2012-2013 Events

9/26 ~ Joint Open House

10/2 ~ Kristina Wong: Going Green the Wong Way

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer

GOING GREEN THE WONG WAY is an 80-minute theatrical show by artist Kristina Wong. The performance addresses the culture and challenges of pursing green living in Los Angeles. Kristina Wong is a multidisciplinary performance artist who integrates race, gender, and class into her work. Through her incisive use of humor, Wong recounts in GOING GREEN THE WONG WAY the adventures of her life-long attempt at sustainable living and the challenges & triumphs of being eco-friendly.

10/8 ~ Margo Okazawa-Rey Fellowship reportback with Siwaraya Rochanahusdin

Monday, October 8, 2012
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Founders Room, McConnell Center, Pitzer

10/20 ~ Youth Empowerment and Arts Program

Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
IDAAS Seminar Room, Lincoln 1121, Pomona College

What: Top 10 Tips for Thriving in College (A participatory workshop)
Who: Asian American & Pacific Islander high school students living and around the city of Pomona, CA

11/12 ~ Spring 2013 IDAAS Course Info Session

Monday, November 12, 2012
4:15-5:30 p.m.
IDAAS Seminar Room, Lincoln 1121, Pomona College

We are offering new courses in spring 2013: ASAM 75 Asian American and Queer Zines, ASAM 128 Tattoos, Piercing and Body Adornment, and ASAM 189HIST Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga. Come by and learn about these and other IDAAS courses. Have a chat with the professors.

11/14 ~ Brown Bag Lunch with CGU Professor Susan Paik

“Asian American Diversity and Education: Historical Perspectives on Current Issues”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
12:00 p.m.
IDAAS Seminar Room, Lincoln 1121, Pomona

As the fastest-growing immigrant population in the U.S., Asian Americans are diverse in culture, tradition, language, and history. This presentation provides a survey of the historical context of immigration of all major Asian American groups, and links these experiences to their current educational outcomes. Based on an adapted model of incorporation, the findings illustrate the diversity that exists across major Asian American groups in terms of immigration, acculturation, and educational attainment. Co-ethnic communities, government policies, and societal reception are also important factors that impact their upward mobility. While many Asian Americans in general perform well in schools, some groups continue to struggle academically. Key stakeholders can collaborate and build partnerships to support positive opportunity structures.

Read Prof. Paik’s bio here.

11/27 ~ Yen Le Espiritu: Home Bound: Studying Filipino American Lives

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Broad Hall 214, Pitzer College

Dr. Yen Le Espiritu is one of the foremost scholars in the field of Asian American Studies and is the author of such foundational works as Asian American Pan-Ethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities and Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love. For this talk, Dr. Espiritu will be discussing her experiences researching Filipino American communities in Southern California.

Admission is free and open to the public.

This event has been made possible by the Pitzer Campus Life Committee (CLC) Academic Events Fund.

11/28 ~ HAWTT! Hands-On Approaches to Wellness and Types of Therapy

Open Mic Topic: Wellness

Wednesday, November 28
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Founders Room (above McConnell Dining Hall), Pitzer

This is the culminating community event for ASAM 22 Wellness and Experiences in the Asian American Community. Come join the class and enjoy good food, creative writing, student presentations, and an open mic in a fun and friendly space! We will celebrate the different ways of using writing and art as forms of expression to communicate our stories, unique experiences and feelings. Learn how to express your own well-being and gain some mental health resources!

11/30 & 12/1 ~ The Third Asian Americans in Media (AAIM) Film Festival

“This is How I Say I Love You:” Exploring the Diversity of Relationships within Asian American Families

Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1
Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College

This series of shorts challenges and nuances traditional representations of the model minority family, instead exploring how different configurations of race, class, gender, and sexuality create a myriad of complex relationships.  Asian American families are also intimately shaped by immigration and transnationalism, and although this makes attainment of the idealized middle class American nuclear family lifestyle difficult, it also can lead to resilient and creative bonds between loved ones.  Drawing from a wide range of Asian American experiences—first generation to second generation, Iranian to South Asian to East Asian to Filipino, upper class to working class, heterosexual to queer—these shorts investigate the diverse ways Asian American families confront their historically-grounded challenges, ultimately legitimizing the different ways they come to say “I love you.”

For programs and more information, please go to the Asian Americans in Media blog:

12/5 ~ Brown Bag Lunch with Pomona Professor Anna Kim

“Gender, Sex, Work: The Geography of Asian Immigrant Women and Massage Parlors in Southern California”

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12:00 p.m.
IDAAS Seminar Room, Lincoln 1121, Pomona
Lunch will be served.

Sexual health disparities continue to persist in industrialized nations, particularly affecting low-income, immigrant communities. Such disparities are often defined in terms of relative over-representation of particular populations in epidemiological portraits of disease and illness. Health disparities, however, also reflect uneven distribution of broader resources and are influenced by and influence social spatial structure. This paper aims at clarifying the intersections among health, gender, and informal economies through an exploratory analysis of immigrant women sex workers in Southern California.

Read Prof. Kim’s bio here.

12/6 ~ Prof. Celine Parrenas Shimizu: Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian Masculinity in the Movies

Thursday, December 6
7:00 p.m.
Rose Hills, Pomona

2/13 – 3/9, 2013 ~ Activist/Artist-in-Residence (AAIR): Memory and the Occupied Body featuring Denise Uyehara

February 13, 2013: Artist Talk: Shedding Light on Memory & the Occupied Body
7:00 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer
In an evening of performance, video presentation and narrative, Uyehara shares highlights from her repertoire that challenge and inform her as an artist. She traces her early solo work in Asian American queer-identified identity, through her years with the Sacred Naked Nature Girls, to her expansion into new territory linking her community to experiences in Native American, Arab American and Muslim communities, and a recent site-specific project at sites of deportation in Tucson, Arizona. Talk is followed by reception and discussion with students and community.

February 16, 23, and March 2, 2013: 3-hour Community Workshops
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Carnegie 107, Pomona
Workshop attendees must participate in all the workshops and the showing on March 9. Participation is capped at 21 (one-third to Claremont College students; one-third to community off-campus community members; one-third to IDAAS community engagement partners). NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

February 14, 21, 28, and March 7, 2013: Class Workshops in ASAM 187: Arts and Activism (SC) ~ Erin O’Brien as facilitator with students
7:00-9:50 p.m.
Four consecutive in-class workshops (2 hours and 50 minutes each) co-facilitated with Denise Uyehara. March 2 joint workshop with community workshop participants. Class must participate in the showing on March 9.

March 2, 2013: Collective Class
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Carnegie 107, Pomona
Joint workshop with class and community workshop participants.

March 9, 2013: Closing/Showing
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Kallick Family Gallery, Pitzer
1 hour duration, in a gallery or black box space, indoor/outdoor. The showing will be presented in a performance/installation format in which the audience can walk throughout the room and view performances as they happen, and view visual work and performance/installation from various angles. This showing is not a full performance but simply sharing the work and process from the residency.

For more information, contact the project manager, Erin O-Brien.

2/28/2013 ~ “Define American”: A Public Lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas

Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Edmunds Ballroom, Pomona

Jose Antonio Vargas, a multimedia storyteller, is the founder of Define American, a non-profit organization and campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. His eponymously titled speech, “Define American,” will address his own journey as an undocumented American and what it really means to be an American in a country that is to torn over the status of undocumented immigrants as well as immigration policy and reform. Vargas will also address his experience coming out twice: once as gay and once as undocumented. He will relate his struggles to those of the larger immigrant rights movement.

3/1/2013 ~ Navigating White Spaces While Building Community

Friday, March 1, 2013
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hampton Room in Malott Commons, Scripps
(IDAAS co-sponsored event brought to you by SCORE, Scripps)

Join SCORE for a hybrid lecture and workshop on how to navigate living in a dominate world, and build relationships across and within difference.

3/2/2013 ~ Afterschoolspecial Concert and Q&A

Saturday, March 2, 2013
7:00 p.m.
(IDAAS co-sponsored event brought to you by AARC, Pomona)

Afterschoolspecial is a music group led by Asian American rapper and hip hop artist DANakaDAN, who is well known for his work with world renowned Asian American Video production company Wong Fu Productions and other Asian American musicians. His music is unique because he incorporates his experiences as a Korean American transnational adoptee and more Asian American identity politics into his music, and inspires college students through college tours.

3/9/2013 ~ Interdependency and Transformative Justice: A Workshop Led by Mia Mingus

Saturday, March 9, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Grove House, Pitzer
(IDAAS co-sponsored event)

Mia Mingus will be leading a combination workshop for the 5C community that is aimed at addressing the interdependency of our movements for social justice and the role of transformative justice in responding to violence outside of and within our movements.

3/14/2013 ~ The Malaya Project/Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Doms Lounge, Pomona
(IDAAS co-sponsored event)

In collaboration with the Barangay Los Angeles, a Filipino LGBTQ community organization, photographer Deney Tuazon and filmmaker Gregory Pacificar, come together to create The Malaya (Free) Project, a photography project highlighting the lives of various proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer Filipino/as. The event would consist of a week-long gallery show and a panel discussion with the artists and some participants of the project.

3/27/2013 ~ Kokua a Puni: Decolonizing pedagogies & community-based programs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1:15-4:00 p.m.
Fletcher 110, Pitzer

Dr. Erin Kahunawai Wright
Director, Kokua a Puni
University of Hawai’i. Manoa

Kokua a Puni is a Native Hawaiian Student Services program that serves Native Hawaiians at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa campus regardless of major, degree, or career choice. Snacks provided. Feel to drop in.

FMI: Lindsay Morgan or Kirstie Simons.

Sponsors: ASAM189: Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga (Johnson and Yep); Mellon Global-Local Teaching Grant

4/4/2013 ~ “Living Along the Fenceline”: Militarism and Gender
Screening with Food, Music, and Speakers

Thursday, April 4, 2013
4:15-6:00 p.m.
Broad Performance Space, Pitzer
(IDAAS co-sponsored event)

“Living Along the Fenceline” tells the stories of 7 remarkable women who live alongside U.S. military bases. They are teachers, organizers, and healers, moved by love and respect for the land, and hope for the next generation. From San Antonio (Texas) to Vieques (Puerto Rico), Hawai’i, Guam, Okinawa, South Korea, and the Philippines, this film inspires hope and action.

PANELISTS: Annie Fukushima, Gwyn Kirk, Deborah Lee, Dr. Lisalind Natividad (Skype), Ellen-Rae Cachola.
Click here for bios of performer and panelists.

SPONSORS: Pitzer College Agnes Moreland Jackson Diversity Program Fund, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS), Scripps College Humanities Institute, Mellon Foundation: Global-Local Teaching Grant, American Studies (PO and SC), Gender Women Studies (SC), the Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges, History Department (SC), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (SC),  ASAM189: Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga (Johnson and Yep), ASAM125: Intro to Asian Am History (Fukushima), and AMST 169A SC. Freedom and Race (Fukushima).

FMI ABOUT FILM: http://alongthefenceline.com/
FMI ABOUT EVENT: afukushi@scrippscollege.edu

4/12/2013 ~ IDAAS Fall 2013 course info session

Friday, April 12, 2013
IDAAS Seminar room, Lincoln 1121, Pomona

Come by and learn about IDAAS courses for fall 2013. Have a chat with the professors.

5/1/2013 ~ Asian American Studies Senior Thesis/Project Presentations

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
4:15-6:00 p.m.
In coordination with the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) at Pomona

5/17/2013 ~ 5C API Graduation

Friday, May 17, 2013
5:00-5:30 p.m. Reception. 5:30-7:00 p.m. Ceremony
Edmunds Ballroom, Pomona (pending)
Sponsored by the Asian American Advisory Board