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2016-2017
Mele Murals Documentary Screening and Talk with filmmaker Tad Nakamura

Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m., Alumnae Lounge
Mele Murals follows two famous street artists, Estria Miyashiro and John Hina, on their journeys in reconnecting with their Hawaiian culture and giving back to the community. Through the intertwining of Native Hawaiian traditions and underground graffiti, the artists begin painting murals with a local school in Waimea as a way of preserving the identities and histories of the Native Hawaiian people. The word mele is Hawaiian for song or chant; Miyashiro and Hina guide the students in translating a mele into a visual painting. The project comes to have a profound impact not only on the artists, but on the new generation of Native Hawaiians.

Sponsored by: AS&E Diversity Fund, Asian American Studies, Asian American Center, Sociology, Anthropology, Education, Art, Art History, and SMFA Student Affairs

Anthony Ocampo: The Latinos of Asia

Thursday, February 9 7 p.m., Alumnae Lounge
Professor Ocampo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic. He will give a campus lecture presentation of his recently released book The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. In this book, Ocampo investigates how the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines creates many shared cultural characteristics between Filipinos (an Asian American immigrant group) and Latinos, including last names, religion, and language. In turn, these commonalities shape Filipino Americans' experience of their racial identities by "color", which he shows change depending on their social context, including the communities Filipino Americans live in, the schools and universities they attend, and people they befriend. Ultimately, The Latinos of Asia offers a window into both the racial consciousness of everyday people and the changing racial landscape of American society.

Sponsored by: Latino Studies program, Asian American Studies program, Colonialism Studies program, Asian American Center, Department of Sociology, AS&E Diversity Fund, Pluralism Initiatives

Asian American Student Mental Health: Presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Hyeouk Hahm

Wednesday, November 16, 6:15 p.m., Rabb Room
Sponsored by the Asian American Center and Tufts Health and Wellness Services

Voting Together: Intergenerational Politics and Civic Engagement Among Hmong Americans

Tuesday, October 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Start House
Come hear Dr. Carolyn Wong, Research Associate, Asian American Studies Institute at UMass-Boston, speak about her book and research!
Sponsored by the Asian American Center, Asian American Studies Program, History Department, Political Science Department, and Tisch College

Conversation – Pam Tom, filmmaker

Friday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Start House
Breakfast provided
Open to the Tufts community
Sponsored by Tisch, Asian American Studies, Asian American Center, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and Center for Humanities

Intro to Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora

Wednesday, October. 12, 5 – 7 p.m., Alumnae Lounge
Dinner conversation for first-years and sophomores. Meet faculty, learn about majors/minors under RCD.

Deepa Iyer Public Talk

Rising Up: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Communities in Post-9/11 America
Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m., Cohen Auditorium
Open to the Tufts Community

First Year Community Retreat

Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA
We invite you to our annual first-year retreat, a great opportunity to meet your peers and relax after Orientation. Located outside of Boston, our retreat site provides a beautiful setting for further engagement with the Asian American community. We will have small group discussions about our identities and our community, group activities, as well as free time at the waterfront with canoeing and kayaking. Come learn more about the Asian American community and our resources, and meet Asian American faculty and staff!

Asian Community Reception

Monday, September 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
Rain date: Sept 14
Come and meet students, faculty and administrators at this annual fall event to welcome everyone back on campus. Come enjoy delicious food from local restaurants! Open to the Tufts Community!

Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm – 7:30 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin way
Grab a spoon and chill out after first day of classes at the Start House! Enjoy J.P. Licks ice cream and frozen yogurt as you share questions and thoughts on Tufts, courses, and faculty with the House residents.
Sponsored by the Asian American Center, Asian American House, and Office of Residential Life and Learning

Games Night

Saturday, September 3, 8 – 11 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
We're having a games night with the Asian American Center Peer Leaders! Drop by for games – Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, mafia, cards, Uno and more! There’ll also be snacks!

Matriculation Day Open House

Wednesday, August 30, 3 – 5 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
Come by the Asian American Center after the Matriculation ceremony! Get to know your Peer Leader, mingle with other first-years, and learn about the Center, the Asian clubs, and fall programs!

2015-2016
Meet Celeste Ng

Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Barnum 008
Asian American author Celeste Ng, is visiting to discuss topics covered in her first novel, Everything I Never Told You. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You explores the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family and uncovers the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Book signing to follow.
Sponsored by the Asian American Center, AS&E Diversity Fund, Tufts Health and Wellness Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services, International Center, Women's Center, and Asian American Studies Minor.


White People: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m.
Metcalf Lounge
Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist. Among his works is White People, a 41-minute documentary on the concept of white privilege and how it affects white people and other cultures. Join us for a screening of the documentary followed with a discussion facilitated by Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Tufts' Chief Diversity Officer.

Day of Remembrance [Bend: Ephemera Trilogy with Kimi Maeda]

Sunday, February 21, 1 p.m.
Balch Arena Theater
If memory forms our personal identity and shared memory forms our cultural and even racial identity, what does it mean when memories are lost? Bend explores this question by examining the lives of two men interned in a Japanese American Relocation Camp during World War II. Bend is a 50-minute solo performance that combines live feed video of sand drawing with archival footage and will be presented in the Balch Arena Theater.


Deconstructing the Model Minority with Professor Pawan Dhingra

Wednesday, February 3, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Start House
As part of our "What is Asian American Studies?" Faculty Series, Pawan Dhingra will be discussing his research in the deconstruction of the model minority, while also recognizing the challenges and achievements of Asian Americans. Furthermore, he believes that there is a need for a new way to talk about Asian Americans than the current model minority or anti-model minority framing allows.
Sponsored by the Tufts Asian American Studies Minor and the Asian American Center


Carbs and Games Night

Friday, December 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Sophia Gordon
Join the Pan Asian Council (PAC) and the Asian American Center (AAC) for an evening of fun games and delicious foods from a wide variety of Asian cultures as we celebrate the end of classes. All are welcome!

First-Year Freeze with the AAPLs

Friday, December 11, 9 – 10:30 p.m.
Start House
First semester got you feeling some type of way?? Come talk about it with us and hear what others (old and new) have to say! We will be hearing from a few non-first year people about their first year experience, and then breaking off into smaller groups.

Writing Workshop with Professor Grace Talusan

Thursday, December 10, 7 – 8 p.m.
Start House
Professor Grace Talusan will lead a writing workshop with students centering around themes of transnational identity(ies) by sharing existing pieces of work centering this theme as well as providing us a space to rewind, de-stress and reflect upon our own personal identities. Writing exercises will be very interactive and an exciting way to reflect and stand together before finals hit us.

Info Session: Career Center Summer Grants

Wednesday, November 18, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way

Co-Sponsored by the Career Center, Alumni Relations, Africana Center, and Latino Center

Performance: Kit Yan

8:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Come see Kit Yan in action! Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn-based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit performs theatrical slam poetry pieces about his life through stories about family, love, and social justice. His poetry has been taught all over the world and he has performed on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, and numerous international slam poetry stages.

Co-sponsored by the Tufts LGBT Center, AS&E Diversity Fund, and the Asian American Center.

Diversity Career Networking

Monday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dowling Hall

Co-Sponsored by the Career Center, Alumni Relations, Africana Center, and Latino Center

Discussion: Sikh American

Thursday, November 12, 6 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way

Co-Sponsored by the Start House and the Asian American Center

What is Asian American Studies? Faculty Series

Wednesday, November 4, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way

Co-Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Minor and the Asian American Center


Just Study Harder: Asian-American Students and Mental Health

Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
Join us in an informal small-group conversation for first-years about mental health in Asian American families.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Friday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
To celebrate 100 years of her life, we will be screening a documentary about the life of Grace Lee Boggs, who was a Chinese American woman, writer, activist, and philosopher based out of Detroit who dedicated more than 80 years to the labor, civil rights, and Black Power movements. Join us for the film screening and following discussion.
Co-sponsored by the Start House and TASC.

Asian American Jeopardy Night

Thursday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Rabb Room (Lincoln Filene Ctr.)
Join other students and featured faculty to test your knowledge of Asian American Facts and trivia at our annual Jeopardy event. Dinner will be provided.

Asian Community Reception

Monday, September 14, 4 - 6 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way
Come and meet students, faculty, and administrators at our annual fall welcome back event. Open to the Tufts Community! Rain date: Wednesday, September 16

Matriculation Day Open House

Wednesday, September 2, 3 - 4 p.m.
Start House, 17 Latin Way

2014-2015
Day of Remembrance

Thursday, February 12, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room
Come check out Boston's Genki Spark and observe the 2015 Day of Remembrance with us!
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South Asian Religions Panel

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Start House
Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism are three prominent religions in South Asia. But how are they related? What roles do they play in Asian American culture? Featuring speaker Damanpreet Pelia, as well as Peer Leaders from each faith sharing their own experiences.

Mental Health Discussion

Tuesday, November 18, 7-8 p.m.
Start House
Feeling stressed out? Come learn an effective relaxation exercise led by Ritu Sharma from Tufts Counseling & Mental Health Services, followed by a discussion about the impact of mental health in Asian American communities!

Diversity Networking Night

Monday, November 17, 6:30 - 8p.m.
Dowling 745
Learn how to network and make a good first impression at this Diversity Networking Night. The first part of the event will offer tips and time to practice with alumni, followed by a networking reception. Meet Tufts alumni who can offer advice and guidance in your career pursuits. Register by November 13!

Fusion Concert: Dark Matter

Saturday, November 15, 8-10 p.m.
Sophia Gordon
Featuring DARKMATTER (DM), a trans South Asian art and activist collaboration comprised of Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid- Menon. DM is committed to an art practice of gender self determination, racial justice and movement building. For more info check out their website: darkmatterrage.com

Summer Internship Grants Info Session

Wednesday, November 12, 12 -1 p.m.
Start House
Donna Esposito, Senior Associate Director, Tufts Career Center, will provide information on available grants and the application process for students seeking funding for unpaid summer internships. Pizza and drinks provided.

Beyond Bollywood

Monday, November 10, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center
Join us for a presentation with Professor Dhingra on his work in helping draft the Smithsonian Exhibition about the Indian Diaspora in the United States! Learn about the efforts that went into the exhibition and its display of Indian American history and voice in this country. Dinner will be served.
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Chinese Yankee

Thursday, November 6, 12 - 1:15 p.m.
Eaton 206
Join author Ruthanne Lum McCunn in discussing her book, Chinese Yankee, which tells the incredible true story of enslaved youth Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way). Sylvanus fought for his freedom in the Civil War and for justice for his family and himself in the years that followed.

Writing Workshop with Grace Talusan

Wednesday, November 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Start House
Join Professor Talusan, English 1 and English 2 (Asian American Perspectives) professor, for a great de-stressing activity. Desserts provided.
 

Orientation Events 2014

Matriculation Day Open House

Wednesday, August 27, 3 - 4 p.m.

Done moving in? Come to Start House to meet the Asian American Center Peer Leaders and check out the Center and what it has to offer!

Games Night

Saturday, August 30, 7 - 9 p.m.

Stop by the Asian American House for a fun night of games and getting to know your peer leaders and other first-year students better!

 

George's Island Community Building Outing

Monday, September 1, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This all-day retreat, hosted by Center Peer Leaders, will focus on community building and leadership in the Tufts Asian American community. Get to know others interested in the Asian American community on historic George's Island in Boston Harbor!

Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 26:30-7:30 p.m.
Start House

Grab a spoon and chill out after the first day of classes with the House residents! Share your thoughts on faculty and courses and ask the House residents any questions you have about Tufts.

Co-sponsored by Asian American House and Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Asian American Center and Pan Asian Council Reception

Monday, September 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
Start House, Open to Tufts Community

Meet other first-years, upper-class students, faculty, and administrators at this annual fall event to welcome everyone back on campus. This is a marvelous opportunity to speak with student leaders in the Asian/Asian American community and meet faculty and administrators who could be a resource to you during your first year and beyond. Learn about the numerous Asian clubs on campus and how you can join! All while enjoying some delicious food from local restaurants.

Discover Asian America
Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Did you know that Tufts' Boston Campus is located in Chinatown? What is the significance of Chinatown to you and to Tufts? Come and learn about the current realities, challenges, and issues facing this community; why it's important for Tufts students to engage with this urban neighborhood; and what courses and volunteer opportunities are available to you. This community learning activity will include a mini-lecture, walking tour and dim sum! Sign up at Start House.

2013-2014
events2014Apr29South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)

Tuesday, April 29, 12 - 1 p.m.
Austin Conference Room, Tisch Library
Samip Mallick, Executive Director of SAADA, will be speaking about his work and the importance of South Asian American narratives. Lunch will be served.

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events2014march27Origins of the Model Minority Stereotype: A Dinner Discussion with Professor Masuoka

Thursday, March 27, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Start House
Join us for a dinner discussion with Professor Masuoka, as we discuss the origins of the model minority stereotype and consider the implications of immigration policy. Natalie Masuoka is Assistant Professor of Political Science and author of "The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration."

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Journey to Manzanar: Day of Remembrance 2014

Monday, February 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Braker 001
Join us for a screening of Tadashi Nakamura's film, "Pilgrimage," which documents the struggle of Japanese Americans to uncover the history of the internment camps in the US. The screening will be followed by a talk by Nakamura, and a reception.
Sponsored by the Asian American Center, Japanese Culture Club, and the American Studies Program.

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Asian American Jeopardy

Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room
Come have some fun and test your knowledge of Asian and Asian American facts and trivia at our annual Jeopardy game show!

Winter Ballroom

Saturday, February 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
Lewis Hall Lounge
Not going to Winter Ball? Come learn some ballroom moves, enjoy free dinner, and hang out at WinterBallRoom! Dinner will be served.

Speed-Friending: First Year Welcome Back Event

Friday, January 17, 4 - 6 p.m.
Sophia Godron Multipurpose Room Come and kick off the semester with an event specifically for first years! This is a great chance to meet more people and reconnect with friends after a long break, with fun games, discussion, and snacks!

Film Screening & Discussion: "Whose Children Are These?"

Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Olin 011

Diversity Career Networking Night (with Tufts Career Center and Alumni Relations)

Tuesday, November 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Dowling 7th Floor

Students of color are provided the opportunity to network with alumni of color during this event. Alumni are encouraged to share their professional experiences since graduating from Tufts, and also provide insight into how Tufts prepared them for their careers. Current Tufts students have the chance to practice their networking skills, and meet with alumni and employers from the Boston area.

Gentrification: Disappearing Chinatowns

Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m.
Braker 001

Andrew Leong, who is a professor at UMass Boston and a community lawyer, will be coming to talk about the state of Chinatowns in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. He is one of the authors of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's (AALDEF) recent report called Chinatown Then and Now: Gentrification in Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia.
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Alliance.

Asian American Month Kick-off: Social Identity and Stigma Discussion

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Start House

Saturday Night Out

Saturday, October (Date TBA), 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Explore Boston with the Peer Leaders! Enjoy the 360-degree view of downtown Boston at night from the Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential Tower. Afterwards, explore Newbury Street and Copley Square through a fun scavenger hunt, and end the night with a delicious meal at UNO's!

Asian American Center 30th Anniversary

Sunday, October 13, 12 - 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the Center's 30th anniversary with us! Look at the students' exhibits and performances, and enjoy the short documentary that looks into the importance of having an Asian American Center at Tufts. Current students, alumni and faculty are all invited, and this is also a great opportunity to network and make some new connections. Find out what traditions have remained the same over the past decades, and what new changes have been made. Lunch is provided.

Discover Asian America

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Did you know that Tufts' Boston Campus is located in Chinatown? What is the significance of Chinatown to you and to Tufts? Come and learn about the current realities, challenges, and issues facing this community; why it's important for Tufts students to engage with this urban neighborhood; and what courses and volunteer opportunities are available to you. This community learning activity will include a mini-lecture, walking tour and dim sum! Sign up at Start House.

Orientation Events 2013

Matriculation Day Open House

Wednesday, August 28, 3 - 4 p.m.

Done moving in? Come to Start House to meet the Asian American Center Peer Leaders and check out the Center and what it has to offer!

Games Night

Saturday, August 31, 7 - 9 p.m.

Stop by the Asian American House for a fun night of games and getting to know your peer leaders and other first-year students better!

 

George's Island Community Building Outing

Monday, September 2, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This all-day retreat, hosted by Center Peer Leaders, will focus on community building and leadership in the Tufts Asian American community. Get to know others interested in the Asian American community on historic George's Island in Boston Harbor!

Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Start House

Grab a spoon and chill out after the first day of classes with the House residents! Share your thoughts on faculty and courses and ask the House residents any questions you have about Tufts.

Co-sponsored by Asian American House and Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Asian American Center and Pan Asian Council Reception

Monday, September 9, 4 - 6 p.m.
Start House, Open to Tufts Community

Meet other first-years, upper-class students, faculty, and administrators at this annual fall event to welcome everyone back on campus. This is a marvelous opportunity to speak with student leaders in the Asian/Asian American community and meet faculty and administrators who could be a resource to you during your first year and beyond. Learn about the numerous Asian clubs on campus and how you can join! All while enjoying some delicious food from local restaurants!

Discover Asian America

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Did you know that Tufts' Boston Campus is located in Chinatown? What is the significance of Chinatown to you and to Tufts? Come and learn about the current realities, challenges, and issues facing this community; why it's important for Tufts students to engage with this urban neighborhood; and what courses and volunteer opportunities are available to you. This community learning activity will include a mini-lecture, walking tour and dim sum! Sign up at Start House.