Asian Media Roundtable

April 18, 2006
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 Apr. 18, 2006


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.

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 – and hence, the future – of countless Asian American communities. Cal State L.A.’s 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 – 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

WHEN:  2 – 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006

WHERE:  Cal State L.A. Golden Eagle Building, Raquel Soriano Conference Room (third-floor boardroom) Directions: Eastern Avenue Exit off the I-10 Freeway Press Parking: Please check in at the info kiosk, off Paseo Rancho Castillo

PROGRAM:  Introduction and Overview by President James M. Rosser

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 phenomena.

* 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.’s engineering program (cited for the fifth consecutive year as among the nation’s 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, “virtual aircraft” 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 Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s 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.

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