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12th Annual



Your Resource Guide to the Greater Davis Area



2014 - 2015

12th Edition

Created by the Asian American Association in conjunction with the Department of Asian American Studies, UC Davis

Now featured on the UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions Website! Also visit us here:


Editor’s Note We are proud to present to you the 12th Edition of the APIA Searchlight Directory! Having been a part of the Searchlight team for the past two years, we are so glad to see the positive impact the Searchlight Directory has had on our community and hope that it will remain an influential guide for all students. We would like to thank the Asian American Studies faculty and staff for their cooperation in the making of the Searchlight Directory. We would also like to thank the organizations and student groups that contributed to our directory. Our success relies on the participation and willingness of every group in working towards a diverse and inclusive community. Finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and local Davis businesses for their contributions. The Searchlight Directory would not have been possible without the generous support from all of our supporters. In this edition of the APIA Searchlight Directory you will find a collective of API student organizations as well as resources that serve to aid students in enhancing their experience here at UC Davis. Whether students are looking for professional opportunities or a place to further explore their own identities, the API community is open to anyone and everyone who needs it. We hope that you are inspired by our faculty interviews and are able to find our resource guide helpful in your journey in discovering all that Davis’ API community offers.

Your 2014-2015 Editors,


Christine Siu Emily Nguyen

1967: · Professor Isao Fujimoto comes to UCD. Winter 1969: · Brian Tom and Ray Yokomi call a meeting about “The Asian Experience in America", leading to the formation of Asian American Concern (AAC), a student organization that later formed the

Asian American Studies (AAS) committee. · The AAS committee discuss the start of an AAS program with Chancellor Mrak, establishing the first formal contact between Asian American students and UCD Administration. Spring 1969: · The first AAS class is offered on campus as

a 198 group studies course in the History Department taught by Brian Tom and Tom Teraoka and sponsored by Professors J.P. Lo, Isao Fujimoto and Kenne Chang. · AAS committee meet with Chancellor Meyer, successor to former Chancellor Mrak. · Brian Tom writes the AAS program proposal,


Table of Contents Staff & Faculty




Major Requirements


Minor Requirements & Student Quotes


Student Polls


Cultural Organizations


Academic Organizations


Greek & Faith-Based Organizations


Creative & Performing Arts Organizations




Internships & Opportunities


APIA Events


which called for a New World Challenge that included the Department of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. · AAC present a proposal to the campus through the Cal Aggie newspaper, demanding Chancellor Meyer to act. When he backs out from earlier commitments, students threaten to strike.

· Over 600 participants take part in “The Asian Experience in America” symposium sponsored by AAC where Brian Tom gives the Keynote Address on the “New Asian American Movement.” · AAC, Black Student Union (BSU), and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (La MEChA) hold an ethnic studies rally on the Quad for approval of

an ethnic studies program; 5,000 participants attended in the largest political rally in Davis at that time. Summer 1969: · After the rally, Chancellor Meyer authorized the AAS program, Brian Tom is appointed AAS coordinator and the AAS Committee became


Asian american studies Department

The Asian American Studies (ASA) major gives students the opportunity to interact with a variety of issues affecting and relating to the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. It is an opportunity for incoming students to discover a field that many high school curricula omit. Before we are able to make improvements and advances in favor of the APIA community without compromising another group, it is imperative for us to understand the dynamics behind various ethnic groups. By taking classes in the ASA department, you are taking a step forward and gaining access to the pool of knowledge that has been wonderfully crafted and improved upon by ASA researchers, activists, and lecturers around the world. Professors and teacher assistants here understand that history can be dry and frustrating to study at times, but believe us when we say that they offer tremendous support in helping us digest the material by creating connections to everyday phenomena, selecting page-turning novels and texts, and perhaps most importantly, engaging with the students in the classroom. Students not only develop research, analytical, and creative skills, but also develop a global mindset that allows them to participate as a global citizen and to understand how problems in one part of the world resonate to other places. The ASA major complements any major or study (economics, pre-med, computer science, etc.) as it prepares students to become more aware of their surroundings and enables them to create more meaningful and sincere interactions with clients, patients, and customers.

Staff members/peer advisors Britt Sumida Student Affairs Officer

Jesse Chung Peer Advisor

Elaine Hong Peer Advisor

3131 Hart Hall (530) 752-4447

3131 Hart Hall

3131 Hart Hall

Amanda Dunham Program Coordinator

Camila Yuan Peer Advisor

3102 Hart Hall (ASA Main/ Lobby Office) (530) 723-9767

3131 Hart Hall Address

Tatum Phan, Ph.D. Community Counselor

Venice Santos Peer Advisor

1316 Student Community Center 3103 Hart Hall (530) 752-4201

3131 Hart Hall

the AAS Program Committee, a joint studentfaculty committee. · The Asian American Research Project (AARP) results from the successful funding of a proposal to the system wide Urban Crisis Committee. The AARP involved Professor Isao Fujimoto, Brian Tom, and 17 students to work over the summer

Department of Asian American Studies University of California Davis 3102 Hart Hall One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616



(530) 723-9767


(530) 752-9260

of 1969. The team created curriculum materials for ASA courses that were developed from research on the Stockton Filipino community, Asians in California Agriculture, the Sacramento Delta communities, the organizing of bibliographies, and a reader. Winter 1970: · African American Studies program is established;

Asian American Studies becomes ASA. · Ben Tsou with a Ph.D. in Linguistics is hired to teach, becoming one of the first tenure-track professors to be hired in the program. · Professor George Kagiwada with a Ph.D. in Sociology joins ASA faculty. · The ASA book collection is started.

meet the Faculty Members Richard S. Kim, Ph.D. Department Chair and Associate Professor Asian American Studies 3121 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767


Susette Min, Ph.D. Associate Professor Asian American Studies 3105 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767

Darrell Hamamoto, Ph.D. Professor Asian American Studies

Robyn Rodriguez, Ph.D. Associate Professor Asian American Studies

3119 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767

3115 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767

Wendy Ho, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer Asian American Studies Women and Gender Studies 3107 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767 Isao Fujimoto, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer Emeritus UC Davis Graduate Program in Community Development 2313 Hart Hall (530) 752-4378 Sunaina Maira, Ed.D. Professor Asian American Studies

Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde, Ph.D. Associate Professor Asian American Studies 3113 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767

Nolan Zane, Ph. D. Professor Psychology and Asian American Studies Director Asian American Center on Disparities Research 268B Young Hall (530) 752-5419

3109 Hart Hall (530) 723-9767

Summer 1970: · ASA is fully established with faculty, offices, staff and courses in the university catalog. Spring 1971: · The first Asian American Spring Festival is held, leading the way for Asian Pacific American Culture Week (APCW).

Spring 1973: · The first annual APCW is established and held. 1977: · Controversies surrounding Davis Risling in Native American Studies (NAS), Peter Leung in ASA and Isao Fujimoto in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) are resolved when they were appointed lecturers

with security of employment. · Professor George Kagiwada earns his tenure based on professional contributions, community and curriculum work rather than his research productivity; this challenged the traditional basis of securing tenure, marking an unprecedented historical victory for higher education.



Q: What would you say to a non-major to encourage them to try ASA? “Enrolling in ASA courses allow students to explore the diversity of the Asian population in our communities. The cultural knowledge they gain transcend beyond merely their cuisines and festivities. They learn about their struggles, sacrifices, and contributions to society.” – Fujimoto

“ASA fulfills a lot of GE requirements, and gives you the ability to critically analyze, as well as understand power, identity, and society.” – Kim


“The interdisciplinary nature of the ASA major allows students to venture into a variety of professions and career trajectories. It allows students to insightfully study underexamined issues in the Asian American narrative. The diversification of students’ understandings and experience of the world is also beneficial to Asian Americans as they are often unable to visualize the impact of their cultures on the world around them.” – Zane

“With the help of professors and texts, students digest complex issues into simple ideas.

They become pseudo-theorists in the process of articulating ideas and engaging in the material in a critical manner. By connecting theory with practice and encouraging a grassroots examination of material, students develop analytical skills that they are able to apply to other courses.” – Valverde

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Q: How does ASA intersect with other professions, such as the sciences, urban development, engineering, etc.? “Students in the ASA major develop the mindset and tools necessary to participate as a global citizen and examine issues from a global perspective. They are prepared to compete for internationallybased jobs that require candidates to not only think critically, but globally as well. In the business world, students are able to capitalize on their global understanding and enter the markets of other countries.” – Zane “You learn about the historical elements of economy, race, gender equality, and how they can be applicable in developing your critical thinking skills as well as awareness in daily and social interactions.” – Min

“In nearly every profession, you are working with people whether they are co-workers or

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clients. Not only are you working with toe nails or a heart or a brain, you are working with nurses and patients. The more you know about their cultural backgrounds, the more likely you will be able to connect with them. To treat clients as people, and not objects, involves learning their backgrounds and appreciating their cultures.” – Fujimoto

1978: · Davis Associated Students Union (ASU) becomes affiliated with the Asian Political Student Union (APSU), an organization of ASUs on the West Coast who worked closely with its counterpart, East Coast Asian Student Union (ECASU). · Davis ASU helps organize the Tule Lake Pilgrimage,

a visit to the WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. 1979: · APCW becomes a university sponsored program and part of Student Programs and Activities Center (SPAC).

1980: · Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) is established as a political coalition and served as an umbrella organization on campus. 1983: · Davis Asians for Racial Equality (DARE) is established after the death of Thong Hy Huynh, a


Q: How do you view the lack of ASA (or AAS, Chicano Studies, etc.) in the high school curriculum? Do you think this lack of exposure prevents some students from pursuing an education in these areas? “It’s atrocious. Although there’s a push for multicultural curriculum, there’s still a long way to go. It’s important for universities to keep their ethnicity programs, and for graduates to spread their ethnicity knowledge to public, middle, and elementary schools.” – Min

“It is problematic that over 40 years of ethnic studies at the university level hasn’t translated into programs at the high school level. High school is a time where students should be given the opportunity to explore their cultural backgrounds. They often denigrate themselves and not value their own culture because they are ill-represented in the school curriculum and often ill-portrayed in the media. We, as professors, have to develop the scholarships so they are accessible to anyone who wish to engage in the study.” – Rodriguez

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“Students are able to develop the skills to interact with everyone when they come from

schools with diverse populations. When they attend homogenous schools, there is a tendency to see “those people and us” which culminates a sense of separation. Ideally, there should be vehicles that bring different people together at the high school level. Human relations and the ability to see others in a positive light is critical in this diverse world.” – Fujimoto

Q: Since many students are aware that gaining internship experience is important in a college curriculum, could you describe the range of internships and part-time jobs available to ASA majors? “Our internships are designed to help students gain experience in working with the Asian

American community while creating connections and developing skillsets that enriches their candidacy in the competitive job market. Past internships include placement in legislative offices and human service agencies that provide support in the realms of employment, health, and legal services. The ASA department strives to continually update its internship offerings and create networking opportunities in the Asian American community.” – Zane

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“We're working on an internship requirement so that all students are required to take an internship outside of the UC Davis campus --such as Davis, Sacramento, or Bay Area--, and making those internships available for students. There’s also internships students can take with faculty members for independent reading and projects. There's also peer advisor positions, student assistants, and intern opportunities as part time jobs.” – Kim

Davis High School student, in a racially motivated fight and served as an API political and community organization within Yolo County and Davis. · Isao Fujimoto receives the first City of Davis Human Relations Award/Thong Hy Huynh Award. · APIA community celebrates 10th Annual APCW.

1989: · ASA, along with NAS and CHI, were moved from College of Ag to L&S. AAS was already in L&S. · Billie Gabriel joins ASA as Program Coordinator. · 1st Annual Filipino Graduation Celebration.

1990: · Students lead a hunger strike to create the Cross Cultural Center (CCC). 1991: · Professor Wendy Ho joins ASA faculty as the first addition in 10 years.


Asian American StudieS Major Requirements

Preparatory Subject Matter (32 units):

Depth Subject Matter (36 units):

ASA 001 ASA 002 ASA 003 ASA 004

ASA 192

Asian American History ............................................4 Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans ...............4 Social and Psychological Perspectives of Asian Americans.......................................................4 Asian American Cultural Studies  ..............................4

Select two lower-division courses from the following departments or programs..............................................................8 African American and African Studies (AAS) American Studies (AMS) Chicana/o Studies (CHI) Native American Studies (NAS) Women and Gender Studies (WMS)

Major Emphasis  - As part of the depth subject matter requirement, all ASA majors must develop a major emphasis by choosing either a disciplinary or thematic specialization in consultation with the Student Affairs Officer (SAO) and/or faculty advisors. The major emphasis must include six ASA upper-division courses and two upper-division elective courses from other departments or programs. ASA Courses..........................................................................24 Select six upper-division ASA courses listed below:

Methodology................................................................................8 Select two courses from any of the following methods courses: AAS 101 Intro to Research in Afro-American Community AMS 100 Methods in American Studies ANT 013 Scientific Method in Physical Anthropology AHI 100 Art Historical Methods AHI 005 Intro to Visual Culturez ART 010 Introduction to Art Appreciation ART 030 Introduction to Contemporary Visual Culture CHI 023 Qualitative Research Methods ENL 042 Approaches to Reading ENL 110A Intro to Literary Theory ENL 110B Intro to Modern Literature and Critical Theory HIS 101 Intro to Historical Though and Writing HDE 120 Research Methods in Human Development NAS 046 Orientation to Research in Native American Studies PHI 005 Critical Reasoning POL 051 Scientific Study of Politics PSC 041 Research Methods in Psychology SOC 46A Introduction to Social Research SOC 46B Introduction to Social Research STA 013 Elementary Statistics WMS 104 Feminist Approaches to Inquiry

1992: · 1st Annual ASA Senior Awards Banquet is held. · Keith Osajima joins the ASA faculty. 1993: · Counsel for Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is created and activated under the student chair, Joanna Poblete, to review the state

Community Internship (required) ........................4

ASA 100 Asian American Communities ASA 102 Theoretical Perspectives in Asian American Studies ASA 112 Asian American Women ASA 113 Asian American Sexuality ASA 114 Asian Diasporas ASA 115 Multiracial Asian Pacific American ASA 116 Asian American Youth ASA 121 Asian American Performance ASA 130 Asian American Literature ASA 131 Ethnicity, Culture, and the Self ASA 132 Health Issues Confronting Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders ASA 140 Asian Americans and Media ASA 141 Asian Americans & the Political Culture of Fashion in U.S. & Asia ASA 150 Filipino American Experience ASA 150B Japanese American Experience ASA 150C Chinese American Experience ASA 150D Korean American Experience ASA 150E Southeast Asian American Experience ASA 150F Southeast Asian American History, Culture, & Politics ASA 155 Asian American Legal History ASA 189A Topics in Asian American Studies - History

of Asian Pacific Americans. · Professor George Kagiwada retired and recommended Isao Fujimoto as director. 1994: · 1st Annual API Leadership Retreat (APILR) is held. 1995: · Keith Osajima leaves the Asian American Studies

program to direct the Race- Ethnic Studies program at the University of Redlands. 1996: · Kent Ono joins ASA faculty. Winter 1996: · The Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Council (APILC) and staff create Asian Pacific American


(ASA course list continued) ASA 189B Topics in Asian American Studies - Culture ASA 189C Topics in Asian American Studies - Health ASA 189D Topics in Asian American Studies - Policy & Community ASA 189E Topics in Asian American Studies - Comparative Race Studies ASA 189F Topics in Asian American Studies - Asian and Asian American Studies ASA 189G Topics in Asian American Studies - Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality ASA 189H Topics in Asian American Studies - Society and Institutions ASA 189I Topics in Asian American Studies - Politics and Social Movements ASA 194/5 Senior Thesis ASA 198 Directed Group Study (1-5 units) ASA 199 Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5 units) (Up to 6 units in ASA 198 and/or ASA 199 can be used to satisfy the ASA upper-division course requirements.) Elective Courses................................................................................8 Select two upper-division courses from other departments or programs that relate to chosen emphasis. 2 courses of up to 8 units from Study Abroad can be substituted for major requirements upon approval from the SAO or faculty advisor.

Major Total ................................................ 68 units

Theme House (APATH) in student dorms. Summer 1996: · Professor Stanley Sue joins ASA faculty and assumes directorship of ASA. Fall 1996: · First and only APIA Women’s Retreat is held.

Winter 1998: · Asian Pacific American Advocates (APAA), a political organization, is formed from APAC. · Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) starts the passage of Facilities and Campus Enhancement (FACE) initiative and is the only student run service unity in ASUCD.

Fall 1998: · APATH opens in Tercero M Building. Spring 1998: · APIA Community celebrates 25th Annual APCW. Summer 1999: · BRIDGE, a student-run Filipino targeted education service group originally started in 1990 through


Asian American StudieS Minor Requirements

Preparatory Subject Matter (8 units):

Depth Subject Matter (20 units):

ASA 001 ASA 002 ASA 003 ASA 004

Choose any 5 upper-divison ASA courses. (Refer to Major Depth Subject Matter)

Asian American History ...................................4 Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans ......4 Social and Psychological Perspectives of Asian Americans..............................................4 Asian American Cultural Studies......................4

Minor Total .......................... 24 units

Student Quotes


I truly wish from the bottom of my heart to be able to physically manifest all that I feel about being

an ASA major to visually show you what I can never find the words to describe exactly how much I've gained in terms of knowledge, growth, and compassion for my personal/ethnic history as well as for my culture and my community. Being an ASA major has equipped me with various lenses to think critically and question what I have been traditionally taught. I have learned instead to deconstruct it and define things for myself.


Linda, ASA Major


Without Asian American Studies classes, my existence as a mixed race White/Chinese person, and

the child of an immigrant, wouldn’t make sense. Taking these classes has helped me understand the historical context that has shaped my life and my existence.



Alex, ASA Major

The Asian American Studies department is such a tight knit community. I love taking upper division

ASA classes with only fifteen other people and having lots of time for in class discussions as well as one-on-one time with the super-accomplished professors. I love that I can study in the ASA library and never fail to see a familiar face.


Aditis, ASA Major

UCD’s largest Filipino organization Mga Kapatid (MK), becomes part of SRRC and provides support for Filipino students on campus. · Professor Bill Hing joins ASA Faculty. Fall 1999: · Focusing his research on Chinese American oral history and a leader in the Chinese American

community in Sacramento, Peter Leung, Senior Lecturer of ASA, passes away. · APAA becomes inactive, but members continue to be active in campus issues regarding APIA community. · ASA implements its major. Winter 2000:

· Asian American Association (AAA) is established to address API issues on campus. · Members from two API fraternities (Lambda Phi Epsilon and Sigma Kappa Rho) and Kappa Sigma are involved in a fight at the Yolo County Causeway; individuals were detained by the Yolo County Sheriffs.


Student Polls Chinese



3% Indian

6% Favorite Asian Cuisine Thai Japanese




21% South CoHo



33% Favorite Coffee Spot

I prefer my own

17% CoHo


Spring 2000: · A student-led movement pushed for the Student Affairs Officer (SAO) III position, designed by staff and faculty to work as a liaison to the API community, is instituted in ASA. Fall 2000: · ACCENTS, the only API publication that began

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in 1990, becomes inactive due to lack of support. · 10 to 15 white males, including Kappa Sigma members, storm an apartment where a Sigma Kappa Rho member lived. Racial slurs such as “chink” were yelled while the victims were beat up and the apartment was ransacked; two white male suspects were arrested.

· Professor George Kagiwada, former ASA Director, passes away; the ASA library becomes the George Kagiwada Research Library in his honor. · Professor Nolan Zane joins ASA faculty. Winter 2001: · Andrew Weiman’s death at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house is reported as a suicide/suspicious


APIA Organizations Cultural Organizations

Asian American Assocation (AAA)

Burmese Student Association (BSA)

The Asian American Association (AAA) serves to unify the Asian American and Pacific Islander community by promoting cultural understanding and self-awareness through an arena of political and social events.

The Burmese Student Association (BSA) serves to foster friendships and a network among the BurmeseAmerican community at UC Davis. The club works to promote the Burmese culture and traditions; as well as awareness about the current political, social, and economic situation that exists in Myanmar.

Hmong Student Union (HSU)

Indian Student Association (ISA)

The Hmong Student Union’s (HSU) mission is to promote Hmong culture to the community, higher education among the Hmong people, social and academic relationships among the UC Davis students, and to act as a resource for the community.

The Indian Student Association (ISA) allows for students interested in Indian cultures and traditions to unite under one common organization. We bring the UCD community closer by holding social events for cultural awareness, fundraising for underprivileged communities, and collaborating with other organizations.

death; attempts were made to link the death to the past months of conflict between Sigma Kappa Rho and Kappa Sigma, scapegoating AA as suspects. · CAPAA becomes active again, reinvigorated by concerns with the status of the API community on campus; CAPAA, Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance (APASA), Asian Pacific American

Alumni Association (APAAA), and DARE worked with students to address the needs of the API community on campus. · CAPAA, along with students, staff and faculty, hold a rally to address the needs of the API community and to expand the ASA program. Spring 2001:

· The rally results in the approval of the ASA SAO position, the Asian American Retention Specialist position in the Learning Skills Center and the hiring of five new ASA professors. Fall 2001: · Professor Wendy Ho becomes Director of Asian American Studies Program.


Iu Mien Student Association (IMSA)

Permias at UC Davis

The Iu Mien Student Association (IMSA) was established in 1999. IMSA provides Iu Mien students, as well as others, a way to connect to the Iu Mien community through mentoring programs, fundraisers, an annual Iu Mien New Years party, and so much more.

Permias UC Davis an organization help to connect Indonesians in the Davis area together. A student organized group, we hope to create a family together with those here far away from home.

Japanese American Student Society (JASS)

Taiwanese American Organization (TAO)

The Japanese American Student Society (JASS) is a student organization at the University of California Davis with an eye to service, social and cultural happenings. We deal primarily with the Japanese American community, but everyone with interest is warmly welcomed to our group!

The Taiwanese American Organization (TAO) provides community not only to Taiwanese-Americans, but to all who are interested! Through social activities, TAO educates members about Taiwanese culture, history, and current events. TAO also works as a bridge for its members to connect to the greater Taiwanese community.

· Professor Wendy Ho is awarded the Chancellor’s faculty Achievement Award for Diversity and Community. 2002: · Kent Ono leaves ASA faculty to direct the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois.

Winter 2002: · 1st Annual Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony (REACH) retreat is held by the CCC. Spring 2002: · ASA celebrates first graduating class and grants 4 A.B. degrees.

Summer 2002: · Anita Poon joins ASA as the Student Affairs Officer (SAO). · Professor Richard Kim joins the ASA faculty on July 1st. Fall 2002: · Southeast Asians Furthering Education (SAFE),


APIA ORGANIZATIONS Academic Organizations

Filipinos in Liberal Arts & Humanities (FILAH)

Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)

FILAH was founded upon the principle of freedom of expression and provides support to students in liberal arts and humanities. Through an array of artistic and social outlets, FILAH aims to help participants explore the creative world while also preserving Filipino heritage.

VN CARES strives to promote cancer awareness throughout the community and provides free cancer screenings to patients with low income. We offer two internships, Research & Education and Clinical. Fluency in Vietnamese is not required so everyone is welcome to join!

Asian Pacific Islander Queers (APIQ)

Paul Hom Asian Clinic (PHAC)

We provide a safe, confidential space for students who identify as both API and LGBTQQIA to enrich and educate students interested in intersectional issues through socials, discussions, and workshops, exploring topics like identity, coming out, health, and politics.

Paul Hom Asian Clinic is one of the nine student-run clinics at UC Davis. We are located in Sacramento, mainly serving the Asian underserved population. Paul Hom Asian Clinic provides an excellent clinical experience for pre-health students!

BRIDGE: Pilipino/a@ Outreach and Retentnion BRIDGE created in 1987 because of the steadily decreasing number of Pilipin@s pursuing higher education on a yearly basis. We began as a service under UC Davis’ Mga Kapatid. However, in 1997 we became our own student organization. In 1999, the Pilipin@ community became an influential part of the original Recruitment and Retention Organizing Committee (RROC) and continue to work with many other communities to form a student-initiated and studentrun center.

an education support service to students is established by members of Hmong Associated Students (HAS) and becomes part of the SRRC. · A building at the Colleges is named after Professor Isao Fujimoto. Winter 2003: · BRIDGE and SAFE hold annual leadership

retreats to promote community building. · 1st annual ASA Career Day brought 30 ASA alumni and community leaders together. Spring 2003: · Professor Stanley Sue is awarded the UCD Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. · Professor Bill Hing is awarded the UCD Distinguished

Scholarly and Public Service Award. Summer 2003: · First annual edition of AAA’s UCD Asian American Community Directory is published. · 1st issue of AWAAZ is published. · Prof. Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde, Rhacel S. Parrenas, Sunaina Maira, and Susette Min join

APIA ORGANIZATIONS Greek Organizations Kappa Psi Epsilon ( kye )

Delta Phi Omega ( AIO )

Kappa Psi Epsilon is a Pinay-interest sorority based on Academics, Community Service, Culture, Sisterhood, & Social Networking. Through her cornerstones the Sisters of KPsiE hope to help women of all cultures recognize the treasures hidden within their herstories.

Delta Phi Omega is a South Asian/Multicultural Interest Sorority to promote the advancement of South Asian women. The Founders created the backbone of this sorority on the basis of the five pillars of Sisterhood, Respect, Loyalty, Honesty, and Friendship.

Chi Delta Theta ( xAo )

Psi Chi Omega ( YxO )

Chi Delta Theta is an Asian-American interest sorority that was established on October 13, 1989. The sisters of Chi Delta Theta strive to promote sisterhood, academics, community service, cultural awareness, and social activity in the lives of its members.

The brothers of Psi Chi Omega have established traditions which promote excellence through integrity, perseverance, and eternal brotherhood. By providing opportunities to expand scholastic capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and involvement in all cultures, the members of Psi Chi Omega strive to achieve better understanding of our unique, Asian American heritage.


Faith–Based Organizations Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC) UC Davis KCCC (Korea Campus Crusade for Christ) is here to build up each other as a family of Christ and dedicated to creating movements on campuses through believers who are committed to connecting people to Christ.

the ASA faculty. Fall 2003: · 1st Asian American freshman Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) retention class is taught. Winter 2004: · 10th Annual APILR is held at Bodega Bay.

Spring 2004: · 1st Asian American Association Film Festival (AAAFF), Broken English Conference and Showcase, and 3rd Annual UC Womyn of Color Conference are held at UCD. · UCD Asian American Community Directory is renamed Asian Pacific Islander American

Searchlight Directory (APIASD). Summer 2004: · ASA grants approximately 50 A.B. degrees. · Professor Bill Hing assumes directorship of ASA; Professor Wendy Ho is on sabbatical leave. Winter 2005: · ASA Internship at the Capital for Asian Pacifics


APIA ORGANIZATIONS Creative & Performing Arts

Wing Chun Club

The Tai Chi Club at UC Davis

Popping Club @ UC Davis

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art system for self-defense. It was made popular by Bruce Lee and more recently, the Ip Man movies. It emphasizes relaxation, sensitivity, structure, and speed rather than strength.

The Tai Chi Club is an undergraduate and graduate student T’ai-Chi Ch’uan (Taijiquan, Tai Chi Chuan) CSI sponsored organization at UC Davis. We are all about practicing, having fun, and being sociable.

Popping Club is a growing dance community at the University of California, Davis. The primary dance style in the club is popping, a funk style dance that came from California during the 1960s-70s.

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To bring together the K-pop and Korean community at Davis and provide a comfortable and friendly environment where those who share an interest in K-pop and Korean pop culture can exchange ideas and socialize.

started with the leadership of alumnus Bill Wong. Summer 2005: · Professor Wendy Ho returns to resume directorship of ASA. · UCD alumna My Diem Nguyen assumes the position of ASA SAO on August 9th. 2006:

Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association (GTLDA)

The Golden Turtle Lion Dance Association is a group of individuals who come together to practice and share the art of Lion Dance, a popular traditional dance in Southeast Asia.

· AAA joins Students of Diverse Affiliations (SoDA) created by the CCC as a cross-cultural umbrella council. Spring 2007: · Queer People of Color (QPC) is held for the 1st time at UCD, bringing forth identities of Queer APIA.

Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan

Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan is a studentrun organization dedicated to the art of traditional Japanese drumming. Bakuhatsu, meaning “explosion,” describes their enthusiastic performance style. Performing at events all around Davis and Sacramento, Bakuhatsu promotes the appreciation of Japanese culture, teamwork and friendship. Tryouts are held annually during fall quarter!

· Vent Magazine is published to address the lack of Asian American representation in the media and politics. Summer 2007: · ASA becomes the “department” (still a program at that time) with the highest enrollment of students in classes compared with faculty ratio.

APIA CAMPUS Resources Center for Leadership Learning The Center for Leadership Learning (CLL) offers a variety of programs and activities to help students develop their leadership and professional skills. These programs are free and available to all undergraduate students.

Counseling and Psychological Services Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of counseling services to help students realize their academic personal goals. CAPS is available to all students and created to be a safe space for helping students with managing stress, clarifying issues, and more.

Cross Cultural Center The Cross Cultural Center (CCC) is a community center that supports and advocates for campus diversity. Their mission is to aid students in leadership development, community building, identity exploration, and cultural learning. The CCC hosts various events that serve to raise cultural awareness and promote social justice.

Internship and Career Center The Internship and Career Center (ICC) at UC Davis advances the mission of the university by providing experiential education and career services to students and recent alumni through collaboration with the campus community and employers.

Winter 2008: · 14th Annual APILR is held with BRIDGE and SAFE. · CCC holds 1st Middle East South Asia (MESA) Leadership Retreat. · Southeast Asians Making Immediate Change (SEAMIC), a political organization that works on deportation issues, is created by SAFE members.


1350 Surge III Monday - Thursday: 1PM - 5PM Friday: By appointment only (530) 752-6908

North Hall Monday - Friday: 8AM - 4:30PM Wednesday: 9AM - 4:30PM (530) 752-0871

Student Community Center Monday - Thursday: 10AM - 8PM Friday: 9AM - 5PM (530) 752-4287

South Hall 2nd and 3rd Floors Monday - Friday: 10AM - 4PM (530) 752-2855

Spring 2008: · SEAMIC hold three days of teach-ins to inform public on SEA deportation. · 5th AAAFF is held and only Asian American films produced by Asian American directors were used. · SEAMIC holds a “Deportation Teach-Out”, a

state-wide rally with participants from UCLA, UCSD, UOP and Stanford, as part of APCW activities. · My Diem Nguyen, SAO, is awarded the 2007-2008 UC Davis Recognition for Outstanding Staff Advisor. Summer 2008:


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) serves as an open, safe and inclusive space that is committed to challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism. It is a community that promotes education about all sexes, genders, and sexualities, as well as a space for self-exploration of these identities.

Student Academic Success Center

Student Community Center Monday - Thursday: 10AM - 6PM Friday: 9AM - 5PM (530) 752-2452

2205 Dutton Hall Monday - Friday: 8AM - 4PM

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a large, multi-program Student Affairs department providing essential services, programs, and information for UC Davis students. Programs include: academic support services in tutoring, retention, study skills, mathematics, science, writing/ ESL , and more. In addition, it employs over 200 students as peer advisers, student assistants, and tutors.

(530) 752-2013

Internships & Opportunities Asian American Association Film Festival (AAAFF) The AAA Film Festival is a great opportunity for students seeking experience in all fields. From communications and marketing to graphic design and filmmaking, AAA Film Fest welcomes students of all disciplines to get involved and organize two weeks of free film screenings revolving around the Asian American experience and issues.

Cross Cultural Center (CCC) The CCC offers a variety of paid and volunteer student positions. From event coordinator to graphic designer, these positions are available to all students. More information available at:

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· 1st Annual SEA Grad ceremony is held and organized by SAFE. Fall 2008: · Professor Nolan Zane assumes directorship of ASA. Winter 2009: · ASA becomes an official department at UCD on February 10th.

Summer 2009: · Paul Kim joins ASA and CCC as Community Counselor. Fall 2009: · ASA hosts the Department of Asian American Studies Celebration on November 14th. Summer 2010:

· Professor Stanley Sue and Professor Bill Hing retire from ASA faculty. Spring 2011: · My Diem Nguyen leaves her position as SAO/ Academic Advisor. Fall 2011: · Sheng Vue joins ASA as Student Services

Cultural & Social Events


Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat (APILR) January 2015 The Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Retreat (APILR) is a fun and enriching weekend retreat that provides students the opportunity to learn about issues concerning API communities, develop a stronger bond within their communities, and gain invaluable leadership skills that last a lifetime. This year’s theme, Reclaiming our Voices; Taking Action, empowers students with the necessary leadership skills and resources to make a difference on campus and in their communities through an examination of self-identity, current API community issues, and an application of skills to the communities.

Vietnamese Student Association Lunar New Year February 2015 The Vietnamese Student Association’s (VSA) annual Lunar New Year Celebration brings together the many organizations and groups in the API community here at UC Davis to celebrate the new year. This festive event features games, food and performances from different Asian cultures.

Asian Pacific Culture Night (APCN) April 2015 Asian Pacific Culture Night (APCN) is an annual culture show during Asian Pacific Culture Week (APCW) that features traditional and modern performances from student and professional groups. This year’s theme, “We Will Be Seen, We Will Be Heard”, aims to empower the API community by reminding ourselves that we are visible and we have a voice. This year’s event featured comedian Jenny Yang and singer Jenny Suk.

Associate (interim). · Tenured Professor Robyn Rodriguez joins ASA Department faculty. Winter 2012: · Britt Sumida joins ASA as the Student Affairs Officer. · Tenured Professor Sarita See joins the ASA

Department faculty. Summer 2012: · Donna Valadez joins ASA as Program Coordinator. · Fong Tran joins the CCC Staff as API Community Program Coordinator/Advisor. Fall 2012: · Students of Diverse Affiliations (SoDA) housed

in the CCC is re-established; AAA rejoins as an affiliate. · First API Summit at UCD is held to rally student organizations together. Winter 2013: · First ever APIA Issues Conference is held at UCD.


Southeast Asian Retreat (SEA Retreat) October 2015 The Southeast Asian Retreat (SEA Retreat) aims to unite students from different Southeast Asian and ally communities together to inform, empower, and celebrate the history, culture, and advocacy in the Southeast Asian Community. This weekend long event provides students with various workshops and activities designed to build new friendships and strengthen existing relationships, as well as provide a safe space for participants to cultivate new ideas and break down barriers.

Asian Pacific Islander American Issues Conference February 2015 The Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Issues Conference is a one day event focused on exploring, discussing and understanding issues surrounding the APIA community. This conference seeks to provide a safe space for all groups to come together and educate themselves and each other in hopes of overcoming our dissonance and fostering a more inclusive community capable of support, advocacy and much more.

Asian American Association Film Festival (AAAFF) May 2015 The Asian American Association Film Festival (AAAFF) is a two week long event that aims to create a better understanding and appreciation of the Asian American identity through film. Its goal is to foster unity within the APIA community through a series of film screenings. Past film festivals featured acclaimed films such as The Namesake, Sake Bomb, and many more.

Spring 2013: · Professor Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde is awarded tenure after a long appeal process. · Paul Kim leaves his position as Community Counselor to be the new Community Advising Network (CAN) Manager. “My Own Story” (ASA 189B) taught by Alex Luu is

offered in Spring after a long protest by students. · Professor Sarita See leaves her position as tenured faculty to transition to UCR. · APASA creates a new board of five. Fall 2013: · Professor Richard Kim becomes Department Chair. · APIDME (API Desi Middle East) Fall Welcome cre-

ated with Britt Sumida and Shyama Kuver. · Amanda Duhman joins ASA as Program Coordinator. Winter 2014: · Dr. Tatum Phan joins ASA as the 2nd CAN counselor hired, after Paul became the CAN Manager.

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APIA Searchlight Directory

2013-2014 Staff

Editors Emily Nguyen & Christine Siu

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Mission Statement The Asian Pacific Islander American Searchlight Directory (APIASD) has been created as a resource for students interested in enhancing their knowledge and involvement in the Asian American community here at the University of California, Davis. With the strong support of the Asian American Association and UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies, the Searchlight team works to create this guide to help students better navigate the ASA major and department, the many community-oriented organizations on campus and local API-owned or centered businesses off campus. In addition, this guide provides students with valuable information on the active API community history and cultural events throughout the year. There are many opportunities here at UC Davis and we hope the APIA Searchlight Directory helps you explore all these choices and leads you to new, enriching experiences.

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