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APASA Winter Formal 2016

Hello wonderful readers, What’s the latest and newest with APASA? Last week, APASA had one of their signature events, Winter Formal! The theme this year was Red Carpet, and everyone came decked out in their most stylish suits and gowns. TCC Ballroom had never seen so much glamour and so many star-quality people.

The night started with a walk down the red carpet, and after, guests were given the VIP treatment. There were never-ending free snacks including sushi, popcorn, and Herbert’s Lemonade. The bountiful chocolate fountain was also a big hit with party-goers. To compliment the snacks were fancy mocktails, which included exciting drinks such as Shirley Temple, Mockmosa, and Orange Berry Sunrise.

Guests then had a mini photo-shoot with polaroids provided by SEC and photobooth pictures provided by QUASA and WSA. People also danced the night away to jams spun by the live DJ. It was certainly fun to watch glamorously dressed people bust out their favorite moves.

This collaboration event between APASA and all the different assemblies was a great last big event to cap off the semester. Attendees donned their most fabulous outfits and danced away the stress of school. Overall, a great time was had by all.

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Asian Thanksgiving Blog Post

Hello Trojans! With midterms wrapping up and the temperature cooling down everywhere except for LA, we all know what time of year is approaching—holiday season! And finals… but before we face the dreadful end of the semester, we have Thanksgiving to look forward to.

Having grown up in a Chinese American household, I spent my childhood Thanksgivings eating hot pot and my dad’s special salted duck dish. While I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving this year with an all-American turkey dinner, here are some recipes for my favorite Asian dishes should you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving the Asian American way:

Chinese Sausage Carbonara: http://iamafoodblog.com/chinese-sausage-carbonara-recipe/ Red Bean Buns: https://food52.com/recipes/33678-red-bean-buns

Tea Eggs: https://food52.com/recipes/26216-street-style-chinese-tea-eggs Turkey Dumplings: http://www.marthastewart.com/333856/turkey-dumplings

Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing: https://food52.com/recipes/36777-cold-vegetable-and-noodle-salad-with-ponzu-dressing Happy holidays!

Best, Aimee

2016 Election

Dear reader, My original topic for this article was “Best Affordable Sushi Restaurants in LA.” But with recent events, I felt the need to voice my opinion as an APA and as a US citizen.

When it started to become alarmingly clear during Tuesday’s elections that it wouldn’t be Donald Trump stepping up to the podium to concede, but Hilary Clinton, my initial reaction was utter disbelief. I could not wrap my head around the fact that we had elected a xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, uneducated, and hypocritical sexual predator to the most important office in America.

Trump becoming president had always been such an irrelevant issue, something most took as a joke. But Tuesday night, the unthinkable became reality.

It’s shocking and deeply disheartening that for the next four years, this man who is against everything America stands for, our ideals and beliefs that make our country so individualistically great, will be making executive decisions for us all. I’ve never been very invested in politics, but just by having eyes and ears it is clear as day to me that Trump is neither suited nor deserving to be America’s president. Yet he now has the power to bring America back 50 years, with his bigoted anti-LGBT views, disdain for racial minorities, complete lack of respect for women, and inability to take others’ standpoints into consideration.

We are already beginning to see the repercussions of Trump’s ascension to presidency. The racism that so many of us had thought had simmered down is rising back to the surface: fellow Asian American students at USC being called “chinks,” people of color being told to go back home, when to them home is America, Muslim parents telling their children not to wear a hijab, a woman being sexually harassed by a group of boys yelling “Grab her by the pussy!”. My heart aches with pain and anger when I hear of these acts of idiocy, these uneducated imbeciles thinking that their racist acts are suddenly justifiable because of the change in presidency.

But one shed of light I could find from this election was the increased presence of the Asian American community in the electorate. Because of Trump and his ridicule-inducing behaviors, our community has realigned in political allegiance, as more and more of us are identifying as Democrats.

Asian Americans are still a minority in America, but we are the most quickly growing, both politically and economically, out of all others. We still have much to work on, such as our under-representation in Hollywood, but overall we have made so much progress—progress that other minorities have not yet been able to make. Now that we have gained privilege, we must use it to help the less privileged. Protect those that can’t protect themselves. Help those that will be facing consequences of this election much deeper and horrific than ours. Support one another, care for one another, love one another.

Above all, remember that we the people are what matter most. We control our own cultural contexts. We make the difference in the lives of our friends, our neighbors, and our community. We exercised our right to vote, and now we must exercise our right to have a voice. So be brave, speak out, and fight on.

Best, Yunji Lee

2016 APASA-ISA Alumni Mixer

Hello everyone! This past Friday night, we hosted our 2016 APASA-ISA Alumni Mixer with the International Student Assembly at The Forum. Our current students had the opportunities to expand their networks, learn and gain mentorship from experienced alumni, and explore the possibilities in a variety of professional fields.

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I was thrilled to work on this event alongside Russell Ng, Vice President of Professional Affairs at ISA, as we featured alumni from a diverse range of fields, such as dentistry, consulting, asset management, and auditing to name a few.

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We also had several alumni who are currently challenging the underrepresentation of Asian Americans in the media and entertainment industry at companies such as Lionsgate. I am passionate about diversity and cultural awareness in the workplace, especially in entertainment. As a research assistant at Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative, whose research investigation examines portrayals of race and gender in media to uncover the truths behind inclusion in entertainment, I quantify data, code content, and perform reliability diagnostics. Earlier this year, we published our findings of over 11,100 characters across 414 movies, television shows, and digital series. Media content plays a crucial role in how people form and view stereotypes in the real world, and our report highlights the staggering lack of diversity in the entertainment industry. Only 2% of all characters were coded lesbian, gay, or transgender, and female characters fill only 28.7% of all speaking roles in film. At least half of all cinematic, television, or streaming stories fail to portray one Asian or Asian American onscreen.

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We structured this mixer in a way for each alum to be seated with a group of students, and all of the alumni would then rotate and switch tables to meet and engage with all of the attendees. This was an amazing opportunity to show our current students where our alumni have developed and furthered their careers with purpose, and we are glad to have created an inclusive space for insightful conversations, growth, and empowerment.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! We have many more events coming up throughout the school year, and we look forward to seeing you all there. I aim to continue opening doors to celebrate diversity and further cultural awareness, and I hope you all can join me in this exciting journey. Fight on!

Best, Dennis Woo External Community Chair