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Rice Paper Spring 11

Rice Paper Spring 11

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Havingalwaysbeeninterestedineducationandequityissues,themanyproblemsthatareexacerbated byunequalaccesstoeducationalopportunitiesreallycaughtProfessor Nelson’sattentionwhileteaching8thand11thgradeEnglishinSouthCentralLosAngeles.Insummerof2009,ProfessorNelson’ssearchforasettingthatwouldaccommodateherresearchinterestsinbotheducationnanceandhousingnance,broughtherandherfamilytoIndianaUniversity-ProfessorNelsontoSPEAandherhusbandtotheSchoolofInformaticsandComputing.Currently,ProfessorNelsonisteachingstatisticsandpublic programevaluationcoursestostudentsinSPEA’sMastersofPublicAdministration(MPA)programaswellasadoctoralclassonPolicyAnalysis.Sheisworkingonresearchintherelationshipbetweenwhereanindividualendsupinlifeandwherethatpersonlives,focusingontheimpactofhousinginstability,aforeclosure,forexample,onchildren’seducationaloutcomes.ProfessorNelsonisalsotheadvisorfortheEducationPolicyStudentAssociation(EDPOSA),astudentorganizationstartedbyastudentintheMPAprogram.EDPOSAservesasacentralinformationhubforanythingthathappensoncampusrelatedtoeducationpolicy.Anystudentinterestedineducation policycangotoEDPOSAforcareerservices,tondresearch,orengageintheeld.BeforecomingtoIndianaUniversity,ProfessorNelsoncompletedherundergraduateeducationattheUniversityofSouthernCaliforniawithaB.S.inBusinessAdministrationandB.A.inEconomics.SheattainedbothherMastersofEconomicsandPh.DinEconomicsofEducationatStanfordUniversity.AftercompletingherPh.D,ProfessorNelsonworkedinbankingfor3yearsbeforedecidingtoreturntoresearchandacademia.Sheenjoystheexibilityandfreedomthatcomeswithbeingaprofessor.Reectingonhertimeasastudent,sherememberstheimpactthatgraduateschoolhadonherwayofthinking.Herdoctoraladvisor,SusannaLoeb,playedalargepartinthisshift.Sheconstantlychallenged Nelsontolookatthingsanalytically,changingthewaysheanalyzed problemsandstructuredherthoughts,andbringinghertoapproachherresearchfromanon-partisanstandpoint.WhileIndianadoesnotofferthewarmsunnyweatherandgoodSushiofCalifornia,itsgreatcommunityandnicepeoplearethingsthathelpedhereaseintolifeinBloomington.Outsideofwork,herfreetimeisspenttraveling,hiking,cooking,andspendingtimewithher2-year-olddaughter.Whenaskedwhatherone pieceofadvicetostudentswouldbe, Nelsonsaidsheencouragesstudentstostudyabroadiftheycan.Sheexplainedthatafterhearingotherstalkabouttheirtimeabroadasthebestexperienceoftheircollegecareer,notstudyingabroadisonethingthatshedenitelywouldhavedonedifferentlyduringherownundergraduateyears.
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A semi-annual publication of Indiana Universitys Asian Culture CenterSpring 2011 Issue
Faculty Prole: Ashlyn Aiko Nelson
 Photo courtesy of Indiana University
 Ashlyn Aiko Nelso Assistant Professor  School of Public and  Environmental Affairs
 
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Borders and Pathways:Identity in Modern America2011 Asian Pacic American Heritage MonthEvents
VisittheAPAHeritageMonthwebsiteat
http://www.indiana.edu/~acc/asianheritagemonth/welcome.html
forafulllistingofevents!
March 31
APAHeritageMonthOpeningLunchReceptionandAnnouncementofWinnersfortheAnnualWritingContest
April 6
 NoonTalkfeaturingBetweenTwoCultures12:15-1:00p.m.,IUArtMuseumACC’sOverACupofTeapresents“LetstalkaboutFacebook”4:00-5:00p.m.,SchoolofInformaticsandComputingWest,Room23
April 8
ACC’sWhoareAsianPacicAmericansLunchTalkSeriespresents“NeedaJob?MyFamilyisHiring.”Co-hostedbyAsianAmericanAssociation12:00-1:00p.m.,AsianCultureCenter MinorityDisparitiesinU.S.HealthCare3:00p.m.,BallantineHall148TasteofAsiabyAsianAmericanAssociation5:00p.m.,IUAuditorium
April 9
BloomingtonPanAsianTownHallMeeting11:00-12:30p.m.,MonroeCountyPublicLibraryMeetingRoom1C
April 30
AsianFestattheFarmers’Market10:00-12:00p.m.,ShowersCityHallAtriumandOutdoorStageArea,inconjunctionwiththeFarmers’MarketOneSaturdayafternoon,ourfamilytroopedtothepubliclibrarytoreturnbooksandvideotapes.Iwentstraighttothemagazinesectionandstakedatableforthecrew.Isabelwhoisnow15andJoey14,gotbooksandjoinedme.Thiswasnotourtypicalweekend.Itsohappenedthat bothkidshadhomeworkthatrequiredlibraryassistance.Iwasalternatelyreadingandcheckingemailswhilewe’rewaitingforourchildrentonish,whenamaninhisearly60sstoodupandenthusiasticallyshowedmyhusbandanarticleintheWallStreetJournalheadlined“WhyChineseMothersAreSuperior.”Hesaidthearticlewasverytrueandglancedatmeandthekidswithanapprovingexpression,asiftosay“See,whatImean?”Istooduptondoutwhathewassharingwithmyhusband,andthisunknownfriendly personthensaidtome,“It’saverygoodarticle,don’tyouthink?”Isaid,“Actuallyno,it’snot.”Notexpectingthat,hewalkedawaypuzzled.Thearticle,writtenbyAmyChuaauthorofthecontroversialBattleHymnoftheTigerMother,ignitedadebateonparentingstylesandalsorevivedacommonstereotypeofAsianAmericansas“modelminorities.”Inourrecentprogram,“BustanAsianMyth:ADinnerandDialogue,”theparticipantsdiscussedhowstereotypesthataremistakenlyperceivedaspositivecanhavedamagingeffectsonindividuals.Theyrecognizedhowdifcultitistocounterstereotypes,especiallyiftheyareseenbyothersascharacteristicsinherenttoaparticularcultureorwhenmassmediaperpetuatesthem.Itwashearteningtohearthattheconversationdidnotstopthere.Itcontinuedbyexploringwaysanindividualandcommunitycanhelpeliminateanddispelmisconceptions.Theythoughtthatthroughdialogueandpersonalinteractionswithpeoplefromotherbackgrounds,theycouldlearnandunderstandthatnotall“Asiansarethesame.”ThiseditionoftheRicePapertriestoconveythatmessagebyfeaturingthedifferentstoriesandworksofthemembersoftheAsiancommunityatIU.ItisourhopethatwecancontributetobustingmythsthatcontinuetomisrepresentAsiansandAsianAmericans,andbreakthewallofignorance.
From Melanie’s Corneron East 10th Street
 
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Excerpt from “June”
By Tiffany Li, B.A. in Comparative Literature, Minor in Asian American Studies
"June" is about the brother-friendship between two Chinese immigrant restaurant workers Wei and Frankie. Their days are peaceful until the restaurant owners' daughter June returns from school, and without control or choice, Weirealizes he is about to transformed. In particular, Ronald Takaki's “,Strangers From a Different Shore,” among other  sources, provide a lens for imagining the lives of these characters, placing them in a greater historical framework that connects the past to the present.
Excerptfrom"June"Weihadnevermarried,letalonedated,buttherealizationthathewouldbeclaimingaroundthreeandzerothisrabbit'syearwassobering.OntheeveofChineseNewYear's,ithadbeenashewaseatingdumplingsinhissingleapartmentthathehadrealizedhowalonehefelt—andhadstartedscreamingaboutit.Thathadnotpleasedtheneighbors,whocouldnotseemtounderstandthisparticularformofcelebration.Thatnighthehaddancedwiththestars.Thosenightswerenottradition,butonmostothernightshepigeonholedhiscelebrationsandspenttheminsteadwithFrankie.Becausethewaiterworkedatseveralrestaurants,heknewwheretogoiftherewerefeelingstobedrowned.Therewasnosuchthingasadiscount,buttherewerefavorsthatinvolvedafewbottlesofimportedbeer,maybeabowlofred-skinnedpeanuts.Therewasalwayskaraokeonthehouse,andinsteadofsingingtotheseaofthenight,theywouldsingtoeachotherwhattheyneversaidaloud.
"Beasts, inconvenient unless tamed. They must be caged.Once loved, now despised.They will be asked to leave, in politeness but without choice,and if they decide not to listen, not to hear, then they will be expelled.If not expelled, then snuffed as yellow mice." 
Butthatallsoondisappearedagain.WeialwaysknewJunehadreturnedwhenFrankiewouldinvitehimtotheirnightsout—andnotshowup.Thatwaswhenhisdateswiththestarsbeganagain—theyforgavehimforhiswaywardness,forgavehimonlyaspinholesintotheheavenscan—andoncemorehewasabletodanceandtodisplease.

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