SAO Weekly Digest 10/18/10

Hi SAOers!

Hope you all had a lovely and relaxing break! Here are a bunch of SAO related events to welcome you back :

1. APIAs, Latin@s and immigration – a joint meeting by SAO and Enlace at the IC at 9 PM on Tuesday
2. Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring – Training on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:30 in K228 — PIZZA will be provided!
4. Khmer Arts Ensemble presents Cambodian Music and Dance Performances and Master Classes – October 20 – October 23
5. Perspectives on Asian American Identity – Free event at the Asian American Film Festival in Philly on October 21
6. and 7. Interesting APIA related links to check out !

1. APIAs, Latin@s and immigration – a joint meeting by SAO and Enlace
Closed to members of SAO and Enlace

Come to the IC at 9 PM on Tuesday, 10/19 to watch SAO and Enlace board members perform hilarious skits about America’s immigration woes. We will also be discussing how the APIA and Latin@ communities can work together to reduce xenophobia and make America a more accepting place for immigrants.


2. Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring – Training on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:30 in K228 — PIZZA will be provided!
Defending Asian American Voting Rights

The Swarthmore Asian Organization wants student volunteers to observe voting sites in Chinatown and Upper Darby on Election Day!

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote. For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated listing Democratic candidates as Republicans, and vice versa.

Volunteers will administer a multilingual voter survey in 3-hour shifts and document voting problems on Election Day in Chinatown and Upper Darby. Polls are generally open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

For more information, go to

and to volunteer, please contact ameng2.


Training take place this Thursday, 10/21 from 6:30-8:00 in K228. Even if you aren’t able to volunteer, you are encouraged to come, as this will also be an informative meeting about APIA voting. PIZZA will be provided!



a Benefit Concert for Flood Relief in Pakistan
$10 donation (recommended, can be given at the door)
Founders Hall
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041
Saturday October 23 5:30 PM
AROOJ AFTAB (singer-songwriter, soft rock) 
ANDREW MENDELSON & SAMEER GUPTA (classical, sitar, tabla) 
Professor JAMAL ELIAS (Religious Studies Dept. Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, lecture on Pakistani truck art) 
YOUSEF ABDALLAH (from Islamic Relief USA, he is a flood relief worker who has recently returned from Pakistan) 
WHY (get informed!):
While the floods in Pakistan have not received much coverage in the mainstream American media, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “it is the worst disaster I have ever seen.”

Affecting over 20 million people and a fifth of the country, a region the size of Italy, the floods have devastated the Pakistani people. The number of people affected is more than the total number of people affected by the terrible 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami combined. More than six million people were left homeless with about one million homes damaged or destroyed. More than 10 million people have been forced to drink unsafe water and are now in danger of contracting disease. More than 10,000 schools have been damaged by the flooding.

Come spend some of your Saturday evening in Founders and enjoy some music, snacks, and two short lectures by some very interesting people and do your part by donating whatever time and money you can toward the much needed flood relief in Pakistan. 🙂

4. Khmer Arts Ensemble presents Cambodian Music and Dance Performances and Master Classes – October 20 – October 23
Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff get in
free but should reserve space by phone. Others $20 except if over 65, $18.

The performance of The Lives of Giants (see below for more information)
is a ticketed event. All other events are free.

Wednesday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 ~ Swarthmore College, LPAC Troy Dance

Thursday, October 21, 4-5:30 ~ Bryn Mawr College, Pem Dance Studio

Friday, October 22nd 8PM, Goodhart, Bryn Mawr College campus

For one night only, 30 musicians and dancers from Cambodia’s Khmer Arts
Ensemble take center stage at Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Hall as part
of their World Premiere tour of The Lives of Giants. Drawing on the
Cambodian Reamker (Ramayana), The Lives of Giants fuses classical and
experimental dance techniques into a spare, complex, powerfully
spiritual evening that delivers a resonant message about the effects of
violence. “akin to watching moonlight play across water” (LA Times).

THE LIVES OF GIANTS is Free for Tri-College students, faculty, and
staff. For public ticket pricing and information go to
(This performance is made possible by a grant from The Pew Center for
Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance)

Saturday, October 23, 10:30 ~ Cambodian Association North Center Dance
Studio: 5412 North 5th Street (appropriate for younger students)

Saturday, October 23, 1:00 PM~ The Performance Garage: 1515 Brandywine,
Philadelphia (appropriate for dancers with more extensive training in
Cambodian or other techniques)- Studio accessible by #2 bus or
Orange-Broad street line

Cambodian Music Demonstration / Discussion
Saturday, October 23rd, 7 PM
Goodhart Free Admission. Reservations
required (Office for the Arts 610-526-5210)
Teaching artist, Ros Sokun

copied from Bryn Mawr website

Khmer Arts Ensemble
Lives of Giants
Friday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.,
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Thirty dancers and musicians from Pnom Penh bring a magical tale from
the Cambodian Ramayana to life in choreographer Sophiline Cheam
Shapiro’s newest work, Lives of Giants. Reflecting her country’s
turbulent past, Shapiro strips away layers of elaborate traditional
costuming and the formal vocabulary of classical Cambodian dance to
examine how the perpetuation of violence leads to the erosion of the
sublime. Shapiro’s work with her Khmer Arts Ensemble is at once
experimental and spiritual, classical, complex, powerful and spare. She
was named a 2009 National Heritage Fellow, a lifetime award made by the
National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of exceptional artistic

“A stunning new program of Cambodian dance and music. Shapiro’s journey
unfolds like a moving painting. Exquisite.” —New York Times

5. Perspectives on Asian American Identity – Free event in Philly

6. interesting NPR story on how APIAs are the minorities who have been out of jobs the longest. It contradicts this idea of the model minority.

really cool poem forwarded by SAO Alum Cathy Ng ’10

– Melissa

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