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SNAP! Sharp New Alternative Perspective

Vol. 9 No. 2

Published quarterly by the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, UC Santa Cruz

Winter 2008

You Can “Count Me In!” UC Students push for addition of Asian American ethnic categories By Kia Vue

S outh/S outheast Asians and Pacific Islanders in higher education. Soon after the forum, APC realized that the problem was larger than the UCLA community and needed to be addressed by the University of California itself, thus beginning the year-long UCwide campaign. The “Count Me In” campaign demands that Protestor for the Count Me In Campaign Pacific Islanders In 2006, the University of Califor- have their own racial category separate nia, Los Angeles’ Asian Pacific Coali- from Asian American on the UC aption (APC) began the “Count Me In” plication. Through the separation of campaign after an attack from a student these two categories, the University newspaper blaming Asian Americans/ of California will be recognizing PaPacific Islanders (AA/PI) for the low- cific Islanders for their historical and ered admittance of African/Black and cultural differences as well as addressChicano/Latino students. In an effort to ing their low retention and admittance dispel the misconception, APC launched rates. Further more, the “Count Me In” a series of workshops at UCLA to edu- campaign insisted that 10 new ethnic cate its student body about the “Model groups be added to the Asian American Minority Myth,” which stereotypes category on the UC application. These AA/PIs as the “example” of ethnic suc- include: Thai, Bangladeshi, Hmong, cess. The workshops also educated stu- Laotian, Cambodian, Malaysian, Pakidents about the under representation of stani, Indonesian, Taiwanese, and Sri

In this Issue...

> SNAP FEATURED - Carry the Tiger to the Mountain Interview pgs. 4-5

Lankan. These 10 groups were chosen based on the last U.S. Census which determined them to be the next most populous Asian ethnic groups. The final demand of the “Count Me In” campaign asked for financial support from the University of California to support outreach and retention programs targeting underrepresented AA/PI groups. Currently, the University of California only collects data from the following AA/PI groups: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, East Indian/ Pakistani, Pacific Islander, and Other Asian. These categories are the only groups available for students to identify themselves on the UC application. Though AA/PIs make up 40% of the UC Berkley undergraduate population, this statistic is very deceiving because “other Asian” groups such as Sri Lankan, Khmer, and Hmong are highly underrepresented. Further more, Pacific Islanders are greatly marginalized and often go unrecognized under the current UC system. At UC Santa Cruz, there is an estimated 20 Hmong students, 12 Mien students, and 12 Pacific Islanders according to statistics from the Hmong Student Association (HSA). When these three groups are combined, they make up less than one percent of the UCSC undergraduate population. The “Count Me In” Campaign was spearheaded by UCLA and UC Berkley, in collaboration with all eight of the other UC campuses. Together, they organized workshops, rallies, trips

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> UCDC Program Reflection pg. 6 > Faculty Spotlight: Rodney Ogawa pg. 7

News and Events

A Secret War Still Under Fire Hmong refugees stand against the walls of fear and injustice By Kia Vue

Since the early 1980s, the Hmong people of Laos have fled to Thailand in search of refuge from persecution. This is due to the United States’ covert operation known as the “Secret War” of 1961 to 1973 in Laos. This war was an effort by the U.S. government to stop the spread of Communism further into Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War using the Hmong in Laos as soldiers. When the U.S. pulled out of the Secret War in 1973, only the Hmong’s military officials and their families were flown to America. “Two years after the U.S. had fled the country and left the Hmong soldiers to their fate, a communist newspaper declared the Party would hunt down the ‘American collaborators’ and their families ‘to the last root.” (TIME Magazine, April 2003). Two years ago, 28 female Hmong Lao refugee youths and one adult, living in a Thai refugee settlement, attended a nearby missionary’s Christmas choir outside of their camp’s borders. Despite strict Thai regulations forbidding refugees to leave the camp, the refugee children attended the choir. While returning to the camp, the adul woman and minors were detained by police. Their parents never saw them again. Rebecca Sommer, from the NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International, explained how a Thai chief police officer kept charging the Hmong parents “release fees” in order to release the children, but they had no means by which to pay these charges. On December 3, 2005, the 28 Hmong children were deported from Thailand back to Laos without the consent or knowledge of their parents. The Laotian government claimed they never received them from the Thai government. As time passed, the Hmong in Laos and Lao police reported to U.S. Hmong Lao networks that the minors were being transported from prison to prison, tortured, raped, and some had already died. “Despite persistent requests to Laos, made by governments, UN agenWINTER 2008

cies and NGOs to locate and return the children,” the Laotian government firmly denied having custody of the girls (Rebecca Sommers, Huntington News, 2007). It was not until March 2007 that the Laotian Deputy Prime Minister, Thongloun Sisoulith, publicly announced that 21 of the girls had been found and returned to their parents. However, it was all a lie. Out of fear that the girls would speak out on what they had endured in the past 15 months, imprisonment continued. The Laotian Government denied them access to leave the country, and kept the girls under heavy surveillance. Fearing they would be killed once media attention was diverted, a female refugee fled Laos and entered Thailand, while others fearing death for trying to escape, endured torture in captivity. To this day, many refugees are still held captive. In late 2007, Hmong runaways were finally interviewed by an independent media source. The girls claimed to have been raped, beaten, starved, and interrogated. Some of the girls died of starvation and abuse. Today, the Hmong are classified as terrorists due to the Patriot Act, which classifies anyone who is trained in Guerilla warfare as terrorists. “The U.S. State Department is in a form of


Topmost: Hmong refugees still in hiding from injustice and cruel punishment. Above: Hmong refugee camp in Thailand. denial, and act as if the situation does not exist, while the UN seems to believe that the Hmong are insurgents,” said Ruhi Hamid, a free-lance journalist and filmmaker for BBC. ”If these people are insurgents, I cannot imagine how: They barely have weapons, they have no clothes, they have no food, they have nothing, and the children -- they know nothing but suffering. This is a human crisis --which must be resolved.” (Hamid, Huntington News 2007). SNAP!

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to various conferences across the state, and sent 2,000 petition post cards to the Office of the President demanding recognition of more AA/PI ethnic groups on the UC application in order to disaggregate the AA/PI umbrella. In recognizing more AA/PI ethnic groups, the University of California is acknowledging that the “Model Minority Myth” has long overshadowed South/ Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders. Less than a year since the campaign began, Judy Sakaki, the current UC Vice President of Student Affairs, announced on November 16, 2007 that the demands for the changes on the UC application would be implemented starting Fall 2008. The new application would include the 10 new Asian American groups along with a new Pacific Islander category including: Native Hawaiian, Guamanian/Chamorro, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, and other Pacific Islander. This campaign has now opened the door for new campaigns and more student collaboration across campuses. Although the third demand for financial support for outreach and retention programs was not addressed, this is still a victory for all AA/PIs across California.


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The Seedy Underbelly of Political Interest California Primary and the Asian American Bloc Vote By Liberty Matias

Presidential contenders take copious note: Asian Americans vote mostly Democratic, but exit polling done by a leading Asian advocacy group shows their allegiances do vary somewhat by ethnic lines, writes USA TODAY White House/ Politics editor, Catalina Camia. In other words, there are a myriad of cultural and ethnic factors that reflect Asian American political opinions. Ideally, one would assume that Asian American voters who took to the ballot box on Super Tuesday included those factors in their decisions. In an effort to increase Asian Americans voter participation, an initiative called 80-20 (est. 1999) initatied by Bay Area Asian American Political Action Committees (PAC) came to surface as a national, nonpartisan, committee. Dedicated to winning equal opportunity and justice for all Asian Americans through a SWING bloc vote, the initative directs 80% of our community’s votes and money to the presidential candidate endorsed by the community who better represents the interests of all Asian Americans. However, this is politics and politics is heavily concentrated in interests. Ultimately there is a significant number of Asian American political action committees that explicitly support a candidate to their liking, in an effort to garner support for the overall community. In California, a majority of the San Francisco Bay Area Asian American Political Action Committees have stood behind Democrat, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 80-20 PAC in particular, urged thousands of voters in its affiliated organizations to pick Clinton in the February 5th Primary. Their money and time definitely paid off, as Senator Clinton took California in a whopping 42.4% victory, with over 1,805,692 votes statewide (http://vote. Although Senator Obama (D-IL) won more states overall, Senator Clinton


The White House, Washington D.C. won states with higher delegate counts, which gives her leverage for the upcoming November election. California is especially important as its delegates make up a huge portion of the electorate at the National Party Conventions. Unfortunately, although Senator Obama’s campaign message has been about change and hope all along, Asian American PACs beg to differ. The resistance exercised by Obama’s camp showed that the candidate had no urgent consideration to work alongside the group. Joel Wong, an 80-20 board member said he understands Obama’s hesitation to sign anything that could be construed to involve racial quotas, even though previous candidates no longer in the race, provided unequivocal support for such measures. Although agreements were not reached, both Presidential candidates aggressively continue on the race for the White House, hoarding as many delegates as they can. As Senator Clinton continues to sweep up votes across America, there is one thing that’s for certain in California, the Asian American vote has been decided. 80-20 though has received criticism from outside organizations due to its full support for Hillary Clinton, an initiative that can be construed opposite to the non-partisan. Furthermore, the fundamental questions still stands as we enter into a post-primary presidential election: Is unifying an ethnic vote easier said than done? SNAP!

SNAP Feature

Carry the Tiger to the Mountain Carry yourself to catch UCSC Barnstorm’s student production of defining Asian American history By Theresa Chan

on his family and the Asian American community. Carry the Tiger’s director is Wan-Yin Tang, a fifth year from Merrill College, double majoring in theatre arts and anthropology. SNAP! sat down with Wan-Yin to discuss her interests in directing this particular play, her own take on the events surrounding the story, the difficulties in putting on this production, and the way she would like Carry the Tiger to be perceived.

Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, a play written by Cherylene Lee, is one of three plays that UC Santa Cruz’s Barnstorm Theatre will be putting on this winter. This play depicts the real-life events that led up to the hate crime against Vincent Chin (played by first year, Tadao Koyama), a Chinese American man murdered in 1982 by two Caucasian men in Detroit. The play displays the effects the case had

SNAP!: How did you get involved with Carry the Tiger to the Mountain? Wan-Yin Tang: I had been thinking about proposing a work for Barnstorm. (I knew that I wanted to do something that responded to some kind of work that responds to something like oppression.) I read this play a few years ago because I was looking for plays to direct for Rainbow Theatre… and it was too long to do for Rainbow. I had heard about Vincent Chin during my first year here (at UCSC) and I didn’t know that there was a play. I read the play and it just reminded me so much of my experiences and my family’s especially. That’s how I felt when I was learning about the trials and the murder; I felt that it was really important to put on a theatrical work about this event. SNAP!: Do you feel that Vincent Chin was killed, not just because he was mistaken for a Japanese man, but because this was a purely racist act against Asians? (But for any other underlying reasons?) WYT: So many of the events were shaped by social/cultural/political factors and seem to be completely outside the event, but definitely have a lot to do with the shaping of the events. With the federal trial, they were trying to say that it was a hate crime because there was racism involved, and that racism stemmed from economic factors. It seems in theory that it would have nothing to do with that one small thing, but when you think about racism, where does it come from? Of course it comes WINTER 2008

Above: Justin West, Wendy Fong, Jeremy Helgeson, and Casey Hackenmeyer. Right: Casey Hackenmeyer, Tadao Koyama and Nick Chan

from history, it come from the politics going on around you, it comes from economic factors. And so, I’m thinking, “Is this still going on right now? Maybe not this kind of violence, but there are incidents of violence, there are incidents of discrimination, of oppression, that does come from racism, not just to Asian Americans and the Asian American community but to all kinds of groups. SNAP!: The first impression of this play is that it has more of an East Asian background rather than an Asian American one. How does the title tie into the actual story? WYT: Tai chi is in the play throughout as a running motif that ties the entire play together. Lily [Vincent’s mother, played by UCSC alumna, Wendy Fong] is seen doing it throughout, but she had never taught Vincent any Tai Chi. She had felt after her son’s death, that maybe if she had taught him how to do tai chi or


its philosophies, perhaps, he would have been able avoid to everything. Maybe, he would have been able to defend himself if he had known tai chi or could have avoided the whole situation entirely, maybe he would still be alive. It seems as if it would have an East Asian background, but this is entirely an Asian American themed play with Asian American issues. SNAP!: From looking at the script, I notice that East meets West in a way that perhaps many Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AA/PIs) might be familiar with, such as growing up multi-culturally, dealing with family, assimilating into American culture and stereotypes that are placed on AA/PIs. WYT: There are a number of people who were involved and a number of groups who protested. One woman who had protested said, “When you think of Asians or when you think about Asian Americans, they think about people who

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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Rodney Ogawa A lifelong advocate for Asian American Studies By Jennie Takagawa

Professor Rodney Ogawa has been Teaching Credential. After completing the Chair of the Education Depart- his Teaching Credential and Masters ment and a professor at the University Degree, Prof. Ogawa went back to his of California, Santa Cruz for six years. alma mater high school and taught his He enjoys working at UCSC because own Asian American studies course. He the university looks at educational went on to become the Administrator of policy and how schools adapt to it; his Desegregation in the city of Pasadena. main focus is on how teaching is afAfter working in the community fected by the organization of schools. on Asian American/Pacific Islander Prof. Ogawa is a third generation (AA/PI) issues and teaching others, (also known as sansei) Japanese Ameri- he felt it was time to learn more and can who grew up in Pasadena, CA. He continue his education. Prof. Ogawa was born in a Japanese hospital outside left California and went to Ohio State of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, after his University; he believed attending school family came back from the internment there would give him a broader sense of camps during World War II. Prof. Oga- the United States. After living in Caliwa has a history of working with Asian fornia his entire life and being used to American/Pacific Islander issues and its diversity, Ohio was a much different supporting the continuation of resources environment than what he was used to. for the university and the community. Reflecting on his time there, he told He started his undergraduate edu- of his experience of the lack of Asian cation at the University of California, American culture around him. “There Los Angeles. During his years at UCLA, was a Chinese restaurant that had been he was active in the process to start the there for years. After ordering my food, Asian American Studies Center and they gave me bread and butter before the attended one of the very first courses meal,” he laughs, recalling how weird it offered in Asian American Studwas for him. It wasn’t until there ies. Since the Asian American was a Honda factory near his Studies program was new, university when a Japanese “It was so Prof. Ogawa took the oprestaurant opened up to new, there was portunity to be a teachfeed its workers. “It was ing assistant for Professo much energy, a my only access to anysor Ronald Takaki. All of lot of our own peo- thing Japanese,” he said. this occurred during the He enjoyed his ple became our Asian American Moveyears at Ohio State own heroes..” ment which was “an exciting University, and after time to be able to participate graduating he returned to in,” according to Prof. Ogawa. California to attend Stanford After earning his undergraduate University where he received his Postdegree, he decided to pursue his teach- doctoral Fellowship in Organization ing credential and go into education. Studies. After Stanford, he became an He was inspired by one of the Asian Assistant Professor at the University American Studies’ principles, which of Utah to help start an Asian Ameriwas to open doors of the university to can Studies program. After working minorities so their histories and expe- a few years in Utah he worked at the riences will be in the curriculum and University of California, Riverside pedagogy of the institution. He con- until he eventually came to UCSC. tinued his studies at Occidental ColWhen asked how he sees UCSC lege earning his Masters Degree and in comparison to other institutions, WINTER 2008


Professor Rodney Ogawa Prof. Ogawa said he doesn’t see UCSC as having a strong diverse background. For the future of the campus, he would like to see an Asian American Studies program developed as well as a stronger connection between the university and the AA/PI community. The reason he became involved in sponsoring the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center’s academic internship program at UCSC is because of his experience at the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. The center there provided support and helped make him who is he today. Professor Ogawa says he wants to do anything he can do to contribute to the AA/PI community. Moreover, Professor Ogawa has a long history of being a pioneer and active member of the Asian American movement. When asked who he looks up to, Professor Ogawa said that he saw Martin Luther King, Jr. as a hero for paving the way, but also noted his admiration for his own peers. He said his college years, “were a very unusual time. It was so new, there was so much energy, a lot of our own people became our own heroes. ” Prof. Ogawa teaches two classes in the academic year. In Fall 2008, he will teach Educational Reform, an upper division undergraduate course. SNAP!

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are quiet that don’t want to rock the boat.” They were protesting to say, “We’re not going to do that, we’re not like that, we’re going to stand up for this, we’re going to say something about it, we’re going to be vocal, we are going to protest, we are going to try to get this injustice solved or over-turned.” Politicization of our identity is possibly not that emphasized in our generation. This is another theme in the play that I felt was really important to highlight for the production here.

WYT: At first, I thought it would be hard to get actors to come out to audition. When general auditions are announced, it tends to be hard to get actors of color to come and audition. I was afraid that we would have a hard time getting AsianAmerican actors to come out either because they didn’t know much about general auditions or because they don’t know whether they are ready or want to be apart of the show. Luckily, we had a good turn out and now have a great cast.

SNAP!: Have there been any difficulties with getting the play off the ground?

SNAP!: What is the mood or what should the audience take away after watching it?

WYT: I would want them to become more aware of this case and the events that happened and surrounded the outcome. I would hope that people would think about this so that history won’t keep repeating itself and that this was a pivotal moment for Asian Americans and Asian American history. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain will run from Thursday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. at the Barnstorm Theatre. All UCSC undergraduates are free for admission, $3 for graduate students and $5 for general admission.

The Case of Vincent Chin A look into Carry the Tiger to the Mountain’s historical backgrounds and lasting effects By Jeffrey Fong On June 19th, 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American working in Detroit, Michigan, was murdered by two white men named, Ronald Ebens, and Michael Nitz. The two men started an argument with Chin at a strip club where Chin was celebrating his bachelor party. They accused him of making them lose their jobs. This argument was related to the U.S. auto industry losing employees due to the Japanese economy and their rise in International Trade. After both parties were thrown out of the club, Ebens and Nitz searched the neighborhood for Chin. They finally tracked him down at a McDonalds restaurant and approached him in the parking lot. Nitz held Chin while Ebens beat him several times with a baseball bat. Two off-duty police officers saw the entire incident and took the men in. Chin was rushed to the hospital and fell into a coma and died four days later. Ebens and Nitz got an extremely lenient punishment with State Criminal Charges, which consisted of a conviction of manslaughter turning into second-degree murder. After the plea bargain, Ebens and Nitz only had to pay three thousand dollars, while receiving three years of probation. The Asian American community was outraged, and went after the two WINTER 2008

Vincent Chin

men for Federal Civil Rights Charges. Ebens was found guilty, but the court overturned the ruling due to technicalities. After this ruling, there was a retrial due to the previous case receiving widespread publicity, and this time, the jury cleared Ebens of all charges. Following this ruling, there was a Civil Suit where Nitz was ordered to pay $50,000 over 10 years, and Ebens, $1.5 million. Asian Americans should note this historic incident due to the severity of a hate crime and injustice of an individual within the Asian American community. The case projected Asian Americans as underprivileged citizens with rights that did not seem to parallel with white citizens. Even though Chin was Chinese and not Japanese, it still didn’t make a


difference to Ebens’ ignorance, an ignorance that a lot of people still have. Renee Tajima-Peña and Christine Choy’s 1989 Academy Award Nominated Documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? recounts what happened with Vincent Chin, and gives us a visual look at what had been done. APISA will be screening this film in the late winter quarter. Here at our campus, ignorance of race and gender can be encountered and dealt with. Whether it’s with friends or with strangers, ignorant comments or conceptions about race and gender cannot be tolerated. The most grave of incidents are driven through ignorance and stereotyping, which easily leads to darker things. Watching the film is definitely worthwhile and allows for one to see the ignorance and injustice, which led to the death of an innocent man, an event that can sadly be repeated. Vincent Chin’s death was horrible and unjust, but it brought about a community of Asian Americans, its allies, civil rights movements, and stories to be told, like Who Killed Vincent Chin? We have gained quite a lot from Chin, and hopefully this film will connect with more people, diminish ignorance, and spread the word of Vincent’s tragic death. SNAP!

Internship Experiences

Inside the Beltway and Beyond! Intern Liberty Matias reflects on her work and experiences in the UCDC Program. By Liberty Matias

The college experience, at its best, is not a mad dash for the finish line, but rather an opportunity to experience different learning environments. You can imagine how pleased I was to find out about the UCDC program through a number of professors, advisors, and peers. The program consists of undergraduates doing a semester/quarter-long internship inside the Capital Beltway, while also enrolled in research seminars and elective courses. Students are housed at the University of California Center, located in the northwest area of Washington, D.C., approximately 11 blocks from the White House! In addition, students have the convenience of accessible classrooms and conference rooms for events and lectures in the same building. After hearing about the many exciting aspects of the program I immediately wanted to jump on board. Not only was this my first “domesticated” education abroad program, but it was also my first trip to the East Coast. As soon as I received notice of my acceptance to the program for the Fall of 2007, I called everyone in my immediate family to spread the news. I was headed to the hub of political action and change. As a second generation Filipina-American raised by migrant parents, I rarely had the opportunity to travel leisurely, especially to places like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, etc. Due to financial struggles, I would often face a variety of challenges with regard to school and resources. I faintly remember being told that I could not go on a historic eighth grade East Coast field trip, because we needed to pay for my brother’s college tuition and still put food on the table. Feeling left behind from all my friends felt devastating for me. I knew from that day on, I had to work hard for the things I wanted and prove to myself and to others that honing in on such opportunities required not only money, alone but also can be obtained through WINTER 2008

Topmost: Liberty Matias between Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial Above: Liberty posing with executive producer of “Meet the Press,” Michelle Jaconi merit and a strong work ethic, particularly in academics. Seven years later, the desire to explore opportunities on the East Coast still lingered in my mind. After a long consultation with my father about my interests and past experiences, I realized that I wanted to enter a different arena and learn different skills in an effort to narrow down my ultimate career goals after college. Initially, I lined up a couple interviews with non-profit organizations and congressional offices, one of them being Congresswoman Doris Matsu’s office. She governs the district of my home town, Sacramento. With a little nudge from my father, I investigated more opportunities, concluding that an internship in a news media-related environment would be a valuable way to consolidate my interests in political research and mass media. Through much deliberation with family members and friends


regarding various internship placements, I decided to intern at NBC Studios for a show called, Meet the Press with Tim Russert. As an intern in Washington at the Meet the Press office, I assisted with research for show content, helped plan a 60th anniversary event, assisted producers, accompanied reporters in covering political speeches/events, and wrote a couple pieces for NBC’s cable affiliate, MSNBC. Knowing very well that my experience lay in community organizing, advocacy work, and public policy, I accepted the network position. Moreover, I ventured into the world of broadcast journalism with little to no expectations, in hopes of learning as much as I could without being jaded by outside opinions of the media/press. I certainly learned a lot of insightful things about the career, while also meeting very important people along the way, which I later learned is an integral part as one advances in this line of work. I was also eager to get the ball rolling once I learned of the position because of the fact that so many things were going on politically on the national and international level. I was insipired by Washington D.C. being the hub for the media elite’s documentation of the world’s news. Whether it is a new legislation, policy reform, or the presidential election, I soon realized how rewarding a job in the news media was, especially for a politics geek like me! In the classroom, I would study and learn all these concepts, and then in Washington, I would go out in the real world and see how it all fits together. If there’s one universal thing that is characteristic of journalists from all mediums, it is the inherent passion to always be up to snuff with what’s going on, and in turn regurgitating the news in a fair and honest way to the public. The latter does not always occur in the manner intended, but that’s the reason why there are thousands of correspondents, editors, broadcasters, producers, cameraman, etc. who

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Winter Staff Spotlight Meet AA/PIRCʼs New Winter Quarter Interns!

We asked each new intern: “If your life were a movie, what genre do you feel it would be?

Elisa Torate, Intern

Elisa Torate is a first-year, undeclared major, affiliated with College Nine. She is a first generation Filipina-American. She was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to the United States with her family when she was only a year old. This is Elisa’s first quarter as an AA/PIRC intern, and she is excited about the new opportunities ahead. She hopes to gain more leadership and speaking skills, and become more involved in the AA/PI community. If Elisa’s life were a movie genre, Elisa would categorize her life as an adventure because her family loves to travel, giving her the opportunity to visit a new place each year.

Nirav Raj Prasad, Intern

Nirav Raj “Monty” Prasad is a fourth year, Double Major in Business and Math. Monty is affiliated with Merrill College. This Winter, he plans to dedicate his time and efforts to AA/PIRC and feels confident, enthusiastic, and ready to handle new challenges. If Monty’s life was portrayed as a movie, the genre would be Disney because he believes that dreams do come true and firmly believes that some of his dreams have come true too.

Jeffrey Fong, Intern

Jeff rey Fong transferred to UCSC as a junior, and is now a senior in the Film and Digital Media major. He is affiliated with Cowell College. He is half Chinese, half Italian, and grew up in Sacramento. He enjoys playing on the UCSC tennis team, especially after they won the NCAA championship last year. This is Jeff rey’s first quarter with AA/PIRC and hopes to connect more with the Asian American/Pacific Islander community at UCSC. If Jeff rey’s life was a movie, the genre would be a fantasy, since his mind is like a projector, playing through the surreal stories he writes about every day.

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toil in the care and feeding of the press. Nonetheless, my experience in working for a reputable show, at the center of a fast-paced tour of duty at Meet the Press was eye opening and unforgettable. The one thing that undergirds Washington’s overall existence is the clear and obvious face that it is a government and media town. With that in mind, I discovered that there’s no better place to be! I honestly look back at UCDC as

a keystone experience of my college career. For most of the students I met at UCDC and myself, it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire undergraduate career. The setting was totally different and required different skills to achieve. Some skills include: navigating a bureaucracy to secure a coveted assignment, competing in a cutthroat media environment to ensure exposure to the most prominent tasks and

Asian American/Pacific Islander

Heritage Month Planning Committee NEEDS YOU!

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> Represent the diverse Asian American/ Pacific Islander community. > Combine our roots with our identities of today. Get involved in: > Creating events > Organizing events > Publicizing > Designing logos and themes


important people, or even writing a major research paper. In addition to all of those things, I successfully held down a 9 to 5 job. One wise note that prospective UCDC participants should consider is that; on campus it’s possible to pull a series of all-nighters and still finish strong at the end of the quarter, but in DC it’s another story when you have to be at work at 9am in the morning, ready for a full day’s work in our nation’s capitol.

Come help plan this annual event celebrating the achievements in the AA/PI community! Join a committee in entertainment, food, programming, publicity, and more!

If you have any ideas or want to join the planning committee, contact: Kia Vue at or call (831) 459-5349.

Interested? Contact: Jon Hon Email: or call (831) 459-5349



Events Calendar

January 16

for Diversity in Nonprofit and 28 Internship Community Development

AA/PI Leadership Mixer 5:30-7:30pm @ ERC’s Lounge

12:00-1:30pm @ Bay Tree Amah Matsun Conference Room A

Community Reception 23 AA/PI 5:30-7:30pm @ ERC’s Lounge


QQPoC Winter Reception 7:00-9:00pm @ Student Union

February 7

Crossing the Line Reception w/Director Dr. Darby Li Po Price 5:30-6:45 pm @ Merrill Baobab Lounge


QQPoC Fridays 12:00-2:00pm @ ERC’s Lounge

Film Screening w/Director 7:00-9:00pm @ Merrill Cultural Center


William Poy Lee Book Talk 4:00-6:00pm @ Women’s Center


Public Allies Workshop 4:00-6:00pm @ Bay Tree Muwekma Ohlone Conference Room C


Career Conference 23 Multicultural 11:00am-5:00pm @ Stevenson College

INROADS 12:00-2:00pm @ Bay Tree Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room D


Judy Yung Book Talk 12:00-2:00pm @ Bay Tree Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room D

Events Center


APISA Film Screening: “Who Killed Vincent Chin” 6:00pm @ Kresge Town Hall



AA/PI Men’s Discussion Event 6:00-7:30pm @ ERC’s Lounge


AA/PI Women’s Discussion Event 6:00-7:30pm @ ERC’s Lounge


APISA Community Gathering 7:00pm @ Redwood Lounge


QQPoC Friday Lunch for Staff/Faculty 12:00-1:30pm @ ERC’s Lounge




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