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Accomplishments Archive

Jan - Aug 2004

This is being written at the end of the 'official IRS approved (AA)2' first six months of operation, with an end of the summer update.  It is descriptions of what was accomplished - some very successfully, some moderately so but with valuable lessons learned, and some we were left questioning what had gone wrong.  All in all, the Board and interns ended feeling excited about what had been done and enthusiastic about moving forward.

It would not have been possible without a grant from the LI Fund for Women & Girls.  Although other organizations later co-sponsored all of the events, without LIFWG there would have been far fewer events to cosponsor.  However, because the grant was specifically for programs for young Asian American women and girls, all new events centered around them.  

We are applying for other grants and beginning fundraising so that in the future, we can deal with all issues.  While it is vital to teach young women how to protect themselves in a partner violence situation, it is just as important to teach young men to express their emotions in ways that are not harmful to anyone. 

The things that we have done in the past before our official IRS designation with soon be included on this site as well.
Below are our accomplishments from Jan to June 2004.  The index is in alpha order, the events below them in date order. Most were planned for March, April, and May because they are Women's History Month, Asian Awareness Month at SBU, and National Asian American Heritage Month.  Click on the title and it will take you to each broader explanation, or just scroll down.

    March: Held a very successful workshop among 50 young college aged women of all races discussing how race affected them. Some issues that are racial are also paternalistic, especially when the parents of many young Asian American women are immigrants with different cultural values. The young women did not want the conversation to end and after a few hours were stopped because the building was closing. Thus that topic also became a part of a later conference, and will be a focus of what will be done in the coming year. Part of LIFWG grant.
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    March: Co-sponsored a Cabinet to Cabinet Social - a meeting for the Cabinet members of Asian American student organizations at Stony Brook University to get to know one another so that in the coming year they can work together.

There is the misperception by non-Asians that Asian groups are cohesive when the opposite is often the case. Some groups are Asian American and members are simply any American of Asian heritage. Some of those members, being many generations American, know as little about Asia as any typical American-schooled child. Other groups are composed of international students who conduct their meetings in their native languages. Still other groups are composed of students who are not of any nationality but who want to know about a particular culture or like a specific genre. This is very true of groups like the Japanese Cultural Association and Animated Perspectives (aka Anime).

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    March: Three of the five panelists at a Daughters of the Motherland Conference session were [AA]2 interns. The topic of the discussion was what they were taught, as the children of immigrants, about sexuality. They were unanimous in saying that although some of their mothers tried, sex is not a topic that Asian mothers explain to their daughters. Affection is not something that is generally expressed physically even from parent to child. Part of LIFWG grant.

Parts of that discussion are being put together and will be available on streaming video at the end of August. One of the best things to come out of the internships was that the interns had the opportunity, in a few cases for the first time, to speak before a public audience. Part of what [AA]2 wants to accomplish is teaching leadership skills, and public speaking is one aspect of that. One intern, whose voice in March has to be amplified on the video, by May was up on stage without a second thought and able to be heard without a microphone.
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    April: Co-sponsored a relatively unsuccessful film series that was meant to bring in older Asian Americans women in Suffolk County as well as SBU students. For the students, there were many competing events during those days, but why the programs did not draw in the off-campus community, since they were heavily advertised in the local papers, we still do not understand.   

One night was an Anna May Wong classic silent, newly restored, that has played to sold out audiences in NYC, LA, and San Francisco. But those who did attend, primarily young women from Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, enjoyed the films and took part in the discussions, especially with Bix Gabriel, a young Indian American filmmaker. 
Part of LIFWG grant.
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    April: A full day of workshops attended by approximately 100 students, alumni, and presenters, on everything from partner violence protection to mentoring. Rather than describe it, the complete program is at www.aasquared.org/CFC.    

Our determination on whether an event is good or not is to ask the interns, who not only do all the work but are being judged by their peers, "Do you want to do this again next year?" The answer to this day of workshops was a resounding yes.

The student editor of the Asian American Journal said it was the most important event for Asian American students that he had seen happen at Stony Brook because for the first time, there was actually something that addressed their needs. Part of LIFWG grant.
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  May: A film series at The New School, put on with the Dean's Office Diversity Initiative. The panel was one of the best imaginable and the discussion intense - a debate on whether the first Asian American porn flick, made by a professor at Berkeley, accomplished what he thought it would and if it was good for Asian America. It was so good we intend to show some of the same films and speakers at other venues in the future. That discussion will also be available on streaming video at the end of August. 

Unfortunately, since it was decided on late in the semester, the choice of dates and times was limited and Saturday mornings is not when most students watch films, and the traditional New School advertising was not able to go out, so attendance was not high.

But even with a small audience it was so good there is no question that we will work with the Dean's Office to have the second annual film series there in 2005. 
Part of LIFWG grant.
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  Jan - May: Four young women were given internships to put all of the above together. For this initial year we chose one from each of the three Asian American and the one multi-cultural sororities at Stony Brook University. The University mandates that sororities do community service and having their involvement meant a wide audience of young women for workshops and events which we felt was important until we become a known commodity. Part of LIFWG grant.

Due to misperceptions about sororities, we would like to add a brief note here. While the general perception is 'airheads' and 'party girls' and other negative stereotypes - they are not all valid. Yes, they do enjoy themselves, just as most American college students do. Yes, some are airheads - just as some non-sorority girls are - but one of our interns had a 4.0 GPA with a double major!

One of our Board members, whose law firm did the pro bono filing for [AA]2 to become a 501(c)3, is the founder of the multicultural campus sorority, Epsilon Sigma Phi. Its members are of African, Asian, and European heritage. While restrictive in their membership and with some questionable initiation practices which not everyone considers good, does not also mean that sororities do not provide valid services.

A national study was done of college alumni involvement in community service after graduation. The results showed that those who belonged to a sorority or fraternity in college were more involved in community service after college than students who were not. Because Greek organizations have been required for many years to perform community service in order to be allowed to exist - their members get involved in charitable events, find that it gives them a sense of accomplishment, and therefore continue after college. That aspect of sororities we wish was replicated in all alumni!
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Other Involvement:

  March: Attended the Gender Equity Conference sponsored by the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls.  www.lifwg.org

    April: One of the interns was on a Bi-Cultural Identities panel.

    May: Participated in the Asian American Heritage Festival in Union Square.  www.capaonline.org

    June - August: A CELT summer volunteer intern learned multimedia and put together streaming videos of the speakers from Jan - June, to be put online.
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