Daily Dose & Announcements: 06/16/09

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>> ASPIRE’s Second Annual Outstanding Woman of the Year Award
>> “Inside Iran & North Korea”
>> “China Safari: Beijing’s Growing Role & Investment in Africa”
>> “Russia and Europe in the Obama Era”
>> “Mandarin Language Reception”
>> SF Pride Kick-Off with Helen Zia

Compiled by Beleza Chan

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ASPIRE’s Second Annual Outstanding Woman of the Year Award

Boston – Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence (ASPIRE) is proud to present the 2nd Annual ASPIRE Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, recognizing young Asian American woman who are leaders and role models in their communities. The winner will be awarded at the Asian American Women in Leadership (AAWIL) Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Boston, MA.
ASPIRE’s Outstanding Woman of the Year award will celebrate a female high school or college student of Asian American descent who is a proven leader with the initiative and determination to make a change in her community. ASPIRE is looking for young Asian American women who are role models for their community and are committed to ASPIRE’s mission of empowerment. To submit a nomination, visit www.girlsaspire.org/award. All entries must be received by July 31, 2009. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Boston to attend the AAWIL Conference where she will receive the award from ASPIRE’s high-profile keynote speaker, the opportunity of a lifetime to spend a day with an Asian American female mentor of her choice from ASPIRE’s network, and a featured profile in ASPIRE’s website, with the chance to tell her story to Asian American women everywhere.

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“Inside Iran & North Korea”

Event: Photo Exhibition Box Opening Reception at the World Affairs Council
Description: All but closed to outside visitors and influence, its public posture guarded and combative, we see almost nothing from inside North Korea. The Islamic Republic of Iran is at the center of world attention politically, socially, and culturally-but it remains largely a cipher to the West. Photographer Mark Edward Harris has had rare access to these two countries of great concern to the international community and has produced the first contemporary photographic books on cultures that are seldom seen or understood by outsiders. Come to the Council to hear world-renowned photographer Mark Edward Harris discuss his two latest compilations.
Details: $5-$15, July 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco
Contact: 415-293-4600; http://www.itsyourworld.org/

“China Safari: Beijing’s Growing Role & Investment in Africa”

Event: Book Program a the World Affairs Council
Description: With no colonial past, China has been bringing investment and needed infrastructure to Africa at a rapid rate. However, are Chinese investors and their projects yielding mutually beneficial results that stand to change Africa’s position on the global stage? Or, will China follow in the footsteps of earlier colonial powers? Award-winning photojournalist Paolo Woods joins the Council to show his photos that document the story behind China’s business ventures in Africa. Traveling from Beijing to Khartoum, Algiers to Brazzaville, Woods’ work provides a visual account of the involvement of the individual Chinese working in Africa, as well as helps us to understand the impact that they potentially stand to make on geopolitics.
Details: Free-$15, July 21, 5:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco
Info: 415.293.4600, http://www.itsyourworld.org/

“Russia and Europe in the Obama Era”

Event: Event at the World Affairs Council
Description: Having received a warm welcome from European counterparts during his recent visits to the continent, President Obama appears to be rebuilding America’s ties with its traditional allies. How will this new thrust of diplomatic engagement affect the dynamics of US-European relations? How are perceptions of the US changing within Europe? Could Obama’s trip to Moscow signal a new beginning for ties with Russia? Anne Applebaum joins the Council to discuss the development of America’s relationship with Russia and Europe under the Obama administration. Applebaum is a journalist, Pulitzer Prize winning author and expert on Central and Eastern European affairs.
Details: Free-$15, July 22, 5:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco
Contact: 415.293.4600, http://www.itsyourworld.org/

“Mandarin Language Reception”

Event: Young Professionals International Forum at the World Affairs Council
Description: Come join the Young Professionals International Forum at this special Mandarin language reception with the Director of the Asian Art Museum, Jay Xu. Dr. Xu will address the gathering in Mandarin and give us a sneak peek at the upcoming Shanghai exhibition that explores the unique flavor and identity of China’s most cosmopolitan city. Dr. Xu will also discuss the Shanghai Celebration cultural initiative that honors the special relationship between the San Francisco Bay Area and Shanghai. The talk will be followed by a chance to savor Chinese cuisine while chatting in Mandarin with professionals of all ages. The spoken language at this event is Mandarin at the advanced, intermediate, and beginner level, with many native speakers also expected.
Details: $10-$15, July 29, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco
Contact: 415.293.4600, http://www.itsyourworld.org/

SF Pride Kick-Off with Helen Zia

Event: Part of A&PI Wellness Center fantastic week’s worth of events.
Description: To kick off all the festivities we would like to invite you to a reception honoring Helen Zia, this year’s Community Grand Marshall. Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. A second-generation Chinese American, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace, to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia.
Details: Free, June 24, 6 p.m., more details to follow soon.
Contact: info@apiwellness.org

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