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.
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