri raise $35000 for Swat IDPs

2.) Hottest Loca­tion to Shoot A Bol­ly­wood Film? New York City!

3.) UC Admis­sions Pol­i­cy Still Under Fire from Asian and Asian Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties

4.) An Arti­cle About the Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

5.) A Top Indi­an CEO Says Most Amer­i­can Grad­u­ates Are ‘Unem­ploy­able’

Daily Buzz 4.27.2009

1.) South Asian Phil­an­thropy Project: Live-Blog­ging at the SAALT Sum­mit!

2.) Racewire: Asian Amer­i­cans Increas­ing­ly Favor­able of U.S.

3.) Bangladeshi Amer­i­can to become First Asian Amer­i­can to Head NAACP Chap­ter

4.) Indi­an-Amer­i­can helps design ener­gy-sav­ing PCs

5.) Bangladesh-US ven­ture to build coun­try’s first solar pan­el plant 

Daily Buzz 3.11.09

1. Bol­ly­wood hits col­lege cam­pus­es

2. Bob­by Jin­dal: Tak­ing Us Back­wards- A South Asian woman says “No thanks”

3. To go with the great Op-Ed in the Bal­ti­more Sun, anoth­er piece about how deten­tion and depor­ta­tion hurts immi­grant chil­dren

4. Dha­ka res­i­dent describes the BDR mutiny

5. Gam­bling and the Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty

Poverty in the Asian American Community in New York Featuring SAYA!

NewsAs the reces­sion deep­ens and more and more peo­ple around the coun­try find them­selves job­less or stretched thin eco­nom­i­cal­ly, its impor­tant to high­light how dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties are being affect­ed in dif­fer­ent ways. This excel­lent piece from My9 News (New York) reporter Ti Hua Chang. Chang pro­files Asian Amer­i­cans and South Asians liv­ing at or near the pover­ty lev­el in New York. Many work for long hours for low wages and have lit­tle cush­ion as the econ­o­my wors­ens. More­over, few­er Asian Amer­i­cans use gov­ern­ment ser­vices; one of the star­tling facts Chang men­tions is that while Asian Amer­i­cans make up 12% of the city’s pop­u­la­tion, they recieve about 1% of the gov­ern­ment or pri­vate fund­ing. From seniors iso­lat­ed to their apart­ments to the Bangladeshi man work­ing two jobs to build a bet­ter future for his chil­dren, the sto­ries are uni­form­ly heart­break­ing and under­score how these com­mu­ni­ties are suf­fer­ing. The Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of an NCSO part­ner SAYA!, Annet­ta Seecha­ran, speaks to the impor­tance of invest­ing in these com­mu­ni­ties and help­ing them build more secure futures. Check the video out at <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102477092076&e=001aIe-v1SY2wJtz3gLloLGdx1EKmzkq4MLylD-QY-vhvtPm4PpNI1fizuFNK7DJ9xNvqE7uIqAHfOuwQFZfhlGgbyZXU4mMQErjoOS5BY3c6v1VRiakPRE5d8nicqHS-RMP1dq69Qg8mw=>

Daily Buzz 2.23.2009

1.) Stu­dents dis­cuss the lack of… some­thing in Asian-Amer­i­can Fam­i­lies

2.)  South Asian Man Stopped 21 times by NYPD sues

3.)  Indi­an-Trained Amer­i­can Sur­geon Fac­ing Manslaugh­ter Charges

4.) Eye on 2012, Jin­dal rejects Oba­ma dole

5.) On the road to sex­u­al equal­i­ty- A Queer South Asian Man Shares His Expe­ri­ence in Boston