Dispelling the Asian Minority Myth

Dispelling the Asian Minority Myth

Because of the large scale scope and influence news sources had on society, it can be said that the portrayal of the ‘model minority’ became accepted by the general population. However, it is because of the historical impact of this myth that society’s view of an entire diverse demographic is severely flawed.

Intern Spotlight: Sarah Johnson

Intern Spotlight: Sarah Johnson

Name: Sarah Kimiko Johnson

Class: Freshmen

Major: Psychology

Minor: Consumer Behavior and Marketing

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Ethnicity: Japanese and white

I joined APASA to have the opportunity to impact and directly connect with the APA community at USC. There are so many diverse cultures within the APA community and APASA allows APAs to bring all of our backgrounds and stories to one collective space. APASA also provides a platform for meaningful discussion of APA events and issues, which we then can apply to the USC community. Through APASA, I can share my perspective on APA issues as a Japanese-American and as a hapa. I am excited to continue to connect with, influence, and impact the APA community at USC.

Aside from APASA, I am involved with Intervarsity, which is a Christian fellowship group. I am a member of the women's’ club basketball team and we play other colleges in the area and I am also a member of Nikkei club. Lastly, I tutor fifth graders twice a week at Vermont Elementary through JEP. I want to declare a double minor in Consumer Behavior and either Marketing or Business to combine with my psychology major.

Some other things I love are: my family, especially my brother and 3 young cousins, my friends, boba, shopping, baking, Disney and TSUM TSUMS!


Impostor Syndrome, as experienced by a Female Student of Color

Impostor Syndrome, as experienced by a Female Student of Color

Since my sophomore year, I have had impostor syndrome, a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud (Wiki). I often suffered in silence and never told a soul about my feelings, as I didn’t want to risk anyone confirming my suspicions. Looking at the situation retrospectively, I think I also didn’t want to admit to myself that I couldn’t be the student I envisioned myself to be. I was stuck in an unfortunate situation in which my racial and gender identity simultaneously imposed the Model Minority myth and impostorism on me.

Cultural Art Expo 2018

Cultural Art Expo 2018

Recently, APASA along with nine other assemblies and committees successfully hosted Cultural Art Expo: Strength in Struggle. From embroidery to reusable bag decorating, students and art connoisseurs alike lined up to appreciate work from artists and performers of color. Not to mention, there was a beautiful layout of vegan food, Dulce donuts, and mocktails courtesy of our very own APASA e-boarders.