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Faculty Profile: Ashlyn Aiko Nelson
Student Association (EDPOSA), a student organization started by a student in the MPA program. EDPOSA serves as a central information hub for anything that happens on campus related to education policy. Any student interested in education policy can go to EDPOSA for career services, to find research, or engage in the field.
Spring 2011 Issue
Ashlyn Aiko Nelso Assistant Professor School of Public and Environmental Affairs Having always been interested in education and equity issues, the many problems that are exacerbated by unequal access to educational opportunities really caught Professor Nelson’s attention while teaching 8th and 11th grade English in South Central Los Angeles. In summer of 2009, Professor Nelson’s search for a setting that would accommodate her research interests in both education finance and housing finance, brought her and her family to Indiana University- Professor Nelson to SPEA and her husband to the School of Informatics and Computing. Currently, Professor Nelson is teaching statistics and public program evaluation courses to students in SPEA’s Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program as well as a doctoral class on Policy Analysis. She is working on research in the relationship between where an individual ends up in life and where that person lives, focusing on the impact of housing instability, a foreclosure, for example, on children’s educational outcomes. Professor Nelson is also the advisor for the Education Policy
Photo courtesy of Indiana University Before coming to Indiana University, Professor Nelson completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Economics. She attained both her Masters of Economics and Ph. D in Economics of Education at Stanford University.
After completing her Ph. D, Professor Nelson worked in banking for 3 years before deciding to return to research and academia. She enjoys the flexibility and freedom that comes with being a professor. Reflecting on her time as a student, she remembers the impact that graduate school had on her way of thinking. Her doctoral advisor, Susanna Loeb, played a large part in this shift. She constantly challenged Nelson to look at things analytically, changing the way she analyzed problems and structured her thoughts, and bringing her to approach her research from a non-partisan standpoint. While Indiana does not offer the warm sunny weather and good Sushi of California, its great community and nice people are things that helped her ease into life in Bloomington. Outside of work, her free time is spent traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her 2-year-old daughter. When asked what her one piece of advice to students would be, Nelson said she encourages students to study abroad if they can. She explained that after hearing others talk about their time abroad as the best experience of their college career, not studying abroad is one thing that she definitely would have done differently during her own undergraduate years.
From Melanie’s Corner on East 10th Street
One Saturday afternoon, our family trooped to the public library to return books and video tapes. I went straight to the magazine section and staked a table for the crew. Isabel who is now 15 and 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 was alternately reading and checking emails while we’re waiting for our children to finish, when a man in his early 60s stood 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 find 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. The article, written by Amy Chua author of the controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, ignited a debate on parenting styles and also revived a common stereotype of Asian Americans as “model minorities.” In our recent program, “Bust an Asian Myth: A Dinner and Dialogue,” the participants discussed how stereotypes that are mistakenly perceived as positive can have damaging effects on individuals. They recognized how difficult it is to counter stereotypes, especially if they are seen by others as characteristics inherent to a particular culture or when mass media perpetuates them. It was heartening to hear that the conversation did not stop there. It continued by exploring ways an individual and community can help eliminate and dispel misconceptions. They thought that through dialogue and personal interactions with people from other backgrounds, they could learn and understand that 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.
Visit the APA Heritage Month website at http://www. indiana.edu/~acc/asianheritagemonth/welcome.html for a full listing of events! March 31 APA Heritage Month Opening Lunch Reception and Announcement of Winners for the Annual Writing Contest April 6 Noon Talk featuring Between Two Cultures 12:15-1:00 p.m., IU Art Museum ACC’s Over A Cup of Tea presents “Let’s talk about Facebook” 4:00-5:00 p.m., School of Informatics and Computing West, Room 23 April 8 ACC’s Who are Asian Pacific Americans Lunch Talk Series presents “Need a Job? My Family is Hiring.” Co-hosted by Asian American Association 12:00-1:00 p.m., Asian Culture Center Minority Disparities in U.S. Health Care 3:00 p.m., Ballantine Hall 148 Taste of Asia by Asian American Association 5:00 p.m., IU Auditorium April 9 Bloomington Pan Asian Town Hall Meeting 11:00-12:30 p.m., Monroe County Public Library Meeting Room 1C April 30 AsianFest at the Farmers’ Market 10:00-12:00 p.m., Showers City Hall Atrium and Outdoor Stage Area, in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market
Borders and Pathways: Identity in Modern America 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events
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, Wei realizes 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.
Excerpt from “June”
“The Impact of Violent Victimization on Somatic Symptoms among Asian American Adolescents”
Cara Mafinni, M.A, currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling and Psychology Program
Over the past year, bullying has caused an escalation in suicides, prompting increased awareness and discussions among schools and leaders across the United States. Though the media focus has called attention to suicides, more awareness is needed regarding non-lethal repercussions of bullying, particularly for ethnically diverse populations. Often held as the “model minority” (Leong & Okazaki, 2009; Oyserman & Sakamoto, 1997), the stereotype that Asian Americans do not experience violence, overshadows their experiences of victimization, resulting in little research exploring potentially harmful outcomes. Chen (2010) concluded that more culturally relevant assessments of mental health were needed when studying Asian American adolescents in order to convey a better understanding of their experiences. To accomplish this, we focused on somatic symptoms because although psychological distress is expressed differently in various cultures, it is often expressed somatically among Asian Americans (Kleinman, 2004; Lin & Cheung, 1999; Yang & WonPat-Borja, 2007). This study sought to address the mental health repercussions of Asian American adolescents following experiences of victimization. Utilizing a subsample of Asian American adolescents from Waves I and II of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the study examined the relationship between violent victimization and somatic symptoms one year later, as well as moderators of this relationship. Results from a hierarchical multiple regression analysis, showed that experiences of violent victimization and acculturation were positively related to somatic symptoms, whereas emotional bonds with parents were negatively related to somatic symptoms. In addition, acculturation accentuated the link between violent victimization and somatic symptoms. In contrast, instrumental bonds with mothers weakened the link between violent victimization and somatic symptoms. This research sheds light on experiences of Asian American adolescents and has many practical implications for addressing the psychosocial needs of Asian American youth. Since adolescents are still in a formative age with fewer psychological resources than adults, repercussions of experiences of victimization may continue to affect adolescents into adulthood. Targeting change in adolescents could prevent subsequent experiences of negative mental health outcomes during adulthood. There is a need to prevent Asian American adolescents from being victimized, given our findings regarding the psychosomatic consequences of victimization. Efforts are needed to educate adolescents and teachers about prevention and intervention methods, as well as the pernicious impact of bullying and victimization. It is critical to increase awareness of the challenges faced by Asian American adolescents among community, schools, and mental health professionals through education and training. This is particularly important since Asian Americans are often stereotyped as a model minority. As a result, Asian American adolescents may not be perceived as a group that requires help. Considering the protective role of family, it would be advantageous to promote family bonds among Asian American adolescents, particularly with those who are more highly acculturated and may be at a greater risk for negative outcomes. Educating and promoting discussion regarding adolescent and parent’s cultural differences, reframing parentchild conflict as an acculturative stressor, and improving parent-child communication skills may help bridge parent-child cultural gaps, and increase mutual understanding and cohesion in Asian American families.
Corean LegStrong, ACC's very own Little 500 team, takes a group picture before their practice. Good Luck!
Faculty and students joined together and discussed “A Brief Overview of the Modern Applications of Accelerator Physics” at the Monday Table Topics on led by Alfonse Pham.
ACC’s Lunar New Year dragon performers rehearse their dance backstage at the Monroe County Public Library. The dragon symbolizes supernatural power, goodness, fertility, vigilance and dignity.
Weekly GO Game enthusiasts and new members strategize their next moves in this intense game.
Volunteers, parents, and children make crafts to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at ACC’s Lunar New Year Celebration at the Monroe County Public Library on February 12.
Two freshmen are showing off their newly made card to a special friend that means a lot to them at the Third Thursday Series “,Create your Own Greeting Card,” in cooperation with CaPs. Nice cards, ladies!
Page 6 where their parents and grandparents came from. I feel when people ask about my ethnicity (half-Laotian), they expect me to have stories and experiences about Laos, but I don't….I'm just like one of the millions of Americans who haven't been out of the country yet." "Our parents aren't tyrants that force us to play piano or force us to study 24/7. It's out of self-interest to do well as well as self-pride. Cause my parents never told me to do homework or nagged me to do well on tests. I wasn't rewarded either. Maybe it was a value? That I was raised to do well for yourself without someone telling you to do so. " “In a Land with no people” A Painting Exhibit & Reception featuring the works of Feng Liu, IU MFA Graduate Student Date: Friday, April 15 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Venue: IU Asian Culture Center Description: Feng Liu is finishing her first year of graduate school in the MFA program at IU. Feng uses brightest colors to reflect people’s feelings in her paintings. Feng was born in China and went to Florida State University for her undergraduate degree.
ASIAN MYTHBUSTERS We asked students for their opinions on Asian myths by asking them to…”Bust an Asian myth and explain why it’s not true! If you can’t bust one, what is an Asian myth that you would like to question?”
"Myth: "Asians are all smart." trust me, we want to be.." "I feel like a lot of Asian guys think that Asian girls get with white guys but Asian guys don't really get white girls. I think that it hardly has to do with race but more with personality of the Asian guy in general...... Asian guys need to stop complaining how white girls don't like them because they are Asian because this is not true." "1. All of you are smart. 2. You’re at the library all the time on the weekends. 3. You all smoke cigs." "All Asians are not smart. I know Asians that have average grades. They are not overachievers and don't have strict parents. Not all Asians like DDR and karaoke because some are self conscious. Not all Asian women are submissive. My boyfriend's stepmom (Asian) is the dominant personality in her marriage." "To be totally honest, I don't really know any Asian myths, except that they're all smart. And so far, here at IU, that has been confirmed for the most part. I have never been immersed in such a diverse culture before, which is turning into a great experience. All the Asians I [have] meet/work with are very nice and helpful." "..not all Asian-Americans have visited the country
Art history and me in a washer, 2011, Acrylic on canvas , 68X68 inches
Student Group Updates
The Asian Culture Center is extremely proud of our hardworking and dedicated student organizations. Each semester they develop exciting programs and collaborate with each other to produce campus wide events. This “Student Group Update” section is a way to show their work in the IU and Bloomington community. fter initiation on May 29th, 2010, Sigma Beta Rho has had a successful first year at IU. We adopted Kirkwood Avenue, taking responsibility to keep it clean throughout the year and worked with student organizations on campus to organize “Be the Change Day,” a day dedicated to community service. In March, we co-hosted Holi to help raise funds for victims of the tsunami in Japan. Currently, we are working on having a fundraiser at Red Mango to benefit Sig Rho’s national philanthropy, SOS Children’s Villages. You can keep up with our events at http://iu.sigrho.com !
is planning to co-host a Date Auction and Semi-formal dance with AAA and KGD on March 30th and April 1st. As we move on to April, CSSA is hosting the Basketball Tournament and the winner will be awarded with a prize. The biggest internal event for CSSA is the upcoming Board Election in late April, during the election, new Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Directors will be elected by voting process. Before Fall 2011 starts, CSSA will be hosting the Mainland Orientation in China, to assist and answer questions new freshmen may have about IUB. Visit http://www.indiana.edu/~iucssa/ for more information on upcoming events! his semester, DREAM IU has focused on raising awareness regarding the Indiana bills HB 1402 and SB 590, which could make tuition unaffordable for undocumented students and would require police officers to verify the legal status of any traffic law violators, respectively. We signed the Indiana Compact as an organization and tabled for student signatures; spoke at county and city anti-SB 590 resolution hearings; led classroom discussions on the bills; spoke to legislators and university officials about the negative impact to our state’s budget and university; updated our community about the bills; held phone banking against the bills; asked Senator Lugar how these bills undermine his efforts for the DREAM Act; and more. Please voice your concern to your assembly members today!
hinese Students and Scholars Association
his spring semester Kappa Gamma Delta volunteered at the Monroe County Public Library’s Lunar New Year event in conjunction with ACC. The event was a memorable way to tie together learning, cultural awareness, and community. At the moment, we are planning a major in the form of a Date Auction and Formal with the Asian American Association in April. Feel free to find out more at our website: www.indiana. edu/~kgd.
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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.
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