Read the syllabus and read the Legal memo part and it will explain what to write and choose one of the following options . Please do not write anything else. Write what it says .
This course will examine legal issues, cases and legislation in the context of historical
and current realities of Asian Pacific Americans.
The course will include lectures, readings (commentaries, cases and legislation), guest
speakers, films and classroom discussion.
1. Attendance and preparation for class.
2. Final Examination. There will be a final examination on readings and lectures during
the 10th week of class, on December 5. The final examination will count for 50% of
the final grade.
3. Legal Memo. Each student will be required to submit a legal memo. The legal memo
should argue or advocate for a position on a legal issue or subject or relevance to the
Asian Pacific American community. The instructors will suggest some topics, and
the students may select from among these topics or write on another topic with the
approval of the instructors. The paper should be about 10 – 12 pages, neatly typed,
double-spaced. With permission of the instructors, up to two students may work on
one paper together, in which case the paper should be 20 – 25 pages. The memo will
count for 50% of the final grade. The legal memo is due on December 12, 2012,
before 3:00 p.m. Papers should be dropped off at the Ueberroth Building, 10945 Le
Conte, Room #1103.
The reader for the course is available at Course Reader Materials, 1133 Westwood Blvd
The additional required book is the anthology “Untold Stories” which will be available for
purchase at the Asian American Studies Center.
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Campbell Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 3241
Mon. – Thurs. 1pm – 6pm
October 3 Introduction/Course Overview
Review Extra Credit and Research Options
Presentation on Asian American Labor
October 10 History of Asian Immigration
Contemporary Immigration Issues/The DREAM Act
October 17 Racial Violence
October 24 Legal Issues in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Community
L.A. Sweatshops and L.A. Civil Unrest
October 31 Japanese American Concentration Camps
Documentary screening: “Unfinished Business”
November 7 Affirmative Action and Employment Discrimination
November 14 Language Rights
November 21 Asian American Labor Issues
November 28 Voting Rights, Redistricting and Asian American Political Representation
December 5 FINAL EXAMINATION
Legal Memos Due December 10th by 3:00 p.m.
at 10945 Le Conte #1103 in Westwood
PROPOSED TOPICS FOR LEGAL MEMO
The Legal Memo is due on Monday, December 10, 2011 before 3 p.m. The paper should
be about 10 – 12 pages, double-spaced. With permission of the instructors, up to two students
may work on one paper together, in which case the paper should be about 20 – 25 pages. Please
cite sources, and include a bibliography.
You may select from these topics, or choose another topic with the approval of the
1) The Federal Dream Act providing legalization for undocumented immigrants should/should
not be enacted by Congress.
2) Welfare and other government benefits for legal immigrants should be denied/provided.
3) Redress and reparations should be expanded to include Japanese from Latin America.
4) Bilingual education should be maintained/eliminated.
5) English should/should not be declared the official language of the U.S.
6) “English only” rules and ordinances at the work site should be permitted/banned.
7) Affirmative Action benefits/harms Asian Pacific Americans.
8) The dismantlement of Affirmative Action within the University of California was
9) There are sufficient/insufficient laws with regard to penalties for racial violence.
10) Asian Americans should/should not be considered with regard to redistricting plans.
11) Legislation holding manufacturers jointly liable for the work of their contractors is
effective/ineffective at curbing sweatshops.
12) Political contributions from non-citizens should be allowed/prohibited.
13) The U.S. government’s handling of the Wen Ho Lee case was fair/discriminatory.
14) “Secure Communities” is/is not a good public policy.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY
There are two extra credit assignments available through the UCLA Labor Center, and two
available through the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Each one will provide five extra
credit points, and you could sign up for a total of two maximum. These extra credit
assignments are completely voluntary.
The UCLA Labor Center and the Immigrant Youth Movement
The UCLA Labor Center was founded in 1964 to serve as a bridge between the university and
the labor community. We are engaged in research, education, and policy initiatives to improve
the lives of workers, students, and our communities. We have been engaged in a number of
projects involving undocumented immigrant students of UCLA.
This Fall, there will be two events held on UCLA Campus that involve undocumented students.
The first will be a book event to promote “Undocumented and Unafraid—Tam Tran, Cinthya
Felix and the Immigrant Youth Movement.” The book honors the contributions of two UCLA
alumni who were leaders of the immigrant youth movement, and who tragically were killed in
a car accident in 2010.
The second will be a seminar on “Deferred Action”: to assist UCLA undocumented students in
applying for deferred action and work authorization. The seminar will be held on UCLA
The Extra Credit assignment would involve working on either one of these events. You would
need to spend five hours on the event, either through outreach and mobilization, staffing the
event, or writing an article to promote the event in a campus or community news outlet. You
would also be required to write a one page summary of your activities, to be submitted the
same day as the legal memo.
Please sign up if you are interested, and we will be in touch with you to arrange for your
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Since 1983, APALC has been advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education,
and building coalitions to positively influence and impact the Asian American and Pacific
Islander community in Los Angeles. APALC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and
therefore will be focusing on non-partisan efforts, including education around ballot
To support our work to improve political participation among Asian Americans and Native
Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs), I am asking for your assistance for two of
our Your Vote Matters 2012 campaign projects for the November 6, 2012 Presidential General
Election campaign: (1) a multilingual phone bank and (2) Election Day poll monitoring. These
two projects depend on the support of volunteers while providing students who participate
with a unique opportunity to learn outside the classroom. Students will reach thousands of
voters with the goal of increasing the political power of AA and NHPI communities through the
ballot box. Also, students will gain important skills on how to organize and mobilize with a
diverse community of voters while developing a better understanding of voting barriers these
communities experience. Your students have the option to participate in either or both of the
Phone Bank Project for the 2012 General Election:
APALC’s “Your Vote Matters 2012” project is a multi-lingual voter education and mobilization
campaign in nine different ethnic communities (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino,
Japanese, Thai, Cambodian, Pacific Islander, South Asian) across Los Angeles. A major
component of the “Your Vote Matters 2012” campaign consists of calling voters in-language
and in a culturally competent manner to turn out voters.
? Volunteers will provide voting information and empower voters to take a stand at this
? We prefer volunteers who are bilingual in an Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese,
Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Khmer, Japanese, Thai, Hindi, Urdu, Samoan), though
bilingual ability is not mandatory to volunteer. The ability to deliver in-language and
culturally relevant phone calls is critical to get-out-the-vote efforts targeting AAs and
NHPIs due to the low rate of turnout amongst voters in these communities.
? The commitment for this project is at least three shifts at 3 hours per shift in October
leading up to Election Day.
? There will also be a mandatory two-hour training at the end of September. You can
pick from the following times: Sat 9/22, 1-3PM, Tue 9/25, 6-8PM, or Sun 9/30, 3-
? The phone bank will be held at our office in downtown Los Angeles and dinner will be
provided per each shift.
Poll Monitoring Project for the 2012 General Election:
APALC’s poll monitoring project was developed to assess county compliance with Section 203
of the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires Los Angeles County to provide assistance to
voters in a number of Asian languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean,
Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
? Students are trained as observers, monitoring polling places on Election Day for the
provision of both written and oral assistance in required Asian languages.
? Poll monitor observers fill out a questionnaire documenting their observations. The poll
monitoring project is an important tool in making sure that limited English proficient
voters have access to the language assistance to which they are entitled under federal
? The commitment for this project is a 90-minute training (most likely in October at
APALC’s office) and 2 ½ hours of poll monitoring on Election Day.
? Bilingual ability is a plus but not necessary.
What You Can Do:
Your instructor has agreed to allow students to receive extra credit for these volunteer
opportunities. Here’s what you can do next:
? First, you can sign up online (https://allaplusessays.com/order) or in person with
me, Nat Lowe, when I come to your class to do a presentation.
? Second, schedule a training for phone banking or poll monitoring by contacting me,
Nat Lowe, via email ([email protected]) or phone (213-241-0213).
? Third, when you come in for your training, please specify that you are receiving extra
credit for your volunteer time so I can keep track and report to your instructor. Note
which class, who your instructor is and which university or college you attend so I can
make sure your extra credit counts!
Thank you in advance for your response and help in carrying out this important community
project. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] or
call me at (213) 241-0213.
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