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Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA in Michigan) 2006 Authors Award

In May 2006, The Council of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan gave Frances Kai-Hwa Wang an award for Best Original Essay for "Going Back to Chinese School." This essay will appear in an upcoming anthology edited by Dr. Sook Wilkinson on Asian Americans in Michigan. (note how Hao Hao and Niu Niu snuck into the picture)
Other award winners include:
Grace Lee Boggs, Special Topic, "The Making of an Asian American Detroiter"
Durriya Meer, PsyD, for Scholarly Article, "Is there a South Asian Gay Identity? Understanding the Complexities of being South Asian and Gay"
Anna Shih, Poems and Short Stories, "How to Cook Like a Banana"
Frances' Japanese Pop Culture Experts on BBC 2007
You can hear Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's daughters, Margot and Hao Hao, interviewed on the March 27, 2007 issue of "The World," a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) radio program called "Japanese Culture Report," about the increasing influence Japan has on American pop culture. Japanese superheroes are popping up in Super Bowl commercials and manga novels are preferred reading for many young Americans. The BBC was interviewing Roland Kelts, the hapa author of JapanAmerica--How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, and some other Japanese pop culture experts at a bookstore in Boston, and the girls just happened to be in the bookstore, sitting on the floor, reading a stack of manga as tall as they were.
Margot is the first child's voice listing all her favorite manga. Hao Hao isn't identified by name, only as "Margot's friend" (she's really mad about that), but she's the second child's voice talking about why she likes manga...they're pretty cute...future Asian Pacific American culture critics perhaps?? Here's the link.
MCWA 2008 Who's Who
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, Frances was inducted to the Michigan Chinese Women's Association's Who's Who of Michigan Chinese Women. Books may be obtained from Michigan Chinese Women's Association.

"Share your Y Story" 2009 contest
Frances Wang won the "Share your Y Story" contest at the Ann Arbor YMCA for "Swimming it Away" published online fall 2008 and in their Winter 2009 newsletter.

EMK Press is proud to announce our NEW, groundbreaking parenting book, Adoption Parenting:
Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, Edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae, PhD
Check out Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's articles on pages 319 and 332!


Finally, a comprehensive parenting book for adoptive families!
Over 100 contributors have helped EMK Press to weave a stunning tapestry of advice specifically for adoptive parents. Parenting adopted children requires parenting with an extra layer and this book helps you to understand where that extra layer falls. This over 500 page book is a wealth of information for the newly arrived home family and the experienced family as well. This is a book you won t read all at once, but come back to again and again as your child s awareness of who they are develops and your awareness of how to help them increases.
Our adopted children come to us from loss loss of a birthfamily, culture, and language. There are helpful things that we can do to address these issues, and Adoption Parenting helps you to create an awareness to do just that. We also look at stumbling blocks to good parenting, and standard parenting practices that aren t right for adopted children.

We look at the core issues all members of the adoption triad face, and look at how that affects standard parenting challenges like sleeping through the night, discipline, and attachment. We cover specific challenges families have faced: FASD, Trauma and PTSD, Sensory Integration, Speech and Language delays, and at ways to effectively parent a post-institutionalized child or a child who has experienced trauma in their journey to you.
To see the actual table of contents, click below
Front Matter and Table of Contents frontmatter.pdf
First Chapter Getting Started Click to view
Click here to orderDownload a flyer for your adoption group herefrom emkpress.com
APAs and Proposition 2  (Nov 2006)
Asian Pacific Americans, Affirmative Action, and Michigan's Proposal 2Editorial by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Foundation
https://www.aaldef.org/article.php?article_id=194
One United Michigan
www.oneunitedmichigan.org
Community Forum on Proposal 2, October 13, 2006
Michigan Taiwanese Association and Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan, Northside Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI

White House Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
First official visit to Michigan, May 30-31, 2006

May 23, 2006
Press Release For Immediate Release
5/30 contact: Patrick Shields, ISR Director's Office, 734-994-7043
5/31 contact: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 

The White House s Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders is coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 30-31, 2006

The White House s Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 30-31, 2006 to meet with University of Michigan faculty and Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community groups.

On Tuesday, May 30, 8:30 am 12:00 pm, the Commission will meet with UM faculty and students at the Institute of Social Research (ISR) at ISR Room 6050 to learn about their academic research on issues specific to US Pacific Islanders. Members of the community are welcome to listen and there will be an open forum at the end.

On Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 am 12:00 pm, the Commission will meet with members of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community in a town hall meeting at UM North Campus Computer Science and Engineering Building in CSE Room 1670. There will be both formal presentations and an open forum for members of the community to speak. All members of the community are welcome.

Some of the prominent Asian American leaders who will be making presentations to the Commission include Dr. Sook Wilkinson, Chair of the Governor s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs; Roland Hwang, presiding officer of American Citizens for Justice; Stephanie Lily Chang, One Michigan United; Jimmy Hsiao, CEO of Logic Solutions and board member of Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce; Linh Song, Executive Director of Mamnon Organization.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, IMDiversity.com Asian American Village Online acting editor and Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Outreach Coordinator, is encouraging Asian Pacific Islander American business owners, language schools, faith-based agencies (churches and temples), science and engineering groups, health providers, community organizations, service organizations, ethnic clubs, high school students, etc. from across the state to come and speak about their communities and agencies, their issues and difficulties, and how the government can help. The commission is most interested in economic and community development, but all issues may be presented. (Email contact fkwang@aol.com)

Wang said, This is an incredible opportunity to speak for our communities and to inform President Bush s national policies on Asian Pacific Island Americans (APIAs). This is also a great opportunity to network with national APIA leaders and get our concerns into the national conversation. Life as an Asian American or Pacific Islander in the Midwest is not the same as that in San Francisco or New York.

In fact, it is remarkable that the President s Advisory Commission is coming here at all. This visit came about because one UM researcher, Sela Panapassa, went to a town hall meeting in Seattle, WA, because she assumed that the Advisory Commission would never come to Michigan. After learning that the University of Michigan has the highest concentration of researchers in Pacific Islander issues outside of Hawaii, and how the issues specific to Pacific Islanders are often lost when their numbers are mixed in with Asian Americans, the Advisory Commission decided that they had to come.

The President s Advisory Commission is composed of 14 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders appointed by President Bush, who have a history of involvement with the APA community, with expertise in a specific field (e.g. health, human services, education, housing, transportation, economic and community development, and business). They will advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce on the three mandates of the Executive Order, to:

  • Develop, monitor and coordinate federal efforts to improve Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in government programs;
  • Foster research and data collection for Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses and communities; and
  • Increase their level of participation in the national economy and their economic and community development.

Representatives from the following agencies have been invited to join the Commissioners to Michigan:

            Health & Human Services - Office of Minority Health (OMH)
            Center for Disease Control (CDC)
            Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
            Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs
            National Science Foundation (NSF)
            US Environmental & Proctection Agency (EPA)
            US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
            National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Anyone interested in speaking before the President s Advisory Commission, please contact Frances Kai-Hwa Wang with information about your community group and your proposed topic. Email fkwang@aol.com or call 734-930-2162. Those who might feel uncomfortable speaking in English, or who are unable to attend, can bring or send a written statement. Everyone is welcome to come and listen and ask questions.

More info about the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Affairs at www.aapi.gov.

Map to the new CSE building, 1670 CSE (Note: This building is so new that it is not on many UM Maps. It is next to the Dow building, directly north of the Lurie Bell Tower. It is marked B on this map. Disregard the other notes on the map.) Visitor s Parking located on Murfin behind the construction: Only park in lots marked Visitor s Parking or VP.

Directions to UM North Campus

Google map to UM North Campus

More information about Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the Midwest coming soon at http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian/.

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White House Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Town Hall Meeting with Michigan Asian Pacific American Community Groups
Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 31, 2006, 9:00am-12:00pm
UM North Campus Computer Science and Engineering Building, CSE 1670

AGENDA


9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks

Introductions and Housekeeping Issues: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, IMDiversity.com Asian American Village Online acting editor (5 minutes)
Welcome: Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Michigan House of Representatives, 22nd District (letter)
Welcome: Mayor Owen Diaz of Milan, Michigan (2 minutes)
Welcome: Prof. Jun Ni, UM College of Engineering (2 minutes)
Opening Remarks: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Becoming Asian American in Michigan (5 minutes)

9:15-10:30 Michigan Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues (5-10 minutes each)

Sook Wilkinson, PhD, Chair Governor s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Governor s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs Policy Recommendation Document and introduction of other ACAPAA members

Roland Hwangpresiding officer of American Citizens for Justice (ACJ) and UM adjunct instructor of Asian Pacific Islander American History and Law
APA Civil Rights in Michigan and American Citizens for Justice (ACJ)

Jun Ni, PhD, UM Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science; Director, SM Wu Manufacturing Research Center; Deputy Director, National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems; Co-Director, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems
APAs in Automotive Engineering in Michigan

Stephanie Lily Chang, One Michigan United
APAs and Affirmative Action in Michigan and the so-called Civil Rights Initiative

Linh Song, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Mamnon Organization
Vietnamese American Community and International Adoption Issues in Michigan

Sela Panapasa, PhD, Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, UM Institute for Social Research
Pacific Islanders in Michigan

Jimmy Hsiao, CEO and owner Logic Solutions and Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) board member
APA-owned Businesses in Michigan

Emily Hsiao, Huron High School and Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Student
High School issues: Need for more advanced placement (AP) and Asian Language classes

Diana Wong, PhD, EMU Assoc. Professor of Business, Strategy; President of American Society for Training and Development, Ann Arbor Chapter; President of Sensei Change Associates, LLC.
APA Workplace Issues
10:30-11:30 Open Forum: Community Groups and Individuals (2-5 minutes each)
Confirmed groups and individuals (in no particular order, others welcome) Everyone welcome to speak

Semant Jain, UM PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering; Treasurer, Tau Beta Pi; President UM Toastmasters (Effects of Immigration laws on grad students A secure and open welcome )

Sally Lam, Northeast Coalition of Ann Arbor (Unfair Targeting of APA community in HS Redistricting)

Laurel Capobianco, Toledo YMCA and UM School of Social Work Board of Governors (Need to promote Asian Americans and women into National Leadership, outreach and training to APA women)

Hugo Shi, Detroit Summer (organizing APA youth)

Bhagwan Dashairya, PhD, Executive Dir Council of Organizations of Asian Indians in Michigan COAIM

Stephanie Chang and Lawrence Almeda, Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA)

Andre Lee, PhD, MSU Professor of Chemical Engineering, Michigan Taiwanese American Assn MiTAI

Dr. Smita Jagdale, retired physician and member of Michigan Asian Indian Family Services (MAIFS)

Amy Seetoo, Healthy Asian Americans Project (APA Health issues)

Maneesha Gulati, MSW, MCARE

Sujata Shetty, PhD, Toledo University Professor of Urban Planning

Denise Yee, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) Executive Director

Qian Wu, Interim President, UM Chinese Students and Scholars Assn. (UM-CSSA)

11:30-11:45 Closing Remarks and Thoughts from the Commissioners

11:45-12:00 Meet the Commissioners and Network

Online resources:
White House Presidential Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Affairs www.aapi.gov
Michigan Advisory Council Asian Pacific American Affairs:www.michigan.gov/mdcr-acapaa
Michigan Council of Asian Pacific Americans: www.CAPA-MI.org
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce: www.apacc.net
APAs in the Midwest articles at Asian American Village http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian/

Definition of terms: APA=Asian Pacific American, APIA=Asian Pacific Islander American, AAPI=Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Generally interchangeable and includes more ethnic groups than Asian American. Includes immigrants who are not yet citizens, multiracial people, and South and SE Asians.

Thanks to the University of Michigan Institute of Social Research, Program in American Cultures APIA Studies, College of Engineering, and everyone who helped get the word out to their constituencies.
Printing donated by Two Wheel Tango, Ann Arbor, www.twowheeltango.com
Webpage design and hosting donated by Logic Solutions, Ann Arbor, www.logicsolutions.com


Notes to speakers coming:
  • Allow for traffic, construction, and delays on both I-96 and I-94
  • Please park only in lots marked Visitor s Parking or VP, and bring money to pay for parking
  • The visitor s parking lot on Murfin (by Pierpont Commons) is the closest lot. There is a lot of construction in front of it, but there are many parking spaces behind the construction. After you park, you will be able to see the CSE building through the chain link fence, but you will have to walk around the construction to get to it. The CSE building is directly north of the Bell Tower.
  • Please bring written statements to give to the commissioners and federal agencies
  • Please bring business cards and agency brochures to network with others
  • I hope to have power point capabilities if you want to use power point (you don t have to), please bring it on several media a jump drive, cd-rom and/or laptop to be safe.
  • Try to keep remarks on the shorter side as the schedule is very tight
  • Coffee, beverages, and food are not allowed inside UM auditoriums
  • I am in the process of setting up a website where we will be able to network and get updates afterwards. It will most likely be at www.multiculturaltoolbox.com or franceskaihwawang.com
  • You are also invited to attend the Tuesday May 30 Meeting at UM Institute of Social Research, ISR Room 6050, 8:30 am 12:00 pm, to learn about issues specific to US Pacific Islanders. There will be an open forum at the end. Agenda at the end of this document. 5/30 contact: Patrick Shields, ISR Director's Office, 734-994-7043
  • Advisory Commissioners will be leaving for the airport immediately afterwards.
  • Two Advisory Commissioners and three federal agency reps are confirmed so far.
  • Please feel free to send me any thoughts or ideas or other speakers to help round out the program
  • Please continue helping to spread the word. Thanks.
  • 5/31 contact: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 734-930-2162, fkwang@aol.com

More info about the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Affairs at www.aapi.gov.

Map to the new CSE building, 1670 CSE (Note: This building is so new that it is not on many UM Maps. It is next to the Dow building, directly north of the Lurie Bell Tower. It is marked B on this map. Disregard the other notes on the map.) Visitor s Parking located on Murfin behind the construction: Only park in lots marked Visitor s Parking or VP.

Directions to UM North Campus

Google map to UM North Campus

More information about Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the Midwest coming soon at http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian/.




 
White House Presidential Advisory Commission on
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
And Federal Agencies Visit
University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
May 30, 2006
ISR Room 6050

            Tuesday, 5/30/06                                      AGENDA

                  
            8.30 to 9.00                 Welcoming Remarks
                                                S. Panapasa

                                                Hawaiian Chant          
                                                A. Stillman  ·  American Culture

                                                UM President/Provost [In process]

                                                Institute for Social Research                                                                     
                                                J. Jackson · Director

                                                Proclamation from Governor Granholm s Office [In process]
                                                           
            9.00 to 9.20                 Socio-political facts about US Pacific Islanders
                                                A. Stillman  · American Culture
                                                M. Spencer · School of Social Work
                                                S. Panapasa · Survey Research Center
           
            9.30 to 9.40                 Demographic profiles of Pacific Islander Americans, 2000   
                                                S. Panapasa · Survey Research Center

            9.45 to 10.15               Evidence of elevated risk indicators of well-being among
                                                Pacific Islander Americans
                                                S. Panapasa · Survey Research Center
                                                J. McNally · Interuniversity Consortium for Political & Social Research
                                                G. Gee · School of Public Health
                                                J. Delva · School of Social Work
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June 7, 2006
Press Release For Immediate Release
5/30 contact: Patrick Shields, ISR Director's Office, 734-994-7043
5/31 contact: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 734-930-2162, fkwang@aol.com

The White House s Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders Michigan Site Visit, May 30-31, 2006

The White House s Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders made its first official visit to Michigan on May 30-31, 2006 to meet with University of Michigan (UM) faculty and Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community groups. Federal agency representatives from the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency also attended.

That the Presidential Advisory Commission decided to visit Michigan at all was remarkable and came about because one UM researcher, Sela Panapassa, went to a town hall meeting in Seattle, WA, because she assumed that the Advisory Commission would never come to Michigan. After learning that the University of Michigan has the highest concentration of researchers in Pacific Islander issues outside of Hawaii, and how the issues specific to Pacific Islanders are often lost when their numbers are mixed in with Asian Americans, the Advisory Commission decided that they had to come.

On Tuesday, May 30, the Commission met with UM faculty and students at the Institute of Social Research to learn about the history and academic research challenges specific to studying US Pacific Islander populations. Because Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are often grouped together with larger Asian American populations, their numbers are often lost or camouflaged. Because their populations are small, data is often not recorded or available. Because there are many different ethnic groups within this already small group, the data for specific ethnic groups is often not available.

On Wednesday, May 31, the Commission attended a Town Hall Meeting in which members of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community at UM North Campus shared stories about what it is like to be APIA in Michigan. Over 60 people attended, including Korean Americans, Chinese Americans, Taiwanese Americans, Indian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Filipino Americans, Pacific Islander Americans, and European Americans.

Many prominent Asian Pacific American leaders made presentations to the Commission. Mayor Owen Diaz of Milan made some welcoming remarks. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, acting editor if IMDiversity.com Asian American Village, described the shock of discovering how deeply rooted stereotypes are here, but how education and community can help overcome them. Dr. Sook Wilkinson, Chair of the Governor s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA), discussed the five Priority APA Initiatives for Michigan identified by the Council, including immigration education, APA content in Michigan K-12 curriculum, and improved access to health care. Roland Hwang, presiding officer of American Citizens for Justice talked about Civil Rights in Michigan. Linh Song, Executive Director of Mamnon Organization, talked about the needs of the Vietnamese American community and the international adoption community in Michigan. Dr. Jun Ni, Director of UM s SM Wu Manufacuring Research Center, discussed Engineering and Manufacturing in the US and China. Stephanie Lily Chang, One Michigan United, talked about affirmative action and the upcoming Civil Rights Initiative. Dr. Sela Panapasa, UM Institute of Social Research, talked about the Pacific Islander Community in Michigan. Jimmy Hsiao, CEO of Logic Solutions and board member of Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, talked about the challenges and needs of APA owned businesses. Emily Hsiao, Huron High School and Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan student, spoke movingly about the challenges of high school students fighting the Model Minority Stereotype. Dr. Diana Wong, EMU School of Business, talked about APA Workplace Issues such as glass ceiling and violence in the workplace.

The formal presentations were followed by an Open Forum in which members of the community addressed the Commission. Many people spoke about the challenges and needs of the Hmong youth, Indian American community, Taiwanese American community, foreign students, APA businesses, APA attorneys, health care, workplace issues, women s issues, political involvement, local school board redistricting problems, and more.

Mr. Nicolao Pulu of the Dept. of the Interior, Ms. Piyachat Turrell of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Mr. William Afeaki of the President s Advisory Commission made some concluding remarks. Mr. Afeaki brought official greetings from the President of the United States and said that the Commission has a lot of work ahead of it.

The meetings were so successful that the Commission is already starting to discuss its next visit to Michigan.

The President s Advisory Commission is composed of 14 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders appointed by President Bush, who have a history of involvement with the APA community, with expertise in a specific field (e.g. health, human services, education, housing, transportation, economic and community development, and business). They will advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce on the three mandates of the Executive Order, to:

  • Develop, monitor and coordinate federal efforts to improve Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in government programs;
  • Foster research and data collection for Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses and communities; and
  • Increase their level of participation in the national economy and their economic and community development.

Online resources:
White House Presidential Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Affairs www.aapi.gov
Michigan Advisory Council Asian Pacific American Affairs:www.michigan.gov/mdcr-acapaa
Michigan Council of Asian Pacific Americans: www.CAPA-MI.org
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce: www.apacc.net
APAs in the Midwest articles at Asian American Village http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian/

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News Clips and Thank Yous
Ann Arbor News
Presidential adviser in town Thursday, 6/01/2006, Ann Arbor News
Owen Diaz is certain that his is the only Filipino family in Milan. And yet, Diaz, who emigrated from the Philippines and is a naturalized American citizen, has been elected to two terms as mayor of the city.
University RecordPhoto: White House Commission at U.
http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0506/Jun12_06/15.shtml

From Sela Panapassa, UM Institute of Social Research
Dear colleagues and friends,
Thank you so much for your contribution and support during the recent Presidential Advisory Commission site visit.  Our visitors were very impressed with the expertise and community awareness on practical issues concerning Asian Pacific Islander American populations nationwide and within Michigan.  They found the 2-day events to be engaging and left on a positive note about ISR, the university and our communities, and a keen awareness of APIA issues that need to be addressed....

As always malò aupito, fa afetai lava tele, vinaka vakalevu!
Sela
From Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, IMDiversity.com Asian American Village
Dear friends,
thank you so much for all your help today. it was great having so many speakers and friends there today. I think the meeting was very productive. hope you enjoyed it too. the commissioners all spoke at the end and were moved by how much they learned. it was also good meeting people in person after corresponding by email for so long. sorry it ran so far over. Time was hard to control with so much good information and such passionate speakers. We had over 60 people in attendance, from across the state! 
looking forward to working with you again soon.

Frances
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