APALA President’s Program at ALA Annual 2013

If you’ll be attending ALA Annual 2013 in Chicago, be sure to mark your calendars and join us for the APALA President’s Program!


Pushing the Boundaries: LGBTQ Presentation and Representation of/by Asian/Pacific American Writers

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Jackson Park 10A
Details: ALA13 Scheduler

Sponsored by APALA and GLBTRT, this program focuses on the representation, or lack thereof, of LGBTQ members within the spectrum of the Asian/Pacific American (APA) community, particularly in literary works by APA LGBTQ writers. It also discusses the movement of presenting and representing APA LGBTQs in literature through activism and agency, whether as an individual or as a group pushing the boundaries within and outside the walls of APA and LGBTQ communities.

Program speakers include: authors Malinda Lo, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Dwight Okita and MOONROOT zine collective members Sine Hwang Jensen and Linda Nguyễn.

Malinda Lo (Speaker)
Malinda Lo is an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. Her debut novel, Ash, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and a Nebula Award Finalist. Her next novel, Huntress, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and another Lambda Finalist. Malinda lives with her partner in California.

Mary Anne Moharanj (Moderator & Speaker)
Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of BODIES IN MOTION, a Sri Lankan-American novel-in-stories (HarperCollins) and nine other titles.  BODIES IN MOTION was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, has been translated into six languages, and was selected for the One Book, One Truman program at Truman College.  Mohanraj was a recipient of a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for Asian American arts organizing, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, a Neff Fellowship in English, a Steffenson-Canon Fellowship in the Humanities, and the Scowcroft Prize for Fiction. Mohanraj is Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction writing and literature at the University of Illinois, Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies and Executive Director of both DesiLit (www.desilit.org), an arts organization supporting S. Asian and diaspora literature, and the SLF (www.speclit.org), an arts organization supporting speculative fiction.

Dwight Okita (Speaker)
Dwight Okita is a Chicago native and third-generation, gay Japanese American. He started out writing poems in first grade because he couldn’t write compositions. Tia Chucha Press published his poetry book CROSSING WITH THE LIGHT. He has written stage plays which were produced in Chicago including THE RAINY SEASON, RICHARD SPECK, and the collaborative play THE RADIANCE OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Okita was featured in a documentary for public TV called “Out & Proud in Chicago.” Currently, he is focusing on novels: His first novel THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and his second novel THE HOPE STORE is entered in the 2013 Amazon contest.

Linda Nguyễn (Speaker)
Linda Nguyễn is an MLIS graduate, queer artist, and member of the MOONROOT zine collective living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sine Hwang Jensen (Speaker)
Sine Hwang Jensen is a graduate student, activist, and dreamer from Baltimore, MD working towards an MA in History and an MLS at the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in archives, records, and information management. She is passionate about cultural heritage preservation, and Asian Pacific American history. She works as a racial justice facilitator and women’s health teaching associate at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the MOONROOT zine collective.


Download the PDF flyer:

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Early-Bird Pricing Ends Today for APALA Social Events!

Dear APALA members and friends,

Act now before APALA’s ALA Annual social events before early-bird pricing ends and register now!

Sign up form for both events: www.apalaweb.org/registration


Friday, June 28, 2013 (12PM–3PM)

Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial (Cambodian Association of Illinois)
2831 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Enjoy a guided visit through the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial on Chicago’s North Side. Our visit will include South East Asian finger foods and snacks. The museum staff is excited to host us! Established in 2004, the Killing Fields Memorial is the only memorial of its kind outside of Cambodia. The museum and memorial aim to raise awareness of the Cambodian genocide, and human rights more broadly, and celebrate the renewal of Cambodian community and culture in the United States. A portion of APALA’s tour price will be donated to the museum. Additional donations are welcome.

    • Early-bird registration (on/before June 10):  $20 for APALA members / $25 for non-members.
    • Regular registration (June 11–June 24): $30 for non-members / $35 for non-members.
    • Public transit from the Loop: Brown Line (Kimball-bound) to Francisco stop. Use Google Maps for more specific directions.
    • For those interested in going to the museum together from the official APALA hotel, APALA member Paolo Gujilde will meet at 10:45AM in the lobby of the Westin River North and escort the group via public transit to the museum.


Saturday, June 29, 2013 (Begins 7PM)

APALA’s Annual 2013 Dinner
Home of Mary Anne Mohanraj

An intimate affair at the Oak Park home of writer Mary Anne Mohanraj: Enjoy a catered and home cooked buffet-style dinner of traditional Sri Lankan dishes (including vegetarian/vegan options) while mingling with friends old and new. Dr. Mohanraj is Professor of Fiction and Literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has authored nine titles, including Bodies in Motion, and is also a translator, Asian American arts organizer, and Executive Director of DesiLit.org. Dr. Mohanraj will be cooking part of the meal and will read pieces from her writings.

    • Early-bird price (before June 10, 2013): $30 for APALA members / $40 for non-members.
    • Regular price (after June 10, 2013): $35 for APALA members / $45 for non-members.
    • You will receive Mary Anne’s home address in your registration confirmation email.
    • Public transit from the Westin River North: From the Clark/Lake stop, take the Green Line (Harlem-bound) to Harlem Green train stop. Use Google Maps for more specific directions.
    • Public transit from McCormick Place: Best to take free ALA shuttle back to the hotel and catch the Green Line as explained above.
    • Cab ride from downtown to Oak Park would be around $25.
    • For those interested in going to Mary Anne’s home together, APALA member Paolo Gujilde will meet at 6PM in the lobby of the Westin River North and escort the group via public transit to her home.


Sign up here for both events: www.apalaweb.org/registration  

Please share with your friends, colleagues, and other people who might be interested.

Register early and take advantage of the early-bird registration option. Early registration will help us tremendously with ordering food. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Samanthi Hewakapuge, samanthi@uic.edu.

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APALA Newsletter Spring 2013

The latest edition of the APALA Newsletter is available now!

Download your copy now: APALA Newsletter Spring 2013 [PDF, 3.1 MB]


APALA Thanks Vendor Sponsors For Their Support

APALA is a professional organization that addresses the needs of Asian and Pacific American (APA) librarians and those who serve APA communities. As an ethnic affiliate of the American Library Association, our members come from diverse library backgrounds including school, academic, public, and special libraries. By choosing to partner with APALA, sponsors provide funding for scholarships, conference programs, literary awards, and professional development opportunities for our members.

We would like to thank the following companies:

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APALA T-shirt Logo Contest (Deadline Extended to May 20th)

APALA is on the lookout for fabulously talented individuals to participate in a T-shirt Logo Contest!

Are you a creative individual with a knack for creating eye-catching designs? Can you develop a clever library tagline? Would you like to see your design modeled by APALA members and supporters nationwide? Take a chance and show off your creative side! The winning design will receive a $100 gift card and one-year APALA membership.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Designs must incorporate the APALA logo (Logo available via email.)
  • Designs for both the front and back of the T-shirt are welcome
  • Designs should appeal to a broad audience and be marketable to all library supporters
  • Multiple submission will be accepted
  • File format should be in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) between 100 to 300 DPI


  • APALA welcomes all submissions
  • An appointed jury will select the winning design
  • Submit your designs and questions to Varaxy Yi <varaxy@gmail.com>


The designer of the winning logo receives a $100 gift card and a one-year APALA membership. Sales from the winning T-shirt help support APALA scholarships and grants.

Deadline:  Extended to May 20, 2013

Thank you,
APALA Fundraising Committee

Download: PDF of APALA 2013 T-shirt Design Contest Flyer


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