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Wei Chi Poon

The Association for Asian American Studies honored Ethnic Studies librarian Wei Chi Poon recently with a distinguished lifetime service award.

Poon was recognized for developing Berkeley's Asian American Studies Library (now part of the Ethnic Studies Library), which has grown with her 20-year guidance from a reading room with a few books to an 8,000-title collection. Its Chinese American Archive is known nationwide.

Poon was also recognized for mentoring and guiding new scholars and for groundbreaking publications on Asian American collection development.

"Numerous students have been helped and inspired by her to go on and produce scholarship of their own," said Philip Tajitsu Nash, chair of the association's award committee. "Reference works on Asian Americans have relied on her comprehensive knowledge of the literature, and library science students have had their horizons broadened by her efforts."

Poon accepted her award June 27 at the association's annual meeting, held in Honolulu.

Casalaina Wins Regional Emmy

Vincent Casalaina, principal producer/director in charge of content development for the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, recently received a Northern California Regional Emmy for an outstanding sports program. Casalaina was cited for his work on the Citibank Fall Cup Regatta.

Casalaina has been involved in the Citibank Regatta series since its 1993 inaugural season, first as cameraman, then director of photography, and for the past three programs as producer. The twice-yearly program features the San Francisco sailboat race, set just off the end of Pier 39 for maximum audience participation.

In addition to his work on the Citibank Regatta and at Berkeley, Casalaina is also developing web video material for the AmericaOne Challenge for the America's Cup race in the year 2000.

He accepted his Emmy May 9 at the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences award ceremony in San Francisco. Earlier this year Casalaina was named among the top 100 media producers of 1997 for his work on web video.

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