September 16, 2009

Women Of Color Fall Welcome

The University's Women of Color Fall Welcome will be held on October 29, from 9--11AM in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Union.

An hour of storytelling will be part of this year's program (in a segment called: "Sharing Our Women's Stories: An Oral Tradition").

Applications for the annual Tapestry Award will be accepted through Oct. 5. Winners will be presented at the Fall Welcome itself.

For more information, e-mail UWOC.

September 11, 2009

ASU Kick-Off Week

The good folks of the Asian Student Union are glad you're back on campus.


And here's what they have planned, in celebration:

MONDAY, SEPT. 14th at 5PM
What: Social Hour (CMU 219)
Expect: Fun ice breakers, games, and snacks. Also, a brief introduction to the ASU organization.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 15th from 11-1PM

What: ASU Open House (CMU 219)
Expect: Free pizza and drinks.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 18th from 6-10PM
What: Karaoke Night in the Mississippi Room (CMU).
Expect: Karaoke! And free food.

FRIDAY, SEPT 25th from 6-8PM

What: Game Night at Goldy's Gameroom
Expect: Free billiards and bowling.

Spread the word.

September 9, 2009

All Up In The Grill

The Hmong MN Student Association is hosting a "Back to School BBQ" this Friday, September 11 at East River Flats (just down the stairs behind Coffman Union).

Swing by between the hours of noon and 4PM for free food, great music and company.

Contact Activities Chairs Kaohlee Vue and Sou Hang with questions.

September 1, 2009

Book Talk Next Friday

Yuka Tsuchiya is an Associate Professor of Law and Letters at the Ehime University in Japan.

Chia Youyee Vang is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

And on Friday, September 11, both will be on campus to talk about their new book,
De-Centering the Cultural Cold War: The U.S. And Asia.

Stop by Scott Hall Commons (Room 105) from 3:30--4:30PM to meet the authors.

Professors Tuschiya and Vang are alumnae of UMN's Department of American Studies.

August 21, 2009

Welcome Picnic

This Sunday, August 23, join the ASU for a welcome back-picnic.

Stop by North Lake Nokomis between 2 and 8PM for good food, and good company.

For more information about the event, visit this (FB) site.

August 19, 2009

Kicking Off With Kickoff

The U's annual 'Multicultural Kickoff' is fast-approaching.

The two-day event aims to help first-year students make a successful transition to college--by 'building community and identifying academic and cultural supports on campus.'

Plan to stop by Room 175 of Wiley Hall September 1 and 2, to meet students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Call 612-626-0733 with questions.

July 22, 2009

Save The Date!

Maxine Hong Kingston will be presenting the Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature 7:30 pm, September 30, in the Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The first child in her family born on United States soil to immigrant parents, Kingston was an engineering student at Cal Berkeley, and a former high school English teacher.

In the space of six years, she was feted and arrested at the White House (Clinton presented her with a National Humanities Medal; a 2003 Iraq War protest put her behind bars). Above all, she has been a writer creating indelible works, from that first groundbreaking melange of imagination and (self-)history, /The Woman Warrior/ (1976), to her striking account of life during wartime (her lifetime, from WWII to the Iraq War), /The Fifth Book of Peace/ (2003).

In the 33 years since Kingston began publishing, she has won the National Book Critics Circle Award (for /The Woman Warrior/), the National Book Award (for /China Men/), NEA Awards, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and, in 2008, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

She has taught and mentored thousands of writers, from Hawaiian high school students and undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley, to the veterans she has met through writing-and-mediation workshops (and whose work she edited in the award-winning 2006 collection /Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace/).

The event is free, and no tickets are necessary.

Fancy A Roadtrip?

Theater students at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be performing the play Footloose (yes, that's based on the 1984 hit movie starring SJP & Kevin Bacon), with visiting young artists from the Istanbul University State Conservatory.

Tickets are $14 adult, $12 senior, $8 student/child, and $6 UMD student/faculty/staff. The show runs from July 23-25 and July 29-Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.; July 26, 2 p.m., at the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

For information, call 218-726-8561 or visit this website.

July 8, 2009

Yoga Event On Campus

"An Evening With Swami Veda Bharati" is an introduction to the relationship between Hatha yoga and meditation.

Yogi Swami Veda is from India's Sadhaka Grama Ashram and will be on campus later this month.

The event is part of the 2-credit CSPH course, Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing. Instructor Miriam Cameron is opening the class to the public on July 22 for the evening. Stop by the Mayo Auditorium from 4:40-6:30 p.m. and get involved.

Here's more.

May 8, 2009

Sideswipe's Got Talent!


Tonight, come out to Coffman (the Great Hall) to see the martial arts performance team Sideswipe live, in action!

Doors open at 7:30PM and the show starts at 8.

Free food will be provided.

Sideswipe was recently featured on the hit NBC television show America's Got Talent.

Go here for more.

April 13, 2009

World Famous Physicist On Campus


Author and physicist Michio Kaku will be discussing his book, Physics of the Impossible on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00PM at the U Bookstore at Coffman.

Visit Dr. Kaku's MySpace for more.

(Yes, he's 62 years-old and has a MySpace page. Awesome.)

April 6, 2009

ASU Spring Conference Week!

This is from Nehal, of the ASU:

Hello All!
We hope this mid-semester time finds you all well. The ASU board and helpers have been working hard to bring to you the biggest event of the year we host, Spring Conference Week. The week is filled with exciting workshops, and it concludes with a beautiful banquet on Saturday.

Details are as follows:

Monday: Tea Ceremony
Co-hosted with Japanese Student Association, come enjoy great food and performances in the President's Room on 3rd floor of Coffman. Event is from 6-8 PM.

Tuesday: Diversity & Dumpling
Learn how to make dumplings, eat some, and learn about the bi-cultural life style. Held in CMU 219 (ASU) from 6-8 PM

Wednesday: Professional & Dining Etiquette
Learn how to be smart with your money, time and self-promotion! Also, most important learn about dining etiquette while enjoying a dinner, so you can learn to make a great impression! Held in CMU Mississippi Room, from 6-9 PM

Thursday: A New Generation & Martial Arts
Learn all about Asian-Americans in modern America, and also get a one-on-one martial arts lesson. Free food by Cane's Chicken Fingers! Held in CMU Room 219 (ASU) from 6-8 PM

Friday: Sushi & Nutrition
Our famous Sushi night is back, and it's sponsored by Azuki Sushi. Also, learn about a healthy lifestyle while you're at it. Held in CMU room 303 from 7-10 PM. (Limited to first 60 people)

Saturday: Spring Conference Banquet

An elegant dinner catered by various local eateries. Look forward to fun student group performances, and bands: IBU and Seriously. Also performing is Kenichi Ebina, a break dancer from New York, the show is hosted by comedian Mike Anderson. Business casual attire, no jeans. Free for all UofM students, $10 general public. Held in CMU Great Hall from 6-9 PM

We look forward to seeing you all at some or all of our events this week!

Rumi's Poetry


Author and plant expert, Dr. Grami, visits the University of Minnesota to share an interpretation of Rumi's poetry.

Grami is author of Flowers and Plants in a Thousand Years of the Persian Poetry, and will be discussing the symbolism found in Rumi's work.

*This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 9, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Carlson School of Management, Room 2‐224
321 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Amirhossein Kiani
Iran’s House of Art (University of Minnesota, Campus Life Program)

April 2, 2009

Desi Rap!


Murali Balaji U alum, and author of the new book Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America, will visit the campus bookstore (CMU) this April 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Call (612) 626-0559 with questions.

March 16, 2009

Rap Attack!


Local hip hop artist Tou Saiko Lee will be on campus Wednesday, March 25!

Stop by NichH (Nicholson Hall), room 125 at 7PM to see him perform, and to hear what he has to say about the power of hip hop.

Visit Lee's MySpace for more.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 2, 2009

¿Nation of Immigrants? Minnesota spoken word artists and poets question the world

This Friday, March 6, the U will be hosting a group of talented poets.

Here's more:

Continue reading "¿Nation of Immigrants? Minnesota spoken word artists and poets question the world" »

February 25, 2009

Powder: A Book Signing


Stop by the Union bookstore on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m., and meet the contributing writers of Powder: Writings by Women in the Ranks, From Vietnam to Iraq.

Shoot Some Hoops With The ISA


ISA is preparing for its annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament!

The tournament will be held on Saturday 4 April 2009.

E-mail the group to learn more. If you're interested in participating, be sure to include: your name, the names of your teammates, and your phone number.

The registration fee is$5 per person.

Prizes will be given :)

February 18, 2009

Jasbir Puar Comes To Campus


Professor Jasbir Puar of Rutgers University, Women's & Gender Studies Department, will present her talk "Prognosis Time: Towards a Geopolitics of Affect, Debility, and Capacity," Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m., 101 Walter Library.

For more information, e-mail American Studies or call 612-624-4190

Dr. Puar's latest book, Terrorist Assemblages Homonationalism in Queer Times, is out now.

February 17, 2009

More Skating Fun...


Miss last week's trip to the ice rink?

No problem.

MISA will be hosting another ice skating event on the 27th. Here's more:

Venue: The Depot (on Washington Ave.)
Time: 12 PM - 3 PM
Admission: $6.00
Skates: $6.00



This Friday February 20 join MISA in the Union (Room 201) for some chai, henna, and a screening of the ISA Fall Show DVD.

The event begins at 5PM.

February 12, 2009

Gran Torino and the Performance of Hmong Masculinity


The Institute of Advanced Studies is hosting a brown-bag presentation next Wednesday, February 18.

Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj bring you the talk "Gran Torino: Perpetual Warriors and the Performance of Hmong Masculinity."

Stop by 235 Nolte at noon and get involved.

More information available here.

February 11, 2009

Ice Skating At The Depot


Ice Skating at the Depot!
When: This FRIDAY, February 13th @ 7 PM

The ASU wants you to come out for a fun night of ice skating.

E-mail them for more.

February 9, 2009

Got Sweet Tooth?


It's a Valentine's Day Celebration!

When: Tuesday, February 10th 2009 @ 6:30 PM
Where: ASU, Coffman room 219

Come learn about the Asian Student Union, make new friends, and nosh on some candy.

Last year turn-out at the Valentine-candy-fest was huge.

Don't miss it this time around...

February 8, 2009

Anne Fadiman Lecture


Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is coming to campus.

She'll be lecturing Monday, March 2, 2009 in the Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room (3rd floor) at 6PM.

A Q&A session and book-signing will follow.

Fadiman's book details the struggles of a Hmong refugee family and their interactions with the health care system in central California.

It won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997.

February 5, 2009

Space, Place & Health Among Asian Americans

The Psychology Department and the Asian American Studies Program are hosting University of Washington prof. Dr. David Takeuchi.

He'll be delivering a talk on Wednesday, February 25th (1-2pm) in N639 Elliott Hall.

Read on for details....

Continue reading "Space, Place & Health Among Asian Americans" »

Book Signing


Local author and veterinarian Justine Lee, will be coming to campus Wednesday, February 11, to talk about her new book, It’s a Cat’s World…You Just Live in It.

Stop by the Union Bookstore at 4PM to meet her, and to get an autograph!

Then the following afternoon, make time for UMN professor Nabil Matar. He'll be discussing his new book, Europe Through Arab Eyes 1578-1727, same time, same place.

Here's more.

*Photo via DrJustineLee.Com

January 30, 2009

Gran Torino Actors Visit Campus


On Friday, February 20, 2009, come meet the Hmong American actors from Clint Eastwood's new hit film Gran Torino!

Actors Bee Vang (Thao Vang Lor), Ahney Her (Sue Lor), and Doua Moua (Spider), will be on hand to talk about the experience of filming Gran Torino.

The (panel) event will be moderated by Louisa Schein (a professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University), and will run from 4:30 through 5:30PM in room 175 of Willey Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Institute for Advanced Study @ 612-626-5054.

January 26, 2009

The S'More The Merrier


The ASU welcomes you back to campus with an evening of s'mores and good company.

Swing by CMU 219, starting 6:30PM tomorrow night to join in the fun!

January 22, 2009

Spring Proseminar

The Asian American/Diaspora Studies Proseminar is happy to announce the start of its spring 2009 meetings.

All sessions will be held in Wulling Hall 220, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The title of next week's (1/28) session is:

Asian American Studies: Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity.

Conversation will be led by Richard Lee, Teresa Toguchi Swartz, and Josephine Lee.

For more information, including how to access the readings, kindly contact Jo Lee
or Rich Lee

MISA Open House

The MISA Open House will be held this Friday, from 11AM through 2PM in the Union (room 201).

Come to learn more about the group, to hang out, and grab a snack!

January 14, 2009

China Center Turns 30


To kick off its 30th anniversary-celebrations, the China Center will host its annual Griffin Lecture and Chinese New Year celebration at 4 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Rob Gifford, former National Public Radio China correspondent and author of the book, China Road, will present the lecture.

January 12, 2009

ASU Retreat

ASU will be holding its first annual Winter Retreat on Tuesday, January 13 in the Yudof Club Room (behind Coffman), from 6 pm - 10 pm..

What to expect? Games, food, and leadership training.

E-mail with questions.

December 23, 2008

Mai Na Lee Event in January

She's the first Hmong American to earn a Ph.D. And we're lucky to have her on faculty here at the U.

On January 8, Mai Na Lee will be at the Continuing Education and Conference Center. She'll be talking about what's been happening at Wat Thamkrabok, Thailand, and placing it within the larger context of Hmong cultural history.

The event starts at 7PM.

Go here for ticket-information.

December 12, 2008

Study Day


ASU is hosting a study day tomorrow, Friday December 12 in Coffman Room 219.

Snacks will be provided--and quiet hours observed all day.

December 6, 2008

Remembering Mumbai


The Brothers of Beta Chi Theta (Lambda Colony) and the Indian Student Association will be honoring the lives lost in the Mumbai attacks.

Join them for a candlelight vigil in front of Coffman on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00PM.

November 19, 2008

Mmm, Mmm Good


Don't pack a lunch tomorrow.

Instead, plan to head over to the Great Hall (from 11-3PM) for the MISA-sponsored international food fest, Feast of Nations.

Here's more.

November 18, 2008

Aaja, Aaja!


On Saturday November 22, the ISA brings you its annual Fall Show--
Aaja Nachle-- in the Coffman Great Hall.

Entrance is free with your student ID. For everyone else it's just 5 bucks.

The show starts at 7PM--give or take ;)

November 10, 2008

Proseminar This Friday


The U's Asian American/Diaspora Studies initiative will host Dr. Lynn Itagaki this Friday, November 14, from 3:30-5P.M. in Ford Hall, Room 400.

Here's more:

From the 1992 Los Angeles Riots to the 2008 Presidential Election: Racial Civility in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Professor Lynn Itagaki examines the legacy of the mid-1990s "civility debates" on the 2008 Presidential election, excavating a genealogy from the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles to our historic contemporary moment. While civility has been traditionally defined as the civic virtues, community-building, and deliberative practices of good citizens, the media discourses around both events exposes how discourses of racial civility--redefined as politeness and respect for authority--increasingly stand for the strengthening of the racially repressive status quo.

Professor Itagaki is currently a visiting scholar in Asian American Studies and Women's Studies at Ohio State University and an assistant professor in English at the University of Montana, Missoula. Her research examines the intersection of contemporary U.S. culture with race, law, and the media in terms of Asian American studies, comparative race studies, and women of color feminism. Professor Itagaki's book project explores the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings and the post-Civil Rights era. She has published articles and reviews in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, and MELUS.

November 7, 2008

Taiko Tonight


Looking for something to do Friday night?

Well look no further.

The ASU is hosting a performance by the Mu Daiko Theatre of Performing Arts, for FREE in the Armory this evening.

Doors open at 5:30PM and snacks will be served.

And later, consider stopping by the Roy Wilkins auditorium for the group's Karaoke Social. Visit their website for more.

November 4, 2008

Oodles of Noodles


The Asian American Student Union will be selling Ramen Noodles and mac & cheese tomorrow, November 5 from 11AM to 2PM (in Coffman Room 219), part of the group's efforts to support the program Operation Any Soldier.

Visit this ASU site for more.

November 2, 2008



Campus group Bharat hosts a Diwali Mela in the Coffman Union tonight.

Show up at the Great Hall with your student ID and your Bhangra moves. The fun begins at 5PM.