Experts Exchange
Contact Information
Phone: 310 825 2974
Fax: 310 206 9844
contact: Prof. Russell C. Leong
Prof. David K. Yoo
Mission of the
U.S./China Media
and Communications
Program at UCLA

Our mission is to create, promote, and disseminate a more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of the countries, peoples, and cultures of the United States and China through the tools of mass communication and public education.

Four strategic areas make up the U.S.-China Media and Communications Program, housed at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Experts Exchange: Yvonne Lau
Yvonne Lau
Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Professor Yvonne Lau is Director of DePaul's Asian & Asian American Opportunities (DAAAO) Program--an early college partnership with Chicago Public Schools, enhancing opportunities for talented secondary school students to earn college credits in Asian languages & Asian American Studies. Lau is an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Director of Outreach and Program Development. She also serves as the director of DePaul's Chinese Language Academy, and the DePaul-STARTALK Summer Language Initiatives in Teacher Training and Early College Programs for Chinese Language Study.


President-elect Barack Obama's Chinese Connection: One "JIA"

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As a Chinese American educator and community advocate from Chicago, I'm proud that Americans have elected former U.S. Senator Barack Obama.  Though many reasons contributed to his winning election, I suggest that a key factor centers on his message of one America or one “JIA” (in Mandarin, family or home). His philosophy reflected in:  his book, The Audacity of Hope, speeches, and conversations with the public, resounds with recurring themes of diverse inclusiveness, universal values, and common interests amongst all Americans.

During President-elect Obama's seminal speech delivered at the 2004 Democratic Convention, I remember feeling a special exuberance when he acknowledged Asian Americans by uttering this now famous quotation:  “There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America - there's the United States of America.”  Instead of pitting “us” against “them,” or Main Street versus Wall Street, Mr. Obama has invited all Americans to recognize our mutuality and need for broad-based coalition-building.

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