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University Of Virginia To Host East Coast Students For Conference On Asian-American Issues

February 24, 2004 -- The University of Virginia will host the 26th annual East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference Feb. 27 through 29. More 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.”

Keynote speakers include Esera Tuaolo, former National Football League defensive lineman 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 of race, diversity and society through her work as a teacher, public lecturer and lawyer.

U.Va.’s 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.

More 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.

The 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 across campuses. ECAASU began sponsoring an annual conference in 1983. States in the ECAASU region are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

For more information, including a conference schedule, see the Web site: http://www.student.virginia.edu/~asian/ecaasu2004/

Student Contacts: Huong Huynh, president of the U.Va. Asian Student Union, (703) 622-2808, hhh6a@virginia.edu; and Todd Aman, publications coordinator for the 2004 conference, (434) 882 3713, ta7m@virginia.edu.

Contact: Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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