Sean Kearns Media Relations Director (323) 343-3050 or Margie Yu Public Affairs Specialist (323) 343-3047
Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs (323) 343-3050 Fax: (323) 343-6405
For immediate release:
Media Reminder: Asian American Issues, Sources, Opportunities at
Cal State L.A.
Media-University Roundtable Discussion, 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Note to editors and news directors:
With about 4,000 Asian American students and another 500
non-resident students from Asia, California State University,
Los Angeles plays a major role in the education Â and hence,
the future Â of countless Asian American communities. Cal State
L.A.Âs staff and faculty also include many Asian Americans in key
positions, many of whom are scholars in areas of great topical
interest. Tomorrow, Cal State L.A. will host a small
informal gathering of Asian American journalists to meet with
members of the university community to explore a range of issues Â
including programs that serve Asian American students, new
technological facilities, global trade, race relations, curricula
in Asian languages and more.
Our goals are to introduce you to individuals who can serve as
experts on a range of topical issues, to provide you with story
ideas, and to hear from you about ways the university might
improve its outreach to Asian American communities. There will
also be an opportunity to ask about issues and activities in
higher education or at Cal State L.A.
We have a few seats left, so again we invite you to join us or
send a representative of your media organization. If interested,
please call (323) 343-3044 or e-mail
Â 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006
State L.A. Golden Eagle Building, Raquel Soriano Conference Room
(third-floor boardroom) Directions: Eastern Avenue Exit off
the I-10 Freeway
Please check in at the info kiosk, off Paseo Rancho Castillo
PROGRAM: Introduction and Overview by President James M.
Three- to five-minute presentations by Cal State L.A. professors:
* Yong Ba, chemistry; on the use of
the strongest nuclear magnetic resonance imaging technology in the
23-campus California State University system to study anti-freeze
mechanisms, drug delivery at the molecular level, and other
* Gay Yuen, education; on bilingual education and
initiatives of the Pacific Rim Institute.
* Pauline Agbayani-Siewert, social work; on
the rising number of immigrants from
Asia in Southern California and the need for social workers (particularly with graduate
degrees) to serve them.
* Sachiko Matsunaga, modern
languages; on expanding curricula in Asian languages (which
recently added Korean), writing programs and Chinese poetry.
Lena Chao, speech communication; on conflict
resolution, race relations and the Asian-American Institute.
* ChorSwang Ngin, anthropology/Asian
studies; on women and economic development, and on comparative
ethnic studies of Asian cultures.
* Kuei-wu Tsai, engineering, computer
science and technology (dean); on Cal State L.A.Âs engineering
program (cited for the fifth consecutive year as among the
nationÂs best undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World
Report) and its array of specialized laboratories focusing on
development of controls for a NASA space telescope, Âvirtual
aircraftÂ design, animation engineering, geotechnical advances on
the seafloor and other challenges.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu