Thursday, November 27, 2014

Support the JASC for Illinois Gives Big! #ILGiveBig

Join me in supporting the JASC for Illinois Gives Big! on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Laura Kina
Board member of the JASC

Join us this Holiday Season in #ILGiveBig, part of a global movement dedicated to giving back and celebrating a new tradition of generosity! Help JASC and other Illinois service organizations meet our goal to raise $12 million from 100,000 individual donors on December 2nd!
Consider giving back to JASC and our programs such as Out of the House, which serves our seniors and their families by helping the seniors maintain a healthy, well-rounded life through old and new friendships, physical exercise, and stimulating activities.
Your gift can help impact the lives our neighbors and fellow community members today! Donating a monetary gift or your time as a volunteer are ways that you can make a difference during this Giving Season. Help be a part of making a difference in our community by being a part of #ILGiveBig.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate giving and provide incentives to give. Taking place on December 2, 2014, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday shopping season by encouraging you to practice charitable spending first, along with other kinds of giving. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y of New York City, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. More than 10,000 organizations have now joined the #GivingTuesday movement, including JASC!

How You Can Get Involved

  • Make a donation now to JASC & support our programs like Out of the House (“Donate” button located on lower right-hand side of page)
  • Visit JASC’s website to find out more about our organization and what we do in our community
  • Volunteer at JASC or a local animal shelter, food pantry, or other nonprofit organization – giving doesn’t just mean monetary donations!
  • Like JASC’s Facebook page and follow our Twitter account
  • Click to find out more about giving ideas for individuals families & students
Thank you for your support of JASC and joining the #ILGiveBig effort. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!


Michael D. Takada
Chief Executive Officer
JASC (Japanese American Service Committee)
4427 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
w) 773.275.0097, ext. 230
c)  773.972.6087

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Multiracial Community Organizations Response to #Ferguson

Multiracial Community Organizations Response to #Ferguson

As members of the multiracial community, we want to express our concern and compassion for the family of Michael Brown Jr. We are connected to these events and stand in solidarity with the many individuals and communities that have been harmed by the legacies of white supremacy, privilege and racism. As community organizers, scholars, activists, writers, and artists, we remain resolute in dismantling racism through our work and actions.

Critical Mixed Race Studies
Loving Day
Mixed Roots Stories
Mixed Race Studies
Multiracial Asian Families
Kaily Heitz

Call for Manuscripts: Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race

I'm honored that my artwork "Kibei Nisei" is being used for the the cover illustration of Gendering the Trans-Pacific World.

Cover Illustration:
This painting “Kibei Nisei,” (oil on canvas, 30 x 45 in., 2012) by Laura Kina, is based on a photograph of the artist’s grandmother, Mitsue, and her older sister Nubue, taken around 1937. They are standing in front of a ship named the Kamakura Maru, probably in a port stop in Tokyo en route from Honolulu to Okinawa. Mitsue’s older sisters were Kibei, born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi but raised in Yonabaru, Okinawa from the age of five years old through high school. Kina’s grandmother had come to join them to finish high school and to help take care of her nephews and nieces. She was already seventeen when she arrived and spoke Pidgin English/Japanese and could not fully understand the local Uchinaguchi language or even standard Japanese. Because of this, she had difficulties assimilating into life and school in Okinawa, and so she went back to Hawaiʻi after only six months. []

Call for Manuscripts: Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race (GTPW)

Series Editors: Catherine Ceniza Choy, University of California, Berkeley,
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, The Ohio State University

Editorial Board:
Denise Cruz, University of Toronto
Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts,
Karen Leong, Arizona State University
Mary Lui, Yale University
Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University
Ji-Yeon Yuh, Northwestern University

Gendering the Trans-Pacific World seeks scholarship that offers innovative approaches to understanding these complex trans-Pacific power relations, particularly in connection to North America. We are particularly interested in the era of the long 20th century, extending back to the late 19th century and forward into the 21st century, although works on other periods of time are welcome. We also invite interdisciplinary scholarship that frames historical and contemporary phenomenon through feminist, critical race, and post-colonial analyses. We welcome social and cultural history; biography; as well as interdisciplinary works that examine art, photography, film, and literature.

Manuscripts (preferably in English) should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors would be interested to receive proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, but may also consider multi-authored contributions such as conference proceedings, and thematic issues, and source translations and edited texts.
For further information or enquiries regarding book proposals, please contact Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley,, or Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University,

Dec 1, 2014 Deadline for submissions for the Fall 2015 issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas

Along with artist Việt Lê, I am currently serving as a reviews editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA). Brill will be publishing our inaugural issue in Feb 2015 in conjunction with the College Art Association Conference in NY. ADVA will be published twice a year. The deadline for our Fall 2015 issue is Dec 1st but submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. June 1, 2015 will be the next deadline for our Spring 2016 double issue.

Call for Papers:
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas

December 1, 2014 is the deadline for submissions for essays, reviews, and proposed artists plates. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nominate a Chicgoland As Am Community Leader or Org by Nov 30th!

Along with Mark Chiang, Associate Professor English UIC, I am chairing the site committee for the upcoming April 23-25, 2015 Association for Asian American Studies annual conference, which will be held at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston, IL. Please nominate an individual and an organization who you feel has made a significant contribution in Illinois to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The deadline is Nov 30, 2014! Email us at

Laura Kina

Association for Asian American Studies 

Nominate an individual or an organization for the 2015 AAAS Community Leader and Community Organization Awards

Community Leader Award

The Community Leader Award recognizes an individual who has given exemplary
service and leadership to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
whether it be a specific ethnic group or pan‐APIA members.

Community Organization Award 

The Community Organization Award recognizes an organization that has shown
outstanding leadership and service to specific ethnic or pan‐Asian and Pacific
Islander communities. This may include community‐based or non‐governmental
organizations, museums, or associations.

For the first time, both of these awardees will be provided $300 by the AURA‐AAAS Endowment Fund. The purpose of the gift is to be a legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community.

To nominate an individual or an organization:

Submit a 1–3‐page Letter of Nomination describing the individual’s or community organization’s contributions to the community. Include the nominee’s and nominator’s contact information (name, title, organization, e‐mail or mailing address, and phone number). Send the nomination to:
Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2014
Awardees will be notified by February 1, 2015 and will be invited to the AAAS banquet on April 25, in Evanston, IL.

About AAAS | The Association for Asian American
Studies was founded in 1979 for the purpose of advancing the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub‐components within Asian American Studies. AAAS sponsors professional activities to facilitate increased communication and scholarly exchange among teachers, researchers, and students in the field of Asian American Studies. The organization advocates and represents the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies and Asian Americans. AAAS is also founded for the purpose of educating American society about the history and aspirations of Asian American ethnic minorities.
Learn more at

Sunday, November 23, 2014

600 attended the "Global Mixed Race" Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Photo by Ken Tanabe - closing remarks after the
Mixed Roots Stories Live Performance event Nov 15, 2014


"Global Mixed Race," the 3rd biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, was held at DePaul University in Chicago Nov 13-15, 2014.

A big THANK YOU to the over 600 people who attended Global Mixed Race. Videos of our keynotes and Live Performance showcase are forthcoming. Please visit us on Facebook to see event snapshots. Hi res press photos are available on request. Follow the archive of the event on Twitter #CMRS2014Read a reflection from our Social Media Caucus organizer Sharon H. Chang. Watch Mixed Roots Stories top 3 highlights from each day.

‘Did Somebody Say “Mulatto”? Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage by A.B. Wilkinson Huffington Poast 11/21/14
‘Global Mixed Race’ conference welcomes scholars, filmmakers to DePaul by Kristin Claes Matthews DePaul Newsline 11/11/14

The CMRS and Mixed Roots team.
Fanshen Cox, Chandra Crudup, me (Laura Kina), and Camilla Fojas.
Photo by Ken Tanabe.

Special thanks to Fanshen Cox and Chandra Crudup of Mixed Roots Stories for organizing arts and cultural programming across the entire conference, including the Nov 15th Live Performance event with Tangled Roots (UK), Tania Canas (Australia), and US performers Fred Sasaski, Elizabeth Liang and Joe Hernandez-Kolski. Photo by Ken Tanabe.
Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain was our featured CMRS keynote
Nov 13, 2104 - "Mixed Race, Transconnectivity and the Global Imagination"

Zeli Asava was our featured Mixed Roots Stories keynote
Nov 14, 2014 - "Mixed Race Representations in Irish Media"

A special thanks to our student workers and CMRS volunteers. Camilla Fojas and I are pictured here with Jaime Ochoa, Victoria Aagunad, and Raymond Preston.

The 2016 conference will be held Nov 10-12, 2016 at University of Southern California and will be hosted by Associate Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, founder of the Hapa Japan Project and Director of USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. We will continue to partner with Mixed Roots Stories to offer arts and cultural programming. We are moving forward with founding an association. Join our mailing list to stay informed. We anticipate organizing a symposium in 2015 in Ottawa, ON, Canada and a full CMRS conference on the US east coast in 2018. We are currently seeking institutional partners in the UK or Japan to host a CMRS symposium in 2017. Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer.

Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for Critical Mixed Race Studies

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for Critical Mixed Race Studies. The award aims to support and encourage young scholars in the field of critical mixed race studies. Deadline December 15, 2014. 

Pursue graduate work in Critical Mixed Race Studies under DePaul University’s new 
MA in Critical Ethnic Studies
. DePaul is currently accepting applications for the first cohort of graduate students to begin in Fall of 2015.


The Master of Arts in critical ethnic studies examines the systematic marginalization of racial minorities in the urban United States and the global implication of these structures. Students study how racialized groups use art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship to respond to and counter these forces.
The program takes an interdisciplinary approach – the only one of its kind in the U.S. – in which students take courses across a number of academic departments. Furthermore, DePaul’s Chicago location allows students to take advantage of the city’s rich resources for research and collaboration with non-profit organizations, presenting opportunity to develop community engaged scholarship. Our graduates leave with a broad-based, highly relevant education making them competitive candidates for careers in social justice advocacy, community-based organizing, urban planning, and higher education. 
Contact Camilla Fojas for more info:

The 2014 conference was organized in partnership with DePaul’s Department for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Center for Intercultural Programs, and the non-profit organization Mixed Roots Stories. CMRS 2014 was also co-sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, African Black Diaspora Studies, Art, Media, & Design, Center for Latino Research, Critical Ethnic Studies, Global Asian Studies, Irish Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Dean’s Office of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The conference was also sponsored in part by a grant from the University Research Council.