--Jonathan Michaels, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (istaro AT gmail.com)
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Not only am I a student of the third-year Chinese language class, but also I am an officer of a student group called the San Francisco Hepatitis B Collaborative at Berkeley. We are a group that works in conjunction with various San Francisco public health organizations, including UCSF Medical and Pharmacy schools, to provide interpreters for Hepatitis B screening and vaccination clinics that service the large API community in San Francisco. I and many members of our student group have had the privilege of receiving language training at UC Berkeley, which we have been able to apply directly to work in our community. Our heritage speakers have not only had countless opportunities to provide interpretation services to non-English-speaking patients in various clinics and health fairs, but have also been entrusted with developing patient education materials in various API languages, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Japanese. I honestly feel that the conviction of our group to service the API community outside of the UC Berkeley campus and our capability to do so would not exist without the caliber of training many of us have received from the UC Berkeley East Asian Language Department or the cultural interests and social awareness fostered by its diverse courses. For this reason, the scaling back of East Asian language courses will not only be a loss to the student community on campus, but also a disservice to the large API community outside our campus. Thus, I deeply implore the University of California to reconsider the budget cuts to the East Asian Language Department.
--Julia Lam, Molecular and Cell Biology major, Chinese minor (julia_lam AT berkeley.edu)
The May Revision proposes restoring $98.5 million of that [$332 million] cut, leaving state funding for the university in 2008-09 roughly equivalent to the 2007-08 level. However, funding is not provided in the May Revision for key needs that the Regents had included in their 2008-09 budget request, including funding for enrollment growth, faculty and staff salary increases, and other inflationary cost increases. In addition, the university is seeking an $8 million increase in funding for student mental health services on campuses, a priority endorsed by both the Regents and UC student organizations.
There is no mention here of the Temporary Academic Staffing budget, from which the majority of language teaching of East Asian (and other) languages at Berkeley are funded; does this mean that TAS funding will be restored? And if so, when?
The two articles are: "버클리대 한국어 강의 축소저지’ 모금 캠페인" ("Fundraising Campaign to Stop Cuts to UC Berkeley Korean Classes", 5/20) and "UC버클리‘한국어 구하기 모임’기금모금 대책 논의" ('Save Korean' Fundraising Strategy Meeting Held at UC Berkeley, 5/21)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Daniel Park, Political Economy of Industrialized Societies major (daniel_park AT berkeley.edu)
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Monday, May 19, 2008
As a potential comparative literature major, I'm required to have more than one language in which I can work fluently enough to read and analyze its literature. Thus far I've planned my years out with Chinese as one of the main components of my major, and unless I can continue to take classes (preferably heritage) every single semester until I graduate, I won't be able to complete my requirements. Major aside, I'm still very upset that the EALC department has to suffer such drastic cuts, when it's all too clear that hundreds, if not thousands, of students at UC Berkeley find these classes to be an integral part of their education.
Stephanie Chi-ning Chang, Psychology and Comp. Literature double major (intended) (ning_ning AT berkeley.edu)
- Time: 11 a.m
- Date: Wednesday, 5/21
- Place: 2223 Fulton st., basement room (where the first press conference was held)
- Purpose: to discuss and develop strategies for short-term fundraising (Goal: $500K)
In addition to holding press conferences, organizing the rally, working with community organizations, contacting and attempting to meet with state and local legislators as well as Berkeley administrators, writing op-eds, conducting our petition drive, and composing awareness letters, we now confront the formidable task of raising upwards of $500,000 in donations, yet few of us have professional experience in the area of fundraising. Moreover, our core committee, especially as folks return to their respective homes or abroad for the summer, is rapidly dwindling in number. For those of us who have worked round-the-clock for the past few weeks and now face the daunting prospect of fundraising, we need your support, commitment, and action, more than ever.
What we aim collectively to accomplish, at least provisionally, this wednesday is the following (please feel free to add to or suggest revisions of this agenda):
- to establish some basic talking points for fundraising conversations,
- to compile potential donor lists,
- to develop strategies aimed at corporate philanthropy.
Let's meet this Wednesday and begin a collective discussion about how we might work together toward meeting the ealc budget shortfall.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
- Monday May 19, at Cafe Med (Telegraph Avenue between Haste and Dwight), 11 a.m.
We'll be working on the final push to collect and turn in petitions to the campus administration, letter-writing to state representatives, community outreach, fund-raising and more. Please write to savekoreanstudies @ gmail.com or call Dave at 510-717-2367 with any questions.
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- New Tang Dynasty TV, 5/10, “柏克萊大學秋季預算削減影響東亞語言教育”
- Community TV Network, 5/10, “柏克萊大學東亞語言系消減預算記者會” (with video story of Berkeley press conference)
- Nichibei Times Weekly, 5/15, “UC Berkeley Students Rally Against Asian Language Cuts”
- Korea Times SF, 5/16, “6월까지 20만달러 이상 필요”
- Joongang Bangsong (중앙방송), 5/16, “UC버클리 '한국어학 살리자'”
- Korea Times SF, 5/16, “한국어강의 축소저지에 전념”
- Chosun.com, 5/17, “버클리대의 '한국어과 죽이기'?”
- SF Korea Daily, “한인사회가 한국어 강의 살려”
- Korea Daily (중앙일보), 5/17, “'한국어반 살려주오' UC버클리 학생들, 한인사회 지원 호소”