SAO Weekly Digest – 9/27/10

Hello my dear SAOlings,

Midterms are upon us! I know you guys are all quite busy this time of year, but take a break from studying and come join us at the next meeting! Also included in this digest are a couple links that may be of interest to you:

1. Dragon Ladies, Nerdy Boys, and Action Heroes, BOOHOO! – SAO general meeting – Tuesday 9pm in the IC Big Room
2. “Presentation of Resources” – Latino Heritage Month – Tuesday 5pm-6:30pm in the IC Big Room
3. Attacks on Asians Highlight New Racial Tensions – NY Times link
4. Tell your local congressmen to support the DREAM Act – takes only a few seconds!

1. Dragon Ladies, Nerdy Boys, and Action Heroes, BOOHOO!
Tuesday 9pm in the IC Room

Come join SAO in our in-depth discussion about dragon ladies, nerdy boys, and action heroes, a.k.a. Asian Americans in the mainstream entertainment media. Haven’t you noticed that there are only certain types of characters that Asian actors and actresses can portray? Do you get frustrated that there are no famous Asian Americans that you can personally relate to? Come share these thoughts and ideas with us at the next SAO general meeting. Can’t wait to see you there! (There will be yummy snacks provided–including sour patch kids and chocolate chip cookies)

2. “Presentation of Resources” – Latino Heritage Month
IC Big Room
5 PM – 6:30 PM

Enlace is hosting a “presentation of resources” meeting as part of Latino Heritage Month (you should all check out their calendars and see if there are events you’d be interested in; most — if not all — of them are open!). This is an event open to the entire IC/BCC community (a.k.a. you), and will feature presenters from four of the resources available on campus: the Writing Associates, Career Services, the Dean’s Office, and the Lang Center. Freshmen, y’all should definitely go; not-freshmen, this is still a great opportunity to find out about the many opportunities for help/money on campus. Also, food.

3. Attacks on Asians Highlight New Racial TensionsNY Times link

An interesting article about racial tensions between/among minority groups – the following quote relates to the model minority myth:

‘ “It’s not ‘this is an Asian person let’s get him,’ ” Mr. Emenike said. “It’s we thinking, ‘this Asian person is probably carrying a large amount of money. And this is our neighborhood, this is our home, why not?’ ” ‘

4. Tell your local congressmen to support the DREAM Act – takes only a few seconds!

Tell Your U.S. Senators to Support S. 729, the DREAM Act!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to attach S. 729, the DREAM Act, to the Department of Defense authorization bill expected to come before the U.S. Senate this week. Tell your U.S. Senators to support Majority Leader Reid and stop any attempts to delay votes or to stop the Dream Act from being included in the final legislation.

The DREAM Act will provide all young people who study and work hard access to education and the hope for a better future, regardless of immigration status. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprise over 1 million of an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, and many are under the age of 18. Our young people deserve a chance to contribute to our economy, serve in our armed forces and be recognized by the country the call home.

Melissa

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