Update #7: October 12th, 2009

12 10 2009

With the end of the SERCAAL conference held just this past weekend, I would like to dedicate some of this time to talk about special issues and topics that were hot at this conference–as well as share with you all some of the pictures.

During this conference, we had an amazing variety of speakers and entertainers. From young emcee Mandeep Sethni, to photographer Corky Lee, to UF Alumni Sandy Chiu and Linh Nguyen, and to innovative dancer/singer/pop-culturista/everything performer Kate Rigg, we had some amazing dynamics within the whole lot. Not too mention a huge applause for our keynote speakers: film-maker Lina Hoshino, Columbia University graduate Calvin Sun, co-founder of the Lesbian-Gay Male Programs Office at the University of Michigan Jim Toy, and president of the University of West Georgia Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna.

Some of the workshops that were hot were Calvin Sun’s “Sex and Sexuality” workshop, as well as his “Social/Networking Etiquette” workshop. One workshop I attended that I thought was particulary interesting was Sylvie Kim’s “Blogosphere” workshop. Sylvie is the author of blog “The Antisocial Ladder”, which can be read here. I think her presentation was powerful in showing me how different opinions are about events that happen in everyday life regarding race and social issues in general. It also showed me how some things may be seen as okay in terms of entertainment purposes, but there are still the ‘grey areas’. And the most important thing she demonstrated was just how easy it was to make a blog and get your word out there–to circulate information about the wrongdoings happening anytime, anywhere–whether it be with a picture that is offensive (Miley Cyrus…) or maybe someone should be recognized for their achievements and work as a forward figure.

Maybe this is why my blog/update today is so long-winded and personalized for once.

But this is one workshop that was held at SERCAAL that I wanted to share with you.

Here are some amazing pictures of the conference taken by Long Nguyen and Oanh Nguyen.


sercaal44(taken by Oanh)

Mandeep Sethni performing his deep lyrical hip-hop songs


Corky Lee’s photography workshop


Sethna’s interesting taco speech


Sethna and the board


Lina Hoshino and Calvin Sun and Kate Rigg and the board





Upcoming Events

Building Dreams Foundation Film Festival– Today 6pm- CSE A101

Brown University Professor Evelyn Du-Hart speaks about “The Inconvenient Truth About Immigration”– Wednesday Oct. 14th- 7:30pm- Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

Homecoming Friday- no classes!

Current Events


Update #6: October 4th, 2009

4 10 2009

Upcoming Events

See Update #5 to see all the huge upcoming events for this week.

The Filipino American History Month begins today! And their opening ceremony starts at 7pm in the UF Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.

Past AASU/UF Events

Last night VSO had their annual Big-Little Potluck, while CASA had their semiannual Orlando trip.

Here are some fun pictures!

VSO pictures were taken by Long Nguyen and CASA pictures were taken by Oanh Nguyen.






CASA Orlando Trip





Current Events

Update #5: September 26th

28 09 2009

Upcoming Events

October 4th- Filipino Heritage Month Opening

  • Watch cultural and local performances and featured speaker Kevin Nadal! And you finally get to find out your Ate, Kuya, or Adings!
  • Date: Sunday, October 4th
  • Time: Doors open 6:30 pm, show starts 7:00 pm
  • Location: Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

October 5th- Kaleidoscope Opening Ceremony (Asian American Awareness Month)

  • Come see and hear MTV’s SUCHIN PAK!
  • Date:
    Monday, October 5, 2009
    6:30pm – 9:30pm
    Reitz Grand Ballroom

October 9th-10th- SERCAAL (www.sercaal.net)

  • Excited for SERCAAL? You should be! SERCAAL, the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders, is less than 2 weeks away!
  • Don’t know what SERCAAL is? SERCAAL is a conference held at the University of Florida about leadership, diversity, and issues facing the Asian American community today.
  • SERCAAL attracts students from as far as Texas and Virginia. This year, SERCAAL will be held October 9-10.
  • ***UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we have decided to forego the increased late registration fee so registration will remain at $55*** REGISTER NOW AT http://www.SERCAAL.net!

VSO’s TTT Show



Many wonderful acts were featured–from the flying kicks of a martial arts group, to the lovely ladies showcased in the Vietnamese Fashion Show, to the many wonderful dancers, actors/actresses, and singers out there!

It was definitely a great show with lots of energy and excitement!


  • Watch Jaeson Ma’s hit song “Love”
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73kZ6wBoqTk&feature=player_embedded#t=269
  • Angry Asian Man says: “I’m informed that within just two weeks of its release, Pastor Jaeson Ma’s first single“Love” has had over 60,000 views on YouTube, reached #10 on Amazon’s mp3 sales, and has impacted and transformed lives worldwide. Produced by Kevnish of Far East Movement, the spoken-word-on-beat single brings a positive, spiritual message the masses. I gotta admit, it’s a pretty catchy tune. To learn more about Jaeson Ma, visit his website http://jaesonma.com/.

Current Events

Update #4: September 21st

21 09 2009

UF Events

AASU Meeting tonight!

Where? New Physics Building 1002

What? Learn about more about issues concerning Asian Americans and voting, as well as the current human trafficking issue of Aramark and Vietnamese people.

AASU Bowling Night

Thursday 9/24 at the Reitz Bowling Alley 8pm

Free bowling! Come out and have some fun!

Vietnamese Student Organization presents TTT (Tet Trung Thu)!

What? Their fall semester show where you can watch traditional Vietnamese dance and modern dancing, as well as listen to musicians sing and play instrument. There is also an exciting fashion show featuring Vietnamese traditional clothing!

When and Where? 9/26/2009, 6:30 pm   at the Reitz Grand Ballroom



Current Events

Update #3: September 13th

13 09 2009

Upcoming AASU and UF Events

2nd AASU Meeting- September 21st

AASU Bowling Night- September 24th- Reitz Union Gameroom 8pm

VSO TTT Show- September 26th

Current Events

San Francisco Mayor makes orders Hepatitis B Educational Materials to be distributed to city’s newlyweds

  • “‘The prevalence of Hepatitis B in San Francisco’s Asian community demands intervention to increase awareness of this vaccine preventable disease,’ says Mayor Gavin Newsom in his executive directive. Mayor Newsom and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, both active supporters of San Francisco Hep B Free, are leading the Hepatitis B awareness effort, along with more than 50 healthcare and Asian Pacific Islander (API) organizations.”
  • “San Francisco has the highest liver cancer rate in the nation, due to its high population of Asian Americans. HBV is the greatest health disparity between Asians and non-Asians.”
  • http://www.asianweek.com/2009/09/09/mayor-gavin-newsom-orders-hepatitis-b-educational-materials-to-be-distributed-to-the-citys-newlyweds/

The Asian Mr. McDonald’s

  • “C.C. Yin and his active partner and wife, Regina, have earned the title of being one of the most successful Asian American small business owners in America with their ownership of 26 McDonalds in 11 cities in 5 counties.”
  • “A role model within the McDonalds Corporation, C.C. so believed in the McDonald’s philosophy of business, 16 years ago, he formed the Asian McDonald’s Operators Association to encourage more Asian Americans to join as McDonalds owners.”
  • http://www.asianweek.com/2009/09/11/cc-yins-american-dream-mcdonalds/


Sexy Shirtless Asian Men Appear in 2010 Calendar

  • “Sexy Asian American can be seen showing off their finely chiseled abs as they snowboard, ride dirt bikes, and engage in other outdoors activities, in a new Asian Pacific Male 2010 Calendar, now on sale at www.amazon.com.”
  • “All proceeds benefit the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (APHCV) of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization providing health care assistance to working poor and under-served Asian and Pacific Islanders since 1986.”
  • “‘This calendar is a great way to increase the visibility of Asian American men’s bodies in a society that disproportionally focuses on ‘white’ beauty, or Asian American women,’ says Jeff Sheng, the calendar’s photographer, and currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, teaching Photography and Asian American Studies. ‘Not only are we making something that will monetarily benefit an Asian American community health center, but we are hoping to combat the lack and invisibility of strong, good looking Asian male images out there in American culture.'”
  • http://www.asianweek.com/2009/09/08/sexy-shirtless-asian-men-appear-in-2010-calendar/


Update #3: September 6th

7 09 2009

Hey guys!

UF Ink Magazine is currently looking for models! (Especially male models)

Model Application: Modern American Fashion VS. Traditional Garb Casting Call

Do you have a traditional garb (clothing from your culture):
If so, send a photo of clothing or describe what it is:

Send TWO photos of yourself! We will get back to you as soon as possible!
Please send to Lisa Law at LAW.EIC.UFINK@gmail.com


Calling all Creative talent!

We are looking for writers, photographers, artists, and anyone else who is interested in being a part of INK!
Get your name out there and get great experience!

All questions, concerns, submissions– LAW.EIC.UFINK@gmail.com


Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Legacy to Indian American Immigrants

Rising Above I.Q.

Want good skin? Eat Kimchi.

Update #2: August 31st

1 09 2009


Was a great success! See some cool pictures below!







Trafficking hits home at Georgetown