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ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS FORM NEW NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

The new AJAA non profit organization meets in Las Vegas next summer
The new AJAA nonprofit organization meets in Las Vegas next summer

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Yesterday, we reported about what appeared to be a sexual harassment incident that happened at the annual national convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) in San Francisco, a matter of serious concern that AAJA’s leadership promised to address at today’s board of directors meeting.

During the meeting, the board acknowledged that the unfortunate incident may have been precipitated by alcohol use by the alleged perpetrator. Board members were in agreement that the incident had tarnished the good image of AAJA and that they needed to rise from this embarrassing incident.

The board then decided to abolish the organization and form a new nonprofit that would be more reflective of the goals and aspirations of its members.

The new 501 (c) (3) organization will be called AJAA – Asian Journalists for Alcoholics Anonymous.

As  AAJA concluded its 2015 convention, it announced the venue for next year’s national gathering  for the newly-formed nonpofit organization — Las Vegas!

2016 convention organizers promised a memorable convention with lots of happy hours, free booze and skills-building workshops  that will be conducted by Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as  high-profile sessions on proofreading and copyediting.

The board assured its membership that the 2016 convention will be a very safe environment for all attendees — alcoholics or not.

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE EMMA STONE TO KEYNOTE ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS CONVENTION IN SAN FRANCISCO

Stone (Photo source: boomsbeat.com)
Stone (Photo: boomsbeat.com)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Academy Award-nominated actress Emma Stone will keynote the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) annual national convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Embarcadero in San Francisco this week.

Stone was a last-minute replacement for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, an Asian American, who backed out of the keynote address scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.

Lee’s office   sent an urgent message to AAJA President Paul Cheung saying that the mayor decided to skip the journalist convention because of recent allegations that implicate him in the same bribery scandal that entrapped California State Senator Leland Yee, another Asian American. The mayor wanted to keep a low profile for now.

Stone, who is a quarter Chinese and quarter Hawaiian, starred in the Sony Pictures film, “Aloha.”

Asian American advocacy groups, led by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) were very critical of Director Cameron Crowe for casting Stone as Allison Ng who is supposed to be quarter Chinese, quarter Hawaiian and half Swedish.

During her keynote address, Stone is expected to defend her casting in the ‘Aloha’ film on the grounds that aside from being a really good actress, her mixed heritage makes her qualified to play the role of Ng.

The Adobo Chronicles could not reach MANAA founder Guy Aoki for comment. Aoki is not expected to attend the AAJA convention because of ideological differences with AAJA’s leadership.