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Friday, February 16, 2018

麻大波士頓分校亞美研究系社區接待會 2/23

Asian American Studies Alumni/Campus Community Reception

Friday, February 23 at 6 PM - 9 PM
University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd

the Asian American Studies Program has a campus exhibition in the Harbor Gallery (McCormack Building, 1st floor across from starbucks counter) until the end of februrary. the gallery is open regularly on mondays through thursdays from 1:00-6:00pm. we will host a culminating event on friday evening, february 23rd to give alumni and community friends an opportunity to see the exhibit and catch up with each other and current students/faculty. 

we had an opening reception on feb 8th (see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/umass_boston/sets/72157690298660722/with/40140074862/). 

the purpose and intention of the gallery exhibition are as follows:
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During the past 30+ years of continuous Asian American Studiesteaching/learning at UMass Boston, our faculty/students/staff/alumni and community partners have modeled countless high-impact curricular innovations and pedagogical practices, including several examples showcased in this interactive exhibition curated by newly-graduated Art and AsAmSt student, Nia Dương (BA, Dec 2017) and AsAmSt Program coordinator, Gee Quach (Art and AsAmSt BA, 2013; TCCS MS, 2017).

In this new exhibit, we offer three overarching themes that are typically lit, though not often in neon.

1. Capacity-building with both students and communities to be stronger, healthier, and more resourceful over time through long-term commitments that invest holistically and ecologically beyond academic-only visions of student development or community service/activism.

2. Educational transformation with the intentions of not only creating new opportunities and visions for students through their UMB classroom experiences, but also modeling changes in the structure and culture of teaching/learning for preK-12, higher education, and community education.

3. AANAPISI knowledge and resource production to go beyond criticizing stereotypic frameworks and lack of data by generating our own contributions – including original community research and documentation, digital stories, literary anthologies, photo essays, food challenges, names guides, leadership portraits, children’s books, shadow puppet dramas, art installations, and more that represent the unique profiles, needs, and assets of AsAmSt students and their under-resourced, under-researched family/community contexts.

Threaded within and across the exhibited artifacts are many carefully crafted connections: intersectional dimensions of identity; 20+-year commitments with disaggregated, ethnic-specific communities across the lifespan from Vietnamese immigrant 2nd graders at the Mather School to Chinese immigrant elders and ancestors at Mt. Hope; multidisciplinary approaches with faculty, students, and alumni from health and social sciences to humanities and creative arts to policy- and practice-based fields; and real life real stories shared from past and present for the future.

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