Of Virginia To Host East Coast Students For Conference On Asian-American
February 24, 2004 --
University of Virginia will host the 26th annual East Coast Asian
American Student Union Conference Feb. 27 through
than 700 students representing more than 50 colleges and universities
along the East Coast have registered. Focusing on Asian-American
identity, issues and culture, the program includes guest speakers,
facilitated workshops, performances and social activities. The
conference theme is “Awakening.”
speakers include Esera Tuaolo, former National Football League
and one of only three NFL players who
is openly gay; Sayu V. Bhojwani, first commissioner of the Office
of Immigrant Affairs under New York City Mayor Bloomberg; and
Angela E. Oh, an attorney based in Los Angeles who examines issues
race, diversity and society through her work as a teacher, public
lecturer and lawyer.
Asian Student Union has been working for more than a year to
plan the conference, which is
hosted by a different member
school each year. This is the first time that U.Va. has been
the host institution.
than 1,400 Asian-American students are enrolled as undergraduates
at U.Va., making them the largest
minority group on Grounds.
They represent 11 percent of the total undergraduate population.
East Coast Asian American Student Union began at Yale in 1977
and has become increasingly instrumental in providing
leadership and mutual support to Asian-American organizations
ECAASU began sponsoring an annual conference in 1983. States
the ECAASU region are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia,
South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
more information, including a conference schedule, see the Web
Contacts: Huong Huynh, president of the U.Va. Asian Student
Union, (703) 622-2808, firstname.lastname@example.org; and
Todd Aman, publications
coordinator for the 2004 conference, (434) 882 3713,
Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036