Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pot Luck!!!

Asian American Student Collective Potluck!!

A great way to wrap up the year, discuss the present and future of AASC for the fall and beyond!

Thursday April 30th 6:30pm
85 Home Avenue

Bring some food (if you can) and friends!
contact Amy Louie alouie@wes

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wesconnects Oral History Project

I heard about this via Stephanie K. Lee:

The Office for Diversity and Academic Advancement (ODAA) has assembled a Research Team STORM as part of the Student of Color mentoring program, WesConnects, to conduct oral histories with alumni of color on topics such as spaces for expression, activism, life choices, experiences abroad, and interracial relationships.

Students Towards Official Reflections and Memories(STORM): Jessica Bowen '11, Michelle Garcia '10, Marsha Jean-Charles '11, Arielle Knight '11, Stephanie Lee '11, Maya Barros Odim '10

WesConnects Oral History Project Facebook group is a 100% student-run and student-generated group. We are neither sponsored by nor in any way affiliated with the administration of Wesleyan University.

There is a facebook group! Check "Wesconnects Oral History Project" for some video interviews posted on the wall. Contact sslee@wes for additional information.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Possibility: Bringing Eric Byler ('94) to Wes!

Hey all-

  I'm trying to gage interest for bringing the independent filmmaker Eric Byler (Wesgrad '94) to Wesleyan for a screening of his newest documentary film which is currently in post-production.

 Here's a description of the project from their youtube channel "9500 Liberty":
Soon to be a feature length documentary, this project began as the world's first "Interactive Documentary" on YouTube, and developed into a virtual town hall about the politicization of the immigration issue in Prince William County, VA. During the first year of production, we often responded to viewer feedback, including requests for more coverage on certain story lines, contextual clarifications, and even on-site production. The aim of this channel and the feature documentary is to inform the public, and investigate alternatives to the intense polarization that is hindering progress on the immigration issue. 

 The project is pretty amazing for what it has to say about immigration and racism in America, not just for Latinos but for all minorities. If we were to bring Byler over it would be great to have the screening as a joint project between AASC and Ajuacampos as well. Look Eric Byler up on Wikipedia- he's done some pretty amazing things as a political activist and I think this would be a great project for AASC. 
 If I get enough feedback and volunteer organizers I'll start contacting Byler and coordinating things right away. Let me know what you have to say,

"Stop Your Racism To Hispanics" -- Liberty Wall #1

Liberty Wall#2: Korean Americans Model Immigrants?

 Also, check out his past films if you haven't- he's well recognized as an Asian American filmmaker/screenwriter. There are several copies of his first feature film "Charlotte Sometimes" at the Science Library.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Scholarship Opportunity for Asian Americans!

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), through the generosity of Verizon, is offering six (6) scholarships each worth $4,500 to Asian American students with the most innovative ideas on how to create, support, and nurture more leaders within our Asian American communities. The scholarships total $27,000.
Read more and find out how to apply : http://www.naaap.org/scholarship/

The deadline is January 31st '09!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hapa Happeningz

Hapa Perspectives is a documentary by Shannon Sun-Higginson '10 who conducted a series of interviews with different students on campus who identify as being "Hapa" or part-Asian. Their personal stories reflect the complex nature of identity formation, the salience of race in society, and the unique student body we have at Wesleyan. Check it out HERE and feel free to comment!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

An e-mail I received... what say folks?

*** Is this something that we want to see happen at Wesleyan soon?***

Dear Sumana,

My name is Eric and I’m a member of Tim Be Told's management team. Tim Be Told is an Asian American rock band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. They would love an opportunity to play for AASC at Wesleyen.

The band plays a rock/soul driven brand of pop and has opened for major label acts such as OK Go and Sparky's Flaw. They have played at many universities including NYU, Columbia, OSU, UVA, VCU, and Marymount University, among many others. The band’s music is played and sung through the band members’ perspectives as first generation American-born Asians, and we like to think that other Asian Americans can really relate to the music.

I was hoping that you would consider bringing Tim Be Told to play a future event for AASC, whether it be in the Spring Semester, next Fall, or any other time. They are quite an inspiring band and put on an incredible show! Go Cardinals!
Best regards,

Eric Macalma

P.S.: I appreciate your time and thought you may enjoy listening to the band’s music at www.myspace.com/timbetold. You can also watch some of their live videos on YouTube! :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g09aP91CdY - Full Band Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPtPSTYBu0s - Acoustic Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCpPWTdX5fc - Acoustic Video