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Asian American Resource Center
The Asian American Resource Center (AARC), established in 1991, helps Asian Paciﬁc American (APA) students develop intellectually, socially, personally, academically and politically. Central to all programs, projects and events, is the value of developing leadership skills among APA students. Working in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, the AARC creates opportunities to raise awareness of issues affecting Asian Americans and Paciﬁc Islanders. The AARC works in collaboration with other ethnic groups, academic departments and campus ofﬁces to sponsor a wide range of educational endeavors. By fostering awareness of APA issues at Pomona College, the AARC helps strengthen the Claremont Colleges and the greater community.
The AARC is committed to engaging the Inland Valley and Los Angeles Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander community. We believe that participation in the local community will help to enhance the educational experience that our students receive while at the same time promoting responsibility and accountability to community building. Examples of our commitment to service have been our engagement with the Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) with the RiseUp! project. RiseUp! works with the youth of the LA Chinatown/Lincoln Heights area. The workshops include creative writing and expression, as well as community and family histories. In 2010, the AARC began a tutoring and mentoring program for local Inland Empire Tongan Youth through a partnership with the First Tongan Methodist Church of Pomona. Pomona students volunteered every weekend, tutoring youth, high-school students, and college-aged students. Furthermore, the AARC partnered with the Tongan Community Service Center and the First Methodist Church to sponsor a Health Fair. Finally, the AARC is fully committed to encouraging API Pomona College students to engage in service to the broader API community through numerous independent projects, studies, and internships.
RiseUp! Los Angeles
The Rise Up! Program is a collaboration between the AARC and the South East Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) based in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Rise Up! is an after school program for inner city high school youth to empower youth by harnessing various means of expressing themselves through video and writing. While touching on the importance of media to inﬂuence peoples’ everyday lives, the youth are provided technical skills to ﬁlm and edit their own short ﬁlms. We wanted to let youth take charge of producing their own narratives in a fun, engaging environment. After seven weeks of workshops, the youth produced ﬁnal video projects to be presented in front of their community, family, and friends. -Winnie Wong ‘11
Saturday Tongan Education program
The Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP) is a project coordinated by James Yang (PO ‘10), Charlotte Chang (PO ‘10), Christine Kho (PO ‘11), and Sefa Aina. STEP worked with Tongan youth in the local Pomona Valley area, providing academic support and counseling for the students. This program was made possible with the support of the Tongan Community Service Center (TCSC) and the energetic and committed students who volunteered as tutors. With the TCSC, the STEP planning committee organized a Health Fair which included 2010 Census outreach, legal immigration aid advising, free mammograms, and youth activities. With the STEP program, the AARC hopes to directly serve and build relationships with the local Paciﬁc Islander communities. - Charlotte Chang ‘10
The AARC is the most comprehensive resource center for Asian American studies materials at the Claremont Colleges. An important goal for the AARC is to serve the co-curricular development of our student body. We seek to support the production of new research, periodicals, and videos that help to inform the community of various topics and issues relevant to the Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander experience. We produce a resource booklet for Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander ﬁrst-years that inform them of the organizations that exist on campus, information about local-Asian ethnic enclaves, and most importantly, information about our favorite Asian restaurants in the area. We also keep updated lists of internships and service opportunities geared towards API students. We have also been working on a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) project that will help us identify Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander populations in the Inland Valley area as well as some of their needs. We’ve also produced chat-books that exhibit the creative work of Claremont College students, and produce a student magazine, HYPE (How You Print Empowerment) each semester.
HYPE (How You Print Empowerment) is an AARC student publication that is produced each semester. It is a space for 5-C students, faculty, alumni, and community members to submit artistic and literary and editorial works on speciﬁc issues important to the API community. The AARC’s Fall 2009 issue of HYPE featured articles about marriage equality and Queer Rights in the age of President Obama. The Spring 2010 issue featured the themes “Health and Census” to cover two important events taking place nationally and locally: the census tracking and the debate on health care. Our goal with this speciﬁc publication was to look at the importance of census tracking in the Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander community as it relates to community representation, health care provisions, and future resource distribution. We engaged contributors from the Claremont Colleges as well as community members who did speciﬁc work with the census and healthcare, such as the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, the South East Asian Community Alliance, and the Asian Paciﬁc American Legal Center. Some of our committee members were even involved in the census training and tracking process through the generous help of OCAPICA and the Health Fair for Pomona residents put on by the STEP program. We celebrated our publication release with community members who have helped make the publication possible, including Traci Kato-Kiriyama, a former AARC Artist-in-Residence who has recently published a collection of poetry. - Duyen Tran ‘10 8 9
Our committee worked with Geographic Informational Systems (GIS) expert Warren Roberts to learn how to use ArcGIS program. This program allows us to create maps to serve as visual representations of ethnic communities, language and income distributions, health care access, and availability to sustainable food. This semester, we mapped free and low-cost clinics within a seven mile radius of the Tongan Methodist Church and created a map to distribute at their health fair. We also collected data this semester that can be passed onto next year’s interns so that they can map API/A ethnic communities in the Inland Valley area and the different health care resources available to them. - Jamie Navarro ‘11
The AARC seeks to engage the Pomona College, as well as the larger Claremont Colleges community. We actively outreach to various students and communities through our programs and other opportunities for collaboration. We seek to put on informed programming that appeals to many different audiences. We’ve also held study breaks, ﬁlm screenings and have invited experts to speak on many topics related to the Asian American community and experience. The AARC also seeks and creates opportunities to co-program with other ofﬁces and organizations at Pomona College and across the Claremont Colleges.
The Arts Committee seeks to engage and build community among APIs at the Claremont Colleges through spoken words, music, ﬁlm screenings, and other artistic means. We believe that the arts are an important avenue through which storytelling, collective learning, and creative performance can create community among students, staff, community members. Fall semester, we brought out Tuesday Night Cafe and put together a tsunami beneﬁt concert, which strengthened the relationship between Claremont activists and the activist community in the larger Los Angeles area. Spring semester, we collaborated with the Paciﬁc Basin Institute to host monthly ﬁlm screenings with the directors of each ﬁlm present for Question & Answer sessions afterwards. We also put together a community art making event, brought Hari Kondabolu (a conscious comedian), and Nobuko Miyamoto (a performing artist active in the Asian American movement) to campus. Internally, we did writing exercises during staff meetings and built community within the organization through the arts. Our arts programming was successful in bringing out the diversity of the API community and making the AARC more visible on the Claremont Colleges as a resource for students. 12
Filipino American Experiences
The Filipino American Experiences Committee spent the Fall Semester researching, meeting with professors, and developing a comprehensive syllabus for an entirely student-led discussion course in the Spring of 2010. This group met weekly with rotating student facilitators who led discussions about different Filipino American issues. We also brought in three outside facilitators during the course of the semester to lead discussions about Filipino American history, political cartoons, Filipinos and hip hop, and the dynamics of the intersections of queer and gender identities in the Filipino-American community. - Jamie Navarro ‘11 14
The MESA (Middle Eastern & South Asian) Committee seeks to incorporate Middle Eastern and South Asian students into the AARC space through programming that focuses on issues that are particularly relevant to those communities. MESA Talks, modeled after last year’s Desi Table, bring students, faculty, and community leaders into lunch-time discussions on a wide variety of issues including art activism, gender and sexuality, disappearing cultures, language, and occupation. In addition to various smaller events like ﬁlm screenings and a trip to the LACMA, the MESA committee organized an activist conference called “Occupation in the Age of Obama” with keynote speaker Anjali Kamat (PO ‘00) and a hip hop concert with ManifestONE and D’Lo. - Zeenat Hassan ‘10
AAMP Head Mentors 2009-2010
Charlotte Chang ‘10 Ellen Lê ‘10 Koichi Matsuda ‘10
AAMP Mentors 2009-2010
Albert Liu ‘12 Annie Calef ‘12 Annie Tran ‘12 Diana Dao ‘12 Emily Chang ‘12 Hans Chaumont ‘12 Iris Jong ‘12 James Heo ‘12 Jane Xu ‘12 Joyce Lee ‘12 Julie Wu ‘12 Kelly Park ‘12 Kori VanDerGeest ‘12 Kun Wei Song ‘12 Natalie Chung ‘11 Nate Wilairat ‘11 Pauline Wang ‘12 Sean Chung ‘12 Stella Kim ‘12 Thuy Ly ‘12 Will Hummel ‘12
The Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) is a studentrun organization that serves as a resource for incoming Asian Paciﬁc Islander (API) students and the larger community. As mentors, we encourage students to explore their identities and ﬁnd their individual voices. We seek to acknowledge and afﬁrm aspects of our identities including gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, culture, ethnicity, generation, and religion. With the intersection of these aspects in mind, we work to connect and collaborate with other 5-C organizations to foster awareness among members of our community.
AAMP The Asian-American Mentor Program (AAMP) serves primarily as a resource for ﬁrst-year students by encouraging their engagement in API-related activism. In the 20092010 school year, we organized events for our mentees exploring different aspects of API identity: highlights of our year included a talent show with performances by various student groups, a speaker panel on the issue of Asian exoticism, two retreats, a workshop on globalization, and an annual pilgrimage to Manzanar. Much of AAMP's work, however, is achieved through our strong mentor-mentee friendships that foster the intellectual and political development of both mentor and mentee, whether it's through casual meals together or through late-night conversations about topics ranging from TV shows to the model minority myth. - Kelly Park ‘12
Asian American Resource Center Professional Staff
Iosefa Aina, Director Karin Mak, Program Coordinator
AARC Interns 2009-2010
Christine Kho ‘11 Dayne Lee ‘11 Duyen Tran ‘10 Dustin Kim ‘10 Emi Sawada ‘11 James Yang ‘10 Jamie Navarro ‘11 Jani Kim ‘10 Kevin Lee ‘12 Kim Hartung ‘10 Leora Aquino ‘11 Samuel Pang ‘12 Winnie Wong ‘11 Zeenat Hassan ‘10 20 21
Asian American Resource Center
Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Suite 240 170 East Sixth Street Claremont, CA 91711 Phone: (909) 621-8639 Fax: (909) 607-8513
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Contact: Director: Iosefa Aina, email@example.com Program Coordinator: Karin Mak, firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to be on the AARC’s mailing list, please email email@example.com. Publication edited by Dayne Lee, Karin Mak, and Sefa Aina Design and layout by Jani Kim Special Thanks to Duyen Tran, Winnie Wong, Jamie Navarro, Kelly Park, Charlotte Chang, and Zeenat Hassan for their contributions to this edition of Highlights.
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