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SnackChats: Asian-American Studies Task Force
Thursday, January 19th
Ida Noyes Hall, Library-Lounge 1st Floor, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
This second event in our series of SnackChats will involve discussing the actions needed to move towards an Asian-American Studies program at the University of Chicago. The meeting will involve setting goals and timelines for this campaign, as well as recruiting people onto the task force.
The format will be an interest meeting and discussion led by PanAsia board members and Representative Theresa Mah. The short-term goal is to offer more classes in Asian-American Studies (2-3 per quarter), and the ultimate long-term goal is to establish an Asian-American Studies minor within the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies program.
All are welcome to attend! As our event title suggests, there will be both good food and good conversation.
To learn more about Representative Mah, please see her website: http://www.theresamah.com/
PanAsia Solidarity Coalition is a student-run RSO at the University of Chicago dedicated to intersectional political advocacy centered on Asian/Asian-American identity. Without presuming that “Asian/Asian-American” are self-evident, stable, or homogenous categories, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition seeks to ally with other minority groups to promote solidarity at the University of Chicago, and aims to work with other Asian identity groups on campus to provide complementary political and social spaces for students, such as discussions, events, current events-related programming, and published statements.
For our full constitution, please click here.
Our founder Jay Monteverde once said:
"One of the greatest concepts behind PanAsia is unity. As individual organizers, and as individual ethnicities, we can only do so much. But with PanAsia, and with a Pan Asian identity, we can shout together in a unified voice that people of Asian descents are three-dimensional human beings, with stories and histories that reflect the full range of human experience. We will celebrate, learn, and teach about our lives, our experiences; we will not be relegated to two-dimensional stereotypes; nor will we remain the invisible, nameless 'other' any longer."
Behind the Name
Mr. Monteverde's statement on the importance of unity highlights what individuals can do to contribute to the greater whole. Together as a political entity, Asian Americans have the potential to build an undeniable presence. At the same time - in building that political solidarity - it is important that the individual ethnic groups retain their uniqueness and not be compressed into a homogeneous bloc, since each group has its own history and challenges. PanAsia hopes to offer a springboard for greater insight and dialogue on the issues facing Asia and Asian America.
Learn about our board members!
Fourth-Year Anthropology & HIPS Major
Kansas kid who loves anime and hip-hop. Samurai Champloo is awesome. Also very invested in Asian-American politics.
External Vice President
Third-Year Economics & Psychology Major
Loves psychology, neuroscience, social justice, and all kinds of food.
Internal Vice President
Second-Year Molecular Engineering and Statistics Major
Norcal girl who swims too much but hates getting wet. Red pandas and good boba have a special place in my heart.
Third-Year Economics Major
California girl who still has to learn how to layer clothes, loves sleep, and has more food than books in her backpack
Digital Design Chair
Fourth-Year Biology (Neuroscience Concentration) & Philosophy Major & Molecular Engineering Minor
A dreamer caught between two cultures, Payal is a lover of all things spoken word, horror, Dada, and intends to spend the rest of her existence fighting the most terrifying spectres of all - the patriarchy and the "model minority" myth.
Social Media and Web Editor
Second-Year Political Science Major
Midwest native and Mr. Robot fangirl. Also, Frequent consumer of ramen.
Fourth-Year Biology Major
Just here for the free food.
Fourth-Year International Studies Major
Passionate about Asian/Asian-American representation in media and popular culture. Also a pretty big kpop dork.
Economics Major & Cinema and Media Studies Minor
San Diego native who misses the beach and good tacos. Interested in all things film, food, and politics.
First-Year Undecided Major
New Yorker with a passion for social justice, creative writing, and how the two can intersect.
Third-Year Public Policy Major & Statistics Minor
Political Asian passionate about representation, collective liberation, and storytelling.
Third-Year Philosophy and Allied Fields Major
Interested in stories and identities. Bad at writing in third person.
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Last Updated January 14, 2017
PanAsia Solidarity Coalition is a student-run RSO at the University of Chicago dedicated to intersectional political advocacy centered on Asian/Asian-American identity. Without presuming that “Asian/Asian-American” are self-evident, stable, or homogenous categories, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition strives to both work across national and cultural boundaries in solidarity for positive social change, and recognize difference as a basis for political action. Asians and Asian-Americans, however defined, are situated at the crossroads of various axes of marginalization, including class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and religion. Recognizing that the fight against white supremacist capitalist patriarchy in the United States is inextricably linked to ongoing struggles against settler colonialism, anti-blackness, and American dominance throughout the Global South, and that Asians and Asian-Americans are often complicit in these same violences, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition aims to provide a political platform to push for positive change and visibility. PanAsia Solidarity Coalition therefore seeks to build a politics of difference allied with other minority groups to promote “Third World” solidarity at the University of Chicago, and aims to work with other Asian identity groups on campus to provide complementary political and social spaces for students, such as discussions, events, current events-related programming, and published statements.