New Changes to the Asian American Studies Major Course Requirements Give You more Flexibility and Efficiency

Beginning the 2012-2013 academic year, the Asian American Studies major will see new changes to its course requirements, making the process of obtaining your degree in Asian American Studies more streamlined. The new requirements will apply to both current and prospective undergraduate students. Consider majoring or double-majoring in Asian American Studies today!

View the new course requirements, effective Fall 2012, here (JPG file). And for comparison, you can view the current requirements here (PDF file).

All of your GE and School of Humanities course requirements remain the same, of course. As for your Asian American Studies major, here are the big changes highlighted for you:

There will no longer be the Introductory Asian American Studies 60 A-B-C series (Asian American Studies will hereafter be referred to as AsAm as course listing). Instead, you can now choose from three of six different introductory courses available. So many options, so many possibilities! There are some restrictions, however, to which three of the six you must take for your major:

  1. You must take either AsAm 50 (Asian American Histories) OR AsAm 51 (The U.S. and Asian). AsAm 60A, for those of you have taken it already, will count toward this, so you will not have to take AsAm 50 or 51.
  2. You must take either AsAm 52 (Asian American Communities) OR AsAm 53 (Asian Americans and Comparative Race Relations). AsAm 60B will count for AsAm 52, and AsAm 60C will count for AsAm 53.
  3. You must take either AsAm 54 (Asian American Stories) OR AsAm 55 (Asian Americans and the Media).

For those of you who have already taken AsAm 60C, were you hoping that this class would count for AsAm 54/55 in the new third course requirement? Unfortunately, it does not, but it still counts toward being one of the four additional upper-division elective AsAm courses you must take! You also notice that AsAm 101, a formerly required course, is no longer required in the Fall 2012 guidelines. This will also count toward one of your four additional elective courses if you have already taken it. So that’s great news, if you’ve already taken AsAm 60C and 101, then you’ll only need two more elective courses!

But wait, you might notice that this four-elective-courses requirement is new. This actually gives you more flexibility—in the old requirements, you had to take two courses from AsAm 110-129, two courses from AsAm 130-149, two courses from AsAm 151-160, and two courses from AsAm 161-170. With the new Fall 2012 requirements, you only have to take one course from each of these four AsAm categories. The other four courses are now the new elective courses, which you can fulfill by taking any upper-division AsAm course (and AsAm 60C or 60B if one of them is used to count for 52 or 53).

In addition to AsAm 101 no longer being required, you also no longer have to take one course on “historical, cultural, or political institutions of Asia,” and you no longer have to take a fifth Asian American Studies upper-division elective class or an upper-division class in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Woman’s studies. Count it up—that’s three less required courses (from 15 to 12) that you have to take to finish your Asian American Studies major! (Though we highly recommend that you take these classes and many many many other critical studies classes to further enrich your education.)

All of these new changes serve to offer you a greater variety in course selection and more flexibility with your schedule. Make sure to check WebReg for Asian American Studies courses offered this coming Fall! As you can see, the new introductory courses Asian American Communities (AsAm 52) and Asian American Stories (AsAm 54) are already up! You can knock out two introductory courses in one quarter, something you couldn’t do with the 60 A-B-C series, in which only one in the series was offered each quarter. If you couldn’t fit 60B in your Winter schedule in the last few years, for example, you’d have to wait again until the next Winter to take it. Now, if you can’t do 52 one quarter, you might be able to do 53 the next quarter, no year-long wait necessary!

With that much flexibility, why not consider double-majoring?

Are you still unsure about majoring in Asian American Studies? You can read a great blog on why you should here.

Talk to your counselor or the Asian American Studies undergraduate counselor Dr. Dorothy Fujita-Rony to learn more about the Asian American Studies degree.

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Remembering the Vietnamese Refugee Experience through UCI’s Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Last Monday, April 30, was the 37th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, South Vietnam’s capital, by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army. This event marked the end of the Vietnam War, and what eventually resulted throughout the long years of the war was the displacement of over a million Vietnamese refugees.

In an article printed in the Vien Dong Daily, a Vietnamese News Publication for the Little Saigon Area of the OC, APSA Advocacy Intern Brian Dinh reflects upon what it means for a second generation Vietnamese American, who never experienced the war, to reflect back on the Fall of Saigon. He ties in themes of memory with UCI Asian American Students Professor Thuy Vo Dang’s Vietnamese American Oral History Project, “a three-year project that assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life narratives of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California.” (For more information about the project and how you can participate, click here to visit the website.)

Brian’s article can be read on the Vien Dong Daily website in Vietnamese. The English translation follows:

This past February, I participated in Thuy Vo Dang’s Vietnamese American Oral History Project as a UCI student in her Vietnamese American Experience class. I interviewed Bao Nguyen, Vice President of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education, and one story he told me was about a protest he organized to educate the Vietnamese community about a racial slur. Much to their dismay, he and his friends ended up angering a lot of Vietnamese elders. Through this story, he reminded me that we were the children of refugee parents, and that we “have to be sensitive towards everyone’s experience, especially if it’s a traumatic experience,” a traumatic experience such as the Vietnam War. This lesson made me reflect back on my own parents, their trauma being Vietnamese refugees, my insensitivity toward their experiences when I was a teenage high school rebel, and my sensitivity toward them now, which continues to grow today as I further understand my own history and identity and how they shape the ways I participate in my own Vietnamese community. Like Bao, I never experienced the war myself, and with the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon coming up, I ask myself, what does the Vietnam War mean to me? What does Black April mean to me? What do the experiences of my parents and grandparents mean to me, future generations, and the current Vietnamese Community? These questions further raise another one: why is the Vietnamese American Oral History Project important?

Before learning my parents’ stories, I understood the Vietnam War the way that mainstream America understood the Vietnam War: It was either a terrible mistake, a cautionary tale for the Iraq War, or a story of brave U.S. veterans. Somewhere pushed to the side were those actually affected by the war the most: the Vietnamese refugees. No one wanted to look at them because they were too tragic for hearts to bear, or no one needed to look at them because they were another model minority Asian group doing just fine. The act of remembering the Fall of Saigon, whether it’s my parents and grandparents remembering their experiences or myself remembering their stories, is a way of challenging the mainstream discourse about the Vietnam War. It’s a way to resist erasure of our people, history, and culture in a society that otherwise doesn’t want to remember us.

I’ve asked my parents about their own experiences following the Fall of Saigon, and while my dad rarely talks about his own, my mom can surely speak for him, telling me, “Your dad came from a rich, famous family, which is why the communists took everything from them when they invaded Phan Thiet. Your dad’s mom burned herself in her own house out of despair and protest. Because of this, your dad and his family became even more well known. If you go back to Phan Thiet today and ask around about her or your dad, everyone should be able to tell you at least one thing about them. Your dad’s mom haunts the house that she burned herself in. No one, including communist soldiers, has ever lived in it because they knew this.”

This short anecdote alone is already rich with pain, pride, and culture, and it’s only a small portion of my parents’ stories of survival and perseverance. No history textbook can contain our history and our stories or what they mean to us. Textbooks can’t tell us the values and the lessons that our parents pass on, so this is why we remember instead. The past exists only in memory, not in some pages of a history textbook that we take for granted as the truth. Of course, while textbooks are oversimplified, memory is complicated. It is as fragmented and conflicting as it is rich and valuable. While I may have some answers, understanding the importance of Black April and the stories of our community is a continuous, lifelong process. As the son of refugee parents, I hope to find such answers weaved within the Vietnamese American Oral History Project, and I hope that past and future generations can do the same.

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A Word From The [Rooted In] Slate

Hello!

Have you cast your vote for who will represent you in ASUCI yet?

Don’t delay & vote today for the [Rooted In] Slate!

Traci Ishigo for ASUCI President

Andrea Gaspar for Executive Vice President

Jessica Phan for Student Services VP 

During these difficult budgetary times, we need to elect leaders who will proactively empower our student voices, advocate administration, protect our resources & programs, raise awareness of campus issues, and bring unity between students at UCI.

The [Rooted In] Slate wants to challenge the status quo of ASUCI so that it will truly become a representative student government serving you.

VOTE at the click of this linkhttp://www.elections.uci.edu/ 

If you want to learn more about these candidates, please visit their websites: 

http://traciishigo4prez.tumblr.com/

http://andrea4evp.tumblr.com/

http://jphan4vpstudentservices.tumblr.com/

In solidarity,

The [Rooted In] Slate

Rooted In Unity 2012

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A Word From The [Rooted In] Slate

Hello!

Have you cast your vote for who will represent you in ASUCI yet?

Don’t delay & vote today for the [Rooted In] Slate!

Traci Ishigo for ASUCI President

Andrea Gaspar for Executive Vice President

Jessica Phan for Student Services VP 

During these difficult budgetary times, we need to elect leaders who will proactively empower our student voices, advocate administration, protect our resources & programs, raise awareness of campus issues, and bring unity between students at UCI.

The [Rooted In] Slate wants to challenge the status quo of ASUCI so that it will truly become a representative student government serving you.

VOTE at the click of this linkhttp://www.elections.uci.edu/ 

If you want to learn more about these candidates, please visit their websites: 

http://traciishigo4prez.tumblr.com/

http://andrea4evp.tumblr.com/

http://jphan4vpstudentservices.tumblr.com/

In solidarity,

The [Rooted In] Slate

Rooted In Unity 2012

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A Letter From Jessica Phan, Candidate for ASUCI VP of Student Services

Hello APSA!!!

Thanks again for your endorsement, I will work hard for you to make next year one of the most memorable years you will ever have at UCI. Here is tiny reminder about my platform:

As this year’s current ASUCI Club Outreach Commissioner, I understand the inner and outer workings of making an organization successful. One of my goals for next year is to build stronger relationships with organizations.

There are many resources that ASUCI has to offer for all organizations to use and my main goal is to make those resources, as well as ASUCI, transparent. In the past, many Vice Presidents have promised transparency, but they have failed to follow through. Being apart of the ASUCI Executive Vice President’s office my sophomore year, has helped me understand that change is a gradual process. My goal is to create a strong foundation for the future generations of Vice Presidents to work off on and implement the change.  In addition, I want to increase the quality of UCI events while guaranteeing that there will be no excess financial burden to the students by looking for more off campus sponsors. I would like to highlight quality over quantity by expanding on programs such as Welcome Week, Shocktoberfest, Soulstice, Wayzgoose, Reggaefest and Breaking the World Record.  Also I plan to work with other ASUCI branches to create events that are both entertaining and educational to help raise awareness about current issue that the university faces. ASUCI is an organization that serves the student body and I believe that increased accessibility is essential.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call me or email me back. Thank you for your time and I wish the best for your organization.

BE PHANCY VOTE JESSICA PHAN FOR STUDENT SERVICES VP!!!

Bests,

Jessica Phan

 

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ASUCI Endorsements

The Asian Pacific Student Association supports these candidates for ASUCI for the 2012 – 13 academic year on the basis of their experience, outstanding qualification, and commitment to the students, diversity, and community.

Vote Week 3!

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APSA ASUCI Spring Endorsement Forms

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