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Aloha is a Hawaiian Symbol

Hawaii’s population composes of over 70% non-white and over 50% Asian or Pacific-Islander. Yet consistently in movies, such as The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor, the cast excludes people of color—the very people who live there; therefore, dubbing the term “whitewashing”.

The new movie, Aloha, directed by Cameron Crowe has been accused of “whitewashing” the cast. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and John Kransinski. While the cast is comprised of well-known award winning actors, none of them represents the Hawaii Natives. Emma Stone was casted to play Allison Ng, a ¼ Chinese, ¼ Pacific Islander, and ½ Swedish pilot.  Her physical image of blond hair, blue eyes, and freckles, begs the question: Are you sure she’s supposed to be Asian?

Aloha was supposed to be a film capturing an aspect of “the spirit of Hawaii”. But critics wrote about the film’s many shortcomings. Of course, Hollywood, in general, has been known to whitewash casts in the past.

Remember to leave your comments, and let us know your opinions as well! Below, is a news article for reference and a Youtube link to Comedian David So’s opinion.

Is Harvard Discriminating against Asian Americans?


Harvard is known worldwide for its rigorous admission standards and curriculum. However, a coalition of 64 organizations has formed accusing Harvard of setting those admission standards even higher for Asian Americans. Recently, there has been evidence that highly qualified Asian Americans are being rejected by Ivy League schools. In a study, Asian Americans on average have to score “40 points higher on the SAT than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student and 450 points higher than a black student be on equal footing”.

Roughly over half of Harvard’s applicant pool with outstandingly high SAT scores are Asian Americans, yet Asian Americans make up only 20% of the school’s population. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but their admittance rate at Harvard has remained approximately the same for two whole decades.

With the current accusation against Harvard, it brings up the case University of California v. Bakke about affirmative action. The case states that affirmative action to promote diversity—less Asian Americans in this situation— is acceptable, but cannot set a specific quota.

The protest against Harvard’s actions is still in pursuit, but let us know your opinions below!

AAA BBQ and Election

Ultimate Evolution


Join AAA for our annual spring cookout! Burgers, hot dogs, and ultimate. What better way to end the school year?

When: Sunday 04/26 @5:00PM
Where: Campus View Shelter (At the back of Campus View)
Who: Everyone is invited, bring friends!

AAA Election

Here are the descriptions for the board elections @4PM Campus View Activity Room:

– min one year on board
– delegate responsibilities
– represent AAA

Vice President
– facilitate President in major duties

– take minutes of each meeting and upload them in a timely fashion
– send out emails to AAA members

– in charge of the SOA
– get funding when needed

Publicity Committee (2)
– in charge of flyers, promotion, etc
– in charge of website
– take pictures of all events

Special Events Committee (2)
– plan and perform events
– in charge of FB account

Public Relations Committee (2)
– in charge of writing “What’s Up”
– strengthen relationships between different universities and student organizations on campus
– update on APIA news



Fresh Off the Press

It’s been a couple weeks and I think it’s time to bring something back for a review. If you haven’t seen Fresh of the Boat on ABC, then you are missing out… or are you? The idea of such a show was way out there. In fact, from the face-to-face interview conducted by Huffington Post reveals this Asian-American show is the “first show of its kind in the last 20 years.” Is that a good thing? According to the reviews, it’s been mixed but mostly positive. IMDb gives the show an 8.3 and Metacritic a 75%. So maybe a definite plan to watch show. One of the criticisms that was circulating was the fear that the show might be good but might also be white-washed. Indeed, the show is broadcasted on ABC, and looks to cater everyone, whites and Asians and everyone else but that is a hard task.


“This is a show from the Asian American point of view,” says Melvin Mar. That is a bold move. And after watching it myself, I felt quite nostalgic. Its spot on for the most part and not always something you want to recall. But if you would like to relive your childhood or want to get a pretty accurate picture of how we grew up, watch this show. It’s funny, it’s bold, and it’s something different.
Interview Video


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