Hunter College, CUNY
Asian American Studies Program


The State of Asian America in NYC

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009     Time: 1PM to 3PM

Place: Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue, Manhattan
Hunter West Building - 8th Floor (Faculty Lounge)

Free & Open to the Public

Following up on "A Community in Crisis," the recent My9 News story on Asian Americans in New York City, the Hunter College Asian American Studies Program is hosting a timely event where the campus community will have the opportunity to learn more about this dynamic - but frequently overlooked - segment of New York City's population. This presentation and Q&A will provide an important forum to learn about and discuss how New York City's communities are negotiating the ongoing financial crisis; to hear an informed perspective on how local, state, and federal policies are impacting Asian American families; and to learn more about how we can educate ourselves and respond to the decisions that are currently being made in relation to social services, education, and health care for all New Yorkers.

To view "A Community in Crisis" please go to My9 and scroll down the right-hand menu.

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families is the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization, and their work was recently featured in a Hyphen Magazine article on how New York City's Asian American communities are being impacted by the economic crisis. Ho, the organization's Executive Director since 2004, will provide a big picture perspective on how local, state, and federal policies are impacting social services for all New Yorkers, and then especially Asian American communities. Additionally, he will discuss his and CACF's efforts to sustain and expand city and state funding to secure social services for Asian American individuals and families, many of whom are disenfranchised by the pervasive model minority myth, recently addressed in a report issued by NYU and The College Board and featured in a 2008 article in The New York Times. At 12% of the population, Asian Americans are New York City's fastest growing community, yet they receive less than 1% of city social service contracts.

Speaker: Wayne Ho, Executive Director, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF)

Wayne Ho joined CACF in August 2004. He is responsible for leading the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization by overseeing agency administration, program oversight, board relations, staff supervision, community partnerships, and fundraising to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families. He serves on the board of directors of Coro New York Leadership Center, Human Services Council, New York Foundation, and Partnership for After School Education (PASE). To ensure that Asian Pacific American needs are being represented, Wayne is a member of the NYS Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, NYS Office of Children and Family Services’ Internal Review Board, NYC Citizen Review Panel, Immigration Advisory Board of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), and Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University. Previously, Wayne was the administrator of out-of-school time programs for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), which was recognized as a model after school partnership by the California Department of Education during his tenure. He also conducted policy analysis for ACS on options for public and non-profit agencies to expand child care and worked with the Blue Ridge Foundation New York on performance management systems for start-up non-profits. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Wayne founded several volunteer-based programs to empower youth of color to pursue higher education and to become community advocates. Wayne received his bachelor degree from UC Berkeley and his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also completed the New American Leaders Fellowship Program of the Coro New York Leadership Center and New York Immigration Coalition. Wayne received a Making a Difference Award from the Family Health Project in 2008.

For more information:

Jennifer Hayashida, Acting Director
Asian American Studies Program
Hunter College, The City University of New York
695 Park Avenue, 1037 East Building
New York, NY 10065





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