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NCORE 2003

The following is a partial and preliminary list of API presentations and activities which may be of particular relevance to our API caucus members and the general audience interested in API issues. Pari Nabavi, NCORE's Program Development Specialist, compiled this list for the benefit of our caucus members.


FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003—1:00–1:45 p.m.

Kip Fulbeck is a professor of Art and Asian American Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Kip Fulbeck is the world’s premiere artist exploring multiracial Asian (or Hapa) identity. An inveterate storyteller, his inspiring personal stories mix pop culture and political activism, questioning the boundaries of cultural identity from the perspective of someone who has never fit neatly into any easy category. He has spent his life battling against multiracial ignorance and stereotypes, and was even denied a place on the Taiwanese Olympic Team after refusing to change his last name. Fulbeck has spoken and exhibited his videos, photography, painting, and performed his stand-up comedy in over 20 countries and throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Singapore International Film Festival, the World Wide Video Festival, PBS, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. His video work has earned numerous awards, including the USA Film Festival’s Special Juror’s Award for Some Questions for 28 Kisses; First Glance Film Festival’s Best Experimental Film for Sex, Love, & Kung Fu; the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival’s Best Narrative Short for Asian Studs Nightmare; and the Red River International Film Festival’s First Place Video for Banana Split. In 2002, he was selected by Hapa Issues Forum as the inaugural Prism Award for the Arts recipient. His first novel, Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography, was published in 2001 by the University of Washington Press, and he is currently completing a photographic book on multiracial Asians tentatively titled HAPA: Multiracial Asians in Their Own Words. Book signing of Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography—1:50–2:15 p.m. Informal dialogue with Kip Fulbeck—2:30–3:30 p.m.


A three-part institute is designed to address critical issues and concerns faced by Asian Pacific American students related to identity development, enhancement, and fusion during their higher education experience. Internal factors such as family, culture, and social upbringing will be introduced initially, while external factors such as stereotyping and media portrayal will also be explored as a means to understand the development of the Asian Pacific American identity. A Certificate of Participation will be available for persons with documented attendance at all sessions of the ONE institute chosen. Admission priority for all Institute sessions will be given to those who are pursuing a Certificate of Participation.

Part I—Identity
Tuesday, May 27—8:30–11:30 a.m.
This session examines basic identity development of Asian Pacific American students, as well as all students in general. The session will present and discuss (1) common psychosocial characteristics that contribute to the growth and evolution of students over the course of their four year college careers; (2) the unique cultural and social characteristics that students of color at predominantly white institutions face, and potentially pose as obstacles during their identity development; and (3) the specific factors that further complicate Asian Pacific American student development such as internalized oppression, the role of family and culture, social upbringing (class, education, neighborhood), stereotypes, and popular media/culture portrayal.

Part II—Recruitment/Retention
Tuesday, May 27—1:00–5:00 p.m.
This session examines the role of recruitment and retention as external mitigating factors in the identity development of Asian Pacific American students. The session will present and discuss (1) the psychological and social impact of alienation and isolation, both common stressors of students of color at predominantly white institutions, on the overall emotional competence of Asian Pacific American students; (2) the historical under- and over-representations of various Asian ethnic groups, and its impact on those students in their collegiate careers; and (3) the various obstacles specifically language barriers that marginalize and negatively impact the intellectual and emotional progress of Asian Pacific American students.

Part III—Education
Wednesday, May 28—8:30–11:30 a.m.
This session examines various initiatives and programs that enhance, and positively promote the identity development of Asian Pacific American students. The session will present and discuss (1) the role of curriculum that includes the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans throughout United States history, as well as the inclusion of Asian Pacific Americans in race and racism studies; (2) the growth of Asian specific student groups on the college campus, and their impact on the identity development of its participants; and (3) the imperative need for Asian Pacific American faculty and staff to serve as mentors, and resources to the Asian Pacific American student population.

  • Mr. Jason Minh Alt, Residence Coordinator and Coordinator, Human Intercultural Relations, State University of New York-Purchase College—Purchase, New York
  • Ms. Pamela Huang Chao, Professor, Sociology, American River College—Sacramento, California
  • Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University—Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dr. Gemma Skillman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of South Dakota—Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Dr. Jean Wu, Senior Lecturer, American Studies Program, and Program and Education Director, Diversity Office, Tufts University—Medford, Massachusetts

San Francisco Bay Area: Race Relations Amidst Growing Immigration and Technological Advancement
Wednesday, May 28—2:30–5:30 p.m.
San Francisco Bay area is one of the most racially diverse areas in the United States. It is also known for its technological advances, as the financial center of the West, and the gateway to Asia. What is more, it is also reputed to be among the most "liberal" areas in the U.S., and a place where many new ideas, both scientific and social, are given birth and nurtured. Professor Ling-chi Wang, for many years, has served as chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley—one of the largest and oldest departments of Ethnic Studies in existence. Dr. Ling-chi Wang, a longtime community activist, along with a panel of multiracial scholars will discuss the myths and the realities of the Bay area, its social, political and cultural dynamics, and how the area deals with issues of race relations, and access to higher education. The panel members will also discuss the impact of globalization on businesses, from the high-tech industry in the Silicon Valley to financial services and sweatshop industries.

  • Dr. L. Ling-chi Wang, Professor, Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California—Berkeley, California

Positioning Asian Americans: Between and Beyond Black and White
Wednesday, May 28—2:30–5:30 p.m.
This session provides an update on the state of Asian America in the 21st Century. It offers a critical analysis of the relationship between Asian Americans and white Americans, as well as with other Americans of color (especially African Americans and Latinos/as) with whom they share the urban space and the campuses of higher education. The sociology and political economy of Asian America, its global, diasporic, and transnational characteristics, and the shifting stereotypes—from “yellow peril” and “model minority” to “sleazy fundraisers” and “dangerous spies”—will be discussed. Both the theory and practices of racial identity formation and racialization will be presented, all within the context of America’s continuing struggle with its national identity as both white and multicultural.

  • Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University—Providence, Rhode Island

Southeast Asian Americans: Revisiting the Educational Issues
Thursday, May 29—2:00-5:00 p.m.
This session will focus on the current educational situation of Southeast Asian students. With the coming of age of the second generation and the changes in the family, what are the issues pertaining to the education process? From the achievements highlighted by earlier studies by Choy, Whitmore, and Kaplan, and those of Ima and Rumbaut, what are the changes and new challenges that face this new student population?

  • Dr. Chuong Chung, Professor, Asian American Studies, San Francisco City College—San Francisco, California
  • Dr. Hien Duc Do, Associate Professor, Social Sciences Department, San Jose State University—San Jose, California

Global Multiculturalism: The Other Side of Diversity
Thursday, May 29—2:00–5:00 p.m.
This session will highlight perspectives on multiculturalism and social justice in a global educational environment, and illustrate what colleges and universities in the United States need to consider when claiming meaningful inclusion of international issues in policies, programming, and curricula. Presenters in this session are faculty, administrators, and student advisors whose countries of origin, and areas of study and research range across five continents. Each presenter is involved in raising questions, developing policy, advising students, and/or conducting research on how we define “multicultural” in a world of complex histories, cultures, attitude, and relationships.

  • Mr. Alberto M. Albuquerque, International Advisor, Yamanashi Gakuin University—Yamanashi, Japan
  • Mr. Lindsay Dunn, Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Relations, Gallaudet University—Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University—Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dr. Janice Mitchell, Professor of German Linguistics and Intercultural/International Education, Gallaudet University—Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Kamakshi P. Murti, Professor and Chair, German Department, Middlebury College—Middlebury, Vermont
  • Dr. Magid Shirzadegan, Associate Director, International Programs, University of Oregon—Eugene, Oregon

Speak English—You’re in America Now! An Asian American Identity Paradigm
Friday, May 30—8:30–11:30 a.m.
This session explores a seven-stage paradigm of Asian Pacific American Identity as influenced by the dynamics of four key societal stressors: peers, teachers and administrators, home, and mainstream norms, such as the expectation that an authentic “American” should speak English and forget their native language. These common elements effect an Asian ethnic identity, as well as other influencing factors in this regard: generation, age, size of APA community and citizenship status. These factors influence the degree to which an APA may develop, maintain or diminish the salience of culture in their lives. Presenters will share anecdotal examples from their lives, representing differing ages, generations and Asian ethnic groups. Understanding the range of stages promotes understanding and tolerance of those in different stages of the paradigm, and demonstrates the logic of why, “all Asians don’t think alike.” This session should particularly benefit those who are exploring Asian ethnic identity, counselors, teachers, those involved with anti-bias policies and curriculum, and allies committed to reducing racism.

  • Mr. Jason Minh Alt, Residence Coordinator and Coordinator, Human Intercultural Relations, State University of New York-Purchase College—Purchase, New York
  • Ms. Bettie Sing Luke, Multicultural Trainer/Equity Specialist, Eugene Public School—Eugene, Oregon

Personal Narrative: Tapping the Voice Within You
Saturday, May 31—8:30–11:30 a.m.
By focusing on personal narrative, this session includes activities designed to tap into personal histories and experiences as resources for making art, as well as building confidence and achieving self-empowerment. Based upon the Fulbeck’s extensive teaching experience with children, graduate students, “at-risk” teens, and recovering substance abusers, the presenter will emphasize the need for personal grounding and reliance upon one’s own experiences for support in both the workplace and educational environments (particularly for members of underrepresented communities). Participants will create short narratives with emphasis on spoken word, humor, and risk.

  • Kip Fulbeck, Professor of Art and Asian American Studies, University of California—Santa Barbara, California


Saturday, May 31—8:30–11:30 a.m. and continuing 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The "Real" Minority Meets the "Model" Minority: A Black-Asian Dialogue Across Color, Class, and Religion
In this experiential dialogue, we encourage members of the African, African American, Black, Asian-American, and Asian Pacific Islander identity groups to come together for honest discussions about our similarities, differences, and the possibilities for coalition and alliance. We will examine how stereotypes of both groups held by the dominant culture create divisions which obscure our commonalities. Using a combination of identity-based "caucus" groups and intergroup dialogues, we will explore these and other questions such as: (1)what are the sources of tension and difference between Blacks and Asians, (2) how can issues of class, color and religion be a bridge between these two groups, (3) what do we need to know about each others' histories in order to come to better understanding, and (4) how can we work together on issues of reparations for slavery, economic justice, religious freedom, and liberation? Participants will receive resources which will help them to develop future dialogues. This dialogue will be useful to those who want to develop resources on ethnic group relations, dialogue facilitation, and coalition building.

  • Ms. Andrea Monroe, Multicultural Resources Librarian and Project Director, Central and South Florida Diversity Coalition, Barry University—Miami Shores, Florida
  • Dr. Pamela Motoike, Coordinator, Introduction to Service Learning Instruction, Service Learning Institute, California State University—Monterey Bay, California
  • Dr. Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, and Director, Intergroup Dialogue, Education and Action (IDEA), Training & Resource Institute, University of Washington—Seattle, Washington

Saturday, May 31—2:00–5:00 p.m.
Talking Stories: Sharing Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences
This interactive session is designed to focus on the unique experiences and voices of our Asian and Pacific Islander colleagues. Please join us to share your personal and family experiences, narratives, and stories! Our goal is to share and celebrate our Asian and Pacific Islander identities through oral tradition. We hope that by voicing our narratives from childhood, or of present day experience, we will weave ourselves into a stronger and more unified group at NCORE. These narratives are an integral part of who we are as Asian and Pacific Islanders and often drive us to join in the fight against racism. Our goals for this dialogue include: (1) building a vocal and visible API community supportive of NCORE, (2) creating regional and national networking opportunities for API caucus members, (3) celebrating the diversity among API identities and experiences, (4) increasing understanding of our own and other cultures, (5) combating stereotypes and anti-Asian racism, and (6) encouraging coalition building across ethnicities and races.

  • Mr. Jason Minh Alt, Residence Coordinator and Coordinator, Human Intercultural Relations, State University of New York-Purchase College—Purchase, New York
  • Ms. Pamela Huang Chao, Professor, Sociology, American River College—Sacramento, California
  • Ms. Lorraine Chow, Professor, Early Childhood Education, American River College—Sacramento, California