Ellen from Afar

I recently received a copy of Bridging the Gap and I loved it! It’s great to see how much AAA is doing this year. For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself… my name is Ellen Wu, I graduated from IU in May. Now I’m a first year in the masters program in asian american studies at UCLA. it’s very strange to go from a school where we fight for asian american studies (the bare bones!) to one where there is an asian am. studies center! not to mention a student body of around 40% asians! Is that crazy or what? Just try to imagine it!

However, even though I am in what is a dream land of sorts, I do miss IU! Although in Bloomington there aren’t a lot of the things you can find here on every street corner (cheap Thai restaurants and sushi bars, hot asian guys(!), sanrio surprise), there’s a lot to be said about a small, close-knit community. The asian american pop. Here is so huge, it’s actually quite overwhelming. In some ways, that’s great, but in other ways, it’s really hard to get your foot in the door and meet all the great people.

So I guess my point is, you guys are doing some great work! I’m sure people tell you this time and time again, but GET INVOLVED!!! when I look back on my years at IU what really sticks out in my mind and what I keep close to my heart is the asian community. My life would not be what it is today without AAA, ASU , KGD, etc. etc. and that’s the truth, ruth!

Best wishes for a fantastic year,
Ellen

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