NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Oct. 9-16

Learn more about the news of the week from NCAPA and its members.

News and Updates

The “Asian Advantage” is a myth: Earlier this week, National Director Chris Kang argued against the notion of an “Asian Advantage” in response to a New York Times column that asked “Why are Asian American so successful in America?” The piece was shared widely and resulted in interviews and mentions from CNN Money and more. LEAP President and CEO Linda Akutagawa also wrote about how Asian Americans are not well represented in leadership roles in a LEAP blog.  Read and continue to share Chris’ post here.

National CAPACD applauds CFPB for releasing historic rule that includes disaggregated data on AAPI in home mortgage data: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a rule Thursday on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act aimed at improving home mortgage data collection. National CAPACD applauded CFPB for making steps toward data disaggregation to better understand AAPI communities. Read their statement.

NCAPA and member groups support #ActToChange campaign: To address bullying among AAPIs, NCAPA and 22 member groups added their support to the Act to Change campaign led by WHIAAPI, the Sikh Coalition and Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment. A toolkit and resources are available in Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese. We encourage you to view the site at, take the pledge, and follow @NCAPAtweets and @WhiteHouseAAPI for more information.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice releases data on AANHPIs in the West: The new “Community of Contrasts” report reveals a closer look at the growing AANHPI populations in the western U.S., including Arizona, Las Vegas, Hawaii and the Seattle metro area. The report features disaggregated data and information about income and educational disparities. Download the report here.

NAPAWF, SAALT, NCAPA and others submit amicus briefs on behalf of Purvi Patel: NAPAWF and SAALT are raising awareness about the story of Purvi Patel, who is serving 20 years in prison. This is the first case of a woman being convicted of feticide for inducing her own abortion. 

JACL announces new fellows: Emil Trinidad started this week as JACL’s Daniel K. Inouye Fellow. Emil serves on the CAPAL board and is a co-chair of Kaya-DC. Merissa Nakamura was also announced as the Norman Y. Mineta in September and was previously the JACL Salt Lake Chapter President.

Other Announcements

CAAM: Wanted: Central Valley Asian American Home Movies

Upcoming Deadlines

CAAM: Documentary Fund (Deadline: Today, Oct. 16)

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle: Grants for AAPI DC nonprofits (Deadline: Today, Oct. 16)

LEAP: 2015-16 Emerging Leaders Program (Deadline: Today, Oct. 16)

OCA:  GOTV Volunteers at National Center (Until Nov. 3)

NCAPA Opportunities

APAICS: Chicago Regional Leadership Academy

APIASF: Scholarship Opportunities

APIAVote: Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

NAPABA Pro Bono General Counsel Program (New program to provide AAPI organizations pro bono legal advice and counsel that they cannot afford.)

NAPABA: McGuireWoods/NLF Undergraduate Internship Program (Spring)

 Other Opportunities

 NCAPA Events

Monday, Oct. 19 @ 4:00 p.m.: Chris Kang interview airing on TuneIn Progressive Voices

Monday, Oct. 26: SEARAC Webinar on Deportation Guide for Southeast Asian Americans

Thursday, Oct. 29: APIASF Scholarship Benefit in NYC

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 8: 2015 NAPABA Annual Convention in New Orleans

Friday, Nov. 6: NCAPIP student conference in San Francisco

Saturday, Nov. 14:APAICS Inaugural Young Leaders Summit in Salt Lake City

Other Community Events

Saturday, Oct. 17: CAPAL 2015 Alumni Brunch in D.C. NCAPA’s Christopher Kang will be a keynote speaker.

Thursday, Oct. 29: DVRP - Art as a Voice Showcase at La Casa in D.C.

Saturday, Nov. 21:Act to Change Live Event in Los Angeles

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