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UCLA’s Ethnic Studies 40th Anniversary Celebration

In Culture, UCLA Events on October 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Chancellor Gene Block announced a dedication of the academic year to the theme of “Celebrating 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA,” in honor of the anniversary. This acknowledgment calls for a reminiscence of the civil rights movements that paved way for the formation of such studies. The movement consisted of the longest student strike known in the nation’s history, lasting for almost a year from 1968 to 1969. Since then, our golden state has progressively become more ethnically diverse, becoming perhaps the most diverse in the country.

Various universities in the state, such as San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, echo this assortment of different societies and cultures from around the world with the development of corresponding ethnic research centers. However, UCLA is currently the only one in the U.S. to have four of such organizations, one of which includes the Asian American Studies Center. The centers here at UCLA have worked together in many aspects, aspiring to represent the interethnic collaboration that much of our society has yet to apprehend is necessary. They are constantly involved in various issues, such as immigration reforms and health care services, and make a persistent effort looking for solutions through engagement with community organizations and its leaders.

To commemorate the centers’ achievements, as well as the achievements of the university’s promotion of diversity, a wide range of activities will occur both on campus, as well as off throughout the county. Mark your calendars for November 18, as Pacific Ties presents Pacific Ties: Breaking Ground to Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Media, a forum including a panel with Giant Robot Magazine Founders and Current/Past Editors of Pacific Ties Newspaper.

More information of the specific events for this celebration can be found at the centers’ website: http://www.ethnicstudies40th.ucla.edu/index.asp

Written by Huong Pham

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WonFu at UCLA

In Culture, UCLA Events on October 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

What were you doing around lunch time last Friday? Anyone hear an underground pop band or see them rocking it out on the Bruin Plaza stage? WonFu (not Wong Fu Productions), a Taiwanese music band of two girls and two guys performed at UCLA while some students were in class, at the gym, or having lunch. Unfortunately I was one of those students that missed the chance to watch their live performance, but some of their songs are available online.

UCLA was one of their first stops to play their music live in their West Coast tour in the United States. I would say that their music is a combination of pop, rock, folk, and even a bit of country; the mixture of these elements make their music sound unique. They do not sing in English, but they still seem to catch a good amount of audience. The song “Lady’s Night” reminds me of a more contemporary-style disco. Their songs overflow with sweetness and upbeat energy but does not convey a teenybopper style. On their Myspace music page under the category “Sounds Like,” they say that their music is “a smiling face” which I absolutely agree.

So if you want to bring some sunshine on your playlist, add them!

Stepfanie Aguilar is a 2nd undeclared student, hoping to major in World Arts and Culture. Someday, she will tour the world and own tons of albums full of postcards and photography.

Recognize Pilipino-American History Month

In Culture on October 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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October is not just for wearing Halloween costumes and collecting candy. It is the month for Pilipino-Americans to celebrate their heritage. Samahang Pilipino (SP), a student-run organization based on Pilipino culture, presents a series of events from Week 2 to Week 5 to honor this time. The kick-off event was the Pilipino-American History Month (PAHM) Art Exhibit on Monday, October 5th hosted at Kerckhoff Art Gallery. Many were enraptured by the various art work covering the walls such as traditional paintings to pop art. Artists include Lor Sumagaysay, Susanito Sarnate, Fred Juson, Rodney Martinez, Revo Yanson, and Rommel Clavecillas. Rick Bergancia and Rafael Maniago were also there to perform live art by sketching and painting visitors. Loralei Rose Bingamon, a collage artist, was also there to speak. For the opening, the Tinig choral group performed “Mga Munting Tinig”. It was a crowded night. Afterwards, several visitors mingled with the artists, some gazed at the art, and some donated money to a disaster-relief fund to assist the flood victims in the Philippines. Visitors ranged from students to local residents.

For Week 3, students included storytelling on “coming out” in the Student Activities Center for the National Coming Out Week, recognizing the LGBT community among Pilipino-Americans. Tonight at 5:30pm at Kerckhoff Grand Salon is a special event for Pilipino authors and veterans to share their stories of hardships and achievements with students. Next Wednesday night, there will be an open mic night for singers, musicians, poets, and dancers to express themselves.

by Stepfanie Aguilar

Stepfanie Aguilar is a 2nd undeclared student, hoping to major in World Arts and Culture. Someday, she will tour the world and own tons of albums full of postcards and photography.

Asian American Jazz Festival

In A&E on October 22, 2009 at 12:06 am

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Music. Jazz artists. Asian Americans. Say what? For the first time in Los Angeles, the Asian American Jazz Festival will celebrate the world premier of creative and artistic achievements of Asian American and Asian jazz artists.

From October 30th to November 1st, the three-day festival will feature Japanese pianist Hiromi, Filipino singers Charmaine Clamor and Mon David, and popular Korean band, Prelude. Sixteen Asian American and American artists will perform at Café Metropol on Friday and Saturday. The main event will be held at the Democracy Form amphitheater at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, the first of November. Tickets range from $20 to $100 and are available for online purchase. Support the community, creativity and culture: http://www.asianamericanjazzfestival.com/ticketing.html.

Asian Americans have been performing jazz music since its beginning, but the distinct Asian American jazz sound developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Hybrid music of Asian American jazz derived from combining jazz with ancestral experiences, cultural relevance and Asian instruments. From 1981 to 2006, the San Francisco Asian American Jazz Festival promoted the musical movement; likewise, the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival created a forum for artists to showcase their talents.

by: Malina Tran

7 Arrested in Stabbing at Fraternity Party

In NEWSPRINT on October 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

After finding  an apartment complex on Midvale Avenue, the brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon at UCLA decided to host a housewarming party on September 22nd that would dually serve as a recruitment mixer for new members.

The party took a turn that night. Three students and four non-students were arrested in the early morning hours after a call was made, reporting assault involving a lethal weapon. A fight had broken out, leaving one student stabbed in the abdomen, another in the arm, and a third student hit over the head with a bottle.

The four non-students were charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem and one student was charged for being an accessory to aggravated mayhem. All five were also charged with added gang enhancements. Police had found evidence of the suspects having gang affiliations, although the fight was not believed to have been gang related. All suspects were declared ‘uninvited’ guests at the fraternity party.

The other two students found in connection with the fight and stabbings were released from custody in early October, after the district attorney’s office declined to file any charges against them.

Lambda Phi Epsilon is just one chapter apart of a nationwide fraternity that has a history of problems, one involving the Irvine chapter that was disbanded in 2007 for a hazing ritual that left a student dead. With recent events, this history further burdens Lambda Phi Epsilon with bad publicity, despite the suspects being uninvited and uninvolved with the fraternity, impairing the number of attendance at rush events.

According to a Los Angeles Times article, Robert Naples, associate vice chancellor and dean of students, announced that UCLA officials are still investigating to see if the fraternity, already on suspension from a past incident of another fight, defied any additional campus policies. Currently, no disciplinary actions have been taken yet.

by: Huong Pham

President Obama Reinstates AAPI Federal Panel

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last Wednesday reestablishing a federal panel to address the concerns of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Acknowledging the health, educational, and economic disparities the AAPI community faces, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, which was first instated by President Clinton ten years ago, aims to address and resolve these disparities by working with 23 agencies and departments across our government. Below is a video the signing.


A transcript of his remarks is also available here.

Source via AngryAsianMan