APAC GM Meeting: Pacific Islands Pt. II

What does it mean to feel foreign in a domestic sense? in your own homeland?

APAC hosted its first GM meeting this Wednesday evening. As a group, we analyzed a poem by Craig Santos Perez, current professor of Pacific literature and creative writing at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Guam native. The poem, “Off-Island Chamorros” describes a Guam native/American resident’s hardship reconciling his identity and homeland. Based on Perez’s words and experience, the voices of Pacific Islanders are often overshadowed or ignored. This poem challenged our worldview of the colonized Pacific Islands, the displaced natives of the islands, and their relationship with America. Despite forced exposure to American culture through colonization, Pacific Islanders still find it difficult to claim an American identity. We appreciate our hosts, Minna and Chloe, for bringing in this poem as a means to expose us to indigenous peoples works of literature. We hope the discussion does not stop in that Kresge classroom. Moving forward, APAC seeks to education each other on more works that demonstrate the first hand voices of indigenous people.

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Thank you to everyone who came and participated in this activity!

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Our beautiful hosts, first years Chloe Law and Minna Ito!

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GM: Pacific Islands and the U.S.

APAC members hosted a Pacific Islands-centric general meeting this week! It was incredibly educational and thought-provoking. We discussed various issues such as the politics of including Pacific Islanders in the term “Asian American” given that Pacific Islanders face different issues such as climate change, militarization, U.S. national vs. citizen, and others.

Thank you to Stacy, Alicia, Jess, and Minna for facilitating! Minna is a superstar and led a GM as a JE!

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Fall Speaker 2017: Alok Vaid-Menon

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Thank you all for coming out to APAC and SASA’s fall speaker this year! We were so excited to welcome Alok Vaid-Menon to Northwestern! They performed their show, FEMME IN PUBLIC, which included poetry, stand-up comedy, and more. We were also lucky enough to have Professor Doug Ishii from the Asian American Studies department join us to moderate a Q&A.

Alok (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and more.

Thank you to everyone who helped put this event together, including APAC’s own Grishma Reddy, Jessica Wang, and Lillian Guo, and Swati Garg, Emily Diehl and Nirmal Mulaikal from SASA! You all did such a wonderful job of putting on a successful event!

Thank you to Professor Ishii for taking time out of his busy schedule to come out and facilitate such a thought-provoking discussion with Alok!

Of course, thank you so much to Alok for their spectacular performance! Everyone laughed, cried, and left with full hearts and minds, and so much to unpack!

Fall 2017 JE Welcome Celebration!

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Thank you to everyone who applied to be a junior exec member! We loved meeting you all, and we’re looking forward to a great quarter with everyone!

Our new JEs are:

Rita Liu
June Choe
Joanna Yu
Alice Wu
Emily Wang
Kitty He
Leanna Feng
Minna Natsuko Ito
Judy Lee
Chloe Law
Madeleine Fernando
Ellen Wu
Alex Carther
Brian Meng
Brian Hsu
Tyler Huang
Katherine Lo
Congrats, everybody!

APAC Alumni Dinner

This weekend we had dinner with our lovely alumni! Three APAC alums, Peter, Yujin, and Stephanie, returned to campus to meet current members. We had sushi and went over to Kaibigan’s 2017 Pinoy Show, “Kai School Musical.” Thanks so much to everyone for coming!

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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!

Fall Speaker Christine Chen

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APAC was grateful to have Christine Chen, the producer and manager of Wong Fu Productions, discuss with us her role at the company, how her jobs and family have shaped her identity, Asian American media representation, and the undervaluation of women’s perspective in media and film. Our Fall Speaker event was developed in collaboration with KPL, Multiculti (MFA), and NUFWA.

We’re thankful for support from the Asian American Studies Program, ASG Wild Ideas Fund, and CIC InclusionNU Fund.