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Here's what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
Break the Silence at the 1st Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference
I'll be the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference on April 14, 2007. If you'll be in the area, please come out! The conference is open to the public, and is being co-sponsored by NYU and Columbia. In addition to the keynote, I'll be presenting the workshop Geishas and Math Nerds: Challenging Stereotypes about Asian Americans.
"Break the Silence" is an all-day conference designed to inspire young minds to learn, grow, and lead their own ways to success through the exploration of issues in race and identity, as well as empower young Asian Americans into becoming proactive in issues within the Asian American community in New York City and beyond.
They have a great list of speakers lined up, including film directors Eric Byler (American Knees, Charlotte Sometimes) and Michael Kang (The Motel, West 32nd Street).
Banning the N-Word and Other Anti-Asian Slurs
Politicians in several different cities, including New York, have been passing symbolic resolutions to "ban" the n-word, in an attempt to eradicate this loaded word from our vocabularies. But are these bans realistic or useful in any way?
I told New Jersey's Herald News that I wasn't so convinced:
Pacific Citizen, the award-winning Asian Pacific American semi-monthly newspaper, posed this question: “There’s a national movement to abolish the use of the N-Word. Can a similar effort be launched for racist terms directed at the Asian American community?” Here was my response:
Got a burning question about race or racism?
As I mentioned in last month's New Demographic email newsletter, I've been working with the Science Museum of Minnesota on their new exhibit, "RACE: Are We So Different?," developed by the American Anthropological Association.
I'm a featured "Scientist on the Spot." This segment of the web site features experts (not only scientists) from various fields, and allows visitors to submit questions to those experts, either from home via the museum's web site, or from the museum via a computer station.
I'll be "on the spot" from now through to April 5. So if you'd like, please submit a question to the web site! I'll be answering up to five questions per week. The questions will be selected by the museum and posted to the site.
So far I've answered the following questions:
How have blogging and podcasting helped New Demographic?
On Thursday, March 22, I spoke at the BlogHer Business Conference here in New York City. BlogHer is the leading guide to women bloggers, and I'm one of their contributing editors on the topic of race, ethnicity and culture.
My session was entitled "Lab: Four Successful Business Blog Case Studies, Why They Win and What You Can Take Away." New Demographic was one of the four case studies, and the fabulous Lena West interviewed me about how I have used blogs and podcasts to get the word out about New Demographic. The three basic questions were:
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