A semi-annual publication of Indiana University’s Asian Culture Center

Rice P aper
Preparing to Lead IU
By LaNita Gregory Campbell, Doctoral Student, Gender Studies Department Graduate Assistant, IU Asian Culture Center

Fall 2010 Issue

ACC Annual Student Leadership Development Retreat

On a crisp and early September Saturday morning over 30 student leaders joined our student assistants, graduate assistants and director, Melanie CastilloCullather for a busy and activity-filled day guided by the Bradford Woods staff. During the Fall semester the Asian Culture Center invited executive board members from the 26 student organizations housed under the center, as well as the Asian Student Union from IUPUI to come together at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center for the ACC’s Annual Asian Student Leadership Development Retreat.

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 worked for almost two hours devising strategic design plans to build their rafts, get all their team members aboard, and successfully row across the lake to shore. As the day came to a close, the Bradford Woods staff held small group de-briefing meetings to recap the day’s events and offer suggestions on how to apply these activities in their daily lives as Indiana 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 fit everyone onto the boat without sinking, but it was even funnier when it did sink.” - Stefan Khensouri, Asian American Association “The ACC leadership retreat taught me a lot about teamwork, concepts that I was able to apply not only to running my student organization but also to my summer The day’s activities about communication, trust, internship. I also had a great time and made some lasting and leadership led up to the final activity, Raft Making, friendships.” which garnered the most participation and excitement of - Jake Zhang, Asian American Association the day. Student leaders were divided into groups of ten,

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Note From the ACC Director
Melanie Castillo-Cullather

I am writing this during what we call “dead week,” the week before finals. There is usually an increase in the stress level among students during this week because term papers are due. Many student services related offices offer special hours for study periods. It is very quiet during this time of the academic year, thus the term “dead.” For some of us working in student affairs, dead week is a period for examining and reflecting on the semester that is about to come 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 and rethinking. Dead week allows us to conduct a personal inventory; to pause and reflect about our relationship with others, about how

we do our work and how it impacts our daily relationship with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

physically injured (one suffered a broken jaw and had to withdraw from school to recuperate), and the antiSemitic vandalisms that occurred on our campus were both shocking and deplorable. There is no room for these hateful acts in our community. We may never know when people with deep-seated hateful ideologues will strike but as a community we must be prepared and know how to respond. Toward the end of the semester, 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 The tragic crimes where Dinner hosted by Niagara Foundation a group of Korean and Korean and the Turkish Student Association. American students were racially Continued on page 7 harassed and a couple of them

Standing Up

by Stefan Khensouri

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 the discussions. 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 opinions that might have never had a chance to be heard. No ill feelings towards 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 ignore the racial slurs that were said the night of the attacks. No one should have to tolerate racial slurs being spewed 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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Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong 2011 Distinguished Asian Alumni Award Recipient
By Ian White, ACC Staff Member

Sau-ling Cynthia Wong, of Sunnyvale, California, Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies at the University of 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 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award. This award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Asian and Pacific American Alumni of IU. As she told her story of traveling to Indiana from Hong Kong and the experiences she encountered, one realizes how being an Asian American during her time was a struggle to explore individual identity. “In order to become American, you

stay connected with her family. Long distance phone calls were expensive, even more so to other countries. She remembered telling her mother not to cry when she would make an occasional call home; “it [crying] took up minutes – we can’t waste them.” Wong discussed how, as an Asian American, you “cut off part of yourself to allow others to move on” and you compromise to achieve citizenship. The Asian Culture Center extended Professor Wong’s honor on Friday, September 10, 2010 with a luncheon, where she shared her stories and experiences. As an international college Congratulations Professor Sau-ling student in the United State, Wong Cynthia Wong! reflected on how troubling it was to

have 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.

Call for Nominations: 2011 Distinguished Asian Pacific American IU Alumni Award
The Indiana University Asian Alumni Association, an affiliate group of the IU Alumni Association, is pleased to announce that its governing board is seeking nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award of Indiana University. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2011, and the award will be presented on April 28, 2011. The Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award was established in 2006 for the purpose of recognizing outstanding men and women who impact their local communities and the greater Asian/ Pacific-American community; exhibit excellence and achievement in their careers; and inspire future IU alumni. By honoring former Asian/PacificAmerican students, IU Asian Alumni Association hopes to inspire today’s students. Our 2010 award recipient, professor Sau-Ling Wong, BA’7, a pioneer in the field of AsianAmerican studies, was honored during the recent Citizenship in the United States Conference held on the IU Bloomington campus. For additional information and submission criteria, and to learn more about our previous award recipients, please visit this website: http://alumni. indiana.edu/asianaa/daa.shtml. If you have any questions, please call the Asian Alumni Association at (812) 855-4822. Once again, nomination forms are due by February 1, 2011.

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Student Profile: Meet Anisha Kumar, President of DPO Sorority Inc. By Priyanka Dube, Senior, Spanish Major and Pre-Med
has been a highlight of my time at IU. The knowledgeable professors, challenging curriculum, and camaraderie I’ve experienced these last four years have helped shape me into the person I am today.” She is currently in the process of finalizing a full-time job that she will start soon after graduation. She is excited about her new job and told me, “I think it is time for me to start a new chapter in my life and enter the “real world.” But no matter where I am, I will always be a Hoosier!” Besides being a student in the School of Business, Anisha is heavily involved in the Indian Student Association, where she has a position on board as Public Relations Chair. She is also president and one of the eight “mothers” of the Delta Phi Omega Sorority Inc, founded in April 2009. DPO hosted several events around campus, one of those their annual Gandhi Day of Service “Be The Change.” Anisha is an avid proponent for cultural diversity and awareness around campus. She believes that the ACC has done an excellent job of including all Asian cultures in its programs. She attended the ACC’s annual Holi day function and told me that it was a fun way for people of other cultures to learn about an Indian tradition. Additionally, she says, “it was nice for us Indians to be able to celebrate that holiday with each other and display a piece of our heritage. It was so messy with all the colors but so much fun!” In Anisha’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her best friends, who have been her roommates since her sophomore year, shopping, eating at new restaurants, and of course sleeping after a long day at class!

Anisha Kumar is in the Kelley School of Business and will be graduating this upcoming May with majors in Marketing and Management with a minor in French. When I asked her about KSB, she told me, “Being a part of the Kelley School of Business

Movie Review: Inception
If sometimes you have the feeling that you are dreaming, you can find a new perspective in the movie “Inception”: you could not only be in a dream, but a dream within a dream, or “deeper down”. You can have multiple levels of dreams, and time would go more and more slowly as you go deeper. For example, hours in your first dream would end up being years in the third level. This may sound so wild, but at the same time, it feels so true if you think about what happens when you

By Yang Yang, Graduate Student, Biology Dept

have dreams. You can have a dream that is so complicated that it may take years to accomplish in reality, but you only had a couple of hours of dream before dawn. Some critics say that “Inception” is another milestone after “The Matrix”. Indeed, both movies brought up provocative yet inspiring questions. According to the concepts in “Inception”, how can you tell dream from reality? What if the reality you think you wake up to everyday is just another dream?

These questions are as fascinating as those brought up in “The Matrix”— how do you know that the world you live in is not just some projections in your mind, stimulated by a computer or a machine? It is mind-blowing and even creepy to think about these questions carefully, but the only thing we can be sure of is that as long as we seize every moment to do something meaningful, we will feel happy and worthwhile, no matter what kind of world we live in.

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“Passing Scenes”

Mahjong players of all levels get excited ever Friday when Mahjong games are held at the ACC.

2011 Distinguished Asian Alumni Award recipient Sau Ling- Wong shared her many stories and experiences with us over a delicious luncheon.

Fans of the Asian Culture Center attempt to spell out ACC during the Open House. Thanks for the support!

ACC staff members Lananh and LaNita pictured with author, Sandra Park after a lunchtime discussion about her book “If You Live in a Small House.”

Chi and Alfonse, graduate students, are among the many that showed up to this year’s graduate mixers.

Language tutoring of all kinds is held throughout the week.

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Indiana University’s student organizations work tirelessly all year to plan and execute events for both the campus and Bloomington community. This is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our hardworking student groups and show our appreciation for their dedication to IU. GO HOOSIERS! Indian Student Association This past semester, the Indian Student Association hosted several successful events. On October 15th, the student group held a “Garba Dance Night” at Wilkie Auditorium, where they celebrated Navratri, the festival of dance and worship. In addition, ISA celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, on November 12th with a formal dinner and show, allowing IU students to show off their talents. They also hosted several philanthropic and social events throughout the semester. You can find more information about ISA at www.indiana.edu/~isa/.

“Student Group Updates”

by LaNita Gregory Campbell

Delta Phi Omega Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. has put on some really fun events during the 2010 Fall semester. We co-hosted a back-to-school picnic with the brothers of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity in September. Active sisters co-hosted the Gandhi Day of Service event in October with Sigma Beta Rho. Later in the semester approximately forty students came out and Asian American Association

volunteered with the sorority around Bloomington to help “Be the Change”. Looking forward to Spring 2011 Delta Phi Omega is planning several Multi-Cultural Greek Council events, as well as holding “Literacy Through Unity Week” in March. Visit Delta Phi Omega’s website (www.wix.com/dpoiub/deltaphi-omega---iub) for more information on upcoming events.

The Asian American Association (AAA) had a wonderful Fall 2010 semester. In October the student group held their annual Pumpkin Carving Event at the Asian Culture Center. The event proved to be a success, with impressive numbers of attendees coming out and enjoying themselves as they designed and carved pumpkins. Most recently, the student group hosted Ramen Study Break Night for those students looking for a break during the hectic days leading up to finals. The front room of the ACC was packed with new and old AAA members that all came out to de-stress, eat free Ramen, and spend time with each other before leaving for Winter break. AAA has come in strong this semester with the Fashion Show, Pumpkin Carving, Ice Skating Night, Mass Meetings, and Ramen Study Break Night. Preparing for the Spring 2011 semester members are already excited for AAA’s biggest event of the year, Taste of Asia in April.

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Page 7 during the twentieth century, I identified three basic paradigms by which Chinese scholars place China in the world: liberal, Marxist, and (cultural) conservative. Liberal intellectuals have asked, in contrast to Western Classical Antiquity, what went wrong in early Chinese history that the civilization failed to produce a liberal tradition. Marxist scholars have struggled with how to fit China’s past into Marx’ teleological world-history framework by rewriting AWH. Cultural conservatives are eager to know how soon Chinese tradition as a unique case in world history will fulfill its destiny from the past two centuries’ setbacks. Within each paradigm, my research centers on several case studies of influential intellectuals as well as the scholarly communities to which they belonged. By examining the evolution of the Chinese worldview during the past century reflected by the Chinese world-historical writing, I argued that today’s China is not yet ready for a clear vision of its future in the world. As history is a tool for power struggles at various levels in China, the frustrations among Chinese intellectuals who attempted to reconcile national history with world history indicate a constant conflict between a cultural imperialistic mindset and a civilizational nationalistic thinking in the Chinese view of the world, which I propose to call “an unending battle between the politics of time and space.” Continued from page 2 The other was the Dinner & Dialogue hosted by the cultural centers on campus. These events continue to remind us that there is hope, that despite the unfortunate racial incidents, there are more people who share the common value of respect. These events also are one of the many ways of expressing community solidarity against any forms of bigotry, discrimination, and oppression and support to those who were targeted and attacked because of their ethnic identity. We applaud the organizers for providing a shared space for people of different backgrounds and traditions to “express their thoughts and offer their friendship.”

The Chinese Worldview: An Unending Battle between the Politics of Time and Space
Xin Fan, PhD candidate in history, Indiana University-Bloomington

The rise of China is one of the most important events in the global history of the turn of the twentiethfirst century. Scholars around the world are debating the possible consequences of this development. Yet, two problems are observable in the current study of the rise of China, which is usually conducted by political economists and policy analysts. First, a strong presentism sometimes leads scholars to overlook the important role of history in the shaping of modern Chinese worldviews. Second, the lack of available information has made scholars believe that the current Chinese policy making-process is operated in “the opaque world of China’s elite politics.” Without enough transparency in Chinese information sources, the researchers who want to decode the Chinese vision of its place in the world through contemporary archives can only count on serendipity. On September 27, 2010, I gave a talk at AAC’s Monday Table Topic. In this talk, engaging with the aforementioned debate, I argued that a historiographical study focusing on development and problems in modern Chinese scholarship on the “ancient world” can be an effective means to counteract and circumvent these problems. I adopted Chinese study of Ancient World History (AWH, a field of historical studies which primarily includes ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, and Iran, covering a broad time span from 4000 BC to 1000 AD) as a case study to identify two fundamental problems in the Chinese worldview: The first is how to reconcile the ancient past with modern times; the second is how to integrate foreign knowledge into Chinese tradition. In order to further understand these questions, my talk adopted a “sociology of knowledge” approach. By looking at patterns of Chinese intellectual history

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Support the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Activities
Though celebrated nationally in May, at IU we begin observing the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in April to allow our students to participate. With your kind financial support of: $25.00, $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00, we will be able to continue IU’s tradition of celebrating the rich and diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of people of Asian heritage in our community both on and off campus. Your financial support will help fund the following events: • Annual Creative Writing Contest • Cultural activities such as Taste of Asia hosted by Asian American Association • Discussion Programs such as Over a Cup of Tea, Monday Table Topic, and Who Are APA? Talk Series • Asian Cultures Around Campus such as Henna, calligraphy, and cooking demonstrations • Asianfest at the Bloomington’s Farmer’s Market • Asian Knowledge Bowl and many more! You may write your check payable to IU Foundation, indicate Asian Culture Center in the memo, and mail to IU Foundation, PO Box #500 Bloomington, IN, 47402 or simply visit our website http://www.iub.edu/~acc and click the give button. Thank you and happy new 2010!

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