Activities and News (from Spring 2007 Eastwind)

BBQ Field Day by Vietnamese Young Leaders Assoc.

Viet’s Youth Center is currently available for students in East New Orleans at 4655 Michoud Blvd. Suite 19. The center also provides summer programs for children. Last year’s grand opening was attended by two APAS representatives: Sun Kim and Cecil Murphy.

From AASIA(Asian American Students Intercollegiate Association) chair Lily Hoang:Representatives from Louisiana (University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana Monroe, and ITT Tech) attended the VASCON annual conference in March at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

The main goals were to gain new perspectives on current issues facing Asian Americans, to acquire new information, and to help create a support system with organizations on college campuses throughout the United States.

Attendees also hoped to broaden their perspective and raise awareness to not only the Asian community, but also New Orleans as a whole.

VASCON is the Vietnamese-American Student Conference, with an expected attendance of several hundred undergraduate and graduate students from around the nation.

The Freeman Foundation offers educational allowances to East and Southeast Asia undergraduate students who are pursuing summer internships at nonprofit organizations in their host community or elsewhere in the US.

Undergraduates from Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam who are currently studying in the United States and who have secured internships with a nonprofit organizations during the summer of 2007 are eligible. Application deadline is April 13. Email or call 212-984-5480.

Wu Long Wu, a student at Ben Franklin has started a non profit organization called Water & Lights to help Katrina affected schools and students. The organization works on developing summer and winter scholarships, books donations and dolls for kids. Contact 281-857-4150 for information.

Harkeet S. Pannu was recently awarded membership in The National Society of High School Scholars in recognition of his academic and excellence. Pannu is currently a student at Archbishop Rummel HS. Congratulations! Pannu also volunteered his free time along with his friends from Rummel to help rebuild New Orleans through Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, by gutting homes, clearing debris, etc. Visit the website to volunteer:      

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