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Guest Asian American Activist Coming to IU!

Who Are Asian Pacific Americans? A monthly luncheon discussion with special guest, Suey Park
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 12-1 pm
Venue: Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street
Topic: The Plastic Surgery Dilemma? Julie Chen’s Controversial Confession
Description: Lunch is on us! At this event, we will talk about the controversial means that women use to pursue their personal and career goals. In particular, we will be discussing CBS producer and news anchor Julie Chen’s decision to undergo plastic surgery. We will also explore ideas of western beauty in the media and criticism from both sides (e.g. too Asian, not Asian enough, etc.). Please refer to the following links to prepare for this discussion event: and

Event: #‎NotYourAsianSidekick‬: Activism In The Digital Era by Suey Park
Hosted by Asian American Studies Program and Asian Culture Center
Date: March 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Venue: IU School of Journalism Auditorium, Ernie Pyle Hall, 940 East Seventh St.
Description: We will look into the past, present, and future of women of color feminism to understand how new tools in a digital era can offer both potential progress and traps for organizing. Drawing from the work of Andrea Smith, Angela Davis, and Audre Lorde, women of color feminism needs to fight back against weaponized identity politics, settler colonialism, and anti-blackness in order to truly lead to evolutionary movements. Social media has been a tool for marginalized communities to fight for racial justice. Different techniques and tools will be covered.

UIUC Twitter rage on No School Cancellation

On Sunday, January 26, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign responded to a denied snow day with racial slurs on Twitter. When students of all ages across Chicago were enjoying a snow day on Monday, the students of University of Illinois were denied this privilege. As such, these angry students concentrated their anger to the source of the denial, University Chancellor Phyllis Wise. The seemly benign twitter rants quickly escalated to a wildfire of aggression and rage. Some targeted her Asian descent by comparing her to North Korea Kim Jong Un, while other targeted her status as a woman. ”What was most disturbing was witnessing social media drive a discussion quickly into the abyss of hateful comments and even threats of violence,” Wise responded to the online violence on her chancellor blog. ”I shudder to think what might happen if that type of vitriol had been directed at a vulnerable member of our student body or university community.” Some may say that kids will be kids. Even so, there are lines that should not be crossed.

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