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Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Rage Update

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Students march to South College as part of ISTHISWHY Campaign

Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

For some reason, this post was not included in last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series, even though we had some major student activism occurring during the 2014-2015 school year. Before I link to some of that history and go more in-depth as to some actions occurring this past year, I want to start by quoting alt‘s incredibly well-written intro to the 2014 Rage Update:

Mabuhay

mabuhay poster 2016More things happening TODAY, this one from Vina Vo ’18:

Mabuhay is the annual Asian/Asian-American performance art show, happening during WesFest. This year, in collaboration with the Asian American Student Collective, there will be a visual arts showcase as well! Bring your prefrosh!!

Doors open at 7:45pm for early viewing of the visual arts showcase. Performance starts at 8pm.

Refreshments will be sold and all proceeds will go towards the Wesleyan Refugee Project supporting the Collateral Repair Project (CRP) in Jordan. Cash and Venmo accepted!

Date: Thursday, April 14 — TONIGHT
Time: 7:45-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
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Asian American Month Convocation

AsAm MonthFrom Shakti and AASC:

Come help kick off Asian American Month this April at Convocation! Join Shakti and the Asian American Student Collective for dinner and discussion, featuring student speakers and guest speaker Jason Oliver Chang, Ph.D. Please arrive early, as doors will be closed once DFC capacity is reached!

Jason Oliver Chang is an Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at University of Connecticut. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he focused on the enforcement of immigration law at the U.S.-Mexico border.

*Additionally, stay tuned for additional announcements about events celebrating Asian American Month!

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Orient, Disorient, Reorient: Asian American Arts Festival

aasc arts festivalFrom Harim Jung ’16:

Come join the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective (AASC) during Homecoming/Family Weekend, as we celebrate our first annual Asian American Arts Festival, “Orient, Disorient, Reorient.”

The AA Arts Festival aims to create a safe space for the creative expression of Asian American students and the Asian American experience, while challenging the norms, stereotypes, and expectations pressed upon Asian & Asian American Artists, as well as the exoticization and exploitation of “Asian-ness” in the arts at large.

The festival will include:

  • Visual Arts Gallery in Ziklha South Gallery, which will feature artwork by students and run from Friday, November 6th through Friday, November 13th
  • Opening Reception and Gallery Walk in Zilkha South Gallery on Friday, November 6th from 4-5PM
  • Performing Arts Showcase in Crowell Concert Hall on Friday, November 6th from 7-9PM, featuring music, dance, slam poetry, and spoken words performances by students, as well as a featured guest performance by LA-based AA rapper & spoken words artist, Jason Chu.

Come join us and reorient your mind and perspectives on Asian/Asian American Arts!

Visual Arts Gallery Dates: Friday, November 6 through Friday, November 13
Reception: Friday, November 6 from 4-5
Place: Zilkha South Gallery

Arts Showcase Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

All Asian American Poetry Slam

10003479_10206400113432553_5482081599685297910_nFrom Harim Jung ’16:

For the FIRST time, Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective and Shakti are taking over April with AAPI Identity Month!!

Join us as we host Wesleyan’s first Asian American Poetry Slam this SATURDAY the 25th at 8 PM in the DFC featuring poets such as:

Headliner: G Yamazawa
Jade Cho
Paul Tran
Alex Dang

and student poets: Grace Wong ’18 & Kaitlin Chan ’17

You don’t want to miss out! Come early for a good seat!

*Note: this event is open to EVERYONE! Even if you do not identify as Asian American, please feel free to attend this event!

Date: Tonight
Time: 8 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Amplifying Asian America Convocation

11081488_10205929271409278_5637003530596475940_nA very rad and important event sponsored by the Wesleyan AASC and Shakti:

For the FIRST time, Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective and Shakti is taking over April with AAPI Identity Month!! Join us for as we kick off “Amplifying Asian America” with Convocation Dinner THIS Sunday, April 5 with two student speakers and our special guest, Jenn Fang!

Freshmen-Class Speaker: Emily Murphy ’18
Senior-Class Speaker: Lynna Zhong ’15
Keynote Speaker: Jenn Fang

“Jenn is a proud Asian American feminist, scientist and nerd who currently blogs at http://reappropriate.co/, one of the web’s oldest AAPI feminist and race activist blogs. She has previously contributed her writing to Change.org, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Asian Americans for Obama, and The Nerds of Color. She can currently be found primarily at Reappropriate, as well as on Twitter at @Reappropriate.”

Starting off April 2015 with a bangggg! Come out, show support, invite your friends, eat noms noms noms

Peace, Justice, Love, Solidarity, Empower, Wesleyan. (that’s Lynna being corny & lamenting her last days until being a ‘real adult’)

Date: Sunday, April 5
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

FB event here!

Meet and Greet with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

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Via the Asian American Student Collective:

Join the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective as we hold a meet and greet with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission! Come meet members from the Commission with appetizers at Fiore II—this will be a great opportunity to meet and network with Asian Americans in Connecticut, as well as to learn about the work that CTAPAAC does for the AAPI community in Connecticut.

Date: TONIGHT, November 20th
Time: 6PM
Place: Fiore II, 332 Main St, Middletown, Connecticut 06457
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~AWKWAFINA~ + Cornelius + jdv plus

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Via Lynna Zhong ’15:

The Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective presents AWKWAFINA!!! Asian-American rapper from Queens, New York known for witty, quirky, expensive satire and comical rap verses and music videos. With hits like “My Vag”, “Queef”, “NYC Bitche$”, & “Yellow Ranger,” it’s guaranteed a bada$$ f*ckin night.

$atire goddess;
$upport her album ‘Yellow Ranger’ and on MTV’s “Girl Code”

DOORS OPEN 10:30
11:15 – Cornelius+
12- Awkwafina
12:45 – jdv plus

**Bring yo WES IDs

Date: TONIGHT, November 14th
Time: 10:30PM – 2AM
Place: Alpha Delt

Where are you REALLY from?: Asian American Student Collective Challenges Micro-aggression

“Your assumptions about my ethnicity do not trump my lived experience.” (photo from wesaasc.org)

The Asian American Student Collective has launched a photo campaign answering the question “So where are you really from?” to highlight the discriminatory undertones of such seemingly innocent questions. Look below the jump for more about the campaign and the rest of the photos.

Asian American Student Collective: First Meeting

10694421_10204409578217898_3822525391456323996_oVia Harim Jung ’16:

Come join the Asian American Student Collective (AASC) in our first collective meeting!

If you’re identify as Asian American, or are just interested in Asian America, join AASC! AASC creates a space in which we can discuss and tackle issues facing Asian America and/or issues facing Asian Americans on campus, through discussions, speakers, and panels. We also work with other student of color groups on campus in building coalitions to advance the needs of our communities.

In our first meeting on Tuesday, we’re going to talk about what’s on deck for this upcoming year, what members of the collective want to do, as well as introductions and such to get to know one another.

Date: Tuesday, September 16th
Time: 7PM
Place: 41 Wyllys 115
Link: Facebook