Friday, February 29, 2008

February 2008

SAVE THE DATE! Ahn Trio is coming to Chicago for KACS!

Photo by Arthur Elgort

KACS is hosting a benefit concert with world famous classical musicians, Ahn Trio in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.
"a dominant musical gene has obviously left its imprint on the sisters Ahn" - Los Angeles Times

"their technique was impressive, and they balanced unanimity and individuality in a spirit that is at the heart of chamber music." - Washington Post

" this enormously stimulating performance will be one to return to again and again" - BBC Music

"one of the most beautiful and accomplished people of the year" - People Magazine

DATE: Thursday, May 29, 2008
PLACE: Northeastern Illinois University
Pre-and Post-VIP Reception

Ticketing information will follow. Sponsorship, media-related and any other inquires, contact Grace Yoon, Development Director at (773) 583-5501 ext. 107 or

Foundation of KACS Associate Board
Fostering New Generation of Community Leadership, KACS is the frontier.
Building on 36 years of service to the community, KACS is embarking on a new stage of growth and development. To launch itself into the future, KACS will develop community leadership and draw on the talent of a wider range of supporters, including 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans and other supporters.

On January 31, KACS hosted the Associate Board Info Reception and invited many highly energized and active team of professionals, civic, business and students leaders. All had a wonderful time networking one another and learning more about KACS's mission and community activities. A special thanks to our sponsor, TAVA and caterer, 2 in the Kitchen.

If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity, contact Inchul Choi, Executive Director at (773) 583-5501 ext. 105.

KACS 36th Anniversary Benefit Dinner "Rooted in Community"
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 13, 2008 @ Chicago Botanic Garden

KACS cordially invites all supporters, business and community leaders to our 36th anniversary benefit gala that will take place at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden's McGinley Pavilion.

Co-chairs: Sue Nam, Pro Auto & Johnathan Choe, Fifth Third Bank

* Hosted by Ellee Pai Hong, Anchor, NBC 5 News Today
* Free Admission to Chicago Botanic Garden
* Silent Auction & Raffle
* Special Musical Performance & VIP guests

You can now download Corporate Sponsorship/Business Advertisement here. More info, please contact Grace Yoon, Development Director at (773) 583-5501 ext. 107 or

Upcoming Events
Low-Income Tax Clinic will be held every Saturday starting from March 08. More Info: Dr. Soo-lyon Yon ext. 227
Thursday is our Art Day! Mask Dance Class at Northside Prep. High School & Danso (Korean Baboo Flute) & Mongolian Ballroom Dance every Thursday.
Internship Opportunities - available for Immigrant Service Coordinator and Special Event Coordinator, for more information, contact Grace Yoon.

For more information about KACS programs and services, visit our Website Event Calendar or contact us at (773) 583-5501.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Asian American Titles to Check Out

Titles and Reviews from Audrey: the Asian American Women's Lifestyle magazine. October/November 2007.

Jia: a Novel of North Korea by Hyejin Kim. Cleis Press: 2007.
True story of a North Korean woman's journey from an impoverished orphanage in Pyongyang, North Korea to abundance and freedom in Communist China.

Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga. St. Martin's Press: 2007.
After falling in love with an English teacher, Midori follows him back to California in hopes of starting a new life away from the strictures of Japanese society.

Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakatua. Kodansha America, 2007.
Two women's struggle to escape the mundane responsibilities of work and childbearing. One woman's past strains their relationship as they both pursue careers, raise families and hope for personal fulfillment.

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. Anne Marie Fleming. Riverhead Books, 2007.
Based on the award winning documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, by his great-grand-daughter Ann Marie Fleming, mixes humor, history and personal stories in this memoir.

Julie Black Belt: the Kung Fu Chronicles by Oliver Chin, illus. by Charlene Chua. Immedium, 2007. (ages 4-8)
Can Julie take her kung fu class to heart and learn the lessons of the sport?

Se, jie (Lust, Caution) directed by Ang Lee Rated: NC-17
Based on the short story by Eileen Chang, this espionage thriller takes place in Shanghai during World War II.

Wristcutters: a Love Story directed by Goran Dukic Rated: R
Zia cuts her wrists and enters a bizarre afterlife where everyone still bears the scars of how they committed suicide.

Why Did I Get Married? directed by Tyler Perry PG-13
A close look at married friends back in Colorado for an annual reunion, where it's clear that one has had an extramarital affair.

Comedy Zen (Season 1)
Stand up comedy showcasing comedians, including the best Asian American comedians today.

Election 2008 Resources

These are from Loreana O'English's article from College and Research Libraries: News. 69(1) 2008.

Background and General Election Information
Campaigns and Elections
Trade magazine offers articles, profiles, and news about the profession.

Campaign Legal Center
Nonprofit, nonpartisan center follows and initiates legal actions on issues such as campaign finances, election laws, and political ethics.

Federal Election Commission
Information about legal and regulatory rules relating to federal campaign finance issues.

University of Michigan Document Center: Election 2008
Information on presidential, congressional, and state candidates as well as background information.

U.S. Census Bureau: Voting and Registrations
Provides voting and registration statistics from population surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.

U.S. Census Bureau: Voting and Regulation
Provides voting and registration statistics from population surveys, along with population estimates, historical time-series date, and research reports.

Vote 411
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund and provides information on state level absentee voting, election dates, voting registration, voting machines, eligibility requirements and more.

Political News
Campaign U.
Sponsored by Chronicle of Higher Education and offers articles on issues affecting students, colleges and university, and higher education policy.

Sponsored by Congressional Quarterly that offers a political toolkit, political news, and blogs.

Sponsored by Comedy Central provides video clips, interviews, political blogs, and other campaign coverage and resources.

Politico and Campus Politico
From Capital News company and covers the presidential campaign and other political issues.

Denver Post and starting point to keep up with related news (Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention) and tracks news from western United States.

Fact Checking

University Pennsylvania's Annenburg Public Policy Center, and evaluates the accuracy of campaign claims.

Offers ruling on claims and sponsored by Saint Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.

Candidate Information
Map the Candidates
Slate magazine uses Google maps mashup to trace the geography of the 2008 presidential campaign, tracking travel, and linking to local coverage and videos of campaign stops.

Project Vote Smart
Provides extensive amount of information about elected officials, including voting records congressional and legislative, special interest group performance evaluations, campaign finance data, and issue positions from Political Courage Test formerly National Political Awareness Test.

Technology and User-Generated Content
Group blog that focuses on how the Web is being used by presidential campaigns, and how the read-write, interactive nature of the Web allows the public to create content that becomes a part of the campaign conversation. Site also sponsors 10questions where readers can propose questions to be asked of presidential candidates. The top ten are submitted to candidates who provide video response. Also tracks candidate support on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Myspace. Personal Democracy Forum partners with New York Times and MSNBC.

Publicly edited encyclopedia of the elections.

"The 51st State: the State of Online"
Written by Laura Gordon-Murnane from November/December issue of Searcher. Article provides a listing of the technological and social features that are available on presidential campaign Web sites as of late summer 2007, and analyzes how candidates, media, and voters are using these tools.

YouTube:You Choose
Candidates respond to questions through videos posted on YouTube.

Survey Research and Political Polling
American National Election Studies (ANES)
Organization has collected U.S. elections data since 1948. Offers a vast series of data and research reports about political participation and electoral behavior.

Tracks, aggregates, and analyzes political polls (including presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial races).

Money in Politics
Find campaign finance data, including searching for contributions by zip code, individual name or address, and political action committees, as well as post opinions about candidates. Special sections on contributions made by celebrities, industries, companies, and more.

Follow the Money
Number of organizations provide data about federal-level campaign finance contributions, by the National Institute on Money in State Politics provides information on the state level by contributor and industry.

Open Secrets
Center for Responsive Politics provides campaign finance information to other political information services, but this site offers a lot more.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Chinese New Year Links - Library of Congress Primary Resource

From the LC Training on Primary Resources:

About Chinese New Year

In-depth explanation of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration Includes explanation of feasts, descriptions of traditional foods and decorations.

Traditions and History of Chinese New Year Celebrations

Articles from the 1880’s

“The Chinese New Year,” The American Missionary. Volume 36, Issue 5, May 1882

“New Year's Day in China,” The American Missionary. Volume 38, Issue 8,
Aug 1884


Chinese New Year: dragon dance, children and adults watching]: From San
Francisco Chinatown (post-1910)

Chinese New Year: dragon parade]: From San Francisco Chinatown

Chinese New Year: Dragon dance, children watching

Chinese New Year: dragon dance, children watching

Chinese New Year, Chinese girl in traditional dress sitting in a chair
surrounded by various objects, furnishings and textiles

Chinese New Year, Chinese girl and boy in traditional dress standing
next to each other on a chair surrounded by various objects, furnishings
and textiles

Dance of the magnificent lion, Chinatown, San Francisco, Calif.: From
Miscellaneous California views from the collection of Joseph A. Baird

"Chinamen Celebrating Their New-Year's Day in San Francisco" and "Alter
in the Chinese Joss-House, San Francisco":

Other Resources/Activities

Get ready for Chinese New Year. Start at the bottom and click on a moon
... Based on the book "The Chinese Siamese Cat," written by Amy Tan with

Teacher Planet has lessons and unit plans, worksheets along with other
resources that look at the Chinese New Year.

Global Gateways, Portals to the World, Library of Congress resources on

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cultural and Ra cial Diversity Committee Blog: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Links to Library of Congress Online Exhibits, Etc.

Civil rights (Dr. King)

From Slavery to Civil Rights

“With an Even Hand” Brown v Board at Fifty

Voices of Civil Rights

African-American Odyssey

Born in Slavery

The African-American Mosaic

Audio Links

You may wish to begin the celebration of Martin Luther King by playing his “I have a dream” speech and have students complete a sound recording analysis worksheet from the National Archives while listening to Dr. King’s speech.

Link to analysis worksheet:

Link to Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech”


People gathered at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963

Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Civil rights march on Wash[ington], D.C.

Civil rights march on Wash[ington], D.C.

Civil rights march on Wash[ington], D.C.

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march

Congress of Racial Equality conducts march in memory of Negro youngsters killed in Birmingham bombings, All Souls Church, 16th Street

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King addresses gathering of followers after their aborted march yesterday in Selma, Ala

Martin Luther King, Jr. pictured in crowd at the end of the Selma-Montgomery Rights March, Montgomery, Alabama

Martin Luther King Jr. photo

Other Primary Documents of Interest, e.g. speeches, time lines, etc.

Copy of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

Letter, Martin Luther King, Jr., to A. Philip Randolph concerning King's Nobel Peace Prize

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA

Martin Luther King Jr.

Voting for Change

Bus Boycott in Alabama

Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. Was Born

The First March From Selma

King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


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