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CEP Fall 2011 Speaker Series

The American Dream: A Personal Journey

Sponsored by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University

Audie Chang Audie Chang

Audie K. Chang graduated from Harpur College in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and history. Following work as a taxi driver, salesman and Dun & Bradstreet credit reporter, he enrolled in New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he earned his MBA in finance and accounting. Upon graduation, he joined Deloitte & Touche in Manhattan and became licensed as a CPA. In 1979, Chang moved west to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, the company that brought thousands of Chinese workers to America in the 19th Century. When the company announced a merger, he moved to the Silicon Valley, serving as the corporate controller for Tele Atlas, a leading digital map producer; Electroglas, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment; and IntelliCorp, a producer of software for SAP implementations. He was also the chief financial officer for two venture capital-funded start-up companies. For the past five years, Chang has been a financial and accounting consultant serving technology companies that include Jawbone, Electronic Arts, Komag, Friendster and Silicon Image. Born in China and raised in lower Manhattan where he attended PS 130 and JHS 65, he attributes his success in corporate America to his liberal arts education, which sharpened his communication skills, immersed him in the heart and soul of America, and provided a bridge between his Chinese heritage and American upbringing. Chang enjoys volunteering to better his community and has served on the audit committee of Foster City and the academic committee of Financial Executives International. He is a co-founder of the Asian Business League of San Francisco and the San Francisco Chapter of OCA, a nonprofit civil rights organization. He and his wife, Susan, have two adult children and are longtime supporters of Binghamton University.

Post-9/11 Communities

Sponsored by The Harpur Dean's Speaker Series
and The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University

Parag Khandhar, Esq.

Parag Khandhar, Esq. has worked on Asian American community issues since he went to college at the University at Albany, SUNY. He worked with cultural, social service, and advocacy groups in New York City. These include the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where he helped to create a dynamic cultural and community space where artists, students, and activists built community together, and the Asian American Federation, where he led a multifaceted service and advocacy response to the various impacts of September 11th on Asian immigrant communities. Parag is a guest editor in a special issue of the Asian American Literary Review that reflects on the 10 year anniversary of September 11th and its legacy in South/Asian American communities and organizations (Sept 2011). A graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, Parag established the Housing & Community Justice Project at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) in 2008. The Project works with low-income and limited English proficient immigrant tenants with specific legal problems and facilitates organizing for better conditions and community power.

Higher Education and Outreach

Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies
and the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas at Binghamton University

Peter Van Do and Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong

Peter Van Do is a Program Director for the Student Activities Office at Cornell University. His primary responsibilities include mentoring student leaders in producing a range of programs in the community centers and student union at Cornell. Other services provided to students include team leadership development, organizational and program development consultant, and performance and training. Peter Van Do was awarded the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award by the Cornell University Asian American community (Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, Asian & Asian American Center, Asian American Studies) in Spring 2011. Van Do is also a part-time graduate student in the Asian Studies Department at Cornell University. His primary research areas include the Vietnam War/South Vietnamese veteran experience, Vietnamese American immigration, and Vietnam Modern Colonial History. Other intellectual interests follow the topic of race, class, gender, social citizenship, and psychological oppression. Peter Van Do is currently working on his second master's research on the study of Vietnamese-Japanese relations in 1945. Van Do ’02 was the President of the SUNY-Binghamton Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) during the 1998-1999 term, and President of the SUNY-Binghamton Asian Student Union (ASU) during the 1999-2000 term. Peter Van Do ’02 was one of the student leaders that addressed the university handling of the anti-Asian attack/incident that occurred in Spring 2000.

Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong is an Associate Director at Cornell Public Service Center, supporting students and faculty members that are interested in going beyond the borders of traditional classrooms and college campus enhancing their civic learning and civic engagement activities. She received her Bachelor degree from SUNY Binghamton in December 1994 in History with a concentration in Asian and Asian American Studies. While attending BU, she was involved with the Asian Student Union (ASU), serving as the Academic Vice President for 1.5 years and a writer with the Asian Outlook. Through her role as an ASU Board member, she worked collaboratively with Asian Studies faculty members, ASU members, and communities at-large to include Asian American studies. She later pursued her Master degree in Industrial Labor Relations focusing on Collective Bargaining at Cornell University, School of Industrial Labor Relations. Amy is a mother of three beautiful children with a supportive partner who is pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at Syracuse University. In addition, she is an avid dragon boater who co-founded the Ithaca Dragon Boat Program and organizes its annual Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival through the Ithaca Asian American Association (IAAA), to bring various Greater Ithaca communities together for the love of community capacity building, Cayuga Lake, health and Wellness and Asian and Asian American culture.

Asian Americans In Academia

Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Professor Dina Maramba is an assistant professor of Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University, M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego. Her research interests include equity and diversity in higher education, theory and practice in student affairs, college student development, access and retention, first generation college students, and immigrant experience.

Professor Cynthia Marasigan is an assistant professor of Asian & Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, M.A. in Historical Studies and Political Science from the New School for Social Research, and B.A. in History from Binghamton University. Her areas of interests include U.S. empire; comparative colonialisms; immigration and foreign policy; comparative race relations; U.S. imperialism in the Pacific; Philippine and Filipino American history; and war, citizenship, and African American history.

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Last Updated: 6/26/12