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A semi-annual publication of Indiana Universitys Asian Culture CenterFall 2010 Issue
Preparing to Lead IU
ACC Annual Student Leadership Development Retreat
By LaNita Gregory Campbell, Doctoral Student, Gender Studies DepartmentGraduate Assistant, IU Asian Culture Center
OnacrispandearlySeptemberSaturdaymorningover30studentleadersjoinedourstudentassistants,graduateassistantsanddirector,MelanieCastillo-Cullatherforabusyandactivity-lleddayguidedbytheBradfordWoodsstaff.DuringtheFallsemestertheAsianCultureCenterinvitedexecutiveboardmembersfromthe26studentorganizationshousedunderthecenter,aswellastheAsianStudentUnionfromIUPUItocometogetheratBradfordWoods,IndianaUniversity’sOutdoorCenterfortheACC’sAnnualAsianStudentLeadershipDevelopmentRetreat.Thedaysactivitiesaboutcommunication,trust,andleadershipleduptothenalactivity,RaftMaking,whichgarneredthemostparticipationandexcitementoftheday.Studentleadersweredividedintogroupsoften,droppedoffatvarioussitesnearthelake,andprovidedwithwoodplanks,emptybarrels,andrope.Inafriendlyyetcompetitiverace,thestudentsworkedforalmosttwohoursdevisingstrategicdesignplanstobuildtheirrafts,getalltheirteammembersaboard,andsuccessfullyrowacrossthelaketoshore.Asthedaycametoaclose,theBradfordWoodsstaffheldsmallgroupde-briengmeetingstorecaptheday’seventsandoffersuggestionsonhowtoapplytheseactivitiesintheirdailylivesasIndianaUniversitystudentleaders.“Myfavoriteactivitywastheraftchallenge.Itwasfuntobestrandedonalittleislandwithagroupofpeopleyouhardlyknow,kindoflikeSurvivor.Thebestpartwastryingtoteveryoneontotheboatwithoutsinking,butitwasevenfunnierwhenitdidsink.”-StefanKhensouri,AsianAmericanAssociationTheACCleadershipretreattaughtmealotaboutteamwork,conceptsthatIwasabletoapplynotonlytorunningmystudentorganizationbutalsotomysummerinternship.Ialsohadagreattimeandmadesomelastingfriendships.”-JakeZhang,AsianAmericanAssociation
 
IheardabouttheForestQuadincidentandtheattackontheKoreanstudentsthedayafterithappened,andIwasshockedasIstartedwatchingtheFoxvideo.HavinglivedinForestmyfreshmanyear,Iimmediatelysympathizedforthevictimsandtheirfamilies.Mydeepestcondolencesgoouttothem.Thesekindsofincidentsarerareonourcampus,andthiscouldhavehappenedtoanyoneonHalloweennight.IjusthopethisunfortunateeventdoesnotcreatefearforanystudentsthatgotoIndianaUniversity.IwaspleasedtoseemanystudentsandfacultyofIndianaUniversitycomeouttosharetheirthoughtsontheincidentatthegatheringheldintheCollinsEdmonsonFormalLounge.Theannouncementofthemeetingwasonveryshortnotice,butitcaughttheattentionofthefacultyandstudents,andeventhemedia.Thecontroversyofwhetherornotthiswasaracialincidentwastestedinthediscussions.IwaspleasedthatbothsidesoftheargumentwerepresentedandIagreedwitheachofthem.Thesediscussionsfromthestudentsbroughtoutdifferentopinionsthatmighthaveneverhadachancetobeheard.NoillfeelingstowardstheblackcommunitywereexpressedbyAsianstudentsduringthediscussions.Iwasproudthatwedidnotignorethismishapandpretendthatitneverhappened.However,wemustnotignoretheracialslursthatweresaidthenightoftheattacks.Nooneshouldhavetotolerateracialslursbeingspewedathimorher.Ifeelthecampushasmovedonfromthisincidentonapositivenote,butthisshouldbealessonfromnowonthatthiscanhappentoanyone.
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Note From the ACC Director
Melanie Castillo-Cullather
Standing Up
 
by Stefan Khensouri
Iamwritingthisduringwhatwecall“deadweek,”theweekbeforenals.Thereisusuallyanincreaseinthestresslevelamongstudentsduringthisweekbecausetermpapersaredue.Manystudentservicesrelatedofcesofferspecialhoursforstudyperiods.Itisveryquietduringthistimeoftheacademicyear,thustheterm“dead.”Forsomeofusworkinginstudentaffairs,deadweekisaperiodforexaminingandreectingonthesemesterthatisabouttocometoacloseandtolookandseewhattoexpectinthecomingspringsemester.Soitisnotreallya“deadweek”butratheran“activeweek”ofponderingandrethinking.Deadweekallowsustoconductapersonalinventory;topauseandreectaboutourrelationshipwithothers,abouthowwedoourworkandhowitimpactsourdailyrelationshipwithstudents,faculty,staff,andcommunitymembers.ThetragiccrimeswhereagroupofKoreanandKoreanAmericanstudentswereraciallyharassedandacoupleofthem physicallyinjured(onesuffereda brokenjawandhadtowithdrawfromschooltorecuperate),andtheanti-Semiticvandalismsthatoccurredonourcampuswerebothshockinganddeplorable.Thereisnoroomforthesehatefulactsinourcommunity.Wemayneverknowwhenpeoplewithdeep-seatedhatefulideologueswillstrikebutasacommunitywemustbepreparedandknowhowtorespond.Towardtheendofthesemester,Ialongwithmycolleaguesinstudentaffairsattendedacoupleofeventsaimedatpromotingfriendshipanddialogue,onewasthe3rdAnnualInterculturalDialogueandFriendshipDinnerhostedbyNiagaraFoundationandtheTurkishStudentAssociation.
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Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong2011 Distinguished Asian Alumni Award Recipient
By Ian White, ACC Staff Member
Sau-lingCynthiaWong,ofSunnyvale,California,ProfessorEmeritusofEthnicStudiesattheUniversityofCaliforniaatBerkeleyandascholarontheChineseDiasporaandChinese-Americanliteratures,wasrecentlynamedthe2010recipientoftheIndianaUniversityAsianAlumniAssociation’sDistinguishedAsianPacicAmericanAlumniAward.Thisawardrecognizesoutstanding professionalachievementsandcommunityserviceofAsianandPacicAmericanAlumniofIU.AsshetoldherstoryoftravelingtoIndianafromHongKongandtheexperiencessheencountered,onerealizeshowbeinganAsianAmericanduringhertimewasastruggletoexploreindividualidentity.“InordertobecomeAmerican,youhavetoletyouroldselfdie,”statedWongasshedescribedhertransitionintheUnitedStatesandhowharditwastostayconnectedwithwhatsheknew–herhome.AsaninternationalcollegestudentintheUnitedState,Wongreectedonhowtroublingitwastostayconnectedwithherfamily.Longdistancephonecallswereexpensive,evenmoresotoothercountries.Sherememberedtellinghermothernottocrywhenshewouldmakeanoccasionalcallhome;“it[crying]tookupminutes–wecan’twastethem.”Wongdiscussedhow,asanAsianAmerican,you“cutoffpartofyourselftoallowotherstomoveon”andyoucompromisetoachievecitizenship.TheAsianCultureCenterextendedProfessorWong’shonoronFriday,September10,2010withaluncheon,whereshesharedherstoriesandexperiences.CongratulationsProfessorSau-lingCynthiaWong!TheIndianaUniversityAsianAlumniAssociation,anafliategroupoftheIUAlumniAssociation,is pleasedtoannouncethatitsgoverning boardisseekingnominationsforthe2011DistinguishedAsianPacicAmericanAlumniAwardofIndianaUniversity.ThedeadlinefornominationsisFebruary1,2011,andtheawardwillbepresentedonApril28,2011.TheDistinguishedAsianPacicAmericanAlumniAwardwasestablishedin2006forthepurposeofrecognizingoutstandingmenandwomenwhoimpacttheirlocalcommunitiesandthegreaterAsian/Pacic-Americancommunity;exhibitexcellenceandachievementintheircareers;andinspirefutureIUalumni.ByhonoringformerAsian/Pacic-Americanstudents,IUAsianAlumniAssociationhopestoinspiretoday’sstudents.Our2010awardrecipient, professorSau-LingWong,BA’7-,apioneerintheeldofAsian-Americanstudies,washonoredduringtherecentCitizenshipintheUnitedStatesConferenceheldontheIUBloomingtoncampus.Foradditionalinformationandsubmissioncriteria,andtolearnmoreaboutourpreviousawardrecipients, pleasevisitthiswebsite:http://alumni.indiana.edu/asianaa/daa.shtml.Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecalltheAsianAlumniAssociationat(812)855-4822.Onceagain,nominationformsareduebyFebruary1,2011.
Call for Nominations: 2011 Distinguished Asian PacicAmerican IU Alumni Award

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