Surprise! You’re going about your average week at Wesleyan, when BAM, the Asian American Student Collective comes out of nowhere to sponsor four incredibly awesome events this upcoming week just for you.
WEDNESDAY: Open Mic & Spring Slam Series Round 2
|The AASC & weSLAM bring you round TWO of the Spring Slam Series.12 poets. 2 rounds. Which 3 will advance to the SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN? Only time (and poetry!) will tell.
New shit. New poets. (Could that be you?) Old poets. Sexy people. (That could definitely be you). Loud cheering. Loud snapping. (No really, how do people snap so fucking loud?) Come spit. Come listen. Come feel things with us.
Date: Wednesday, February 23rd
THURSDAY: Finding Common Ground Within an Asian American Identity
|AASC invites you to an informal dialogue about what it means to identify yourself or your experience as Asian American. We hope to hear from you and others what it would mean for an Asian American community to exist on campus and how we can build an inclusive and nurturing environment. All are welcome!
Date: Thursday, February 24th
FRIDAY: Dinner with DAPHNE|TALK with KWOK
|Have dinner with Daphne Kwok ’84 this Friday! Enjoy delicious (free) food from Haveli while discussing the past, present, and future of Asian American activism at Wesleyan, the state of Asian American activism outside of campus, and any other topics you would be interested in discussing with one of the most prominent Asian American activists of our time!
Daphne Kwok ’84 is a member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees, Chair of the White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Executive Director of the Asians and Pacific Islanders of California with Disabilities, and all around badass.
Date: Friday, February 25th
SATURDAY: DEEP FOUNDATION!
|After it’s all said and done, come unwind with DEEP FOUNDATION – a three-person hip hop group from New York, NY! The self-branded ‘pseudo-political’ emcees of the up and coming band bring a unique brand of music colored by their different upbringings and experiences. Their songs are equal parts socially conscious and head-noddingly catchy; “Children of the Sun,” for example, layers an endless stream of identity-affirming verses over a sample of Filipino folk legend Heber Bartolome’s “Tayo’y mga Pinoy” (“We are Pinoys”).
Pinoy, the AASC, and the East Asian Studies Department have worked together to bring the group to Wesleyan as part of a semester-long campaign to highlight the diversity of Asian and Asian-influenced media and art.
Date: Saturday, February 26th
AASC strives to strengthen the voices of Asian Americans through social awareness, progressive action, and political empowerment. We work to build coalitions with other student of color groups and open up channels of communication and dialogue among Asian American and Asian students and the greater community. Through presentation and discussion of engaging art, media, and speech we hope to promote an awareness and deeper understanding of Asian American concerns. We provide an open forum in which issues of identity, race, class, gender and sexuality can be explored and questioned; where stereotypes and structures of oppression can be broken down and examined in relation to Asian America, and where our diverse individual experiences can be placed within a broader historical context.