Saturday 20th January 2018,


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Students Explore Asian American Pacific Islander Identity from Coast to Coast.

posted by Randall

Poly DayFrom Yale to the University of Washington, Asian American and Pacific Islander students celebrated their culture and explored their history and issues of identity and oppression.

Yale held its first ever Yale Intercultural Colloquium which featured student research in the field of Ethnic Studies.

Held at the Asian American Cultural Center, 11 students presented their senior thesis, term papers and independent research, according to the Yale Daily News.

“They are showing that this is where it all starts, that spaces and scholars like these go on to do so much, and it is empowering to see these people share their scholarship,” said Hayun Cho ’17, a member of the Asian American Studies Task Force.

At Boston College, the Asian American history exhibit is on display at the first floor lounge of O’Neill.

The Heights reports the exhibition includes images from the incarceration of Japanese Americans, Filipino American students with President Truman in Potsdam, Germany following the defeat of the Nazis, Chinese workers building the Transcontinental Railroad, the Los Angeles riots in Koreatown and the recent controversy over Chris Rock’s Asian jokes at the Oscars.

Cornell University this weekend held its Pan Asian American Film Festival. The Festival was launched by a former Cornell student who is now a grad student at San Francisco State University. Katie Quan was inspired by a film festival she attended in San Francisco and with the help of professors, local sponsors, college funding and fellow students, she launched the festival.

You can read a review of the films presented in the Cornell Sun.

At the University of Washington, the Polynesian Student Alliance will host its annual Polynesian Day.

“Poly Day is the day where Pacific Islander students in general get to voice their expression of their culture,” Christian Guevara, PSA vice president of external affairs, told The Daily. “We get to voice our opinions about what’s going on in the community and just gain knowledge on how to navigate through life in general.”
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