Ahhh! Too cool!

Colorlines just did a spotlight on the “Manhood” poster series by Deborah Enrile Lao. Very cool, and relevant to our class. The artist’s words:

This piece challenges the unkind, one dimensional portrait of Asian American men in mainstream Western media. By exuding strength, creativity, leadership and masculinity, these five icons buck characterizations of Asian American men as meek nerds who never get the girl (or guy). Bold paper colors and a minimal illustration style reclaims the one dimensional space into one that portrays these men as “superheroes” that young boys and men can aspire to be like.

Sneak peak below (courtesy of ColorLines and the artist).

Additional Final info up

I’ve posted additional info for the final projects up under “Assignments.” Please consult that for grading rubrics, templates for the presentation, and Gary’s research guide.

Also, has anyone seen this add for the Intel Ultrabook, “House of Flying Laptops”?

8Asians did a brief blog analysis of it here, but it’s ripe for a more sustained comparative analysis as well.

Library Workshop

In case you did not receive my email, the extra credit library workshop will meet in room 1575 in the Davidson Library. This room is behind the reference desk on the first floor. We’re set for tomorrow at 9am and Friday at 1pm.

I will post that study guide once I hear back from Gary. If you have any questions about your final projects, do not hesitate to email me or set up a meeting!

Pres. Obama speaks to Asian Americans

Excerpts from President Obama’s speech at the 18th annual gala of Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (full video below):

“And I know it can be tempting — given the success that’s on display here tonight — for people to buy into the myth of the “model minority” and glance over the challenges that this community still faces.  But we have to remember there’s still educational disparities like higher dropout rates in certain groups, lower college enrollment rates in others.  There’s still economic disparities like higher rates of poverty and obstacles to employment.  There are health disparities like higher rates of diabetes and cancer and Hepatitis B.  Those who are new to America — many still face language barriers.  Others — like Vincent Chin who we lost three decades ago — have been victims of horrible hate crimes, driven by the kinds of ignorance and prejudice that are an affront to everything America stands for

So those are real problems, and we can’t ignore them.  And if we’re going to do a better job addressing them, then we first have to stop grouping everybody just in one big category.  Dozens of different communities fall under the umbrella of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we have to respect that the experiences of immigrant groups are distinct and different.  And your concerns run the gamut.

So some of the things that matter to this community are things that matter to every community, like making sure that a woman earns an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work. Or ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” so that nobody has to hide who they love to serve the country they love.  Or enacting education reform so that every child has access to good schools and higher education.  Or caring for our veterans because it’s our duty to serve them as well as they have served us.

We fight for each other.  If somebody is suffering through injustice or inequality, we take up their cause as if it was our own.  That’s the story of America.  And that’s certainly the story of this community.”


Film Screenings

Please refer below for the upcoming dates and times of film screenings. They will be held in the Asian American Studies conference room (5th floor, HSSB).

Better Luck Tomorrow:Tuesday, April 17th, 7-9pm

Ping Pong Playa:Monday, May 21, 7-9pm

Film are also available for viewing at the Kerr Hall learning lab.