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  Ideas Discussed During NCORE 2004 (Miami) API Caucus   

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Here are some ideas discussed during NCORE 2004 (Miami) for possible implementation during the next conference:

  • An event to provide feedback or raise concerns about racist remarks in keynote addresses and sessions (such as references to API as "over-privilege," "honorary white," or "yellow privilege;" the exclusion of API references in speeches; and the use of "yellow" to refer to all API, or some other forms of stereotypes).

  • An institute to address "we are not white."

  • A session on the expectations by whites of API people related to race relations and issues; and the source of these expectations or assumptions.

  • A session focused on educating others about the API community.

  • A panel from various racial and ethnic groups to discuss their personal experiences with race issues.

  • A session focused on building bridges or coalitions with other racial and ethnic groups.

  • A session on issues related to immigrants, refugees, and international Asians (all with different agendas, class distinctions, varying internalization of white perspectives, and varying perspectives related to their "visitor" status).

  • The following people were suggested as potential keynoters: Haunani-Kay Trask (professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii), Mililani Trask (Native Hawaiian attorney), Grace Lee Boggs (activist, writer, and speaker), Vijay Prashad (author and professor), Judith Liu (professor of sociology at the University of San Diego), Jack Tchen (Director, Asian/Pacific/American Studies at NYU), Gary Okihiro (Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University), Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn (novelist, poet, multimedia and performance artist), Chang-Rae Lee (award-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at Princeton University), Peter Nien-chu Kiang (professor and director of Asian-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston), Doris Ching (vice president for student affairs at the University of Hawaii), LuoLuo Hong (Dean of Students at UW Madison), Michael Thornton (professor of Asian Studies at UW Madison), and Bob Suzuki (president emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona).


The API Institute will be in its third year at the NCORE 2005 Conference, which is a tribute to those who have contributed to its success. NCORE is very committed to the continuing implementation of the Institute.

Pertaining to NCORE 2005, New York represents a particularly exciting venue for the Institute due to its potential for encouraging cross-cultural and collaborative understanding of race relations in real-life situations.

It would be exciting for example to develop an experiential program in New York whereby we can take strategic parts of the program to different parts of New York (such as Chinatown) and offer our participants an experiential or working understanding and knowledge of real issues facing people. Perhaps we can visit a youth center (thanks Jay for this idea) to understand youth, immigrant, educational, and social issues, or organize a town's meeting of sort to discuss racial or ethnic "territorial" issues, or select special places in the city where participants can witness first-hand and understand race and class issues in real-life situations.

If you have ideas about how to organize next year's Institute or wish to be Institute presenters, please work with Charles or Sriyanthi (the national co-chairs). New York residents Jack Ling and Melinda Aquino are willing to work with all of us in curricular and program development as is Jay Minh Alt (our diligent past co-chair).