Archive | April, 2012

ReJoice

27 Apr

April 27th, 2012

ReJoice!! Our last event of our ReImagine series: Comedy show with Henry Cho, an awesome comedian who (i think) is really hilarious and is known for his “clean” jokes. (he doesn’t swear) He’s a pretty funny guy, and we had a great turn out. It was a great way to end our series on a happy note.

We all worked really hard on this series .. (literally 2 weeks of planning for this whole series) Special Thanks and kudos to the committee who got together and made this all happen: Terence, Kay, Kim, Diana, May, and Shinny. Also, another thanks to our co-sponsors: the Chinese Students Association and Korean Students Association!

ReFlect

18 Apr

April 18th, 2012

ReImagine event #3: SUCCESS! At this event, we talked about a bias incident that happened in 2009 with the Korean Student’s Association. It was a great turn out, and the atmosphere was very comfortable and inviting. No one was forced to talked about what they went through during this time. It was great hearing stories from everyone.

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In the beginning there was a huge post it that said “why are you here” which everyone wrote on post-its and posted them up, showing what brought us all together that day.

Here are the reasons why people came 🙂

I’m here to hear firsthand from the individuals and community affected by this incident and to try to understand how it continues to affect the Tufts Community.

to further learn and understand the implications of this events on the community; to reflect and empower myself on these issues. To gain an understanding of perspectives from others.

I wasn’t at Tufts when the incident happened and I want to know more about it, and how people feel now, three years later.

I care because I am a member of KSA and part of the Tufts AA community.

I am here because I did not speak out when the hate incident occurred.

To understand what happened and what realities about Tufts this exposes.

I’ve heard people mention it but I don’t actually know what happened.

I don’t know nearly enough about the incident, or how its impact is still being felt.

Was involved in the incident, didn’t want Tufts to forget.

So that we will never forget 04.09.09.

Because I want Tufts to be a safe space for all its students and I think we need more discussions like this.

For a better understanding

To make sure that this incident will not be forgotten and others like it will not happen

I’m here because I think it’s important for conversations about racial justice at Tufts to happen all the time, not just when bad things happen.

I want to engage in a discussion that puts a critical lens about race and to come out learning how to be in this kind of a discussion. This incidence w/ KSA is needed for a discussion.

To learn more about an important racial incident that happened on campus.

Not knowing much about the incident that happened on our own campus.

Because I want to talk about the incident.

The bias incident engaged all members of the AA community– whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

Interested in what people think about the level of appropriateness is acceptable when “joking” about Asians?

The bias incident, which happened my freshmen year, was one of the first things to make me question my perceptions about both race and the Tufts “community” in general. A lot has happened since then and I’m interested in reflecting on the time that has passed.

My girlfriend was coming and I knew the perpetrator and was interested in seeing how view

points have changed.

My friend’s time feeling like the “other” at his own school.

Because it is important to learn more about the bias incident. It reflects the climate on campus and needs to be remembered, not forgotten.

Wanted to hear from different sides of the story, learn some new perspectives

To learn more about what actually happened, and especially about opinions about

what happened.

to understand

to remember

to learn

to educate

to let those who were affected know we support them.

Sometimes I operate  under the illusion that race as a social construct has became a less divisive issue. This is a flawed mindset, born in no small part of an assimilationist tendency. Social interaction based off of race is still a contentious issue and it’s important to understand it.

 Because remembering is resistance and smashing racism is a process.

I was not here during the 2009 incident but think that it is very important for understanding

the racial climate on campus. I’d like to hear what people felt during the experience whether they were directly affected or not.

Then at the end, we did something similar, except the question was “What can you do in my role as a(n) ______ is _____”

here’s what it the post-its said:

 What I can do as an Asian American leader is give comfort to the victims, stand up against the detractors and demand justice from the administration.

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As a student, a friend, a member of the Asian American community, I can support my peers not only in my community but in other marginalized groups, and never give up in the fight for justice.

Talk about how racial violence/jokes affect a person, how it affects the person of color differently than how an outsider would see it.

What I can do in my role as an Asian is speak out and not forget.

What I can do in my role as an Asian American leader is to fight against the structural, to speak up, to hold people accountable for things that they have done. We will not be silenced.

What I can do as an RA is to be active in ensuring that my residents feel safe and know that they have someone to talk with.

As a white ally, I can educate myself, others, and interrupt racist jokes.

As an Asian American is continue educating myself and others; never give up on the struggle; remain vigilent.

As an Asian American, I can stand up for those who were victims; I can defend them from those who say it is an overreaction. Do my best to help others understand in doing so learn more about myself and what I believe in.

As a biracial individual, I can explore dual components of myself for empathy, understanding, and power.

Challenge racism and offer support to marginalized people, demand an education that faces issues of race, and continue to question my own thoughts and actions.

My role as an Asian American is to commit 100% to being an anti-racist and use whatever skills I have accumulated over the years to bring awareness, and change (through art, personal experience sharing, health, community service, etc.)

What I can do in my role as an Asian American is speak up.

What I can do in my role as a white person is not be silent (although it would be easy), to support, with my voice and body, a just Tufts that we imagine, to speak and write and sit in.

As a white ally, what I can so is use my race privilege to combat claims of oversensitivity and sensationalizing, to say it is unacceptable to me as a white person.

What I can do is speak up because I know that I can and I need to. I can respond because I know more about the history and events like these and can find the strength and voice to say something– because I HAVE TO. It is not a choice.

As an activist, I can organize a coalition that will create change both rethorically and visibly.

What I can do in my role as an Asian American is to choose to speak up when I feel it is important, despite what others think or feel I should do.

What I can do in my role as a Latino activist is be there in solidarity. I believe in direct action and confronting power but I will stand there and fight as needed.

What I can do in my role as a leader in the AA community is continue to remember and fight for change.

As a white ally, I can speak out and interrupt the act. And I can listen and validate the experience of others affected by it.

What I can do in my role as an Asian American female is stand with whatever group was marginalized, be it Asian Americans, African Americans, LGBTQ, etc. I can be strong enough to put my mind and body on the line.

ReDefine

12 Apr

April 12th, 2012

Know who you are, and tell your story because if you don’t, someone else will
Day 2 of our ReImagine Series. We’ve invited Professor Shirley Tang to be our second guest lecturer. She talked about her AA Media Literacy class.

twas a very personal and deep class. She showed us some videos that her students made, each of them very very personal and i’m sure there were people in the audience who were touched by at least one of them.

RePosition

3 Apr

April 3, 2012

Our first event of our ReImagine (A Tufts Education with Asian American Studies) is a sample lecture for a course titled “Asian Americans and the Law” from UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies Program. We invited Professor Andrew Leong to come and give a sample lecture.

It was a short lecture (a little over an hour long) and Professor Leong really talked about so many things including: events that happened in 1854, the Vincent Chin incident in Michigan, Dr. Wen Ho Lee, and many other bias incidents. Even those that happened recently (Tuft’s KSA incident). Overall, it was very informative and Professor Leong was a very entertaining lecturer.