Asian/Asian American Community News & Events

September 30, 2013 

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How would you respond to being on the receiving end of a hate crime? With anger? Sadness? How about gratitude? After being assaulted and being called a "terrorist," Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University, responds with gratitude and a desire to educate his attackers; his wife, with hope and acknowledgement that "we must teach our children to appreciate diversity from an early age, in our homes, in our classrooms, and in our neighborhoods."


When the outcome of harassment is even more severe, we must push for understanding and accountability. We saw this with the case of Private Danny Chen, and this week marks the two-year anniversary of his untimely death. Advocates are still working to push for army reforms around hazing and ensuring his legacy is not forgotten.


Education echoes as a way to combat these incidents from happening. How can you educate yourself and others on difference? To both celebrate the beauty of diversity and more fully understand the complexities of multiculturalism? Here at the Student Life Multicultural Center, we provide opportunities and space for learning and reflection. We invite you to learn and grow with us. LGBTQ History Month kicks off this week and I encourage you to show your support and attend an event or two!


Lastly, if you're a planner like me, check out what's in store in the not-too-distant future from us and campus partners. Just click the "Planning ahead?" link to the left, which will be updated weekly. Got something you want to be included? Just send me an email with all the details! 


Annabelle Estera
Intercultural Specialist



InterVarsity OSU Joint Weekly Meeting

October 1, 8:00pm, Hitchcock 131 


We are having our first Joint Weekly Meeting, that happens only once a semester! This is a time for worship, fellowship and celebration as one movement in many expressions. InterVarsity has several chapters and movements on campus.


Collaborative Grant
Hey student groups, got an idea for a great event and looking for more funding? Announcing the ASAM Collaborative Mini-Grant! We welcome one-time grant proposals for up to $250 for programs, events,  other activities congruent with our mission and values that demonstrate a connection to the annual MCC theme of "Transformation...What's Your Story?" and topics impacting Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, Asian international, and Arab communities. Programs, activities or events that also touch on such themes as diversity, social justice, interculturalism and global citizenship are welcomed as well. Get all the information here and contact Annabelle at estera.4@osu.edu for more info. The first deadline is today Monday, Sept. 30 at 11:59pm. No late applications accepted. All applicants must present on their application on the evening of Oct. 2; a time will be mailed to you upon receipt of your application.   


Upcoming Events

 Welcome to the first October of 2013. It's time to get scary!


Public Lecture by Amy Waldman, Author of The Submission - October 1, 7:30pm, Mershon Auditorium

The Office of First Year Experience is inviting the campus community to An Evening with Amy Waldman, author of The Submission.  Waldman will discuss her journey in completing The Submission, a novel that reimagines the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of a committee who selects a memorial design for Ground Zero.  Contact Jenna dicicco.5@osu.edu


Be the Change Day - October 5, 11am-3pm, meet at RPAC

Indian American Association invites you to join the thousands of Visionaries on their path to engage with service in the local Columbus community. See the link for registration information!


International Medical Health Organization Convention - October 5, 2:30pm, Off-campus

The IMHO (International Medical Health Organization) is hosting a convention for their projects. Student tickets are $10 and go towards their projects in Sri Lanka. There will also be entertainment!


Vietnamese Student Association: Pho Philanthropy Night - October 8, 4:00-8:30pm, Hale Black Cultural Center 
Everyone's invited to Pho Night, consisting of performances by BAAM, Dance Coalition, Dance from the Soul from China, and Christine Wu & Cello. We will be selling pho, which are noodles served in a rich broth consisting of choices of yummy meatballs and sliced beef. 


Chew On This: Overcoming Stereotypes Through Social Media and Ed - October 9, 12:00pm-1:00pm, MCC
This workshop, presented by the Graduate Pan-Asian Caucus, will identify and explain the most common stereotypes of Asian Americans. Attendees will participate in activities and discussions to explore the origins of these stereotypes and the purpose they serve in our society. Current examples from social media will be used to demonstrate the prevalence of these stereotypes in today's contexts. Free lunch provided!


Taste of OSU Registration Deadline! - October 15, 12:00pm

Taste of OSU highlights and celebrates the diverse cultures that exist among the international community of students at Ohio State. This Ohio State Signature Event enables students to share their cultures through foods, exhibits and performances. Applications are now being accepted for student organizations interested in taking part in Taste of OSU 2014.   


Controversial Conversations
Perception: How Germans and the Chinese see one another

Born in China and living in Germany since age 14, artist Yang Liu grew up being able to experience the differences between the two cultures first-hand. Drawing from her own experience, she created minimalistic visualizations using symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. The blue side represents Germany (or western culture) and the red side China (or eastern culture). Check it out here: http://bsix12.com/east-meets-west/

Student Spotlight

Shoutout to Joni Choi for sending in this link!
Joni, come into the MCC sometime this semester to receive a free pair of earbuds!

Send artwork, poems, or a message you would like to showcase to liou.37@osu.com

Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color




Are you looking to build your social circle? OWN It!: A Retreat for Women of Color is sponsored by The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color. We provide this annual weekend retreat to undergraduate as well as graduate and professional women of color enrolled at Ohio State so that they:

  • better understand the psycho-social challenges unique to being women of color
  • celebrate the historical and current contributions of women of color
  • enhance their self-appreciation and community-building strengths
Open to women identifying as African/African American, Asian/Asian American, Middle Eastern, Arab, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian/Indigenous.

Registration closes on October 18. Sign up at their website


Seeking Study Participants for Research Opportunity
Researchers in the School of Communication are working on a research project
examining the effect of writing on emotions and attitudes. Asian adults age 18
and over have the opportunity to participate in this study and receive up to
$5. To participate, you will be asked to complete a 15-minute online survey ($1), then attend a 1-hour laboratory session ($4).
Interested in participating? Email Mao Vang at vang.18@osu.edu!


Advancing Justice Conference


Hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the 

Advancing Justice Conference on Nov. 14 - 16 in Los Angeles, CA is the first and only national conference that focuses on civil rights and social justice in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The conference brings together Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from across the country to address issues facing these fast growing communities. It serves as a unique forum where stakeholders can learn from other community experts, discuss common challenges and opportunities, share best practices and find ways to work collaboratively. 


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