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A/APHIM events, Margins Launch Party, Undergraduate Research Symposium, and more!
Last Week: AASWG's "Resisting, Recovering, Remembering"
20 years ago, students held Duke’s first teach-in for Asian American Studies – a teach-in that represents only a moment in a much longer lineage of Asian American student organizing, but still a moment worthy of commemoration. Last weekend, AASWG (Asian American Studies Working Group) invited back alumni from the last 20 years who were involved in Asian American organizing spaces during their time at Duke. The alumni spoke about their experiences at a three-part panel centered around ‘resisting, recovering, remembering.’ They described the burnout, frustration, and uncertainty born of organizing against an institution often hostile to their efforts, but also the joy and community which emerged from the same sustained struggle. Within the logics of the Academy, some alumni suggested, such student efforts are often intentionally erased from institutional memory or else twisted into a bastion of superficial diversity ideologies. This selective hostility to critical memory is part of what made last weekend so special to many current students, several of whom noted the ways in which AASWG is indebted to the students who came before them. “A lot of these alumni were working way ahead of their time,” one student noted. “They were imagining futures that still don’t exist, futures that we still might not have the language for.”
A A D S  E V E N T S  + O P P O R T U N I T I E S
AADS 2022 Research Symposium 
When: Monday, April 18, 5-6pm 
Where: CMA Resource Room 

The AADS research symposium will recognize research done by Duke undergraduate students during the academic year 2021-22 in the areas of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. The symposium will take place in person April 18 at 5pm, and selected students will make short presentations during the symposium. 
FALL 2022 COURSE! AADS 201: Intro to AADS

What does it mean to be Asian American? Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws on social sciences, humanities, and the arts to explore the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans in the Western hemisphere. This course provides students with an introduction to this dynamic and growing field of study, taking race, gender, immigration, diaspora, class, labor, and sexuality as primary subjects of the field. The course also historicizes Asian American racialization to better understand the structural forces that have shaped Asian American lives and the ways that writers scholars, and activists have responded to and resisted these forces. 
O T H E R  E V E N T S
2022 A/API Cultural Graduation + Awards Ceremony
: Thursday, April 14, 6pm
Where: Karsh Alumni Center 

The Asian/American & Pacific Islander Cultural Graduation and Awards Ceremony is a ceremony that honors all of our Duke University A/API identified students (undergraduates and graduate students) graduating in Spring 2022, as well as celebrates the achievements of nominated members of our A/API community who have extensively contributed to the overall flourishing and wellbeing of Duke A/API communities at large. Register for the A/API graduation here
Margins: Dreamscapes Launch Party
: Friday, April 15, 6:30pm
Where: A/API BASE 

Join the Asian American Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) and the Asian American Studies Working Group (AASWG) for our first in-person Margins Launch Party on Friday, April 15 from 6-7pm in the AAPI Base (Bryan Center 005A)! We will be releasing our third edition of Margins Dreamscape: Nightmares and Fantasies. We’ll be distributing food at 6pm, featuring readings and performances from Asian American students, and handing out tote bags and copies of Margins at the end. Come by to celebrate Margins launch and get free dinner from Naan Stop and Sister Liu’s!

Movement and Movements: a Symposium on Latinx History by the Southeast Working Group on Latinx History 

When: April 15, 2022, 2:00-4:45 PM EST
Where: Classroom Building 101, East Campus, Duke University 

Join the Southeast Working Group on Latinx History for their symposium "Movement and Movements: a Symposium on Latinx History." The symposium will cover topics ranging from migration to music to a movement for Chicana rights. 


Grace Li: Celebration of Medicine, Literature, and Culture
: Saturday, April 16, 6pm-8pm
Where: Love Auditorium

Duke’s first-ever literature, medicine, and culture celebration, this event will be held in Love Auditorium from 6pm-8pm. We will be giving out a free copy of Grace’s book to the first 100 people to sign up AND show up at the event. We'll have catering from local restaurants + a Q&A with Grace about her journey from Duke undergrad to Stanford Medical School. Register here!


Duke Asian Students Association Exec Applications! 

Want to be a part of engaging the Asian/American community on campus? Loved Converge and know how to improve it? Just want a hand in picking out the yummy food and snacks we get for our events?! APPLY FOR ASA'S EXECUTIVE TEAM! The application deadline is April 16th (reach out to with any questions). We can't wait to read your applications and are so excited to have you join our team!

Minor Aesthetics: Queer, Asian, Diasporic is a Faculty Working Group sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. The group seeks to forge an intellectual hub for invited artists and scholars from the humanities and interpretive social sciences working at the nexus between aesthetic inquiry, queer studies, and the Asian diaspora. 

The last spring seminar meeting will be held Wednesday April 27 at 4:30 pm ET. Fill out an interest form here.

Film Available for Streaming!

A film by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi about Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student who comes to the United States to study. Now available on the video streaming database
Projectr.EDU that Duke Libraries is trialing through April 30!

"She Kills Monsters" Auditions

The Duke Theater Department is holding auditions for their production of "She Kills Monsters." Set in the 1990s United States, "She Kills Monsters" depicts characters who experience bullying and discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity and whose struggle with belonging, community and chosen family are explored through the lens of the fantasy realms of Dungeons & Dragons. Auditions will be held April 12, 13, and 14. More information can be found here!

NCAAT Summer Internship! 

This internship is a paid opportunity for Asian American youth ages 18-22 to work in Asian American advocacy and social justice. Our interns will focus on youth engagement, voter engagement, voter advocacy. They will also have a personal project that is an opportunity to engage with a topic related to civic engagement and advocacy that they are passionate about! Learn more and apply here.

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies is publishing an interdisciplinary special issue that "invites contributions of scholarly, creative, movement, and visual works that speak to the historical, theoretical, methodological, experimental, and pedagogical possibilities of Asian American Abolition Feminisms. More information can be found here.

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