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USC Traditional Chinese Dance 11th Annual Showcase: Interwoven

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, USC Traditional Chinese Dance held their showcase of the year. This year the group took a more traditional approachable with their dances. USC APASA intern Aimee Xu writes more about the show.  This past Saturday, USC Traditional Chinese Dance provided the USC community with a delightful conclusion to the first week back of spring break with their 11th annual showcase, ‘Interwoven.’ The theme of TCD’s 2016 showcase focuses on their encounters with those whom have profoundly changed their lives.


The show opened with color, as the dancers in ‘Springtime’ showcased vibrant green scarves and pink and purple fans. The first half of ‘Interwoven’ featured a variety of dances, many of which incorporated both Eastern and Western elements. In ‘Against All Odds,’ the dramatic choreography by Jessica Koe bridged Chinese and Western cultures through traditional Chinese dance elements and music by Lorde. ‘Jade Dolls,’ also incorporated multiple cultures, as traditional Chinese dance met traditional Korean percussion, as performed by USC Haneulsori.



The second of half of the show featured the dramatic plot of the ancient Chinese tale, “The Cowherd and the Weaving Maiden.” The Cowherd, Thinh Nguyen, and the Weaving Maiden, Jessica Koe, fall in love, but the Ruler of Heaven, Jade Shi, forbids the two from being with one another. In ‘Battle in the Heavens,’ a dramatic fight scene featuring members of Wushu Nation ultimately concludes in the separation of the two lovers, as the Ruler of Heaven forges a river between earth and heaven. In ‘Celestial Ties,’ birds flock together to create a bridge and reunite the lovers as a romantic conclusion to ‘Interwoven.’



Thank you to all the TCD performers and USC Haneulsori and Wushu Nation! The performance was done with such grace and beauty! We look forward to your showcase next year!



Aimee Xu


Nikkei's 2016 Culture Show: Anywhere Door

On March 242016 USC Nikkei Student Union hosted it’s 9th Annual Culture Night: Anywhere Door. The organization puts on this show every year to “showcase aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture….and to bring awareness to certain issues in the Japanese American community” according to Kyle Kurihara, Nikkei’s President of 2015-2016. This year they focused on the issue of post-graduation uncertainty that affects many college students. 12915209_983635565004928_411225161_o

The story followed Alex Okada, a pre-med senior who was hesitant to go to medical school because medicine was never his passion. In the midst of deciding what to do, he stumbled upon a pink door that could take him anywhere and change him into anyone. His skepticism quickly turned to amazement as he traveled to Japan and experienced what it was like to serve in the military, be a part of an idol group, and serve as a monk. He returned with a renewed sense of passion and respect for the Japanese culture.



The show also incorporated USC Kazan Taiko, USC Shinkendo, and KDB Hip-hop troupe.



Thank you to all the performers from USC Nikkei, USC Kazan Taiko, USC Shinkendo, and KDB Hip-Hop Troupe! All photos are credited to USC NSU Kyle Kurihara.

Sarah Kim

APASA Finance Director

SCAPE's InspirASIAN 5.0!

On Thursday, February 25th SCAPE held InspirASIAN 5.0! InspirASIAN is an annual event hosted by SCAPE to feature a panel of Asian American artists in the community. InspirASIAN is one of my favorite events of the year, and I love seeing how much SCAPE has grown as an organization throughout my four years at USC. I remember planning and running InspirASIAN 2.0 and 3.0. Shout out to my fellow SCAPE alums who came to support: Kat, Tracy, Nelson, and especially my co-president Andy. The night started off with Haneulsori hosting a pre-InspirASIAN mixer at the APASS office with free boba and banh mi. It was a delicious event, 10/10 would recommend them doing it again next year!

The event started with student performances by all stars Hannah Nguyen and Leo Xia. The two of them sounded amazing and I especially loved their cover of PillowTalk by Zayn. Leo's original music resonated with the audience, as he sang about APA identity in his song to his future son about growing up Asian American. Leo performed "Shaky Arms" at APASA's Got Talent the following night as well so I was fortunate enough to hear it twice this week.


This year's panel featured Paul Tran, Jason Chu, Francis Cullado, Sal Tran, and Chris Lam! Paul Tran is a Vietnamese American historian and spoken word poet. He performed a few pieces that spoke of his experiences with intergenerational trauma and sexual violence. His perspective was enlightening for the audience. Jason Chu is a hip-hop artist that performed his song, "Marvels". I remember seeing him before at Tuesday Night Cafe two years ago so I was excited to see him perform again and be on the panel!

Francis Cullado is the director of Operations at Visual Communications and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He showed us a great short film, "My Name is Asiroh", about a young girl being bullied about her unique name and her father tells her the story and importance of her name. Sal Tran is a queer Vietnamese American artist who does mental health social advocacy work within queer communities of color and promotes the power of art and storytelling through film. They showed us a documentary on their experiences with depression and therapy. Chris Lam is a content producer at BuzzFeed Video and is passionate about content regarding race, gender, and LGBT issues. He showed us a video he made about Native Americans and the cultural appropriation of Halloween Costumes. Chris was also a guest at APASA's Community Dinner event in January!


Then the panel spoke for an hour answering questions about API issues, such as how they explore intersectionalities and how people can support community artists like themselves. One rememberable point was that we cannot continue to do anything out of spite, but must do it out of love or it is not sustainable. I thought the panel discussion was very thoughtful and refreshing.

Congrats to SCAPE for hosting another successful InspirASIAN! InspirASIAN is a part of our Asian American Heritage Festival, which continues until mid-April, so check out our other member org events coming up these next few weeks!

Vivian Tsai

Internal Community Chair



CASA Culture Show

  Hi readers! One of our lovely APASA interns Tiffany Chen attended our CASA member org's culture show last Saturday. Read to find out what the show was about. 


A refreshing break from studies and classes, CASA’s 17th annual culture show, directed by Emily Levin and Jason Chen, played during the midst of midterm season on March 5, 2016. Starring Jon Lau and Holly Liu, this year’s culture show, ‘Triads and Tribulations’, was a sequel to last year’s show, ‘Triad and Tested’.


In ‘Triads and Tribulations’, audience members follow the life of Jon, the son of Andy Lau, who left his life behind with the Triad gang. Originally unaware of his lineage as Triad boss, Jon balances his school life as a pre-med and pre-law student with his love life.  His love interest, Nicole, is an aggressive dancer chick who really knows how to pack a punch. Jon and Nicole have instant chemistry, and when Jon is kidnapped by the Triads, it is Nicole, along with her friends, who ultimately saves him.


With a script full of humor and league references, ‘Triads and Tribulations’ had audience members laughing out loud. The show’s song choices between scenes also had more than a few spectators dancing in their seats. There were memorable performances by Trogons Acapella and the dance crew Chaotic 3. The show was so popular that even CASA partner organizations from other schools, such as UC Irvine and UCLA, came out in support. CASA’s 17th annual culture show was a success and a fun time was had by all who attended.


Tiffany Chen

APASA Intern