October 30, 2013
Larry Wilson, CEO
Bob Proffitt, COO
Scott Mahalick, Program Director
Alpha Broadcasting Program Director
Messrs.' Wilson, Proffitt and Mahalick,
I am writing in response to both the demeaning message displayed on the billboard message that your agency placed at Portland's Old Town Chinatown as well as your response to the outcry among many individuals and groups, including our local affiliate, Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Portland. As the National President of the Alliance (C.A.C.A.), among the nation's oldest civil rights and social advocacy organizations focused on addressing injustices perpetrated upon and inequities that have deprived our citizens of Chinese descent, I would be naïve to think the placement of this phrase from "Full Metal Jacket" wasn't meant to get clever laughs from those who know its origin and context.
October 25, 2013
Mr. Paul Lee
ABC Entertainment Group
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-4589
Dear Mr. Lee:
As the National President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), among the nation's oldest civil rights and social advocacy organizations focused on addressing injustices perpetrated upon and inequities that have deprived our citizens of Chinese descent, I wholeheartedly join other prominent leaders and organizations to express very serious concerns about the October 16th airing of the late night, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which featured a skit titled "Kid's Table." By now you are aware of the segment where Kimmel questions a multi-ethnic group of children on how the U.S., on the heels of the government shutdown, should pay back the debt owed to China to which Braxton (very young, Caucasian boy) responds that the U.S. should "Kill Everyone in China."
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance celebrates with all Americans in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s watershed “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington, DC. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Dr. King led a march of over a quarter million people to peacefully protest and call for greater attention and action to the country’s need to address economic and employment disparities, discrimination, voting irregularities, racism and violence perpetrated upon minorities.
Delegates and Participants ( photo by Roland Hui)
Oakland, California - Grand President Carolyn Chan opened the convention with a warm welcome to the delegates and friends, "Our family reunion is a time to reflect and plan our future, while enjoying some wonderful social activities." She also extended a heartfelt appreciation to Oakland Lodge for their tireless efforts and warm hospitality in making the 52nd Biennial National Convention one of the best ever!
Chinese American Citizens Alliance commends the swift response and apology offered by both San Francisco/Oakland TV Station KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) over the insensitive and racially offensive broadcasting of fake names of the Asiana Airlines pilots responsible for the ill-fated flight 214 which crashed last week in San Francisco. “These contrived names were clearly aimed to poke fun at Chinese names at a time just when three lives perished and scores are still recovering from the crash,” said National President Carolyn H. Chan.
San Francisco - Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) congratulates Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan on his confirmation as a judge on the nation's second-highest court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and applauds the U.S. Senate for his unanimous confirmation. Mr. Srinivasan is the first South Asian American federal appellate court judge in the history of the United States and is considered one of the best three or four Supreme Court advocates in the country.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Each May, our Nation comes together to recount the ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) helped forge our country. We remember a time 170 years ago, when Japanese immigrants first set foot on American shores and opened a path for millions more. We remember 1869, when Chinese workers laid the final ties of the transcontinental railroad after years of backbreaking labor. And we remember Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made our country bigger and brighter again and again, from Native Hawaiians to the generations of striving immigrants who shaped our history -- reaching and sweating and scraping to give their children something more. Their story is the American story, and this month, we honor them all.
Grand President Carolyn H. Chan and Washington, D.C. Lodge President Ted Gong urge your consideration to take action and sign the petition created on the White House website requesting a Presidential statement or proclamation to recognize the harm of the Chinese Exclusion Laws and their impact and significance to Chinese Americans today. Please take action by April 20 to meet the goal of 100,000 signatures.
Mark your calendars from August 6th through August 11th! Our lodge has planned a wonderful Convention schedule for Delegates and Non- Delegates. Our activities schedule will allow you to get to know and love the Bay Area as much as we do. The attached Convention Tidbits will provide a teaser of what's to come, but in short, our tours include: U.S.S. Hornet, Chabot Space Science Center, Angel Island, and ChinaCamp. For those of you who attended convention in San Francisco a couple of years ago, don't skip out on the Angel Island tour! The Immigration Station has been restored since your last visit and is now open to the public. Oakland Lodge is very excited about hosting the upcoming 52nd Biennial Convention! We hope to see you all here!
President, Oakland Lodge
Visit Host Lodge Website for more information: http://cacaoakland.org/convent/index.html
Since its beginning thousands of high school students across the nation have participated in the Alliance’s National Essay Contest. The essay contest is intended to foster creative thinking and self-expression and encourage an awareness of current local and world events. Top placing finishers receive cash scholarship towards their education endeavors.
This annual contest is open to any student enrolled in senior high school (grades 9-12). No entry fee required. Participants are to compose an essay in English not to exceed 500 words on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest.
This year’s contest will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 12:00 p.m. (local time). Please contact your nearest host representative for additional information and/or to register. Please check back on this website if your nearest location and contact information has not been announced. Deadline date to register is February 26, 2013.
Essay Contest Locations (confirmed as of February 5, 2013):