AAA Volleyball Game!

vollyball

Come join AAA for a friendly volleyball game! Everyone is welcome to join in. So invite your friends and come out for a good time :D

When: Sunday (9/21/2014) at 3:00pm
Where: SRSC
Who: Everyone is invited!

Go to our Facebook page for more details. (https://www.facebook.com/events/283334668528541/)

Progress in Theatre

Asian American theater actors hit the stage running as demand rises in New York. According to the New York Times, more and more “plays and musicals are telling stories from Asian viewpoints, a long-held goal of Asian American artists.” Also, Asians have been increasingly landing roles that have traditionally been assigned to non-Asian actors.

And if that isn’t exciting enough, musical “Here Lies Love,” aspires to provide “steady employment for Asian American actors.” The show illustrates the story of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, and is set for production in not only New York, but San Francisco and London as well. Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia are also under performance consideration.

While Asians and Asian Americans have long been stuck playing side characters and stereotypes, actors are now landing more roles they recognize as “’nontraditional.’” Julian Cihi, a Japanese-American, for example, was recently cast as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Filipino-American actor Jose Llana landed a role as Bill Sikes in “Oliver!” Organizations like the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, founded by Tisa Chang in 1977, have long worked toward aiding Asian Americans in the theater industry, but now, it seems like what it has been working toward is finally beginning to come to fruition.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/theater/here-lies-progress-asian-actors-fill-the-playbill.html

Fall 2014 FIRST UPCOMING EVENTS!

Hope you all had a fabulous summer break, but we are back in business. Come join us with our upcoming events:

Ice Cream Social/ Call Out Meeting

September 3rd in Ballantine Hall rm 228 at 7PM. We will talk about what to look forward with Asian American Association, and we will have a sundae bar!

BBQ with Kappa Gamma Delta and Lambda Alpha Phi

We are hosting our annual Fall BBQ with Kappa Gamma Delta, an Asian American interest sorority, and Lambda Alpha Phi, a multi-cultural fraternity. It will be on Friday September 5th at 6PM located in the Campus View shelters. Let’s try to get a game of kickball to start~

How to find it? Go up on Union Street and after the railroad tracks on your right, you will see shelters. We are there! Click on the link below to confirm your RSVP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/629424617172337/

Ultimate Frisbee

We will be having a game of Ultimate Frisbee in Dunn Meadow on Saturday September 6th from 4 to 6PM.

SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

The Civil Rights Act

It’s been 50 years and one day since the passing of the Civil Rights Act, so this Thursday, let’s throwback all the way to 1964. On July 2 of that year, the United States passed this landmark civil rights legislation that served to help ban discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, and national origin. Nowadays, students in history classrooms across the country learn about how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 helped end segregation and much of the Jim Crow Laws for African Americans. But what they don’t learn is that, thankfully, this Act also served as a great stepping stone toward social equality for Asian Americans.

Back in the late nineteenth century, Chinese Americans in the West, and particularly California, had to deal with an onslaught of racist attacks not only at school and work, but in their own homes as well. This sort of discrimination extended beyond the Chinese and also affected Japanese and Filipino immigrants (remember the internment camps during World War II?). After 9/11, South Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans were all lumped together as “public enemy number one.”

You can’t deny that things have gotten a lot better since those days, but you also can’t deny that the situation isn’t great. There may not be as many outward attacks on Asian Americans, but discrimination has managed to rear its ugly head in sneakier ways. For example, even though nationally, Asian Americans have great educational achievements, they hold lower per capita income and fewer leadership positions than Caucasians with the same educational background. Despite all the progress, stereotypes and racism rage on. Apparently, Asian Americans are seen as “hard workers,” but not leadership material.

Well, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but unfortunately, it seems that legislation alone cannot end discrimination. It’ll take a change in perspective and attitude from most, if not all, Americans for social equality to truly exist. Hopefully, progress won’t need another 50 years. Now the question is, where do you stand?

 

http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/07/187762/asian-americans-and-1964-civil-rights-act

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