>> NAPABA Celebrates the Confirmation of Florence Pan
as Associate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court
>> New Hmong Studies Fellows at the University of Minnesota Announced
>> Oldest Chinese Radio Station in Bay Area Closes
>> Hyphen’ Issue #17 Release Party
>> Ambassador Visits Jailed U.S. Journalists in North Korea
Compiled by Beleza Chan
NAPABA Celebrates the Confirmation of Florence Pan as Associate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court
Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased that Florence Pan was confirmed by the Senate to be an Associate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court on May 22, 2009. Judge Pan is the first-ever Asian Pacific American to serve as a judge in the District of Columbia.
In addition to prior service for the District of Columbia, Judge Pan possesses experience working for the United States Department of Justice, and clerking for former Judge Michael Mukasey of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge Ralph Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Pan is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
NAPABA would like to thank President Obama for nominating Judge Pan and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for confirming her.
New Hmong Studies Fellows at the University of Minnesota Announced
Minneapolis – The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota announced recently the selection of the University of Minnesota’s first Hmong Studies Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Fellow for 2009-2010.
Leena Her, currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be the Hmong Postdoctoral Fellow. An educational anthropologist, Her has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Laos. Her research interests include comparative analyses of educational opportunities and disparities amongst Hmong youth in Laos and the United States.
Alisia Giac-Thao Tran, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Minnesota, will be the Hmong Studies Graduate Fellow. Her research interests include minority mental health and parental racial/ethnic socialization amongst Asian American populations.
Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Hmong Studies Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Fellow will help the University of Minnesota contribute to its leading role as an intellectual center for Hmong Studies in the United States.
Oldest Chinese Radio Station in Bay Area Closes
San Francisco – “Mandarin Radio Station,” which was started on Feb. 15, 1977, will stop broadcasting by the end of this month. The Sing Tao Daily reports Junxiong Chen, founder and president of the station, who’s in his 80s, said his age and his family members’ opinion are the two main reasons for the decision. Chen said the business pressure has been growing in the past 10 years. Though there are half a million Chinese Americans living in the Bay Area, they speak different languages, including Cantonese and English. The radio station doesn’t have a large audience pool. At the same time, newer radio stations and other media like TV, newspapers and magazines have made it much more competitive to gain advertisements.
-Sing Tao Daily
Hyphen’ Issue #17 Release Party
Event: Issue Release Party
Description: The event will feature performances from iLL-Literacy, Jane Lui, Mandeep Sethi & Povan, and Neko Punch. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Family issue to check out stories on unconventional families, MSG’s bad rap, Fobby chinese moms, iLL-Literacy and much more!
Details: $10-$20, July 3rd, 111 Minna, San Francisco
Ambassador Visits Jailed U.S. Journalists in North Korea
Washington – The Swedish ambassador met with two imprisoned U.S. journalists in Pyongyang recently, a U.S. State Department spokesman said, in their first meeting since a North Korean court handed the reporters their 12-year sentence.
The spokesman said he could not provide details of the conversation between the Swedish ambassador and current TV journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.
The Swedish ambassador met with the journalists in March and May. He last visited them June 1, said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly. The ambassador has requested more access to the journalists, but has not received it.
Families of Ling and Lee expressed gratitude that North Korean officials permitted the Swedish ambassador’s visit.
The Swedish ambassador represents U.S. interests in the country because the United States does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea.