Re(Claim) AAPI – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
It is undeniable that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have played key roles in shaping the institutions, cultures, and histories of the United States. Today, AAPI communities comprise a significant portion of the United States, growing in prominence and power. However, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders still face multiple forms of misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and discrimination which attempt to stifle collective voices and erase self-determined histories. In a tense political climate where the importance of race and ethnicity are continually denied, we must remind ourselves that contentious figures such as Alexandra Wallace, Pete Hoekstra, and the perpetrators of Danny Chen’s suicide occurred only within the last two years alongside the rise of inspirational figures such as Jeremy Lin.
It is in these multi-faceted experiences of being Asian American and Pacific Islander today that we invite you to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) during May. We call upon our community to reflect upon and engage in what it means to (Re)Claim our AAPI identities alongside our multiple intersecting identities. Throughout May, we invite you to join the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA in partnership with our member organizations and the Office of Residential Life to our events to remember and reflect upon our homes, heritage, and histories, both in the United States and elsewhere.
For a full list of events, check out http://apcla.org/wordpress/2012/04/27/reclaim-aapi-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/
Follow-Up Response to Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout
Follow-Up Response to Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout
by: Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA
Earlier this summer, the Palace Restaurant Seafood and Dim Sum establishment partnered with a UCLA student-run business known as UCLA Munchies to open a takeout service. This service took the name “Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout,” in reference to the online rant posted by Alexandra Wallace: “Asians in the Library.”
The use of such a racial slur prompted a response from several sources, including Assemblyman Mike Eng. We, the Asian Pacific Coalition, released a statement and called the takeout service to change the name. Shortly afterwards Rachel Lee, the owner of the Palace Restaurant, responded with an apology and changed the name to C2L2. She said that she had already thought of changing the name of the takeout service, as she was unsure about the sensitivity of the original one.
However, the students behind UCLA Munchies have maintained that the name was only meant as a joke. They are looking for another business to partner with for the takeout service, and have stipulated that the original name must stay.
We must stress again that while the name was meant to be used humorously, it still carries many negative connotations. “Ching chong ling long” originated as a slur against Chinese immigrants to America, and this history prevents it from being reclaimed as a harmless joke. The phrase is still used today to mock the Chinese language (as demonstrated in Alexandra Wallace’s video). As such, it is inappropriate to use the slur as a name for any business.
The Asian Pacific Coalition appreciates that The Palace Restaurant has changed the name of their takeout service. However, we would like to ask the students behind UCLA Munchies to meet and engage in a discussion about the use of the name and its harmful effects.
August 12, 2011 at 3:09pm
API EQUALITY - LA Volunteer Orientation!
Join API Equality-LA for an afternoon to have fun, network with passionate activists, and find out about our amazing volunteer opportunities.
Once again, California’s LGBTQ community is under attack. Now is the time for us to come together to learn about the challenges we face and take action for LGBTQ equality.
Volunteering with API Equality-LA offers opportunities to:
- Work with seasoned activists in the API community
- Stay informed about LGBTQ community issues
- Be a part of a great community.
Join us on Saturday August 13! As a community of activists united across generations, we will work together to change hearts and minds for LGBTQ equality.
EVERYONE is welcomed!
Lunch and snacks will be served, please RSVP with Tran Le at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Saturday, August 13, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Questions/RSVP: Tran Le | email@example.com | (818) 292 - 6922
Visit API Equality - LA to learn more.
August 9, 2011 at 9:43pm
The Chinese American Museum is seeking VOLUNTEERS
To whom it may concern,
I wanted to give you heads up about a volunteer opportunity that may interest your center. The Chinese American Museum (CAM) is celebrating an upcoming event called the 15th Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet happening Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. The event serves as the museum’s major annual fundraiser as well as a platform for us to recognize and honor individuals who have made a significant impact in the Chinese American community.
CAM is looking to recruit lots of volunteers for the event, especially with the SET UP SHIFT (anytime between 11am-5pm). Though I know most of the Center’s volunteers are students, I figured I send this out to you anyway, just in case there are students who might be available and interested in helping out. Please visit website www.camla.org to learn more about the Chinese American Museum.
Click this link for more VOLUNTEER details: http://camla.org/pressreleases/2011/Volunteer%20Call.pdf
Click this link for more EVENT details: http://camla.org/historymakers.html
Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stacey’s Departure from UCLA AASD
Hope this email finds you all enjoying the summer. I write to let you know, with deep regret, that Stacey Hirose, our MSO, is leaving her position in the AAS Department to become the MSO of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, effective August 15, 2011.
Stacey has been an asset to the Asian American Studies Center and the Asian American Studies IDP since her student days. I, among others, witnessed that phase of her social and intellectual quests with a deep impression. She now holds two Master degrees from UCLA (Asian American Studies, 1993; History, 1998) and she has been a Ph.D. candidate in History at UCLA since 1998.
Since 1998, Stacey has served the AAS IDP/Department with an extremely high level of competence and performances, initially as a Counseling Assistant (1998-2001), then as a Student Affairs Office (2001-2007), and, in recent years, as the Department Manager (2007 – Present). In fulfilling these demanding, and often times thankless, obligations, Stacey has demonstrated extraordinary passion, dedication, selflessness, and ingenuity, her heart always resonant with student and faculty needs and her eyes always set on the larger goals and interest of Asian American Studies both as an academic institution and as a live community of memory, history, and ongoing concerns.
We will miss Stacey dearly with fondness, appreciation, and affections. And we all wish her the best in her future career pursuit with the Department of Public Policy.
Stacey is not leaving us now; it won’t happen until August 15, and I will make sure that all goes as scheduled despite her imminent departure. I am already working with College Human Resources and the Dean’s Office in identifying our next MSO. This, of course, does not rule out the possibility of making an interim MSO arrangement during the transition period. Continue to enjoy the summer; I will keep you posted.
Jinqi Ling, Chair
Department of Asian American Studies
Thanks Stacey for all your hard work and dedication with the Asian American Studies department and with working with students! We wish you luck in your new post!
AAS 187C: Preserving Community through Cultural Performance
Preserving Community through Cultural Performance: From the Pilipino Culture Night Experience
TR, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Instructor: Dom Magwili
This course will explore through discussion, criticism, play readings and film/video analysis the unique and necessary function of preserving the community through cultural performance techniques and approaches. Through the experience of Pilipino Culture Night (PCN), the course will pursue the deeper implications of discovering historic/established community culture as well as creating and developing something new. The class seeks to outline the cultural night phenomenon and structure. It will also describe the step-by-step creation and development of a cultural night performance, from the development of theme through rehearsal and final show. The class will include the construction and in-class performance of an original cultural night.
New Asian Am course…a critical look on how to create a culture night! hop on it! Dom is pretty awesome too — he used to teach the Asian American Theater course and he did it through acting!
BUY TIX NOW (from K.Lee)!!
Mish and I attended a meeting with members from the LA Neighborhood Land Trust (http://www.lanlt.org/), SIPA (http://www.esipa.org/), Eliseo Silva (http://www.eliseoart.com/htm/bio.html) and other stakeholders involved in the future of Unidad Park.
Overall, it seemed that there was some…
Fantastic job, Mish and Mallory! This is definitely the progress we like to see in our communities. Looking forward to this upcoming talk at an SP event!
STOP THE DESECRATION OF THE HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN MURAL AT THE UNIDAD PARK BY THE LOS ANGELES LAND TRUST
Dearest Friends and Advocates of our Filipinotown Community,
It’s been 16 years since I completed our mural on Beverly Blvd, and very happy that I am revisiting it once again to reclaim…
Interested in being the link to the Pilipino-American community concerning issues in the Asian American/Pacific Islander movement? Check out being the APC rep for Samahang!
This year, we intend to advocate on behalf on a number of issues, including:
- University Affordability
- Relevant Education
- Community Empowerment and Preservation
- …and much more!
Decolonizing education. Grassroots mobilization. Solidarity through consciousness. Send us a line if you have any questions about being APC Rep!