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Rice
 
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A semi-annual publication of Indiana Universitys Asian Culture CenterFall 2009 Issue
T
he Raas Royalty Roundtable is proud
to present the rst ever Raas Royalty
Raas competition on February 13
th
, 2010!Originating in the Indian region of Gujarat, Raasis a traditional form of dance rooted in Hinducelebrations. Raas is traditionally performed
during the nine day festival of Navaratri andthis form of devotional dance uses sticks called
‘dandia’. Raas is partner-oriented to the beat of 
the dhol drum and the pace gradually quickens
as the celebration progresses. In recent years,choreographed Raas has become increasingly
 popular at colleges and universities across thecountry, as competitions provide an outlet toshowcase the talent and creative spin put on a
timeless tradition.
Taking place on campus in Bloom
-ington, Indiana, Raas Royalty was created tofurther spread culture, community, and phi-lanthropy associated with an inter-collegiatedance competition. Raas Royalty will welcometen teams from around the country to compete
for cash prizes and a bid to Raas Nationals in
Dallas, Texas. The show will be held at the IU
Auditorium and is free of charge so make sureto tell friends! Check out our website for moreinformation and remember to save the date!
Raas Royalty Raas Competition
F
ilipino pride has been on the rise in the Statesrecently. With boxing champion Manny
Pacquiao’s many victories and Typhoon Ondoy’s call for compassion and aid, the Philippines has received a greatdeal of attention both from the media and advocacy groups.On a more local level, every Spring, approximately 500Filipino-American students from about 15 universities
across the Midwestern United States, gather for one
weekend to attend a conference based on issues regardingthe Philippines, as well as topics and values relevant to
Filipino-Americans.On February 26-28, 2010, the Filipino StudentAssociation is pleased to host the Midwestern Association
of Filipino Americans, (MAFA) at Indiana University,Bloomington. The conference will begin with a number of workshops ranging from current cultural issues
and traditional Filipino themes, to modern dance and
networking. The focus of the conference will be ondiversity and knowing that every part of the Philippines
has their own unique experiences,
“Children of the Sun: Different Stories United By The 8-Point Sun.”
Informationand registration for this year’s conference can be found at:
www.midwestlipinos.org/
The Filipino Student Association of Indiana
University is offering special deals and exclusive materialsfor its members. For more information on FSA’s eventsand membership information please visit: www.indiana.edu/~fsa
Midwestern Association of FilipinoAmericans Conference
Spring Semester BringsTwo Headlining Events to IU Bloomington
 
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Note From the ACC Director: Keeping In Touch!
Melanie Castillo-Cullather
Life After IU in the Eyes of Sunghee (Cecilia) Oh
I
t is gratifying to see students we have worked with graduate and becomesuccessful in their endeavors, and even more rewarding to hear fromthem. In recent months, we’ve heard from many ACC alumni, some by postcards, but most via facebook and email. And there are ACC alumniwho make a special trip to Bloomington to see us. Julia Goh, who usedto work on our Rice Paper, is now the senior editor of Mother & Baby
magazine in Singapore. She and her husband Winston, also a graduate of IU
were in Chicago for a conference. Both were happy to squeeze in time todrive to Bloomington. Madeline Leung who handled most of our children’s outreach activities and who volunteeredat Middle Way House while working at the ACC also surprised us with a visit. Madeline just nished her stint withAmeriCorps as a teacher in one of the inner-city schools in New York. This summer, former chair of the Asian StudentUnion, Chris Chan and former ASU treasurer, Angel Lai took time off from their busy work in Hong Kong and spenttheir vacation touring the Midwest. Bloomington was of course their destination. While they were excited to visitthe ACC, the chicken barbecue wings at Yogis topped their list as well.It was great to hear our alumni’s individual stories about their families, careers, new passions and interests.And in the midst of their busy lives, they make time to let us know how much they appreciated their time at IU. Our alumni are scattered all over the world, but despite the distance and the years that have gone by after graduating, theycontinue to drop a note or email us. It is our hope that the Center’s dual roles as an advocacy and a cultural resourcehave somehow made an impact during their brief stay on campus. It is only when a student experiences the meaningof the activities that we do that they can feel connected even after they have left I.U. Cecilia is one of those who areglad to keep in touch.
A
fter my graduation from IU last December, I returned to my home in South Koreaearly this year. I found that I missed Bloomington and IU, where I spent four years
of my college life, but at the same time, I was excited about the next stage of my life
in Korea, the beginning of my life in the “real world.” I found that living in the “realworld” as one who has just left the safety of a university environment wasn’t easy. Therst news I heard in Korea was the country was in the midst of an economic crisis,
depression, and an increasing unemployment rate.
In Korea, when one obtains a position with a conglomerate such as Samsung or LG, you are considered quite a capable person. This is because these large companies are usually stable, even whenthere is an economic crisis, and their names are highly regarded in Korean society. I too, hoped to obtain a positionwith one of these large companies. However, those conglomerates were not related to my majors at IU, (InternationalStudies and Spanish). Therefore, I wished to work for either NGOs or government organizations. Job openings inmy eld are rare so nding a position was quite difcult and took almost half a year to nd one. I sent out about 30resumes and had only 8 interviews. This period of unemployment was very stressful for me.After six months had passed, I received a call from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and after a successful interview I was given a position in the Latin America Department of the Ministry. I am very satisedwith my job and enjoying it. For me, the best is the many opportunities to meet with high ranking ofcers of other countries, such as presidents, foreign ministers, and ambassadors, and to visit many government agencies. Last week,
I met with the Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Colombia, and Chile.
We all must face many challenges when we leave the university, however, it is true that we can never give
up and we must go for our goal. Go! Hoosiers!!
 
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A Fun Farewell to Dean McKaig
Conducted by: Priyanka Dube, Junior, Spanish Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med
Where are you from; can you tell usa little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Lafayette,Indiana. I did my undergrad at Ball
State and doctorate from Indiana Uni-
versity. My entire life has revolved
colleges - 40 years. 30 of those at In-
diana University. Right now I have 4
grandchildren, and am spending time being a grandfather.
When did you begin your afli 
-ation with Indiana University?
1971. 
You retired over the summer,what made you decide that  you wanted to retire?
Age related sort of things. I am
65, the benets from a retire
-
ment. I was working all the
time, I wanted to try somethingdifferent for some time. 
What do you miss about IU?
 
I miss the students rst and
foremost. Interactions with students
kept me up to date. I am thinking of  joining Twitter, I denitely miss the
interaction with students.
 
What do you miss about being Deanof Indiana University?
 
The contact with students. Making adifference. Because of that I think for a few months I might do some vol
-
unteering activities around campus. Ilove helping others and volunteering
in the community. Free student din-ners were good too. People told youwhat was going on around campus,without that interaction I feel out of the loop sometimes.
What were some of the challenges you faced when you were Dean?
 
The most difcult were the studenttragedies due to student activities and
accidents. This was a stressful time..
It was sad and difcult to deal with. I
tend to be optimistic about student ac-
tivities but when we encounter deathsdue to them – it is very difcult – iteven challenges the interaction with
family.
What is your fondest memory about  Indiana University?
Whole composite of things. Pro-
grams, celebrations. Speakers, con
-
certs, keep in touch with student
leaders. Students to come to IU are
generally motivated. Bloomington is
a small city but because of the schoolsports, there are now big time theatersand art districts. I went to college and
never left.
 
Where would you like to see IndianaUniversity (campus wise/academicwise etc..) in the next 10 years?
 I am impressed by the emphasis onhigh quality education. Top quality
schools need to be diverse. It is hard
to be an excellent school without di-
versity. In the next 10 years, IU needsto be diverse. Students should be ac
-
tively involved in programs. There
should be top notch faculty with the
research they do. Keep emphasis on
arts, which is great for people who
live here and make it a special town tolive in. Also, encourage study abroad,the hallmark of a quality institutionare the overseas experiences.
 I read an article in the IDS about getting “pied” in the face? Could you tell us moreabout this?
 Student organizations sponsor 
many things, I try to be active
through charities, and raise
money for student festivals.The dunk tanks “spirit of thesport.” – these dunk tanks are
full of freezing water and once
I jammed my nger. It was ter 
-
ribly cold so I was never doing
that again. So I thought, Whatabout pies in the face? It was a good
relief from the dunk tank. The 1
st
and2
nd
tasted pretty good, after awhilethey weren’t as great. 
 Seeing IU now, what can the ACC doto help improve the campus?
 The ACC does so much already. Iwould say to primarily increase the
visibility, it is on the edge of campusand sometimes a lot of students take it
for granted. There are a lot of student
organizations/departments that serve
Asian students. I would hope, as Isaid before, that we need to becomeone campus. We need more pay off,and by this I mean I hope to see all theCenters engage in this effort.
 
 Dean McKaig with members of the IU Asian Alumni Association

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