Asian American Journalists Association – New York Chapter Records

Date Range: 19872007
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-23
Creator: Asian American Journalists Association – New York Chapter

 The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a non-profit educational and professional organization, provides networking opportunities and support for Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) journalists and students of journalism. AAJA additionally raises awareness within the A/PA community of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access to it, and monitors the media for accuracy and fairness in its coverage of Asian/Pacific Americans.Founded in 1981 by a small group of Los Angeles-based journalists that included Tritia Toyota and Frank Kwan of KNBC-TV News, Bill Sing, Nancy Yoshihara and David Kishiyama of the Los Angeles Times, and Dwight Chuman of Rafu Shimpo, a local Japanese American Newspaper, AAJA expanded in 1985 with the formation of additional chapters, growing to a current membership of more than 2,000 members in 20 chapters across the US and in Asia. Its New York chapter is the largest with more than 450 members concentrated in the New York metropolitan area. Its members have included Helen Zia, Sreenath Sreenivasan, Mohamad Bazzi, Pradnya Joshi, Qin Li, Corky Lee and Jeannie Park, its founding president. To fulfill its fundraising, networking, professional, and leadership development functions, AAJA New York hosts various events that include resume critiques, workshops and panels, board and leadership meetings, chapter elections, Scrabble tournaments, dinner fundraisers, new member mixers, annual holiday parties, and annual softball games in Central Park. AAJA New York has on occasion hosted the organization’s annual National Conference (1990, 2000) and East Coast Mini-Conference for its East Coast chapters. AAJA also funds scholarships and fellowships that help support members’ career advancement and education.

Asian American Federation Records

Date Range: 19902009
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2009-03-26
Creator: Asian American Federation

 The Asian American Federation, founded in 1990, is a nonprofit organization that works to advance the civic voice and well-being of Asian Americans in the New York metropolitan area. The organization is composed of 46 member agencies and promotes strategic philanthropy within the Asian American community in an effort to link community assets with community needs. It created and manages the Asian American Community Fund, and participates in the Coalition for New Philanthropy, a multi-year initiative to promote philanthropy in the African American, Latino and Asian American communities in metropolitan New York.

Asia Pacific Forum Records

Date Range: 19982011APF logo
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2011-01-28
Creator: Asia Pacific Forum

 Broadcasting on WBAI 99.5 FM and streaming live on the web every Monday from 9-10 pm, Asia Pacific Forum (APF) is “a progressive pan-Asian radio show” based in New York City focusing on culture and politics. APF’s broadcasts cover underreported stories from Asia and Asian America and explore topics including activism, civil and human rights, foreign policy, immigration, history, labor, literature, pop culture, and the performing arts. WBAI is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-commercial and listener-sponsored national radio network founded in 1946 with about 50 additional affiliates in Houston, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the United States.
APF has operated as a collective since its founding. Current core collective members are Zhaleh Afshar, Saara Azadi, Olivia Canlas, Mijounga Chan, Michelle Chen, Aniruddha Das, Naved Husain, Danny Kim, Aruna Krishnakumar, and Hyun Lee.

Arkipelago Records

Date Range: 19942007
Survey Conducted: Sat, 2009-04-18
Creator: Arkipelago

History: Arkipelago is a New York City-based volunteer-run cultural organization that promotes critical dialogue and community engagement in issues of concern to the Philippines and the Filipino Diaspora. Arkipelago grew out of a one-night commemoration in December 1993 of Human Rights Day through songs, poetry, and dances planned by Susan Quimpo, other older Filipino activists and Youth for Philippine Action (YPA). The event was named “Arkipelago,” the Tagalog translation of the word “archipelago,” which brought to mind the Philippines archipelago and its inhabitants’ displacement by recent diasporas. The entirely Filipino community funded event, which drew more than two hundred Filipino and Filipino Americans, turned into a venue for community members to talk about immigrant rights, AIDS (which disproportionately affected Filipinos), generational gaps and problems, and racism. The event’s success prompted Arkipelago’s steering committee to continue its community building and organizing work.