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APAC goes to MAASU!

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Several members of APAC attended the Midwest Asian American Student Union Spring Conference last weekend. We made the 5-hour drive up to the University of Michigan from Evanston, and the festivities began with “Spring into MAASU,” the registration event with tons of Asian snacks and a photo booth! We attended workshops and learned about AAPI issues and networked with students from across the Midwest. The conference ended with a three-course meal at the closing banquet with several performers, including Franny Choi and DANakaDAN. Great weekend!

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Exec

New Executive Board (2017-2018)

We held elections for the new exec board for the Spring 2017 – Winter 2018 term at the end of winter quarter. We are so excited to see what’s in store for next year! Please welcome the new exec:

  • External President: Alicia Zheng
  • Internal President: Grace Jing
  • Outreach Chair: Isabella Ko
  • Treasurer: Philip Zehnder
  • Communications Chair: Jane Yun
  • Programming Chairs: Jessica Wang, Lillian Guo, Grishma Reddy
  • Alumni Chair: Stacy Tsai
  • Social Chair: Joon Choe
  • Coalition of Colors Chair: William Paik
  • ASG Senator: Seri Lee
  • Princess of Vibes: Tiffany Wong
  • MAASU Representative: Kimberly Kwon
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General Meetings

Winter GM: Model Minority Myth

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Our winter quarter general meeting was a joint collaboration with SASA, the South Asian Student Association, in which we discussed the model minority myth. Stacy and Naomi, as well as members from SASA, presented a powerpoint that highlighted the harmfulness of the idea of the “model minority” and the inaccuracy of the term. We then broke out into small group discussions where we talked about our own experiences in how the model minority myth affects us. It was great to see so many people there interested in learning about this topic (and eating samosas)!!

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Past Events, Solidarity

#NoMuslimBan Walkout

An official statement from APAC:
“The Asian Pacific American Coalition of Northwestern (APAC) stands in solidarity with Muslims and rejects the unlawful executive order blocking migration from select Muslim-majority countries. The regulation of borders and citizenship on the basis of race or religion has long undergirded a history of seizing Native lands and proceeding to police consequent inhabitation; this ban builds on the precedent of anti-Asian exclusion acts first enacted more than 100 years ago and the internment of Japanese Americans under Executive Order 9066 during World War II. We cannot allow history to repeat itself, and therefore we refuse to be complicit in the efforts of Trump’s administration to deny basic rights to the Muslim community.”

The event, sponsored by student groups like IJP and MCSA, saw hundreds of students gather to support the Muslim community on campus and throughout the country. Additionally, it was written about in The Daily.

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New JEs (Winter 2017)

We are excited to welcome eight new JEs to the APAC executive board!

  • Jane Yun
  • Vivian Xu
  • William Paik
  • William Kang
  • Tiger Wang
  • Suzanne Chen
  • Ivy Chen
  • Grishma Reddy

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Photo: Some of our fall and winter quarter JEs at our hotpot social in February!

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Past Events

Fall Speaker: Japanese Breakfast

Our 2016 Fall Speaker was Michelle Zauner, known by her stage name as Japanese Breakfast. After a 30 minute performance, we held a Q&A where she talked about where she draws her musical inspiration from, what it’s like to be an Asian-American in the music industry, and more (moderated by our very own Stacy)!!

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