Ethnic Studies class presents midterm at Malcolm X Plaza
March 19, 2009 3:36 PM
Forget the Zeus forms, #2 pencils and blue books. Taking a midterm has just been taken to a whole new level.
Asian American Culture students of Ethnic Studies 210-03 created Cultural InvASIAN, a presentation about breaking stereotypes against Asian Americans, said Jessica Barbadillo, a 19-year-old Liberal Studies student and student of the class. They presented at Malcolm X Plaza in place for their midterm.
"We wanted to bring our message out of the classroom," said Barbadillo.
Taking place during its class hour, the event separated into segments of video, song, dance and spoken word while marching from the Ethnic Studies building through the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
This semester, the class learned of Asian American stereotypes on a historical, social and political level about Asian Americans today, according to Irene Duller, lecturer of the class.
"Instead of just learning about it in class, we're doing an output and sending a message in cultural means," said Duller. "Their task is to be cultural guerrillas."
Duller said the class felt strongly about what they learned and wanted to express it through a public forum.
"It was a great experience," said Julian Garingan, a 19-year-old Pre Nursing student. "We came together as a class and represented unity. Our enthusiasm showed how much we care about our culture."
The objective of the event was to "create a presence on campus on behalf of the Asian American community" and address stereotypes perpetuated by the media said Duller. Such issues are emasculating Asian males and creating an exotic image of Asian women, she said.
"We're responsible in broadcasting to the public and our student peers," said Duller. "We are agents in history."
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