Monday, September 29, 2008

APALSA-SALSA presents ...

Thursday October 2nd, 2008
Bellini Lounge
401 E. Washington Street
Featuring DJ Sparks Mahoney
Drinks, Dancing and a Panda
This will take the place of bar review this week~

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Critical Perspectives on Hmong Scholarship and Experiences | Oct 3

The Asian American Studies Program presents its 2008-2009 Speakers Series

Critical Perspectives on Hmong Scholarship and Experiences
The focus of the speaker series is to provide a platform for scholars, community leaders, and artists from, and working with, the Hmong community to share their work with the UW-Madison campus and the Madison Hmong community.

Please join us Friday, October 3, 2008 from 2-4 pm in welcoming Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, Assistant Professor of History, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Location: 206 Ingraham Hall

Please save the following dates for upcoming colloquium events:
October 31, 2008, 2-4 pm
November 21, 2008, 2-4 pm
December 12, 2008, 2-4 pm

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall 2008 First AAAGS General Meeting

First General Meeting

WHO: Everyone is invited - new and old AAAGS members. Welcome new APALSA/SALSA Members!

WHERE: Red Gym (on Langdon), Mezzanine Room C. Walk up the stairs towards the back of the Red Gym.

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (feel free to bring your own dinner)

WHAT: General Meeting. The agenda will include:

1. Introductions
2. Recap of the Retreat
3. Upcoming Academic Events
4. Upcoming Social Events
5. Steering Committee Confirmation

Questions? email

SAVE the Date: Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008, is the Asian American Faculty/Grad/Staff Dinner and Dialogue. EVITE will go out to current members in the gmail address book. RSVP required and space is limited to 45 individuals.

3rd Dinner & Dialogue: AAAGS and AASP | Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Association of Asian American Graduate Students & the Asian American Studies Program


the 3rd Dinner & Dialogue
with speaker panel on

"Looking Back and Looking Ahead at the Asian American Academic Community at UW-Madison"
Dinner served right away
Presentation at 7 pm
Room 253, 1025 West Johnson
RSVP now to

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I found this in one of my Sunfire newswire emails

This is not a political endorsement. But, the letter is geared towards the Asian American voters. FYI:
Obama Statement on Mid-Autumn Festival

September 12, 2008

Dear Friends,

I appreciate the opportunity to share a few thoughts with the Asian American communities that gather now to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is a wonderful time to reflect on the year past and look toward the year ahead.

The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the abundance of the summer harvest. As Americans, it is a time to celebrate our blessings and rededicate ourselves to extending the opportunity to those who lack it across our country, and around the world.

That's why I have developed detailed plans to jumpstart the economy and put us on a path to long-term economic growth and job creation, provide middle class Americans with tax relief, support small businesses, and protect homeownership. I also have plans to provide every American access to quality, affordable health care and to fix our schools. We can accomplish these goals at home, and we can rebuild our alliances, encourage individual involvement and service in the Peace Corps, and improve our foreign aid programs so that we help other countries accomplish these goals as well.

Change only happens when people demand it, so I hope you'll get involved in this election and vote on November 4th. Together as one nation, we can work together to create a better future. I wish you all the best for a wonderful celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival.


Barack Obama

(Appeared Sept 19, 2008 in an email from political consultant, Bill Wong, who edits the Sunfire Newswire Political Digest highlighting Asian Americans and politics in California. To subscribe, email

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wall-E Film Screening at Memorial Union

Sept 19 or 20 at 7:30 pm at Memorial Union.

Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down | Forward Music Festival


ia female-fronted alterna.rock.folk band hailing from San Fran. Hot of tours first with Xiu Xiu and then Rilo Kiley, Paste Magazine named this Kill Rock Stars darling one of their "4 to Watch" in February '08. Watch her.

Cafe Montmartre
11:30 pm
September 20, 2008 (SAT)
Tickets for the entire festival can be purchased here: - $25 for admission to all shows around town on 19-20th Sept.

A few AAAGS members are attending (contact Mytoan).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


AAAGS, in getting re-registered, had to produce a set of By Laws for the Student Organizations Office (SOO). So, they are officially done. Email if you want to read 'em. At some point, we'll figure out a way to upload pdf and word documents onto somewhere folks can access 'em.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

AAAGS Fall 2009 Mixer | Sept 4 @ 4:30-7:00 PM Happy Hour


Sept 4, 2008, Thursday
Time: 4:30-7:00 pm (happy hour prices last until 6pm)

Sucre Patisserie + Dessert Lounge
20 W Mifflin St. (at the top of State Street, turn left at the State Capitol)
Madison WI 53703

Tel: (608) 310-4520


Madison's newest dessert lounge and recently voted best new restaurant. Sucre has freshly prepared sweets such as summery fruit tarts, devilish chocolate cakes and recently added green tea white chocolate mouse cakes. During happy hour from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, you can enjoy summer cocktails or wines for only $5. Thanks to Hong Tran, one of the chefs (and a friend/member of AAAGS), for helping us plan this event.

A Group of AAAGS folks will be at the outdoor seating area (indoors if raining)

NO RSVP needed, just show up!

Campus snapshot of Asian Americans

Linda Park and I were looking up 2007-2008 statistics on "guestimates" of Asian Americans on campus to update some grant language for AAAGS.

These are just some rough figures (we don't know, however, the methodologies for how these numbers were generated or how durable the definitions have been over time).


  • Faculty: 216/2198 = 9.8 percent (we don't really know how accurate this is!)
  • Academic Staff: 509/6826 = 7.4 percent
  • Graduate Students (Masters and PhD non-professional school): 319/8860 = 3.6 percent
  • Professional School Students: 189/2080 = 9.1 percent*

* We have reason to believe that this number is inflated due to the possible inclusion of overseas graduate students. This means that the number of Asian American graduate students, as well as the number of graduate non-professional Asian American students, is actually lower than these figures would suggest.

All ethnic minorities: 861/8860= 9.7 percent

Source: Academic Planning and Analysis, UW Madison, 2007-2008 Figures (assembled from various excell spreadsheets). If you know of some more accurate or up to date figures, please let us know!