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Asian-American Students in Action
Asian American Students in Action
Asian American Students in Action(AASiA), as the umbrella organization for Chinese American Student Organization (CASO), Koreans of Williams (KOW), South Asian Student Association (SASA), and Asian Theatre Project (ATP), is committed to facilitation, interaction, and communication among these groups. AASiA is also an independent group, separate from the subgroups, with its own goals and activities and works to foster Asian American awareness in the Williams community. AASiA is also prepared to act as the representative of the subgroups in large events jointly sponsored with other organizations on campus. Through social activities, intellectual discussions, and political activism, AASiA strives to provide a forum for community-building and cross-cultural exchange. The AASiA website
The board meets every Sunday afternoon at Jenness to plan events, discuss issues, and handle funding requests. The board is comprised of 2 co-chairs, 1 treasurer, 1 secretary, 1 MinCo rep, 2 PR reps, 1 social events coordinator, 1 political action coordinator, and 1 rep from each of the subgroups. The 2005-2006 AASiA Board is led by Jeff Lin '08 and Thai Nguyen '08.
Asian American Heritage Month
Every April, AASiA and its subgroups hold a number of events to raise awareness about Asian American history, issues, and culture. Events range from guest speakers to food benefits to concerts to film screenings.
Asian American Heritage Month 2006 Diary of Asian America: You think you know, but you have no idea. The idea for our monthâ€™s theme came from the popular MTV show Diary, which emerged as an invitation into the life of an artist, narrated first-hand, directly into the camera. Up close and personal, untraditional and uncut, the show gives viewers a perspective of an artist that is different from typical media portrayals. This month is a celebration of Asian Americans as artists as well as an invitation to explore the different dimensions of Asian America through the sharing of unique talents and life experiences. Going beyond the stereotypical media portrayals of Asian America, we hope to highlight the lives and works of poets, musicians, filmmakers, corporate executives, journalists, and other artists, offering a closer look at the multi-dimensional and evolving nature of Asian America.